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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 15, 2012 - 08:32pm PT
The Reverend Jeff Mathis never lies, yet here he is lying, feigning in...
The Reverend Jeff Mathis never lies, yet here he is lying, feigning interest in a book he thought was nice.
Credit: mouse from merced
Throwpie, just before the surgery to remove the beauty spot, 1973.  Th...
Throwpie, just before the surgery to remove the beauty spot, 1973. The results were predictably grim.
Credit: mouse from merced
Mark "Bullfrog" McAllister.   <br/>
Have you heard my new Dock Watson albu...
Mark "Bullfrog" McAllister.
Have you heard my new Dock Watson album? It's like 5.10, man.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 15, 2012 - 08:33pm PT
Batso and Bjornstad and friends.  Moab, 1990.
Batso and Bjornstad and friends. Moab, 1990.
Credit: Kelly Laakso
Batso couldn't cut the boredom, so he formed his own group. More farce, but fewer farts?

Anyone know the people on Batso's right?

This was taken by my climbing partner from Upper Michigan, Kelly Laakso. So he was burned out at Indian Cyn. and came to Moab, only to run into these burn-outs.

Then he came west to do Lurking Fear. With Mouse,
Brian Bermingham "Mouse"
Brian Bermingham "Mouse"
Credit: throwpie
who learned from this guy, Millis, who learned from Chuck Ostin, among others.
Dennis Miller, left.  Is the other fellow Kurtab?  It's who's indicate...
Dennis Miller, left. Is the other fellow Kurtab? It's who's indicated by TC's filename, Millerkurtab.
Credit: Tom Carter

Randy Hamm, Mouse, Me, Mathis
Randy Hamm, Mouse, Me, Mathis
Credit: throwpie
His partial legacy: Hamm, Mouse, Throwpie, Mathis, Tuolumne, 1973 or 1974?

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 15, 2012 - 09:05pm PT

Yes, yes, yes! We are not to be confused with these black musicians or the hippie scums.
We are not Famous Flames, but infamous stealers of government biscuits.
I gott go make some Cowboy caw-fee.
Cowboy Larry in the winter of '71. &#40;Degnan's parking lot&#41;
Cowboy Larry in the winter of '71. (Degnan's parking lot)
Credit: Gypsy
Larry "Cowboy Larry" aka "Crazy Larry" Moore.
The best free climber in the bunch. Despite the Bircheff's reputation, shining as it is, Larry could've kept up with almost anyone.

Peggy, Steve Walstead, Randy Hamm--hey throwpie here is one of you and...
Peggy, Steve Walstead, Randy Hamm--hey throwpie here is one of you and Peggy back in about 1976
Credit: Gypsy
The artistic Flames, Throwpie and Peggy, and Randy.

Step on the rope again, and see what happens, dipsit.
Step on the rope again, and see what happens, dipsit.
Credit: Jim Shirley
A typical Flames outing. Maxines Wall.

Red Lodge MT  Anyone know this crag?  We just came upon it.  I remembe...
Red Lodge MT Anyone know this crag? We just came upon it. I remember an offwith at the bottom...
Credit: throwpie
The only other picture of Mathis on rock that I know of. Red Lodge, MT.



Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 15, 2012 - 09:13pm PT
Look out, MFM has fired up the scanner.

Elvis has not left the building. Well, actually, he appears to be buildering.

Psychedelics not required. However, flashback still occurring from that trip 40 years ago are most welcome.

Bring it on, baby!

Eric
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 15, 2012 - 09:29pm PT
Mouse on P1 of Lenna's Lieback, 1987.
Mouse on P1 of Lenna's Lieback, 1987.
Credit: Kelly Laakso
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 15, 2012 - 09:32pm PT
Randy Hamm and myself shopping at Joe Brown's climbing store in North ...
Randy Hamm and myself shopping at Joe Brown's climbing store in North Wales about 1973.
Credit: Sheila Jackson
The travelers of the bunch, Randy and Gypsy.

