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deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 27, 2012 - 09:18pm PT
http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_22269229/climbing-legend-bill-forrest-dies-snowshoeing-near-monarch?source=jBar

An amazing inventor, climber, and positive person. Sad news.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 27, 2012 - 09:23pm PT
"Asked in April what climbing gave him, Forrest was quick to answer. 'Just a lifetime of adventure, tremendous friends and a lot of self-knowledge,' he said. 'Climbing for me is the finest sport in the world. It's a beautiful thing.'"

And he designed and made a lot of functional and innovative gear.

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/781952/Uli-Biaho-Bill-Forrest-Team-America-Hit-the-Big-Time-1980
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 27, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
RIP. I used his z-chocks and belay plate for years. Well, maybe not the chocks; never could quite figure out how to mitigate the "spring" effect of them, but loved the belay plate.

Edit: Tired and misplacing memory, the z-chocks were from Leeper. But the belay plate was from Forrest. It was great.
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Dec 27, 2012 - 09:34pm PT
A life well lived.
DanaB

climber
CT
Dec 27, 2012 - 09:35pm PT
**And he designed and made a lot of functional and innovative gear.
**

Boy, did he ever.

grover

climber
Northern Mexico
Dec 27, 2012 - 09:38pm PT
RIP Mr.Forrest.

A life well lived indeed.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Dec 27, 2012 - 09:40pm PT
Cheers Bill Forrest! You were a true pioneer.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 27, 2012 - 09:46pm PT
I talked with him some on the phone, while ordering climbing gear from him in the 1970's.

He was a pleasant man, who was an innovator, and a good climber.

I still have some of his Copperheads, but his 70’s gear slings were “the fashion-bomb.”

Forrest Gear sling in use at "Rocky-Point" 2010.
Forrest Gear sling in use at "Rocky-Point" 2010.
Credit: Fritz
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 27, 2012 - 09:47pm PT
Sad news.

Anybody want a Forrest wall hammock I took up the Diamond a couple times?
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 27, 2012 - 09:51pm PT
For years after I stopped using a 2 inch webbing swami,
I used a Forrest Swami and leg loops. It wasn't padded but it was comfy.
I even still have some Titons and foxheads lying around in my old gear.

RIP, Bill.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 27, 2012 - 09:52pm PT
Does it still have the Spreader bar, Toker?
Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Dec 27, 2012 - 10:02pm PT
Another legend gone . . . thanks Bill.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 27, 2012 - 10:04pm PT

A sad day.
But he died outdoors on an adventure, so he was in his element.
Rest in peace.
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Dec 27, 2012 - 10:06pm PT
RIP Bill.

I stopped by Forrest store in Denver off the freeway back in the 70s and got gear. Had his swami and eventually a full harness, gear sling, and more. Great quality equipment.

They seemed far ahead of their time on this climb in my opinion. Visionary.


http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/781952/Uli-Biaho-Bill-Forrest-Team-America-Hit-the-Big-Time-1980
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Dec 27, 2012 - 10:14pm PT
My first bivy was in a Forrest hammock.

Just got his wall hammer after searching for years.

Such quality...

Rip Bill.
QITNL

climber
Dec 27, 2012 - 10:16pm PT
courtesy Denver Post:


courtesy Climbing.com:


courtesy http://www.inov8.au.com/compass/forrestimages.html (more images there):
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 27, 2012 - 10:20pm PT
hey there say, deuce4, and all...

still have so many of these great guys to learn about..

very sad to hear the news...
my condolences to his family and loved ones...
and prayers for them....

thanks for sharing, i'd not have known much
about him, otherwise...
tiki-jer

Trad climber
fresno/clovis
Dec 27, 2012 - 10:26pm PT
Thank you for the harness I purchased after retiring the ball buster Whillans........much more comfy although not padded.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Dec 27, 2012 - 10:28pm PT
He cut a wide swath and did a lot of good things while he was here. Soon, all too soon, we all will follow him into the unknown. RIP.

@60L Forrest Haul pack. The straps would tuck or pull out fast and it was ready to haul.



Cilogear is making an updated version now called a Hauly close to Ray Olsens Big Wally, but this was way ahead of it's time.
jogill

climber
Colorado
Dec 27, 2012 - 10:29pm PT
An adventurous spirit. RIP, Bill.
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