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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 6, 2010 - 06:20pm PT
This dapper gent likely worked around Ventura in 1967...Who is he?!?
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Apr 6, 2010 - 06:24pm PT
Dennis Hennick
BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
Apr 6, 2010 - 06:43pm PT
Spelled Hennek.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 6, 2010 - 07:06pm PT
Demonstrating all that the properly racked gentleman should be while using the most modern equipment. Every Arrow in place, collar pressed.
squatch

Boulder climber
santa cruz, CA
Apr 6, 2010 - 07:07pm PT
looks just like his son, or maybe the other way around
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Apr 6, 2010 - 10:36pm PT
Classic shot!!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Apr 6, 2010 - 11:30pm PT
General Von Hennek cranking out the pins in  <br/>
Ventura.
General Von Hennek cranking out the pins in
Ventura.
Credit: guido
BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
Apr 7, 2010 - 04:00am PT
Hennek, '59.
Hennek, '59.
Credit: BooDawg
Goovin' on the sunset, 1969.
Goovin' on the sunset, 1969.
Credit: BooDawg

Did someone say, "Handsome Super-model?"

Left: Hennek; Right: BooDawg, Snake River, '72.
Left: Hennek; Right: BooDawg, Snake River, '72.
Credit: BooDawg

Well, maybe they were right...

Left: Hennek; Right: Guido, '74
Left: Hennek; Right: Guido, '74
Credit: BooDawg
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 7, 2010 - 08:46am PT
Great shots of Dennis, folks! Funny how the whole scene shifted around so that five years later the one man band look came in with a vengeance!


Everybody proudly showing their nuts for all to see! LOL
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Apr 7, 2010 - 11:23pm PT
God Boo I love that shot of you and Von Hennek on the Snake-those were some fun trips playing on the river and the mud and the chicks!
Von Hennek, Camp 4, circa mid 60s
Von Hennek, Camp 4, circa mid 60s
Credit: guido
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Apr 7, 2010 - 11:27pm PT
Really fine retro photos! Cheers!!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 11, 2010 - 09:21pm PT
Super Bump!
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Apr 11, 2010 - 09:25pm PT
Sweet thread!

the racks are not similar, but the smiles are!

thanks for the photos!
bozo

Social climber
Reno, NV
Apr 20, 2010 - 05:26pm PT
That's my van in the last photo!
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Apr 20, 2010 - 06:45pm PT
CLASSIC!
Peace
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
May 7, 2010 - 02:48pm PT
Bozo,

That sure looks like the original West Ridge Mountaineering VW - my van!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2010 - 11:14am PT
Don- I was going to ask if you guys ever had a company vehicle complete with a logo of some sort like the GPIW demolition derby car! LOL

guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
May 8, 2010 - 02:34pm PT
Hey Lauria

Tell us how many cars you have personally "wrecked".

Buckle up everyone, it is going to be a long post!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
May 8, 2010 - 08:18pm PT
Just a bump for this!:)
T H

climber
. . . not !
May 9, 2010 - 12:29am PT
dogtown

Trad climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
May 9, 2010 - 12:54am PT
I knew that man !
Him, Robinson and Frost are why I climb today.

Dogtown.
BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
May 9, 2010 - 11:48am PT
Vehicles? Dennis' family owned an air conditioning business when I first knew him; he would sometimes take company trucks on our outings...

Here in 1965, we were in C4, preparing for the Sunday night return to L.A.

Preparing for C4 to L.A. trip, 1965
Preparing for C4 to L.A. trip, 1965
Credit: BooDawg

L. to R.: Dennis, Scotsman (can't remember name), back of head dude, Bill Eicholtz, Russ McLean (standing supermodel), Chouinard, Becky (standing on ground).

Guido, I'm not sure that Lauria wrecked that many vehicles; I remember driving that West Ridge van up Hwy 99 to Yosemite and Don being all over me if I took it above 56 MPH; he was a pretty conservative driver, not like Kor or Rowell...

