Ron Skelton/68th Birthday/Crack-a-Go-Go


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Dingus Milktoast

Feb 5, 2009 - 10:37am PT
Inspiring. Thanks Brad.


Gym climber
Otto, NC
Feb 5, 2009 - 11:15am PT
Wow! Ron, I just mey you the other day standing in fromt of Greg's, where you hooked me up with all kinds of beta on the Eagle's Eyrie. Had no idea what kind of shape you were in, as I had only really heasrd of your illness.

I am inspired.

Happy Birthday, congratulations, and thank you!


Boulder climber
pads are for girls
Feb 6, 2009 - 08:55pm PT
Full honors O.G. - El Portal posse

Trad climber
Feb 6, 2009 - 09:16pm PT
very, very sweet.

Jah Meadows,ynp,ca
Feb 6, 2009 - 09:46pm PT
Hey Ron! Happy bday buddy.....You are a great friend and always an inspiration.

I have been best friends with Ron now for a long time. I have followed him up some very inspiring and run out leads. He is a true Valley master. Looking forward to many more years of climbing and visting with you and Liz. thanks for always being there for me buddy you are a great friend!

your friend Ted Roberts

Feb 6, 2009 - 10:32pm PT
Way to go, Ron! We oldtimers appreciate your dedication.

Feb 6, 2009 - 10:57pm PT
Hahaha I'm just wondering?

Ron Skelton, do you even have a computer?
old toad

Trad climber
yosemite, Ca.
Feb 6, 2009 - 11:33pm PT
Thanks to all the folks who posted, and thanks to all my friends who came over for my birthday. As you age you realize your faith, family and friends are the most important things in life.

Trad climber
SF Bay Area
Feb 6, 2009 - 11:41pm PT
Ron and Liz now own and operate Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn -- a beautiful Bed & Breakfast on Merced River, perfect for a romantic relaxing getaway. How easy is it to meet the legend in person!

(I hope they do not mind me doing a little advertisement for them here.)

Boulder climber
Redmond, OR
Feb 7, 2009 - 12:01am PT
A lot of style comes through in those sequence photos! Happy Birthday Ron Skelton and many more! Bruce Adams

Feb 7, 2009 - 06:05am PT
As you all know, Ron is a Yosemite expert, but what you may not know is that he has travelled extensively, and done lots of stuff in England, Wales, and Scotland - The Pinch Direct, T Rex, Coronation Street etc etc.

Happy birthday Ron from all your friends in the UK!

Trad climber
adelaide, South Australia
Feb 11, 2009 - 01:54am PT
Ron is and will be forever an inspiration to me!

I remember my first trip to the valley as a fresh, 21yo aussie climber... I was there, as a tourist with friends on a day trip, no more than two hours, before Ron saw me drawling from a distance and called out asking if i wanted to climb! HELL YEAH!

and now, 7 years on, I am planning my maybe 6/7th trip back there to enjoy not only the neverending beautiful rock of Yosem, but Ron and Liz's neverending hospitality (especially Liz's amazing cooking - and don't forget the iced tea!)

And Ron's still climbing harder than me! :D

Can't wait to see the B&B finally finished and going strong!


 your long lost aussie friend, Sally!


Feb 11, 2009 - 01:57am PT
I was there that day watching him lead.

he's so damn smooth ......

How's that work?

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Feb 11, 2009 - 02:07am PT
Ron, how is the computer doing? Any more issues?


Feb 11, 2009 - 02:21am PT
Happy Birthday Ron!

Nice lead, Crack a go-go is one of my favorite Cookie routes. Hopefully I can lead it when I'm 68. Way to go!

Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Feb 11, 2009 - 04:31pm PT
Wow, that is really proud and inspirational. Way to stay strong!

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Feb 11, 2009 - 04:38pm PT
Wow, impressive, looks pretty smooth in the pics too!

Happy Birthday.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Feb 11, 2009 - 05:24pm PT
I've never met him but I'll tell you right now that he's my hero!

Go Ron!

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Feb 11, 2009 - 05:29pm PT
I think you have to get old yourself in order to appreciate what it means to be able to lead 5.11+ trad at 68.

Me, I'm three years younger than Ron, have 50 years of climbing under my belt, and haven't suffered the ravages of chemotherapy, but on most days I'm almost two grades away from his fantastic level of accomplishment, and the trend is definitely not heading up!

Happy birthday to an exceptional climber!
KP Ariza

Feb 11, 2009 - 06:08pm PT
First off, props to Mtnyoung for bringing this story to light, secondly, Ron, you are the man! Forget that you're 68 Years old, forget that you have beaten the big C, WTF are you doing above those tiny stoppers? Especially @ 6'15? You are an inspiration, I only hope I can get up the Nutcracker @ your age. Keep killin' it Ron.
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