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Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 30, 2013 - 08:47pm PT
Coz suggested we start one on another thread. I thought to myself, surely there must be one already? There was one last year, but apparently it was deleted. http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1555851&msg=1556013#msg1556013

I would love to hear some classic Donini tales!!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
Big Mike, I know you mean well but I'm afraid this will lead to Jim's joining
Locker's Big-Headed Club and that's not a good thing.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
yeah, but what's he done on grit?
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
Maybe it was deleted for a reason: watch your back!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
Jim seems pretty down to earth. It's hard to see him getting big headed.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
If Jim has a problem with it, I will delete if he makes his wishes known.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
No it's cool, I think it's gonnah fly.
We dig you Jim.

"We Donini Stinking Badges!"
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
Donini>Honnold

nuff said

fanboi mode off

Captain...or Skully

climber
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
Even if you are an unrepentant troll, at times.
See you in The City!
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
He's a good climber and a good leader.


Also a good Troll.



He does slide shows from time to time. They are not to be missed.



I like him and want to hear more from him.
Ben Harland

Gym climber
Kenora, ON
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:01pm PT
Donini wrote one of my all-time favourite posts here
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/825943/Cerro-Torre-the-lie-and-the-desecration
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
Jim is pretty much all around good. Might need to sharpen up the musical interests a bit, he's been stuck on Tiny Tim.

ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
I was literally in diapers when Donini sent the Egger. Cool in my book.
orangesporanges

Social climber
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
I was literally in diapers when Donini sent the Egger

I'd probably be smart to wear a diaper myself, if I went for the Egger
this just in

climber
north fork
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Donini is still living the dream and I can appreciate that.
WBraun

climber
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:12pm PT
Everyone is living in a dream

But all hail the man .... Donini

Hoorah .....
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
I meet Jim in Cochise last year - one nice & good man, and that is more important than his amazing accomplishments. & amazing they are.
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
Appreciation? Is really THAT good?

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Missing photo ID#287232

eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
I tell ya. . . when he'd come to camp, we'd all hang on his every word. . . either crowded around the table on rescue or kickin' up dirt in the parking lot. . . it always felt like somebody FOREIGN came to play.

Bridwell and I sat and cried at one of his Patagonia slideshows. He did it with a lady (gee, I wanna say wife - but it may have been a GF) - she did a very cultured, non-climbing voice and, of course, his was so mind bendingly WORLDLY. . . I may not have understood a single word.

Here's to donini. . . keepin' it real!

oxoxo
DanaB

climber
CT
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:16pm PT
In my opinion, Donini still has one of the funnier posts on ST.

The topic was "How did you get staretd climbing?"

Donini wrote that he was reading a magazine in the dentist's office and there was an article about Chris Sharma that made climbing look like fun - so he decided to give it a try.
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:16pm PT
YAY JIM!!!! He's like a sophisticated Fred Beckey.
Texplorer

Trad climber
Sacramento
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:18pm PT
Word on the street is Donini's tears cure cancer. Too bad he had never cried.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:19pm PT


DONINI

There once was a lad named Donini
Who some thought a bit of a meany

Cantankerous at best
He slandered the rest ?

While frontpointing a slab of Linguine
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
Wouldn't that be nice..........

He's certainly cooler than that karate dude.
this just in

climber
north fork
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:24pm PT
Werner if we all were living in a dream we'd all be rich and have the ability to fly.

Stupid foreigner American.....
WBraun

climber
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
Everyone is already rich (they just don't know it yet) and has the ability to fly .....
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
Being new to this campfire and recently returned to climbing after a 30 hiatus,
Mr. Donini has been critical with me in a motivational way,

Welcome back, use your old gear, bemoan being 55, stay out of shape, climb 5.5's or........
your choice.


and supportive of my return.

edit: T Hocking, love your attitude. I'll be in Yosemite the entire month of May....come down and tie in.

Thanks for the advice Jim!

It's guys like him that make me feel young again.

Tad




MH2

climber
Jan 30, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
First I heard of him it was that he was a Generator Crack aficionado. Turned out he was more than that.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jan 30, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Jan 30, 2013 - 10:03pm PT
Jon from Asana crash pads, Donini and Yerian at the OR 2010.
Jon from Asana crash pads, Donini and Yerian at the OR 2010.
Credit: LL LL

Think I first heard of, met, saw Jim Donini at the Nose Reunion in the Valley about 4 years ago. Then other places like OR and Skip and Erik's wedding and the reception IN the Merced (?) river.

