The Passing Of A Dear Friend......Brutus Of Wyde


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Big Wall climber
The Immaculate Conception
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 13, 2009 - 05:44am PT
Dear friends, it is my deepest regret, with tears in my eyes, to tell you all that Bruce Bindner (aka 'Brutus Of Wyde') has passed from this life and onto the next. Bruce was on his way tonight to meet me to climb Castle Rock Spire in Sequoia National Park when his car went off the road and was killed instantly. As I sit here emotionally exhausted, I find it hard to put into words the order they need to be. Having a good friend taken from you so quickly feels outright unfair and unexplainable. Bruce was the kind of guy who would quite literally give the shirt off his back and give it to you if you needed.....then offer his trousers! Bruce's heart was always filled with compassion, a giving attitude and the wit that went beyond human comprehension. If you were down and out, he would cast miles of smiles and humorous 'one-liners' to pull you out of a downward spiral. In the time that I got to know him, he never once asked for anything back in return, always defining this as "the way we do it at the Old Climbers Home". He has touched so many lives along the way and left his mark within this community, leaving a deep imprint with those he shared his life. My heart goes out to some specific folks tonight......Em (aka 'Nurse Ratchet') and Craig (aka 'Dingus'), knowing the pain they must feel from such a loss. I certainly miss him too! But I also celebrate his life and honor a man of men, a steward of this community and the heart and soul of obscurities. peacefully, my brother.


Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jun 13, 2009 - 06:06am PT
Wow, sad news.
T Moses

Trad climber
Paso Robles
Jun 13, 2009 - 06:09am PT
Shocking. We'll miss him greatly. Words don't do a man like him justice.

Jun 13, 2009 - 06:10am PT
aawww mooch, guys, everybody. i'm really sorry to learn of this. it hits very close to home and is a real stunner. my heart goes out to friends and family, which is us. our lives are short, even at best. it's just that much more clear that we should cherish our gifts and be clear in the moment. hold together and treat each other with the proper love, in the time we are given. very sorry

edit: just stopping back in from an initial tour of the man's posts. it's heartbreaking to lose one who nurtured the loving connections that make life so sweet. em, the depth of your loss will unfold for me as i tenderly sift through what he left for us here. i feel myself missing having met him with each turn of the page. the record of the trail he blazed is one i'll be grateful to follow
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 13, 2009 - 06:35am PT
I have never met any of you but have read your posts and enjoyed your TR's immensely ! I do know grief and loss and pain. So it is with all my heart I send my condolances, my love and prayers and thoughts to family and friends. If you ever want to email, please do. I am a good listener. When Dan died I thought the world had also.

To Brutus of Wyde....godspeed.

Jun 13, 2009 - 07:30am PT
God, that's going to hit close to home as the left coast wakes up this morning.
His excellent TRs and beta here and elsewhere clearly showed him to be a climber of all seasons, and a solid partner - the best accolade I can think of.
My condolences to his family, and to those of you who climbed with him. Very sorry for you, Dingus.
Dale Persing

Trad climber
Josh, CA
Jun 13, 2009 - 07:33am PT
Oh shit! I'm so sorry to hear this. Brutus was one of a kind. I didn't really know Brutus well, but had the chance to climb with him here in Josh back in the late 90's, and had a few beers with him in El Cap Meadow. Super nice guy. I'm really sorry to hear this.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 13, 2009 - 07:57am PT
I'm so sorry to hear this.
My condolences to his family and friends.

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Jun 13, 2009 - 08:20am PT

Didn't know him, but very sad to hear this.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
North of the Owyhees
Jun 13, 2009 - 08:37am PT
Wow. That IS shocking news, first thing in the morning. I'm Real sorry to hear this.
We'll miss you here, Brutus.....Condolences to your friends & family....

Trad climber
Jun 13, 2009 - 08:43am PT
Sorry to hear this.
My best thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jun 13, 2009 - 08:44am PT
So far this month has been pretty bad.

How sad! What a shame, a fine person who will be missed. I was just telling nature how we had to get Brutus to do another 'fest.

My heart goes out to Em.


Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jun 13, 2009 - 08:47am PT
That's awful news. Through his own words going back to the rec.climbing days, and through
many stories and pictures by others, especially Dingus ... Bruce seemed almost a friend.

Deepest condolences to his family and true friends. Mooch, well said in sadness.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jun 13, 2009 - 08:47am PT
Another blow to the family today. Oh no......

I never met Brutus, unless it was back in the day somewhere, but I always enjoyed his writing and photos here.

To all of you who knew him and loved him, I'm very sorry for your loss.

Another notch in the cross. I've posted this thing too many times this year.


Trad climber
A place w/o Avitars apparently
Jun 13, 2009 - 08:51am PT
I wish this was a sick demented joke! That sucks.


I don't even know any more
Jun 13, 2009 - 08:56am PT
My condolences to friends and family

Trad climber
Jun 13, 2009 - 08:59am PT
What very sad news to wake up to. To those who knew him, my sincerest condolences.

Trad climber
One Step Beyond!
Jun 13, 2009 - 09:15am PT
I am so sorry to hear about Bruce. A generous and kind man, my heart goes out to Em this morning.

I feel fortunate to have spent some time with him, he will be missed.


Jun 13, 2009 - 09:24am PT
Sad news. He will be missed

Trad climber
Butte, America
Jun 13, 2009 - 09:34am PT
My sympathies go out to a "wide" brother, his friends, partners, and all that knew him.

The Taco will surely miss his presence..
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