Mike Strassman's Climbing Notes


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Mike Strassman's Sister

Social climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 5, 2010 - 05:17pm PT
Hi everyone-just got this in from my sister, Judy:

Many thanks to Bob Hutchins for photographing Mike's entire climbing notebook from the 1980s. Here's the link where he posted it on his site. There is some great info in this book, as well as famous Mike insights and drawings--feel free to share. Climbs span from Tucson area, to Sierra, to Utah, to Yosemite.

Here's the link: http://www.climbaz.com/MS_logs/MS_log.html

Debra Strassman-Gerich
(or Debra Cowan the folksinger)
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Dec 5, 2010 - 06:09pm PT
wow, thanks for the work to get that out on the web!

just looking through it I spy Malletosis which seemed to be a challenging lead, until I see that the second bolt is not where I thought it was all these years... I'll have to look at the route again and try to find that bolt! without it, it's a spicy runout to the (on that topo) third bolt!!

marvelous legacy to have the FA notes on these routes

Trad climber
San Diego
Dec 5, 2010 - 06:33pm PT
Thanks for all the work it took to put that together. He had an illustrious climbing life that is worthy of admiration.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Dec 5, 2010 - 07:17pm PT
Thanks for the link. Mike put up a lot of routes that people would be interested in.

He's got a route on the Rabbit Ears that people say is good.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Dec 5, 2010 - 07:28pm PT
Can anybody make heads or tails out of this? It looks like a treasure trove.

Dec 5, 2010 - 07:34pm PT
Debra Strassman-Gerich

Yo, Sista. . . I guess we haven't talked in a while, eh? Something tells me that with that stack 'o names, there, you and theKevlar tied the proverbial knot.




Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)

Social climber
Dec 5, 2010 - 07:55pm PT
Thanks, Debra and Judy! Much appreciated.

Dec 5, 2010 - 11:24pm PT
What a pleasant surprise and a nice thing to share! Thank you so much!

Gym climber
the ground up
Dec 6, 2010 - 01:53am PT
Looks like some great adventures. It would be cool to see Chris archive this somewhere on the Taco, maybe in an area with free access, like the trip reports. If used commercially, I hope his family is compensated.

Doesn't the AAC have a library? They might like to know about the link too. Maybe Yosemite library too.
Mike Strassman's Sister

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2010 - 11:09am PT
The AAC has expressed an interest in Mike's climbing legacy. Our brother, David Strassman has signed a "gift deed" to the AAC that grants the AAC permission to archive, catalog, and display Mike's videos, photos, climbing routes, etc, in their Denver Museum, in a dedicated display, to preserve his valuable contribution to the climbing world, not to mention his legacy.

If anyone wants to contribute to this, here is the link:

Thanks to you all.

Debra Strassman-Gerich


Trad climber
Puyallup, WA
Dec 6, 2010 - 11:41am PT
This is really cool to see. I love the entry for Nooksak Tower!!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 6, 2010 - 11:45am PT
Nooksak Tower? Dood was into the classic chossic obscurities apparently!
I wonder what prompted a multi-state pilgrimage to that? I mean it is
cool enough if you are in the area but maybe he was in the area? ;-)

And I really don't remember a "Roman Bath" at the foot of the Troll Wall
when I was there. Did the norskies put that in subsequent to my visit to
entice more italians to the far north?

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Dec 6, 2010 - 12:01pm PT
Believe the Roman Baths area is on down the drainage southwest of the Troll Wall. Seems like there were some pretty racy rumors about how that got it's name. Maybe Steve G. knows?
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