What a kind, generous person. So even if I don't make it to the AAC 50th Everest in February I will cheer you with a toast of scotch, Sir. Smiles, lynne


TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Jan 30, 2013 - 10:15pm PT
Jim's one of a kind!... thank God.....;)
TY
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 30, 2013 - 10:21pm PT
Donini has got,


















































































THE RIGHT STUFF!!!

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Missing photo ID#287249
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
Mother Donini, during her toughest years of sworn chasty and penury as she toiled in the Black Hole of Calcutta with the poor and desperate:



What J-Do looked like in 1971 before his vows:



When J-Do met Maestri for a momentous debate at the World Sushi Summit:

Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:21pm PT
WOW!

DONINI APPRECIATION!

This seems to be mostly in favor of the old-lad, and Peter gets points for the most imaginative photos.


Is Donini the "MOST INTERESTING CLIMBER IN THE WORLD?"


Time will tell, when he is still leading, and being fun in his 90's.

Credit: Fritz

Credit: Fritz
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
Donini don't surf........heh heh heh
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:26pm PT
^^

U sure bout that?

I heard he did the first base jump offa wave
nah000

Mountain climber
canuckistan
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
+1 for someone to type up a donini story or two.

and for those out of the alpinism loop, here's a short version of his c.v. ripped from the internet:

1976 First Ascent, Torre Egger, Parque Nacionale de los Glaciares, Argentina
1978 North Ridge of Latok 1, Karakorum Himalaya. Attempted first ascent, remains unclimbed.
1979 Mt.Siguniang, Sichuan Province, China
1983 Autana Tepui, Venezuela filmed for American Sportsman TV
1985 First Ascent (First Alaska Grade 6 climb in history) Diamond Arete, Mt.Hunter
1988 First Ascent, Grupo La Paz, Cordillera Riesco, Fiordo de los Montagnes, Chile
1989 First Ascent The Cobra Pillar. Mt.Barille, Alaska Range
1995 First Ascent “Old Smuggler’s Route” Cerro Poincenot, Parque Nacionale de los Glaciares, Argentina
1996 First Ascent Bourbon Bottle Route, Mt. Bradley, Alaska
1998 Mt Epperly, Antarctica
1999 First Ascent, Torrecita Tito Carrasco, Cerro Pollone, Parque Nacionale de los Glaciares, Argentina
2002 Cerro Steffen, Lago O’Higgins, Patagonia
2006 Diamond Couloir, Mt Kenya, ascent of ice route drastically increased in difficulty by changed by climate change
2008 First ascent Avenali Tower, Valle del Rio Avellano , Aisen
2008 First ascents, Cerro Condor, Cerro Sombrero, Cordon las Parvas, Aysen

cheers to donini: it's always nice to see climbing nobility willing to muck about in a little supertopo mud now and again.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:45pm PT
I have a FEW Donini pics also.


:)
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 31, 2013 - 12:50am PT
I got to meet him and some of his friends in Leavenworth. The kind of friends a man has says a lot about his character. Good folks all the way around. Cheers to you, Jim Donini.

I have a bottle of Italian wine with the Donini name on it. I wonder if it is any good? Who wants to try it with me?
WBraun

climber
Jan 31, 2013 - 12:58am PT
it's always nice to see climbing nobility willing to muck about in a little supertopo


That's what's so impressive about him.

Donini is huge and at the same time he's so at ease with common folks.

He's a great man ....
Michelle

Social climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 31, 2013 - 12:59am PT
I want to have the realistic goal of NIAD when I'm 70!

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:06am PT

What a bunch of hero-worshiping wankers.

Oh, sure, if some climber had actually done all the climbs attributed to Donini, then yeah, that climber would be worthy of worship. But you idiots don't speak Italian, do you? In Italian, a singular word generally ends in "o" and to make it plural you change the ending to "i"

Think about it. No one Donino did all that crazy sh#t. It was a whole bunch of Donini. Helping each other out, covering for each other's failures, giving each other a toprope on the hard pitches... And then claiming they were just one climber.

