Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 11, 2011 - 01:02pm PT
My first route was in '86 with Alan Roberts on Quiet Desperation in Tuolumne Meadows. Bruce and Peter ran YMS then. Later, a young guide named Dan McDevitt started taking my up more routes; Fairview Regular, The Yawn, Dark Angel, Phobos,Darth Vader's Revenge,Great Circle, Hogwash, Pebbles and Bam Bam, Cry In Time Again, Truck 'n Drive and Little Sheba to name a few up in Tuolumne. In the valley it was Central Pillar of Frenzy, Nutcracker, the big slab way above Reed's Pinnacle, and a few others. Dan had a terrific sense of which next level of difficulty I was ready for. I would never realize until the route was done what he had just made me do. He taught me how to install a bolt, how to stay away from routes with reputations of rock fall, how to be safe on rappel, how to hand jam and so much more. Everything that this hayseed from Nebraska ever became as a climber I owe to you, Dan. Thank you. One day I had the privilege of climbing with Sue in the valley on Jamcrack, Bummer, Lazy Bum and my first attempt at Reed's Direct. Thank you, Sue. Both of you have been a great help to me, an inspiration to me, and to many others.
Today was my first time to the Cookie. Blaine's girlfriend, Sara, and I mini-traxed up Catchy and Catchy Corner, which would end up being my first 5.11a ever! Took me a few tries, but it turned out to be easier for me than Catchy 5.10d. We headed over to the Nabisco wall and I was fortunate to meet Dan and Sue. Super nice people that were gracious to let me hop on their rope for a few routes. Such an awesome day today and with awesome people!
hello,dan.i have not seen you in over 30 years.we grew up in the same neighborhood and did a bunch of stuff in scouts together there .i have followed you from afar,since i seen you walk up to dewinds house in like 83.i have been climbing,tele skiing(i teach that),biking and ww kayaking since then,mostly eastern pursuits,some rocky mountain.i hope you are well and i will be out to ca. and i will bring my shoes and harness,soon. thanks terence wilson