September 2019. Two weeks ago I returned to Patagonia corporate in Ventura CA to install the Karabin Climbing Museum Chouinard Equipment display in the new display location at the new Patagonia Archives building. Alex had already moved the display case over and reassembled it so my job was a simpler task of adding the gear panels. On this visit I was excited to add a few more items to the display that I acquired over the past year. First of all I give a huge thanks to everybody at Patagonia for their many smiles and making my vacation very amazing and comfortable. So comfortable that it was hard to return back to AZ. The new Archives building is totally amazing!!! A work of art in itself and filled with Chouinard and Patagonia history dating from 1957 to present. Val and Terri are in charge of putting together the Archives and are the dynamic duo of creativity. I feel extremely Blessed that somehow, through Val and Terri’s magic, I am included into the history of the Chouinard / Patagonia corporation.
Five day vacation which included climbing at the Boulderdash rock gym in Westlake Village and Boulderdash rock gym in Ventura. I spent a morning climbing at the Sespe Wall with Raf Dunn who pointed out the classic lines to be climbed. Great fun and I am excited to adventure with Raf on my next visit. Patagonia gave me a room at the beautiful Crowne Plaza resort which was directly on the ocean. Every night I slept with the balcony door open hearing the ocean which was so peaceful. A few of the pieces I added to the display included five Lost Arrow pitons made by Yvon in 1958-1959 which used to be owned by Steve Roper and William Dolt Feuerer. They are the pitons that began the Chouinard Equipment company. The weather was perfect! The people were amazing! The food was exquisite! The climbing was awesome! Big THANKS Val and Terri! Just another fun adventure on the Marty journey.