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Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Original Post - May 13, 2011 - 04:33pm PT
I recently returned from Joshua Tree where I had been living most of my life, having retrieved the rest of my belongings from nearly 4 years living back in Oregon. I found literally thousands of old pics...The first is from when I was guiding Keith Brueckner in Verdon in 1984 at age 23. I'm leading a 5.12c "Sans Chassure" (barefoot.) Will post more as I scan them... :)
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
May 13, 2011 - 04:35pm PT
Awesome Michael - can't wait to see more!
Barcus

Social climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
May 13, 2011 - 04:36pm PT
More please!

Marcus
Evil Too!
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
May 13, 2011 - 04:41pm PT
Je suis une lgende!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 04:45pm PT
Watched this trippy documentary the other day and it actually mentioned my client Keith Brueckner...
"The extraordinary yet true account of a secret US government-backed attempt to build a spaceship the size of an ocean liner and send it to Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, propelled by thousands of miniature nuclear bombs.

Beginning in 1958 Project Orion ran until 1965, employing some of the best scientists in the world, including the brilliant British mathematician and physicist Freeman Dyson. "Freeman Dyson is one of the few authentic geniuses I've ever met", says Arthur C. Clarke. "Orion isn't crazy. It would work. The question isn't whether we could do it, but whether we should do it".

The film uncovers a contemporary angle to Project Orion. Arthur C. Clarke states that today's generation are once again serious about going to Mars and that NASA has once more become interested in similar nuclear technology as used by Project Orion in the early 60s.

The film has exclusive interviews with Ted Taylor, who ran The Project Orion and who is also the most legendary nuclear weapon designer of all time; and Freeman Dyson who is one of the greatest theoretical physicists and mathematicians that has lived this century.

Clarke talks about how he originally wrote the screenplay for Space Odyssey 2001 and he describes how he referenced The Project Orion and its use of nuclear explosives within the plot of the screenplay. However by the time it came to filming, the nuclear references were dropped as Stanley Kubrick had become very anti-nuclear bombs and his special effects team were unable to come up with an idea as to how to visualize the actual impact of the technology."
This is a screenshot from the documentary showing a declassified report by Brueckner...I knew he was a Theoretical Physicist and well known professor at UCSD, also that he had written the previous Woodson guidebook before my own, but not this kind of way out stuff...
frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
May 13, 2011 - 04:53pm PT
OMG this is gonna be awesome!!!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 05:29pm PT
Ray, that's my original FROG harness that you made me that I used on the Nose with Ron Amick! :)
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 05:50pm PT
Before I left for France I had been climbing a bunch with my ol' pal "The Guargoyle" in the LA area, as I had a girlfriend there also...He took me to a place in Malibu Creek that we were to call "Little Europe" because of all the pockets... :)Man I always wore those dang Hugh Herr pants that Largo gave me...
I was there also when he bagged the second ascent of "Yabo's Arete" at Stoney. Below I'm doing the third, just after him...
(photos Mike Guardino)
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 06:02pm PT
I also guided a lot from the late '70's through the '80's into the early '90's for these guys...
I'm pictured leading "Cat's Squirrel" 5.12- in the Valley...
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 06:15pm PT
My Mt. Woodson Guide, included in Dr. F's superb Southern California Bouldering Guide from 1988 also showed me doing an FA there...
These first shots are stuff that was just what was laying on the top of the first box opened out of many...There were also some shocking cartoons that I drew that may not be suitable for ST...
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
May 13, 2011 - 06:22pm PT
There were also some shocking cartoons that I drew that may not be suitable for ST

totally invalid without pics, vawto!
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
May 13, 2011 - 06:29pm PT
Didn't Keith produce a smal paperback guide to Woodson many years ago? Seems i have one somewhere. Great shot's-keep'em coming!
TY
tom Carter

Social climber
May 13, 2011 - 07:49pm PT
Keep posting that primo stuff Mike!
frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
May 13, 2011 - 08:10pm PT
How'd I learn to rock climb?

Simple.

I watched Mike Paul and imitated him!

The most efficient and positve climbing style
I've ever witnessed.

Mike, it's the truth man, you taught me
everything.

That shot of you in Verdon is great!




Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 09:20pm PT
(Photo by Ron Amick, he just sent this one to me actually the other day:)
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2011 - 09:27pm PT
I also just busted into my shots of touring with my band "The Gathering" 20 countries for the military...there's some pretty funny stuff in there as well... :) Here's one...(You can find me back left...)
jack herer

climber
Veneta, Oregon
May 13, 2011 - 09:28pm PT
Hi Watusi, in your Vertical Adventures biography, it says you've done new routes in Oregon. I know a fair amount about lots of the climbing in Oregon and have never heard your name associated with any new routes. Curious if theres some info that may be missing out there.

