Half Dome Party with Yosemite Climbing Legends (June 30)


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Trad climber
Fruita, Colorado
Jun 27, 2007 - 04:18am PT
The reason you've only heard good things about Tom Frost is that there are only good things to say about Tom. He is one of the best people I have ever known. He is the closest thing I ever had in this life to a true brother.

Social climber
Jun 28, 2007 - 08:38pm PT

We are all really psyched about this event here in Yosemite. I wanted to keep this up on the first page to remind everyone of the time and place.

I also will be serving coffee at Camp 4 on Sunday. Usually this time of year we brew it up in Tuolumne to beat the heat. But, I wanted to make sure everyone gets a good cup of coffee in the Valley to start up the next 50 years of Half Dome history! Hopefully we can convince the honorary Climbers to come hangout under Colombia boulder one more time.

See everyone this weekend,

Jesse McGahey
Yosemite Climbing Ranger

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 28, 2007 - 09:04pm PT
It has aready been said, but is there any way to get this event taped and posted somehow for those who cannot make the trip?
james Colborn

Trad climber
Truckee, Ca
Jun 28, 2007 - 09:52pm PT
Really psyched for the weekend. Thanks to the organisers and all involved.

Jun 28, 2007 - 09:57pm PT
Pat, you'd better hop a plane to Fresno and make this one! No time like now.

Trad climber
Fruita, Colorado
Jun 29, 2007 - 03:56am PT
I have wanted to be there, but it's not looking as though I will be able to. I've spoken with Royal, sent him my well wishes, given him a poetic piece I wrote detailing the history and commenting on the climb's significance. He's going to give copies to all those involved, he says, a small contribution from a distance at least. Best spirits to all,


Trad climber
BurbiStan, UK
Jun 29, 2007 - 08:45am PT
+1 request for someone to record this event and post it up. must be 100s or 1000s of us around the world can't get to the valley this weekend who would listen in gobsmacked silence to ANY words from the lads on the FA of this amazing route. Oh, and from Liz on the FFemA too.

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 30, 2007 - 01:27pm PT
BUMP...somebody...BUMP....bring a....BUMP....video camera...

Pretty Please!

Social climber
Jun 30, 2007 - 05:22pm PT
For those concerned about the evnt being recorded/videoed.

I'm sure the AAC will be recording the event, and Ken Yager will probably be doing it as well to add to the Yosemite Climbing Associations Historic material library.

That being said, I don't know if/where they will be able to post it. I'll try to find out more after the event.

Its going to be fun!

Jesse M.


Trad climber
Mt. Shasta, CA
Jun 30, 2007 - 05:41pm PT
I'll do my gol-durndest to be there. Sounds really great.

Oh, wait...that's today....Sheeeez. Nevermind then.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jun 30, 2007 - 05:43pm PT
Holy frig! That's tonight! [I can barely type my fingers hurt so much]

I'll be there. Looking forward to meeting you-all.

Cheers and baaaaaaas,

P.S. Steve Grossman, please be sure to find me!

Trad climber
Jul 1, 2007 - 11:43am PT
Another gal and I who are interested in climbing history, and who recongnizes the importance of this first ascent, made the trek over to the Valley from Tuolumne last night for this. It was nice, it was hard to hear, and I wish we had sat much closer to the front. It seems that the local DNC employees and some of the yonger Camp 4 inhabitants take these Saturday night shows as an excuse to party. The heckler behind us made sure we did not catch the technical explination of the route and the gear by Mike Sherrick. My petite companion had had enough of his mouth, and sweetly told him what she thought of his dis-respect. And what she'd do to him if he didn't shut up. Seemed to work, he left.

It was great to hear the story first hand, and amazing that all 3 of them are still around and able to get here and talk about it!

But if this is how the "locals" treat these Saturday night gigs, I won't be in a big hurry to come to another one.

Thanks Chris for posting about this.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jul 1, 2007 - 03:07pm PT
Thanks to everyone who put this on and to the presenters as well.

I'd have to agree with hossjulia that it's unfortunate that some fellow climbers wouldn't show some respect and listen when a fellow climber is giving back to the community in public. It's not even about elders and pioneers although it could be. I doubt you'd find Royal or even Warren drinking and spraying if the young bucks were up there giving a presentation of their speed ascent. (Well, Warren would be drinking quietly)

It was kinda hard to hear sometimes. Note to whoever is out there that might have to present something sometime, talk into and as close to the mike as necessary to make the sound full. It should sound a little TOO loud for you as you are right there near the speakers. Don't be shy, folks will like it less if they can barely hear you.

Thanks and Gratitude once more


Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Jul 1, 2007 - 06:54pm PT
A few photos.


Jul 1, 2007 - 06:57pm PT
Alright Ken! More, more pics!

How was the breakfast gathering?
the Fet

Knackered climber
A bivy sack in the secret campground
Jul 2, 2007 - 11:29am PT
I forgot my tripod, but shot some video from the front row. Won't be pro quality, but I'll post to Youtube one of these days, and put the link here. I don't think there'd be copyright/release issues, as it was in a public space.

The event was great, thanks to all who put it on.

Some great candid remarks about the animosity between Warren and Don, and about the competition to get the FA. They knew Warren would be up there every weekend until he got it done, and knew they had to get there first.

We talked a bit after the show. What a nice bunch of guys. Humble, friendly, supportive, and stoked on what other people are doing.
james Colborn

Trad climber
Truckee, Ca
Jul 2, 2007 - 09:11pm PT
The slide show was not spectacular, but to hear the story on the competition for the ascent and how Royal felt that they had one upted Harding and it left him no choice but to climb El Cap was priceless.

Karl, after the show we wondered if Harding and Robins would have shown more respect for Dick Leonard and other predecessors had they been giving a slide show.
Drunk is one thing, obnoxious is another.

I was fortunate enough to have my wife corner Glen Denny to sign his book, and Royal Robins. Thanks again to the organizers and all involved.
Wild Bill

Jul 2, 2007 - 10:03pm PT
Oh man, what a show. Robbins was deferential and tried to appease the young (drunk) guns in attendance, to no avail.

Lager louts, you guys suck (if any of you read).

The three first ascensionists were very mindful of their places in history. Including the apparent (but false) diminshment of the import of their efforts.

Trad climber
Sacramento, CA
Jul 3, 2007 - 10:12am PT
Drunk young guns in the back.
They wanted to be there, they couldn't hear the speakers.

Then they can't stop focusing on their objectives / obsessions.

Warren would be proud! Really, he would (Robbins would not).

Trad climber
Sac, CA
Jul 3, 2007 - 11:05am PT
Y'all are being too hard on people..peace to all, it just wasn't that bad..don't take the joy out of it...events happen..when you bring together so many levels of climbers, experience and backgrounds not everyone is going to apply themselves in the same way..be kind to each other. History states there HAS been different groups and DIFFERENT personalities coming together at the rocks...embrace the diversity..stop picking on each other and remember the good times!!! Harding and Robbins are the perfect examples of it and it made for some of thier best achievements...SERIOUSLY STOP BAGGING ON EACH OTHER IT'S NOT GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY WE SHARE!!
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