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fsck

climber
Jan 16, 2012 - 02:03pm PT
hey greg, i'm kinda bummed to hear how you felt EP had failed. i know many people who loved the book, myself included. i loved all the gnarly alpine tales but my favorite by far was the "ball washer" story. so many mountain books focus strictly on alpine tales of bravery but it was so cool to get a hilarious insight to "normal" life back home.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Goleta, California
Jan 16, 2012 - 02:18pm PT
Thanks, FSCK... I can always get a laugh with that ballwasher tale. It's more reliable than the Supermouse. Kinda hard to pass yourself off as a tough guy when your day job is " ball washer."

I'm happy to report three things about that job: first, that Phil, the evil mastermind of the "FunWash," is still a good friend, and second, that I'll never have to install another one of those things, nor third, spend another minute in a MacDonalds.
roy

Social climber
NZ -> SB,CA -> Zurich
Jan 16, 2012 - 02:25pm PT
Hey Greg,

Welcome! There are a few SB (and ex-SB) lurkers here.

Cheers, Roy
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Jan 16, 2012 - 03:05pm PT
Greg gave a spectacular slideshow presentation for the RIM club this month. great photos and a superb narrative of his winter ascent of the west ridge of Cerro Torre.



Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Goleta, California
Jan 16, 2012 - 07:57pm PT
That was a superfine crowd, Splitclimber... I hadn't given that show in ages, and I really enjoyed it.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jan 17, 2012 - 09:36am PT
One of Patagonia's many other attractions...
One of Patagonia's many other attractions...
Credit: Gregory Crouch
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Jan 17, 2012 - 11:46am PT
Awesome photos, Greg. Now got any more really good surf ones? Maybe of the best day at OB ever? Like the ones seen here
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jan 17, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
Chris! JR Hussy, the guy who took the first two, is one of the guys I surf with pretty regularly. Very nice guy and a damn fine surfer.

Did you get any of the action on Saturday? I was keeping an eye out for you and your broom. ;-)
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Jan 18, 2012 - 01:06am PT
Does JR own http://norcalsurfphotos.com/ ? If so, he took the only photos anyone has ever taken up me surfing, i actually put it on my facebook page. He takes great photos. Would be psyched to meet him

ok, sorry for all the surf talk.. back to rad photos of Patagonia!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 18, 2012 - 01:30am PT
Those are some unbelievable photos! Thanks Mike
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jan 18, 2012 - 10:06am PT
No Chris, that guy is Bruce Topp. Super nice guy, I've talked to him a few times on the bluff at Sloat. Told him that I'd buy his shots if he ever got any good ones of me -- which he did this winter, and I kept my promise. The pics are posted here: http://gregcrouch.com/2011/ocean-beach-surf-pic

They only cost $7 each, so you should pony up for his frames. Then you can post 'em guilt free. :-)
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jan 18, 2012 - 10:10am PT
And here's another Patagonian pic to get us back on track. I'm super-excited about what Hayden Kennedy and Jason Kruk pulled on Cerro Torre this week.

Stephan Siegrist on the Helmet on Cerro Torre's West Face, July 1999.
Stephan Siegrist on the Helmet on Cerro Torre's West Face, July 1999.
Credit: Gregory Crouch
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 5, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
Am I allowed to update this? Hope so.

I'm feeling the climbing love this week... been getting good help and advice from Rolo on one hand, and Donini on the other, have had Charlie Fowler and Jim on my mind due to the photo blasts I posted on my website (and linked to from here) this week.

To that end, I've just posted these shots of J Jay Brooks in Patagonia, taken from one of the two or three rolls of black & white film I've ever shot.

Hope you enjoy 'em. (I guess it comes with a little essay, too.)

BTW, I've got an Enduring Patagonia Pinterest board if you're into that sort of thing. Feel free to repin 'em and share 'em around. I'll be adding to it as I get around to digitizing more of the old photo collection.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 5, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
Welcome to the Taco, Greg.

I liked the double meaning of your book's title.

I have some dim memories of never wanting to go there.

Thank you for reminding me I've always been happy enough in California.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 6, 2013 - 09:42am PT
Thanks, Mouse. Glad to be of some service. :-)
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Feb 6, 2013 - 04:02pm PT
Greg Crouch, Goleta CA, must be related to my old econ prof from the U there? He was a tough-minded fellow as I recall...
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 6, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
Inner City: Hilarious.

That's my dad.

Any day you want to have a chat with him (or get a bet down), he can be found nursing a vodka martini in the Elephant Bar between 3:30 and 5:45 p.m.

Or at the Old Town Tavern around noon.

Or at the Breaktime between 6:00 and 7:00

You can take the man out of England, but you can't take England out of the man.

Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Feb 7, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
I knew it had to be your Dad, Greg.

He was an interesting professor back in the days of pre-history when I was there. He'd not suffer fools well as I recall. Calling people out in class for reading the newspaper in the back of a giant lecture hall. He'd certainly be confiscating some I-phones were he still at it, I suspect.

I think I recall seeing him at the elephant bar many many years ago. That has been a long-running tradition. I'll take the Ravens plus the points!

Also must say that your book Enduring Patagonia was very enjoyable.

Best,

David Reid
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 7, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
Thanks, David. Generally a good idea to take the points, and to pick only one game, the one you think has the best price... watching Dad's "players" through the years has been a abject lesson in the stupidity of man. They're financing my son's college fund, however, so I'm the last person who'll complain.
Bldrjac

Ice climber
Boulder
Feb 7, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
Hi Greg! Pam (Roberts) here! I'm a bit of a stalker on ST, but it's been very good to me since Jack died, so I stay loyal. Hope you are well!!!
Welcome to this odd collection of people! :-)
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