Cheers
deepnet

Boulder climber
San Diego
May 13, 2011 - 09:29pm PT
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 13, 2011 - 09:31pm PT
Here's a few that have been posted before Mike.
lets see some more tusi.

frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
May 14, 2011 - 10:08am PT
Hey Watusi, remember when you Rob Wild and
I put up that 3 bolt sport climb @ Deerhorn in
Like 1980? And you were the only one of us who
Could do it? LOL. Maybe the first sport climb
In San Diego...?
brett

climber
oregon
May 15, 2011 - 09:09pm PT
Can you share your copy of "Facing the Extreme"? I'll pay to have it put onto DVD. I've been looking for a copy for 10 years.
best,
Brett
gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
May 16, 2011 - 02:43am PT
That stuff brings back a lot of memories, Michael. I remember when you were living in HVCG, Bachar always sought you out for bouldering whenever he pulled in, because nobody else could keep up with him.

It was also a treat watching you and John Long (in his prime) climbing all these test piece problems at Giant Rock airport (remember that bus full of weird people that pulled in?). Of course it turned into a do or die, last man standing competition between you two and...

Largo came in second.

DUDE there was a time when you were as bad as bad gets. Keep posting!
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
May 16, 2011 - 02:57am PT
There are still routes to be done in Oregon if he'd get his ass over from the coast once in awhile...
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
May 16, 2011 - 03:17am PT
Shawn Curtis
That hot springs photo is excellent.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
May 16, 2011 - 08:02am PT
Great pix!

'Cept them pants.....HA!!
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
May 16, 2011 - 09:06am PT
That's some great stuff, Mike. Lovin' it.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
May 16, 2011 - 12:52pm PT
tusibump.

climbbjj

Social climber
Tahoe
May 16, 2011 - 01:19pm PT
One of the first pieces of climbing media I ever watched was some dude climbing stem gem. Backwards. Barefoot. With a guitar.

I was too new to even understand it.

ttt!
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
May 16, 2011 - 01:38pm PT
Hey Mikey, got any shots from the Huntington Palace or the Del Mar Ranch? Good to see some old shots of you. Hope all is well, take care Brother!
Peace
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
May 16, 2011 - 02:23pm PT
yep.

frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
May 16, 2011 - 03:14pm PT
The shot of Bachar Cracker upthread reminds me of the
time I went there with Mike...needless to say he sent the thing,
had it wired and I told him I didn't think I'd ever do it.

Basically he'd have none of that, and convinved me I could.
No way, I thought, just getting to the lip was like going to
the moon, not in the cards 4 me...

Still, Mike demonstrated the climb again and admonished
me in a friendly but direct way to basically pull my head out;
He knew I could do it...

A few weeks later, somehow, he was right. Finally after years
of thinking no way, he'd convinced me I could. And I did. Got
it fairly wired too, even doing it in hiking boots w/out warm up,
over the lip and to the top of the boulder...success!

It was a point well taken, had learned a lesson.

It should also be noted Mike is terrific musician, and a really
good artist, not to mention just one of the nicest and most
positive people I've ever known.
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
May 16, 2011 - 04:27pm PT
Watusi,

This is gonna be a good thread :-0

OMGoodness!

Climbing. Keith Brueckner. Woodson. Physics. Music. Secret Space Programs. Massive Spaceships (the size of ocean liners) to the Moon and Mars. HHHHhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmm. Where have I heard that before? HHhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm. Kinda sounds like an Ark on the Moon that I'm aware of. Lol.


Busy can't post more but will and thanks for the tip to the film. Never seen it. Cool.

I'll watch it later when I get home:

To Mars by A-bomb: The Secret History of the Orion Project
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22iv_g7u6IQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eipFtj76IZc&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-7wpQNN3ug&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywGMPZYh3tE&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmnwcTE5qHU&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx4tSauh3H8&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMJtVpFdJmM&NR=1
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2011 - 11:46pm PT
Much bigger scope than I originally thought! Like opening a time capsule from some long-gone age...I'll post more soon, but thought that this, probably my biggest ever compliment coming from someone "Bonafide," might keep this going until I get back to the scanner... :)
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2011 - 11:49pm PT
Photo by Greg Epperson...
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 16, 2011 - 11:58pm PT
Watusi nostalgia rules!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2011 - 12:05am PT
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
May 17, 2011 - 12:09am PT
Well done Mike Paul. Thanks for taking precious time to share a special past. Brings back some fun, quality memories.

