5 climbing partners who have impressed you


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Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Aug 20, 2015 - 09:36am PT
John Stannard
John Bragg
Steve Wunsch
Henry Barber
Rich Romano

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 20, 2015 - 10:10am PT
Jim Wickwire
Dusan Jagerski
George Lowe
Al Givler
Vladimir Shatayev

what a bunch of name droppers!

Trad climber
No. Tahoe
Aug 20, 2015 - 01:08pm PT
Gene Drake
Victor Marcus
George Connor
My dad
My son
My daughters
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 20, 2015 - 01:20pm PT
Millis--at JT and Yosemite
Ike Edie--at the Leap, Tahquitz, JT, Yosemite
Bridwell--on Outer Limits
Cosmic--out at Alessandria

Bonus picks--Cowboy Larry Moore at Consumes R. and Yosemite; and Randy Hamm, mostly in Yosemite and Indian Rock; and Jerry Coe out bouldering in C4.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Aug 20, 2015 - 01:55pm PT
I've got to limit it to five? OK:

Ben Borson, because he was the first to show me what bouldering could be.

Mike Caldwell, because he put up with my incompetence and we still got up lots of good stuff.

Vern Clevenger, because his attitude that "it all goes" finally rubbed off on me - about three decades after I last climbed with him.

Dale Bard, because he was such a natural.

My wife, Adele, who's only climbed with me a few times in the 32 years we've been married, but who never turned back, even when she was having real troubles of mind and body. She takes that "for better or worse" stuff very seriously, and I'm the primary beneficiary.


Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Aug 20, 2015 - 06:03pm PT
John, you climbed with Mike C? We did a bunch of stuff together in the mid 80s. Lumpy Ridge, Devil's Tower, Josh...

Interesting guy, quite strong.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Aug 20, 2015 - 06:25pm PT
All of my alpine partners because that is where, most definetly, the rubber meets the road.
Jeff Lowe
George Lowe
Michael Kennedy
John Bragg
Jay Wilson
Jack Tackle
Greg Crouch
Stefan Harmeier
Malcolm Daly
Thom Englebach

just southwest of the center of the universe
Aug 20, 2015 - 08:07pm PT
Mark Tuttle

Vince Depasque

Steve Sutton

Ofelia Cruz

Steve Seats

Dan Oppenheim

Jason Lakey

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Aug 20, 2015 - 08:09pm PT
Credit: Largo

Paul Gleason showed me how when I was a young punk.

Credit: Largo

Bridwell showd me how when I was a slightly older punk.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 20, 2015 - 08:37pm PT
Mark Tuttle, yeah! Merced boy.

He messed up his back, quelle dommage.
Happy Cowboy

Social climber
Boz MT
Apr 2, 2016 - 06:04am PT
GDL, my first climbing mentor, George Lowe. Taught me survival on big unknown mountains.

Dave Pettigrew, joined forces in Alaska for our 71' Traleika 1st ascent on Denali. We survived a pioneer epic, my Iliad to this day. Toughest love ever received, though I never saw the latter. He @ 34yrs, I 17. A hero of counter culture for an aspiring hippie. He'd fled Chicago in 68' when the blood was up to his ankles. Ahab had nothing on DP.

Johnny Waterman, next from cold Alaska, Hunter 73'. Had a boatload of brilliance but tough to love. He still conflicts me to this day.

a lady that takes 1st billing, Shari McVoy. Any Valley rats remember? Rick Slyvester's GF for a spell. Met in Tetons 1n 70', Yosemite years later. 1st action photographer I'd met.

Valley favorites for me, Graham Mercer, a displaced Scotsman. Climbed Salathe w' in 77'. Dan McDevitt helped to feel at home out west. Remember being shook off Poker Face during the 88' Bay Area quake w' Dan there to catch my long tumble.

Pete Cleveland and Tommy Deutchler, the Devil's Lake F*#kness Club. Man could they crimp. "Bagatelle" was light years ahead in it's day.