I'm calling bullsh#t.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:08am PT
Never heard of him, this Jim.

Heard he was a weenie, what's a Donini?


Some call him Slim, some call him Jim, Slim Jim.

Just don't call him teeny beanie Donini.


Ahhh truck you Guido....BWA HA HA hahahahahaaaa!!!



On a serious note, as a young alpinist in Oregon in the mid-late 70's, campfire tales made him out to be eleven feet tall and blessed with super-human powers.

Then as I grew into an aging rock climber in Alaska at the dawn of a new century, the tales were just as good as before. He was the same age as before...it was only I who had gotten older.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:18am PT
Nini-Me

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Missing photo ID#263979

ionlyski

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:40am PT
One of my best friends. Real friends are hard to come by.
Things I appreciate about Jim.

He loves to climb.
He loves people. Sure he can come off gruff and all business sometimes but deep down, he's a social creature.
He loves to climb.
He tells great stories.
He loves to climb.
Can cook a mean salmon.
He loves to climb.
Generous beyond belief.
He loves to climb.

Arne
Credit: ionlyski

Also,he just likes to get out and climb.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 31, 2013 - 02:16am PT


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Missing photo ID#287292
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2013 - 02:20am PT
That Nini me pic is classic!
Conner

Mountain climber
Eden, Utah
Jan 31, 2013 - 02:53am PT
Just a couple of weeks ago, Jim was instrumental in getting Jeff Lowe down to the Ouray Ice Festival where Jeff got to participate in the presentation of the first annual Jeff Lowe Service Award being given to Bill Whitt for his service to the Ice Park. Jim and his friends worked with the board to create the award in Jeff's honor. You may have seen the thread - it was awesome!

Once we arrived in Ouray, Jim and Angela treated us to a fab dinner at the Bon Ton with dear friends and if all that was not enough, they next came to our condo and cooked one of his famous salmon dinner for 10 of our friends...

And then, with the help of Jay Smith and his wife Angela - created an amazing video for Jeff of folks being interviewed and talking story and so much more - all for his ol' Latok climbing partner Jeff.

Always smiling and making time to come and see us - we appreciate Jim (and Angela) more than words can say. Climbing breeds some unique and wonderful folk - so lucky to be friends with same and on the receiving end of their generosity and good will.

Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Jan 31, 2013 - 05:16am PT
Jim is the man, period. Got to meet him for the first time at Facelift a couple years ago, and he promptly asked me if I wanted to climb some time.

Naturally I said hell yes, but told him I am no where near his level and I'd probably bore him silly. His response was that he was just fine with low level climbing, and that being as I climb with Cosmic that was good enough for him.

Hell of a guy, in and out of the mountains. Jim's been an inspiration to myself and many others.
nopantsben

climber
Jan 31, 2013 - 07:18am PT
i asked on ST where to climb in March in the US. I didn't say how well I climb or anything like that..
Jim offered to climb with me in Indian Creek and the Black. Just like that. I said yes.
He picked me up the airport, cooked amazing dinners the whole way, drove around, giving me a great tour of desert climbing i'll not forget. Another highlight was climbing the evolution traverse together. It's such a pleasure to hang out and climb with Jim.
He's extremely generous and open.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 31, 2013 - 08:33am PT

Jim's something else. Still crankin' hard. Smarter than most,
and a genuine guy.
We need more of his type!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 31, 2013 - 10:53am PT
JD needs to come visit the woodfords area-- maybe have some bear sausage over the camp fire- hang out with some gun nutz like myself- get a little "western culture" so to speak.. NO denying hes a climbing machine,, and quite possible and android at that!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 31, 2013 - 12:15pm PT
Thanks everyone for the kind words, kinder than i deserve.
Some things that i appreciate:

Being a member of the ST family....sometimes a grump here and there, like any family, but generally caring and respectful of each other.

Belonging to the worldwide climbing community. I have travelled to over 50 countries, some of them at odds with us politically ( Cuba, China, Iran) and many of them in the third world. Politics, culture, standard of living and religion may vary immensly, but get climbers sitting around a campfire and they are all members of the same tribe.

The travel opportunities that climbing has afforded me. We Americans often get caught up in American exceptionalism and isolationism.. The more i travel, the more i appreciate other cultures and worldviews. We are a great country but still a part of a worldwide community that deserves our respect. We have much to give the rest of the world and also much to learn.