High Octane to be sho....smiles and cheers, lynne l.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
May 17, 2011 - 12:10am PT
very Kool!
frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
May 17, 2011 - 12:18am PT
Bitchen!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2011 - 12:33am PT
Ron Gomez! Brother and friend, to myself and our lost brother Shawn. This is just a shot previously posted here but I've got tons. I'll put them up as they surface... :)
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
May 17, 2011 - 12:50am PT
CLASSIC!! That union tribune photo is Money Michael! The Ranch was one of my favorite hangs when I first came to San Diego. I think of the place every time I am in that area of Del Mar.

I am enjoying the thread just like the others. Keep it alive my friend.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2011 - 02:21am PT
Cool Tommy! Had some good times with you there bro! You were kick ass on the drums and I was whackin' the bass, maybe Shawn on the keys. There was always something up when we were all there... :)
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
May 18, 2011 - 07:31am PT
keep that scanner going Watusi!
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
May 18, 2011 - 10:08am PT
AWWWWHHHHH damn thanks Mikey! That shot brings back some great memories! I LOVED the ranch, was always a great place to hang with true and close friends. I always thought Shawn kinda felt like the king in his kingdom there. Was a sad day when the damn dozers came in there. Love this thread, wish I would've been taking pictures then.....but then again the memories are better than the pictures!
Peace Brother!
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
May 18, 2011 - 10:24am PT
Awesome shots.

This stuff is incredible.

Thanks Watusi!

J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
May 18, 2011 - 11:14am PT
Awesome Mike. Thanks for the posts. Hope more are coming. Cheers.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
May 18, 2011 - 10:15pm PT
Super cool thread bump!
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
May 19, 2011 - 01:31am PT
The way I remember Watusi on Woodson BITD . . .






PhD Keith Brueckner looking on . . .


frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
May 19, 2011 - 02:14am PT
"Scumbags" ha - too cool...

Now we are looking at rock climbers....
No games, no media horse sht, no equipment tricks,
No "special hooks" or "secret drill divets" or "' trenched heads"
Or poop bags at the base or empty food cans littering a
national park ; ROCK CLIMBERS:


It's simple: you, the rock, and the least amount of gear
And impact equals the ,most authentic and real experience.

Call it light, or "lacking commitment" or not "real climbing"
Or anything you want --guys like Watusi were (and are) the
Real deal.


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 19, 2011 - 07:00am PT
hey there say, watusi.... thanks for the photo shares...

say, have not seen them all, you know, dial up, :O

but just wanted to say thanks...
:)
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
May 19, 2011 - 08:37am PT
Klimmer....that second shot of the guys bouldering, it that Shawn Curtis????? If you have more of him could you please post up.
Peace
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
May 19, 2011 - 09:24am PT
Ron,

Those 3 shots are it.

Shawn took the 2 images on top with my camera, and then I shot an image of Shawn climbing.

Somewhere on another Woodson thread here on SuperTopia there is another excellent image of Shawn taken by someone else and much more close up. He is pretty much wearing the same climbing attire.

Miss those Woodson days of just showing up and whoever was on the mountain (very few of us) would just end-up climbing together or not. Very low-key, no stress, but even then pulling down hard.

The days before every one and their mother became a "climber" via Hollywood or Madison Avenue.

I have a very vivid memory of MP doing just that. My friend and I were doing "The Crucible" at the top of Woodson, and Watusi shows up, asks if he could get a B on "Test Tube." We move the rope over there, he tie-ins with a bowline on a coil around his waist and just walks it. Bumped into MP later that night down in SD at the Larry Norman concert and we just smile and head nod, recognizing one another.

Good times in the 70s. Life seemed simple. Innocent in many ways.
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
May 19, 2011 - 09:34am PT
Yeah Mike and Shawn showed me the place back in the seventies. Was crowded if there were two or three cars parked there. Touring the place with those two was an adventure to say the least...I just followed, had no clue where we were on the mountain or what problems we were doing.....just climbed whatever they said to do. Last time up there, there were like 50 cars lined up and I knew NO ONE! I sure miss Curtis. Me, Mike and Shawn had some fun together.
Peace
S cole

Social climber
Urban hell
May 19, 2011 - 09:53am PT
Break out the topos Mike. Nothing in "inappropriate" on S.T. As participants we have the right to see these important historical documents from a past shrouded in mystery.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 19, 2011 - 09:57am PT
I agree Scott, those topo's are critical primary documents in the tale of climbing in the 70s and 80s as we knew. Actually they need their own thread as there are a lot of people holding on to them. Tusi's art skillz sure showed themselves when he put his pen to paper and skewered friends and foes alike.
Scole

Trad climber
San Diego
May 20, 2011 - 07:27pm PT

Good livin in J.T. (1984)

Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
May 20, 2011 - 07:59pm PT
Michael flipping through the rack on Stone Groove, Thanksgiving 1976

Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
May 20, 2011 - 08:07pm PT
Butt shot! Paddling for the corner on p1 Coonyard in summer 1976

Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
May 20, 2011 - 08:18pm PT
Youth with fug, TV Screen 1978

Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
May 20, 2011 - 08:19pm PT
He's a happy boy, 1976

gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
May 21, 2011 - 03:24am PT
Ok heres some MP shotsAt Giant Rock AirportMe n Michael at the base of the Salathe Wall (circa 1981)MP Preparing to school Christian Griffiths on how we do things at Woodson
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 23, 2011 - 11:49pm PT
Great shots me compadres!! Still waffling through shots to get the cream, and not the chaff, that will be ST safe!! Cheers, MP.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2011 - 03:38am PT
Just wanted to thank my brother Ron for some of that ol' time swag...You too Doug, some of those formulative times will be forever etched in my memories!!
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
May 26, 2011 - 08:59am PT
great photos Mike!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2011 - 09:47pm PT
Cheers Kurt! Just scratchin' through some old stuff...
klk

Trad climber
cali
May 26, 2011 - 09:51pm PT
nice pix, i'd missed this thread. esp. like the france shots.

mike, you got any from black mt.?
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
May 26, 2011 - 09:59pm PT
Wait a minute! Ron Paul is your brother??
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2011 - 10:17pm PT
This one is cool Ron! Vintage F.R.O.G. Gear!! Best ever IMHO :)
Us SD dudes hung around alot BITD and we thought of the acronym of frog..."From Ray Olson's Garage?" Nah, after many tokes me and BVB came up with "Free Radicals On Granite."
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2011 - 10:19pm PT
Cool Dwain! I was down in Josh recently but had to return quick for work.. :(
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
May 26, 2011 - 10:23pm PT
Bump for Watusi and all the cool photos!
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
May 26, 2011 - 11:58pm PT
CG got sandbagged good on that one.

sandbagged? hardly. shut down? yes.

although CG was a magnificent climber. his 2nd ascent, on-sight, solo, of krystal klyr speaks for itself.

woodson is mutant. lots of top-notch climbers have problems there. says more about the area then the climbers.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 27, 2011 - 04:11am PT

woodson is mutant. lots of top-notch climbers have problems there. says more about the area then the climbers.

Word Bub!!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - May 29, 2011 - 03:54pm PT
Yeah I actually was trying to give him some beta and he told me to pretty much F-off...Before that he'd kinda been my friend...Go figure? That contest was rigged from the start anywho so the rest of us just took the four way tie for second place and boycotted the rest of the contest...
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jun 1, 2011 - 03:36am PT
Don't know if you've already seen this one of you at the '86 Woodson contest Mike. Name the other people if you can...

gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
Jun 1, 2011 - 09:20am PT
You got that right, Michael. I covered the 86 contest for Rock & Ice Magazine, and 2 days before the contest, event organizers Rick Piggot and Carmel Schimmel were taking Ron Kauk on a tour of high value problems that were used in the contest.

Thats not to say Kauk couldnt have won it anyway. Rick and Carmel were not trying to stack the deck, they were showing off some of Ricks recent routes, but never should have taken Kauk to climbs that were going to be in the competition. Kauk was pretty much unstoppable at the time.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 2, 2011 - 02:11am PT
Best time of my life, cruising up the hill (illegally) in BVB's parents cruiser and pulling over to stop at our fave solo's...That's why this pic, probably taken by Bob reminds me of those times...


PS: I do look apprehensive in that shot Gary...But memory fails me as to who I could've been talking too...It's been some time...
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 6, 2011 - 09:43pm PT
Yeah that was some fun T-TR!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 14, 2011 - 03:01am PT
Old fart bump...:)
Abenda

climber
Jun 14, 2011 - 04:17am PT
Hey Mike, did you find any pics of us and Micky on the LA. I lost all my old photos in the punk wars of the 80's. I remember seeing one maybe of us with our punk sunglasses on.
Power on Dude !
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Jun 14, 2011 - 10:04am PT
keep on scanning keep on posting Watusi!
frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
Jun 14, 2011 - 10:59am PT
Thanks for the old gear photo; haul bag, pack and harness. :-)
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 14, 2011 - 03:25pm PT
Yeah Ray! Your stuff was truly groundbreaking back then I thought...
KP Ariza

climber
SCC
Jun 14, 2011 - 03:37pm PT
MP

American legend and mother f*#kin' badass who always was and still is

Great thread man, great pics
frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
Jun 14, 2011 - 03:45pm PT
I agree - legend.

