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Sep 1, 2011 - 05:13pm PT
Very cool OP.

A lovely story.

Thanks for sharing it.

Among the ST posters who have won the Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award is JFrimer.

I suspect that Spitzer would have been quite proud of (soon-to-be Dr.) Frimer, who embodies Spitzer's legacy of passions for both cutting-edge climbing and cutting-edge scientific inquiry.
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Sep 1, 2011 - 09:19pm PT
Doesn't "spitz" mean something like "peak" or "pinnacle" in German? If so, it makes even more sense.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Sep 1, 2011 - 09:32pm PT
Thanks Rgold for this most uplifting post.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 1, 2011 - 10:54pm PT

Rich, I was waiting to see if you guys did Shockley's Waterfall ala
Dick Williams. Glad to hear it wasn't so. . .
wayne burleson

Amherst, MA
Sep 1, 2011 - 11:05pm PT
Great story RGold! I swam up Three Pines a few days ago in the aftermath of Irene. Gunks in the wet can be fun, but for me, the grade must be low...
The connection between math/science and climbing has been explored in
many previous threads but still surprises me. I think it is a unique
aspect of our sport/lifestyle. I hope it continues, but worry it won't as climbing becomes more mainstream and sterilized... But math/science has also changed..
Brilliant that Lyman saw fit to endow the AAC award in his name...

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Sep 1, 2011 - 11:10pm PT
Really excellent photo of him. Seems to capture a cool essence.
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Sep 1, 2011 - 11:53pm PT
Stellar post, Rich. He sounds like a great man. He wanted to climb despite the rain and you did not disappoint him so kudos to you too.

It does seem that physicist/math/engineer types are drawn to climbing. Thankfully that is not a prerequisite as I am TERRIBLE at anything math- and physics-related. I do not quite suck aS much at climbing. I grasp the basics for anchor building to avoid the death triangle, etc. so perhaps there is a certain basic level of physics and trigonometry that folks need to know in order to climb safely.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 2, 2011 - 12:06am PT
You can be terrible at math/physics but still very cleverly avoid the death triangle by always building one piece anchors.

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Sep 2, 2011 - 12:11am PT
Lyman was a real gentleman. George Hurley brought him and his companion, Bunnie, to Boulder years ago. We all had dinner at my house and George and Bunnie filled me in on his accomplishments, much to his embarrassment. He really only wanted to talk about climbing. George and Lyman left for the Needles shortly thereafter and I missed my chance to climb with him. He spoke about climbing with you, Rich. It was one of the high points of his life.

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 2, 2011 - 12:14am PT
Good one Jim.

Mountain climber
San Diego
Sep 2, 2011 - 12:57am PT


Trad climber
Sep 2, 2011 - 07:23am PT

What a great story and tribute to a unique individual. The man left quite a legacy.

Social climber
Sep 2, 2011 - 10:45am PT
Thanks you Richard Goldstone for a your post about a brilliant human! It makes my day!

The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Sep 4, 2011 - 09:52am PT
Jim, I never thought of that! Thanks for the tip ;)

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Sep 4, 2011 - 12:06pm PT
And, Gasp!, it's actually about Climbing!! Yay! :D
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Sep 4, 2011 - 08:52pm PT
I'm curious - was Spitzer yet another of those scientist-climbers with a fondness with excruciatingly bad puns, and plays on words? (I should know, of course.) There seems to be some sort of genetic relationship.

Sep 4, 2011 - 09:11pm PT
A toast to Lyman Spitzer

Hear, hear!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Sep 4, 2011 - 09:32pm PT
This thread of Richie's is yet another glaring example of how tremendously cool RG really is. I am endlessly proud of having known RG during his white painter's pants and white turtlenecks period. "At some point Cleanliness must ensue" was one of his operating principles in the Camp Four dirt since he was always in impeccable whites. And he was a wonderful partner on the rock too as well as in our nylon ghetto. I can still hear his voice forty years later. He knew Bev Johnson too and they would exchange friendly barbs passing by each other's sites. So much fun and so damn witty
Gunks Guy

Trad climber
Woodstock, NY
Sep 5, 2011 - 12:49am PT
Wow. Great story. I am going to show this one to my kids tomorrow. Thanks Rich.
tom Carter

Social climber
Sep 5, 2011 - 01:43am PT
Thank you for telling this story. What an honor to climb with such a remarkable man.
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