Happy Birthday Don Lauria-The big 80!


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Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 22, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
Happy Birthday Don

Friend, mentor to many of us young'uns on ST and undeniably one of the toughest guys on the planet. Here is to another 100,000 miles!
Don Lauriana from "You Pick'um Fossils and Croissant, Ltd"
Don Lauriana from "You Pick'um Fossils and Croissant, Ltd"
Credit: guido

Social climber
Dec 22, 2012 - 02:01pm PT
hey there say, quido, thanks for the begining share for don...

happy birthday don... don't know you well here, yet, but enjoyed learning about you!!

have a wonderful birhtday!!! the folks that i know that enjoy the 80's have been by far some of the best quality folks i've been able to learn from...

god bless so very much!!! and may the new year of learning all about the
BIG 80, be enjoyable, fun, and full of great companionship!

Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 22, 2012 - 03:54pm PT
Happy birthday, Don! I hope you're out playing, and that the weather behaves. Us winter solstice babies have it rough.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 22, 2012 - 03:57pm PT
Ah yes another December birthday...this is wonderful...do enjoy it, lots more in good health and having lots of fun


Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
Holy crap, I was busy being born! Happy day!

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
Happy Birthday

Trad climber
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:51pm PT
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, and an even better year ahead!

It was an honor meeting you at Oakdale and hearing you share your experiences at Westridge and with the Dolt.

I will treasure the notebook always. Thank you from my heart.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 22, 2012 - 05:48pm PT
And all of them well lived! Happy birthday Don.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Dec 22, 2012 - 05:52pm PT
Happy Birthday, Don! Hope I make it to 80 likewise! Lots of living after 60, isn't there?

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 22, 2012 - 06:56pm PT

Ehhh--nobody's that old!
Happy Birthday, Don!!!!

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Dec 22, 2012 - 06:58pm PT
Don, apparently Michelle and I were born on your birthday. I hope you'll excuse our crowding you.

Happy 80th!

Dec 22, 2012 - 07:14pm PT
Wow! Someone older than me!

Happy birthday, Mister Lauria . . . Remember, 80 is the new 78!

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:19pm PT
From MR. Lauria's glorious description of the third ascent of the Leaning Tower.

It's all about a lot of candles. The more the merrier, Don.

"It was mid-April [1965]...There was still six feet of snow on the ground in the Valley. It was obviously going to be a cold ascent and we were only taking down jackets. We would use our rucksacks for our feet. Layton had borrowed two pairs of Jumars from somebody and he had shown me how they worked in the tent the night before. We would not take a stove- just cheese, bologna, gorp, and water. Kor was convinced we could use candles to warm our hands on the bivouac. That was his “plan.”

The temperature was in the 40s and everything was wet and it was getting dark – and did I say it was cold? Never fear, we have candles. We settled down in our dampened down jackets with our feet in our rucksacks. Kor fought desperately with damp matches to light up three candles. With our 3-candlepower heater ablaze we soon realized that whatever heat was being generated, we couldn’t feel it. The worthless matriarchal prostitutes! It wasn’t all a lost cause – we did have a cozy candle lit dinner.,."

Quick math, he was borneded in 32, from 65, he was 33 when he did his first big wall.

Travis, ya listening?

We love the shiit out of ya, Donosaur. Happy Birthday!!!
Don Lauria, 2nd ascent of "Boche Death Route" &#40;?&#41;, 1965.
Don Lauria, 2nd ascent of "Boche Death Route" (?), 1965.
Credit: BooDawg
That same year, 1965.


Soda Springs, CA
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:32pm PT
Big Happy Birthday to you Don!

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:34pm PT
happy birthday Don,
may you continue to thrive...


Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:36pm PT
We are all young at heart but we better not trust our farts.

some eastside hovel
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
Happy b-day Don!!First pic looks like the Green River trip you took right when I "moved" into the Bard house while my house was in escrow.No??
Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
Dec 22, 2012 - 08:14pm PT
'best to ya, don--it was great to meet you at oakdale, and your presentation there was wonderful. here's to italian climbers!

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 22, 2012 - 09:16pm PT
Buon Compleanno Don,
Great hanging out with you in Oakdale. Hella story teller. no worries, your secrets are safe. Looking forward to the next meeting.
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Dec 23, 2012 - 01:00am PT
Don - can't believe it - you've almost caught up with me, and you look - at worst - a middle-aged tiger. I was really touched by your talk at Oakdale. Thanks.
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