They ride the elevator up to a conference room, where Chanel is jarred to find the director of Auburn, Derrick Aiken, waiting. He is there to issue a warning: If Chanel and her husband, Supreme, do not comply with the Department of Homeless Services’ requirements, the family may be forced to leave the shelter system. At issue is their public assistance case, which has closed because Supreme failed to report to a job placement program, one of dozens of such lapses in the past decade. Currently, the family receives only food stamps and survivor benefits.
Have you ever seen the film Mountain of Storms ? It’s Lito Tejada-Flores’ 1969 adventure flick featuring Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Dick Dorworth, and Chris Jones on their half-year road trip of surfing, skiing, and climbing from Ventura to Patagonia and back again in a used Ford Econoline van. The film’s apotheosis takes place on December 20, 1968, when the team made the third ascent of Mount Fitz Roy by a new route. (The team unfurled the above banner at the summit.) “In general,” wrote Tompkins in an account of the climb in the American Alpine Journal, “we were going to ‘hog fun’ as much as we could for six months.” Thus the Fun Hog moniker, which they loosely translated as “sporting porks” for the Patagonian locals. Word has it that Tompkins, who had founded The North Face in 1966 and sold it in 1968, had the banner made just before leaving San Francisco. (Read his memories of the adventure, which we published in December 2015.) Patagonia’s geography made a deep impression on Chouinard, who went on to name his company for the range that captured his heart. Later, of course, Tompkins would migrate to the region and begin acquiring vast tracts of land and turning them into national parks. Photo: Terri Laine Chouinard Yosemite Hammer with Receipt