looking for DARYL HATTENS friends...im his daughter


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Topic Author's Original Post - May 13, 2006 - 03:36pm PT
Hello everyone. This might sound wierd to you, but im Daryl Hatten's daughter and i want to know more about him because i did not know him very well so if anyone has any information please let me know, it would be very much appreciated. Thankyou...janelle
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
May 13, 2006 - 07:28pm PT
One time in '76 a bunch of us were sitting around a table in C4 when one of the demi-gods himself, Yvon of Coonyard strolls through.

The boldest among us, one Daryl Hatten, without consulting the rest leaps to his feet and calls out," Hey Yvon! Wanna see how to use a tube chock as a bong?"

Intrigued (perhaps this is a canadian thing eh?) Yvon saunters over to the table as the rest of us look on in nervous awe.
"I made tube chocks so that you didn't HAVE to use bongs."

We had sinned. We had violated the laws of gear evolution. We shook and wept with shame.
"No no" says Daryl, and produces a tube chock with tape over one end as well as the opposing two holes. Into the one 'slider wider' hole there is a thimble with numerous tiny holes punched through it. Into this is placed some herbage and Daryl proceeds to light up and puff away happily.

He then hands the contraption to the great Coonyard himself and we hold our breath involuntarily.
Gingerly at first the gear impresario inhales from the open tube and then releases his finger from the carb.

Suddenly he belches out a cloud of weed coughing uncontrolably and we all laugh in relief.

Daryl was a rascal. I'll miss him.

Topic Author's Reply - May 14, 2006 - 10:33am PT
hello...i live in saskatchewan....i was in contact with bob odom(i dont kno how to spell it)...he had sent me some money...i havent been in contact with the other people though...i have never even heard of them...i only found out about my dad because my brother was reading the newspaper one day...and by then it was too late.

Trad climber
Squamish, BC
May 14, 2006 - 11:11am PT
There are a number of people in the Squamish area who can provide you with lots of information and stories. I would suggest contacting Kevin McLane (guidebook author and general Squamish historian) through his website (www.elaho.ca) or via email (stone@elaho.ca)

I can provide you with more contact information if you send me an email,

Good luck, and I hope this helps!

Topic Author's Reply - May 14, 2006 - 10:29pm PT
wow you guys thankyou soo much....i didnt think anyone would help but this is soo awsm and i appreciate it soo much...THANKYOU!!!

Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2006 - 01:42pm PT
welll he left us when i was two and i hadnt been in contact with him since then and then one day my brother was reading the edmonton sun newspaper and he called me up and was liek nell...im sorry to tell u this but...yur dad died....and i didnt really know him..i didnt even know what he did for a living. i just knew he was my dad and that maybe one day i would have met him...but now it wont happen. Thankyou for everyones responses. I was just wanting to find out more about him from people that knew him. I thought it would be interesting. Its awesome that i found this site!

Flagstaff, AZ
May 15, 2006 - 01:56pm PT
This is a neat thread. I hope there will be more input and I hope you learn more about your dad. I'll be keeping an eye on it.

Good luck to you.

Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2006 - 02:02pm PT
yea i hope so too there is sooo many stories on the internet and its pretty neat.

Social climber
The West
May 15, 2006 - 03:01pm PT
I didnt' know him that well, but he had one of the most unassuming, off the cuff sense of humors I've ever been around. And he wasn't afraid to laugh at himself.

May 15, 2006 - 03:07pm PT
If you can get ahold of Alpinist, Issue ten

There is a nice obit by Angus Theurmer with some good stories.

May 15, 2006 - 04:13pm PT
Great little story, P. Ron.


Thanks for visiting. Never knew your dad, but at least one route he pioneered in Yosemite is very popular now. The one I'm thinking of is called Wet Denim Daydream. Your pop had some real bravado and skill to get up on it, and by what I read in Yosemite Big Walls SuperTopos, he had a merry time in the process. I did the route some years ago and had a super fun time on it. Thanks to your dad for leaving that nice gift for us to enjoy. Cheers to you, too = ]
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 15, 2006 - 08:37pm PT
Here are some fun stories:


May 15, 2006 - 10:06pm PT
I was gonna send you over there too. I first met Daryl in Idyllwild when a bunch of us lived in pine cove. maybe even before. He was hardcore. When i got to the YV Daryl had 1/2 of a YOSAR bear box. I dont think he was on the team but he let me share his 1/2 of the box. He was always my good friend. I lived in BC for 8 years and I always wondered if I would see him again.So now Im with you, it just wont happen.
PS that was like 1978?????1976??????Oh well that how we lived in those days.

