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eKat

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 10, 2017 - 03:05pm PT
To commemorate Stevie's untimely death on November 10, 1990 - I thought I'd post up this cool old video of him, Bridwell and Calonica, among others, doing some amazing stuff on Everest.



Thanks to Craig Calonica for postin' this up on FaceBook. . . I hadn't seen it in years.

Continue to rest in peace, dear Stevie!

xo

P.S. Best line in the whole piece:

"What else is there to do but follow your dreams!" Steve McKinney

guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Nov 10, 2017 - 05:06pm PT
That was fun.

One year at Mammoth I took part in the speed skiing- 82/83.. a long time ago. They made a billiard smooth run with about a 50 foot speed trap down by the bottom. I rented some 220cm Downhill skis... I learned on 215 so it was not all that hard to get used to big long skis, again. My fastest was just under 60mph... I felt like it was the speed of light.

McKinney had packed down a extra 60 feet or so so he could get a bigger run going... he had some sort of wind cheating suit, a bullet shaped helmet and he knew what he was doing. He was trying to go past the 100mph mark, but came up a tad short, something like 98 if I recall.

Everybody hung out afterwards and partied hard. Steve said hi to me and my friend, just like he did to all of the others. He was stoked to be doing the speed skiing and his love of it was contagious.

I think it was soon afterwards where he went like 112 on a steeper slope.

Ekat.... do you recall that little event?

Fun times.



crankster

Trad climber
No. Tahoe
Nov 10, 2017 - 05:20pm PT
I remember when he packed out Classic Chute at Squaw to practice speed skiing. A lot of us ran it before the patrol shut it down. He was an amazing skier.
WBraun

climber
Nov 10, 2017 - 05:59pm PT
Steve McKinney, Craig Calonica, Jim Bridwell, Dick Dorworth, Kim Schmitz team cool and the best guys I got to ski with ever.

Especially the purple microdot daze ..... :-)
eKat

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 10, 2017 - 06:01pm PT
KeeeeZeeee. . . . The Camel Speed Skiing Challenge!

:-)

He did them in Tahoe, too.
Ojai Alex

Trad climber
Ojai, CA
Nov 10, 2017 - 06:24pm PT
That was cool I watched the whole thing! Thanks for posting.
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Nov 10, 2017 - 06:47pm PT
Steve will be inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Squaw valley, April 12-15, 2018.

By the way, does anybody know how Tamara is doing? She, along with Phil and Steve Mahre were the three I looked up to back in my crazy skiing days. In a 5 year stretch from '85-'90, she lost her father, mother, and brother Steve.

Ojai Alex

Trad climber
Ojai, CA
Nov 10, 2017 - 07:16pm PT
In a 5 year stretch from '85-'90, she lost her father, mother, and brother Steve.

Sorry to hear that.
One thing that I found interesting about the video was the way it included death. There was even an interesting quote, someone said “part of the mountains, is death”. Or something like that.

There were at least two people interviewed in the movie who later died, the reporting of which sounded almost callous by today’s PC standards. They also showed a way gnarly ski accident at 9:30. And a hang glider stalls out and almost dies later on.

Today’s movies don’t include death as in integral part, in my opinion. They’d rather play some Jack Johnson and show happy climbers.
crankster

Trad climber
No. Tahoe
Nov 11, 2017 - 06:10am PT
Jody, Tamara has a real estate business and is still a fixture on the hill.
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Nov 11, 2017 - 06:44am PT
Almost halfway through. Yeah, it is interestingly breezy with the way it deals with death. The low production values feed that, too, imho. It was a bit chilling to see Cathrine Freer say: "What I fear most is dying. I don't want to die in the mountains." The very next year, she and Dave Cheeseman would vanish on Mt. Logan.

BAd
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Nov 11, 2017 - 06:40pm PT
Thanks Crankster. I remember staying at Tom Kelly's place in the 80's up at Squaw and seeing Steve and others on the slopes.

I still have my Tamara McKinney poster from BITD.

Glad she is doing well.
eKat

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 12, 2017 - 12:18pm PT
Steve McKinney, Craig Calonica, Jim Bridwell, Dick Dorworth, Kim Schmitz team cool and the best guys I got to ski with ever.

I copy, WonderBrawn. . . those boys could TURN UP THE HEAT!

:-)
eKat

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 12, 2017 - 12:58pm PT
WonderBrawn. . . this one's for you! Could this be from the same time you and Dale were living at Main Lodge when I was across the street at Mammoth Mountain Inn. . . and undboutedly the same time we were skeezin with said Tahoe/Yosemite boys?

It's killin' me!

:-)

rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Nov 12, 2017 - 01:31pm PT
That was before Darth Rusty could find xtra small black t-shirts to make him look ripped...
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Nov 12, 2017 - 05:26pm PT
Keepin the magic alive...LMAO
Yeti

Trad climber
Ketchum, Idaho
Nov 12, 2017 - 06:02pm PT
Jody: Tamara also lost another brother, McLane, during that time. She is doing well, living and selling real estate in Squaw Valley, coaching ski racing and doing everything she can to help support her 20 year old daughter, Francesca English, in her current ski racing career. Tamara is an icon and inspiration of American skiing.......Yeti
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Nov 12, 2017 - 06:54pm PT
Thank you Yeti. I was unaware of the other brother passing. I know there were at least 8 kids in the family. I never met Tamara but always looked up to her.
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Nov 12, 2017 - 08:56pm PT
I've been a Squaw Valley Ski bum since 1987. In those days Steve McKinney was the coolest thing on skis. Not sure that's changed since. In January of 1990 I had devolved to a VW Van- Dwelling Wanabe Climber. It was cold in Truckee and I had a connection in J-Tree. On the way down Interstate 5 my van broke down and I spent the night trying to sleep in the back while my van blew around in the Big Rig Backwash. It was so sketchy that I finally dragged my bag into the bushes. No harm. No foul.
When I heard about Steve some time later it was a ghastly feeling. What a legend.
Cheers

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