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Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 13, 2012 - 03:16pm PT
Thanks so much for the photography duty and posting up those photos, MH! Great stuff and so nice to see Lilabiene connecting with the stone!

And to Ed as well, for getting her safely up and back down again.

My lord in heaven... that pink rope is something else...it's florescent in bright daylight! Sure to be appreciated by Tom Evans.

Love that shot of Harding belaying with Powell next to him. One of amy all time favorites. Glad it's in the hands of the YCA so many will have a chance to appreciate it.

Eric
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Oct 13, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
Pushing the LIKE button now....

Fab story, thank you for posting this up.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 14, 2012 - 12:56pm PT
The TR that Odd just posted yesterday was quite well-written. It well might form the core of a atory that could easily fill an entire book. She has the the ability to write so well, IMO, that she could knock one out. Of course, she's a mommie, so that's a hard one to pull off.

Rather than take up space in the TR, I am using this thread for the purposes of posting other things related to Odd than her first visit to the Valley, an important event for anyone, climber or "mundane." Useful word, that. The Ren fair folk call "all non-Ren fair folk" mundanes, it's easier to get the idea over that this person I am talking about isn't one of us. It's far easier than using the cumbersome phrase above. Odd is no longer mundane, has made the transition to whatever we seem to be.

I know we all seem to be kids at heart, still rebellious, still rowdy.

Here is an email that ATB sent me last May. It seems it's time to post up our privacy. I don't mind if she doesn't.


Hey Brain!

Thanks very much for the good wishes! I, too, am getting a huge kick out this forum. I love that most seem to have a wicked good sense of humor... :D

Even better, it's getting me back into climbing (which I only dallied in previously - being indoors isn't really my thing) and the prospect of climbing outside...I'm psyched. Not sure how well I'll do, but I'll give it my best.

The "Miseries" are a lot of fun - it was a great surprise finding Tolkien in the midst of one of them. More fun to come!


It's in the interests of the story that I post that letter. Privacy is nothing in the face of a good story or lawsuit. The main things I want to say about my experiencea with Odd are that here is a person I'd never met, living in Boston, and now it seems like we are brother and sister. I a lot of you feel the same after having jived with her.

I would also like to encourage that idea of a book. It will only serve to make a lot of people happy. What could be better than that?

On the more somber side, there's the part of the story that is sad, that is hard to tell, that is based on a suicide is bound to be difficult to write. She shows she can write objectively and with keen insight.

Where is my withering sense of humor now? It's in my pocket, with the handkerchief, because there is nothing funny about the first part of the story, except to say "young Love" or "young scandal." I have been involved personally with young love and it's a shame that things happen, but these things happen all the time, so it seems that they must happen for a reason. If there is one, it's simple. It's called nature and is reason enough to accept one another in spite their "faults," not to reject them.

Why this tabu on procreation? Sissies.

Anyway, there's much food for thought in this story, pus the Ultimate Climb of the fifties, we...

I gotta go with the Everest ascent so that makes El Cap the second greatest climbing story of that decade. It's a BN Bonanza. An Amazon Ass-Kicker of a Best-Smeller. And we are all a part of the story, some having huge roles (BooDawg and dee ee) and others less huge (?).

Just to keep this ball rolling and unspooling, just to keep this thread spinning, here's some things which may spur Odd to literary endeavor. It's a start.

MFM:
"Bill earns his wings daily for all the humor he has provided at his expense. Perhaps his greatest legacy is mostly just that. Think Cyrano. What's the big deal with a nose? We all have one. We all aren't Dolts."

Banquo:
"I love LilaBiene's story of her search because it is so genuine. It is so awesome that her birth parents turned out to be such interesting people. Both of them seem to have interesting stories and the whole thing would make a book that I'd love to read. Although she claims to be shy, Lila can write and should."

LilaBiene:
"I agree with what you said about just doing your best. In the years when I was sick and doctors were of no help, I was at a very low point in my life and at times felt very hopeless as to whether I would ever be able to dig myself back out of the hole I had fallen into. (My uncle gave me some sage advice a few years back: When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging!) But you do the best you can, and if your persist long enough, things will turn themselves in a different direction."

