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Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 11, 2011 - 11:41am PT
Wow, that is so cool! What a treasure.

"By experience I learned to avoid those who need the stimulus of tobbacco"

When Fridtjof Nansen did his ski traverse of Greenland in 1888 he forbade
tobacco and coffee. He wanted good steady level-headed guys. He did allow
them a cup of hot cocoa on Sundays!

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
May 11, 2011 - 03:22pm PT
This caught my eye immediately, but I never noticed it before! I guess sometimes the really cool stuff slips down the pages too quickly.

Thanks for sharing Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Sep 9, 2012 - 11:54am PT
Bump again for the man who did the first ascent of the Lost Arrow twice.

Sep 9, 2012 - 12:01pm PT
Thanks for the bump-one to bookmark and save

Trad climber
Sep 9, 2012 - 05:46pm PT
Wow wow wow. Thank you for sharing.

My favorite story out of all of the books I've devoured so far is his article "Climbing the Lost Arrow" (from Steve Roper's Ordeal by Piton). Talented climber, for sure; I'm already a great admirer of his ability to write, as well.

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jun 5, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
Bump for a better ST team.

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Jul 12, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
I had the good fortune to accompany Ax on a Sierra Club outing as a teenager. My memory is of driving with him in his old pickup, up the Kings River Road above Pine Flat Resrvoir. He drove that twisty road with his torso hunched over the steering wheel - forearms in full contact with the upper half of the wheel - And talking the whole time! I wish I could remember the stories, I just remember the man...nobody else like him!

I couldn't say it better myself. This is exactly how he was. I too was once scrunched in the middle on a drive with Ax in his old pickup on a Sierra Club outing out of Fresno about 1967, and I too heard the stories and felt the vibe.

Found this one, too.

Gym climber
Jul 12, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
Ah. When it said, "My father (Anton Nelson, right)", I thought it was the man on the right.

Social climber
Sep 15, 2013 - 09:36am PT
Bump Indeed!
There's a lot of depth to that letter. IMO that was a VERY generous gift.

Sep 15, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
Lots of cool history on ST recently. Missed this the first few times around. Thanks, Randisi!

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