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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 20, 2008 - 11:53pm PT
From Climbing March -April 1976 this classic tale of a Sierra miniwall. Anyone wander up there or has this one gone the way of Trout Fishing In America Shorty?







Double D

climber
Jul 21, 2008 - 12:28am PT
Man, I miss Alan...
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jul 21, 2008 - 12:33am PT
Steve Grossman, I really don't know what to say. Trite words would just lessen this post. It was a very special read, great clmbers that could write like their hearts spoke. Was right there with them in spirit .... Thank you
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 21, 2008 - 12:38am PT


there is he, 32 years ago.

best Steve, ph.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 21, 2008 - 01:17am PT
Wonderful, thanks Steve (again!) ...

Richard Brautigan, some references to in the Taco...
Boo, Forever

and a take off on a thread title... you can find it here

guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jul 21, 2008 - 01:56am PT
Bardini Lives!

One, of not enough Salmon river trips.


dolomite_said

Boulder climber
the real
Jul 21, 2008 - 12:30pm PT
From some pics I took on the way to Waterwheel Falls back a few years . Sorry I don't know the name of this formation , but it is farther up canyon from the falls and the dome / climb described in the article.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 22, 2008 - 11:38am PT
Anyone have a scenic shot of Brautigan Dome itself?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 23, 2008 - 08:09pm PT
That Tribal Rite thread had me wondering what other walls Bardini had done and this article came to mind. Did he do any other long backcountry wall FA's that people can recall? No sierra guide handy at the moment.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jul 23, 2008 - 11:42pm PT
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guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jul 24, 2008 - 11:25am PT




BASE104

climber
An Oil Field
Jul 24, 2008 - 12:09pm PT
Bardini was like a one man comedy act. He could spit out the jokes so fast that you would laugh until you cried. Last time I saw him was at DR's wedding. We split a condo with a couple of friends and drank a bunch of wine....

I will never forget a good wine bouldering session up in the Palisades, and his endless patience with me when skiing. He would let the whole crowd go and then hang back with me, the Okie. He just couldn't help himself when it came to teaching others. He made it fun, too. He must have had twenty different accents down pat. He was a great guide. Quick to like, and never a dull moment.

Now, less wine bouldering be forgotten in the dustbin, it involved your cup (preferably a big 'un) in one hand, and climbing everything one handed without spilling a drop. Even trees were open game. You then hammered your cup down while everyone tried to follow your route. Needless to say, the route difficulty went downhill pretty fast.

I asked him once where they came up with the name Tribal Rite. He said, "It was our Tribal Rite to get our own El Cap route!"

And his floor was always open to just about anybody passing through.

edit: Yes, thanks Guido. You didn't get to see that introspective side too much except in his writing.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2008 - 12:11pm PT
Thanks for posting that Guido.

I am glad that he chose to put some thoughts down on paper to let everybody know where he was coming from......and where he was headed.

I always wondered about the Tribal Rite name. Thanks for that tidbit Mark.
BASE104

climber
An Oil Field
Jul 24, 2008 - 12:18pm PT
Steve,

I never met Walter, but Carter and Bard together were like George Carlin on steroids. I would give an arm for a tape record of that ascent.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2008 - 02:13pm PT
Nothing better than having some laughs amid the terror! Fortunately, selective memory tends to lose the nasty bits while the humor persists.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 10, 2008 - 02:30pm PT
Speaking of Bircheffs....
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Aug 11, 2008 - 08:11am PT
Steve
You just keep coming up with these gems!
Bravo!!!!!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 17, 2008 - 02:04pm PT
Calling all Bircheffs!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2009 - 07:55pm PT
Yet another Bardini bump!!!
alpinerockfiend

Trad climber
The American West
Mar 23, 2009 - 12:40am PT
It took me a while to find out about them, but the Bards are some of my ultimate heroes. Anybody else have any writing of theirs?
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