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Truckee, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 9, 2007 - 09:27am PT
Great to see you here, even if like others of us, if you were drawn in by the death of a friend.

As an adolescent hooked on climbing I devoured everything I could read about the climbing life. No writings inspired me more, helped to form my world view, and still come to mind almost daily as "The Climber as Visionary", "Running Talus", and "The Whole Art of Natural Protection". How lucky I was to meet and befriend my most soulful of heroes when I was a green young guide.

Welcome Doug! and thanks for being one of the most eloquent spokesmen for the soul and beauty of our sport.

Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 9, 2007 - 10:06am PT
Doug is a wonderful author, climber and I have to think, a marvelous teacher too. Here is probably one of the funniest photos ever taken. It is Garden Trowel (as the Kiwis or Aussies called him when he was down there) and Dougie on the RR of Half Dome, with Galen having Doug take a highly pimped-up photo for his magazine client. Doug talks about this in his tremendous book, "A Night on the Ground a Day in the Open".

His (Doug's) site, www.movingoverstone.com is a great site too!

best, PH
scuffy b

Bates Creek
Jul 9, 2007 - 10:37am PT
Welcome, Doug.
I'm sure you'll like it here.


right here, right now
Jul 9, 2007 - 12:43pm PT
This is just terrific!
Another prime contributor to the vertical legacy.
Welcome Doug Robinson.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 9, 2007 - 12:46pm PT
Yes, welcome - more poetry always nice to have in SuperTopia.

Is this the "DR" who's a trad climber from Santa Cruz? (aka Sharma Cruz)

Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jul 9, 2007 - 01:38pm PT
Thanks for the big welcome, Peter. And from so many others who I feel like I've gotten to know from your attitude and style while lurking hereabouts. We'll talk...

Even face-to-face, it seems. Ran into Steve Grossman, among others, in the Valley a week ago at the 50th anniversary of Half Dome's NW Face, and had to tell him how cool I thought were his contributions to the thread with the developers of the apron on Middle. Quicksilver and the rest. Best history there is of that cutting-edge, step-up-to-the-scary, before-sticky-rubber development. So there we were, at a real life event, drinking with living, breathing Royal and Mike Sherrick and Jerry Gallwas, and in the middle of the Valley itself. And we end up talking about ST. Life sure gets interesting, and this here Taco Stand is one good reason.

Yes, they let me live on the fringes of Sharma Cruz (tho missing the Eastside more than I can say...) along with other fond old friends who've hung here like one of ST's most brilliant raconteurs, Peter Haan. The Chris is very gracious with us here -- one of his special gifts -- always greeting with kind words on the steps of the gym.

This is going to be fun, and it's going to try my scanning skills. But will I ever again get any work done?


sister mercy

Trad climber
Jul 9, 2007 - 01:47pm PT
Welcome, Uncle Doug!!

Here is the difference: both Sharma and Doug hail from Santa Cruz, both climb in the Buttermilk, but I bet Sharma couldn't do this Smoke Blanchard move...


Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 9, 2007 - 01:47pm PT
Welcome aboard, Doug.

I have to say that when I first started climbing I read a bunch of your stuff on the philosophy of climbing. The stuff that comes out of the Great Pacific Iron works catalog from the mid-70's was very inspirational for me. There's also the little section in Loughman's book on running talus that I found, at the time, to be a little out of the box.


Jul 9, 2007 - 02:47pm PT
Hey Doug

It's Phil from the Foothill crowd, Mammoth Lakes and Bugaboo. It's been a long while, maybe summer 03 on the Post Pile bus out of Red's Meadow? Anyways, hope you're doing great. It's been too long since we've had an epic or a least a laugh. Welcome to the Taco.
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Jul 9, 2007 - 03:19pm PT
Welcome Doug, I am sure you don't remember me but I met you back in the early 1970s when I was at Smoke's Palisades School of Mountaineering one summer, as well as a couple of times in the Valley and once in the Ski Hut (longggg time agooooo).

Bay Area
Jul 9, 2007 - 03:26pm PT
Hey Doug,

Now that you've surfaced here, does this mean that next book of yours is going to be even further delayed?!?

Good to see you posting up!


Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Jul 9, 2007 - 03:29pm PT
Hey Doug,

Welcome old brother of the stone! - see ya' at the crags soon?

Cheers, John
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 9, 2007 - 03:48pm PT
welcome Doug
good to have you here at the virtual campfire
most amazing actually

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jul 9, 2007 - 04:04pm PT
Look, we just can't have you people worshipping a flasher in climbing videos... ;)

Moving Over Stone narrative - formative and reinforced my thoughts about Buttermilking, bouldering, and being outside.

Oh, and I agree with you Smoke Blanchard must have rambled all over those crags off to the side of 395 on the way up to Bridgeport all back in the day...

thx much Doug!!

Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jul 9, 2007 - 04:12pm PT

John, I still haunt the welded Tuff crags every time I drop over Tioga, including the boulders with your name on 'em. Sweet moves there. Slowed down a tad lately by a flared elbow tendon from too much gym climbing. But gettin' out enough to need a second pair of your superb and comfy new shoes. Chameleons again...can't find any of the B3s I liked at a demo. So glad you hung in there and held Acopa together after the crash. And so glad you have recovered and are hard at it again. Uh, I mean playing the sax, of course...

And for all the rest of you guys who I met once, or decades ago, I'll come flat out and admit that my memory sucks for names and faces. I love that my past is brimfull of deep conversations and meaningful meetings -- it's been better than nearly anything besides moving over stone. So it pains me, embarasses me, when we meet again and I don't place someone. Happens a lot.

So as we meet again, can I do a blanket apology here and say, truly, no offense? It's a little too tempting to blame it all on the Hippy Lettuce. You've heard, maybe, that the scientists who've found the hormone Anandamide that mimics THC in our brains -- yours as well as mine, and even while straight -- speculate that it's purpose is to help us forget. Wipe the daily chatter and chaff of the hard drive. Forgetting is useful. Necessary even. Do you really need to carry forever the snapshot of the inside of your front door from this morning as you left home?

No, I think this failure to link names and faces is some kinda specific disability that I have, and trace back before the smoke haze. So if you see me coming and I don't notice you, kindly be gentle. No offense.

Delaying the next book? The Alchemy of Action? Nope, wrote another bit of it last week. A wee bit, but crucial. No, I decided that's not really "delayed," but actually, well, taking its own necessarily sweet time. It's good too, and getting richer. I'll likely get excited and blow some chunks of it out right here. Just an excitable boy.

A tent in the redwoods
Jul 9, 2007 - 04:19pm PT
Good to see you lurking.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jul 9, 2007 - 04:21pm PT
Ah, so you're not just breezing through the taco for a moment. (Saw you posting to me on Christine's thread.)

How long's it been Doug? Ten years? Was it the trade show and you were with Mont-Bell?
cheers amigo, good luck on the work.
Tony Puppo

Jul 9, 2007 - 05:06pm PT
Howdy Doug, long time no see. Glad to here the book is morphing along.

"Just an excitable boy", now aint't that the truth, I'm sure the same could be said for quite a of the few boys on this channel.



Jul 9, 2007 - 05:10pm PT
Hi Doug

Where is Peanut McCoy now a days?
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jul 9, 2007 - 05:15pm PT
Boy! I knew guys had strange names for their penis but,...
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