In memory of Bill "Dolt" Feuerer

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neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 3, 2013 - 04:03pm PT
hey there say, lilabiene....

emaillllllllllllllllllll me, please... por favor, :)


thanks so very much!!!!

neat pic of the little muppet... >:D<
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 3, 2013 - 04:06pm PT
hey there say.... also, i JUST EMAILED YOU...

so please check, :)
happy good day and eve, :)
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Technically...the spawning grounds of Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2014 - 08:02pm PT


One foot, er...skate in front of the other, one step at a time...

Credit: LilaBiene

Credit: LilaBiene

Credit: LilaBiene

Thanks for the love of adrenaline. ;D

And for more than I could ever put into words, but especially for this life of mine. I see you in my face, my lopsided grin, my stature, my wrists and hands...I've walked a mile or so in your shoes facing similar medical and emotional challenges...I know your heart. You live within me. I couldn't ask for more.

The muppet shares much of you, as well, which when reflected back at me fills me with the most awesome kind of wonder. She's a tinkerer, too. Grin.

We're thinking of you in memory of what would have been your 82nd birthday, and sending you all our love.

I believe in my heart strongly, that wherever you are, you have found peace...and, again, I couldn't ask for more.

LilaBiene
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:34pm PT
Audrey- You two are beyond cute and you three beyond marvellous.

Bill's spirit is certainly pleased by having a family and community to carry him along now more than ever before.

Happy Holidays to Clan Dolt!
GLee

Social climber
Montucky
Nov 23, 2014 - 01:46pm PT
+1 with what Steve says ODD-rey!!!

Best Wishes forever, not on just these Holidays to U, your husband, the Muppet, and Ann & Bill!!

A Great Pleasure seeing you again in YP.... Maybe next year, too!
jimthomsen

Social climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Nov 25, 2014 - 10:22pm PT
Hi LilaBiene,

Bill was a special person. We used to buy all his new products at The Mountain Store in Tarzana. I did keep many of his beautiful pitons but somehow over the years they have all disappeared. I do have a couple of postcards he printed of photos he took, with poems he wrote and a "not-gold" Dolt tie pin.
If you would like these I would be happty to send them to you.
Jim
jimthomsen@outlook.com
jimthomsen

Social climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Nov 26, 2014 - 07:57am PT
LilaBiene,

I also have Bill's original Climber's Guide to the High Sierra that he bought in 1955.
Inside he lists his first climbs:
April 28, 1959 Mt. San Jacinto
May 3, 1959, Mt. San Gorgonio
May 31, 1959, Tom Frost and I - Flakes - Tahquitz
...... more listed up to Dec. 1962.

Jim
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Technically...the spawning grounds of Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2014 - 09:50pm PT
I was just popping back over to jot down a note about having just found two more of Bill's relatives, but in the US (one a direct Feuerer line) -- the magic of DNA testing -- and the incredible coincidences that seem to keep happening around birthdays -- and to say how grateful I am, once again, that so many people kept his memory alive for over 40 years so that I could "find" him here, and, for all of the friendship and support and generosity of heart and spirit...okay...I'm in tears.

Thank you just somehow doesn't even touch how appreciative I am, but THANK YOU, from my heart, to everyone who has shared a story, given me a hug, shot me an email to say hello, given me encouragement to climb, shared part of their lives teaching me and answering my seemingly endless questions, given me ever-so-precious Dolt creations and their shared memories, put me in touch with his friends and Ann's, too...and somehow connected this kid -- who grew up with the idea that she just sprouted from nowhere as a complete oddball -- to the roots of all that is wonderful about the two of them...especially their greater climbing family.

Thank you for the roaring, welcoming campfire...and please know that each of you has made a difference, collectively starting a ripple across a pond that continues outward...
jimthomsen

Social climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Nov 27, 2014 - 01:40pm PT
Marty, Here are a couple of photos of the Dolt "TIENAIL" tm

[photo
Everything Bill made was beautiful. And expensive. $2.95 &#40;the Gold...
Everything Bill made was beautiful. And expensive. $2.95 (the Gold one was more expensive)
Credit: jimthomsen
id=388319]

Bill Dolt's handmade Tie Tack. He trademarked the name "TIENAIL"
Bill Dolt's handmade Tie Tack. He trademarked the name "TIENAIL"
Credit: jimthomsen
jimthomsen

Social climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Nov 27, 2014 - 02:00pm PT
Bill's Climber's Guide to the High Sierra he purchased in Yosemite Valley in 1955,

A little used.
A little used.
Credit: jimthomsen

Published in 1954
Published in 1954
Credit: jimthomsen

Climbs in 1955
Climbs in 1955
Credit: jimthomsen

Climbs in 1959 to 1962.  Many of his other climbs are maked inside the...
Climbs in 1959 to 1962. Many of his other climbs are maked inside the guide.
Credit: jimthomsen
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Nov 27, 2014 - 02:11pm PT
Way cool, Super Pooper in 1960 (I was 3 yrs. old)....El Cap E. Butt.,Mathes Crest. Sweet.
karabin museum

Trad climber
phoenix, az
Nov 27, 2014 - 02:54pm PT
Totallllllllllly Awesome!!!

