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Ice climber
Soon 2B Arizona
Topic Author's Reply - May 20, 2013 - 09:43pm PT
Thanks for that, Tom

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
May 20, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
That's a great story, Tom, thank you for sharing!

Gym climber
May 20, 2013 - 11:50pm PT

Social climber
May 21, 2013 - 02:04am PT
Reilly, I think that Betty Freidan would have been very proud of Bev Johnson.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
May 27, 2013 - 02:35am PT
one sunny day with Mike and Bev at their little house in Eagle Rock, near where we were classmates at Occidental College...

Mike and i are out on the back porch, deep in conversation about some project or other...

Bev is back there trying to repair some mechanical problem on his old VW bus, cussing and fussing...Mike is helping by making occasional sideline suggestions as a counterpoint to her frustrations...

Mike moves our conversation into the house, so we won't be distracted by her cussing...



May 27, 2013 - 11:12am PT

Me and Hoover are at the airport runway on Molokai and some guy there just came up and told us a typhoon is supposed to hit the islands in a couple of days.

Hoover instantly says; "Clear the runway, Bev is coming" ........

Trad climber
Ketchum Idaho
May 27, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
I was climbing at Suicide Rock with a friend from Seattle in about 1975 on a beautiful warm day--don't remember which route, but it became memorable because Bev and another hot young woman climber(whose name I won't mention) roped up on the route about 5 yards to our right and proceeded to climb it topless. Needless to say we were very impressed by their technical climbing ability and enjoyed watching them as we paralleled their route for a couple of pitches.

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
May 28, 2013 - 01:58am PT
Come on Hardshell. Out with the name.
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
May 10, 2014 - 11:38pm PT
Bump it up.

Sport climber
May 11, 2014 - 11:43am PT

Alan Roberts was, at that time, sort of the Woody Allen of West Ridge not considered by his peers as anybody that should be teaching others to climb.

Ends up, he took her to Stoney twice and then to Tahquitz where they failed miserably on the White Maiden.

Alan went on to become a highly respected rock climber and Tuolumne climbing guide. She went on to become Beverly Johnson.

Don Lauria


Trad climber
Courtenay, B.C.
May 12, 2014 - 12:49am PT
Daryl Hatten once told me that he was hitch-hiking down in Yosemite and was picked up by a topless Bev Johnson...

If true, it's a shame that no one managed to get a pictorial record of this historic moment, as the photographer could have pimped the image to a major Hollywood film studio for use as a poster for their next production of Beauty and the Beast.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 12, 2014 - 03:07am PT
[Click to View YouTube Video]
There's some footage of Bev in this. Ron and Werner, too!
(Was formerly on Ed's site, but at least not at the original URL anymore).

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
May 12, 2014 - 04:09am PT
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Jul 26, 2016 - 04:20pm PT
This photo goes with my post from February 14, 2013 in this thread. This is Bev looking up through a crack on the Leaning Tower while we were both soloing it in 1977.

jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Jul 26, 2016 - 04:40pm PT
Met Bev at the 210 wall around 91 92 After that we became great friends, climbed with her a bunch along with Peter Hayes at Tahquitz Rock, Punch bowl, Williamson, Joshua Tree, Malibu. Hung out with her at her house in Pasadena, met Mr Hover and her Pet Crow. Bev was Super Cool lady, had many good times up until her Death, April 3rd 1994. She made plans for me to go climbing with her up the Grand, had my ticket ready to fly to Wyoming!! Bam I get a call from my Dad, sorry son but your friend Beverly Johnson passed away, this was the day before my birthday.. Had a crappy B day.. Cried for days.

I miss her still.


How I met her at the 210 wall is a funny story, ill tell it another day.
john hansen

Jul 26, 2016 - 07:58pm PT
Thanks for the video Clint.

Quite interesting.was the 'flake' traverse the Jardine traverse?

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 26, 2016 - 08:12pm PT
Beverly with Mike Hoover in the background on Autana in the Orinoco Rainforest. They fell in love on that trip and later got married. Mike was the only survivor (although badly injured) of the helicopter crash that took Beverly's life.

Beverly's broad smile and effortless good humor graced the otherwise slightly grim sausage fest that was Camp 4 in the 70's.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 9, 2017 - 08:24am PT
Ham, not sausage.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 28, 2018 - 11:49am PT
Sibylle Hechtel presented a slide lecture at Facelift in 2013. She had lots of good stuff to show, including pix of her and Bev's historic climb of El Cap.
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