MP was the first "non-Imperial Beach" climber I got to see climb; it took me 8 or ten years to begin to come close to what Watusi shredded (in scats) that fateful day at woodson, when we met.

ALways fun to climb with, such good and pure sporting energy - and humor.
And talent. real talent.

I think Watusi got to have a blast blowing peoples doors off - it terribly convincing style (and igniting a landslide of competition) at woodson all those years...too funny!

No one could touch the guy on 5.11 highballs, and we all had to work our asses off trying to equal Mike!

True!

mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 14, 2011 - 03:55pm PT
Best time of my life, cruising up the hill (illegally) in BVB's parents cruiser and pulling over to stop at our fave solo's

I loved the days when you could drive up to the gate, push it wide open (despite having like 10 or 20 padlocks on it), and drive up the hill. With the numbers of boulderers now, though, it'd be mayhem.

I remember that kind of odd guy in the fire lookout on top of Woodson, too (had a pet rattlesnake up there with him). Major weirdness vibes.

Keep the pics coming, Mike! These are great.
frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
Jun 15, 2011 - 11:22pm PT
From Rockclimbing.com;

Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 27, 2011 - 04:43pm PT
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Jun 27, 2011 - 05:43pm PT
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 27, 2011 - 05:46pm PT
Check out Roy!! That's priceless Russell!!
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Jun 27, 2011 - 05:52pm PT





Cheers Mike!
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jun 27, 2011 - 07:46pm PT
TOPOS, TOPOS, TOPOS, Come on Mike, break out the hidden treasures. For that matter, you too Russ, M&M and anyone else haboring those primary documents of debauchery.
frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
Jun 27, 2011 - 07:48pm PT
Hilarious pics Russ!
Brings back many fun memories...
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Jun 27, 2011 - 07:51pm PT
You mean something like this??




Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Jun 27, 2011 - 07:53pm PT
or more like this???


can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jun 27, 2011 - 09:33pm PT
That's what I'm talking about Russ!! Fresh Meat anyone?
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 27, 2011 - 09:59pm PT
Wow...I guess the flood gates have opened...Got a couple that I'll scan shortly that will help ease me into the real sh#t...
Edit: Man this could get me banned or sumpin'
frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
Jun 27, 2011 - 11:56pm PT
"Mule Show" - LMAO!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 28, 2011 - 03:39pm PT
I'll start mellow...
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 28, 2011 - 03:41pm PT
Work in a little slander...
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Jun 28, 2011 - 03:57pm PT
bwhahahaha! I'll dig up another one or two here in a minute
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Jun 28, 2011 - 04:14pm PT
















scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Jun 28, 2011 - 04:27pm PT
Who has the one with Main Dude firing all the hard problems and making
Coz' head explode?
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 28, 2011 - 05:21pm PT
I guess the cat's outta the bag now...
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jun 30, 2011 - 10:30am PT
All time.

Classic stuff.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 30, 2011 - 04:05pm PT
More coming...(Have more climbing shots, band shots, and more weird topos but some are so heinous I'm not sure about posting...)
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 30, 2011 - 04:11pm PT
Forgot about this one...El Cap, teenager, '70's...
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jun 30, 2011 - 04:19pm PT
More topos Mike!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 30, 2011 - 07:03pm PT
Alright drljefe...You asked for it! After this though they start to get HHH, or "Triple Heinous"
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 30, 2011 - 07:32pm PT
One of my all-time faves!! The Center Roof at Deadman's #1!!
marty(r)

climber
beneath the valley of ultravegans
Jun 30, 2011 - 07:37pm PT
'The Xs denote a state of unconsciousness' = classic!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 30, 2011 - 07:41pm PT
On "The Pirate" at Suicide.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 30, 2011 - 07:48pm PT
As part of my band's 20 country international tour for the military we went to Saudi Arabia...It was kind of a shithole...
I always have had a hard time following rules...
Givin' it up for our troops!!
frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
Jun 30, 2011 - 08:58pm PT
great bunch of vintage pics and topos, Mike!
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Jun 30, 2011 - 09:50pm PT
Love that last shot Mike! It's all you in yer glory!
Peace
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 30, 2011 - 10:13pm PT
Right on Ron and Ray! Trying to keep an interesting mix of old climbing and band stuff with just a bit of heinous topos... :)
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Jun 30, 2011 - 10:50pm PT
RIGHT ON BROTHER!
Peace

and Happy Forth of You Lie!
crunch

Social climber
CO
Jul 1, 2011 - 12:51am PT
Awesome! Fantastic stuff! Best Supertopo thread EVER!

