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2009 Pinecrest Climb-In A Good Time For All

Posted on: October 28th, 2009 by Sierra Nevada Section

A large turnout of AAC members and friends enjoyed a wonderful weekend of climbing and conviviality at the Pinecrest Climb-In in September, all graciously hosted by Liz and Royal Robbins and Tom Frost.  Many thanks and much appreciation to Liz, Royal and Tom for, once again, organizing and hosting this popular event.  Although this was the last Pinecrest Climb-In that Liz, Royal and Tom will host, the SNS would like to carry on this fine tradition in the ensuing years with Liz, Royal and Tom as our guests. Read the following report on the weekend, provided by Royal:


Dear Friends,

First of all, thanks to all for coming. It was great seeing Joe Fitschen, Dave Harden, Brad Young, Ed Drummond, Glen Denny, Bill Slater (author of the new guide to climbing in northern California: “California Road Trips,”) and, from far away Italy, our friend Umberto Colombo. Thanks to Brodie and Whitney Hegg for coming up and helping out. Bill and Barbara Straka showed up, as usual, as well as Fred Glover and friends, Joe Metz, Ray and Vivien Kablanow, and many others including Ellen Lapham and Dave Riggs, the last two being principal players in the Sierra Nevada Section of the American Alpine Club. We had a great two days of climbing and a convivial gathering on the porch of our cabin.

On Saturday we climbed, as usual, at Genesis Edge, and besides enjoying the fine climbing on Genesis, had fun top-roping the short wall above. It was cool, but thankfully dry. Thanks, Tom Frost, for all of your help up there. That evening we had our usual gathering on the porch of our cabin, with lots of goodies. It was well-attended. It says something for the crowd that we ran out of water but not of wine. Thanks to everyone who brought donations. Liz said of the group: “What wonderful people!” So thank you, everyone, for being you.

On Sunday we went to The Roaches and had a good time climbing there. We put up top ropes and did some fine routes. There were more people there than I have ever seen, all enjoying themselves. There was one incident when a young man scrambling up an easy gully dislodged a large rock which luckily missed everyone, though I am told that a woman belayer had to jump out of the way. This is the first “incident” we’ve had in all of the years of the Climb-In (since 2001) but it shows the possible results of a moment’s carelessness. Take care, my friends. By the way, someone left a blue with white coloring rope up there. It appears to be shorter than a standard 165′ and is about 10.5 milimeters in diameter. Any takers? If I learn to whom it belongs I will send it to that person.

We haven’t finished the accounting but it appears we will be sending a donation of several hundred dollars to the Section, which will go, I understand, to the privies in Bishop effort. This is the last Climb-In that Tom and Liz and I will host but the tradition may continue as the Sierra Nevada Section, headed by Tom Burch, has generously offered to take up the slack. Anyway, if it’s on, we hope to see you all next year. Thanks again for coming.


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