Happy 80th B Day Jim Sinclair


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The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 21, 2013 - 09:01am PT
Squamish climbing pioneer and legend, "Big Jim" turns 80 today.
He brought us such classics as Diedre, Merci Me, The Phew (which showed the way to Cruel Shoes) and countless other gems.
Still keen to share a coffee, a smoke and a story or two.
Happy Birthday Jim!

(By the way, he vehemently refused to let us throw a bash for him, so don't even think about it!)

wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Jun 21, 2013 - 09:55am PT
Happy Birthday, Jim! Thanks for your contributions to this arena we love, in that magnificent setting!!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jun 21, 2013 - 10:00am PT

It's always great to see you !

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jun 21, 2013 - 10:03am PT
Happy birthday......!!!!

Trad climber
crack addict
Jun 21, 2013 - 10:06am PT

80th????? How can that be???? Happy B-day, you sandbagging SOB.

A long way from where I started
Jun 21, 2013 - 10:18am PT
A couple times in the last few years I've rolled into Starbucks for a pre-climb coffee and run into Jim. I wish I was up there now and could do the same thing this morning.

Happy Birthday Jim!

David Harris

Jun 21, 2013 - 11:17am PT
I saw him in the Bluffs parking a couple weeks ago. I don't know about that 80th birthday. He seems timeless. Happy everyday, Jim!
Big Mike

Trad climber
Jun 21, 2013 - 11:23am PT
Happy Birthday Jim!! Thanks for all the tales!!

Mountain climber
Jun 21, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
Happy Birthday, Jim! I'll see you soon.


Social climber
Jun 21, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
Jim thanks so much for talking to Katie or Gwen. Not sure who got hold of you , I tried, but J and I had a great chin wag while you were out.

My mum just turned 90 two days ago so you wet, left coasties know how to tear the years off the calendar and still have a whompin' great time.

I have a fond memory of meetin' ya in your van the summer of '77 and listened while you told us great tales.

Oh, yeah..........sorry for it but I called you the trickster and the godfather of Squamish climbing in my piece. The ol' coffee cup also gets mentioned.

Big Grin !!!!

Loads o' love xTami

peter croft

Jun 21, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
Best birthday wishes, Jim
Such good memories from over the years.
Look forward to seeing you next time I'm up - at the coffee shop or the crag. I hope the sun is shining on you right now.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 21, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
It was great to chat with you last summer at the Psyche ledge party, Jim. I really liked the not so flattering Fred Beckey tale you told. Happy birthday.

Jun 21, 2013 - 02:17pm PT
To the real Big Jim,

To the youngest 80 yr old I know, should I be so lucky!
Best wishes and keep on doing what you do best; being yourself,
Greg F
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 21, 2013 - 04:20pm PT
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Coffee? Check. Cigarette? Check. Natty dress? Check. Friends around? Check.

Jun 21, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
Hey, I've seen that guy around before! So that's big Jim. Thanks for all your past & present contributions to climbing. Hope to meet u someday, happy Bday!

The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 21, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
Jim doesn't own a computer much less lurk here.
His friends do however update him on current online events and we can think of this as a birthday card Jim will see later today.
He'll be pleased.

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jun 22, 2013 - 01:04am PT
So I ran into Jim holding his coffee cup in the parking lot under the Chief,(1992) looking up at the people climbing.

Hey Jim, I get to go on a trip to the Waddington Range ! I blursted out.

"That's great, who are you going with" ?

Harry, Don, another Jim, Greg and Mike...


Then, "Whoa, man, that is a HEAVY team, good luck" !

Jim Sinclair has always been the best guy to look squarely at anyone with an adventure they're wanting to be part of and anxious at the same time and say - "why not, who better than you" ?

Happy 80th Birthday to you again Jim !

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Jun 22, 2013 - 01:20am PT
Happy 80th Big Jim, you're still a youngster at heart. Any route choices to celebrate the B Day?
hamish f

Social climber
Jun 22, 2013 - 11:15am PT
Happy Birthday to the nicest guy in Squamish.
Big Jim was a huge help to me 30 years ago when I trashed one of my knees and underwent the wrong surgery from a useless doctor (who later was sued for leaving a sponge in some unlucky patient) in Victoria. I would've given anything to see the sports med doctors at UBC but of course the wait was months and months. Jim made a phone call or two and I was in like flint to see B.c.'s best in the knee department.
Thanks so much Jim and here's to at least another decade.

Social climber
Jun 22, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
Cheers "old" friend, and all the best!!

This thread needs more stories, so here's one which is fit to tell on ST.

The first time that I climbed with Jim and his climbing partner Tony Cousins was a while back, in the spring of '62. Surprisingly we didn't go to Squamish, but rather to Sky Pilot. Yes, as in Mt. Sky Pilot. Who knows what was behind this sudden alpine urge. Perhaps they had been reading "The White Spider", which had recently reached Vancouver.

We drove to the abandoned townsite of Upper Britannia, and hiked to the old cabin. Overnight we drowned our quota of mice, easy enough given the overrun circumstances. "Take that you little bastard, and that, and that".

The next morning was dank, and grey and misty, but with no snow or rain. Our ascent was uneventful, with many smoke breaks, and many smokes smoked. Lung cancer, what's that? Tales were told, some perhaps with small kernels of truth, and plans were planned. The summit was eventually summitted, as we found a cairn, and likely a register, no doubt with names too, but alas no view.

Back in Jim's house, near the PNE, there was never again mention of alpine derring-do, but talk rather of Murrin, and Lighthouse Park and the Apron and............

Hey Jim, remember that trip? Long time no see--too long.

Sky Pilot, 1962.  Jim on left, Tony [obviously!] on right.
Sky Pilot, 1962. Jim on left, Tony [obviously!] on right.
Credit: hamie
Sky Pilot, 1962.  A well deserved smoke break.  Tony on left, Jim [obv...
Sky Pilot, 1962. A well deserved smoke break. Tony on left, Jim [obviously!] on right. No, they're not warming their fingers.
Credit: hamie

EDIT: Perhaps it did snow. Looks like fresh snow in the 2nd photo.

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