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Mike.

climber
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
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Jun 17, 2017 - 08:09pm PT
The few times I spent in Chuck's company always had a sense of relaxed welcome. He never forgot your name, no matter how much time had passed.

The last time I encountered Clance was going up to the base of Sentinel Rock, while he and his partner were coming down. All members took the opportunity to shrug packs, take some water and communicate as climbers do.

Then we all moved on to whatever task was at hand, personally.

I always liked the way he was.



frostback

Social climber
great white north
Jun 17, 2017 - 08:10pm PT
How appropriate to see Weg surfacing in this thread!
rottingjohnny

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

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!
slobmonster

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?
Fogarty

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

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Jun 24, 2017 - 12:54pm PT
Credit: yosbigwalls.com

Credit: yosbigwalls.com
Mtnmun

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.

Completely reliable, marginally comfortable...Chuck's beloved Whillans...
Completely reliable, marginally comfortable...Chuck's beloved Whillans.
Credit: Chris Cunningham

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

Chris
Wildschwein

Trad climber
Celle
Apr 4, 2018 - 10:56am PT
Aloha. Chuck took me on my first climb in Yosemite. Black is brown back in 195-76. We spent a lot of time together through the years. Many good,some bad. I will always love his wild ways and angry spirit,even when it was directed my way. Love and forgive you my brother. You will always hold a place in my heart. Climb that endless climb now. Peace.
Petch

Gym climber
knapsack crack
Apr 5, 2018 - 06:00pm PT
I think we should do a memorial for Chuck at the Leap this summer. Including a Congo line traverse of Crazy lace on the Hog(he was part of the fa). Banquet beers in tow
Chris Cunningham

Trad climber
San Francisco
Apr 6, 2018 - 10:47pm PT
Good Idea Petch.
I'd be up for a memorial for Chuck this summer!
Keep us informed and I'll show up for sure.
Cheers
Chris Cunningham
Chris Cunningham

Trad climber
San Francisco
Apr 6, 2018 - 11:06pm PT
Chuck's Last American Climb, "My Grandma Don't Love Me" Split Rock, Ma...
Chuck's Last American Climb, "My Grandma Don't Love Me" Split Rock, Marin County.
Credit: Chris Cunningham
Chuck styled up this familiar climb. It was unusual for Chuck to acquiesce to using a top rope without a 20 minute argument; if at all. We had decided this would be the last climb of a wonderful climbing day. Chuck was in top form that day; his climbing skills, considering his age, were amazing. I knew he was serious when he said he was "not coming back" to America. So I decided to take a video of him on this climb. Unfortunately, Chuck heard the camera beep and started yelling at me to stop filming him. I was only able to snap this picture.
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Apr 7, 2018 - 01:06pm PT
Credit: Jim Clipper
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 7, 2018 - 11:07pm PT
Iím all in favor for a Clance gathering at the Leap,
I miss my friend.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jun 13, 2018 - 01:00pm PT
Jim Brennan wrote:
The last time I encountered Clance was going up to the base of Sentinel Rock, while he and his partner were coming down. All members took the opportunity to shrug packs, take some water and communicate as climbers do.
... shrug packs, take some water and communicate as climbers do.

Damn if that doesn't transport me right to the feeling of being there, even without any descriptive details beyond the simple facts.

.........................................................................

And this one from climbrunride, way up-thread, is classic Clance state of mind & sense of humor:
He finally finished puking and climbed up to me. He confidently blamed his illness on the communists, cursed them, congratulated me on a good lead and was ready to move on with the day.

 All hail the memory of Clancy!
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Jun 13, 2018 - 05:37pm PT
After a [too] brief encounter, all I can say is too bad he shied away from the internet. Would the mods dare? No filters.
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Jun 13, 2018 - 09:53pm PT
Here is another one...

We were bivied on p2 of leaning tower in hammocks. No joke. My first wall, bivy, everything. Fully gripped. He looks down at me and says " Don't move around too much, I'm not tied in and this belay is jingus without pins"

Silence...... then he starts laughing.

I never made it into my sleeping bag that night.

We finally make it to awahnee ledge and proceed to drink all of our beer, when a fixing team shows up. Chuck solicits them to bring more beer when they come back up in the morning. Which they do. So after 3 days on awahnee and fixed to the top of 7, I am now concerned and almost a week in with no upward movement in sight.

I convince chuck to bail so we can get more beer, which we do. Somehow he winds up ropeless on that ledge below the start and tells me to jettison the haul bag, and rap down to P1 and then toss him a rope. Calm as a cucumber I execute the toss, watch it explode and then proceed to leave like 15 draws on the way down.

Pull the ropes and meet him on the ledge.

He looks at me and says" ain't this bitchin?!" Then tells me he never repeats wall climbs so bailing on this one is ok.

Took the blame right away, and eased my mind enough to want to wall climb again.


In his own way he could whipe the bad day away as quick as it arrived.

I miss my bud.

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