The healthy lifestyle that climbing has given me. I wonder where i would be (physically) a few months shy of 70 had i not gotten into climbing.

The opportunity to meet new people and mentor younger climbers. I love climbing with new people....knowing that, as climbers, we immediately have much in common. I also enjoy helping younger climbers just as i was helped many years ago.

The lifelong, close relationships that have come to me thru climbing. Too many to enumerate but here's an example. George Lowe and i first climbed together in 1976 at Arch Rock. We next spent three months together in 1978 on the Latok 1 expedition. There followed a couple of decades where we only saw each other at the odd social event. Five years ago we started climbing together again; IC, the Sierra's, the Incredible Hulk, the Evolution Traverse etc. Hopefully, this May we will team up as a rope team (nearly 139 yrs. in combined age) to do the NIAD.

So in closing, i am most appreciative that climbing has given me the opportunity to still have high adventure with both new and old friends in both familiar and new places in these the autumn of my years.
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jan 31, 2013 - 12:34pm PT
I seem to recall there was a commemorative Jim Donini .44 magnum handgun up for grabs a while back. Anyone know where I could get one? You know, for home defense against mice.
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 31, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
Had the pleasure of meeting Jim in 2004.
He said I could stay at his place in Ouray anytime.
Really nice guy
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 31, 2013 - 12:42pm PT
50 countries!

Holy crap! I had no idea that a Geritol endorsement could be so lucrative!


Wait, maybe he's right, there must be multiple Donini.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jan 31, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
Jim was the wise, experienced climber when I met him in Yosemite around 1972. I was 17, he was an old man of 29 years. The first time I climbed with him was with Chappy, and we did the FA of Fingerlickin'. Had a great time and I remember that day with a smile - lots of laughs, a hard, clean crack, and the feeling we were on top of the world - even if our Everest was a scrappy little PO infested crag in the Lower Merced Canyon.

Donini has more seniority, experience, balls and wit than just about anyone else who posts here, we're all lucky to have him around. All that with a strong dose of humility. Plus, he understands that republicans are wrong on everything. What's not to like?

Still the wise, experienced climber, only now more than ever.

Salutations, JD, and have fun on your Nose in a day climb!
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jan 31, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
Couldn't resist chiming in on this thread with a link to a webpage I just posted with six photos of Jim climbing in Patagonia.

I really ought to get around to figuring out how to digitize my old slides. I've got dozens of great shots of Jim climbing in Patagonia and Alaska.

To Jim's CV above, I'd add the Shaken, Not Stirred couloir on the South Face of the Mooses Tooth in the Ruth Gorge. I'd think that route stands with The Old Smuggler's Route on the north face of Aguja Poincenot and A Fine Piece on the West Pillar of Cerro Pollone as the best three routes we did together. I think all three have been repeated a time or two, and I think Paul Roderick's flying has turned Shaken, Not Stirred into a bit of a modern classic, which I find pretty cool. That was one hell of a fun climb.

But don't fall for the bullshit Jim let get printed in the Supertopo AK guidebook about how Shaken, Not Stirred got discovered... the real story is totally different. ;-)

PS: If I remember my Donini lore correctly, I think he might have made the first one-bivy ascent of the Nose, too. Back in the Pleistocene.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 31, 2013 - 04:54pm PT
But don't fall for the bullshit Jim let get printed in the AK guidebook about how Shaken, Not Stirred got discovered... the real story is totally different. ;-)

Awwwright, out with it Pilgrim!
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Jan 31, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
C0z said
But if I have to endure one more ass suave, I may throw up my top Ramen.

Dude, I'm not sure what an ass suave is but how many can you endure before you puke? Can one build up a tolerance to ass suaves?
Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Jan 31, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
I ain't suaving no one's ass . . .

