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healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 7, 2010 - 09:57am PT
He Died while soloing the Nose, one pitch from the Top...

Anyone know the details? A fall, weather, rockfall...?
Bullwinkle

Boulder climber
Sep 7, 2010 - 09:59am PT
Hypothermia. . .
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 7, 2010 - 10:11am PT
OK, I just looked in the archives. I can only find one time climbing with Bill Antel. It was April 28, 1974. Rob Muir, Bill and I did the Bat Crack on Tahquitz. I think Rob probably led it that day.
TripL7

Trad climber
san diego
Sep 7, 2010 - 10:19am PT
nutstory,

Back around the mid 80's(maybe later)I was visiting Jardine(last time i saw him)on his boat in San Diego(harbor). We were invited over for a casual dinner. At one point, he spoke about a one time very good friend who had come down to visit for a few days. And one afternoon Ray caught him in his private office(of his business)riffling through/stealing his very secret designs for micro cams which Ray was planning to produce!!

The dude was connected with a very well known climbing manufacturer at the time. And the whole misdeed was orchestrated with the owner of that company's full knowledge. Needless to say it hurt Ray, and his continued association with the climbing industry/community in general.
TripL7

Trad climber
san diego
Sep 7, 2010 - 10:45am PT
In the book by Butch Farabee, "Off the Wall:Death in Yosemite" an account of the death of "Acapulco Bill" on the Nose related to hypothermia is given. It mentions how Gib Lewis and his climbing partner(forget who)have an interesting, although brief, encounter with this guy somewhere high on the route as they pass him. Acapulco Bill to Gib Lewis "Hey, I know you, your famous...".

Interesting, to say the least.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 7, 2010 - 11:00am PT
I believe Acapulco dropped his bivvy gear from about half way up and continued without it.

I recall him being a real nice guy, personable and outgoing, but maybe a bit ambitious.
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Sep 7, 2010 - 11:05am PT
Gib took a very scary fall on ice and the result was many stitches on his face, if I remember right. Any recall this fabled whipper? Dean? Dave?
TripL7

Trad climber
san diego
Sep 7, 2010 - 11:18am PT
I was living in Mammoth during the mid/late 70's when we heard that Gib fell while soloing ice in June Lake. That's about all I remember hearing.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Sep 7, 2010 - 12:09pm PT
Acapulco Bill earned his moniker as a result of his knack for taking large whippers. If memory serves me correctly, he took a huge fall in Yosemite (Church Bowl area) earlier in the summer, and others prior to that. The Guillotine fall was just his Piece de Resistance and the biggest in a series of long falls. Amazingly, the guy had tremendous luck. Barely got a scratch on any of these.

I too witnessed the Guillotine fall. The longest I've ever seen. With rope stretch he went over 100 feet, stopping perhaps a few feet from the deck. In an interesting twist, the Riverside Mt. Rescue was practicing at Suicide that day, literally not more than 10 yards away.

Bill was cut from the lead rope and placed in the litter in a matter of 2 minutes and whisked down the trail before anyone could get a handle on what they had witnessed.

We joked, that Bill couldn't have picked a better day to die in complete safety. That evening, he was downing beers in Humber Park.

BACK to the OP Topic:

We tried to locate Bill Antel before the first Joshua Tree reunion without any luck. As stated above, Bill Antel was one of the early Stonemasters.
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Sep 7, 2010 - 12:27pm PT
Thanks, Randy.
Pretty good memory there.
john bald

climber
Sep 7, 2010 - 01:46pm PT
Bill Antel was one of my partners in the early 70's. Remember several routes done with him at Suicide and Joshua Tree. Almost went with him on that fateful morning in the Valley, but headed off a different direction. Later that day Clark told me what happened and I bee-lined it to the hospital behind the village. Bill was drugged up and in a body cast for his broken back. Really affected me to see one of us banged up. Did make a point of looking him up on a road trip through Portland. He was kind enough to point us to the local climbs, but was not interested in getting on the rock even though it was a few years after his accident. As mentioned above, John Long would be the best contact for Bill, as he was working on the cam project with him.
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France.
Sep 8, 2010 - 01:16am PT
TripL7, thank you for this interesting story.

john bald, thank you for sharing these moving recollections.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 8, 2010 - 01:58am PT
Hmmm, seems like he has all but vanished...
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France.
Sep 8, 2010 - 02:11am PT
Photo & caption Climbing / Greg Aitkenhead
Photo & caption Climbing / Greg Aitkenhead
Credit: nutstory
Jennie

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
Sep 8, 2010 - 03:14am PT
Bill Antel--Age 51
W Colorado Blvd
Monrovia, CA 91016

626-357-9520


(...if he's the same gentleman. Age could be wrong.
Seems to be the only Antel, in public records, on west coast with William, Willis, Bill or initial W.
The Social Security Death Index lists only three deceased William or initial (first or last) W. Antel…all passed away in the last decade at ages of 73, 86 and 90…and in eastern states.



mutt

climber
Sep 21, 2011 - 08:46pm PT
Bill Antel--Age 51
W Colorado Blvd
Monrovia, CA 91016
That's not the right Bill Antel!
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Sep 21, 2011 - 08:56pm PT
I'm 56, and Bill and I climbed New Generations together when I was 17 or 18, so if he IS 51 now, he would have been 12 or 13 years old.

Don't think it's him, either.
mutt

climber
Sep 21, 2011 - 09:13pm PT
it isn't cause I'm the bill antel on colorado blvd. Good luck with your search.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 27, 2012 - 03:11am PT
Talked with Stephane (Nutstory) and he wanted to renew the search for Bill - anyone? Does anyone know his middle name?
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Apr 4, 2013 - 03:06am PT
LONG CLIMBING GEAR 4-Cam
LONG CLIMBING GEAR 4-Cam
Credit: nutstory
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