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Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Apr 17, 2011 - 01:11am PT
Drinking with Daryl and Paul Kindree, at The Chieftain of course.
Paul convinces these two girls, and they were nice girls, that they should let us take them up Slab Alley. They ask if it's maybe a bit late as it's getting on eight o'clock. No problem says Paul, we're experts. I don't argue and Daryl's getting hammered and up for anything. Off to the Apron we go, Paul and I with the girls and Daryl toting a pool cue he'd liberated.
"What's with the pool cue Daryl?" "Heh, I'm going to fix it in Pineapple Direct". OK.
We flaked our ropes at the base and as Paul headed up Slab Alley, in the fading light, Daryl third classed Pineapple Direct, probably 10a, in his Robbins boots, four beers clipped to his belt, stopping halfway up the flake to jam in the pool cue and disappear up the Apron, cackling, "You guys are light!".
Paul and I ended up finishing the route with the girls, in the dark and bumbled our way back down. Never saw Daryl and didn't get laid 'cause, like I said, they were nice girls.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 17, 2011 - 01:48am PT
By the time I met Daryl, I had known Yerian for a couple of years and he spoke a lot about this Canadian guy named Daryl that smoked Camel non-filters and lived off of Chips Ahoy cookies and lots of beer. I pulled into Camp 4 one summer day for a little camping trip with some non-climbing friends and ran into Dave and Daryl. Those two guys together spelled fun and danger, not necessarily in that order. I hadn't planned on doing much climbing but I brought my gear anyway. Dave and Daryl wanted to do Half Dome and they talked me into it. Actually, they were broke and I was generous and had the killer bud. I scored a couple packs of Camel filters from a friend and gave them to Daryl. He promptly tore off the filters and cracked that winning smile, 'Were in". We drank about 80 beers that night and went for the slab approach. None of us had been up that way so we got lost a couple of times and Daryl even needed a rope at one point to get him out of trouble. I can't remember ever having more fun on a wall than that time. I could probably blather all night about it but you guys know Daryl, you get the picture. Daryl and Yerian feed off of each other's humor and I think my stomach muscles got the most work during that trip.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Apr 17, 2011 - 09:41am PT
Isn't there a Daryl Hatten knock off down your way that goes by the name of Kit Lewis?

I don't know him but thats what I heard. Just as tough. FWA Slesse NE Butt and 2nd ascent Albertas N Face. Similar sense of humor by all accounts.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Apr 17, 2011 - 12:25pm PT
Similar sense of humor by all accounts.

And similar manners. First and only time I met Kit was at some slide show in the Vancouver area given by a visiting climber. I think it was at a church. I was in the foyer talking to Daryl when a young man walked in. He obviously knew Daryl, cuz he came over and they grunted friendly greetings at each other. Then the new guy looked around, pulled an open beer out from under his coat, took the biggest mouthful he could and...

...and spewed it all over Daryl's feet.

Har Har Har. They thought this was the funniest thing they'd seen in years, and walked off together sharing the beer.

I was later told the gentleman in question was Kit.
the goat

climber
north central WA
Apr 17, 2011 - 02:01pm PT
I was a candidate for AA in 76 when Kit and I climbed together and Darryl was crashing in my C4 wall tent. Waaay more beer than a normal person should ever drink. Darryl's "40 beers in a day" challenge still had him waking up at 6:00AM looking for something to climb with no trace of a hangover. Kit's 14" bong was the biggest piece of hardware in our Salathe haul bag....... It was my "fear and loathing" period to be sure.

"do you declare lightweight??"
the goat

climber
north central WA
May 24, 2011 - 02:13am PT
A late night road trip from C4 left Randy's car stuck in a ditch in El Cap meadows. Randy had reasons for not wanting to draw attention to himself so after a brief panic attack we began the process of getting RR's car back to terra firma. After an hour of drinking, smoking and general ineffectiveness, someone, possibly Darryl, came up with the idea of a "jack and stack." This technique involved cranking the bumper jack as high as possible with car attached, then pushing the car off the jack, preferably towards the road we left earlier in the evening.

We made rapid progress using this method and were only a few feet away from asphalt when it was discovered that a few rocks were required to fill a hole necessary to finish the job. Darryl grabbed a nearby chunk, stopped, then got this funny look. "What's wrong ?" I asked. "Shine the light down here" Daryl said pointing at the rock. "Why?" I replied. "Just shine it here?" "OK, but why? You have the rock in your hand for chrissakes, what do you see?" Darryl replied sheepishly, "man, I hate spiders!" I guess it was one of the few things that bothered him.......couldn't stop laughing the rest of the night.

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Oct 5, 2011 - 03:47pm PT
I was laughing to myself about some times with Daryl that would be hard to convey... So here's a simple bump for Daryl.

Sung to the Kool-aid song:

Beer loads, beer loads, taste great...

Beer loads, beer loads, can't wait !



The Daryl memorial gathering on the First Summit, Squamish Chief.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Oct 5, 2011 - 04:25pm PT
That's a pretty filthy group there Jim. :-) Gotta bigger version of it. I this it was posted elsewhere and the guilty parties named.

It was a very sad day tho'....
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Oct 5, 2011 - 08:49pm PT
Jim- I did see this thread in my lurker days. Thanks for the bump tho, I will include the link in my thread.

Daryl sounds like an amazing character. Thank you all for sharing your stories, so that all of us who couldn't be there, could get to know him through your eyes.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 5, 2011 - 08:49pm PT
Hey, that's my photo!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Oct 5, 2011 - 09:45pm PT
Sue me Anders... HAHAHAHA !
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Oct 6, 2011 - 01:16am PT
^^^HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA^^^^^

daryl_hattens_daughter

climber
saskatchewan, canada
Aug 21, 2012 - 02:32am PT
hey everyone, every once in a while I check back and read through all you halarious/amazing stories. Thank you all for taking the time to type them out to share with all those who did and didnt know him. I would also like to inform those who care to know that he wouldve been a grandpa last september. We had a beautiful little girl. Too bad he never will get to meet her, but one day I will tell her about him. The good and the bad haha
Thanks again for all the stories!!(i will post this on my thread i started as well) Take Care all!!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Feb 14, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
So up thread, I told the famous "2 horses on 2 horses" story.

Years after Daryl departed, I did a building in Ottawa, capital of Canada. So I went to see the sights, like the Parliament Building.

Life does imitate art and our special regard for the RCMP makes this pic I dug out today especially funny:

Credit: Jim Brennan

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