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Tamara Robbins

climber
not a climber, just related...
Oct 11, 2018 - 01:04am PT
H... i am certain you can secure lodging in modesto or even riverbank... also likely plenty of air bnb possiblities!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 12, 2018 - 02:38pm PT
Bump
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Oct 12, 2018 - 07:07pm PT
Damn! I wish I could be there with you all. Sadly, I'm in the middle of moving home and hearth to another country, but otherwise I'd be there!

Sad to miss it, cuz it sounds like it will be great.
ron gomez

Trad climber
Oct 13, 2018 - 06:42am PT
Thinking of all you guys in Oakdale....asking all my friends to say hi to all my friends...give each other a hug and say it's from Gomez! We ain't gettin' any younger! Oh yeah....PICTURES please...would be great to see everyone from where I'm at!
Have a bladt, be safe.
Peace
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 14, 2018 - 09:22pm PT
hopefully Lynne will post up some pix... I didn't have my camera, sorta burned out in the prep...

but it was an amazing set of presentations, still hearing from the elders who launched the Golden Era with the FA of the Nose and the Reg. Route on Half Dome... but also so the lead up climbs to doing those big walls...

and the presentation by Russ McLean on Middle Triple Peak in the Kichatna Mountains, Alaska with Charlie Porter was a pure demonstration of badassary as you can get... and one of the realizations of Chouinard's prophecy that Yosemite Climbers would go out and accomplish remarkable achievements "in the greater granite ranges."

Chris Jones amplified on this during the last talk, recalling the exploits of the team members for the first 8 ascents of the Salathť Wall, recounting what they did in Alaska, Canada, Baffin Island, the Alps, Cordillera Blanca, Patagonia and the Himalayas.

It was wonderful to listen to Bob Swift, Dick Long talk about the 1950s.

And it is always great to hear from Sherrick and Whitmore.

Doug Robinson opened up with the big view, Glen Denny, Joe Fitschen and Ed Cooper about the amazing routes that went up and then Eric Beck, Ken Boche and Russ along with Don Lauria and a cameo video of Steve Roper.

Big thanks to Steve and Mimi for making this happen... the next Oakdale is probably not before 2020... everyone is special.

john hansen

climber
Oct 14, 2018 - 10:59pm PT
I bet that was one hell of a show,, wish I could have been there.

Did any of it get video taped?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 15, 2018 - 12:00am PT
Thanks for the great TR, Ed Hartouni! I got only a few decent pics. My camera is broken so I had to use my Fire 3 which is iffy!

What a fantastic event. Thanks Mimi and Steve!!! Every young climber should have been there to absorb the unbelievable history of the rock! You missed big time. Not just Yosemite Big Walls, but all over the world. And not just big walls but peaks too.

Friday night we celebrated the life of Tom Frost. Thanks to all who came and spoke to us about an incredibly gifted, humble human being.

And yes the Big Wall Climbers and friends can still Party! :) Saturday night was Fun!

Friendships renewed, new ones made. All around awesome!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 15, 2018 - 12:13am PT
Steve taped everything as a part of the NACHA documentation project
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 15, 2018 - 12:17am PT
Just one of many posters decorating the auditorium when we arrived for...
Just one of many posters decorating the auditorium when we arrived for the Friday night program.
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss





Tamara Robbins

climber
not a climber, just related...
Oct 15, 2018 - 01:50am PT
Well done Steve and Mimi... Fridayís tribute to, both, Tom and dad was full of love. And agreed, Lynne, the historical content of the weekend was epic.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 15, 2018 - 05:28am PT
It hurt me to be in the hospital (hey, literally, it hurted me!) and to miss the event after looking forward to it for so long.

And now, no pix?! Well, life has problems, just like big walls, and there will be more clambakes to come.

But as has been pointed out, each one is special to a great extent. I know some of the presenters from this one and sure would have liked hearing their stories and TAKING THEIR PICTURES. (Too bad, Lynnie, about your camera. Hope you can get it fixed.)

Steverino and Mimi, sorry to have missed this one, your gigs are always FUN and inspiring. Thanks for the efforts and the love.

Tamara Robbins

climber
not a climber, just related...
Oct 15, 2018 - 10:06am PT
Mouse - there were plenty of pics being taken!! Perhaps many are still traveling- or recovering - for instance mom and I both slept till 10 this morn! Iíll post the shot I took of speakers (I was supposed to be in it but didnít realize it till after due to the absurdity of my being in that group 😅)
Credit: Tamara Robbins
Credit: Tamara Robbins
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 15, 2018 - 10:12am PT
Hi, Tamara! How's the "attitude?" Did you see Ken Yager? How 'bout the size of that chicken? :0)


I really dig Whitmore's grin. Too bad Wayne Merry wasn't around.
Tamara Robbins

climber
not a climber, just related...
Oct 15, 2018 - 10:40am PT
Ha! Mouse, the attitude is great even though not on fire lately.... I passed a Fireball semi on my way to the Bay Area last week and nearly crashed trying to flag it down (joking!) (about nearly crashing)...

Yager was around all weekend!

Word is that quite a party occurred on Saturday night/Sunday morning, but I swear I had nothing to do with it. Ask Lynne. ;)

Oh and as for that chicken.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=rT4UmxqoFt4

Ron G, lets get together sometime in the next 5 weeks while I'm down that way? I'd like to check out Woodson....
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 15, 2018 - 01:49pm PT
OK! Howdy all. Just arrived home. Most of my pictures are sub par, but I will post them if it's all we have. The composition isn't bad, they are just weird grainy.

Here are several pictures with quite a few of the presenters and ad hoc speakers.

Sunday, Oct.14, 2018 Oakdale, Ca.
Sunday, Oct.14, 2018 Oakdale, Ca.
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

From left to right:(?) Ken Bouche, Don Lauria, Russ McLean, Chris Jones, Bob Swift, Joe Fitschen, in back Steve Grossman, Jim McCarthy, back is Glen Denny and Eric Beck.

Mighty Hiker

climber
Outside the Asylum
Oct 15, 2018 - 01:53pm PT
Did Ken sing his marvelous song, the one he did at the Bridwell memorial?
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Oct 15, 2018 - 02:05pm PT
What a line up.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 15, 2018 - 02:10pm PT
Ken sang it Saturday night at the party I was most honored of pretty much any party in my life to attend.

Sang both songs, "Betsy from Pike" and "The Sailing Song"....just shor...
Sang both songs, "Betsy from Pike" and "The Sailing Song"....just shortened renditions. Acappella Maestro!
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 15, 2018 - 02:14pm PT
Mouse, we All wondered where you were and so missed your wit and photo skills. Please, next time email me and let me know s'up. Healing prayers and hugs!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 15, 2018 - 02:38pm PT
More awesome presenters made their way into the photo as well as a fan...
More awesome presenters made their way into the photo as well as a fan or two. :)
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Front from left: Dick Long, Steve Grossman, Mike Sherrick, Back from left: Ken Bouche, Don Lauria, Chris Jones, Russ McLean, Bob Swift, Dave Yerian (the fan club), Joe Fitschen, Jim McCarthy, George Whitmore, Eric Beck.
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