Randy and Gypsy Hamm
Randy and Gypsy Hamm
Credit: throwpie
The very first (legal) procreators of the bunch.

Jeff Mathis and Mike Dwyer, a hitcher in front of DORF, '64 Econoline....
Jeff Mathis and Mike Dwyer, a hitcher in front of DORF, '64 Econoline. At the rest stop on Hwy 140 in Merced. 1971.


Credit: mouse from merced
The DORF, Mouse's 1964 Ford Econoline laundry van and hauler of Flamehood around the State.

I sure do hope everyone who lived in Camp 4 at one time or another had at least as much fun
and learned as much and met as many
staunch, rowdy, and loveable friends as I and my buddies have.

It's a wonderful life, George Bailey, and don't ever take it for granted.
MisterE

Social climber
Oct 15, 2012 - 09:41pm PT
Eric Bjornstad was a family friend BITD...

Makes me think crazy thoughts

Monkey-wrenching

an desert rats

keeping the spirit

of the place.

Thanks for the pictures.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2012 - 12:32am PT
One more and I'm done for tonight. This is my rendering of the Arch Rock Cliff, the Playground of hardmen.
Credit: mouse from merced
The triumvirate of Mouse, Millis, and Mathis returned after Christmas to the Valley to put into use the practical experience we had gained by growing
beards, drinking to excess, and trying to keep warm at JT in snowy conditions.

We coulda stayed in Camp 4, but why? The desert's nice in the winter.

I went up to do the Gripper with Mark, the Bullfrog, and came down a bit wiser about 5.10. I got poison oak real bad from the talus there
at Arch Rock, so beware. I also got a flu bug which sent me packing down to Merced for a week, but while there, I got the news that my money from
the settlement over the loss of my thumb
in the peach cannery accident came in and I paid cash money for DORF and didn't come back for months, or so it seems.

We rolled out of YV to the Consumnes River, Larry Mooore and I and the two of us had a ball. We took Mathis and Randy over to Hetch Hetchy and had a ball.
Shining times! Big walls ahead! Watch our smoke! And where there are Flames, there's generally some around.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 16, 2012 - 12:50am PT
Step on the rope again, and see what happens, dipsit.
Step on the rope again, and see what happens, dipsit.
Credit: Jim Shirley
Actually this is not Maxine's Wall.
It looks like Derringer on Machete Ridge, Pinnacles National Monument.
splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Oct 16, 2012 - 01:11am PT
zBro - is that your version of 'daBrim' yer wearing in that pic?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2012 - 01:39am PT
Hey, there Clint,

You getting ROWDY here, say?

It cannot be the Pinnacles.

Reasoning: I say so.

No, bro, what it is not is the Pinnacles. What it is is a photo of Randy Hamm, I'm certain of that.

It's also a photo of myself, not Mathis, as I had thought.

Jim Shirley took the photo, also. Positively, no pun meant. (Not much!)

We three were never in Pinnacles together.

This was just when Jim Shirley was learning to climb. He and I had driven to the Valley to climb and Randy and Gypsy were living in the bread truck they got from Dick Ellsworth when he lit out for AK. Randy must have initiated this climb, whether it's Maxine's or not, I can't say, because if I had suggested it, I would likely have remembered it.

I know I had a beard about this time (my foruth or fifth by then). I am wearing easily-identifiable boots, the BBs from Galibier. What really threw me when these slides came from Jim, was the holster on the left. I always wore mine on the right. It leads me to believe the slide is reversed. This may have led me to say Maxine's. It may or may not be so, but it's the best I can say about it.

