Dano would have been 50 today..


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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 12, 2013 - 10:15am PT
Keep shinin on from the spirit world brother! You live in many hearts..
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2013 - 11:35am PT
bump for the birthday Boy Emeritus..

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Feb 12, 2013 - 11:38am PT
Happy Birthday
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Feb 12, 2013 - 11:56am PT
May his spirit soar!

Boulder climber
Feb 12, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
I was one of the riggers/photographers on the Tower Jump, spoke to him about an hour before his final flight Miss you Dano, those were good times my friend.

Feb 12, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
Oh wow... That puts things into perspective. I wish for him what I wish for all our fallen. To not be forgotten, honored, and that those who loved him get a chance to live well, to carry his torch and brighten many lives into the future.


dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Feb 12, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
Hope your doing well on the other side Dano. Always an inspiration to watch you climb on those old vids.

Thought this was a cool pic that was on the net. Guess it's on Emmas facebook page, but I just found it on google.

Credit: dirt claud

Social climber
State of decay
Feb 12, 2013 - 03:13pm PT
Never completely gone as long as we remember.
And I remember.

Trad climber
Pollock Pines, California
Feb 12, 2013 - 03:32pm PT
i happened to be walking down the descent trail
of lovers leap the day that dan set the speed-free-solo
record on bears reach.

he was huffing a huge coil (400') up rope up the trail
for his camera crew.

he was all smiles and stood there
for a bit asking us about our climb
while he held that 100 pounds of rope.

he is a durable and respected figure,
gracing my understanding of this crooked life.

happy birthday, sir.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2013 - 03:38pm PT
Emma has indeed become a Beautiful and successful Lady - And she is NO DOUBT Danos offspring as the resemblance is strong,, in the physical as well that drive, determination and commitment..He is glowing in the spirit world watching his daughter bloom like a non stop Flower..

Social climber
Feb 12, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
hey there say, ron, and all...

ohmy, please forgive, i do not know who he is/was...
i would like to know his history,and some of the
special things that you all loved/love about your
dear friend...

thanks for remembering him...
god bless, at this time of hard, yet, good, memories..
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2013 - 04:15pm PT
Hey Neebs,, who he was was a kind gentle seemingly almost shy guy. Who could climb like a ninja that he was. He free soloed bears reach at lovers leap in 4 minutes. he established some of the hardest climbs around in many an area. He climbed with the likes Of Jay Smith, Paul Crawford, Conrad Anker and MANY MANY others. He then got into free fall rope jumping and took it to extremes, culminating in the record fall of 0ver 1000 feet off the leaning tower in Yosemite. That is on climbing ropes.! He developed countless climbing areas and is know internationally as one of the greats of our sport. Just Google Dan Osman,, and there will be hundreds of pages on him,, even wikipedia has him...An artist and musician,, and a zest for life seldom matched. And a father of one Gorgeous gal in Emma Osman.. He also trained Navy Seals and contruction workers in rope safety and procedures, as well as rigging many complex systems of safety on many different projects. .
Friend, buddy, climbing partner and one cool Dood..


Social climber
Feb 13, 2013 - 06:41am PT
hey there say, ron....

thank yuu..say, i DO remember you all taking about dan osman, as i see
the FULL name now...

i will read up on the wiki share, thanks!

Trad climber
Feb 13, 2013 - 08:57pm PT
It's a beautiful way to honor your friendship by keeping his memory alive.

'Got any stories we might be able to persuade you to share?

Shine on, Ron. ")

beyond the sun
Feb 13, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
I was just starting to climb in Tahoe around the time Dan was at the height of his powers (mid 90's). My first visit to cave rock I was blown away by the attention to detail around the base. Stones carefully stacked and (I think) cemented into seats / benches, not to mention the quality of the climbing.

Never had the good fortune to meet him, only to walk in his footsteps.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Feb 13, 2013 - 09:27pm PT
His memory is still inspiring people Ron! Thanks for all the tales!
Dr. X

Big Wall climber
X- Town
Feb 13, 2013 - 09:33pm PT

What he did at cave rock is truly incredible, if you saw what a trashpit/cesspool the base was before he "groomed" it like a cross between a tuscan porch and a zen garden.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Feb 13, 2013 - 09:54pm PT
I know one of the best gifts we can give our fallen, besides remembering what made them so special, is to live our own lives to the fullest. They would love that. Make them happy and proud. :D

Peace, lynne
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
That is very true.. AND he did most of that work at the Cave while healing broken ankles from getting short roped on a fall on a route at the cave.. Lugging up a TON of gravel, sand,,cement buckets of water, then he rigged COMPLEX block and tackles for moving HUGE blocks into perfect bench locations..He was a GENIUS at that sort of thing! And the drive, and commitment to his projects was above and beyond most all of the rest of us.
Much like that ICONIC shot of him on the OS solo on the needles where he does the perfect flag- with BROKEN RIBS from a bike accident the day before.. He had a way with his pain that was way beyond me.

Im sure if Dano had decided to go a different route in life he could have been an engineer of the hardest projects,, a killer musician, or an artist- or a Navy Seal. Perhaps the YOUTUBE vid of him "dry tooling" up a RUNNING waterfall at emerald bay is still out there-- who do you know whos done that? Tha Seals asked him to train them, so that should tell you the "stuff" Dano had.

Credit: Ron Anderson

borrowed from Emmas facebook page, a recent photo-- Dano done GOOD!

Trad climber
Feb 13, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
I know you have stories in there somewhere...what made you guys click?

If there was one climb you could go back to and climb with him again, where would it be? What made this climb so special or so ordinary that it was special?

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