Lose Your Dreams, Lose Your Mind-Guido Builds a Boat


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Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Mar 27, 2010 - 10:40pm PT

I had read about some of your adventures before on your website but never gave a thought to where the boat came from or how it was built. Since I can barely pound a nail into a board straight, this was incredibly impressive!

I love history, and it also gave me a look back into a very important, but now mostly forgotten, part of the human drama. Climbing satisfies some of our most primeval instincts, how much more so, humans venturing across the seas.

Thanks for a real inspiration!

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Mar 27, 2010 - 10:45pm PT
i strive to be beautiful.
so my daugthers gawk at me.

your project boldly whispers of your beauty within.

i commend you on harnessing that.


Social climber
Across Town From Easy Street
Mar 27, 2010 - 11:20pm PT
...and the shop!

Love the scissor trusses with the old wood, nestled comfortably in the landscape - really nice.

Social climber
Phobos Monolith
Mar 27, 2010 - 11:23pm PT
This is a great story. Where in Santa Cruz did you build the boat?

Training for the Blue Tape Route on Half Dome
Mar 27, 2010 - 11:30pm PT

You and your wife are my heros!!!! Way to live your dream...and it's not like it didn't take mucho hard work and a hellofalot of trust! Awesome story and I loved the photos (nice clean-up PH).

Just for the record: I was intimidated by the thought of building my own kayak.

You two are my heros.


Mar 27, 2010 - 11:31pm PT
magnificent & stunning...

Social climber
Mar 27, 2010 - 11:35pm PT
Inspiring, thanks.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Mar 27, 2010 - 11:45pm PT

I'm speechless..........


Trad climber
Here and There
Mar 28, 2010 - 12:17am PT
Beautiful!! Wonderful!! Thank you for sharing the amazing work, love, and joy that went into that. I trully hope that you enjoy it.

But. . .... . .umm mm mmm m. .. .. . .well. .. . .are you sure that you're not suicidal?? The oceans can be vicious. And deadly.

Kidding. Only kidding. Awesome work.
pip the dog

Mountain climber
planet dogboy
Mar 28, 2010 - 12:27am PT
today i had a really sh!tty day. it happens.

but i just now had a half hour that fast pulled me out of that funk -- and left me smiling, and dreaming.

exquisite narrative, exquisite project, exquisite cure for a bad day.

thanks man, i really needed that.

^,,^ (michael)

[will crew for a sandwich... nah, forget the sandwich]

a tied-off Tomahawk™
Mar 28, 2010 - 12:28am PT
freakin awesome

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Mar 28, 2010 - 12:50am PT
Wow. That makes building a house look easy. Fiji and Tahiti are nice, but getting there in something you built makes it all the much better.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 28, 2010 - 01:02am PT
I feel like a buzzard flying over a fresh kill...a cougar burying next weeks leftovers...holysh#t....! do i dare read this masterpiece again , bit by bit....?

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 28, 2010 - 01:25am PT

I am most humbled by the response, this has been a boderline yes and no, post or not idea for a long time.

Yes Fuzzy, Bardini was there as were you and some lovely ladies. Can't tell all the war stories at one time can we?

Whenever I think of ST and the camaraderie and all the wild and crazy things we are fortunate to have and still a part of, I think of that beautiful quote from Allan that was read at his Celebration.

Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Mar 28, 2010 - 10:48am PT
As one whose best mechanical efforts peaked at changing the oil and air filter on my 1972 pinto, I have always admired those who can build and repair. My brother Mark has a World War II-vintage piper cub observation plane project in his garage. Mark sees nothing remarkable about teaching himself how to weld aluminum, so that he can repair the airframe himself.

I recently saw the video, Mountain of Storms, about the 1968 “Fun Hogs” road trip to Fitzroy and I was most impressed at the scene where the Econoline van breaks down in the middle of South America and Chouinard and the guys take the engine out through the passenger door, fix it, put it back, and continue on their way.

Your ability to dream, plan and execute building a vessel so that you could sail it to the South Seas is simply unfathomable to someone like me, who might take all day to put up a window blind, measuring not at all and cutting numerous times.

I can express nothing but wonder and admiration that you saw this through; it is truly inspirational.


Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Mar 28, 2010 - 11:03am PT
I have often thought about you and yours on that boat in far flung places. Very cool to put a face to her, from the ground up, so to speak.

A real life connection eh?

I have built a couple of really cool tables with dowels only....my claim to fame.

I do 5.6, you did 5.13.....

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Mar 28, 2010 - 11:30am PT
Guido: I studied your project story before dinner last night, then ranted and raved about the enormity of the project to Heidi. She then was overwhelmed by your project posting.

Our sincere admiration to you: for both building your dream and living it.

mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
Mar 28, 2010 - 11:43am PT

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 28, 2010 - 11:49am PT

Incredible, Guido!
Thanks for sharing!!!!!

Social climber
Mar 28, 2010 - 11:50am PT
That was well worth a slight delay to my day.
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