I'm still hoping to see one of the "Bite Harder, my Little Monster!" topos.....any of those still in existence?
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 1, 2011 - 02:46am PT
The original "Crusher?" Yeah were gonna have to ask Russ for that one 'cause it's one of JB's best and I think he may have it...Cheers, and all my best!
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 1, 2011 - 11:30am PT
So I got up this morning, thinking about the long 4th of July weekend and opened my front door to let the dog out and there on my welcome mat I found an envelope that just said "Gro", WTF? So as I pick it up, I'm beginning to think about what's for breakfast. I open the envelope and this slides out. Holy Cow, Fresh Meat for breaky!!

Have a Happy Fourth ya'll
frog-e

Trad climber
Imperial Beach California
Jul 1, 2011 - 11:54am PT
Gross! Horrendous!! LMAO!!!

I think the watusi is secretly marketing his new "Family Values" T-Shirt series...

can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 1, 2011 - 12:02pm PT
oh yeah, I found this in it too. More social commentary from the muse.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 1, 2011 - 03:28pm PT
Muss, not Muse
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Jul 1, 2011 - 03:37pm PT
Yikes! Not sure who did the "gotta love those tools" topo. The dog urethra appears to be my "work" though.

Crusher: here ya go:

ho man! now way I'm posting that thing! I just emailed it to you though.


this one is a bit tamer:

Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 1, 2011 - 03:49pm PT
Here's a group of us humping Raleigh Collins' Hang Glider to the top of Ryan Mountain in like 1987?. Raleigh, RIP,(in the lead, I'm behind him with my ever present Bubba-Deck,) was taught how to climb by myself, BVB, Off White, and other SD scumbags in the mid '70's. He launched and was hoping to gain some thermal action and possibly make it to Palm Springs but was affected by downdraft and landed at Ryan Camp...Viewed the whole time by the park superintendent the whole time, (he was even parked at Ryan when he landed...) Raleigh eluded prosecution as the tool thought it was actually quite bold!
ps; Beauty clean-up and texture on my last topo Ray!
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Jul 1, 2011 - 04:54pm PT
Those spurs look sharp.
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Jul 1, 2011 - 05:05pm PT
Bite harder my little monster has beenposted at least twice, so you might be able to find it.
Maybe the parking lot photos thread?
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jul 1, 2011 - 05:56pm PT
Watusi these topo's are soo funny!
watusi love the ole pictures.
you rock man!
crunch

Social climber
CO
Jul 1, 2011 - 10:36pm PT

Crusher: here ya go:

ho man! now way I'm posting that thing! I just emailed it to you though.

did you ever, Mr. Fish!

I thought these had been dutifully sorted back into the sordid depths of the napkin dispenser in Carl's Junior and lost to the world, back in 1983?

In the many years--what, 28 now?-- since I saw this last, I'd forgotten the the sheer chutzpah, the joie de vivre of the original. The word magnificence comes to mind. As does yikes.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2011 - 01:17am PT
I remember hanging with my brother John sometimes and we might end up at like say a Denny's or something. It had been cold and miserable up in the monument and we were just hiding out. John would get to scribbling on a napkin just to get a fun groove and coming up with wicked funny stuff and I'd follow in suit...For kicks John said "Let's bury these deep in the napkin holder and someone might just pull one out, not knowingly, and get a shock maybe..."
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jul 2, 2011 - 01:24am PT
The more hein, the better.
Post it up crusher! Russ, somebody!

This thread is a classic.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2011 - 01:41am PT
OK hang on kids...Scanning some major gnar soon...If banned so be it, these are historic moments that I've portrayed...
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jul 2, 2011 - 02:08am PT
hey watusi who was the first to climb this boulder problem on this side of the block head?
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2011 - 03:34am PT
Blessed be Pyro I couldn't tell you...In all honesty I'd only gone there from SD a few times with Shawn Curtis in the '70's, and then with the Guargoyle early '80's so I'm not the one to answer that one, even though I do dearly love that place! (I also went there for 2nd unit shots for "Under Seige 2" which got the film crew in a world of sh#t for painting over the graffiti, although water soluble, people were pissed! I had nothing to do with that...) Could very well have been the "Yabaho" (one man tribe)
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jul 6, 2011 - 01:43am PT
thanks for responding Mike.
the picture i put up was Andrew rock climbing what he named "cleared for take off", however
I'm pretty sure yabo done it. ur picture has some of the starting holds chalked!
thank's for the intro to your nostalgia.
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 6, 2011 - 04:28am PT
I wonder if that last shot is at "5.10 on the Outside" problem? I was there the day of the contest('86)& CG got sandbagged good on that one.


Yep, thaDood, that be "5.10a On The Outside", 5.11d at Woodson.

