Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins … Reg Lake.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 12, 2009
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Excerpt of Grayson Schaffer’s great article:

Reg is a contemporary of a band of California adventurers that includes Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, The North Face founder Doug Tompkins, and big-wall legend Royal Robbins. The three climbed together in Yosemite in the sixties; in the seventies, they turned from rock to water, exploring California’s steep creeks and waterfalls. And if you wanted to run hard whitewater, Reg was the guy you called.

Among them, the four notched first descents on now classic runs like the Upper Kern, flowing off Mount Whitney, and the Middle Fork of the Kings, through Kings Canyon National Park. In 1980, they ran the Devils Postpile section of the San Joaquin, which features an unscoutable, unportageable Class V gorge called the Crucible that’s still feared even by the best young kayakers. Reg was the “probe” for that line. “I’ve got a lot of respect for that guy,” says expedition paddler Ben Stookesberry, 29. “He’s a complete badass.”

While the others went on to found successful clothing companies based on the dirtbag image, Reg stayed…

…read the beginning and end of ‘Hustle and Floe’ on Grayson Schaffer’s gorgeous web site.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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