Fletcher:
"Wow... You are a good story teller Lila! Amazing story indeed and it made my night. Especially the part where you reveal you father's name. My jaw was on the ground! This Taco Stand certainly can be a magical place."

LilaBiene:
"Clint: the first time I read the story about him taking a header cemented for me that we were related...pretty hilarious that a quality such as that is actually heritable. Now I'll have to remind friends that instead of pulling an "Odd", I'm actually pulling a "Dolt"!"

This tale is far from over, Odd's returning to California to attend the Oakdale Climbing Festival, so if you'd like to greet her, thank her for the contribution to our community (herself and her father's story), this will be your chance. This story promises to entertain us for quite a while longer. Camila, Odd's daughter, is only 3. Yet she sounds precocious. You hear this a lot coming from mothers. Coming from this particular mother, I believe those words.

Like father & daughter & granddaughter.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 14, 2012 - 09:53pm PT
After the climb, but before MeatFest. Ed and Audrey in the meadow.
Credit: Mighty Hiker

(cross link http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Longest-6-months-6-days-of-my-life/t11710n.html);
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 15, 2012 - 08:17pm PT
Anders and Ed, thank you so much for taking and posting these pictures! I don't know how I missed seeing them until now...but finding them was perfect timing because I'm daydreaming about how to find some rocks somewhere near here that I can scratch around on this weekend. Sooooooo much fun! Thank you!!! (Secretly hoping I can make my way back to Yosemite after Oakdale...but will just have to wait and see what's in the cards.

Is it too soon to start packing again for next year?!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 16, 2012 - 12:58am PT
A pleasure and honour!
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Nov 10, 2012 - 02:57am PT
Yes, indeed! A pleasure and honor for all who share some quality time with her!

After Oakdale, I escorted her and Camila up to the Valley on Halloween Day.

Camila topped out on her first rock-climb, an on-sight, free-solo!

Camila sends her first climb!
Camila sends her first climb!
Credit: BooDawg

And celebrates at the top!

Summit celebration!
Summit celebration!
Credit: BooDawg

The maples were coming on strong!

Big-tooth maples.
Big-tooth maples.
Credit: BooDawg

We stopped in the village where I congratulated one of the locals on their Halloween costume...

Halloween at the Village Store!
Halloween at the Village Store!
Credit: BooDawg

Halloween at the Village Store!
Halloween at the Village Store!
Credit: BooDawg

Halloween at the Village Store!
Halloween at the Village Store!
Credit: BooDawg

This get-up reminded me of a similar costume I'd seen in the Village at Facelift...

Costume during Facelift deserved a prize!
Costume during Facelift deserved a prize!
Credit: BooDawg

We continued our introduction of the Valley to Camila and went out to The Captain:

The Nose with Dolt Tower, Dolt's daughter and granddaughter.
The Nose with Dolt Tower, Dolt's daughter and granddaughter.
Credit: BooDawg

LilaBiene, Camila, and Dolt Tower.
LilaBiene, Camila, and Dolt Tower.
Credit: BooDawg

By that time, it was time to head down the Merced Canyon, so that the two of them could drive on to L.A. and keep their appointment with Mark Powell the next day.

I sure hope LilaBiene posts a TR on her trip to Oakdale and all that followed. Please don't keep us in suspense!






SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 10, 2012 - 10:56am PT
Stunning^^^^^^^

What a story! An all time ST best!


Susan
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 10, 2012 - 02:13pm PT
Awesome and what a cutie.


Lila next year ill bring my then 4 year old if you bring Camila to Facelift II think they are about the same age.


Really happy for you getting to fill in all the blanks. You want to move west don't you closer to that tower. It's a special tower and I've spent a few nights there. You should see it up close.

All the best look forward to your TR.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 10, 2012 - 02:26pm PT
A shout out for Mr. BD and all he's done to help LLB and Camila on their journey!

Thank you from all the ST.

I bet Powell will shed a tear on sight when he meets those two.
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 10, 2012 - 02:29pm PT
Good point Mouse and to you as we'll.

