Shout for my pal Paul Borne :)

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Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 19, 2011 - 11:35pm PT
Got to talk to an old friend yesterday and it had been years...Man they are moving fast! It seemed like yesterday when we all lived in the Monument finding a FA nearly daily. Paul was one of my friends that sought futuristic lines established within our ethically limited confines , for me just back from Verdon, where futuristic climbs were being done but with pre-placed protection, and climbing at Smith where they were following that trend, I was inspired that he adhered to this ethic strengthened by our friend JB. His routes are still testpieces to this day and as well as being one of the better guitar players I've had the pleasure to play with, he's a stunt man, adventurer, and I wanted to give a shout for Paul Borne!! :)


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Captain...or Skully

climber
leading the away team, but not in a red shirt!
Jan 20, 2011 - 12:45am PT
It's a bump.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jan 20, 2011 - 02:30am PT
The dude is rad....

http://joshuatreeclimb.com/members/History/Profiles/paulbourne.htm
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 20, 2011 - 05:02pm PT
Got a taste of one of his thin face masterpieces here in Josh the other day. Dude is BAD.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, California
Jan 20, 2011 - 10:32pm PT
I haven't seen Paul since the early 90s.
I's sure like to hook up with him again.

I remember sitting up in the space station with Paul and you
Watusi, smokin bowls, and playing music.

Wasn't it you and Paul that put up a whole bunch of routes out
at Westworld if I remember correctly, Mike?


Cosmic
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 21, 2011 - 07:07pm PT
That be us Dwain... :)
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Jan 21, 2011 - 07:48pm PT
Paul has an eye for a line. Take Misfits for example. Everyone walked right by there for years. We climbed to the left of it, we climbed across from it. Paul realized the line, and a good one it is.

Here Reid Malinbaum sizes up the moves into the shallow alcove:

Reid Malinbaum on Misfits, JTNP, December 2006.
Reid Malinbaum on Misfits, JTNP, December 2006.
Credit: Ksolem
Hoolia

Gym climber
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Feb 9, 2012 - 12:32am PT
Hey Watusi -

Iím sure youíll think this is a bit random (and sorry everyone, Iím only a gym wall rock climber) but I was googling around a few days ago, and found your comments on Paul Borne. Paul and I dated for a while in 1982-83. We kept in touch for quite a few years but lost touch after I moved to Australia with my boyfriend (now husband) in 1990.

I have great memories of Paul Ė I went with him to Joshua Tree a few times (with his bandana-wearing dog), listened to him practice his guitar at home (he still lived at home,in Orange I think, and he worked as a drywaller). He introduced me to Peter Gabrielís music - Iím ever thankful for that one (took a bit of doing Ė Peterís ďSecurityĒ album was quite strange for someone who was into Journey and Def Leppard).

I would love to get in touch with him again (no hidden agendas, still happily married in Australia). Could you let him know my details please?

Julia Eyles (he knew me as "Julie Bend" back then)
Email: julia.eyles@harcourts.net
Tell him I said ďI miss your mugĒ and he should know it's really me.

Thanks for your help, and if he chooses not to get in contact, no worries.


Julia
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Feb 9, 2012 - 02:11am PT
When a guy gets a letter like that from a ex-girlfriend, you know he has to be a good guy.
Ŗ ő ō T « H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Feb 9, 2012 - 02:58am PT
"Julie Bend"
Is that a command? : p
Hoolia

Gym climber
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Feb 10, 2012 - 01:01am PT
Yeah, I know, bummer of a maiden name right? Plenty of fodder for high school teasing and yes, sometimes the command worked :)
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Feb 10, 2012 - 02:51am PT
Well, here's to hoping my exes don't contact me on Supertopo.



How is Misfits? I took a look at it, Jacob Colella told me horror stories, any fun? Stout for the grade?
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Feb 10, 2012 - 10:52am PT
Misfits is excellent, I'd say 3 stars out of 5. Really fun movement, quite memorable. The top out though is difficult and insecure on sloping grain, but is probably not the crux. Definitely put it on your list.
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Feb 10, 2012 - 11:26am PT
Yep Misfits is good and sustained climbing, all the way to the anchors!

I remember many mornings in Hidden Valley campground, watching Paul soloing everything insight...in just a few minutes! He would run from climb to climb, then climb at breakneck speed with his headphones on. Really friendly guy too.
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Feb 10, 2012 - 12:42pm PT
Paul was a true fixture of the So-cal scene back in the late 1980's & early 90's. I fondly recall some fun times we had out at Suicide Rocks & Joshua tree.

I ran into him a few years ago at one of the reunion parties & he looked well. He was always a nice, affable person, and alot of fun th hang out with, which is not as common as one might think.

I was always fond of his routes on the Sentinel formation in Hidden Valley, like Chameleon, the one to the right of Illusion Dweller. Sparse bolting made for some exciting moves getting into the upper crack. I recall some big name, neathanderthal dudes( no names to protect the innocent) taking 50' falls up there!

He is a force to be reckoned with.
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Feb 11, 2012 - 06:24pm PT
The first time I got to climb with EE, we did Chameleon. Erik led it smooth and clean, no falls.
Pinched Rib

Trad climber
Georgia
May 7, 2012 - 05:33pm PT
That bandana wearing dogs' name was Wylie. I used to climb with Paul in 85 when I first moved to Socal. He's the guy that taught me to slackline there in Hidden Valley campground.

I practiced that until I could go anywhere on that thing at will and one day had to quit when this guy pulled up in a park rangers jeep and said;
"remove the webbing from the Joshua Tree!" HAHA

Between him and John Bachar I picked up a lot of pointers about everything from concentration to preventing tendonitis. I miss that part of my life. I pretty much quit climbing in 87 or so after I healed up from a fall, just bouldering some after that.

I was soloing one day on a climb I'd done many times roped and unroped before in Hidden Valley and nearly finishing the climb a chunk of granite; a bomber hold broke off in my hand. I threw it down and fell, landing on my feet at the bottom of the Pinched Rib. I'm the guy that turned that climb from a 5.8 to a 5.10 in a nano second. That was December 1st 1985.

11 broken bones and 2 months in the hospital took the starch out of me but I climbed as soon as my strength came back just to get back on the horse so to speak. Life took me deep into aviation and I no longer climb but I think about it way too much.

I hope Paul is doing well. I was looking through some old Josh pics and saw one of him and decided to google him and see what he was up to these days. Happy trails, Tim Wells
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
May 7, 2012 - 05:46pm PT
Did you use to live in Victorville, Tim?
I had a friend who drove a red VW sirocco, I think,
who also took a fall off, Pinched Rib, and messed up his ankle. leg, pretty bad.
Pinched Rib

Trad climber
Georgia
May 7, 2012 - 06:26pm PT
Yep, actually we're still on the phone. I'll post some photos later.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
May 7, 2012 - 06:30pm PT
Hey Tim Wells, SuperTopo does it again!!!!
Bringing OLD Friends back together after YEARS of not seeing each other.

It was AWESOME talking with you on the phone!!!!!

I remember your accident vividly!!!!
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