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Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 27, 2010 - 09:18pm PT
I'm not exactly certain how this whole thing happened, I mean, I've organized a few campouts with fellow shooters there because the Tushar Mountains are relatively quiet and scenic and this meadow at 8,350' is cool in the summer.

But this time it became the site of another Team Latok reunion, the last one being at Jeff's house and, sadly, the last time we would see Kyle.

The urgency was there. None of us have forever, and for some of the best of us time is short.
A few emails, a few phone calls and, suddenly everything fell together.

And since I was dealing this hand with no money on the table, well,.............





I kept an ace or two up my sleeve.



We had already had a campout party down at the Firebase in March, but that had turned into a clusterphuque of the first order; all chiefs and no indians, literally the cuisine of anarchy, and then upon departure an inexcusable remnant of a debris field with deliberately broken bottles, wrappers, a fresh fire pit, dog turds, people turds and unnecessarily trampled vegetation and rutted ground.

When I go there again certain parties will no longer be on the guest list.

But I learned a few things.


This time I was taking care of the food, the guest list (no dogs, kids, or crashers), and was counting on the selection to have a far more favorable outcome.

Kevin Kelly, my first partner in Zion, who had been to the Firebase and then returned for the Spire Of Fire affair this year, was I believe the person to refer to these events as "Ron-dezvous".
This thing seems to have developed a life, and now, a kit all its own.

Like Doug's rolling sushifest, all this crap went in a trailer, and I was hauling it north on I-15 fully loaded when the whole party nearly came to an end before even starting when a woman driver decided that she needn't bother to actually LOOK before pulling back onto the freeway from the shoulder. If my beat up trailer fender had taken her rear-view (and it came within 2") I would have just laughed instead of cursing her.

But there would be THREE epics on the approach which was actually shorter for me than anyone else attending!

Once I pulled over the pass and could see the Tushars off in the distance there was a 2-3 mile high plume of smoke coming from what appeared to be the very spot I was headed to!

After ten miles something else was wrong too.

Suffice to say that I only just barely pulled into Beaver on the steel belt of the right trailer tire, the tread having blown off.
This trailer was bought for $700 twenty-two years ago with those very tires (also used) so I guess it WAS time even if entirely inopportune.

Again, long story short, there is only one place in town that can help me and they know I'm desperate.
Result; two new tires that would probably run me $70 each at home go for $302.56

But these poor schlubbs in Beaver probably see a Grant and a Franklin as a a big score.
Votre vive c'est mon vengeance.

After an hour and a half (during which I determine by phone that the fire is in fact 15 miles south of the site) I am back and running. And when considering that I used the old tires at a rate of less than $15/year based on replacement cost I laugh at my luck.

And the trailer is hauling smoother than I can ever remember!

When I get to the meadow I start unloading the contents and set up the mess area and my tent (complete with cot and gun cleaning table all arranged so that I can watch the big screen from my bed.)

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, we were power-camping with our own Tushar Mountain drive-in theater.

It wasn't quite set up yet when the Doninis rolled in. Then came Mike Kennedy carpooling with Kevin (who helped me mount the screen and, being a plumber, connected a multitude of propane devices to boot) along with George Lowe who they had picked up 30 miles away in Richfield after he flew his plane in from Denver.
By the time Jeff and Connie rolled into view in Jeff's new van I was playing some of my dad's Mozart on the 100 watt stereo.

Jeff's van is so big and bright red that when the shuttle passes overhead the astronauts say, "WTF is that?!"

When he pulled up I said, "I put 4K into that tomato ??"

He said, "No. Its good for you! Its an orgasmic tomato!"



We have barbecued Salmon Donini as the sunset over the mountains does not disappoint.
Everyone likes the spot and most are surprised at how cool it gets after the sun is gone.
Southern Utah is known for canyons but there are a lot of mountains as well.

Mike and I carry a sheet of plywood over to the tomato which serves to improve the sleeping accommodations and, it having been a long day (for me especially) soon the meadow, Sawmill Bench, earns its name by the sound of logs being sawn by its temporary occupants.