In the Open Division, I had one more slot on my scorecard at that contest and about fifteen minutes left when I ran into G. Epperson on the road. I told him of my dilemma when he suggested, "Why don't you try 5.10a On The Outside, I saw you do that the other day? It gave the Elite guys problems." So, I ran down and found the TR in situ but no judge/belayer. I quickly recruited someone from the crowd and was able to tick the problem for my final entry that day. What a memory that comp was! There has to be more pictures out there from '86 that haven't surfaced, there must be!
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Jul 6, 2011 - 02:53pm PT

Me on the line, and the Manx and the Watusi hangin out on the boulder.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2011 - 04:02pm PT
Classic Russell! I remember that day!! :)
Posting a shot from my hometown...
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2011 - 10:40pm PT
Love to you back brother, just skimming the top of some old shite. Might have some archival stuff of Cory Dudley...:)
crunch

Social climber
CO
Jul 10, 2011 - 11:59pm PT

Joshua Tree, mid-1980s

Watusiman! Fond memories of long days wandering the desert, and nights freezing, burning pallets and whatever we could find in the Hidden Valley dumpsters, drinking Lucky Lagers by the score. Oh, and bits of climbing here and there...
jack herer

Sport climber
Veneta, Oregon
Jul 11, 2011 - 12:08am PT
Hey Watusi, whats a climber of your caliber doing living in Newport? I've lived in Corvallis my whole life, if your ever looking to sample some of the finer climbing closest to you give a shout! Surf much?

Cheers
Tyler
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2011 - 04:42pm PT
Yeah, after many injuries I've come back to help out my elderly folks who live here. Got scholarship to OSU to finish my bachelor's in Graphic Design and get out every now and then...Crusher, that looks like I'm doing a face plant!! Thanx for the shot, I haven't seen "Fatty Strappo" in ages.. :) Yeah I'll give a shout as it's pretty lean out here for cragging and I'd like to see more of the state anyhow Tyler as I'd only climbed at Smith and Skinner Butte aside from the cruddy stuff we have around here...
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 21, 2011 - 02:38pm PT
this was a pretty funny shot of us SD boys in the '70's from Off White's Guidebook...
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 21, 2011 - 02:41pm PT
El Cap,'70's, teenager...
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Jul 21, 2011 - 04:03pm PT
Mike, hah, that's classy that you honor bannination the black barred individual in that photo who dropped the belay and ran during a rockfall event at the base of Middle, leaving Galen way off the deck to huddle at a bolt holding onto his own rope.
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Jul 21, 2011 - 04:52pm PT

Did Strappo draw this one too????
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 21, 2011 - 08:00pm PT
That looks a lot like "Fatty Strappo's" style Russ! :)
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2011 - 01:48pm PT
Old timey (early '80's) video of 'tusi bouldering in Josh courtesy of Russ Walling's excellent Wide Fetish site...Filmed in Beta Max by Dave Robinson!
http://www.fishproducts.com/movies/mike_paul_up20.mov
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2011 - 01:55pm PT
Gotta be my fave problem! Used to run laps it was so cool...God bless you JB!
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland
Jul 26, 2011 - 11:19pm PT
Keep the cartoons coming, don't hold back!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2011 - 08:53pm PT
With one of my all-time best brothers! :)
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2011 - 09:02pm PT
Keepin' it "Fresh!"
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 29, 2011 - 02:15am PT
Getting ready to take this '60's Ford Futura down to the Trono in Baja...
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 29, 2011 - 02:23am PT
Before I moved from Josh I found a cool bouldering area near the Desert Queen Mine... :)
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 31, 2011 - 02:39pm PT
With my band in Kuwait...
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 18, 2011 - 04:23pm PT
Thought I';d resurrect my thread with this shot of my best friend Shawn Curtis (RIP) that I took on our last mountaineering route that we did together...
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2011 - 03:13pm PT
Is there anybody out there?...
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Aug 22, 2011 - 03:26pm PT
we're all right here brother. keep 'em coming!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2011 - 04:19pm PT
I was feeling a little old and in the way today...So thanks Bob! :)
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Aug 22, 2011 - 04:46pm PT
Great shot of Shawn Curtis. What route?
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2011 - 05:18pm PT
It's Bloody Mountain Kris.
Jonnnyyyzzz

Trad climber
San Diego,CA
Aug 22, 2011 - 05:41pm PT
Hey Mike, Just wanted to thank you. Back in the early 90's You took me and some of the other staff form the Solid Rock Gym in SD bouldering around J-Tree and another time out at Woodson. You probably don't remember but I haven't forgotten it was real cool of you and I had a great time. You spent some time with me showing me how to Stem Gem. I do it and or try it every trip out there but never with your style. Thanks, Jon
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2011 - 06:04pm PT
Wow, way cool Jon! I have super memories of Solid Rock and how our band even used to practice back in the warehouse! Peace, MP!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2011 - 06:07pm PT
Love computers, and have my degree in Computer Graphics, but they can also be a hassle at times as depicted here...
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 6, 2011 - 02:55am PT
Psychedelia for my friends!!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 6, 2011 - 02:59am PT
More...
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Sep 6, 2011 - 03:11am PT
Oh dear, that second animation is SO 1974 Windowpane.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2011 - 05:58pm PT
Yeah...
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Sep 10, 2011 - 02:54pm PT
WATUSI!

