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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 15, 2017 - 09:07pm PT
Clance famous quote, Bitch Lesbian

Topic Author's Reply - Jun 15, 2017 - 09:16pm PT
Yes Russ, the Carol Moyer death traverse, remember to tie in😳

Topic Author's Reply - Jun 15, 2017 - 09:19pm PT
Best to just remember him as Clance, who was one of one and we were all lucky to have the experiences we had and can share. Peace ✌️

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jun 15, 2017 - 09:32pm PT
You guys aren't painting a pretty picture.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 15, 2017 - 09:56pm PT
So, what happened to him?

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Jun 15, 2017 - 10:19pm PT
Chuck did not want to burden any friends with his passing. I had a close friend reach out to his son, and he just said that he wanted to honor his dads wishes. That is coming from his best friend.

He was the kind of guy you would want on your side for sure, hehe.

I had some truly wild times with him, glad he made it to my wedding

Cheers buddy, I will send one to the eye for you.


Big Wall climber
Florence & Normandy
Jun 15, 2017 - 10:35pm PT
Robert L, I agree. As a father of a 3 year old girl these sort of guys scare me now. they should scare you too Mucci. Nice wedding tho
Jim Clipper

from: forests to tree farms
Jun 15, 2017 - 11:12pm PT
I don't claim to have known him. Maybe I met an older more mellow version of the Clance.

He didn't come off as a misogynist at all. Actually, he spoke about how hard he worked to catch his first wife. He seemed to regret that it didn't work out too.

Definitely not politically correct. No filter. He didn't apologize, and his approach seemed influenced by a "time", a few decades back, when things were decidedly different between women and men. He lit up a bit when talking about the 60's.

When I mentioned we were opening an office in Santa Cruz, he replied with a grin, "There are a lot of lesbians in Santa Cruz". He followed that, more sincerely, with, "If you could make them feel comfortable, it might be good for your business". He was right.

He told me that he broke a couple of ribs once, I think on El Cap. He was still able top out. He said that he popped off and landed on a pillar (he said he was aiming for it). I said that it didn't sound like a good idea. He said it was that or go for another 20 feet or so to the ledge.

Maybe look at some of his climbs and when he did them. Maybe it speaks a bit about his character. maybe a little of what I thought I saw...

He spoke fondly of his son, and of a few of the people who post here too.

We all have our demons. Humor may be one of the less toxic ways to deal with suffering.

I'll raise a beer anyway. Wish I had given him a call, and gotten to know him more.


Trad climber
Woodfords, CA
Jun 16, 2017 - 03:26pm PT
Friend of mine and Chuck says he passed in
December 2016. Didn't want anyone bothered
by the details and told his son Kevin not to divulge
details. If you knew Chuck, you could probably
figure it out.

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Jun 17, 2017 - 08:55am PT
I think we are getting a bit off route here.

Chuck passed away. Now the stories are coming out. Great, we all have plenty of those....

Chuck Was a kind soul, a friend, a father, a defender, a rambler, and a climber.

Yes he was troubled.

80's era sport drinking and girl chasing seemed to be a common theme among the stories I have heard from many individuals around during that period. To have that cloud doom what chuck did after all of that, for the rest of his life is disappointing.

No Klaus, i do not put chuck in the Predator class as you have. He was always great with my family and friends and I am sad you have that impression of him, he always spoke highly of you bud...

Bottom line, he is gone and we don't need to beat the horse to the point anybody who read this will take away that he was a threat to all who knew him.

Quite the opposite. I am just happy that the people he was close to all loved him through the good and bad, and that all of them are my close friends.

I miss my friend, and all that he did for me.
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
Jun 17, 2017 - 09:55am PT
Amen Josh-thanks for that-lars

Jun 17, 2017 - 11:14am PT
Thanks, mucci.
norwegian II

Trad climber
camino, ca
Jun 17, 2017 - 11:31am PT
i'm better for knowing the man.
chuck was good stock, as far as i knew him.

he was camping at the leap one summer
and i offered him my cabin since i wasn't
much using it. he stayed for a month
and left the place spit-shine clean with
a full brick of beer in the fridge.

i highlt value the times and climbs that i shared with
chuck. a wide-open soul, from my perspective.

i'm going to go find a lull in the wind and
a spot of shade and drink a good big coors
and divorce the moment for a while.

and go visit chuck

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Jun 17, 2017 - 10:00pm PT
hail to the weege....And chuck...

Gym climber
knapsack crack
Jun 17, 2017 - 10:01pm PT
I met Chuck when I arrived at the Leap. We spent many campfires and beers talking tales and spewing sh#t the last 20+ years. It was always fun to see him,even if you had to wake him up in his rig. When we had our child, he brought us a. book"Where the wild things are ". He said it was one of his favorites with his son. I read that to my daughter many of times, and always thinking of Clance. As the years passed he would always ask me about my child and how she was doing. I would show up at the Station and there would be a gift from him to her. He was a kind and gentle soul! He was a smart ass and a character. He will be missed in the Berry!

Trad climber
SF (via NH & CO)
Jun 17, 2017 - 10:13pm PT
(Unless I'm misappropriating a memory) Chuck used to come into Marmot Mtn Works in Berkeley. Always nice, always kind... just checking things out. Hadn't he been a USCG rescue swimmer (or something to that effect) by the GG bridge?

Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2017 - 10:34pm PT
Having a drink thinking of you my friend, bump👍
Jim Clipper

from: forests to tree farms
Jun 24, 2017 - 12:54pm PT


Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Jun 24, 2017 - 11:18pm PT
Chuck was a real character and I often saw him sleeping upright in the drivers seat of his truck at the Leap. Sometimes I think he spent the night that way. Even when he was lit up his foot work was amazing on the rock. RIP Chuck I will miss running into you.
Chris Cunningham

Trad climber
San Francisco
Jul 2, 2017 - 09:19pm PT
I guess I was wrong about Chuck's old Whillans harness.

Somewhere, I have some videos and pics of Chuck which I will compile and post up soon.

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