In memory of Bill "Dolt" Feuerer


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Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 23, 2012 - 06:40am PT
You woke me out of a sound sleep this morning, hours before the alarm was set to were desperately trying to tell me something...I wanted to hear you, to embrace convince you you are loved, still.

Credit: LilaBiene

And you are remembered, not just on this day, which would have been your 80th birthday, but every single day.

Credit: LilaBiene

I don't know if you can see it, or feel it, or know it...but your soul is dancing, and lives on.

Credit: LilaBiene

Camila's second climbing lesson in Yosemite, guided by the multi-talen...
Camila's second climbing lesson in Yosemite, guided by the multi-talented BooDawg and friend of Dolt's.
Credit: LilaBiene

Credit: LilaBiene

Sending you all our love, wherever you are...

This photo of Bill was taken by Tom Frost, and was given to us at the ...
This photo of Bill was taken by Tom Frost, and was given to us at the Oakdale Climbers Festival. It is impossible (at least at this point!) to put into words what it feels like to hold this picture in my hands.
Credit: LilaBiene

You are loved. YOU ARE LOVED. You are loved.

LilaBiene & the muppet

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Nov 23, 2012 - 07:03am PT
I've never seen a close portrait photo of your father before. It's good to have a face now to go with the many stories.

I had a somewhat similar experience. The first Festival for the Ancestors in Japan after the Frank Sacherer memorial in the Valley, I dreamed two nights in a row that I was visiting again with his parents in San Francisco. We were sitting at the kitchen table in the sun room, talking and laughing for hours. I knew they were telling me they were happy with the way things had been handled.


Social climber
Nov 23, 2012 - 07:42am PT
Nice post and tribute, Lilabiene. If you plan on going to the facelift next year, maybe I will get to meet you then as I didn't quite "send" this past one.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 23, 2012 - 07:50am PT
You're not the only one waking up with odd stirrings.

Boomer and Dolt must've met by now.

Wouldn't that have been fun to see?

Dolt you have a handicap?

No, sir, only just me.

And Boomer may I ask, sir,

Are you able to climb five-three?

You are not exactly just stuck with leftovers, Odd.

I'm thankful we met and became friends this year.

Next one's going to be twice as nice.

Batso: That's not Bill, that's Dennis Hopper, you dolt!


Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 23, 2012 - 07:53am PT convince you are loved, still.


edit: "And now abideth faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

from out where the anecdotes roam
Nov 23, 2012 - 09:13am PT
pretty darn special, that there's no last page

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 23, 2012 - 11:11am PT
Picture rotation.. rotation of beauty..rotation of life..
Daughter & Grandchild
Daughter & Grandchild
Credit: nita

Lila, Thank you.. for taking us along on your journey.
looking forward to meeting the muppet and camping with you again.

Edit; can anybody take these two pictures and put them side by side?...

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 23, 2012 - 11:15am PT
Really lovely tribute.....thanks for sharing.....and may peace be yours, LilaBiene.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 23, 2012 - 11:31am PT

No words can say what you already have Lila. . .

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 23, 2012 - 11:37am PT
Wow the resemblance is striking. Very cool. Happy B-Day

Trad climber
Nov 23, 2012 - 11:46am PT
Thank you for your great posts & thank you for being you.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 23, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
Oh poignant, beautiful

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 23, 2012 - 12:23pm PT


Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 23, 2012 - 12:35pm PT

Ed, Thanks!! ..

Perfect! ..You even cleaned up the picture.(-;

can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Nov 23, 2012 - 01:04pm PT
DNA rules!!

Social climber
Nov 23, 2012 - 02:41pm PT
hey there say, lilabiene...

oh such a sweet wonderful post!...

thank you for sharing your love for you father, here is with us, as we
'peek in'...

thank you for sharin the whole story, too...
i will always remember this find, as a treasure...
the kind that many seek, but never find...

god bless and happy thanksgiving to you, as you hold your
treasure in the midst of you and your granddaughter...


Social climber
Nov 23, 2012 - 02:41pm PT
It was wonderful to meet you and muppet in Oakdale. You really livened things up, with your amazing story and big smile!

here's a couple pics:

muppet and lilabiene
muppet and lilabiene
Credit: crunch

Credit: crunch

One item of Dolt gear still in use. Fred Beckey's haulbag. So tough an...
One item of Dolt gear still in use. Fred Beckey's haulbag. So tough and well made, Fred still totes it around with him.
Credit: crunch

Best wishes from Colorado.


Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 23, 2012 - 02:47pm PT
Happy Birthday Bill!

That portrait of Bill is the first photo that Tom Frost ever took.

Handed Tom his Leica in 1960 and said take my picture. And what a fine picture it is.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Nov 23, 2012 - 04:26pm PT
Here's what's left of my Dolt metal collection other than bashies. Dolt pins were always special - I hated pounding on them. I left a fixed Dolt pin on Pea Soup at the Needles in 1970. It was pretty loose but could not get it out without breaking the thin lip of rock it was behind (1st pitch) so I didn't! I traded the Cobra hook for a belay seat back in the day. That was a deal! Does anyone know if he actually ever made any Gold Plated Pins mounted on Rosewood? He advertised them!
Credit: McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2012 - 08:15pm PT
My profuse apologies for the up-side-down and otherwise screwy photos, which I hope I've now fixed. I had just a few minutes to post while inspiration had taken hold, and still get out the door to work this morning.

From my heart, I thank all of you for your thoughtful comments, for sharing your similar experiences and for sharing this journey with the muppet and me.

Nita: I'm looking forward to next year, already, too!!!

Crusher: The muppet LOVES your book (we read a story or two most nights before bed) and that picture of her with the book is priceless! Thank you over and over, again.

McHale's Navy: I would love to know about that last bong (I think?) at the bottom of your picture -- that looks like it has some great stories to tell. Thanks for sharing.

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