This weekend, from October 26th to the 28th, Oakdale is having its first climber's festival. The festivites, which will be held at the Oakdale Community Center at 110 South 2nd Ave in Oakdale, promise to be a great opportunity to learn about some of the vibrant California climbing history.
On Friday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m., there will be a discussion of John Salathe. Allen Steck will be talking about his first ascent experience on the Sentinel with Salathe, Ken Yaeger will talk about Salathe's experience in Camp 4, and Doug Robinson will address Salathe's commitment to boldness and style.
On Saturday, Tom Frost and Royal Robbins will be speaking about Salathe's influence on their ascent of the southwest face of El Capitan. Allen Steck and Dick Long will be talking about the third ascent of the Salathe Wall. Diablo Rock Gym manager, Hans Florine will be speaking about speed climbing the Salathe.
On Sunday, a symposium entitled â€śForging Ahead- American Climbing Hardware in the 1940â€˛s, 50â€˛s and 60â€˛sâ€ť will be held.
A display representative of ongoing production sets from all the manufacturers active during this thirty year period. Participants will be available to answer questions about producing early hardware and be speaking briefly about their experiences making or selling gear fifty years ago.
For more information about the climber's festival check out the web page.
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