Climbers ahead of the times, Stan Mish. Tetons mid 70's a 13 yr old runaway, crashed on the floor of my tent cabin for summer. Quietly ushered 5.12 into Arizona (my op). Waugh told me it took him 6 years to figure out Stan's 5.10's were 12's. No sandbag, just too young to know.

In the Stratosphere was Alex, the other Lowe, no relation to GDL, except boldness pulsed their veins. Proud to've known him before his discovery. Spoke "psyched" every day, and meant it!

Another "psyched" Bozo local, Doug Coombs. Never a climber when we hung, just a skier... later picked up climbing. Like Alex, an ascensionist.

Last not least Wolfgang, the only saint I knew. Met in City of Rock, Tuolumne. Physical specimen I never thought existed. Mega Rockstar with the personality of your neighbor.

Two women who have rocked my world, lil' Sue and her sister Penny. Shared many fun times and great climbs. Penny a partner like no other.

5 real trench mates:
Guy Toombes
Dave Carman
Jay Wilson
Glenn Milner
Scott Wade, did a 100,000 miles of climbing w' him alone.

Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Apr 2, 2016 - 12:27pm PT
Belated addition (s):

Bev Johnson
Jack Miller

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Apr 2, 2016 - 12:55pm PT
It's hard to narrow it down to 5 but briefly:

John Bouchard who I did many long routes with in the US, and the Alps.

Jim Donini who continues to impress me, more for recent climbs where he still has the vigor of guys half his age.

Charlie Fowler for an impressive lead he did on a 1st ascent in the Wind Rivers, long ago - a long run out pitch.

Mark Richey who still keeps pushing his limits, after 50 years of serious climbing.

Henry Barber--When Henry was in his prime, he was pretty impressive.

John M

Apr 2, 2016 - 01:28pm PT
From Jim's list I saw Malcom's name and because I only knew him from here I decided to look up his name and found his account of his accident. Man.. My hats off to both you and Jim. thats just plain grit.


Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Apr 2, 2016 - 05:04pm PT
I limited my first post to the mandated 5 partners, but after considerable pondering, decided to add 3 more names:

(6) Anne Carrier (Raubach); who later became my wife, for her incredible hand and finger strength, when combined with a steel hard mind, made her a force to be reckoned with on difficult rock,

(7) Bob Lagrange; my mentor in alpine style climbing; took me on my first mountain walls (Hallet, Longs, Medicine Bow Diamond).

(8) Gary Molzan; one of JStan's early partners in the Gunks. Moved to Boulder in the mid '80s and climbed together a lot, especially in South Platte and Eldo.

Trad climber
Washington DC
Apr 2, 2016 - 07:56pm PT
Bill Denz because he was a bull in a china shop. What he lacked in ability he made up for in spades of balls.

Vern Clevenger, because he was so nice to me and showed me how to do Goldrush with really small hands.

Don Snyder, because we were just such a strong team together.

Lars Holbeck, because you got a world class boater along with a great climbing partner.

Stu Polack, because we grew up climbing together and did untold number of Yosemite routes.

Kelly Rich, because he was one of my students, a true natural and he let me house sit his house in Santa Cruz...for a year.


Apr 3, 2016 - 09:19am PT
Kris Solem - taught me to be a real rock climber
Erik Eriksson - committed to climbing, never compromising, climbing renaissance man
Seth Shaw - showed me the toughness it takes to succeed
Doug Coombs - my most memorable day in the mountains

The Hot Kiss On the End of a Wet Fist
Apr 3, 2016 - 09:40am PT
Dan McDevitt
Dave Schultz
Kevin Fosburg
Scott Stowe
Karine Nissan Croft

Social climber
Sep 5, 2016 - 03:26pm PT
Bump--my boy just called in from a quick road trip to the Red--Man was he stoked!

Trad climber
Sep 5, 2016 - 09:19pm PT
Bob Kamps X 5

Tom Higgins
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