That would be awesome if it's you in the Peter/Galen photo. I just searched around for Ed Litton online and found he has a bike shop in Richmond, LITTON CYCLES. It's his voice on the answering machine.
I'll correct my spelling of Ben's last name. I just noticed on the Rubidoux thread that rmuir pointed me to borsonlaw.com when I asked about Ben.
It has been a long time since I heard from anyone. Darwin was kind enough to send me a message today. With gas prices so high, I've found it more difficult to get to IR. Perhaps when my sons are financially independent, I'll get back there. Life in Orinda is good. We moved there in 1998 to get out of the fog in SF A few years ago, I did some trad climbing with Ward Little, and have "pinched plastic" in the gym too. Unfortunately, that resulted in some long-term problems with a foot. (General advice: don't push it!). Nonetheless, I get outdoors a bit (hiking etc.). Very relaxing. For anyone in the area, pleaea feel free to call or write.
Charlie posts here as clu. Thinking of Charlie reminds me that I also haven't seen or heard from Bill Fujimoto since around 1973 as well, when he was still driving Deerslayer. Ironically, while Bill took a few trips with me in my Ford Fairlane, I never got a chance to ride in Deerslayer with him, but I've owned seven BMW's since I last saw him.
Sherman is a really fun and very good writer though. His kooky guide to american bouldering is really not a guide so much as a fabulous travel memo. A lot of us have read it cover to cover, as an account.
Vern and I made a few trips to Consumnes River back in the very early 70s. We took his grandmother's Plymouth Fury. I remember he got a ticket one day on that drive, it was for 85 or something but during that run we got to 115 by the speedo. I used to call it "Clevenger's Fury", that would have been a decent name for a climb.We were off to try "The Struggler" and other stuff I can't remember.
The other memorable Indian Rock Car event was when Dale Bard got a Mini Cooper. He offered to show me how his car worked in a ride around the Indian Rock neighborhood. I had no idea what I was in for until we headed up toward Mortar rock up the street. The road turns about 90 degrees as it passes the rock but he did not seem to notice the turn as we approached. We just kept going faster. I remember looking at Dale and he had an exceptionally innocent look. My life passed before my eyes as we went around the turn at by far the highest speed I have ever done it.
I, too, rode in that Fury more than once, Fred. I never rode in the Mini, although I still have very vivid memories of Dale and Allen riding away in it at a rather impressive speed. I wonder how Dale felt in the bread truck after experiencing the exhilaration of the Mini.
RR had a climbing school (called Rockcraft, i believe) back in the 70's that utilized the Balloon Domes as a base. He also had a pair of tennies ( euro shoe specifically designed for playing tennis) that he popularized and promoted as an excellent shoe for climbing, etc & sold out of his store. It became an immediate trend among climbers (Valley/eastside, anyway) regardless of their efficiency (imo, worthless).
During the summers, Meyers worked for Royal as a guide at the school. He related a story to me of how RR had done an OSSFA of a multi-pitch route, which he rated at 5.9, at the area wearing said tennis shoe (i had a pair, but don't recall their name). Meyers wanted to do the SA (solo) and, after considering using the same type of tennies as RR, decided to go with his EB's instead. When he encountered the crux, several pitches up, he found it very tricky, thin and difficult (stout) and was glad that he hadn't went with the tennis shoes.