Doug Robinson


Posted on October 24, 2018 Comments Off on Dates

If you’re interested in hearing Doug speak about The Alchemy of Action, climbing, guiding, mountaineering or writing, please go to the CONTACT page and send us a note.

Confirmed Dates, as of Oct 24, 2018


  • …stay tuned for additional Alchemy of Action dates, coming soon!
  • Nov. 2-4, 2018: Bishop, CA. Doug will be leading TWO tours of Smoke’s Rock Course for the AAC’s Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic. Saturday will cover the first half of the course, as in previous years, and new for this year, Sunday will cover the second half. Space for these clinics is very limited and both have already sold out. Read Doug’s The Curious Tale of Smoke Blanchard and His Buttermilk Rock Course for more info.
  • Nov. 8, 2018 (Thur.) @ 8 pm: Los Angeles, CA. The Stronghold Climbing Gym is hosting a free Alchemy of Action presentation. The gym is located in the Brewery Arts Complex, 650 S. Avenue 21, Los Angeles, CA. Please see the gym’s website for info about parking.
  • Nov. 12, 2018 (Mon.) @ 7 pm: San Diego (Poway), CA. Vertical Hold climbing gym is hosting a free Alchemy of Action presentation. 13026 Stowe Drive, Poway, CA 92064. Phone: 858-748-9011.

Past Appearances—A Selection of Recent Presentations


  • Oct. 12-14, 2018: Oakdale, CA. Doug spoke at the Oakdale Climbers Festival. The theme for 2018 was “Reflections on the Golden Age of Big Wall Climbing in Yosemite.” Doug appeared alongside a list of luminaries, including, Yvon Chouinard, Tommy Caldwell, Jim McCarthy, Glen Denny, Joe Fitschen, Chris Jones, Ron Kauk, Corey Rich, Ken Yager, Dick Duane, George Whitmore, Bob Swift (and others).
  • Oct. 11, 2018 (Thur.) @ 7 pm: Palo Alto, CA. The Stanford Alpine Club hosted an Alchemy of Action presentation.
  • July 19, 2018 (Thur.): Planet Granite, San Francisco gym, CA. Planet Granite hosted a fundraiser for the terrific Yosemite Climber Stewards program. Doug and Yosemite Climbing Ranger Eric Bissell did slideshows and a QA about the program and gym-to-crag considerations.
  • July 18, 2018 (Wed.): San Francisco Patagonia store, CA. Patagonia and Journal of Alta California presented “Conquerors of El Capitan.” Alta publisher Will Hearst interviewed Doug about Yosemite climbing pioneers and Doug’s own extraordinary career for this standing-room only audience of 75.
  • July 6, 2018 (Fri.): Yosemite National Park, CA. Doug presented “149 Years of Yosemite Climbing” at the Sierra Club’s Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center (formerly LeConte Memorial Lodge).
  • March 10, 2018 (Sat.): Mammoth Lakes, CA. For the grand finale of the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association’s Winter Adventure Series at the Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center, Doug, along with record-setting ol’ school ski cohorts Marty Hornick and Dick Dorworth, presented “Across the Great Divide,” about skiing in the Sierra Nevada range.



  • Nov. 5, 2016 (Sat.): Bishop, CA. Doug led a tour of Smoke’s Rock Course for the AAC’s Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic. SOLD OUT, AGAIN!
  • Oct. 25, 2016 (Tue.): Portland, OR. “An Evening with Doug Robinson”—a fundraiser to support the Mazama Library & Historical Collections. The presentation will include stories of learning to climb in the Pacific Northwest, a teenager making an epic winter ascent of Shasta, dual soloing Mt. Rainier’s Liberty Ridge with Chris Landry—who then made its first ski descent—and then making the first pin-binding ski descent of Mt. Rainier via the Emmons Glacier. Doug’s photos of that trip landed in Sports Illustrated. Doug will bring bring a few historic “artifacts” to share with the crowd during his presentation. Perhaps you’ll get to see Doug’s classic bamboo-handled Chouinard Piolet, which he used on Liberty Ridge and the second ascent of Ama Dablam.
  • Sept. 27, 2016 (Tue.): Yosemite National Park, CA. Slideshow about the history of climbing in Yosemite Valley for the American Alpine Association’s 2016 International Climbers’ Meet.
  • Sept. 21, 2016 (Wed.): South Lake Tahoe, CA. Tahoe Wellness Cooperative Community Center. Presentation and QA about The Alchemy of Action.
  • July 29, 2016 (Fri.): Yosemite National Park, CA. “147 Years of Yosemite Climbing” at the Sierra Club’s Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center (formerly LeConte Memorial Lodge).
  • Jan. 31, 2016 (Sun.): Alhambra, CA, (LA area). As keynote speaker for the Sierra Club’s Sierra Peaks Section (SPS) 2016 banquet, Doug presented “Mountaineering in the Palisades and the Whitney Massif.”
  • Jan. 30, 2016 (Sat.): La Jolla, CA. D.G. Wills Books. Reading, presentation and QA discussion about The Alchemy of Action.