There is more to Dick Clark, leader of the American Bandstand Expedition and the annual Rockin' New Year Party, than most younger people (under 55 is the new "younger generation" in case you didn't know) realize.
He only climbed 5.4, but he was a player who managed to affect everyone who grew up in the fifties and sixties. And seventies. And eighties. And nineties.
Dick is "off the air" permanently now, resting in pieces of vinyl.
And because the rock climbing scene relies so heavily on the HITS THAT KEEP ON HAPPENING for naming our projects, it seems only fair to mention the Father of Bubblegum, old Beech Nut himself.
Dick Clark is not to be confused with "Tricky Dick," the obscure route in the vicinity of Arrowhead Arete, named for the esteemed late ex-Vice-President. Arrowhead Arete could easily have been named "The Stylus," had someone thought of it...
Which brings to mind the climber known as "Sweet Pea." His last name escapes me, but many of you will remember Raleigh. He hung with Annie Baker and Slings and the Bircheffs and Jerry "Atrick" Anderson.
There are many climbing-themed songs, but more song-themed climbs, I think.