J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Sep 10, 2011 - 03:25pm PT
Nice BVB. I love this thread.
James Doty

Trad climber
Phoenix, Az.
Sep 10, 2011 - 04:51pm PT
Yes, way cool. Keep them rolling. That psyc stuff almost makes me sick.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 12, 2011 - 02:53am PT
God bless you Bob! Back when I was thinner...
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Dec 7, 2011 - 02:39pm PT
Tuuuuuusi bump.
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jan 1, 2012 - 07:50pm PT
Whoa, Mike! I just scrolled back a few pages and saw the picture of Raleigh Collins, you, et al, humping his hanglider up that mountain, then I saw, "R.I.P." after his name! What happened? When?

I met Raleigh at the Uncertainty Principle b.i.t.d. when he told me he had just did five extreme sports in a day, or something like that? Then watching him school me on U.P. afterwards.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2012 - 03:31pm PT
Just saw the pics with Bob Gaines and his fish!! Whoa!!
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Mar 5, 2012 - 06:18pm PT
bump for the real deal!!!!
Scole

Trad climber
San Diego
Mar 11, 2012 - 12:37pm PT
splitter

Trad climber
Hodad surfing the galactic plane
Mar 11, 2012 - 01:21pm PT
When ever i here the name MP i flash back on the first(and only)time i saw the dood...'79 bouldering contest at the Magnolia Boulders. He is wearing this psycho-disco shirt, purple bellbottoms and addida tennies without laces. Fast forward to the final problem in the contest which I remember well. It is a showdown between JB & some dude from UCSD on a steep and thin crimping & friction face/boulder about 20ft high. They both eventually send it. Afterwards, as everyone drifts off in various directions, MP strolls up and on sights it in the blink of an eye...in his untied tennies. I remember thinkin "Who the f*#k is this kid?"
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Mar 11, 2012 - 03:00pm PT
classic photos Mike.
Classic topos Russ.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2012 - 02:19pm PT
Trying to get back in shape so I can come out of hiding...:)
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 23, 2014 - 04:21am PT
Ohhhhhh yeah. Bad ass bump.
MisterE

Gym climber
Being In Sierra Happy Of Place
Jul 5, 2015 - 01:00pm PT
This thread Cracks me up so much.

Gold!!
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Jul 5, 2015 - 02:19pm PT
More, more.
MisterE

Gym climber
Being In Sierra Happy Of Place
Jul 6, 2015 - 05:50pm PT
Really want to see the cartoon that was sent to Crusher, too racy for a public forum, apprently...
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Jul 6, 2015 - 06:25pm PT
Vato lookin' pensive, Humber Park 1986.

bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Jul 6, 2015 - 06:51pm PT
Another little chestnut Ron Amick dredged up. San Diego crew, Mission Gorge, '85ish.

F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Jul 6, 2015 - 07:22pm PT
Good stuff !!
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Jul 8, 2015 - 12:54pm PT
Bump for the coolness . . .Good grief - You sent me up Loose Lips!
I Did it,! I survived, was pissed off, went looking for you ?! cooler head's prevailed though -
It was '81 or '82,? I was there (Sorta With) Mike Brooks, and Clean Dan, and Maybe the Lahnman brothers Dave & Steve, I think ? It was eons ago.

thanks for the 'Schooling'
Craig Fry

Trad climber
So Cal.
Jul 8, 2015 - 01:28pm PT
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 11, 2015 - 11:48pm PT
hey there say, watusi...

thank you for sharing all the nostalgia...

will go back and see some of the newer posts...
thank you, again for starting this...
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Sep 2, 2015 - 11:38pm PT
Tusi, reppin' the bags

gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
Sep 3, 2015 - 12:03am PT
whos the goofball at the base?
gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
Sep 4, 2015 - 08:25pm PT
a couple more
Me n michael on top of the nose, 1979
watusi on the yabolator at J tree
mid 80s at Mt Woodson, my bug is actually parked partway up the road. From left to right:
Peter Campos, Rick Allenby, Ron Amick, Michael Paul and Michael's little brother Danny
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