Jim what's the story with this: (from Jim's Wikipedia page, how many Taco heads have their own Wikipedia page??!!!)
Notable climbs

1976 Torre Egger - First Ascent - with John Bragg, and Jay Wilson from the United States, by climbing first to the col between the Egger and Cerro Torre, the Col of Conquest, and then up the ridge to the peak. The ascent was hampered by bad weather and took from December 1975 to February 22, 1976 when the 3-person team summitted.[4]
1978 North Ridge on Latok I, Karakorum Range, Pakistan. Attempt with Michael Kennedy, George Lowe and Jeff Lowe (climber) (all USA).[5]
1991 Cobra Pillar on the east face of Mount Barrille, Ruth Gorge, Alaska Range, Alaska, USA (VI 5.10+ A3 WI5? 2300m) FA with Jack Tackle (USA), June 5–10, 1991.[6]
1991 Viper Ridge, south spur of southeast ridge to ridge, Mount Foraker, Alaska Range, Alaska USA. FA with Jack Tackle (USA), June 11–17, 1991.[7]
2000 Lightning Spur, south face Thunder Mountain, Alaska Range, Alaska USA. FA with John Bragg (USA).[8]

Seems that 1991 was a productive year.

What happened on June 10th and 11th?

Did you catch a flight?

Sounds like the ultimate Alaska season . . .
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 31, 2013 - 06:20pm PT
Jim's been climbing,
a LONG, long, long long, long time!!!!

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Missing photo ID#203711
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 31, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
Ass could mean
*Butt
*Donkey

Suave generally means
*Smooth

So I think he's saying Donini's got a smooth butt or something.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Jan 31, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
I'm confused. Why would C0z have to endure Jim's smooth ass? He said he wasn't an alpinest and I'm sure Jim is always the big spoon anyway.
steveA

Trad climber
bedford,massachusetts
Jan 31, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
Jim is the only guy I know who can climb better than most guys half his age.

He will most likely hike faster in the mountains than just about anyone I know, as well.

Jim is the only guy I ever climbed with, who faked a leader fall, 20 feet above his last pro, on a 5.10 crack climb, just to scare the sh#t out of me.

Watch out for him, when he's driving on dirt roads--frightening.

I appreciate him for many fond memories; recent and BITD.
TWP

Trad climber
Mancos, CO
Jan 31, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
Wind Rivers, August 2012, Jim Speaks; the People (Corey Fleagle ak...
Wind Rivers, August 2012, Jim Speaks; the People (Corey Fleagle aka El Verracito) Listen.
Credit: TWP
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jan 31, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
Jim is the only guy I ever climbed with, who faked a leader fall, 20 feet above his last pro, on a 5.10 crack climb, just to scare the sh#t out of me.

Priceless, but who is Jim Donini? Is he a rad climber like Ondra?

Help me out here.
divad

Trad climber
wmass
Jan 31, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
I think he's Fred Becky's grandfather
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jan 31, 2013 - 09:15pm PT
Be it Alaska, an unclimbed Patagonian wall, the Snaz, or Eldo, I've bitched out El Senor Jim dozens of times for not bothering to put in reasonable quantities of protection, even when he has been carrying it... every time knowing he was doing it just to piss me off.

A corollary to this scene:

Me: "Watch me, I'm f*#king gripped."

Jim: "You're doing fine."

Me: gripped, cruxing, scared, above gear. I look down. Jim has both hands focusing his SLR camera (pre-digital days, these), and none on the rope. "WTF, Jim?"

Jim: (click... click...) "You're fine. You haven't fallen yet."
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 31, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
To a good guy, one hell of a climber and a good fisherman.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:35pm PT
I'm with Coz...story time please.
Hey Donini- you did some climbing at Granite Mtn back in the day.

Old fakkas who climb as much and as hard as Jim Donini deserve respect and appreciation.
Hats off to you Donini.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
Respect!
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 1, 2013 - 12:28am PT
Name that Donini route...
Name that Donini route...
Credit: Brian in SLC

Great to see you in SLC, Jim!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 1, 2013 - 11:41am PT
A classic Crouch shot of Sergeant Rock on the Cobra Pillar in the Ruth.



Back when Jim lived in Seattle and I was spending a lot of time climbing indoors, I would occasionally watch him line up a partner after a bit of observation. If the climber in question was moving well, then Jim would move in and sign him up for basic training.

I remember one of his new recruits coming over to me after enlisting to ask earnestly,"How's that guy climb?" My reply was "5.11 until you drop!" LOL
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 1, 2013 - 01:24pm PT
Jim once talked a guy into spending a season in Patagonia with him when the guy HAD NEVER HAD CRAMPONS ON HIS FEET BEFORE.