There have been bear warnings posted in three places on the 4.8 mile trail in and in the middle of the night our camp had a large visitor. None of us awoke and he stalked off into the woods until morning.

Then Jody came back into camp. lol

Here you can see Jim, Angela, Mike, Kevin, Connie, Jeff, and my back whipping up eggs.
Just above my head George is by the truck and almost hidden in the trees is camp Donini.
The Tomato is hard to miss.
saturday morning
saturday morning
Credit: Piton Ron



With little climbing around we eat and talk.

And eat and talk.

And talk.


The whole weekend was in fact an endless bull session of wonderful stories.
Indeed when Greg Lowe pulled into camp we got set up to do some videotaping to preserve some of these tales for posterity.

You can see the boom mike in this one, but is Jeff putting Mike and George to sleep?

Credit: Piton Ron




Perhaps not.


Credit: Piton Ron






Not a bad location to work a production.
Not a bad location to work a production.
Credit: Piton Ron


But by now I'm getting concerned. Tom Cochrane was supposed to fly out to Richfield and rent a car with a surprise guest that only Jody, Kevin, and Greg knew about. So when we heard a motor I was disappointed to see the rangers pull into camp.
I had been up there only 9 days earlier and apparently in the intervening days a bear had broken into somebody's travel trailer over by where the Doninis had put their Sportsmobile. (Inspection of the site yielded a 30 pound pile of turds too large to be anything BUT a bear shltting in the woods).
I thanked them and assured them that we kept a clean site and that everybody was familiar with the proper behavior for camping in bear country.

I was more circumspect about any guns and/or explosives we may or may not have had,..

As usual dinner was late (cutting into theater time) and things were just breaking up in the dark when another car pulled in.
Turns out Tom's gear needed work (and all of us dinosaurs know how that feels) so he took on the trip via a marathon drive to AZ and then north.

Greg and I had hoped to be able to capture the startled reactions of the Latok Team when Layton Kor came strolling into camp, but in the dark and with Layton's characteristic dearth of showmanship things turned out,.. well,.. lets just say "unscripted".

Jeff was sitting in his wheelchair talking to somebody to his right when he felt somebody pressing up against him on the left.
He turned and found himself face to belt buckle.

One can only wonder,..

In any case after a few awkward moments the identity of his suitor was established and suddenly conversations broke up as everyone welcomed Shorty into camp.


More than one finger was later wagged in my face for being one sneaky bastard, but in a most friendly and complimentary manner.

Not much later the evening program became a big hit although initially people were leery of watching television while camping. I put on the "Mountains" portion of the Planet Earth series on Blu-ray.
A full moon had risen behind the screen and when the program showed a full moon also we cracked up.
The footage of Patagonia got Jim all perked up and the incredible sequences of the snow leopard hunting had everyone's jaws in the dirt.

Afterwards things started to break up. A few die hards hung around the charcoal glow and I put on a short Bob Marley concert on dvd.

The next morning I went back to my dad's Mozart on cd.


After smoked salmon and bagels things started warming up so soon we went to shooting a roundtable discussion in the shade not far from the bear scat.
St's own, Tom Cochrane was included.

It turns out that Tom is a real Renaissance man, film-maker, flyer, storyteller and a person with a strong technical background that allowed him some heady conversation with Greg.


Then before the Doninis and Mike and Kevin headed back to business in Colorado (dropping off George to fly to Idaho to go river running!) we made a group shot. We might be out to pasture but we still know how to have a good time.

Credit: Piton Ron


Down to 7 we had dinner and watched Wolfman. (Again with the full moon overhead!!
People really liked the vaulted ceiling in my living room.)
The rest of the gang rolled out the next morning and, in a welcome change from the Firebase Ron-dezvous, we left the pasture even more pristine than how we had found it as I had picked up a few cans and, believe it or not, Jody even cleaned up an old fire pit.

