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Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 8, 2012 - 04:30pm PT

What did you think of it?


Trad climber
Oct 8, 2012 - 04:36pm PT
I wish Alpinist did more articles along that line. Always curious what names from the past are up to and if climbing is still a part of their life. I was jazzed when I saw Hudon and Jones here on ST and still going after it at a ADVANCED AGE, hee hee. Gives me hope.

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Oct 8, 2012 - 05:44pm PT
It is a well written piece . . . EK is a bad ass motherf*#ker.

Tell us more.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 8, 2012 - 06:10pm PT
Was the part with the gerbils true?

Oct 8, 2012 - 06:29pm PT
WTF? I must acquire this mag! Klaus is one of the most bad-ass climbers I've ever known. I hope they didn't malign his character or distort the truth as per usual with anything media-related.

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 9, 2012 - 12:09am PT
They said you didn't know how to ride a bike, but could climb the sh#t out of any wall.


my mag copy came in the mail. may be a bit before it's at the newstand.

Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Oct 9, 2012 - 12:15am PT
Was the part with the gerbils true?

Please do tell more about them gerbils >: )

Social climber
Oct 12, 2012 - 11:16am PT
Chris done well. Excellent portrait of a big wall/aid climber just getting on with it.

"Ya put yourself in the situation, ya gotta deal...."

Or something like that.

The stuff about gerbils? nothing unusual there, not sure why the comments above ;-)


The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Oct 12, 2012 - 11:31am PT
So Klaus, is the VSA story coming out in the next (winter 2012) issue?

right here, right now
Oct 12, 2012 - 12:12pm PT
It's a good write up.
And not in that age-old massive penitence/protracted suffering & risk-taking + booze = 15 min. of fame kind of way.

A well researched and humbly told story of a guy out there doing his thing in his own particular way and for his own particular reasons.
Plus some fun biographical artwork.

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Oct 12, 2012 - 12:25pm PT
I thought it was pretty good

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Oct 12, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
How many O'E's were consumed during the interview?

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2012 - 01:25pm PT

hah, mucci!

Right on, Tar. I thought it was pretty good too. Klaus' name was an enigma to me when I first got the 93 Big Walls book by Don Reid. But Reid and others had the foresight to capture FA information. Which meant you could e.g. tell these guys had a wicked good sense of humor, e.g. naming Via Sin Liquor next to Via Sin Aqua, not to mention the sheer number of Walls which would tell you their dedication to the life.

Anyways, glad to see the article.


Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Oct 13, 2012 - 02:37pm PT
Can I get an autograph?
Mark Not-circlehead

Martinez, CA
Oct 15, 2012 - 02:55am PT
Great article, great magazine too.

Klaus, you and I shared a few Elephants I think the day before you left for Bishop, at the Deli....Funny the things you remember for twenty years......
Matt Thomsen

Big Wall climber
Oct 17, 2012 - 09:30pm PT
Great article! Thanks chris and erik.

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2012 - 11:09pm PT
I'll raise my jack n coke and drink to that

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Oct 18, 2012 - 11:22pm PT
I thought this was great writing,


I definitely saw similarities to the classic Tucker Tech, Walt Shipley and Deuce profiles from the glory days of Climbing Mag

Trad climber
Oct 18, 2012 - 11:46pm PT
Thoroughly enjoyed the piece! Alpinist is no mag but rather literature.

Matt Thomsen, PM me dude to catch up.

Gym climber
sawatch choss
Jun 30, 2013 - 01:31am PT
Just read this one today, courtesy of some Front Range friends who don't let subscriptions lapse.

I like the theme of the guy just going out and climbing stuff for his own reasons, out there by his lonesome on a pretty wall.The ditch can be such a scene but you don't have to hike terribly far to have your own thing.

And yes, cool art.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 30, 2013 - 03:58am PT
As far as I am concerned Chris van Leuven is very talented and hopefully knows this by now! He could write for a living God help him!

Jun 30, 2013 - 09:35am PT
How come there weren't any photos of Jeremy's mom tied up with a wooden wedge stuffed up her....
Weak I expected more from klaus. More beer counts as in screw the pitch description sh#t how about how many beers you recommend before leaving the belay.

Cam Burns

Social climber
Jul 2, 2013 - 01:14am PT
Link to the article? I was a Klaus fan 20+ years ago. Become a CVL just lately....Hamster.
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