Happy Birthday, "Life Is A Bivouac!!"

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BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Topic Author's Original Post - May 10, 2013 - 03:28am PT
My dear, MATURING friend, McClinsky, "Life is a Bivouac," Russ McLean and I were born 5 days apart in the "Middle of May" we'd always joke about; that was the best time of year! Waterfalls are full of energy; life itself is renewed! For more that 50 years we've climbed, loved, cried, watched and generally been great friends tho months or maybe even years may have gone by without contact. Still the bonds that are born of climbing, of trusting one's life with another on the ends of the same rope, have remained strong and supple. So thanks for sharing parts of your life with me, my friend, and for letting me share parts of mine with you. As my great grandfather used to say, "The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune." And so it is with Russ!

Here are a few pictures of Russ and friends:

Dennis, me and Russ, 1974, just before starting the drive from CA to N...
Dennis, me and Russ, 1974, just before starting the drive from CA to NYC on the way to our expedition to Afghanistan. Guido took this.
Credit: BooDawg

Russ & Dennis, New Year's Day, 1968.
Russ & Dennis, New Year's Day, 1968.
Credit: BooDawg

Russ, Joe, Dennis, before the CA-NYC drive, 1974.
Russ, Joe, Dennis, before the CA-NYC drive, 1974.
Credit: BooDawg

Russ after a hanging bivie...
Russ after a hanging bivie...
Credit: BooDawg

Russ just before another of our many retreats...
Russ just before another of our many retreats...
Credit: BooDawg

Russ at our mutual B-Day party, 1971.
Russ at our mutual B-Day party, 1971.
Credit: BooDawg

1974.
1974.
Credit: BooDawg

1981
1981
Credit: BooDawg

Afghanistan Expedition Reunion, 2010.
Afghanistan Expedition Reunion, 2010.
Credit: BooDawg

2010.
2010.
Credit: BooDawg

He holds a wine bottle like a samurai sword!
He holds a wine bottle like a samurai sword!
Credit: BooDawg

2013.
2013.
Credit: BooDawg

2013.
2013.
Credit: BooDawg

2013.
2013.
Credit: BooDawg

Russ and Don Lauria, 2013.
Russ and Don Lauria, 2013.
Credit: BooDawg

Who else has photos or stories about Russ? Post 'em up, please!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
May 10, 2013 - 09:24am PT
Those are great photos Boo!!

I've got no stories, just wishing you all a Happy Birthday and requesting that you keep it up with those photos anytime you want!!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
May 10, 2013 - 09:57am PT
Best to a longtime friend and colleague! Great photos, too Ken. In fact wonderful ones and the string of them together better still.
Dennis Hennek

climber
May 10, 2013 - 10:09am PT
I'll make you a batch of cookies old friend, all the best Poo, and a happy birthday to you Boo.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
May 10, 2013 - 11:39am PT
Happy Birthday you old Samarai you..........
Boo photo
Boo photo
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Great Pumpkin with Kamps
Great Pumpkin with Kamps
Credit: guido
Hennek and Russ Valley bound
Hennek and Russ Valley bound
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Kabul
Kabul
Credit: guido
Russ and Bugs
Russ and Bugs
Credit: guido
Hounddoging my ex
Hounddoging my ex
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
with Mr Kamps
with Mr Kamps
Credit: guido
Usual Suspects
Usual Suspects
Credit: guido
Russ and Faint
Russ and Faint
Credit: guido
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 10, 2013 - 12:05pm PT
hbd LIAB

only had the pleasure of being out with Russ once, to do Smoke's Rock Course...



looking forward to running into him in the future
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
May 10, 2013 - 12:07pm PT
Happy Birthdays, great photos

James
Tony Puppo

climber
Bishop
May 10, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
Happy Birthday Russ!
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
May 10, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
Happy birthday too the both of you.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 10, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
Wow, what a fantastic tribute to a friend.
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
May 10, 2013 - 12:43pm PT
I don't know you but happy birthday and thanks for giving us an excuse to see some cool history!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 10, 2013 - 12:46pm PT
+1!^^^^^^^^
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 10, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
If life is truly a bivouac, that would indicate climbing in the next plane of life. Grate idea!

To commitment to friendships built to last
I wish you well and raise my glass!

nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
May 10, 2013 - 01:07pm PT

BooDawg, Thanks for the BITD pictures..fun!...
I do not know the birthday boy.. but ..wishing Russ a...

Happy Birthday!!!...
and dang,.. the birthday boy is handsome...


Powder

Trad climber
the Flower Box
May 10, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
Happy Birthday!!!!!

've never exchanged our names but we did exchange a few words at Oakdale Climbers Festival. Your friendliness and kindness is something I'll never forget.



Happy Birthday to you, too, BooDawg! Thanks for sharing all these great photos.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 10, 2013 - 01:57pm PT
Very Nice. Happy Birthday Russ


Susan and Michael (Ferretlegger)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
May 10, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
I don't know him, but he seems to age pretty darn well. Feliz cumpilanos
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
May 10, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
Happy Birthday Russ!
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
May 10, 2013 - 04:48pm PT
A happy birthday wish and a question: Is the guy you named Bugs in one of the photos Bugs McKeith the Scottish climber?
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
May 10, 2013 - 05:18pm PT
Tis the same Bugs, off on a wee sailing adventure with Russ and gang, Santa Cruz circa ice age.
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