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Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 7, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
Kim has posted a few times and been recognized by friends. This is an official welcome to Kim, one of the stellar Valley climbers in the late 60s and early 70s. Welcome to Supertopo Kim.

All the best, Roger

Social climber
Sep 7, 2013 - 10:42pm PT
hey there say, kim!! welcome and god bless and happy supertopo eve, to you... and supertopo years, as well!!!

wanted to post a welcome pic that i have, but i just can't do this
computer anymore now, :(

happy to see more 'quilt pieces' here...

hey there, say, to you too! roger, :)
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Sep 7, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
Roger, I would add Kim kept climbing very seriously after the Sixties and Seventies. Uli Biaho was late 1979, for example. He lives in Jackson Hole, WY area and though battered thoroughly by any manner of adversities, still is present and among us. Hopefully he will post up for us here.

Kim and I climbed quite a bit in the beginning of the Seventies. We did a pile of free climbs, and fast too. He and I have been in touch some in the last several years. Maybe he will be post an update. There were many of us who loved him!

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:28am PT
If a bad ass shows up does that mean a troll leaves?

Wouldn't that be nice. Hmm.. not sure where I fit in to that equation.

Anyways.. Welcome!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:56am PT
Credit: from Supertopo

Sep 8, 2013 - 01:37am PT
This man is demigod ^^^^

Ice climber
Soon 2B in Arizona
Sep 8, 2013 - 02:01am PT
Welcome to the Taco, Kim

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:00am PT
Ah, yes. . . the man with the magnificent blue eyes!

Welcome, Kim!



Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:51am PT
Hey Kim!

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:29pm PT


I hope you're doing well.

Darwin (Camp 4 '70, to jog your memory)

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
Yikes, I haven't been stared down by those eyes since he was working on Zenith with Bridwell in 78? Boy that was a scary and exciting time in the valley for a young pup.

I got up the Direct on Half Dome that fall, but I was in awe of those guys.

Welcome Kim!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 8, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
Nice timing Roger!

I just sent Kim an email to see if he would like to come and join us at the Oakdale Festival, catch up with some old friends and talk about free climbing.

I hope that he says yes!
The Warbler

the edge of America
Sep 8, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
Now all we need is Klemens to round out the crew, speaking of piercing eyes.

Kim, if you read this, I hope you and your body are well and you have time and energy to still get out in the mountains skiing and climbing!

Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Sep 8, 2013 - 05:50pm PT

Welcome! Hope you'll share some stories from a storied career.

Here is one thread that might be of interest.


Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Sep 8, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
Welcome, Kim!

~peace, Leggs

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Sep 8, 2013 - 08:37pm PT
Welcome Kim!

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 8, 2013 - 09:11pm PT
Hey, dude--loooooooooong time, no see.


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:40pm PT

Welcome, join the campfire!

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Sep 9, 2013 - 12:08am PT
One of the really great personalities of the late 60's-70's.
Quiet, modest, but always positive.
"Yeah! Sure, you guys can do that route."
I heard stories that he lived on just pop corn for days at a time.
Kim Schmitz

Big Wall climber
portland OG
Dec 23, 2014 - 07:29pm PT
Thank you all for the great comments! "I'm still alive!"
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