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C4/1971

Trad climber
Depends on the day...
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 15, 2010 - 08:22pm PT

Hints:

1. Camp IV & El Portal in the early seventies, East Side after that.
2. Made the best pipes from deer antler....
3. Managed the ski shop in Pico Rivera in the sixties.
C4/1971

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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 09:57pm PT
I am busy scanning the seventies and I have quite a few of Millis. Including Jtree in '74. I'll put them up.

Always had a soft spot for him, in 1972 he almost died on the Column when his swami (homebuilt) came apart rapping off the roof above Dinner Ledge. His upper body strength allowed him to reach and grab the rope, and then i lowered him to the ledge. I took pictures of him afterwards and I think he tossed them. I have one he took of me before we rapped off, with a 1000 yard stare....
Mimi

climber
Feb 15, 2010 - 10:09pm PT
Very sorry for the loss of your friend. What happened to him?
C4/1971

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 10:14pm PT
Thanks EKat! He was a very special human being, and I always thought the Bhuddist Monk was him.
Mimi

climber
Feb 15, 2010 - 10:15pm PT
No, eKat, never had the pleasure.
C4/1971

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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 10:25pm PT
Millis in his environ....
C4/1971

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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 10:41pm PT
C4/1971

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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 10:43pm PT
C4/1971

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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 10:44pm PT

I like the Copenhagen can....
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Feb 18, 2010 - 01:09pm PT
Here's more on Millis. I have some of his elk horn work, but I'll have to take some photos.


Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Feb 18, 2010 - 04:39pm PT
A bump for Millis
scuffy b

climber
Where only the cracks are dry
Feb 18, 2010 - 04:54pm PT
One of Millis' hopes was to assemble an anthology of non-climbing tales,
working title Horizontal World of Yosemite.
A lot of what has happened on SuperTopo the past couple years would have
absolutely delighted him. Backstories, nothing but backstories, that's
what he was after.

I saw him after nearly a 20-year gap. I said, "The last time I saw you,
you were climbing the last pitch of Great White Book, naked, dragging
your clothes behind you."

Millis: "Hmm, I wonder which time that was..."
hoipolloi

climber
A friends backyard with the neighbors wifi
Feb 18, 2010 - 05:37pm PT
did he fake his death and become an actor?


Paul Bauer

JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Feb 18, 2010 - 06:07pm PT
That first picture is fabulous, and the way I'd like to remember him. It's hard to believe, but the last time I remember actually talking to Millis was on Washington's Birthday weekend in 1973 on the Coulterville Road near the start of The Void. I had just endured a very decisive failure on The Cleft, and Dennis was just warming up for a good day at the crags.

Thanks much for the post.

John
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Feb 18, 2010 - 08:10pm PT
GREAT post, thanks, I love the "old" shots from back when. Lauria if you can take some photos of his work and post that would be cool!
Peace
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Feb 20, 2010 - 03:14am PT
Millis's handiwork.



Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Feb 20, 2010 - 03:19am PT
Mimi,

Dennis was a victim of cancer.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 20, 2010 - 04:52am PT
hey there c4/1971, and don and all, say, thank you so very kindly for sharing of your friend...

he did lovely work, too, as to the deer horns...
thank you again...
god bless...

:)
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Oct 10, 2011 - 04:23pm PT
Millis and a cast of climber gypsies were living at Tamarack during the big winter of 82-83...The owner had converted a cabin into a large raptor coop which contained among other species , an injured golden eagle..With all the characters , including tarbuster , Tamarack was a great place to work....Millis was worth having around for the entertainment value but a young USC grad , who was doing the Tamarack accounting , thought Dennis should be doing some chores to earn his keep...The SC girl told Millis to take the trash out to which Dennis replied...I've got some aids-tainted chocolate for you ....The young prepster didn't know what to say and ended up taking the trash herself...
nature

climber
back in Tuscon Aridzona....
Oct 10, 2011 - 04:28pm PT
pretty special the way this world can work sometimes, eh DMT?
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