He did really well, too.

(Thanks for the scan, which I've just poached and added to the gallery of Jim photos on my website.)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 1, 2013 - 01:30pm PT
The photo of Jim is my favorite portrait of him, so thanks and you're welcome.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Feb 1, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
LOVE the tea cozy. You dawgs seen Alpinist #41 ? I had Fun With Donini. It's on one of the pages in there. :-) !!!!!!!!


Hahahaha fer Jim !!!
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 1, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Tami, I had to look at that tea cozy on three expeditions that year.

Frackin' nightmare.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 1, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
is it just me, or does JD look like hed fit in well on a Monty Python skit!??
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 1, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
Strangely, while ferreting around in the dungeons of my computer for something else, I found two long-forgotten shots of Jim and added 'em to my pictures of Donini post, including this one:

Credit: Gregory Crouch

I think it might be from the trip to the Kichatna Spires when we flew in on one half day of good weather, sat in the tent for 21 days and flew out on the next half day of good weather.

Read a boxfull of books and drank a boxfull of booze on that trip, so it wasn't a total waste, but we never tied a knot in anger.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 1, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
Holy shite, ferreting around the computer, I just found an entire article I wrote about that trip to the Kichatnas with Jim that I can't even remember writing, let alone publishing.

This is the most frightening thing I've experienced in years.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Feb 1, 2013 - 11:14pm PT
The above pic explains why...you might think it was the Tequila, but note the strange shades and color of the shirt.

Donini works for the MIB

They told us the stories but ...



You really think you just sat in the tent for 21 Days?....
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Feb 1, 2013 - 11:20pm PT
Wow, no small amount of ass kissing, but not one story,

Perhaps, all the lurkers can't's spells soo gooddes, or Jim never did anything worthy of mention.

My God really not one story?

let me tell you a story of an arrogant ass...he showed his arrogance regularly on a website, open to all. thought he was the sh#t.....and he was.....the stinky kind. the kind you wanted to bury deep in the forest coz it stank so effin bad. only the arrogant ass never did get it.

but thats ok.


one should never let arrogant asses (even though they stink) rain on your parade.

is that the story your lookin 4?

if you are anything in real life like you are on this web site then you are truly an as#@&%e.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 1, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
i WANNA bee jes lak,Jim!



photo not found
Missing photo ID#279680
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 2, 2013 - 12:06am PT

It's naught tequila, it's takillya, I know it!!!
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Feb 2, 2013 - 03:43am PT
When I saw this thing it just tore me up!
(Probably because it's everything he isn't?)



Hahahahaha
Photo credit:PopLockeAndDropIt

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 2, 2013 - 03:47am PT
So good! Straight cut and paste!




Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California

Feb 1, 2013 - 07:22pm PT
Holy shite, ferreting around the computer, I just found an entire article I wrote about that trip to the Kichatnas with Jim that I can't even remember writing, let alone publishing.

This is the most frightening thing I've experienced in years.

Lets hear it!! Please!
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 2, 2013 - 10:48am PT
Mike, it's actually presentable... I'm going to have to take some time to figure out what to do with it...
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Feb 2, 2013 - 11:08am PT
^^^^^GUFFAW^^^^^
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 2, 2013 - 11:36am PT
Be it known I appreciate the Coloradan Jin Dornini.

He really tries.

At least he tries.

They say he's successful, but that's entirely personal. Who am we to judge? It's obvious he lacks true peerage. [Lord, Jim. I forgot Conrad.]

I know the answer, so that's just rhetorical.

"Does he delete interesting threads?" No, of course not. The Guiding on Everest Ethicality Question still looms.

"Are there interesting stories about him?" Not so's you'd know it! And stories of sitting in a tent waiting out a storm are useless with no pictures, too, remember. Thanks for that one, anyhow.

We must measure his head for science, too. The results would be interesting. We could send it to the Colorado Fish & Game. He's an animal, after all.

A man of true worth, well-deserving of this simple, twisted and threaded "Attaboy!"

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 2, 2013 - 12:39pm PT
Greg- Are you going to scan and post the Kichatnas article?

If not, what is the source and I will.

