Happy Birthday Don Lauria-The big 80!

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guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 22, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
Happy Birthday Don

Friend, mentor to many of us young'uns on ST and undeniably one of the toughest guys on the planet. Here is to another 100,000 miles!
Don Lauriana from "You Pick'um Fossils and Croissant, Ltd"
Don Lauriana from "You Pick'um Fossils and Croissant, Ltd"
Credit: guido
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 22, 2012 - 02:01pm PT
hey there say, quido, thanks for the begining share for don...


happy birthday don... don't know you well here, yet, but enjoyed learning about you!!

have a wonderful birhtday!!! the folks that i know that enjoy the 80's have been by far some of the best quality folks i've been able to learn from...

god bless so very much!!! and may the new year of learning all about the
BIG 80, be enjoyable, fun, and full of great companionship!

:)
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 22, 2012 - 03:54pm PT
Happy birthday, Don! I hope you're out playing, and that the weather behaves. Us winter solstice babies have it rough.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 22, 2012 - 03:57pm PT
Ah yes another December birthday...this is wonderful...do enjoy it, lots more in good health and having lots of fun

Susan
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
Holy crap, I was busy being born! Happy day!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:33pm PT
Man,, Decembers to remembers HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR!
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
Happy Birthday
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:51pm PT
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, and an even better year ahead!

It was an honor meeting you at Oakdale and hearing you share your experiences at Westridge and with the Dolt.

I will treasure the notebook always. Thank you from my heart.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 22, 2012 - 05:48pm PT
And all of them well lived! Happy birthday Don.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Dec 22, 2012 - 05:52pm PT
Happy Birthday, Don! Hope I make it to 80 likewise! Lots of living after 60, isn't there?
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 22, 2012 - 06:56pm PT

Ehhh--nobody's that old!
Happy Birthday, Don!!!!
mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Dec 22, 2012 - 06:58pm PT
Don, apparently Michelle and I were born on your birthday. I hope you'll excuse our crowding you.

Happy 80th!
jogill

climber
Colorado
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:14pm PT
Wow! Someone older than me!

Happy birthday, Mister Lauria . . . Remember, 80 is the new 78!


;>)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:19pm PT
From MR. Lauria's glorious description of the third ascent of the Leaning Tower.
http://laytonkorclimbing.com/third-ascent-of-the-leaning-tower-by-don-lauria/

It's all about a lot of candles. The more the merrier, Don.

"It was mid-April [1965]...There was still six feet of snow on the ground in the Valley. It was obviously going to be a cold ascent and we were only taking down jackets. We would use our rucksacks for our feet. Layton had borrowed two pairs of Jumars from somebody and he had shown me how they worked in the tent the night before. We would not take a stove- just cheese, bologna, gorp, and water. Kor was convinced we could use candles to warm our hands on the bivouac. That was his “plan.”

The temperature was in the 40s and everything was wet and it was getting dark – and did I say it was cold? Never fear, we have candles. We settled down in our dampened down jackets with our feet in our rucksacks. Kor fought desperately with damp matches to light up three candles. With our 3-candlepower heater ablaze we soon realized that whatever heat was being generated, we couldn’t feel it. The worthless matriarchal prostitutes! It wasn’t all a lost cause – we did have a cozy candle lit dinner.,."

Quick math, he was borneded in 32, from 65, he was 33 when he did his first big wall.

Travis, ya listening?

We love the shiit out of ya, Donosaur. Happy Birthday!!!
Don Lauria, 2nd ascent of "Boche Death Route" (?), 1965.
Don Lauria, 2nd ascent of "Boche Death Route" (?), 1965.
Credit: BooDawg
That same year, 1965.

Maysho

climber
Soda Springs, CA
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:32pm PT
Big Happy Birthday to you Don!

Peter
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:34pm PT
happy birthday Don,
may you continue to thrive...

donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:36pm PT
We are all young at heart but we better not trust our farts.
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
Happy b-day Don!!First pic looks like the Green River trip you took right when I "moved" into the Bard house while my house was in escrow.No??
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Dec 22, 2012 - 08:14pm PT
'best to ya, don--it was great to meet you at oakdale, and your presentation there was wonderful. here's to italian climbers!
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 22, 2012 - 09:16pm PT
Buon Compleanno Don,
Great hanging out with you in Oakdale. Hella story teller. no worries, your secrets are safe. Looking forward to the next meeting.
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Dec 23, 2012 - 01:00am PT
Don - can't believe it - you've almost caught up with me, and you look - at worst - a middle-aged tiger. I was really touched by your talk at Oakdale. Thanks.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 23, 2012 - 01:18am PT

Mr Lauria, You look Marvelous for the big eight-oh..
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ...and many more.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 23, 2012 - 02:00am PT
Happy Birhday!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 23, 2012 - 07:42am PT
Happy Bday, Don.....you continue to inspire.
Tony Puppo

climber
Bishop
Dec 23, 2012 - 11:20am PT
Happy Birthday Don. I heard you had a little coronary episode last week. I hope you're feeling better.
Tony
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 23, 2012 - 11:55am PT
I was just thinking Dons one of the must well preserved 80 year olds I have ever met. Hope its not serious!