Here's one looking thru the chimney of Dennis' oil lamp on his table in C4, 1967.

Dennis thru his lamp chimney, '67.
Dennis thru his lamp chimney, '67.
Credit: BooDawg

Dennis preparing for El Cap, 1969
Dennis preparing for El Cap, 1969
Credit: BooDawg

Here's one of one Supermodel pursuing another one...

Dennis & Mavis, 1969
Dennis & Mavis, 1969
Credit: BooDawg


guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
May 9, 2010 - 11:13pm PT
Jeeez Boo

Driving out to Jackson for the Pratt Memorial, from Bishop with Don, I casually asked him if he had ever been in a wreck?

Several hours and many miles later he was still describing some "incidents". My fav was the one where he is the baseball coach on the way to a game with some of his team and he wrecks his car.

cheers

Guido
BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
May 10, 2010 - 12:44am PT
I guess I just never heard those stories from Don. Doubtful he'll share them at the Taco stand...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 27, 2010 - 08:51am PT
Unsafe on any speed...LOL
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 1, 2010 - 01:51pm PT
Kinda like this GQ gent all decked out in fashionably worn industrial leatherette! Who might this be?


From Summit May 71.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 9, 2010 - 06:13pm PT
Who eeeze Le Dude?!?
BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
Jul 9, 2010 - 09:49pm PT
Russ McLean?
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 10, 2010 - 07:48am PT
C'est vrai!
BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
Jul 11, 2010 - 11:57am PT
For those who don't read French Polynesian or might not believe Guido or trust my memory, I just spoke with the "Supermodel" hisself (Dennis), and he confirmed that it is, in fact, McClinsky. Dennis took the Chouinard Equipment picture and some others that day as well...

McClinsky clowning, sorta...
McClinsky clowning, sorta...
Credit: BooDawg
Russ, 1971.
Russ, 1971.
Credit: BooDawg
Russ, a little grayer, at Guido's Shanachie Launch Party, 1981.
Russ, a little grayer, at Guido's Shanachie Launch Party, 1981.
Credit: BooDawg
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 12, 2010 - 08:50am PT
Excellent stuff, BooyaDawg!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 12, 2010 - 07:13pm PT
Somebody get Dennis to post up the classic Chouinard's yard shizzle! Good to scan all your slides anyhow because they fade after a half century!
BooDawg

Social climber
Paradise Island
Jul 12, 2010 - 08:45pm PT
I don't think Dennis has his scanner yet. I'm not even sure that he has the "Chouinard's Yard" pix tho he probably does. But the photo person at Pataguchi should have them as well. And maybe even someone at Black Diamond.

But I agree, Steve, lots of folks who haven't seen them would love 'em. I guess if you had one or more of them, you'd have posted them already.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 13, 2010 - 05:51pm PT
A bunch of the "Ascent of Chouinard's Yard" series of West Ridge ads are posted on the Mystery Boots thread.

http://www.supertopo.com/inc/postreply.php?topic_id=747597&tn=100

I am a big fan of the totally homegrown funk industrial look at the GPIW back in the old days.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2012 - 10:33pm PT
Hennek Bump...
gf

climber
Oct 4, 2012 - 10:39pm PT
I am a big fan of the totally homegrown funk industrial look at the GPIW back in the old days.
yeah!
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Oct 4, 2012 - 10:41pm PT
Steve: Has Hennek confirmed with you his participation in the Oakdale Climbers' Festival? Guido and I have his hotel reservation in hand...
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Oct 4, 2012 - 10:52pm PT

BooDawg, Guido and General Von Hennek-three swingin Czeck guys lookin ...
BooDawg, Guido and General Von Hennek-three swingin Czeck guys lookin for the foxes.
Credit: guido
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 4, 2012 - 10:53pm PT


For god's sake Guido, post up those great and splendid Dennis images I did for you. Like the one with Dennis in the engine compartment of the old truck; ones around the making of the Shanachie; the one of Krisie and Dennis on the unfinished deck; the picnic table scene with everyone...ah kind of...enjoying it all...and it goes on. Dennis is a great man. Loved by so many and even today referred to as Von Hennek. This image above comes via ST and emails so i can put it up:

