Yosemite Climber And George Meyers Appreciation Thread


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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 15, 2009 - 12:46am PT
Jorge- Endless thanks for your guidebook and picture book efforts. I never tire of looking at Yosemite Climber. Before it came out, this photo spread appeared in Climbing Jan-Feb 1980. A variation on a theme by Meyers.....

Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Feb 15, 2009 - 01:04am PT
Whoever gave Stevie his scanner must be remembered in Heaven, as the guy is a veritable salt mill. Just look at all this stuff he is posting these last 12++ months.. It is effing amazing. I bet Mimi is in on it too!! Gems, never before seen by most. Incredibly invaluable contribution; you know, this stuff otherwise will vanish.

ultrahugs, ph.
Frank Sanders

Trad climber
Devils Tower. Wyoming
Feb 15, 2009 - 01:13am PT
Where is that Mimi dude, anyway???
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2009 - 01:24am PT
We are defintely a team and it is all in the interests of fun and nostaglia. I relish your tales and recollections equally much.

And a rootin', tootin', shootin' big ole howdy to you too Frank--from Mimi-----dude.

Inking the deal at Ralph Spoilsport Motors
Feb 15, 2009 - 01:32am PT
Somebody give Grammici a sandwich and a milkshake. I can hear him moaning already about that photo.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Feb 15, 2009 - 02:48am PT
Cool article. Only the first photo made it into the version of Yosemite Climber which was printed. I read a story here once that most of the first choice photos got destroyed in some accident, and George had to pick a new bunch of photos? [edit: see posts below - stolen from Bridwell's car]

There is a color version of the first one:

It seems to work as well in color as it does in black&white.
George posted it on his thread "a couple graham bed shots":
I read here someplace that was taken after Mike Graham had come down from El Cap after running out of food up on the wall and losing a lot of weight.

A fuzzy/modified version of the Short Circuit photo made it into the 1987 Meyers-Reid guidebook.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 15, 2009 - 03:14am PT
You know, I climbed with George once. . .and I now live in
a house that's only less than a block from where I met George,
in a beautiful Victorian mansion (with gargoyles), in Denver,
in 1975. . .wish he still lived there!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2009 - 11:57am PT
The fact that most shots didn't make the book struck me too! Nic is everywhere and the shot of Max and Mark on Gates of Power is sweet (shouldn't it be Gait of Power ala Carlos Castaneda?).

I sure hope those originals didn't get lost in the slide shuffle.

Inking the deal at Ralph Spoilsport Motors
Feb 15, 2009 - 11:59am PT
I think the original choice photographs were stolen out of an automobile.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Feb 15, 2009 - 12:22pm PT
Too funny!

Mike Graham then:

and Mike Graham now:

He looks like his own son! The hair might be different, but the nose is the same.

Yup, pretty sure there are no photos of Max and Mark in Yosemite Climber. It was that book which inspired me to want to become a big wall climber. Although I enjoyed all the photos, it was the El Cap big wall clusterf*ck photos with the portaledges and all the gear that drew me back again and again. At the time, I never considered that one day it would be me. For how could some wanker from Ontario ever hope to climb the mighty El Cap routes of Jim Bridwell?

Feb 15, 2009 - 01:23pm PT
Mike was and still is an awesome guy.

Went climbing with him last fall and he still has that awesome fire burning inside him. He can still project his ass way out toward limits that stop ordinary men.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Feb 15, 2009 - 01:30pm PT
Bridwell told me years ago, that the shots in the book are the backups, as the original set was stolen out of his car IMRC. I'm not sure if it's true or not, but thought I would add to the lore of the book.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Upper Fupa, North Dakota
Feb 15, 2009 - 01:30pm PT
this thread might be my favorite, bump (well, at least for this morning)

That Yosemite Climber book was really something. Too bad I was already way down the path to ruin when it came out, but it really sealed the deal.

Hopefully George (Jorge on the Taco) will post up! He is "the Man" and might even tell us all about that night at the Trade Show and the "quiet" meal we had at the Korean Restaurant. MIght be the only time in the last 20 years I was actively looking in my wallet for a bail bondsman card.

Here's to George!

Feb 15, 2009 - 01:34pm PT
The original set was stolen. Yes that is true.

He had to basically start over.

Weird someone would want to steal someones photos and slides?

beneath the valley of ultravegans
Feb 15, 2009 - 01:34pm PT
Stunning architecture...

The sweater that makes eKat's heart beat faster...

Butt bags and ubiquitous headbands...

Fancy footwork...

Yosemite Climber has it all!

Trad climber
Feb 15, 2009 - 01:40pm PT
Great posts! You're inspiring me to pull out my collection of Mtn, Climbing, and yes, Summit, magazines from the 70's and sort through them. Are there any other periodicals from that era that would have Yosemite in them?

Keep posting, I'm lovin it!

Trad climber
Feb 15, 2009 - 01:44pm PT
SunnyJim (that would be Gramicci) a cutie pie?

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. . . he was frikken Adonis!

And the coolest part of the whole deal was that he NEVER KNEW IT. I still don't think he does. He was so totally normal.

A friend of mine from Mammoth was headed to the rescue site to visit me. . . and let me tell you, she is one drop dead, magnificent creature. . . long flowing blonde hair, blue eyes like Kim Schmitz', dressed in velvet and lace, FLOATING across camp toward a bunch of us sittin' there watching her. . . I REALLY wanted her to meet SunnyJim (that would be Gramicci) and after staring at her like a mindless gape, he botled up from the table and started to power away toward the dorms. . . I grabbed him and said "SIT AND STAY! I want you to meet my friend". . . and he abssolutely refused. . . said . . . and I quote, "Brockman, I gotta leave, I always say stupid stuff around beautiful women!"


He had no clue that just about every woman in the park stammered and stuttered and shuffled their feet and acted like dorks around him.

Ahhhhhhh. . . it's such a rare and magic thing to meet somebody who is so thoroughly beautiful - from the inside out!

Magic, Dads. . . pure magic!


eKatOldDad _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ WhoCares?

Big Wall climber
Sedro Woolley, WA
Feb 15, 2009 - 02:00pm PT
Amen, brother, it has it ALL!!!


Feb 15, 2009 - 03:36pm PT
Yes, Jorge, thanks for all the hard work. I began Valley climbing using each of your guides back to the original two-ring version.

Jorge or anyone, since the oldest guide seems to lack a publication date, when was the first one available for purchase?

Trad climber
Feb 20, 2009 - 01:47pm PT
I SO miss my Yosemite Climber book. Lent it to a friend, and never saw it again. Come to think of it...I never saw the friend again either... Maybe he and my book are in a bunker in an undisclosed location.
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