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Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Dec 20, 2012 - 08:09am PT
I just found this small photo of my grandfather taken in Colorado in the early 1920's. He grew up in Texas and is wearing a typical Texas cowboy hat before the stetson came into style. It was adopted by the Texans from the earliest cowboys in America - the Mexican vaqueros.

Clell Baker
Clell Baker
Credit: Jan

This is the guy who used to catch and break wild mustangs for extra spending money. The ones he couldn't break he sold to rodeos. One of his, Old Brown Joe, bucked all the way back to Madison Square Garden. That horse never was ridden with a saddle but the children could ride him bareback no problem.
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.
Gary

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.
jopay

climber
so.il
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!
Reilly

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! ;-)
Mees

climber
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
steveA

Trad climber
bedford,massachusetts
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

guido

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

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

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

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.

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