Are You a Cowboy?


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Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Dec 20, 2012 - 08:45am PT
Since my IQ exceeds my shoe size by at least an order of magnitude, it should be obvious that I am not a cowboy.

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Dec 20, 2012 - 08:51am PT
According to Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, cowboys like smokey old pool rooms and clear mountain mornings. So, yeah, I'm a cowboy.

Dec 20, 2012 - 10:31am PT
Lots of horses at Jackson Falls, so I'm shaking out before a crux and look down to see this lady riding beneath me staring up, at which time her knee catches a small tree and she is on the ground, the horse dude behind her accesses the situation and tells to "get up and walk it off", ever since I've called that cowboy first aid.
Sir Donald

Trad climber
Denver, CO
Dec 20, 2012 - 11:51am PT
Credit: Sir Donald
Credit: Sir Donald
Credit: Sir Donald
My wife and I met on a chairlift 15 years ago - both as ski bums and full time climbers. Now we own and run an Organic/100% Grass Fed beef ranch in North Carolina and sell it all to Whole Foods - but we still sneak out to climb several times a month and a yearly trip to the desert thrown in.
240 Black Angus, 5 horses to work the herd with, 4 dogs to tag along, and two kids to do all the other farm chores. And - my 12 year old son climbs harder than I can now, just got his first 5.11b on real rock!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 20, 2012 - 12:01pm PT
Sir Donald, I don't see much grass in that first pic.
Looks like a bunch of locoweed! ;-)

Dec 20, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
Nope, but I know lots of cowboys and more pretending to be. Both types have saints and as#@&%es just like every other group of people, say for example, climbers?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 20, 2012 - 01:40pm PT
A little ditty about the life from Jerry Jeff Walker called Night Rider's Lament off of Ridin' High.

One night while I was out a ridin'
The grave yard shift, midnight 'til dawn
The moon was bright as a readin' light
For a letter from an old friend back home

And he asked me
Why do you ride for your money
Tell me why do you rope for short pay
You ain't a'gettin' nowhere
And you're losin' your share
Boy, you must have gone crazy out there

He said last night I ran on to Jenny
She's married and has a good life
And boy you sure missed the track
When you never come back
She's the perfect professional's wife

And she asked me
Why does he ride for his money
And tell me why does he rope for short pay
He ain't a'gettin' nowhere
And he's losin' his share
Boy he must've gone crazy out there

Ah but they've never seen the Northern Lights
They've never seen a hawk on the wing
They've never spent spring on the Great Divide
And they've never heard ole' camp cookie sing

Well I read up the last of my letter
And I tore off the stamp for black Jim
And when Billy rode up to relieve me
He just looked at my letter and grinned

He said now
Why do they ride for their money
Tell me why do they ride for short pay
They ain't a'gettin' nowhere
And they're losin' their share
Boy, they must've gone crazy out there
Son, they all must be crazy out there

Trad climber
Dec 20, 2012 - 02:50pm PT
I'm not, but the guy on the right looks like one. The horses are his, but in fact, he is a retired orthopedic surgeon.

Wind River trip-3 years ago.
Credit: Jason Denver


Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2014 - 11:49am PT

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 2, 2014 - 11:54am PT
Does running from the bulls in Spain count?

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
May 2, 2014 - 12:13pm PT
Most of the actual historical cowboys were black or latino.

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
May 2, 2014 - 12:32pm PT
I never ran from the bulls in Spain, but I walked away rather quickly from this guy in WA.


loveland co
Apr 30, 2016 - 11:19am PT
Walleye; I was a cowboy but have become civilized since moving to Colorado from Wyo back in the late 70's. I climbed here till the mid 80's then concentrated on building bridges and water plants. I'm retired and ready to be 20 years old again but I don't think that's likely. I still have the resistol hat that I got when I was 17. Here's a photo of me now. I'm slow on the uptake, sorry for the 4 year lag on my response.
Old man, ex cowboy from Wyoming.
Old man, ex cowboy from Wyoming.
Credit: hubcap

Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Apr 30, 2016 - 11:25am PT
Are You a Cowboy?

Nah. I am more into sheep.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 30, 2016 - 11:42am PT
Los Quackeros de Merced.  Rodeofiestfandangohoedownturnaroundjumpbackc...
Los Quackeros de Merced. RodeofiestfandangohoedownturnaroundjumpbackcowboyfromArizona days in Nuevo Merced.
Credit: mouse from merced

The Hot Kiss On the End of a Wet Fist
Apr 30, 2016 - 12:27pm PT
Awesome, hubcap! Better late than never... How about an El Cap first ascent tale??

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Apr 30, 2016 - 12:45pm PT
Nah, I am more into SHEEP

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