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C4/1971

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Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 15, 2010 - 07:27pm PT
In 1972 Camp IV and the Rangers had a Baseball game, along with a keg or two of beer. This shot, taken by Gene Foley, shows one Ranger (and a few others from CampIV that eventually joined the NPS. Terry Pimental is the Ranger, playing catcher. The batter is Chuck Cochran, who played in the LA Dodgers farm league before he discovered climbing.

Werner, Kid Carrot, Bruce Hawkins (just down from the NA Wall I believe) Bill Bonebrake, Tim Harrison, Chris Vandiveer, Jeff Mathis, Bruce Brossman, Mark Chapman, and a lot of other folks in this one.

BTW, Camp IV won the game, 2-1. I don't recall that there was ever a second game

Chuck Cochran, 1972, Camp  IV takes on the Rangers
Chuck Cochran, 1972, Camp IV takes on the Rangers
Credit: C4/1971 (Gene Foley, not me)
Dick Erb

climber
June Lake, CA
Feb 15, 2010 - 07:56pm PT
This looks like a good guess who is who photo, I'll start with Chris VanDiver just right of the batter, slightly bending over with the white head band.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Feb 15, 2010 - 07:59pm PT
There were more games. . . the Rangers even had shirts made that said:

PINE PIGS

They were hilarious!

My partner (guy I worked with for NPS) had one. . . I lusted after it!

:-)

Brockman
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Feb 15, 2010 - 08:01pm PT
There's Werner for sure. . . maybe Kauk. . . Fred East?

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eKat

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BITD2
Feb 15, 2010 - 08:02pm PT
And Brossman before he cut his hair. . .

K
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Feb 15, 2010 - 08:02pm PT
Breedlove?
C4/1971

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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 08:14pm PT
Dick, you are correct, that is Chris.

I don't think Ron is in the picture, and neither is Breedlove.

The thing I always liked about this picture was Chuck's stroke and that ball sailed...
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Feb 15, 2010 - 08:17pm PT
Looks like Breedlove sitting down and Kauk in the background behind him. . . although the timing might be off for Kauk. . . Somehow I think the date for this would have been 1974?

?

K
C4/1971

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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 08:25pm PT
Funny, That is me sitting to the left of Tim Harrison, and Jeff Mathis is on the other side. Ron was in Yosemite at the time, but I don't think he made the game. Some people climbed back then :}
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Feb 15, 2010 - 08:36pm PT
I see Hawkins by the backstop pole.

RIP wildman.

Paul Cowan maybe leaning on the backstop in front of him.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Feb 15, 2010 - 08:38pm PT
I think the big dude with the "Robbins cap" might be Jerry Anderson.
C4/1971

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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 08:47pm PT
Hawkins and Cowan yes, and Jerry Anderson also!!!
C4/1971

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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 08:49pm PT
Anybody remember Herb Swedlund? Behind the backstop. Introduced me the Majister Ludi one night in the Mountain Room Bar. Nice book. Good guy.
Dick Erb

climber
June Lake, CA
Feb 15, 2010 - 09:04pm PT
Thanks for the IDs and also their locations Kevin. After the sixties I was never in the Valley for long continuous periods, but I kept hearing stories about the guys there. Like the fifteen year old kid Ron Kauk who showed up and could do just about anything. I knew Jerry Anderson from earlier before he had the great beard, and never would have recognized him.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Feb 15, 2010 - 09:11pm PT
What in the frikkity frack ever happened to Cowan?

?

Kath
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Feb 15, 2010 - 09:23pm PT
Could be Dennis Oakeshott in front of Jerry Anderson, and possibly Sutton to their left by the tree trunk.

The tall guy with the beard and glasses to Jerry's right was a guy who had a van covered with a photo collage on the outside, I think. Can't remember his name - he didn't climb much. Right in the center of his artwork was a pornographic closeup photo which the rangers made him remove.

So as not to corrupt the other Camp 4 residents, I presume.

Could be George (General) Meyers with the bushy hair and glasses behind Tim Harrison.

Maybe Jim Orey behind the backstop on the left side of photo.
C4/1971

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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 09:43pm PT
OOOPS! Correction, Jerry Anderson is standing on the far right in the back, behind Bonebrake (standing in front right with the plaid shirt.)

The guy in the RR cap was from Europe as I recall, or maybe the UK. The guy between the cap and Vandiver worked at the Mountain Shop for over twenty years. His nickname was Mouse, I can't remember his name.

Mike White is also behind the backstop.

Don't know what happened to Paul, I moved to Sonora In 1975, and San Francisco five years later, and then finally Napa. I think my last climb was in '78.

Oh, and my name is Vince Goetz....I climbed and worked for the NPS and Curry Co, climbing spring and fall, and working winter and summers. I did spend one winter in the rescue site, and the saving grace was the bar and Jeff Matthis making his coffee and babycakes in the morning. Hu used to get out his bible, read the morning reading, and then roll it into a nice fat bomber to start the day...at 20 degrees that was a great combo...

And yes, that is George Meyers....

Some good memories here. Who says we all forgot the seventies...
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Feb 15, 2010 - 09:59pm PT
Vince -

I remember your name, but I'm having a hard time picturing a face. Maybe it'll come to me - it's deep in the files...

Thanks for posting this classic photo - good memories!

EDIT: I remember you now. Dark hair, mustache. Weren't you buds with Marco Milano?
BES1'st

climber
City of Orange, CA.
Feb 15, 2010 - 10:05pm PT
Classic.
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Feb 15, 2010 - 10:05pm PT
I don't think I am there. And unless someone can prove otherwise, I assert I was climbing. Now that you have posted a picture Vince, you need to post one of yourself.
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