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Ihateplastic

Trad climber
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 22, 2009 - 04:03pm PT
This man is THE man!

From Rock & Ice 1993 by Chappie and George Bracksieck.

Merry Christmas from me! (Let me know if this is too small to read...)
















Gene

Social climber
Dec 22, 2009 - 05:07pm PT
Never saw that before. Thanks, IHP.
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Dec 22, 2009 - 05:18pm PT
Whoa... What a savage dude!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 22, 2009 - 07:18pm PT
Thanks, Simon - that's awesome!!

And he hardly mentions the Shield.
slabbo

Trad climber
fort garland, colo
Dec 22, 2009 - 07:23pm PT
Sheild, Trip........ robbins" He has gotten inside the rurp and is looking out"

Ths baffin was the first grade 7 ??????
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 22, 2009 - 09:17pm PT
Great find! Not much written by or about Charlie as he mentions. Cool to hear about his adventures.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Top of the 5.2-5.12 Boulder
Dec 22, 2009 - 09:20pm PT
I remember this.
Met him, in the Valley, too. Mid 90's, looking for Werner.
What a cool, unassuming, self possessed guy.
oh, yeah.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 22, 2009 - 09:38pm PT
Bad ass.
Brunosafari

Boulder climber
OR
Dec 22, 2009 - 11:43pm PT
"Fell only twice."

Obviously he wasn't pushing himself quite hard enough!
WBraun

climber
Dec 22, 2009 - 11:49pm PT
Yeah he was "THE BAD ASS"

He was the real Burt Bronson
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Dec 22, 2009 - 11:50pm PT
That is a great article. It was very useful in writing the first Big Walls Books

But the real score was when Rick Sylvestor found a note that Charlie left at Wilson's East Side sports when he was selling a pair of shoes (early 80's). Rick gave me the number saying "its 10++ year old and probably no good, but give it a shot." I dialed it and Charlie picked up. Gave great stories on his El Cap FA's. I probably would have never been able to track him down and get FA details without that note and Rick's decision to keep the phone number for a decade+.

Anyone know what he is up to now?
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Top of the 5.2-5.12 Boulder
Dec 22, 2009 - 11:59pm PT
South American Sailor, ain't he?
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Dec 23, 2009 - 12:13am PT
Thanks for the post.
I agree with WBraun, and Charlie was also a kind and caring human.
I love that comment: "We thought climbing should be an amateur sport, or not even a sport at all."
He was so right on!
marv

Mountain climber
Bay Area
Dec 23, 2009 - 01:09am PT
a personal hero of mine, much more so than climbers closer to my generation (I'm early 30s). This article has all of The Three I's: Interesting, Informational, Inspirational.
Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Dec 23, 2009 - 01:36am PT
"We thought climbing should be an amateur sport, or not even a sport at all."
In '75 I approached him in my capacity as an equipment pimp to see if he would consider a production license deal. While he accepted the proferred Mountain Room indulgences he made it clear in a very polite manner that he was not interested in pimping himself. Clearly a man of integrity.
Esparza

Trad climber
Westminster, CA
Jan 4, 2010 - 05:38pm PT
Fantastic!
and partner

Trad climber
Leavenworth, WA
Jan 7, 2010 - 10:34pm PT
Howdy- I climbed w/ Charlie in the late 60's. Leaning Tower, and some new stuff near lower falls. Also did some aid on the S. Face of WA Column. Great guy. Sorry I did not do the Nose w/ him the week I left the Valley, on a bike, for WA St.... which was his goal then. So- he solo'd it. He reminded me of Red Skelton on the ground, but was totally cool on the rock. A great partner. His girlfrined at that time said "Chaaallie can do anything Chaaallie says he can," (with a strong NE accent).

Never put off what ya can do. Life is short.
Dave Dailey
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Top of the 5.2-5.12 Boulder
Jan 7, 2010 - 10:36pm PT
Ah, Dave is Wise.
Good on ya, mon.
Bargainhunter

climber
Feb 24, 2014 - 10:50am PT
Can anyone please post the last page of the interview? It's not loading from the original post.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Feb 24, 2014 - 07:30pm PT
A big loss. I hate to say this but for me, it IS too small to read and I dont know how to tweak my computer to make it bigger.
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