HomeYosemiteSecond Annual Oakdale Climbers’ Festival

Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

This past weekend, Oct. 25 – 27, Ken attended the 2nd Annual Oakdale Climbers’ Festival. Friday night there were four climbing films, made by climbers, shown by some of the original participants of the filming who all answered questions from the audience after each film was screened.

On Saturday, there were various presentations and discussions which focused on the development of free-climbing from before the use of ropes up through the years as told by those climbers who pushed the limits into new realms of difficulty.

Eric Beck and Joe Fitschen

Eric Beck and Joe Fitschen

 
Jim Bridwell and Tom Higgins

Jim Bridwell and Tom Higgins

 
Peter Haan and Barry Bates

Peter Haan and Barry Bates

 
Roger Breedlove, Jim Erickson, & Steve Wunsch

Roger Breedlove, Jim Erickson, & Steve Wunsch

 

Dean FidelmanDean Fidelman presented the backstories of the people and exploits depicted in his book, “The Stonemasters”.

Dave YerianDave Yerian gave a very moving account of his relationship with John Bachar and the challenges that they faced before and after they established the Bacher-Yerian Route in Tuolumne.

Alex HonnoldAlex Honnold, perhaps the best free-climber in the world today showed some photos of his recent ascents and a film depicting his un-roped (free-solo)climb up the face of Half Dome. He then talked about his life as a sponsored athlete in an easy-going and most humble way.

On Sunday, the focus of the program was on Camp 4, the traditional home of Yosemite’s climbers. Doug Robinson addressed the reasons that Camp 4 has played such a pivotal role in Yosemite Climbers’ lives. Chris Jones recounted its historical significance to the overall, world-wide development of climbing. And Glen Denny showed his fabulous photos of Camp 4 and its inhabitants, taken during the 1960’s.

Doug Robinson

Doug Robinson

 
Chris Jones

Chris Jones

 
Glen Denny

Glen Denny

Lastly, there was a panel that recounted the challenges that climbers faced in the late 90’s when the park service had a plan to build dorms in Camp 4 and how Tom Frost and Dick Duane eventually won the fight to preserve Camp 4 by getting it placed on the National Historic Register.

Roger Breedlove, Jim Erickson, & Steve Wunsch

Roger Breedlove, Jim Erickson, & Steve Wunsch

In addition to these formal programs, there was plenty of time for socializing, both in the mornings before the presentations and between sessions, so that participants had lots of opportunities for renewing friendships and discussing whatever topics came to mind.

Tom Higgins

Tom Higgins

 
Don Lauria

Don Lauria

 
Chris Jones

Chris Jones

 
Don Lauria and TM Herbert

Don Lauria and TM Herbert

 
Ed Hartouni

Ed Hartouni

 
Peter Haan

Peter Haan

 
Jim Bridwell

Jim Bridwell

 
Lisa

Lisa

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