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Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 4, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
We need to dig up ol' Andy Spat and get him to replay his Eaton's Wall experience. Or was that Ed?

We tried climbing at the Eaton's wall when the store was open. Hahahaha. Security chased us off. Snicker, haha.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 4, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
Horse face Grace chased us off once. It was an honor:


The Minister of Frumpy Shoes and Handbag Whapping, G. McCarthy.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 4, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
We only got booted off occasionally when some pole up the butt west van bag would march straight to customer service to complain about the unseemly riff raff probably high on drugs and causing a public disturbance. It was a taste of what the Mundays were up against back in the thirties.

Don & Phyl bouldered on the Eaton's wall in the thirties?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 4, 2013 - 06:24pm PT
No, David.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 4, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
Phyl Munday had to cross the inlet and ride the tram up the north shore in her proper dress before finally changing into more useful mountaineering trunks so as not to offend the local Taliban.

I have heard that the Vancouver high society then were higher than kites so as to compensate for their close proximity to mother nature which in that era - and to an extent still is - was considered beneath a certain social status.

Huh, so that pole up the a*# was Grace McCarthy? Awesome!




solo - I'll take a page from Stinging nettle and leave the mystery and adventure of dodging the heat and pole-up-the- butts to your imagination and pleasure - enjoy the hunt! (bring tape)
MH2

climber
Jan 4, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
Did Don & Phyl have anything to do with Squamish? Were they West Vancouverites? Some old guy on the bus once told me that he knew one of them through some (alpine?) garden club.
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jan 4, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
Did Don & Phyl have anything to do with Squamish? Were they West Vancouverites? Some old guy on the bus once told me that he knew one of them through some (alpine?) garden club.

They had nothing to do with climbing at Squamish. I never knew Don, but that definitely was not something that remotely interested Phyl. What was important to her (and probably him, too) was just being in the mountains. And that became especially true later in their lives.

They lived in North Vancouver, not far above the Upper Levels Highway, between Lonsdale and Mountain Highway. Small little house; it's probably gone by now. One of my prized possessions is a photo of Waddington taken by Don from the top of Munday on the first ascent in 1930; this photo hung above Phyl's fireplace for years.

I didn't know that Phyl was in the Alpine Garden Club, but it wouldn't surprise me at all. She loved flowers and gardens. She and Don had planned a book of photos featuring their flower photos, but Don's death intervened. The book never appeared, but around 1958 Home Oil produced a 16-page colour pamphlet containing many of Phyl's wildfower photos.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 4, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
Andy - The Mundays also had a place on Grouse Mtn - before they moved to Tempe Cresc in N Van. I never visited the house ( my mother knew Mrs Munday from Girl Guides ) but Googlemaps has 373 Tempe Cres there - most of the houses look pretty well established.
But Glenn got the rest of it bang-on.
My parents ( and those of Bruce Kay & Randy A among others.........) would take the ferry to Squamish & board the train there & go to Garibaldi Stn to head into Black Tusk meadows. The Chief was just a great big lump as far as they were concerned. Ask Anders..........but I don't think it was until the late '50's that anybody got around to ogling the thing as a climbing destination........

........although I once heard a story the Squamish Nation would launch canoes off the lower reaches of the Apron.

Yowszza!!!!

Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:52pm PT
The Chief was just a great big lump as far as they were concerned. Ask Anders..........but I don't think it was until the late '50's that anybody got around to ogling the thing as a climbing destination........

I just found out yesterday (courtesy of old diaries) that I spent considerable time in the Touch & Go Towers (west of Squam, across the river) before setting foot on the Chief. And that only happened because one day we went to Squamish and found the suspension bridge across the river was gone! So we turned to the Chief....
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jan 4, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
Wow that's crazy Tricouni. Bypassing the chief to canoe? to little cliffs?

Ohh, suspension bridge. I wish there was still one up there!
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jan 4, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
When I was house hunting in 1990 we went to their house when it was up for sale. The scumbag realtor was touting that it was owned by some famous mountaineers and that some old 8mm film footage was found in the attic and that it would come with the purchase of the house.
I immediately got in touch with the BCMC about it and never did find out what became of the footage.
You were right about the house being small,it was tiny even by 1920 standards but why do need a big house when your true passion is the outdoors?I believe they built it themselves also.
Tricouni do you know anything about this film footage?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 4, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
that only happened because one day we went to Squamish and found the suspension bridge across the river was gone! So we turned to the Chief....

Did you miss this relic? ;)
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 4, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
My parents ( and those of Bruce Kay & Randy A among others.........) would take the ferry to Squamish & board the train there & go to Garibaldi Stn to head into Black Tusk meadows. The Chief was just a great big lump as far as they were concerned. Ask Anders..........but I don't think it was until the late '50's that anybody got around to ogling the thing as a climbing destination........

My ex-father-in-law was a climber. He was a Brit, who wound up as a prof at Oxford, but in his younger years he was a climber. Even did some early ascents in the Himalayas. But he did spend some time in the Northwest US/Southwest Canada, and told me stories about climbs of Mt Garibald that involved trains and boats, and wilderness. But for him, and others of his time, Squamish was just a town, and that big cliff above it wasn't anything at all.

I took him up on something on the Chief -- Sparrow, I think -- and he loved that. Don Serl and I also took him into the Waddington Range, and climbed some not-so-technical things with him. Funny trip, because there were several "old people" who were, then, exactly the age that Don and I are now.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 4, 2013 - 11:45pm PT
From learning about the 1940s and 1950s at Squamish, the Chief seems to have been the elephant in the woodpile. It hardly even got mentioned in the weekly paper, except for a very occasional scenery shot. Mountaineers and backcountry skiers passed by it en route to Garibaldi Park, and local people were active in the outdoors. But there doesn't seem to have been much thought of let alone action relating to climbing on it, although people did hike up it. There are some interesting loose ends and circumstantial evidence, which may always remain that.
MH2

climber
Jan 4, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
I spent considerable time in the Touch & Go Towers


!!!


Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jan 4, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
Maybe no one climbed it cuz there weren't many chimneys n offalwidths up it
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2013 - 12:03am PT
That shot is so ominous mh2!!
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 5, 2013 - 12:09am PT
Glen - Is this the same Phyl Munday photo that you have? I think it made the rounds of the local alpine inteligentsia so I now have it via my mom and dad.

wadd summit from the nw peak.  Phyl Munday original
wadd summit from the nw peak. Phyl Munday original
Credit: Bruce Kay


Thats so interesting that you guys were all over the touch and goes before even thinking about the chief. you guys were so summit oriented eh? There really seemed to be a distinct cultural separation between the mountaineers and the "rock gymnasts" as G W Young and all the brits and earo's were going on about back then. How did Beckey fit in?
MH2

climber
Jan 5, 2013 - 12:25am PT
Check with Perry sometime. Once I pulled from my collection of cliche, "Back when dinosaurs walked the Earth..." and Perry said, "Dinosaurs do walk the Earth." He may have been referring to those Lost Worlds across the river.
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Jan 5, 2013 - 12:43am PT
I spent more than a few evenings at the Eatons Wall in the 1990s with other West Van/North Shore climbers who were too poor or otherwise unable to go to the Edge. I recall it being pretty crimpy. Tendinitis special.

There is an awesome offwidth between two of the concrete pillars that I once managed to get about 5 feet off the ground on before slowly oozing down and gobying up my thigh something fierce. Guy I believe went up and down it in his ginch.

The mall security was some 90 yr old guy with an electriccart and it was always a battle when climbing there to see which would stop us first - cold and overcrimped fingers or mall grandpa yelling "You damn kids get off my wall!"
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