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gf

climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 04:18am PT
Bruce -it was actually Ton deGroot -he was from the island, and perry is spot on -he was a crusty son of a buck
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jan 8, 2013 - 09:33am PT
That's at Sunny Knob, Greg.
Great story Perry! I'd love to hear how you started Tricouni?
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:07am PT
Cool story perry, & cool perspective gf. Are u from the plateau Perry? Or comox? I got a group of friends that grew up on forbidden plateau rd, wild men- the whole lot of em'!

Really cool how u guys pursued climbing with so many unknown aspects- I would have loved to have learned to climb as a kid but it was so enigmatic that I would have had no idea where to begin. I kind of knew what it was but it didnt really exist growinv up. Luckily I moved to whistler for powder & hedonism when I was 18 & after a few years in the smog I decided to take the southern route back to Kamloops, on the way back to moms fridge I went thru Squamish for the first time & I knew upon seeing the place that I had to learn how to climb. It took a few more years but finally I got an opportunity to go. Phew!

hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:38am PT
I climbed in Victoria during ages 11 and 12 before ever making it to the big time in Squampton. It seemed my brain was consistent with my size, both tiny. When I finally saved enough money for a rope, I promptly cut it in half so I would have two. When I eventually made it to the real cliffs on the mainland I had some explaining to do. Tough learning curve.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 8, 2013 - 11:00am PT
Classic tales guys!! I love that you guys grew up on the island too! I'm a Campbell River transplant! ;)


Hamish I guess you learned how to pass a knot early in your career? ;)
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Jan 8, 2013 - 11:14am PT
I've always said the best way to avoid passing a knot is to just not eat one in the first place.

I've always said that.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 8, 2013 - 11:34am PT
Damn Bruce, we need to get you the official court jesters hat! ;) only 189 more quips till rolfr's 5000 speech! ;)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 8, 2013 - 11:53am PT
You're on a acid regimen? That does explain a few things ;)
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
There's a few more start up stories from other regulars that I'd love to hear still.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:31pm PT
If you got some for sale ill take a bakers dozen
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 8, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
I did mine awhile back no? Maybe I'll go dig it up...
bmacd

Trad climber
100% Canadian
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:07pm PT
I was 6 years old and in prison on extortion, terrorism and conspiracy convictions, climbed the fence out of Aggasiz maximum security and never looked back

So up yours you lightweight sons of bitches !
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 8, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
What about your Origins bk? I realize after looking back that I've told mine in bits and
pieces so I will have to give it a proper treatment..
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
When I started climbing at Squamish, p'terodactyls still nested on the Chief.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
bk,

I'd have to dig into the archive of less than 100 photos taken pre 2000 and do some scanning.
K2 was my first film job.
Got the call after another day running grapple yarder for Elaho Sept 9/90.
I asked the PM when they wanted me to start.
"Next day 06:00, having had" he replied.
"Can I call you back in a few minutes?"
Thought about it for ten minutes and thought "Fuk it, logging sucks,time to change it up".
Called the PM back and said yes.
Went back to the shop and told the Super and Siderod to find a new grapple operator.
"Why" they asked?
"I quit" I replied.

K2 was a huge adventure followed by Medicine Man and Cliffhanger.
Can't believe how quickly two decades goes by when you measure time in features and careers.

Here's the gang on top of Bute Mountain wrapping up after GI Joe 2.
Working with my friends on one of the best jobs I've ever had.

Left to right back row
Paul McSorley, Jason Kruk, John Willcox, Dave Edgar, Jia Condon, Scott Flavelle
Front row
Chris Atkinson, Val Fraser, PB, Paul Berntsen

Credit: Chief


brownie

Trad climber
squamish
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
those things are still up there anders; i heard them screeching with delight as they conjured up evil plans during the first night of zorro's. As the wind whipped our ledge and rippled the fly it swirled a frenzy of ancient sounds, a collective of voices swept from the cliff's face and swooshed through every available weakness of our nylon fortress. All I could translate (with skills acquired during my brief undertaking as a p'tero-translator) were "bear" and "breakfast"; before, with a jolt, the ledge tilted and torqued, nearly tossing The Kid into the darkness. After the crisis was averted and as the chinese bolts creaked and our ledge strained under the weight of our three bear bottoms I happened to find my mind wandering to a summer day in the year 2010. Gripped, soaked with swet and slipping from my purchase on the rock face I had found myself on, the soft soles of my Vans were melting off of the foot holds. I stared at the ductape wrapped around the shoes and cursed it, avoiding having to curse myself for thinking it would work. Terror was all I felt as I shuffled my hands; watching them slap the rock, wondering why I could not feel my fingers. The old Vans went first and then my useless grip on the rock failed and I froze as the rope became taught, my weight caught up in the ancient webbing that made up the harness I was borrowing from my friends dad. Relief flushed my body as I relaxed in the harness, but was soon followed by aching forearms and my pleas to be lowered. Down I went, ignorant to how soon or how strong the urge to return to that hair raising place would be..
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 8, 2013 - 04:18pm PT
I bet I know where they are right now.

In rehab today and in court tomorrow bailing their kid out of the pokey.



I remember the locals being naaaaaaaaaaaaasty back in the day. Glad Perry got outta loggin' although hands up those here who DIDNT do a stint in a loggin' camp in the '80's. Prolly only Anders c'os he was smarter then the rest of us & stayed in skool.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Jan 8, 2013 - 04:18pm PT
Yes Bruce, sadly a lot of them are dead from logging accidents or the perils of the lifestyle.
Over a dozen of my former logging accomplices were killed in the bush, the most recent last fall.
Another dozen met an untimely and ignoble demise having too much fun with illegal substances, driving motorcycles or hanging out with the wrong people.
Lord knows I had my fair share of close calls on and off the job and am glad to have survived.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 8, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
We were all pretty much the same, weren't we? Teenage real-world refugees, looking for something, but not really knowing what.

I grew up a thousand km from the nearest mountain or cliff, but quite close to some crazy-wild wilderness. Started paddling when I was thirteen and guided my first trip at 15. When I moved to BC I found the water was way too cold but I met a guy who climbed rocks. He took me out one day -- Slab Alley in my work boots -- and that was it. Fifty years later I've slowed down a lot, but I'll be up in Squamish as often as possible this summer and there are plenty of things I'll be happy to have you kids tow me up.

And for what it's worth, I never worked in a logging camp. But I think working on a fire crew in the Chilcotin in probably close enough to give me honorary status.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 8, 2013 - 05:09pm PT
Hey Ghost, KM says you were part of the FA of Merci me with big jim s, any tales from that one?
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