Boo I have not forgotten your stamps.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Nov 10, 2012 - 02:54pm PT
MFM and Silver: Thank you both for your generosity of heart and spirit!

I would certainly loved to be a fly-on-the-wall and witnesses LilaBiene's meeting with Mark Powell.
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 11, 2012 - 09:48pm PT
What a GREAT surprise on a Sunday night! Camila LOVES the pictures and wants me to print them for her to "have". And she wants to know when we can go find some more rocks to climb.

How special it was to have BooDawg guide Camila along on her first rock climbing experience...it's difficult not to get misty-eyed over this. Camila still talks about the rocks and the waterfalls!

I'm still unpacking after a long week at work and adjusting back to EST, but I hope to post up a TR soon (provided I can get through a few days without breaking down in tears). Don't get me wrong -- the trip was wonderful, but it made everything very real, especially visiting the cemetery in L.A. where Bill is interred. Not having access to his or Ann's things is a particular sort of agony best left for another day.

Silver: Thanks so much for the pictures and I really do hope our muppets can hang out together next year at the Facelift -- the two of them together with OntheEdgeandScaredtoDeath's kids would form a pack to be reckoned with! :D

More soon.
Aud
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 13, 2012 - 12:22am PT
We're all looking forward to those stories you want to share with us.

And yes, a combined kiddie/doggie FaceLift daycare at Yellow Pines might be quite a lot of fun.

Boodawg's thread about the UCLA Bruins Mountaineers, which Odd refers to in the first post, is at http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1816916/OCCASIONAL-MISERIES-Journal-UCLA-Bruin-Mountaineers
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Nov 13, 2012 - 12:36am PT
Actually the post that LilaBiene first found when she searched for UCLA, knowing that her mom graduated from there, was this one, #200 on the Stoney Point thread:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=971616&tn=180

After that, she PMed me, and a lot more began to come together for her about her mother. I was able to connect her to several of her mother's friends, including my brother who had traveled with her mom to Mexico and had climbed Orizaba with her.

The "Occasional Miseries" thread came about because LilaBiene wanted to transcribe the issues that I have, so they could be posted here. There are still several FAs that I wrote up and that have now been transcribed, but I have yet to scan the slides that I took on those slides. Looks like I'll get to that project in January with Ed Hartouni's generous offer to do the scanning, once I have the pictures sorted. Afterall, everyone seems to want photos with the climbing stories.

LLB: If you want to print those and some others, let me know, and I'll send higher resolution copies that are more suitable for printing.
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 13, 2012 - 09:46pm PT
Mouse, I think we scared Mark, yet again. The two of us add up to a big ball of energy going in every direction...it takes some getting used to... :D

Totally OT, but funny, story...so at some point early on when I was pregnant with Camila, my husband is driving along to who knows where, when it all of a sudden he bursts out: "Oh my God. They're going to be TWO...of...YOU!!!"

I still remind him from time to time of what I promised him (fair warning?!) when we first met: You'll never be bored with me. Many other things (driven mad, quite possibly), but NEVER bored!!!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 18, 2012 - 12:54am PT
How three dolts oddly go together and create wonder in the eyes of the...
How three dolts oddly go together and create wonder in the eyes of the belayer.
Credit: Jean Blair Dolan drawing/Climber Bob

A big ball of energy going in every direction.

But no erratic stuff, right?

Odd, Happy Thanksgiving with a vengeance!
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2012 - 10:58am PT
Hey Mouse, I never promised nothing erratic -- that would be going against, well, the natural order of things. Chuckle. Don't fence me in, eh?

:D

What tedium coloring inside of the lines...dancing with chaos is where the shooting stars by chance appear...
melski

Trad climber
bytheriver
Jan 21, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
now your a parent,,,I:m a newish grandparent,,wow,wee,wow,always good to share,,keep it up,,I lived in Peters Cr. for 20 years,,still come up every summer to get broke fishing,,,peaceandlove,,
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Feb 5, 2013 - 10:37pm PT
WOW, Thanks for sharing that incredible story.
Tad
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