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Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 20, 2010 - 11:20pm PT

So I was at the Leap on Friday, and while roping up for a dusk climb of Sinbad-Herbert I was talking to some nice climbers who happened to also be bluegrass musicians. They, like me, had decided to skip the Grass Valley Festival for a weekend of climbing.

Anyway, I had so much fun on the route that I wanted to bust out the banjo the minute I came down, but alas my banjo and my new friends were both far away. Yet I was left with an idea...

Any other mando, fiddle, or flatpicking guitar players climbing in the Sierras? If so, well you know what to do...

Social climber
Jun 20, 2010 - 11:23pm PT
hey there say, bertrand... .what a neat share... hope you find some players... :)

*i'm not near any areas, but i play the spoons, and they seem to fit in with all kind of music...

sure love to hear music stories such as these...

A long way from where I started
Jun 20, 2010 - 11:45pm PT
Bump for Mooser

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 21, 2010 - 12:04am PT
Neebee, spoons and bones sound great with banjo. come climb in California and we'll start the hoedown.

Way out there....
Jun 21, 2010 - 12:13am PT
I play a little guitar, banjo and mandolin.

Trad climber
Jun 21, 2010 - 12:39am PT
I play a little mando, guitar, and 5-string, too, and I listen to it even better. Ask Ghost.

(Chinchen - are you aware of the Maltby Jam?)
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 21, 2010 - 01:38am PT
Perry (Chief) does. A lot.

That is, the person who posts as "Chief" - not to be confused with "The Chief".


Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 21, 2010 - 02:29am PT
Mrs. Wayno just put on Steve Earl w/ Del McCoury and the Boys. I guess I'll hafta leave the puter be and go downstairs and ...

Bluegrass Bump!


Jun 21, 2010 - 05:22am PT
Not climbing in the Sierras or anywhere for that matter right now Bertrand.
I'd be lying if I said I can really play bluegrass.
From a strictly rhythm point of, it sounds a lot simpler than it really is.
I try to play bluegrass but I don't feel like I'm there yet.

Respect the groove,



Social climber
Jun 21, 2010 - 05:33am PT
hey there say, bertrand... wow, thanks for the invite... actually, i do not climb, but i'd like to play...

say, i take neat photos of the greatoutdoors (now due to a new camera) and i hike a lot... :)

but it is my brother (chappy) that is the climber of the ol' family...

will sure be with you and the ol' bluegrass playing, though, in spirit...

(used to play the casatanets, too, but sadly, when i got divorced they got lost in the move,as many things were moved through many homes---i had even had a back-up pair, but all gone now--neat black ebony wood, too, they were)...

well, i will definately keep my spoon playing up to par...

have FUN all... :)


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 21, 2010 - 08:45am PT

Opening for John Reischman, Chief?
Not worthy?

HA! Way too modest, sir.

I bet you rock!!!!

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jun 21, 2010 - 12:24pm PT
I'm not a bluegrass player, just a folk-rocky, but my nephew is a bit of a prodigy on mandolin. His name is Miles Petterson (remember it), he lives in Eagle, Colorado and plays in the Eagle, Glenwood, Carbondale area with Don Paine in the Last Minute String Band. At a bluegrass festival in Lyons Colorado last year he won best young artist and got a new mandolin. The following are a couple of pics, the really fuzzy one is him at the festival playing the mandolin he won. You should hear him, he's amazing!

I'm a pretty proud Uncle!

Trad climber
Jun 21, 2010 - 12:40pm PT
I play Irish and bluegrass. There's a really good banjo guy named Trout Man who does the climbing circuit. Great player and self-taught, which means he can never explain what he is doing or how he is tuned. Then there's George and Laila from Colorada who do some FINE FINE frailing.

Here's me in all my glory. If it were an hour later, say 9 A.M., you'd be seeing my bottle of bourbon beside my chair.

Bad Acronym

Little Death Hollow
Jun 21, 2010 - 01:53pm PT
Speaking of which, check out the new Punch Brothers CD, "Antifogmatic".


Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 21, 2010 - 02:18pm PT
Excellent work Hari! Anyone ever haul their guitar up to a ledge? More photos please.

Trad climber
Jun 21, 2010 - 03:51pm PT
Any climbing bluegrass musicians have video or audio files of your music? I don't, but I'm sure someone must.

Mountain climber
Jun 21, 2010 - 04:27pm PT
if you love bluegrass you may want to check out WDVX

Spider Savage

Mountain climber
Jun 21, 2010 - 04:53pm PT
Spider plays bluegrass, but not in front of others.

Been a fan since the beginning. There are many great groups but one stands out: Billy Hill & The Hillbillys. Super tight band, awesome musicians. They play 5 times a day, 365 days a year at the Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland.

Yesterday at the 4:30 show they played a great version of Jackson Brown's "Take It Easy." And of course, their usual epic version of "Orange Blossom Special."

Jun 21, 2010 - 05:04pm PT
Ditto for The Punch Brothers. Although I'm not a big Thile fan, I've done workshops with their guitar player Chris Eldridge, formerly of The Infamous Stringdusters. Those guys are the real deal.

Trad climber
State College, PA
Jun 21, 2010 - 05:14pm PT
I just put some bluegrass on the headphones and opened up ST and this came up... I play a bit of 12-string. Broken ankle should mean more practice time this summer...

Anyone ever haul their guitar up to a ledge? More photos please.

There's a first ukelele ascent of the Nose here...great TR, though not exactly bluegrass
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