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Legendary Climber Tom Frost, Ursack’s Godfather, Dead at 81

By August 25, 2018Uncategorized

Tom Frost died on August 24, 2018 after a short battle with cancer. Tom was a rock climbing pioneer who made first ascents of many of Yosemite’s iconic walls, and was part of a team that included Yvon Chouinard that made the first continuous ascent of El Capitan. He went on to partner with Chouinard in the company that later became Patagonia, and much more. See  https://www.outsideonline.com/2339191/climber-tom-frost-dies?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=onsiteshare

I met Tom when my wife, Kristi Denton Cohen, was making her film “Vertical Frontier” the history of Yosemite rock climbing narrated by Tom Brokaw. We attended an American Alpine Club event in Washington, DC at which Tom was awarded the Club’s highest honor for his work in saving Yosemite’s Camp 4. At that ceremony, we were sitting at dinner with Tom when I told him about a bear resistant food bag I had invented for use on the Yosemite to Tahoe trail. It was purely for our own use, but Tom said it could be a business. He invited me to share his booth at the Outdoor Retail Show in January 2000, and Ursack took off from there. I was (and remained) a practicing attorney with no intention of running a bear bag company, but there was too much demand for Ursack for me to let it go. It never would have happened without Tom Frost.

Beyond all his accomplishments (and there were many), Tom was above all a gentleman. He will be missed.