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Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 21, 2009 - 10:54pm PT
Okay, here is the deal.

I want this hammer to be used, see the stone and visions of those who use it. Todd can use it any time he wants. Anyone else that wants to take it for a spin is welcome if I have a reasonable expectation that it will be returned.

I do not own this hammer, I am merely it's steward until it goes to the Yos Climbing Museum.

The mandatory requirements are that you:
1) make a minimum $50 donation to Jim
2) pay the shipping and return cost and let me know when you want it and will return it. Time is not an issue.
3) Post a trip report with pics.

If there are any dirtbags out there that are too broke to meet the first two requirements, let me know. Been there, done that, poaching the valley trash cans for aluminum BITD.



Edit: The only requirement that applies to Todd is No. 3, but is not mandatory, just hoped for.
adventurous one

Trad climber
Truckee Ca.
Oct 21, 2009 - 11:20pm PT

Now that is really cool!

It will be interesting to see where that hammer goes for the next phase of its "life".
Would be great to see it get to a few more interesting places before it ends up in a museum.
Even better if someone were to take it on a "Bridwell style" first ascent with an epic trip report.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 24, 2009 - 03:54am PT

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 24, 2009 - 04:28am PT
very cool

Oct 24, 2009 - 12:11pm PT
Love the spirit, jtp.

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Oct 25, 2009 - 08:08pm PT
Today we used the awesome Bridwell hammer;....I felt like the mighty Thor.....We did a "previously unreported route "......The Hammer 5.8 Four bolts to a 2 bolt anchor. It's a cool route, done ground up, on the lead with no prior top rope or funny business... and I'll be sending the hammer to John for it's next journey;....this is gonna be fun to see what and where this magical hammer goes and does...Thanks for letting me have my turn first.....please post who would like to have a whack next, and what and where.....

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 25, 2009 - 08:13pm PT
A very cool idea! Hopefully the hammer will be taken care of on its travels, and in due course safely arrive at the YCA. It would be fun if photos of the hammer's adventures are posted - maybe a pink flamingo should be added, just for fun?
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Oct 25, 2009 - 08:29pm PT
I just got back from the Copeland funeral with the Z4 overloaded with Kyle's rack. (His wish and that of his parents as well)

Some of the stuff will obviously go to museums, and some the trash heap, but there is plenty that can fall into median groups.

I plan to auction a large pile with the proceeds going to Layton Kor. Kyle would have liked that.
Some of the aid gear I might give to young aspirants with big plans.
Some still may yet prove useful to me (baby angles??)

But perhaps some of the cams or perhaps other items might serve in the same function, that is,get to use the great KC's gear on a climb.

Any thoughts?
Perhaps locating the gear somewhere in Moab waiting for visitors?

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2009 - 10:03pm PT

Looking GUD!

Edit: no digits were harmed in this route portrayal.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 26, 2009 - 11:44pm PT
Bump! Come on! You have the chance to hike this piece of vision up a climb and support an icon of our sport. All I'm asking is a minimum $50 contributed to Jim, freight and photos. If you are a regular here I trust you to get it back to me (otherwise the Taco karma will hunt you down and extract retribution).

Anyone headed to a new route in Patagonia? New route in JT? Big Rock? Himalaya next spring? Wacking up the Cap next summer? Feel the spirit of this hammer and give some support to a fellow climber.

Send the check to Todd. Add a reasonable amount to cover mailing. After it clears, we can work it out from there.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Oct 26, 2009 - 11:57pm PT
It was awesome to see "the hammer" attached and hauled up. Watching it strike bolts in a new route put up by Todd Gordon and then a new climber and a female at that doing the first ascent. WOW !(Did I get the terminology correct ?)

Thinking of all the history that piece of equipment has been a part of in the past and then today was a trip.


Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 27, 2009 - 12:29am PT
Thanks Lynne. Just trying to get this whammer on the road to generate cash for Jim, stories and pics.