Thanks Guido for posting up this thread.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 23, 2012 - 01:00pm PT
Happy Birthday to Don !!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Dec 23, 2012 - 01:11pm PT
Happy birthday Don!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Dec 23, 2012 - 01:29pm PT
Hey Don, will you teach me to climb?

Happy birthday my man!!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 23, 2012 - 04:26pm PT
Happy Birthday +1 Don!


The Man WBITD pulling down at Stoney Point where the holds disappear long before the legends! 1968 Chouinard catalog photo.

It has been a pleasure hanging out with you!

Many Happy Returns!
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Feb 14, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
My sideburns were never that short! Me thinks we're looking at Dennis Hennek.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Feb 14, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
I'm not sure why I missed this thread the first time, but a belated happy birthday to you, sir! The Summit magazine containing your "Dihedral Diary" article is one of the first ones I received, and I still have it. That article set the bar rather high for the quality of climbers' writing.

Thanks for the inspiration your articles -- and the stories handed down to us -- gave to me.

John
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 14, 2013 - 08:21pm PT
One of the coolest shots ever - from Dihedral Diary
Credit: McHale's Navy
Also from Dihedral Diary
Credit: McHale's Navy

Text page 1;
Credit: McHale's Navy
Credit: McHale's Navy
Credit: McHale's Navy

Happy Birthday Don! As simple as a story like this is, I hung onto the words many times over so that I could make them my own.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 14, 2013 - 09:56pm PT
McHales! Thank you for finding and posting that great article!

Do you know where it was originally published?
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
As far as I know, this issue of Summit Magazine that I have - Sept, 1968
Credit: McHale's Navy
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
Thanks for posting the Summit piece Mr. McHaley's Navel.

And best wishes to the birthday guy.
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 22, 2013 - 03:24am PT
Happy birthday Don. I hope I am as in good a shape when I am 81!

you celebrate the same day as my sister. Many more!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 22, 2013 - 09:05am PT
hey there say, ... fresh new happy birthday from me, :)

happy wonderful 80! a good strong new year of it, to you, and
many happy adventures, too!

god bless!


*my new year resolution:
make a bunch of supertopo cakes, and upload a bunch on
someone's birthday thread so they will all be up, and
ready to use for folks, so i don't have to WAIT each
time a birthday shows up and i need one, :)
the will be 'archived' close together... :)
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Dec 22, 2013 - 09:23am PT
Happy Birthday. 80 is a landmark!

It beckons someone to answer a question concerning the demographics of supertopians, who is the senior member and what is his or her age?

I would imagine the median age would be between 40 and 50; but that is only only a guess.

(I hate to think what the age is of the youngest visitor to this site is; as it might have a profound effect on their mental development.)
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 22, 2013 - 11:05am PT
Happy Birthday.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Dec 22, 2013 - 11:09am PT
Happy Birthday. 80 is a landmark!

Of course, he's 81 this year. The thread is a year old.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Dec 22, 2013 - 12:20pm PT
Happy 81 Mr Lauria!!
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Dec 22, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
A toast to the Blue Cagoule!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2013 - 02:47pm PT
To over the top from down under, big Happy Birthday Don.
jgill

Boulder climber
Colorado
Dec 22, 2013 - 03:25pm PT
OK! You are still ahead of me . . . well done, Don!




;>)
klaus

Big Wall climber
Pacif*#ka Muthaf*#ka
Dec 22, 2013 - 03:29pm PT
Happy Birthday Don!
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Dec 22, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
Happy 3^4 Don. This may be your last birthday ever of the form a^n for any natural numbers a and n>1, so enjoy it to the max.

And here's wishing you a shot at the very last one: 10^2!
life is a bivouac

Trad climber
Dec 23, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
Credit: life is a bivouac

A very "ba-do" Birthday to You!!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Dec 23, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
best wishes to you Don!
you're ahead of me 20 years... and continue to inspire, thanks.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 23, 2013 - 09:31pm PT

Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Dec 23, 2013 - 09:34pm PT
Happy Holidays, Don, form one old baseball player to another. Probably nobody knows that about us!

John Long
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Dec 24, 2013 - 02:29pm PT
Thanks to you all.

And Rich, if I make it to 10^2, I'll out live my dog.

Football too, Mr. Long.
Tony Puppo

climber
Bishop
Dec 24, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
Happy Birthday Don!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 25, 2013 - 04:40am PT
Ate toe!
Blind prophets Fair. <br/>
Blind prophets Fair.

Credit: mouse from merced
Plus one mo'!
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