L to R: Hennek, Boche, McLean, Cohen
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Oct 4, 2012 - 11:06pm PT
Dam Sir Peter you caught me at in a weak posting mode so here you go:
Prepping for the run from Santa Cruz to New York to Afghanistan and ba...
Prepping for the run from Santa Cruz to New York to Afghanistan and back.
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Krissssey Von Hennek
Krissssey Von Hennek
Credit: guido
The general on R&R/Palisades
The general on R&R/Palisades
Credit: guido
Credit: guido

BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Oct 4, 2012 - 11:10pm PT
Dennis driving Chouinard's truck, 1969
Dennis driving Chouinard's truck, 1969
Credit: BooDawg

Dennis relaxing near C4
Dennis relaxing near C4
Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

Dennis in Afghanistan, 1974
Dennis in Afghanistan, 1974
Credit: BooDawg

Hennek at Guido's launching of his sailboat, Shanachie, 1981
Hennek at Guido's launching of his sailboat, Shanachie, 1981
Credit: BooDawg

Von Hennek & Guido, 1974, Santa Cruz
Von Hennek & Guido, 1974, Santa Cruz
Credit: BooDawg

Meanwhile, back on the Snake River, just after the mudbath...1972
Meanwhile, back on the Snake River, just after the mudbath...1972
Credit: BooDawg

guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Oct 4, 2012 - 11:16pm PT
Hennek and Bob Swanson
Hennek and Bob Swanson
Credit: guido
Long long story on this one!
Long long story on this one!
Credit: guido
Hennek, Mavis and Pratt-Tetons circa 67
Hennek, Mavis and Pratt-Tetons circa 67
Credit: guido
Dennis and and his beautiful wife Peggy
Dennis and and his beautiful wife Peggy
Credit: guido
Prepping for a Baffin expedition-would you climb with this guy?
Prepping for a Baffin expedition-would you climb with this guy?
Credit: guido
Hennek and our old friend  George Marks-Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense!
Hennek and our old friend George Marks-Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense!
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 4, 2012 - 11:20pm PT


a Guido owned image, taken in Tuolumne. Just terrific shot of this amazing group of friends, even now today, still great friends and life's travelers. Especially wonderful image of Dennis, I have always thought.
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 4, 2012 - 11:29pm PT
Wow... stunning photography... I'm only vaguely familiar with the characters here, but real sense of story comes through. TPFU!

Eric
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Oct 5, 2012 - 07:30am PT
Is Von Hennek still with us?
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 5, 2012 - 08:07am PT
Great thread and pics, love this type of stuff, thanks for bumping.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 08:56am PT
Dennis is still with us. Living in Ventura. Just talked to him two days ago.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:19am PT
That Nat Geo cover (and article) are what got me into climbing back in the late 70s. Little did I know that only three years later I'd be in the same spot as that cover shot.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:27am PT
Ha! Some months before that cover shot we were in that same position only
it was in a blizzard and we couldn't see 20'. We also didn't know that we coulda
been almost famous for doing the first clean ascent if we had foresworn the use of
the couple of Leepers we'd used.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:29am PT
Hey Reilly is "couda been almost famous" something like almost pregnant?
Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:33am PT
GREAT PICS Guys!

Super cool!

THANKS!

Jeremy Aslaksen
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:34am PT
Steve - Mr Leatherette Fashion Statement has to be Don Whillans?

DMT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:39am PT
Guido, you don't know how right you are in the conjugal context of the ensuing 12 hours!
Shiver me timbers!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 5, 2012 - 10:08am PT
I named him to myself as soon as I laid eyes on him. It wasn't hard.
Knickers>baby-faced>UCLA>BooDawg's buddy Hennek.

After all, knickers are quite distinguishing. Ma liked Payne Stewart best.

The totally trad cover shot by Old Blind Rowell from NGeo slid past my eyeballs, too. Unmistakeable.

