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Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 31, 2010 - 01:46pm PT
Public records show that our friend Jeff Batten has left us, on May 25th, 2010

He posted as Juan de fuca, prowsolo, the general, rockstar, lostarrow and other alias.

And he was the original internet troll on the subject of climbing, dating far back into the usenet board Rec.climbing, before the web had such communications.

For a long time, Jeff's posts were merely trolls, sometime appreciated, sometimes resented. But as time went on, Jeff opening up and shared more and more of himself with the online community. His scientific interests, his struggles with physical pain and depression, and his explorations into spirituality. He was our taco seismograph.

I choose to believe that Jeff is relieved from his struggles now, after facing them and exploring many ways of inner peace. I offer condolences for those who knew and will miss him. We will.

Perhaps we can post some of his classic trolls, cartoons featuring Jeff by Ouch (another fallen brother) and some of his other sharings.

Fly high Jeff, on your greatest adventure since soloing the Prow.

Peace

Karl
Jennie

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:01pm PT
From Tradgirl.com

"Free climbing is for losers."

"Get a %$#%#$^ hammer, and have your self some fun. "

RIP, Jeff.
Jack Burns

climber
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:06pm PT
I blame the programmers that wrote the code for this simulation called the planet earth.

What goes on this piece of cooled silicon is ridiculous.

I used to care, now I just laugh.

RIP Batten, although I really hope this is your greatest troll.
bluering

Trad climber
CA
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:14pm PT
God bless ya Jeff, rock on!

I'm sad....never met the guy, but I loved him. Shine on you crazy diamond!


I blame the programmers that wrote the code for this simulation called the planet earth.

What goes on this piece of cooled silicon is ridiculous.

I used to care, now I just laugh.

Funny. What I don't think the scientific mind could grapple with in this case, is that maybe is was designed that way, to be dynamic, uncontrollable, and with well placed 'bugs' in the system of life.

Of course, now he has the ultimate understanding of things and he's probably doing all kinds of calculations to verify it.

Either that or he knew he was home when he got there and said, "I'm gonna solo something".

Regardless, the dude has left the building...we'll miss ya, JDF!
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:30pm PT
Remember that Jeff sure seemed to know a lot about geology.
locker

Social climber
COLORADO
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:30pm PT


It's OFFICIAL...



Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Jeff Batten...
LEB

climber
PA
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:38pm PT
RIP, Old Buddy. You were the master! And you will be very much missed. Condolences to Mrs Batten.
Mimi

climber
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:41pm PT
Jeff, you will be missed. I always enjoyed your science-related stories and updates. When the big quake happens, may you have 50-yardline seats.
dirtbag

climber
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:42pm PT
RIP Jeff. You will be greatly missed.
stinkeye

Gym climber
shytehole known as reno
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:46pm PT

"Supertopo is gasoline, I am the match."

JDF

RIP Juan
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:48pm PT
Oh, that's so sad. Thanks for the update Baba.

I've been reading Jeff's posts since the rec.climbing days, he's always been a big part of the online climbing community. He will be missed.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, California
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:50pm PT
My prayers and thoughts go out to Jeff's Family.



Dwain
d-know

Trad climber
electric lady land
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:50pm PT
proud to have been
one of jdf's
suckerfish.

all of the best
to mrs. batten.
x15x15

climber
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:50pm PT
RIP mr. batten... i learned the fine art of "how not to take the internet too seriously" from prow solo, lost arrow, et al...

wherever you are, may the coeds be good to you...

x15x15
gonzo chemist

climber
Crane Jackson's Fountain St. Theater
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:53pm PT
RIP, JDF.


You will be missed.


the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Jul 31, 2010 - 02:55pm PT
Credit: JuanDeFuca
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jul 31, 2010 - 03:02pm PT
RIP troll on sir...
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Jul 31, 2010 - 03:07pm PT
:-(

eKat
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 31, 2010 - 03:10pm PT




Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 31, 2010 - 03:12pm PT
China Doll

A pistol shot, at five o'clock, the bells of heaven ring . . .
Tell me what you done it for, no I won't tell you a thing.
Yesterday I begged you before I hit the ground . . .
All I leave behind me is only what I found.

If you can abide it, let the hurdy-gurdy play . . .
Stranger ones have come by here, before they flew away.
I will not condemn you, nor yet would I deny . . .
I would ask the same of you, but failing, will not die.

Take up your china doll . . .
Take up your china doll . . .
It's only fractured and just a little nervous from the fall.

Songwriters: Hunter, Robert C;Garcia, Jerome J

Rest In Peace Brother
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