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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
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Mar 3, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
The UCLA Daily Bruin got hold of LilaBiene's story and did a story on her and the role of the Bruin Mountaineers played in bringing Audrey's family history to light as well as how Audrey has brought the Bruin Mountaineers together again. Their story is here:

http://dailybruin.com/2013/03/01/a-rock-solid-connection-woman-traces-biological-parents-back-to-bruin-mountaineers/
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Apr 2, 2013 - 04:35pm PT
Last February I drove south to L.A., and I had the pleasure of visiting an old (82 y.o.) friend, Frank Hoover. He'd introduced me to white water rafting and had been in the UCLA Bruin Mountaineers. But, more importantly, he'd be a member of the Sierra Club RCS in L.A. and had known Bill Dolt, RR, Frost, Kamps, the Mendenhalls, Fitschen, and so many more. I wanted to check out his photos from the 50's, but unfortunately, his slides were burned in a house fire at one point, and his best B&W negatives had been borrowed and he hasn't seen them since, perhaps due to an auto accident that's left him wheelchair bound.

Frank Hoover, Feb., 2013
Frank Hoover, Feb., 2013
Credit: BooDawg

However, he did have contact sheets from his B&W negatives, and as I went through them, I found several that had decent images of Bill Dolt. Knowing that LilaBiene would want any information or imagery of her birth father, I took pictures of those contact sheets for her. No doubt scanning the contact sheets would yield better results than these:

Bill Dolt at Stoney Point, Mid-Late 1950's.
Bill Dolt at Stoney Point, Mid-Late 1950's.
Credit: BooDawg

Bill Dolt at Stoney Point, Mid-Late 1950's.
Bill Dolt at Stoney Point, Mid-Late 1950's.
Credit: BooDawg

Bill Dolt at Stoney Point, Mid-Late 1950's.
Bill Dolt at Stoney Point, Mid-Late 1950's.
Credit: BooDawg

Bill Dolt at Stoney Point, Mid-Late 1950's.
Bill Dolt at Stoney Point, Mid-Late 1950's.
Credit: BooDawg

After looking at the contact sheets, Frank and I went out for a burger lunch at one of his favorite hang-out places.

Frank now lives near Stoney Point and would probably welcome visitors who are interested in the history of California rock-climbing.

Here's another picture of Frank. It reminds me of some lyrics by Tom Patey:

"...So sow your wild oats while ye may,
for the toothless old tykes of tomorrow
were the tigers of yesterday."

Frank Hoover, Feb., 2013
Frank Hoover, Feb., 2013
Credit: BooDawg
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
Oh, Ken, thank you!

The very best photo is the very first one of all. Frank, it's so nice to "see" you!

I wish I lived closer to the both of you so that I could spend time with you more often.

I also wish you both knew just how much you've impacted my life this past year...I have so many fond memories of stories and laughs shared, and of just how big and strong your hearts truly are. I miss you both terribly and have almost started counting the days until Facelift in September.

So I'm a little misty-eyed at the moment, but wanted to express my gratitude to you both.

It never ceases to amaze me how you guys just seem to know when I could use a smile.

:D

Edit:

P.S. The muppet says a big HELLO to you both! She drew this picture for you!

The muppet says this is a picture of a big rock you can climb and find...
The muppet says this is a picture of a big rock you can climb and find with the ladder at the top. ")
Credit: LilaBiene
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Apr 4, 2013 - 02:29am PT
Here's a shot from another thread of Frank Hoover (on the right, and Don Wilson on the left) in 1956 or so:


And here is Frank leading Toe Jam (with Don belaying):
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
Great pictures, Clint, thank you!

Here's another inspiring Frank -- the two actually have a lot in common. Find what you love to do and go chase it down, and don't be afraid to change horses...there are a lot of them out there running around. But most of all, be true to yourself. Keep at it, whatever it is that insprires you. Squeeze the most you can out of life!

Frank Hoover reminds me of a quote by Maya Angelou:
"People may forget what you said. People may forget what you did...but people will never forget how you made them feel."
(Any inaccuracies are my fault.)

When I visited Frank last October, I had just been to Oakdale, followed by a drive to L.A. (Why is there commuter traffic at 4 a.m.?!) via a very much-needed respite with BooDawg in Mariposa, an incredibly frustrating and sorrowful visit to the cemetery where Bill is interred...and I was LOST. I was in so much pain -- everything had become real during the trip -- and I wasn't prepared.

Frank welcomed both the muppet and me with open arms, and he shared so many wonderful stories. Stories that go far beyond Dolt, into other climbing, white water rafting, flying planes, orange peels and Jumars (you'll have to get him to divulge the stories -- my lips are sealed!), a college-age BooDawg and his brother, biochemistry, genetics and on and on. We spent the early afternoon until late in the night just trading stories, thoughts, theories...what a wonderful sparkle Frank has in his eyes. Mischief!

My sadness was completely suspended, and was starting to heal. I have such fond memories of our visit, it's difficult to do them justice with words. When you meet someone for whom you develop a deep admiration, and from whom you readily draw inspriation, you just know how truly fortunate you really are.

Frank, thank you for the wonderful gift of your presence in my life.

So here's the other "Frank"...another insprational "character". ")

LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 8, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
So I've been searching for the perfect frame for the picture of Bill that Tom Frost gave to me @ Oakdale, and simultaneously for the perfect frame for a beautiful butterfly made by Frank Hoover and sent to us at Christmas last year. Inspiration struck as I was chasing the muppet down an aisle at Target, and out jumped a frame perfect for both. (The picture doesn't do the butterfly justice -- it's delicately layered and has a shimmering skin.) The beauty of the frame is that it is glass on both sides.

Also, for Bonnie Kamps, a picture of the original Dolt patch on my new jacket, selected especially to match.

A very special thank you from my heart to each of you. <3

Tom Frost's first picture with Dolt's Leica camera on 6 September 1960...
Tom Frost's first picture with Dolt's Leica camera on 6 September 1960 with Frank Hoover's butterfly...Dolt with wings to fly...
Credit: LilaBiene

The muppet watched me intently as I put the frame together. I had some happy tears in my eyes. She said: "You're sad your daddy died. Why did he die, mommy? Did his belly hurt?" Being completely unprepared for her line of targeted questioning, the only thing I could come up with on the fly that I thought she might be able to grasp was that Bill's heart was very sad, and that his heart broke and this is why he died.

"But," she insisted, "we can give him a band-aid and fix his heart make it all better. Then maybe you meet your daddy in summer next week." Then she set about looking at the photo of Bill and drew the picture of him below, with a band-aid on his belly to fix his heart.

Dolt with a band-aid to fix his heart
Dolt with a band-aid to fix his heart
Credit: LilaBiene


I thought my heart was going to burst. Time to find another frame. ")
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