Best 20th Century climbing personalities


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Trusty Rusty

Social climber
Tahoe area
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 25, 2007 - 01:22am PT
Don Knotts, Cptn. Kirk & Lamont Sanford.

Social climber
Nevada City
Jan 25, 2007 - 01:35am PT
Ben Moon, Dean Potter, Chris Allen, Bill Maranville, Kevin Langpap, Abe Toor.

Big Wall climber
Jan 25, 2007 - 01:38am PT

Trad climber
LA, Ca
Jan 25, 2007 - 01:49am PT
Clark Jacobs.
Off the Couch

Trad climber
Jan 25, 2007 - 02:53am PT
If a being a character means your a climbing personality, then Jeff Schoen.

Jan 25, 2007 - 10:56am PT
TM Herbert, Warren Harding, Timmy O., T. Evans, The McNeelys, WB.

And all others who don't take climbing all-seriously, yet do. They put a good wrap on the otherwise-ridiculous endeavor.

Trad climber
Jan 25, 2007 - 11:37am PT
Rick A., Mike G., Todd S., Charlie F.

Trad climber
New York, NY
Jan 25, 2007 - 11:50am PT
Of all the recognizable names in climbing that I've met in real life, my vote goes to Gunks local - Dick Williams. Most people imagine him as the bad-boy Vulgarian who climbed Shockley's nake, back in the day. But here he is, half a century later, still crankin away doing FA's, climbing hard, writing incredibly well-done guidebooks and heading a trailwork crew every Sunday during the season.

Northwest Montana
Jan 25, 2007 - 11:54am PT
Timmy O! He is quite possibly the goofiest climber ever, always having a great time.

right here, right now
Jan 25, 2007 - 01:15pm PT
For Me, Hands Down...
Fred Beckey:

(pic Colin Stanley/The Planet)
(pic ripped from Todd's Fab JT site)

Then there was the Devil's Triangle...
(Just made that up)

Russ "Mussy" Walling:

Walt "Bip" Shipley:

Richard "Dr Cilley" Cilley:

...and of course Bob "BVB" Van Belle:

Oh, and John "Largo" Long had some good juice too:

Who could argue!
Our lives were richer than one might have thought possible.

'cross the great divide
Jan 25, 2007 - 01:35pm PT
"Eh up, mate!", Sheaf Stouts, The Office, The Black, bacon buddies and chips, twenty pitches of soloing .10's and .11's (up and down), great friendship . . .

Eldo. has never been the same without Derek Hersey.

Desolation Basin, Calif.
Jan 25, 2007 - 03:38pm PT
These two Spanish kids (or maybe they were Italian) we picked up hitchhiking in the valley a few years ago. They were getting ready to start their first attempt on El Cap and they were stoked to the max. They were excited and thrilled by everything around them.

Hope they made it.

Trad climber
Jan 25, 2007 - 03:46pm PT
Becky (still leads 5.9), T.M. (still knows how to party) Hill and Destiville

Jan 26, 2007 - 03:29pm PT
Yea, so many colorful, witty and humorous mofos in the ranks...hard to single a few out.

Charlie Porter should be on the list. What a pioneer, to this day, and not just in climbing. I had a chance meeting with the guy, and I was taken aback at how laid back and congenial he is. (Was wondering how this jolly feller could be the same badass of near-legend.) He recounted how an all-serious Bridwell advised him to keep off the Shield because, by his (JB's) scoping and estimation, there was a perfect 1" crack running up the headwall that should be free climbed as the FA. As we know, Charlie bagged the plum using very many RURPs. He got back to his car to find his windshield wipers broken off. CP busted out a huge belly laugh as he recounted the story. We sat and bullshitted for a good hour before he ambled off. Just that he would take the time to ask questions of and jaw with a mere pedestrian rockjock left an impression on me. Super mellow cat.
Standing Strong

Ice climber
still decidering
Jan 26, 2007 - 04:28pm PT
royal robbins, because of things i've read about him (some similar things in our background.) he came to speak in one of my classes last semester. i was too shy to go talk to him aftward, but it was enough just to hear him speak. also, he seems like a perfect gentleman.
Wild Bill

Jan 26, 2007 - 07:51pm PT
Todd Skinner, RIP.

Trad climber
Butte, America
Jan 26, 2007 - 08:29pm PT
Tobin Sorensen: RIP.

Jan 26, 2007 - 08:42pm PT
Yeah Mike.

So glad you met Charlie Porter. So Charlie had all the gear for the "Shield" laid out on a tarp with 40 rurps. Yep that's 40 rurps.

No one has ever up till that time has taken 40 rurps on a wall. So I go "hey Charlie maybe they're knife blade cracks up there?". Nope he says, they're rurp cracks. "You coming kid" he says to me?

Sheeit I think. He wants me to go up there with him and I'm scared sh'tless. I slither away quietly.

But then again there are to many best climbing personalities, too many to list I learn from everyone, even you Mike. You're a great guy.


Social climber
So Cal
Jan 26, 2007 - 08:54pm PT
Tobin Sorensen: RIP.


Truckee, CA
Jan 26, 2007 - 09:04pm PT
Tom Patey

If you have not yet read "One mans mountains" you should
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