I started to climbing every weekend in So. Cal. in 1976, which was sort of the end of the Stonemaster era.....I just was getting used to the climbing life-style, and I used to see the Stonemaster crew out and about, and , even though I was "The next Generation", I learned to climb during the Stonemaster era, and took on "their" views of climbing, partying, standards, and ethics. The Stonemasters climbed on hexes and stoppers, ran it out, didn't hang on the rope, didn't place bolts where they didn't belong or were needed, didn't climb in gyms, climbed more than trained, smoked pot, and climbed every free moment they had.....(Or this is what I believed.....)......THEN.....came the lycra, hang-dogging, sport climbing, gyms, cams, working out more than climbing, ........I'm glad I started climbing when I did, and learned to climb when ethics and integrity really meant something. Maybe that is why I have enjoyed climbing so much and kept with it so long. I owe alot to the So. Cal. Stonemaster way of thinking;....thanks. Todd Gordon Joshua Tree , Cal.
It doesn't get much better than reading these posts. I've always been keenly interested in the history of the areas that I climb at. And now I'm getting a torrential downpouring of new information. Little details are filling in, things I never knew are popping out, and many dots are being connected. I can correlate seemingly unrelated comments from one story with comments in another story. Very cool. When its all said and done, the history of an area isn't so much about the routes themselves as much as it is about the people who did the routes. When I look at New Gen, what do I see? Mike and Tobin. Caliente: Bachar. Piasano: John. The Edge: Tobin. The list is endless. And now... When I look at Valhalla I'll see Robs because I've learned that it was him that did the second, aura busting ascent. My perceptions and feelings are being validated, reshaped, and molded in new ways. Almost daily. Yes, it's all about the people. Keep it coming!
as Powell was essentially my entree to this whole crew I'll get back on my fluffy hangers-on anecdotes:
his penchant for meticulousness was hip.
Kevin and his brother discovered that the way to make chalk work even better- they'd get it wet, I think by spreading Endo out on cookie sheets, hitting it with a fine mist from a spray bottle, then bake it dry again?! WTF
Speaking of Cosmos Foster and the lads from Desert Sun School in Idylwild, nobody has mentioned Jay Smith, who went to school with Cosmos. Climbing seemed to be the main course of study at the school, with the help of their very accomodating teacher, Ed Lasley, who took the boys on numerous climbing “field trips.”