Greg and Connie had been most helpful in packing up, as I was not at 100%.

The timing was perfect. It began raining even before my reaching I-15.

Mission accomplished.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 27, 2010 - 09:28pm PT
Thanks, Ron - awesome!
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland
Jul 27, 2010 - 09:29pm PT
He beat you to it on that other site but your write up sure filled in the details.

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/general_climbing/hall_of_fame_photo/106839516

tanks!
locker

Social climber
COLORADO
Jul 27, 2010 - 09:32pm PT


that's a good, fun, read...

Many laughs!!!...





LOL!!!...

"they know I'm desperate.
Result; two new tires that would probably run me $70 each at home go for $302.56"
...
The Chief

Trad climber
from the Land where Free Mongols still roam!
Jul 27, 2010 - 09:37pm PT
Great Stuff Ron... thanks!



pc

climber
Jul 27, 2010 - 09:52pm PT
Excellent! Thx.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 27, 2010 - 10:14pm PT
Ron,
Thanks for sharing.
I would like to suggest an alternative title: Menschen Fest 2010
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 27, 2010 - 11:45pm PT
Nice stuff!

I miss Jody.
adam d

climber
Jul 27, 2010 - 11:54pm PT
Well done. Of that crew I've just met Jeff and Jim (though I assume neither of them remember).
A quality gathering for sure.

When/where is the video coming out?

Jody, pretty good post to break a 2+ year hiatus! Thanks for the pics...
locker

Social climber
COLORADO
Jul 27, 2010 - 11:57pm PT



COOL!!!...


The Chief

Trad climber
from the Land where Free Mongols still roam!
Jul 27, 2010 - 11:59pm PT
DELETE THE POST...... NFW!

I say leave it so all can see and admire. Thanks for posting it up Jody.


What a gathering of Incredible Legendary Courageous and Adventurous Spirits....
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 28, 2010 - 03:59am PT
American Climbing Legends Take Mountain By Storm!


What a great seige.

Excellent write up Ron!

Thanks for posting the photos to tie it all together Jody!

Now that's an important gathering.
Conrad

climber
Jul 28, 2010 - 05:52am PT
The community, the spirit. It is what this silly games is all about. You guys are awesome. Quite a few pitches climbed, bivies endured, partners mourned and laughter shared with this group.

Thanks for sharing.
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Jul 28, 2010 - 07:04am PT
what a handsome bunch.
you fellas wear well the life experiences that have thus far carved you.

i'm smiling a little more than i have in a long while.
thanks for sharing and inspiring.
gf

climber
Jul 28, 2010 - 07:22am PT
harumph!
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 28, 2010 - 07:24am PT
Edit: repost to ask Ron not to delete.


Ron, don't do that. I understand your frustration. I've gone through many myself. But eventually the help I needed came through.

It's our fault that the proper advice hasn't come through for you.
It's not our fault that you're on dial up. That is the real problem.

That gathering was important, and you want the presentation to come out right. But this thread is beautiful the way it is. Really fantastic.
And to think you put that all together. You know all the guys and made an amazing event.

Let it stand and put it together right as soon as you can.

paganmonkeyboy

climber
mars...it's near nevada...
Jul 28, 2010 - 07:33am PT
ok ron - what software do you have to downsize them with - anything ? photoshop or the gimp will work, i can talk you through it or better yet show you when i get down there next month dude...don't delete ;-0
pcousar

Sport climber
White Salmon, WA
Jul 28, 2010 - 07:58am PT
Thanks so much Ron and Jody for posting that up! Many lurkers here really do appreciate the effort to put up a TR!

Looks like a great time!
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 28, 2010 - 08:10am PT
Man, I really wished I could have been there. That a great crew and I'm sure the stories were priceless. Ron, thanks so much for the effort. Sorry I bailed but recent family events took over my life for the first half of July leaving the second half in chaos.

Best,
Mal
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 28, 2010 - 08:23am PT
keeping up with computer technology isn't one of me.


