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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 23, 2019 - 09:55pm PT
Not exactly Lust in the Dust...more like Lass in the Grass or Sweet Yield in Snell's Field in Donini's Stash from the Nash.
Someone has to have a classic photo of that storied bar. Lots of good shots of Hemming in Tom Frost's collection which I am now administering through NACHA. I doubt Tom went into the BN with a camera though.
Alan Rubin

Apr 25, 2019 - 06:00am PT
Dom, I had the chance to dig through some old slides and found that I do have a picture of the National from 1967. It isn't the greatest picture however, as it is somewhat distant (from across the street). However, if you are interested I can try to get it digitized and post it.

My own memories of the "Nash" are much more prosaic than Jim's, unfortunately--just beers, coffee, watching the locals play 'fussbol', Maurice behind the bar, and those bouncy French music 'videos' constantly in the background.

That same trip I had my one very brief encounter with Hemming. I was walking up to Montenvers from Cham with a Scots climber I'd met in the Biolay. We were en route to Chalet Austria prior to doing my first climb in the Alps on L'M. We had just crested the steep part of the hike out of the valley when we encountered a lone climber on his way down. He was tall and very striking in appearance. We recognized who he was but did our best not to seem 'star-struck'. We exchanged the few words typical in such encounters and then moved on in our opposite directions. Despite the briefness of the meeting he definitely had a 'presence' to the extent that I can still picture the scene today.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 25, 2019 - 10:45am PT
Le National doesnít look that different today but the clientele does.
I shoulda taken a shot of the prices!

Dom Green

Trad climber
Sheffield UK
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 29, 2019 - 11:55pm PT
My sincere thanks for the replies everyone, I would love to see the picture from Ď67, I will send a message, thanks so much for the kind offer.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 30, 2019 - 07:59am PT
Hey Dom,
Write me at scgrossman (at) msn (dot) com if you would like access to Tom Frost photos from the FA of the Fou to include in your book.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 30, 2019 - 08:24am PT dust in Snellís field, just mud and the occasional gross little pile of upchuck from the previous nights festivities. Sometimes the upchuck landed on top of an inch of congealed bacon fat in a frying pan left out in the rain.
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