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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 24, 2014 - 07:05pm PT
We have Gunks Legend, former AAC President and Man About Climbing Jim McCarthy in the house!

Welcome Jim!

I hope that you will stick around.

Threads of interest upon which you might grace us with a few reflections.

Gunks- Cornerstone of eastern Traditional Climbing


Devil's Tower History


A Walk with McCarthy in the Winds


Give me a bit and I will post some more.

I just bought a label free copy of the Sports Illustrated with you on Foops this afternoon on ebay and was already thinking about you.

Oh, and how could I forget...

The Saga of the Triple Lever!


Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 24, 2014 - 07:16pm PT
Jim has been a force in American climbing for longer than most people on this forum have been alive. He was kind and gentle when Yosemite legends came to the Gunks in the 60's and got their lunch handed to them. He has also "put back" into climbing as an active force for many years with the AAC. During his term as President of the AAC he was instrumental in bringing young climbers and women into the decision making process...you can ask Lynn Hill about that.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 24, 2014 - 07:28pm PT
Big Welcome!

Social climber
Jul 24, 2014 - 07:32pm PT
When I'm feeling down, I flash back to how it felt stemming McCarthy West Face at the tower, with both feet planted out and the right hand dipping in for a little more chalk, and it all comes floating back.
Thanks for the great route

Boulder climber
Jul 24, 2014 - 07:46pm PT
Hey Jim, good to see you here!

(I'm also pleased that someone older than me has chimed in!)


Trad climber
Jul 24, 2014 - 07:54pm PT
yeah, pretty cool

clear sign he's finally over the hill!

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jul 24, 2014 - 08:23pm PT
McCathy is one of the towering giants of American climbing. In his strange and wonderful book about climbing in the sixties, We Aspired---The Last Innocent Americans, Pete Sinclair writes

As have Americans from the beginning, we were working on our version of utopia. Nobody said it out loud, but we were trying to live according to the heroic virtues: courage, friendship, self-possession, piety toward the god of nature, and loyalty to each other and to a code of behavior while competing to achieve the highest standards of performance we could aspire to...The heroic virtues are contained in the stories of the heroes...Robbins, Chouinard, Beckey, Kor, and McCarthy were our Achilles, Odysseus, Nestor, Ajax, and Diomedes.

McCarthy as Diomedes? Perhaps the most valiant soldier of the Trojan war, one who never suffered from hubris, and who was greatly valued for his wisdom? Yes, that's Jim through and through. From his amazing list of difficult Shawangunk climbs, to his routes in the Cirque of the Unclimbables, to the Grand Traverse in the Tetons, and then shepherding the American Alpine Club out of the 19th century and into the 20th, few people have had such a varied, important, and influential presence in American climbing.

Jul 24, 2014 - 08:28pm PT
Then there is Seattle Jim McCarthy. But he's probably too busy perusing Victor Davis Hanson's web site

Jul 24, 2014 - 08:43pm PT
Isn't he the guy that did a Gunks first ascent with Tim Mutch? If so, he's good in my book.

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Jul 24, 2014 - 08:55pm PT
I liked it when he officiated the wedding for Lynn Hill and Russ (forgot which Russ) I think at the very top of High Exposure. That was cool.


Trad climber
Jul 24, 2014 - 09:11pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 24, 2014 - 09:25pm PT
I got to say hi to Jim at Oakdale last fall.
Jim McCarthy and Mrs. Marcia Wunsch, spouse of Steve.
Jim McCarthy and Mrs. Marcia Wunsch, spouse of Steve.
Credit: mouse from merced
Joe Fitschen gabbing with Jim McCarthy.
Joe Fitschen gabbing with Jim McCarthy.
Credit: mouse from merced
Bienvenidos, viejo!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jul 24, 2014 - 10:03pm PT
My bro on the free variation of McCarthy West Face. The original route...
My bro on the free variation of McCarthy West Face. The original route is on the right and goes at 11c.
Credit: mike m
Big fan. Many props to someone who came to devils tower and picked some of the sweetest plums.

Social climber
Jul 24, 2014 - 10:05pm PT
hey there say, welcome to you, jim mccarthy... i will now, thus, get to know more about climbing and such, and some choice-good shares, now...

am not a climber, but i love the greaoutdoors, trials and ROCK and rivers!
along with clouds and trees that surround them... :)

i've got extended family, and a brother, here...
so it feels like home, to me...

you, knowing far more folks, will make this like a home, for yourself,
when you have free time--i hope...


Credit: neebee

happy welcome and good eve!

Hobart, Australia
Jul 25, 2014 - 03:33am PT
A great and brilliant man. And an awesome climbing record to boot! A pioneer of modern climbing and a leader in many realms. Hats off to Jim McC!

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 25, 2014 - 06:58am PT

Welcome, Jim.
Let's hear some stories, please!!!

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Jul 25, 2014 - 07:34am PT
A big welcome to you Jim!

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Jul 25, 2014 - 07:58am PT
Yes, indeed, a very big welcome.
And I agree with Gill: it's good to have someone older on this site.

Trad climber
Flagstaff, Arizona
Jul 25, 2014 - 09:00am PT
Welcome Jim!

Jim is on the advisory board for Lowell Observatory here in Flagstaff, so I got to see him when he came through Flagstaff for that. Ties in nice with the climbing and astronomy thread as well.

Super good to have him here.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 25, 2014 - 09:05am PT
A lion of american climbing, for certain. Wonderful person!!
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