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A Tribute to Tom Frost & the Golden Age of Climbing

November 6, 2015
(Tom Frost) '64 (NA Wall El Cap)- Big 4 - Frost, Robbins, Pratt, Chouinard

Very few legends have been as present behind the camera as they have in front of it. Tom Frost is one of those legends, notching first ascents of both the Salathé Wall and North American Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite with our own Royal Robbins, along with several others in the Grand Tetons, Canada, and the Himalayas.

In addition to his accomplishments on the wall, Tom is a fervent conservationist and incredible photographer. His 1974 essay on clean climbing is a milestone piece in the history of sustainability in the outdoor industry. His iconic photos of some of the greatest moments in climbing stand alongside Carleton Watkins, Glen Denny, and others in documenting the history of Yosemite.

Our friends Tom Seawell and Jeff Wiant at Flatlander Films recently kicked off an Indiegogo campaign to fund a documentary chronicling Tom’s life and accomplishments. The film will feature luminaries like our founder Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard, Doug Robinson, and Lynn Hill, alongside today’s greatest climbers Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold, and Kai Lightner, a rising star in the climbing world.

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Tom Frost, Chuck Pratt, Royal Robbins

[blockquote source=”Steve Grossman”]”The film is a tribute to the visionary who redefined climbing style, the engineer who helped revolutionize climbing equipment, the artist whose iconic photography documented the most celebrated first ascents on Yosemite’s big walls, and the conservationist who lead the international effort to save historic Camp 4, the traditional home and meeting place for Yosemite climbers.”[/blockquote]

Join us in supporting this incredible adventure at the film’s Indiegogo page.

We are proud to be a small part of this historic project.

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Royal and Tom

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1 Comment

  • Reply Rich Onaitis November 7, 2015 at 1:58 am

    I’m looking foreword to seeing what you have to say about Tom. I had the opportunity to share a tent with him for a few weeks in Peru in the mid 70’s. He was a great person with whom to spend time, talk to, and climb.

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