Dick Cilley Appreciation Thread


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Ice climber
Topic Author's Original Post - May 8, 2011 - 04:28am PT
One day this spring I saw him walking around Ryan Campground then the next day I saw him walking down the hill toward Coyote Corner wearing the same clothes and pack like he never stopped walking.

Dick Cilley


http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=150092&tn=0Dick Cilley
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
May 8, 2011 - 10:16am PT
Thanks for the Joshua Tree Climb link. Fun to read. Cheers, lynne

Boulder climber
Butte, America
May 8, 2011 - 10:29am PT

I have had the fortune to meet Dick, and climb with him the 3 ventures that he made to Montana to play in the Boulder Batholith--unforgettable man, climber, and spirit :-)

Trad climber
May 8, 2011 - 12:17pm PT
One of the quotes ascribed to him on the JTRee Climbs profile - "The beauty of climbing is searching for the limit and finding there is none."

I will add that to the Quotations section in my t-shirt shop - such a great insight(including author, of course).

Hung out a little bit with Dick while I was hunkered down in Jtree this winter. He's obstinate, opinionated, always right, and will say anything just to see if you are actually participating in the conversation or just paying lip service. Quite the character, for sure, and a nice companion for those couple of rainy Sundays I walked around the park with him(and NO, in case anyone is thinking....)

May 8, 2011 - 12:43pm PT
When I first met Dick I thought his name "Dick Cilley" was another nick name that Russ made up, as Russ always assigned a nick name to everyone back then.

For a long time I wondered what his real name was ......
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 8, 2011 - 12:46pm PT
probably the coldest date Richard ever had.

Social climber
Davis, CA
May 8, 2011 - 01:39pm PT
I picked up Dick hitching into the park last season. I had heard of him, and thought I'd ask for beta

me: Have you done Scary Monsters? I think I'll try it.

Dick: Scary monsters? *long pause* You'll neeeeeever do it.

(it turns out he was right)

Me: oh well. Do you want to go climbing?

Dick: With you? *long pause* Not really.

Some funny sh#t.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 8, 2011 - 01:57pm PT
Some funny sh#t.

Haha! That is funny. Never met the dude.

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
May 8, 2011 - 03:45pm PT

BITD Dick did a fine job helping me out doing in-field sales.
He always paid C.O.D. cash and we moved a fair bit of gear.
Perhaps I never thanked him for that, we both make a couple
bucks, but anyway...Thanks Dick, I appreciated it.

Also, many of us in San Diego were a little bit cloistered regarding
the quality and viability of San Diego climbing - Dick Cilley validated
us, and told us the great things about our crags that even we - the
Locals - didn't recognize. And I appreciate that to this day.

Plus, there was a time, maybe in the mid 80's when the guy was
an absolutely phenominal boulderer...I mean he could crank
with the best of them, and did. Hey, for all I know, maybe he still


Social climber
Cinderella Story, Outa Nowhere
May 8, 2011 - 04:08pm PT

Always enjoy hanging out with Dick and shooting the schit.
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
May 8, 2011 - 04:24pm PT
Different paths, but still friends, and both still climbing.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
May 9, 2011 - 02:06pm PT
Just had coffee with Cilley and Bridwell in Joshua Tree....both doing fine and it's a beautiful day in the Mojave desert...life is sweet...

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 9, 2011 - 02:17pm PT
Dick is the man. Either you know that or you don't.

Trad climber
Josh, CA
May 9, 2011 - 03:24pm PT
Cilley is a great guy!

looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
May 9, 2011 - 03:52pm PT
Ran into Dick several times this last season. He remains motivated and like one of his quotes, is out exploring new stuff all the time. Always a good and interesting guy who says it straight.
Mike Friedrichs

Sport climber
City of Salt
May 9, 2011 - 05:43pm PT
Here's to ya Dick. Glad you're back in the USA.

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
May 9, 2011 - 06:04pm PT
He's gonna make a great dad someday. On second thought, he probably already is a dad. Just dosen't know it.


Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
May 9, 2011 - 06:41pm PT
I adore the guy, he's an inspiration to all climbers. Strong as hell and incredibly dedicated to the sport.

Last time I saw him was about 2 months ago hitch hiking out of JT near Steve's Canyon. Picked him up and drove him down to his place in the pit.

Climbed with him some in Indian Cove this winter. He is expert at doing hard solo action. I think he's probably making his way up to Washington where he spends the summers. I think he owns Index at this point.

Trad climber
Golden, CO
May 9, 2011 - 09:09pm PT
I remember him as a mostly adequate dishwasher (not that i haven't seen better - WAY better). Couldn't tell you if he could actually cook...probably not. I liked hanging out with him.

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
May 10, 2011 - 02:50am PT
bumping cause he's the man.
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