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pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 24, 2013 - 07:44pm PT
Anyone remember Greg from Stoney Point, used to hang out with "The Fish" I think?" Last time I saw him was the early 90's and used to have lots of duck tape on his person. Had a thick English Accent.
I'm Rick James, Bitch

Social climber
Up in it and down on it
Apr 24, 2013 - 07:50pm PT
I know the man! Fake accent, big ass hand, talked sh#t all the time at Stoney and JTree. Hung with a guy called Dave Katz and his crew. Weird dude and I should know CIRJB!!!!!!!!((99
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Apr 24, 2013 - 07:56pm PT
Now we go down yet another Rabbit Hole.

Nice enough guy. Must have been hard to go through life with a UniMitt.

Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Apr 24, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
We met some dude in Camp 4 around 1980 with a big swollen hand . . . It must be the same guy.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 25, 2013 - 12:57am PT
what was his last name?
was he the official fish belay slave?
climber bob

Social climber
maine
Apr 25, 2013 - 06:11am PT
he lived at dick richardsons place in squaw @1981..we called him the fist..dont know his last name..
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 25, 2013 - 07:42am PT
Met him in the valley early 80s.

Don't remember an English accent.

I do remember that some people didn't like him. Seemed okay to me for the most part.

That hand could be a huge disadvantage in thin cracks!
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Apr 25, 2013 - 08:12am PT
The Hand aka Bearamiah to 24th Decadohedron
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Apr 25, 2013 - 08:42am PT
The guy was generically engineered for the Dihedral Wall, which favored left-handed nailing.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 25, 2013 - 11:40am PT
Lol! i heard he was the king when it came to "Old-aid lines"..
would love to see an ole picture.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 25, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
All sorts of crazy stories surrounded the guy
thanks russ! i want to read about some of those crazy stories.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 25, 2013 - 05:34pm PT
anyone have any details involving Allen Placo a.k.a waco placo tackeling a curry security guard chasing the hand?

any truths to this?
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 26, 2013 - 11:42am PT
I had heard the security guard was being over amorous with the Hand and Placo thought he was intervening on a possible rape.

fish this has got to be an classic yosemite story one which has been forgotten. if you can share stories i'd love it. the hand and placo!
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 26, 2013 - 03:13pm PT
Dr F wrote:
He would walk the streets and act like a climber

more like he was looking for the "ole aid line" with a british accent.
thank's dr f.

p.s. if the hand and placo read this i hope they chime in! stoney point could always use historical beta and the ole locals to be recognized.
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Apr 26, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
Allen Placo.

Ya! He was a cool, very high energy dood. Recall he was a high caliber road bike racer in the late 70's. Good climber too.
KP Ariza

climber
SCC
Apr 26, 2013 - 03:28pm PT
then there was Zubie, an acid head climber that worked in a climber store in Reno

Man, there's a blast from the past. Zubi was in tow with myself and the late Dick "Skippy" Richardson on a few trips to Calaveras Dome in the early '80's. While Skippy and I took turns stancing out bolts on run out slabs, Zubi passed the day toking fatties and conversing with the trees and the wild life. If I remember correctly he was in a terrible motorcycle accident around that time. Hope he's okay.

Never met Greg but I remember hearing stories of the infamous "hand". Always wondered if it was an advantage on certain crack routes. More likely not given the consistent nature of Yosemite cracks.
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Apr 26, 2013 - 03:35pm PT
then there was Zubie, an acid head climber that worked in a climber store in Reno, with his hot hippy chick girl friend,
a normal guy, who I worked with sometimes
and then the Hand

He was in his punk rocker phase, and is room was covered with wacked out graffiti on the walls, and his only possession was a blanket.
He would walk the streets and act like a climber, though he did very little climbing.

Holy shitballs!!! Dr F is a climber that just added to a climbing thread?!!! Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!!!! I seriously didn't know you climbed Dr. That post was a neat suprise to me. Carry on!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Apr 26, 2013 - 03:41pm PT
I think Dr F even has a boulder named for him. Or a problem, or something.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Apr 26, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
The Boxer named a scabby problem The Fry Problem, after Dr. F, because the good Dr failed on it for weeks and finally gave up. I don't think he has done it to this day. It might be V0- or something.

Your killing me here Russ.

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I do remember Greg and was, like many others, amazed that he picked up a British accent after only a relatively short stint in the British Isles. Seemed like a decent bloke, but only knew him in passing.
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Apr 26, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
Dr F- i think Russ wanted to know more about your first-hand knowledge of the Hand's enlarged groinage region
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