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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 21, 2018 - 08:36pm PT
Your brain is not the boss>>>>----------->$$$
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 21, 2018 - 10:57pm PT
This particular Oakdale Festival was unique beyond words. Will write more tomorrow, but I am more than glad I was there from start to finish.

And this from a subliminal climber.....:)
HeschMonster

Trad climber
Morro Bay
Oct 22, 2018 - 11:16am PT

"How many climbers remember their weekend of climbing a year down the road? If you choose to come to a NACHA Festival it is a once in a lifetime experience that I guarantee will stay with you."

Yep, I'll second this. Even showing up late on friday it was still a treat I'll not soon (nor ever) forget. Thanks for organizing Steve, can't wait for Tom's photo book!

As steve mentioned on subject of dining, Ravi's is excellent as an afterparty location (excellent food there!) and a made a great end to an awesome evening. Also, hey Yager, thanks for the tip on that bivy spot across from the Bug, it ended up being perfect!

CH~
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 22, 2018 - 07:47pm PT
To finish my above post...

Friday night truly celebrated the lives of Tom Frost and Royal Robbins. It was a great evening with smiles and cheer as stories were told of these two men and who they were to the climbing community, their families and friends. Love was shared and many pictures taken for remembrance.

The next two days are difficult for me to put into words. I wish the young climbing generation would have put down their electronics and climbing shoes, turned out and tuned into what the real life of the rock and ice were for their predecessors and could be for their very own future. Not being judgmental, it's just hard for me to process their loss, and anyone that did not come to this event lost something special that should now be stored away in their heart, soul and mind.

Saturday and Sunday I sat in the back of the auditorium surrounded by notepads for the stories and books I hoped to have signed by legends including Bob Swift. I wanted to be alone. This is still a new life venue for me. I don't have the background and life context you all have. I needed to soak it all in with no distractions. And I did.

For two days my brain and being absorbed the most incredible stories told by the ones that went on adventures that pushed limits and they returned. Some of their friends did not. Sunday I was like a bloated Sponge Bob not knowing how to retain anymore of the adventure and history of first ascents in crazy, sometimes remote places. No, it was not all about the Valley. Russ Mclean told a story about an Alaskan peak that was epic.
Really every story was one that needed to be reckoned with and absorbed. What these climbers did with little "real" gear and gnarly goals was so serious, beyond today's climbers belief ..... except for A. Honnald.
So wrung out was I at the end of the weekend it took me a few days to process these incredible feats and my brain to recover from all I had seen and heard.

A Mega thanks to Mimi and Steve!! Many do not realize the extent they go to, to make these happen. I do and I love you!

lynnie



Robert GINN

Big Wall climber
Guadalupe
Oct 23, 2018 - 07:39am PT
The Oakedale gathering was enjoyable - Seeing those from the past and hearing the story. Sorry about the delay in getting some few images out but the elections have kept me traveling - BUT more to dome.
Robert GINN

Big Wall climber
Guadalupe
Oct 23, 2018 - 07:44am PT
Steve - Plese correct me if I have names wrong: beeginn@aol.com
Robert GINN

Big Wall climber
Guadalupe
Oct 23, 2018 - 07:50am PT
Fellow photographer and climber - Ed Cooper!!!?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 23, 2018 - 07:59am PT
Wonderful shots, RG!

Stirring words, Lynnie!
Robert GINN

Big Wall climber
Guadalupe
Oct 23, 2018 - 08:43am PT
We all need to thank Steve for making this happen!!! I hope you all do so.
Robert GINN

Big Wall climber
Guadalupe
Oct 23, 2018 - 08:55am PT
(It seems a 'post' was lost someplace out 'there'... Here's Mike Sherrik from Oakdale on Saturday. More later of the 1200 shot...
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 23, 2018 - 08:58am PT
Great Pictures! I think it's Sherrick....
Tamara Robbins

climber
not a climber, just related...
Oct 23, 2018 - 03:49pm PT
Definitely Mike. Steve, been talking to several climbers down here in San Diego area, and many would have attended with knowledge. Have some thoughts when you want em - you know how to reach me. Thanks again for an extraordinary event!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2018 - 04:54pm PT
Nice shots Bob!
You were definitely busy down there in front.
Thanks for shooting so diligently.
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Oct 23, 2018 - 11:38pm PT
Any update on when the Tom Frost documentary film will be finished?
Robert GINN

Big Wall climber
Guadalupe
Oct 24, 2018 - 09:48pm PT
Here is a younger climber who was interesting to listen to: At 75 I can only dream of what he does, and what I can't even dream of trying!!!
Robert GINN

Big Wall climber
Guadalupe
Oct 24, 2018 - 09:54pm PT
Dave Yerian was intereting when up front, but more so between speakers and at the breaks... Thanks - He made me smile!
Tamara Robbins

climber
not a climber, just related...
Oct 25, 2018 - 06:06pm PT
Yes Caldwell's name is spelled correctly - and that's a fabulous shot of Dave Yerian (note spelling ;) )!!
Robert GINN

Big Wall climber
Guadalupe
Oct 26, 2018 - 12:06pm PT
Here's one of Ron Kauk from Okdale. If only there had been a bit more lite - SO - I went out and bought a larger LED panel(s) - 3 actually...
HILTZ

Trad climber
England
Dec 9, 2018 - 01:45pm PT
I add to this somewhat belatedly as since landing back in the UK I have been ill constantly. Too much aircon on the plane then the damp Uk weather has laid me low for weeks.
Landing in SF at 4pm put me in four and a half hours of traffic before I found my AirBnB in Oakdale. On each of the three days of the festival I was made very welcome by Steve and Mimi and everyone else that I met. Some even remembered me from 2013 and my table full of books that I brought from the UK to have signed was of great interest to many, in particular my copy of Climbers by Jim Herrington.
As a collector I found it so easy to have my books signed and everyone was very gracious. It's sometimes not quite so easy in the UK.
As an old and never very bold climber it was a real joy to see and hear all the speakers and pay tribute to Tom and Royal. on my last visit Tom had been particularly kind and welcoming and at that time was corresponding with a friend of mine back home. It was terribly saddening not to be able to chat with him again.
The folk that I promised emails to, I will now get to it before Christmas.
Heck of a job organising something like this and great for me to see, hear and speak with so many legends.
Shwangunks in 2020 Steve?
Many thanks to you all, I truly had a memorable time.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 9, 2018 - 07:23pm PT
Glad you are well again! Oakdale was wonderful! Thanks to Mimi and Steve who made it happen! And thanks to all and came and made it the great event it was! lynnie
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