Thank you so much Jim for sharing photos!
I love Dolt history!

And with Bills signature on the Dolt hangtag!
Wow!

Summit Magazine ad April 1970, Dolt Tienail Tietac
Summit Magazine ad April 1970, Dolt Tienail Tietac
Credit: karabin museum

(On the yellow tag it is spelled "Tietack" and in the ad it is spelled "Tietac")
jimthomsen

Social climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Nov 28, 2014 - 08:48pm PT
Bill would print photos he took and then mount them on paper with a poem he wrote for each picture:

The Palisades
The Palisades
Credit: jimthomsen

Credit: jimthomsen

LilaBiene

Trad climber
Technically...the spawning grounds of Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2014 - 08:08pm PT
From Bill's first climbing guide, courtesy of JimThomsen
From Bill's first climbing guide, courtesy of JimThomsen
Credit: LilaBiene

Hi Jim,

Your package arrived today as the muppet and me were decorating our first full-size Christmas tree -- synchronicity.

Time stopped the moment I held the book in my hands. I couldn't fathom something I believed was an impossibility, as his personal effects, as I understand it, just disappeared. That you found the book, picked it up, stored it for all these years and then sent it along to me...to be on the receiving end of such kindness and generosity just made my heart explode.

I don't imagine I will ever be able to convey with words what it felt like to be suspended in time, connected to the physical book, yet with an inangible view into Bill's world...I couldn't fight off the tears of joy and sadness and appreciation.

I'm due for shoulder surgery in a couple of weeks, and will save the book for when I'm in forced captivity, with adequate time to completely immerse myself in the history.

I will be forever grateful. Thank you from my heart.

LilaBiene
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 6, 2014 - 09:16pm PT
thank you all for sharing this
super Topo amazed...
it is a great thing indeed that some are so good and others so deserving.
from my distant view it is a singular miracle and proof to me that some thing more
is acting here and it gives me chills.
sending out love and well wishes.
......?!?,?,!,!!! amazing, simply
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 7, 2014 - 07:17am PT
hey there say, lilabiene....

oh my, you and your gift share, here, has made me cry happy tears...

:)


such a sweet gesture of love, a daddy book, in your hands...

:)

a treasure beyond words...



behind the scenes, manifested to you!!! and into your very hands, :)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 7, 2014 - 11:57am PT
Where affection and respect remain, little is lost...

Jim Thomsen- You have a heart of GOLD, Solid Gold.

What a sweet and generous thing to do!

It is as if we are moving backwards watching Bill materialize from the sands of time long out of the hourglass.

A Very Merry Christmas to you Good Shepard!

Thanks for pulling out the Red and White for everyone to appreciate!
mastadon

Trad climber
crack addict
Dec 7, 2014 - 03:10pm PT
Saw this while at my accountant's office last spring. Asked her where she got it-she said she got it at the Alpine Hut (Ski Hut?) in the Bay Area in the late 60's.

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 7, 2014 - 03:14pm PT
Such an awesome thing, Audrey......

I treasure my Dolt pieces....

Credit: Cragman
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 7, 2014 - 06:19pm PT
Yeah, Mastodondon, that was The Ski Hut, on Shattuck. Al Steck, manager. George Rudolph owner, and many of the Golden Age climbers as employees there. Amazing phenomenon. I can still smell the place in memory. Leather and all that arcanery from Europe. Where I was a kid buying my first person (Edelrid) and Pivetta Cortinas then Spiders.


Approximately across the street and upstairs was Western Scientific Apparatus, a technical glass blowing shop that sold to the Rad Lab and early Silicon factors. And to patchouli-drenched Owsley, his chemicals. I worked there in 1966.

Back to Ski Hut. Trailwise was another of its labels.

Credit: online

Great link to George Marks' 80th and a ton of info on early mountaineering equipment manufacturing in the Bay Area:

http://www.tombutt.com/forum/2011/110804b.html

George Rudolph was a good friend of George Marks, founder of Sierra Designs, with his partner/Partner, Bob Swanson. Both Georges nearing the end here:

Credit: Peter Haan

Al Steck told me around 2000 that he held Rudolph in the highest esteem, that he had been a terrific boss and co-worker.
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