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Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 8, 2008 - 02:59pm PT
The exhibit opening went very well. Several hundred people showed up for the event. We managed to go through 8 cases of wine and polished off the hors d’oevres that my wife made for the evening. My only complaint would be that it was too short and I was too busy to talk to all the people that I wanted to.

The exhibit was funded by The Yosemite Fund and Royal Robbins, Inc. I gave the Yosemite Fund a VIP walk-through just prior to the opening and they were ecstatic with the results.

Yesterday, 500 people went through the doors in about a five hour period. The docents are excited and said that people are spending a long time looking at the exhibit. If you are up this way, come check it out.

It was great to meet Wally Reed and Peter Haan. I enjoyed seeing Mike Graham again after nearly 30 years.

I will post some pictures after the camera battery is recharged.

Thank you all for coming.

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 8, 2008 - 03:28pm PT
Awesome! Can't wait for the photos.

San Francisco, CA
Jun 8, 2008 - 03:36pm PT
Can't wait to stop by and have a look. Also, congratulations on the graduations. Lots of good stuff happening!

Truckee, CA
Jun 8, 2008 - 04:43pm PT

Big Congrats! the event was incredible. I got so caught up in visiting that I barely made it in to rapid view the awesome exhibit before they kicked me out.

You should be really proud of your accomplishment, and the generations of Yosemite climbing pioneers owe you a big thanks for putting this rich history in public view at last.

Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 8, 2008 - 08:26pm PT
Thank you Peter. Today, I just scored an 1875 George Anderson Half Dome spike for the collection. This has to be about the best week of my life.


Where you want to be
Jun 8, 2008 - 11:14pm PT
Awesome Ken! When are we going to get to see some pics of the Anderson spike? I'm DYING to see it.
john hansen

Jun 8, 2008 - 11:26pm PT
Congrats Ken. I hope to see it before it's done. 500 people in five hours is great! There must be lines out the door.

Great work!

Where did you get that Anderson spike?

Social climber
Jun 9, 2008 - 04:15am PT
hey there ken, you ol' chicken skinner... my very deep congrats, are overflowing for you... god bless... and once again, my love to haley... hope to one day see the wonderful work that so many folks passed through to see... :)

hey there to peter, if you step back in here...

Social climber
Jun 9, 2008 - 10:58pm PT
Here's a few snaps from the opening:

The museum is awesome, starting from John Muir's Sierra cup ending with the Huber Bro's 2007 speed ascent. Ken, it is spectacular!

Jun 9, 2008 - 11:31pm PT
Thank you for all the effort you've put into creating something for all the park's visitors to enjoy and simultaneously showing the legitimacy of climbing as an integral part of Yosemite.

The opening was great! Everyone felt welcomed and enjoyed the exhibit. The food was delicious and plentiful, as was the wine.

Thanks again.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 10, 2008 - 12:43am PT
Here are some more photos,

Don't have time to label them. Maybe later.

I hope you all get a chance to see the exhibit. 500 people went through the doors today in a 5-hour period. It appears like it will be the most heavily attended exhibit ever.

captain chaos

Jun 10, 2008 - 02:46am PT
Congratulations Kenny you did well, wish I could have been there... great to see some pics, thanks- Craig

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Jun 10, 2008 - 11:51am PT
Nice! I enjoyed the exhibit (and the wine). Was feeling a bit shy after getting spit off of WC on my first attempt at aid.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jun 10, 2008 - 12:08pm PT
Wow!! Ken, it looks like you just scored a ten. I can't imagine all it took to get that together.

It's hard to recognize people after not seeing them for twenty years or more!

I recognized a few. You, Jobee, Bill R., Kauk, Yerian, Mayfield, Graham.....I'm ashamed of how many I may not have recognized. It's been too long.

I sure am looking forward to the facelift. You're an energetic fellow. Congratulations!!
the Fet

Knackered climber
A bivy sack in the secret campground
Jun 10, 2008 - 03:13pm PT
Ken, thank you, thank you!

The opening and the exhibit were fantastic!!

I have some photos as well, but I'll have to post them in a couple weeks when I have some time.

The wine and appetizers were delicious. Lots of smiles and handshakes.

John Muir's tin cup. George Anderson "bolts". Lots of Salathe, Dolt, Stovelegs, etc. gear.

The kids loved where you can play with climbing gear. What an insightful addition!

Everyone, be sure to visit and sign the guestbook!

Trad climber
Jun 10, 2008 - 03:22pm PT
Sorry I had to work-- looks like it went really well. 500 is great for an opening. Plus, Yerian in a nice shirt.

Jun 17, 2008 - 12:18am PT
Yep, this show is a keeper! First rate exhibit, Ken. Here are a few more shots.

Come one, come all!

Salathe's hemp rope and several stovelegs in the other case.

The evolution of pitons case is packed.

Steve's fine Russian granite gear demo wall.
Double D

Jun 17, 2008 - 12:26am PT
Sweet Ken!

Sneaking up behind you...
Jun 17, 2008 - 12:32am PT
really cool....
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 17, 2008 - 12:37am PT
PDS - sure wish we could have been there. But will be there at the "Lift". Impressed as a new one at what a great job you do.
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