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Conner

Mountain climber
Eden, Utah
Dec 29, 2012 - 03:37am PT
What an inspiration! He knew how to live and love it. I loved all my forrest gear - sling, swami and leg loops were my standard for years. Gone too soon like so many...

Condolences to his family and friends. RIP.

Connie Self
R.B.

Trad climber
47N 122W
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:59pm PT
My dad, Doug Black and Bill did several FA's in Central Arizona back in the 1960's, esp. at Camelback Mountain, in Phoenix. They both helped to form the Arizona Mountaineering Club (AMC) back in the early 1960's. Bill was one of my dad's best climbing buddies from that era. Lot's of history there. I still have one of his "plastic" foxheads on my "Pin Bin" rack.

I am saddened to hear of his passing.

R.I.P. Bill.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 4, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Only met Bill once or twice, but I was always aware, and often in awe, of his accomplishments.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jan 4, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
Credit: pyro
i never met bill Forrest but i still use the haulbag and the aiders. good quality gear.
R.I.P.
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Jan 4, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
I still have some of his Copperheads, but his 70’s gear slings were “the fashion-bomb.”

i had one of those.....i might still have it. while i only found a few placements for his TITONS i really appreciate his attempt at technology for climbing at a time when it was not easy.

i had one of his haulbags, gear slings, iceclimbing gloves, TITONS, and i think i still have one of his hammocks.

i also used his copperheads and foxheads sometimes.

sad to hear of this and want his family to know how appreciated his innovations were.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Jan 5, 2013 - 01:23am PT
Rest well Bill Forrest

Some of my first gear included some Titons that I have to this day. My uncle handed them down to me. They are cherished pieces.

The gear slings I've seen a couple. They are superb pieces.

I'm surprised there aren't more gear sling makers out there making swanky gear slings like those. I think Russ is only one doing something with his pesca-vaca patterns.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 5, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
I have been trying to process this loss over the last couple of days and still can't believe Bill is gone. Damn!

I came into climbing in 1970 right as Forrest Mountaineering was taking off. Bill was a brilliant and thorough climber/designer and every new offering was a delight to put to use.

After learning some aid technique my introduction to wall climbing came on Bill and George Hurley's Spring Route on the wildly overhanging east face of Baboquvari Peak an hours drive from home.

Lots of room and solitude for a fine desert adventure. Just the sort of outing that Bill really liked I suspect. Doing that route back in high school set the stage for my best climbing and gave me an early connection to what Bill Forrest was about.

I am really sad that I wasn't able to sit down with Bill and pick his brains for tales and technical knowhow. He was a great guy by all accounts and my sincerest condolences to his wife, family and friends. He was a subtle giant with much to admire.


The X-mas break summit shot from WBITD. Note the Pinbins, ironmongery and other extraneous funk! LOL
moacman

Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
Jan 5, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
RIP Bill....Thanks for my first ice tools that hang proudley on my wall to this day...You had a good ride and went out the way I want to. Cond. to friends and family....

Stevo
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 6, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
Here is a taste of Bill's brilliance from the 1983 Forrest Mountaineering catalog.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
A rimshot of Bill and Kris Walker with the Painted Wall in the background.


Photo from Climb.

A stellar effort which produced a bolt-less Grade VI if memory serves.
Pewf

climber
Gunnison
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:37pm PT
RIP

I use(d) a pair of Forrest aiders, handed down from my mom with a vintage pin rack.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 7, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
I was given this Forrest Ice Ax as a gift from a retired or smart Mountaineer. Thx Bill Forrest. You made good stuff!

I call it my Moss Ax. Sturdy for sure.

According to the 1983 Forrest Mountaineering catalog the twisted adze was revolutionary and was for greater pick strength.

I know that is has hauled me up some scary mossy junk. A real confidence booster knowing it will get the job done.
Credit: Plaidman
Credit: Plaidman
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 23, 2013 - 12:53am PT
I finally found my old Forrest gear sling while digging through ski gear for the weekend. It's been modified - a long time ago - padding and daisy chain on top have been added. Sorry, it blocks the view of the Pasley!
Credit: McHale's Navy
Scrubber

climber
Straight outta Squampton
Feb 23, 2013 - 01:19am PT
Most Forrest gear was gone as I was entering climbing in the early 1990's, but I have clear memories of meeting others in upstate New York with racks of Titons, and wondering about their use. One of my earliest ice climbing partners still climbed on a pair of blue Forrest axes, and swore by them.

One of my favorite items in my little book colection is this Forrest catolog from 1974. It expanded on many of the teachings from the massively influential Chouinard catalog from a couple of years previous.

Credit: Scrubber

Credit: Scrubber

Credit: Scrubber
yedi

Trad climber
Stanwood,wa
Feb 23, 2013 - 01:42am PT
Used a Forrest haul on my first wall. Still have a gear sling and leg loops
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 23, 2013 - 02:26am PT
The classic Forrest account of the first ascent of the Spring Route on Baboquivari Peak from Summit magazine.







R.B.

Trad climber
47N 122W
Feb 23, 2013 - 03:17am PT
What a great Story ... Babo is rad.
crunch

Social climber
CO
Feb 25, 2013 - 11:37pm PT
Business card, from summit of Eagle Feather, Valley of the Gods
Business card, from summit of Eagle Feather, Valley of the Gods
Credit: crunch
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 28, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
There's a very good photo of Bill Forrest in the latest Issue of Rock & Ice, and it's a very nice issue for him to be in. Those guys seem to be doing a good job with the magazine. There are some cool new styles of photos in there.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 10, 2013 - 06:34am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
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