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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. 4, 2017 (Sat.): Bishop, CA. Once again, Doug’s tour of Smoke’s Rock Course for the AAC’s Fall Highball Craggin’ Classic sold out early. Read Doug’s The Curious Tale of Smoke Blanchard and His Buttermilk Rock Course for more info.
- Oct. 25, 2017 (Wed.): Tahoe City, CA. Doug appeared at Alpenglow’s Tailgate #4, along with Peter Croft and Chris Noble, to celebrate and discuss Chris’s new book Why We Climb: The World’s Most Inspiring Climbers. Proceeds benefited the Donner Land Trust and Preserve Black Wall Initiative.
- July 22, 2017 (Sat.): Yosemite National Park, CA. “148 Years of Yosemite Climbing” at the Sierra Club’s Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center (formerly LeConte Memorial Lodge). CANCELLED DUE TO DETWILER FIRE.
- 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.
- Nov. 7, 2015: Bishop, CA. The AAC’s “FALL HIGHBALL CRAGGIN’ CLASSIC – The Annual Eastside Community Throwdown.” Doug led Smoke’s Rock Course.
- Sept. 19, 2015: Yosemite National Park, CA. Yosemite Conservancy’s Program, “Yosemite Exploration: Experience the Climbers’ World.”
- July 11, 2015: Yosemite National Park, CA. LeConte Memorial Lodge.
- June 19, 2015: Petaluma, CA. Women’s Visionary Conference.
- May 15-17, 2015: Boulder, CO. Keynote presenter for the Access Fund’s “Solid Protection: Tools and Strategies for Protecting the Places We Love to Climb” Saturday fundraising banquet and Friday night Happy Hour screening of “Moving Over Stone.”
2014 – THE ALCHEMY OF ACTION BOOK TOUR
- Nov. 1-9, 2014: Banff, AB, Canada. Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.
- Oct. 24-25, 2014: Boulder, CO. American Mountain Guides Association – Annual Meeting. Two seminars a day, 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm.
- Oct. 23, 2014: Boulder, CO. Neptune Mountaineering.
- Oct. 18, 2014: New Paltz, NY. Rock and Snow.
- Oct. 8, 2014: Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn Boulders. Fundraiser for BKBF and book presentation.
- Sept. 30, 2014: Alexandria, VA. Sportrock Climbing Centers, sponsored by The American Alpine Club – Washington DC Section.
- Sept. 25, 2014: Washington DC. American Parkour Academy. Presentation and pot-luck BBQ.
- Sept. 23, 2014: Morrisville, NC. Triangle Rock Club.
- Sept. 19, 2014: Chattanooga, TN. High Point Climbing Gym – “Pint Night” to benefit The Southeastern Climbers Coalition.
- Sept. 15, 2014: St. Louis, MO. Upper Limits Rock Gym – West County location.
- Sept. 11, 2014: Boulder, CO. Valley Uprising premiere.
- April 2, 2014: Oklahoma City, OK. University of Central Oklahoma.
- March 26, 2014: Bozeman, MT. Northern Lights Trading Company, co-sponsored by the American Alpine Club, Montana Section
- Feb. 4, 2014: Santa Rosa, CA. Rock Ice & Mountain Club