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Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:32pm PT
Went back to the shop and told the Super and Siderod to find a new grapple operator.
"Why" they asked?
"I quit" I replied.


Ha! Perry I distinctly remember you telling me how before all that you had told your work mates out in the woods that you wouldn't be a logger forever, to which they replied by splitting themselves laughing and saying " Get a grip Beckham! You're going to be here til the day you die!"

or words to that effect. Jokes on them. I bet I know where they are right now.
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?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 8, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
IIRC, there were two David Harrises. Just as David Nicol, a Vancouver born and bred climber, is sometimes confused with an English climber named David Nichol.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 8, 2013 - 05:27pm PT
I thought so.. It seemed a little odd..
bmacd

Trad climber
100% Canadian
Jan 8, 2013 - 05:28pm PT
Those KM guide books are inaccurate, my name is often misspelled as Les MacDonald or sometimes very erroneously spelled as "Robin Barley"
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 8, 2013 - 05:34pm PT
Hey Ghost, KM says you were part of the FA of Merci me with big jim s, any tales from that one?

When I first got to Squamish, I found that some guy there had been using my name. So I had him killed, which solved the problem.

It also had the side benefit of making everyone who started climbing after that think that I'd done his ascents.

The interesting thing about this particular bit of history is that he stopped climbing just before I started, so there was never a time during which there were two climbers there with that name. Which is probably why a lot of people think there was only one.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 8, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
Hahahaha... That's some mis-spelling! ;) I've been burned by Kevin before... That's why I always start with "km says" when I ask about historical references from his book.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 8, 2013 - 05:54pm PT
David - are you sure your name isn't Rolf?

Oh wait maybe I'm thinking of Rolf "drywall mud" Ryepounder.




I never logged and I never tree planted and I never heli ski guided. Starting at about 2 and continuing to the present I have always pounded nails even in between other more glamorous things. Funny thing is, I think it might be my favorite after all.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 8, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
Thanks Dave, we cross posted. So that's how you racked up all those early ascents! ;)
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 8, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
I never logged and I never tree planted and I never heli ski guided

Then I guess we have no real choice but to kick you out of the club, do we?
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 8, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
some fuggin club!
gf

climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 06:07pm PT
Hamish I guess you learned how to pass a knot early in your career? ;)
Umm, actually no -somewhere there exists a shot of hamish attempting to rap the overhang at the mighty flemming beach in victoria -the ropes didn't reach and if memory serves big ed seedhouse came to the rescue
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 8, 2013 - 06:08pm PT
Probably BK never even attended, or instructed, at the FMCBC mountaineering course. Looser! The sine qua non for Vancouver climbers of a certain vintage.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 8, 2013 - 06:11pm PT
I most certainly did fathead. Me and Jim rutter were like peas in a pod. We used to pound scotch together and plot how to acquire ridiculous liability insurance policies
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 8, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
Big Ed Seedhouse!!!! Seedly ED with the hilarious shoes !!!

Anders wrote "Looser". Snicker wheee guffaw ho ho hee hee hee.......
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 8, 2013 - 06:16pm PT
Hey, it's spelt "phatthead", not "fathead".
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 8, 2013 - 07:31pm PT
Maybe in Norway or somewhere. Out here its Squampton its Fathead. Just ask anybody.

But all seriousness aside, I did my FMCBC dues. I even volunteered once or twice. I even almost got fired. I wonder if they are still in that huge building on Broadway like they are Enron or something?
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