There are more pix of this climb at the very tail end of the Camp 4 Photos thread. It sure looks like granite to me. Not a cobble in sight.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Oct 16, 2012 - 02:25am PT
This thread sounds like Couloured Balls, Endless Boogie and Boogie Angst. Cool stuff. Keep posting!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 16, 2012 - 03:17am PT
Brian,
Here are 6 related photos that you've posted on supertopo, and a 7th that I am sure is Maxine's Wall (p1; I've done the higher pitches also).
Step on the rope again, and see what happens, dipsit.
Step on the rope again, and see what happens, dipsit.
Credit: Jim Shirley
1. Main photo. I claim it is not Maxine's Wall. *Might* be Derringer.
Brian leading.
Waterchute photo, horizontally flipped.  Mouse leading.  Sweater guy b...
Waterchute photo, horizontally flipped. Mouse leading. Sweater guy belaying.
Credit: Jim Shirley / CC
1A. Horizontally flipped version.

Tim Harrison.  Maxine's Wall.
Tim Harrison. Maxine's Wall.
Credit: Jim Shirley
2. Climber dressed the same as lower climber in main photo.
I am claiming this also is not Maxine's Wall.
The bowl at the start of Maxine's is similar to this, but the holds are not this big!
Tim Harrison.  Or it might be Randy Hamm.  There is no clear face shot...
Tim Harrison. Or it might be Randy Hamm. There is no clear face shot, they dressed very similarly, had EBs, too.
Jim played with the verticality in this and the other one. See the angle of the dangle of the crab.
Credit: Jim Shirley
3. Same climber

Pinnacles N.M., 1974 or 75
Pinnacles N.M., 1974 or 75
Credit: Jim Shirley
4. Brian, dressed the same in main photo 1.
Cowboy Larry and Mouse, 1974
Cowboy Larry and Mouse, 1974
Credit: Jim Shirley
5. Brian, dressed the same, following with pack.

Mouse from Berkeley atop some pinnacle in Pinnacles.  '74?
Mouse from Berkeley atop some pinnacle in Pinnacles. '74?
Credit: Jim Shirley
6. Somewhat unrelated - this is The Hatchet.
I recognize Tiburcio's X and the Pinnacles East Side Reservoir and trails in the background.

Rob Yang's photo from
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhyang/5720293581/in/set-72157626721795232




7. Blitzo's photo of Eric Barrett on Maxine's Wall (p1), 1975
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 16, 2012 - 07:34am PT
Parallel lives slightly offset in time and juggled in space. A fine thread to be videying here in Moab on the front porch of the love muffin, swilling caffeine waiting for my droogs, anticipating today's adventures in longs cnyon or some obscure tower or something. Gotta work tomorrow.

Maxine's wall was my first five ten lead back in '75/76 or so.....
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 16, 2012 - 07:54am PT
Great photos....brings back memories. I regret that I have zero photos from that era. My first are from early forays to Patagonia.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Oct 16, 2012 - 08:40am PT
YA can almost SMELL those ol EBs....


edit: JD,, the HAD cameras back then??;-)
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 16, 2012 - 09:04am PT
I thought this was gonna be about Jimmy James and the Blue Flames!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Flame

Eric
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2012 - 09:28am PT
Fletcher,

Sorry as heck to disappoint you. Had the topic actually been
about Jimi and those Flames, it would have read The Blue Flame.
Or The Famous Flames. Or Colored Music.

See ya.

Next page, clint, the print won't go off the edge, maybe.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2012 - 09:33am PT
Clint,

I respect your judgement more than I trust my memory.

If is is Maxine's fine. If it's not, I have to be equally fine with that.

I am guessing on what I say, because I did not take the photos, obviously, and the slides Jim shipped to me were ordered pretty well, but not by each individual climb, exactly. I don't like it, but that's what I have to do in some instances. I'm not trying to stir up sh#t. Nor are you.

I am certain you have argued this kind of case in the past. It's not worth our time, I think you'll agree. Let's get together at the Oakdale Festival and yammer. OK?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2012 - 09:45am PT
I hate it when the edges go haywire. It's a first world problem when your print lines run off the page and you can't read half of what's written.

Almost as much as I hate arguing.

Clint, here's the Rev and he has some advice. He says you need a job.

Credit: mouse from merced
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