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Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Original Post - May 13, 2011 - 04:33pm PT
I recently returned from Joshua Tree where I had been living most of my life, having retrieved the rest of my belongings from nearly 4 years living back in Oregon. I found literally thousands of old pics...The first is from when I was guiding Keith Brueckner in Verdon in 1984 at age 23. I'm leading a 5.12c "Sans Chassure" (barefoot.) Will post more as I scan them... :)
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
May 13, 2011 - 04:35pm PT
Awesome Michael - can't wait to see more!
Barcus

Social climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
May 13, 2011 - 04:36pm PT
More please!

Marcus
Evil Too!
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
May 13, 2011 - 04:41pm PT
Je suis une légende!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 04:45pm PT
Watched this trippy documentary the other day and it actually mentioned my client Keith Brueckner...
"The extraordinary yet true account of a secret US government-backed attempt to build a spaceship the size of an ocean liner and send it to Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, propelled by thousands of miniature nuclear bombs.

Beginning in 1958 Project Orion ran until 1965, employing some of the best scientists in the world, including the brilliant British mathematician and physicist Freeman Dyson. "Freeman Dyson is one of the few authentic geniuses I've ever met", says Arthur C. Clarke. "Orion isn't crazy. It would work. The question isn't whether we could do it, but whether we should do it".

The film uncovers a contemporary angle to Project Orion. Arthur C. Clarke states that today's generation are once again serious about going to Mars and that NASA has once more become interested in similar nuclear technology as used by Project Orion in the early 60s.

The film has exclusive interviews with Ted Taylor, who ran The Project Orion and who is also the most legendary nuclear weapon designer of all time; and Freeman Dyson who is one of the greatest theoretical physicists and mathematicians that has lived this century.

Clarke talks about how he originally wrote the screenplay for Space Odyssey 2001 and he describes how he referenced The Project Orion and its use of nuclear explosives within the plot of the screenplay. However by the time it came to filming, the nuclear references were dropped as Stanley Kubrick had become very anti-nuclear bombs and his special effects team were unable to come up with an idea as to how to visualize the actual impact of the technology."
This is a screenshot from the documentary showing a declassified report by Brueckner...I knew he was a Theoretical Physicist and well known professor at UCSD, also that he had written the previous Woodson guidebook before my own, but not this kind of way out stuff...
frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
May 13, 2011 - 04:53pm PT
OMG this is gonna be awesome!!!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 05:29pm PT
Ray, that's my original FROG harness that you made me that I used on the Nose with Ron Amick! :)
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 05:50pm PT
Before I left for France I had been climbing a bunch with my ol' pal "The Guargoyle" in the LA area, as I had a girlfriend there also...He took me to a place in Malibu Creek that we were to call "Little Europe" because of all the pockets... :)Man I always wore those dang Hugh Herr pants that Largo gave me...
I was there also when he bagged the second ascent of "Yabo's Arete" at Stoney. Below I'm doing the third, just after him...
(photos Mike Guardino)
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 06:02pm PT
I also guided a lot from the late '70's through the '80's into the early '90's for these guys...
I'm pictured leading "Cat's Squirrel" 5.12- in the Valley...
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 06:15pm PT
My Mt. Woodson Guide, included in Dr. F's superb Southern California Bouldering Guide from 1988 also showed me doing an FA there...
These first shots are stuff that was just what was laying on the top of the first box opened out of many...There were also some shocking cartoons that I drew that may not be suitable for ST...
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
May 13, 2011 - 06:22pm PT
There were also some shocking cartoons that I drew that may not be suitable for ST

totally invalid without pics, vawto!
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
May 13, 2011 - 06:29pm PT
Didn't Keith produce a smal paperback guide to Woodson many years ago? Seems i have one somewhere. Great shot's-keep'em coming!
TY
tom Carter

Social climber
May 13, 2011 - 07:49pm PT
Keep posting that primo stuff Mike!
frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
May 13, 2011 - 08:10pm PT
How'd I learn to rock climb?

Simple.

I watched Mike Paul and imitated him!

The most efficient and positve climbing style
I've ever witnessed.

Mike, it's the truth man, you taught me
everything.

That shot of you in Verdon is great!




Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 09:20pm PT
(Photo by Ron Amick, he just sent this one to me actually the other day:)
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 09:27pm PT
I also just busted into my shots of touring with my band "The Gathering" 20 countries for the military...there's some pretty funny stuff in there as well... :) Here's one...(You can find me back left...)
jack herer

climber
Veneta, Oregon
May 13, 2011 - 09:28pm PT
Hi Watusi, in your Vertical Adventures biography, it says you've done new routes in Oregon. I know a fair amount about lots of the climbing in Oregon and have never heard your name associated with any new routes. Curious if theres some info that may be missing out there.

Cheers
deepnet

Boulder climber
San Diego
May 13, 2011 - 09:29pm PT
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 13, 2011 - 09:31pm PT
Here's a few that have been posted before Mike.
lets see some more tusi.

frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
May 14, 2011 - 10:08am PT
Hey Watusi, remember when you Rob Wild and
I put up that 3 bolt sport climb @ Deerhorn in
Like 1980? And you were the only one of us who
Could do it? LOL. Maybe the first sport climb
In San Diego...?
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