Glad you put the bump to this, Steve.

DHk, possibly the quintessential Petrex californii excluding Robbins, who was born in W.Va.

All over the place, he was.

Lee Vining. Nobody lives in Lee Vining.

Or Oakdale or Atwater, blah....

DHk will be lined up to speak at the Oakdale Festival, I hear.

Should fit right in with all those other "California best types," buncha knicker-loving, hacky-sacking, pot-lazy, half-crazy glamor boys.

And he hasn't got a nickname for reals, has he?

Von Hennek's pretty all right, don't get me wrong.

Fletcher and I have been discussing the value of names.

I guess somebody else is gonna have to come up with the FA list, Ed's probably busy.

Edit: I was poking around in google Images just now, searching "Hennek and Rowell" and out pops http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1271817/Ancestors-Archiving-Crossings-of-California-T-R

It's the Circle Game, Odd. It is definitely time to play Where in the Middle Earth Am I!!!
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Oct 5, 2012 - 10:41am PT
Guido, Boo Dawg, Steve, Peter and Mark:

Great thread and great pics! You guys always are providing top drawer pics and stories.

I remember that Nat Geo, and my father's comments on the fact that we should have stopped in Yosemite on one of our great western trips (my dad took us to 49 of the 50 states and most often to the national parks where we hiked, hiked and hiked more).

I had forgotten about it until seeing it. I didn't enter the Valley until the spring of 78; If I had I would have been on the prowl for Mavis. You guys seemed to be surrounded by beautiful women.

I was reading The Fifties by Halberstam (which I believe was recommended by Guido) and learned where the name "Skunkworks" comes from. Did Chouinard borrow it form L'il Abner or from the shack where the U-2 airplanes were built?

At any rate, thanks for the great stories.

Guido, I still owe you a free season's worth of crewing, don't let me off without paying up. Tahiti still?
LongAgo

Trad climber
Oct 5, 2012 - 12:17pm PT
I remember sometime in the early 70's I was talking around a Yosemite campfire about a plan wife Nancy (then my "significant other") and I had to buy and self-install a Sears gas furnace at our old Victorian house in the flats of Oakland. The house had a gas burner box and cover grate in the dining room, but that heated only about that room. We did all kinds of projects to improve the old place and thought, what the heck we can stall a new central furnace, including all the duct work and registers. Dennis was at that campfire and asked, "Want some help?" Turned out he was a heating and AC craftsman in those days. "Sure" we said, thinking he might or might not show up as we didnt discuss any contract or fee.

As it happened, we got a knock on the door a few days later and there he was offering to help for nothing! No way could we have done the job without Dennis, especially the custom plenum. We offered to pay him of course, but nope he said, all we could do was feed him and give him a place to stay for a few days. I think the job only took two days so we hardly returned fair compensation.

Thanks again Dennis. You're a good soul.

Tom Higgins
LongAgo
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Oct 5, 2012 - 12:42pm PT
Hi Tom,

I'm not surprised that he offered to help since he had all the skills and most of the tools. See post #22 on this thread for the picture of one of his dad's trucks. Dennis is a real hands-on kinda guy and had learned the skills needed in his dad's shop. Beyond that, he has a heart of gold.
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Oct 5, 2012 - 06:58pm PT
Seeing that old National Geographic cover made me want to read that edition. You can get a copy for $10 from:
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Society
Single Copy
P.O. Box 63001
Tampa, FL 33663-3001
1.800.777.2800
Vol 145 No. 6 June 1974 <<#2241491-3786847#>>
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Oct 5, 2012 - 07:21pm PT
Life magazine article on the 2nd ascent of the NA:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1895907&msg=1896150#msg1896150

NA Wall 2nd ascent/Life magazine
NA Wall 2nd ascent/Life magazine
Credit: guido
Hennek-NA Wall 2nd ascent
Hennek-NA Wall 2nd ascent
Credit: guido
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - May 10, 2013 - 08:14am PT
Handsome youths bump...
johntp

Trad climber
socal
May 10, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
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