That's priceless Chief!
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jul 28, 2010 - 10:27am PT
Thanks for the great thread Ron! Sorry you are having troubles with loading pics. Love Jodys photography.

Jody's picture

he titled it: L to R: Michael Kennedy, Jim Donini, George Lowe, Greg Lowe, Ron Olevsky, Layton Kor, Tom Cochrane, Jeff Lowe(seated)

ps, here's the link to Jodys site to peruse for more pics, awesome historical pics of his dad and others. http://www.sierramountainphotography.com/index.html
Dudes a great photog. Good stuff for sure!
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Jul 28, 2010 - 10:57am PT
Ron,

Just leave this up and make improvements later as your tech knowledge grows.


Since I'm his evil twin, I'll post up for Jody......

Republicans are always right, the Christian religion is very worthwhile, I plan on tooling all of you who drive the central California coast.


The evil one
quietpartner

Trad climber
Moantannah
Jul 28, 2010 - 10:57am PT
"Out to pasture but not gone to seed"

Nice TR.
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Jul 28, 2010 - 10:58am PT
Well, Ron, whatever you do, don't delete this post! You made something happen that means everything to me at this point in my life. Sharing it here on the taco with our wide circle of friends is a great way to spread the wealth. But don't stop your curmudgeonly snarling...it still succeeds in hiding your deepest kind and generous nature. We wouldn't want THAT secret to get out now, would we?

What a fine weekend!

-TusharJello
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2010 - 11:01am PT
Just deleted the other thread, and was about to do the same.

Russ and Jeff saved the day, but I still hold with what I said on the Five Figures thread.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Jul 28, 2010 - 11:09am PT
Excellent TR. Good Job Ron.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2010 - 11:56am PT
Tom and Layton put up a route a near half century ago!!
Tom and Layton put up a route a near half century ago!!
Credit: Piton Ron

Thanks to Russ' monkey instructions loading 100x faster.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2010 - 12:07pm PT
6 guys older than me that still have more hair
6 guys older than me that still have more hair
Credit: Piton Ron
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 28, 2010 - 01:40pm PT
Sweet!!

Ron, glad you got it "dialed" in now. HA!!

Thanks again, for the historic gathering, and sharing.
Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Jul 28, 2010 - 02:10pm PT
WOW!!!!!!!

THIS is the sorta stuff that makes the Taco the real deal!

CHEERS TO RON for putting this together for all of us!

SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeremy Aslaksen
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2010 - 03:11pm PT
"Jeff, you really ought to share your lox and bagels.,........ Jeff?,... Jeff????"

Credit: Piton Ron
Fish_Products

Big Wall climber
Jul 28, 2010 - 03:14pm PT
Good stuff Ron! Love them old dads!


See us on the web at:
http://www.FishProducts.com
http://fishproductsblog.blogspot.com/
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 28, 2010 - 03:14pm PT
Great weekend!!! Layton's appearance was certainly a pleasant surprise. Kudos to Ron for pulling it off!
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Jul 28, 2010 - 04:33pm PT
What a wonderful trip report. Very generous of you to share it.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2010 - 04:40pm PT
The mess area, and drive in theater.

Before Layton and Tom showed up we had a nice sunset on Mt. Belknap, 12,137'.


Credit: Piton Ron

goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland
Jul 28, 2010 - 05:09pm PT
Nice too see the film cameras rolling as well,
looking forward to the big picture.

Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Jul 28, 2010 - 05:26pm PT
Piton Ron: Thank you!

Glad that you took all the time to put the party together and post the photos and story.

I can sympathize with the uploading problems.

Living rural has challenges and rewards.

I donít have an Apple system, so Iím happy people were able to help you.

We went from dial-up to Dish Network Satellite 3 years ago, and have had no problems with Dish. Currently $59.95 monthly. We got a $10.00 a month credit for the first 24 months.

