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Chicken Skinner

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Yosemite
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 3, 2006 - 06:58pm PT
Courtesy of Tom Frost collection.


Ken
Roger Breedlove

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Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Jul 3, 2006 - 08:06pm PT
Hey Ken, what's the story? First I have heard/seen of this.

Who made the flowers, took the picture?

I agree that Chuck doesn't look too happy--not his style, at least in later years. For that matter, Royal doesn't look so excited himself--Tom is the only one smiling.

Cool picture. But, again what is the story? 1961 was too early for 'flowers in the hair,' SF hippy sh#t.

Also, anyone recognize what shoes brands they are wearing? What are the patches on Chuck's shoes--inside and out?

Tarbuster

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right here, right now
Jul 3, 2006 - 08:14pm PT
Shoes must be Kronies?
I don't think the Fabbiano or Pivetta Muir Trail were in production then; Tom's shoes have a fairly blunt toe, maybe not a Kronie.

I've seen this photo before...
Roger Breedlove

Trad climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Jul 3, 2006 - 08:27pm PT
Tom's and Chuck's look like Kronies with the low heel. But Royal's shoes look like they have a thicker heel. Maybe Chuck just had red laces and patches.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2006 - 08:28pm PT
I beleive they are supposed to be olive branch crowns like the old olympians.

Ken
Roger Breedlove

Trad climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Jul 3, 2006 - 08:41pm PT
Yeah Ken, that's what they look like, but as long ago as 1961 was, it was well past the Olympian age. There is a back ground story here. A feminine or ironic touch. You don't fine perfect yellow flowers atop El Cap.
yo

climber
I'm so over it
Jul 3, 2006 - 08:47pm PT
Photo and feminine touch by Tom's girlfriend/wife-to-be/ex-to-be Dorene Frost (née Del Fium). Royal's girl (not Liz) was there too and involved in the wreathing. Unclear whether Chuck had a winsome lass bother to show up, maybe why he was so pissed off.

Perhaps some forensic analysis on the shadows?

Nearly 45 years ago now.
Roger Breedlove

Trad climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Jul 3, 2006 - 08:54pm PT
I thought you would come through for on us on this one Ryan. Is this is in the literature somewhere (not in Robbins' account of the second ascent with Tom) or are you channeling?
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2006 - 09:01pm PT
I was going to mention that it seemed like a female might have something to do with it. I did not want to insult any one.

Ken
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jul 3, 2006 - 09:04pm PT
I think this is one of the better and more arcane photos from the era.

It has whimsy.
It shows a spoofy and regal touch.
yo

climber
I'm so over it
Jul 3, 2006 - 09:09pm PT
Roger, I just know stuff. It comes to me. Ament's Robbins bio has a bit on this and a gaggle of pictures, including the one of them chucking their champagne glasses over the rim. Janie was the name of Royal's girl.



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yo

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I'm so over it
Jul 3, 2006 - 09:10pm PT
And I agree, a great shot. Another is that one of Pratt walking the railing up on Glacier Point.
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