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Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
Of course its on the internet. What the hell isn't?

How do I donate?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:25am PT
I admit that tracking whether the outer and barely higher summit of the Tusk has been climbed recently is quite low on my priority list. In fact, it isn't even on it. Although as a novelty climb it would probably earn the participants some notoriety, should they want to talk. And I admit to once taking gear in that general direction, with at least the idea...
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:42am PT
Are you suggesting that some climbs are NOT novelties?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:30am PT
Damn but what a fun thread. My mum climbed the reg summit of the Tusk around 1947. Bruce's mum might have also been along for that one. Tom Fyles did the FA of it in what? 1917 or something stupid like that?

I climbed the reg route with my ex-bf's sister in '78. I was 18 & she was 17. We got up early to be first up the route so not to get crap booted onto our brains. Not like we were wearin' helmuts :-D

Are you sure the cairn on the Bishop's mitre is a cairn and not just some fekkin' choss that fell on top?

Snicker..........
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:55am PT
Purely by chance, I was reading a relevant edition of the B.C. Mountaineer (2012), which addresses many such fascinating questions.

The first white known to have visited Black Tusk Meadows was Billy Gray, in 1912. The area had been seen from BCMC camps and climbs in the Garibaldi area, and he surmised that it was accessible from the Cheakamus River side. So by himself, he took the steamer to Squamish (then briefly called Newport), then a motorized 'stage' to Brackendale. He then hiked the Pemberton Trail to Stony (now Rubble) Creek, and found a way to the meadows, near the modern trail. Two weeks later the club camp was held at the meadows, using his route, although they used packers and horses to get the gear to Stony Creek.

The 1912, 1913 and 1914 BCMC camps at Black Tusk Meadows provided a major impetus to the creation of Garibaldi Park. Many of the peaks around and east of the lake were first climbed at those camps, and the first recorded ascent of the Tusk was by Gray, in 1912. The outer peak was first climbed by the redoubtable Tom Fyles in 1917, and its first female ascent by Miss Emmie Milledge at the 1926 club camp, which was attended by about 100 people altogether.

Some photos of the area, and a few ellipsis, at http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/655919/A-Lazy-Hazy-Crazy-Day-TR
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:05am PT
It's funny that we are always amazed at how young some of the top climbers of the day are but when I look at all the climbers on this thread including the veterans, pretty much everyone started when they were in diapers it seems. I came out of the starting gate late at 20. Who's the youngest start up here?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:08am PT
More impressive then those of us who had parents who were skier/mountaineers are guys like Perry who hitched outta MB to Squamish and got his rump climbin' hard before he was 20 yrs of age. No family mentors, just hard core passion and courage.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:09am PT
I started when I was 20 too.

My guess would be, although he hasn't posted in a coons age, micro Marc as the youngest to get started, at 9 I think.
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:39am PT
1917. Tom Fyles descends from the first ascent of the outer peak of th...
1917. Tom Fyles descends from the first ascent of the outer peak of the Black Tusk
Credit: Tricouni

Tom Fyles descending from the first ascent (solo) of the outer, higher peak of the Black Tusk. 1917. Look, no rope! Looks like he built a cairn on top.
Those guys were great!
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:53am PT
Great pic Tricouni!What was the rock shoe of choice for 1917?
Anders, I was thinking rock climbing or peak bagging.
Here's a couple of young whipper snappers who might want to reconsider what middle age is.
gf

climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:29am PT
Its' a slippery slope harry -fun clip -where the hell was that?
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:41am PT
For the record, I hitched up to Squamish on the way back to the Island after doing a stint clearing pipeline right of ways out of Fort St. John. I was fifteen, that would have been 73 and I was so inspired after watching Big Jim and Janine climb the Grand in the just released Vertical Desert that I HAD to check out the Chief. Arrived after dark, bivied by the long gone locomotive in Stan Clarke Park, had breakfast at the Chieftain then started exploring.

Tried to solo a route on the Apron that I later learned was the Slob just right of Slab Alley. Chickened out on a grassy layback. Hiked up to the base of the Grand and watched Kevin McLane lead the first pitch of Exasperator using pins for pro (and a point of aid). He lashed me into the end of the rope with a bowline on a coil and I managed to get 30 feet up on tope rope before there were no more edges for my mountaineering boots.
Made it back to the Island and climbed my first peak, Mt Albert Edward at 6500' the highest peak on the Forbidden Plateau and was totally hooked on whatever I was experiencing.
I got in trouble with the law and met Fred Put assisting on a session for Hoods in the Woods and he took me on a trip to Mt Arrowsmith. He rigged a makeshift harness and let me try a couple rappels and I third classed some stuff he later told me was easy fifth and thought I was crazy.
Later that summer I went on a Ramblers trip to Marble Meadows where I met Peter Croft, his friend Simon and a crusty old guy named Tom DeGroot who would have been at least thirty at the time. We crossed Strathcona Park climbing a bunch of peaks including the Golden Hinde (I declined the summit) and arrived at the Gold River Highway five days later.

It was almost three years before I met Dave Lane reading climbing books at ABC. He was fifteen, already out of school and pounding nails for a living, had just taken a mountaineering course and needed a partner. We hitched to Squamish, climbed Diedre with me in a swami, wool knickers and vibram boots.
Climbed the Grand with Dave about eight weeks later and the rest as they say, is history.

Hamish still has all of us beat for the toddler's start.
He told me the other day that by age eleven he'd save up a couple bucks and go buy a single carabiner with no idea how or when he'd use it.
He sure showed us!

Just noticed I hit the 4800th post on Big Mike's awesome thread.





Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:58am PT
now thats the real mackoy right there. Riding the rails and pounding nails at 15.

WE - ARE - LIGHT


of course then there's Joe Turley who chopped his own legs off, sewed em back on then sent Fist in his sleep.


The name Tom Degroot really rings a bell. Any idea where he was from?
gf

climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 04:17am PT
Perry
Such a cool story-thanks for posting that up. It links in with a recent train of thought with some fellow misfits around a beach fire sharing a grill cheese and sucking back a beer after an afternoon boxing day session at Jordan River-after giving me sh#t for misspending my youth (and a good chunk of my middle age) lashed to some obscure piece of stone, we started to share the common thread of discovering a life affirming calling in ones youth and how the sheer coolness of all the opportunities presented stretch before one like an unbending horizon. Not that I still don't get that stoke, but it isn't quite as wide-eyed-your story gave me a great jolt of that memory.
Anyhow
Allow me to contribute a bit more on the "Wet behind the ears" stories on hamish -hopefully he'll bust out that scanner of his and post up a shot of him practicing his big wall skills at oh, age 11 -on a metal clothesline pole in his parents backyard!
I'll always remember hamish calling me up in full frantic mode-he'd left his dads framing hammer (excellent for pounding pitons don't you know) at the local crag. I think I said something along the lines of "start mowing" no doubt imagining the miles of lawn mowing ahead of the poor bastard.
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? ;)
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 8, 2013 - 11:12am PT
ouch . Nothing worse than passing a knot, especially as a wee one.
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