May 15, 2006 - 10:10pm PT
hiya. this is a cool thread. I never met your dad, but from what I've read his attitude about climbing was venerable. You may read some hurtfull crap about the way he went. Some said by the ignorant some by the envious. In my humble opinion I think trying to save someones pet is an honorable way to go. I hope you find what you're looking for. peace...

Social climber
The West
May 15, 2006 - 10:31pm PT
What Quartz said. A special friend of mine broke her back in an attempt to save her cat in a tree. Three months in a body cast, but she still managed to do a 16 mile ski tour on her 50th birthday a month out of that long cast; she was lucky.

She is sick of people telling her how stupid this move was and has acknowldeged the same. Would she do it again? Two years later, I had to remove the ladder from her and helped coax the, same, cat down. Some things you gotta do. She is one of my personnal heros.

I can only imagine Darryl weighing the odds and knowing what he had to do.

Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2006 - 01:13pm PT
hey no dont worry about it...it wasnt insensitive..you were just curious. Yes, some of the stories i have read on other sites make me a bit angry but its okay..he made some choices and im not guna judge him for that. To tell you the truth, i was angry that he had to die saving a cta.. it seemed so uselss even though i love animals...but i was just angry because now i wont have then chance...but i also look at it as 'he was doing the right think in helping and it was heroic...or could've been. Anyways thankyou again

Trad climber
Near a mountain, CA
May 16, 2006 - 05:18pm PT
DH's daughter, that was a very wise and kind response. You have more class in your pinkie then most will have during their whole lives. Who ever raised you did a great job.

I am sorry that I never met your Dad...
Yet let me say one thing since I do know death from my experience with Cancer, I would rather have an early death from trying to save a cat then experiencing it in later years wasting away in a hospital bed.
Your Dad died the way he lived life; it was unexpected and unique.
I am sorry that you never met him. I don't know what his reaction would have been meeting you, but I can give you my own impression... " Your a wonderful girl. I would be very blessed to have a daughter like you. No matter what anyone says about your generation, children are meant to go farther, be better then their parents."
If you ever can get to Yosemite, Joshua Tree or anywhere else in California... Let me know, I'll show up with my teenage niece and take you both climbing. It would be my joy... Plus, if you get there with your family... I will take the whole clan climbing!

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 16, 2006 - 05:42pm PT
I heard about this thread from a cascadeclimbers thread and thought i should reply. I only knew your dad for a week but we did climb the NWface of Half Dome together. I had heard alot about him from friends of mine that knew him pretty well. He was a lot of fun to be with with and he had awesome climbing skills. I learned a lot about aid climbing and big walls in those few days, and he inspired me to eventually get up El Capitan a couple times. I went to his memorial service on top of the Chief in Squamish with a couple of other yanks that knew him pretty well. It was an incredible experience to meet all those friends of his on top that rock in the rain and pass his wall hammer around and tell wonderful stories about our experiences with a guy with such a big heart and soul. Those are the guys you really need to talk to. What a great thing to say about a guy than all those good friends... We got very drunk and wet that night at the bottom huddled around a campfire saying this is the way Daryl would of liked it.

Trad climber
May 16, 2006 - 05:47pm PT
Dear Janelle, your father was a very dear friend of mine and I miss him greatly. Like you, we lost touch and I looked for him several times over the years (the only reason I joined the forum on rockclimbing.com). I was within hours or days of finding him when he died. I was one of the three Yanks from California who came to his memorial at Squamish, and I also brought back the remainder of his ashes to Yosemite to be spread from the top of his favorite crag -- El Capitan.

Fortunately, I saw your Aunt Darlene at the memorial, and I want to make sure you get in touch with her -- Daryl loved her so. Darlene and I talked about you that night and wondered how to find you. She also told me Daryl's dying words, which I will share with you when we have a private moment. Please e-mail me and I'll call you. You have a proud heritage girl - Daryl was a hero. -Richard

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
May 16, 2006 - 05:52pm PT
"welll he left us when i was two and i hadnt been in contact with him since"

All I can tell you is that the Daryl Hatten I knew (fairly well, at that) does not square with him doing what is written above. At all. I have no doubt that what you wrote is true, that he did leave, but I certainly can't tell you why, and I'm sure Daryl couldn't either because that was not his nature at all. It must have been very hard on him, and I'd bet my life that he thought about you every day that he was alive because that's the way the guy was made, even if he acted differently.

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