Edit: Lynne, you may knott know it but you are now a first ascentionist.

Tucson, AZ
Oct 27, 2009 - 12:47am PT
I might have to "borrow" it for my solo of Zodiac next May.

I can't think of a better way of guaranteed success!

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 27, 2009 - 12:49am PT
Nature. You have first dibs.

Oct 27, 2009 - 09:29am PT
No end to what one hammer might do. With the right attitude and the right motivation behind it.

jtp, hopefully you got my STgram.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 27, 2009 - 10:19pm PT

Did not get your PM. Sent you one.


I kind of jumped ahead of the game. Are you willing to take the checks and making sure they get to Jim? If not, I'll take care of it but need info. I should not have volunteered you without clearing it with you first. Did you get the check? What does Jim think of this plan for his whammer?

Nature's Zodiac report is pending; wish I did not have to wait until May.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 27, 2009 - 11:08pm PT
I'm feeling a bit conflicted here. I think I am doing a good thing to return Jim's hammer to the community, but am a thoughtful about why those who know Jim (other than Todd) have remained silent on this thread.

I did not post my bid to have this hammer sit on a shelf. Nor did I want to take something from Jim that I'm sure has many memories for him that I could never comprehend. I did this to do what I could to aid his cause.

To those who know and have climbed with him; am I doing a good thing or should this hammer be returned to Jim?
Rock-a-bye Babe

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Oct 27, 2009 - 11:19pm PT

I'm interested in the hammer as a gift for my husband if it's for sale. I've already given him Fred Becky's helmet, Bryan Burdo's ice ax... heck, I'll send a trip report with Dan using all three. We would donate it to the Yosemite Museum when Dan is done with it.

(Bryan, if you are out there and remember 722 11th Ave in Seattle, shoot me an email. The Griffins miss you.)


Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 27, 2009 - 11:32pm PT
The hammer is not for sale. It is available for jonesin by the community if you are known in the community and I feel there is a reasonable chance it will be returned (my discretion). See the OP.

Then again, if you will send a check for $20,000 to Jim (plus postage), I will consider it.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Oct 27, 2009 - 11:41pm PT
johntp;.....please send any checks for Jim to me;....I'll make sure he gets them ...I communicate with Jim once or twice a week, and go down to Palm Desert about every 2 weeks.....
My take on this hammer is;
a) johntp keeps the hammer for himself, and saves it for a collectable;...cool
b) johntp keeps the hammer for himself and beats the crap out of it at the crags;....cool
c) johntp keeps the hammer and uses it around the house for household and car repairs;...cool
d) johntp sell the hammer to suzy and she give it to her husband;...cool
e) johntp loans the hammer to people to use and they send Jim a $ gift to me to give to Jim, and then they post pic of the hammer and it's usage on supertopo;...cool
f) johntp give the hammer back to Jim (don't bother;...he's over it.....he has banged enough metal for us all....)...
g) Melt it down and make a statue of Locker out of it;.....not a good idea.
f) Give it to Ken for the Yo museum now or later;.....ask Ken what he thinks about this...
g)It's all cool;.....and thanks for letting me use the mighty hammer;....I felt the power and the glory.

Thanks johntp, for steppin' up and helping Jim and his family;..that is the most important part.....the $ helps so much and the coming together of climbers to help out is really an awesome thing.....it's a very good and good thing;....and in today's world, ....it's a breathe of fresh fresh air.....I know Jim likes the idea of it traveling around and getting used;.....it's a great concept, if it would work.....it's up to you johntp.....but anything is cool with Jim and myself.....(OK...even the melt-it-down and make a statue of Locker bit;......it's your call...)...
Cheers, and good climbing....
Todd Gordon (Here's my address if any hammer users want to make a donation...)....P.O. Box 138 Joshua Tree, CA. 92252
Phone (760) 366-9395.

I have some more really cool stuff from my last trip to Jim's house.....I'll post soon.

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