Donít get me started: on Microsoft, MSN, and Bill Gates.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Jul 28, 2010 - 05:27pm PT
Ron - I just got off the phone with Jody - he was wondering if you were able to get the photos uploaded (from your miserable dialup connection - LOL)
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2010 - 05:59pm PT
As stated previously, Russ gave me the trained monkey routine.

Still don't know much but the loading problem appears bypassed.
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland
Jul 28, 2010 - 06:10pm PT
Now all you need is Ament as Editor and you are good to go......
Mike.

climber
Jul 28, 2010 - 06:11pm PT
Looks like a grand time was had. Nice report!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 28, 2010 - 06:20pm PT
yeah, that worked for me....
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Jul 28, 2010 - 08:21pm PT
Thanks so much for the weekend Ron! The food was awesome, the music and evening programs superb and the company extraordinary! You put together a truly memorable event. Thanks so much for making everything work so well for Jeff et al. Can't wait for the next Ron-de-vous!

Conner aka Connie (from Jello's computer)
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jul 28, 2010 - 08:53pm PT
Ron-

Thanks for organizing this and thanks for posting it up.

I was also happy to see that Layton is looking so much better now than in the spring. Nothing cheers him up like getting back to nature.

And I agree with Jello on your curmudgeonism!
Dickbob

climber
Colorado
Jul 28, 2010 - 09:34pm PT
Incredible. Thanks for that.
Michael Kennedy

Social climber
Carbondale, Colorado
Jul 29, 2010 - 02:03am PT
Thanks again, Ron, for putting this together. A grand time was had by all!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 29, 2010 - 08:14am PT
Cheers Michael,
looks like you were up late.



Here you have an aggregate of well over a century of major FAs.

Jim Donini, George Lowe
Jim Donini, George Lowe
Credit: Piton Ron
Carolyn C

Trad climber
the long, long trailer
Jul 29, 2010 - 11:14am PT
bump
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 30, 2010 - 05:06pm PT
Just flipping through Jody's vignettes.

This is Jeff on saturday.
(In fact I believe it is 7:39 PM)

Credit: Piton Ron


Not a good shot of the Lowes but a good one of Mike and "I'm-too-sexy-for-my-shades" Jim on saturday before Layton rolled in.

Credit: Piton Ron
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 30, 2010 - 09:07pm PT

Man, Ron. . .


Whoopee!!!!!!

I'm glad you got it all fixed. What a treat.
Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jul 30, 2010 - 09:57pm PT
This is a treat.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jul 30, 2010 - 11:17pm PT
Nothing wrong with pasteurization, er pasturization, based on this TR.

good stuff, thx
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Boulder Creek CA
Jul 31, 2010 - 11:59pm PT
A couple of choice comments from Layton Kor when accused of being our generation's best all-around rock climber:

"The best climber is the one having the most fun!"

"The main reason for working to be a better climber is so that you can do the climbs you want. It takes a month or so of daily hard climbing to get into shape for the walls."

(...Layton is still having fun at age 72...)

Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 1, 2010 - 12:08am PT
Great thread. I'm not sure where this was held , but it looks really picturesque.
x15x15

climber
Aug 1, 2010 - 06:26am PT
great read! i needed it.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Aug 3, 2010 - 12:48am PT
Ron, how and when is that footage being used, in case I missed that?

I'd love to see it!
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Aug 3, 2010 - 09:55am PT
Wow, Ron!

You know how to make a guy ache for the wilds of the West.
Wild men, wild land.

Not to mention the collective fire-power in all those guns upended like cordwood in lounge chairs. Sheesh -- some of 'em have even advanced to Power Loungers.

With all that saged space around, you could even say that the Ron-a-Thon (or whatever) has fully transformed into a Mountain Meadow Mass-Acre.

And you did it without even firing a shot. (At least that's the story we're telling the Ranger, and I'm sticking to it.)
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Aug 3, 2010 - 10:35am PT
Nice TR Ron. Nice responses, too.

AKTrad

Mountain climber
AK
Aug 7, 2010 - 09:11am PT
Great post, Ron! It was really nice to catch up with all of you.
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