Cheers
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 2, 2013 - 12:54pm PT
Steve, as far as I can recall, it never got published... I've done a little searching and can't find a clip, nor can I find an internet reference to it. I think I wrote it as a draft for NG Adventure but it didn't get picked up... I'm gonna see if I can tweak it and place it somewhere else... or else ePublish it as a kindle single or B&N Snap. It'd make a good Ascent or Alpinist piece, too.

It's pretty good on Jim.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 2, 2013 - 12:57pm PT
I look forward to taking it in whenever you get around to putting the story in play.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Feb 2, 2013 - 01:24pm PT
Wow Coz, I thought Werner's word was good enough for you.


survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Feb 2, 2013 - 11:49pm PT
We just ain't got the right folks posting up I guess, or he's holdin' dirt on all of 'em!
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Feb 3, 2013 - 12:43am PT
appreciated
TWP

Trad climber
Mancos, CO
Feb 4, 2013 - 06:59pm PT
Once twas a climber Donini
Mighty proud of his horse-size weenie

No sign of Maestri high on the Torre
Egger's bones far below so gory

Donini found all this odd
Pronounced Cesare a fraud

Italian returned with Compressor
Removing all doubt what he was about

Maestri rapscallion
Donini the stallion
Anastasia

climber
Home
Feb 4, 2013 - 07:05pm PT
He is awesome.

Enough said.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 4, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
TWP! Re your Donini literary post.

Once twas a climber Donini
Mighty proud of his horse-size weenie

No sign of Maestri high on the Torre
Egger's bones far below so gory

Donini found all this odd
Pronounced Cesare a fraud

Italian returned with Compressor
Removing all doubt what he was about

Maestri rapscallion
Donini the stallion



Sigh.

You may not be a great poet,
and all on ST now know it.

However you climb well,
and don't emit bad smell!


TWP

Trad climber
Mancos, CO
Feb 4, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
Fritz: I accept your literary verdict.
Alan Rubin

climber
Amherst,MA.
Feb 25, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
A poster upthread stated that Jim changed from a "fun in the sun" rock climber to an alpinist. But Jim's roots are more in alpinism than rock climbing. If I remember correctly when I first beca
Donini on the west face of the Grand Teton, August 1970 <br/>
Photo by Al ...
Donini on the west face of the Grand Teton, August 1970
Photo by Al Rubin
Credit: Alan Rubin
me aware of Jim it was as a result of some solo escapades in the Canadian Rockies soon after he got out of the Service,(Correct me if I'm wrong here, Jim). In the summer of 1970 Jim had a good season in the mountains, doing amongst others, such then well-respected Teton alpine climbs as the Black Ice Couloir (there was ice in it back then) and the West Face of the Grand. That season in the Tetons Jim and his partner, Ross Johnson, a fellow veteran, kept their distance from the "hippie" element in and around the notorious Campsite 38 at Jenny Lake. However when Ross became injured or ill (I forget which) Jim had to settle for doing the West Face with one of the denizens of 38---i.e., me.During that climb Jim complained about what he felt was the inadequacy of his rock climbing ability---though in fact he was very competent. He told me that after the summer he would be moving to California to "learn how to rock climb". When I next climbed with him 2 years later in The Valley, he had achieved that goal and then some....

Attached (hopefully--we've never tried this before) is a (blurry) photo of a young (well, younger) Donini on the West Face in August, 1970
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 25, 2013 - 07:33pm PT
Alan! I love your story.

Aside from having had the pleasure of much climbing with Jim, I also knew Ross Johnson well -- although he was a very successful businessman with a lovely house and business interests all over the world, he sort of moved in with Jim and I when we were sharing a house in Boulder in the mid-1990s. Ross couch surfed with us for more than a year after his wife, Sandy, died of brain cancer.

The amazing detail of the above is that Sandy was Jim's first wife. Ross married her after she and Jim broke up, an all-in-the-family detail that didn't damage any of the involved relationships. Ross and Jim stayed great friends through all of it.

Sadly, we lost Ross a few years later, too. He was a marvelous guy, really intelligent and entertaining. I loved having him around.
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Feb 25, 2013 - 07:55pm PT
I met him at Splitter Camp a bunch of years ago. Here's how the initial introduction conversation went:

Donini gave me a warm welcome: “Hey I’m Jim. Welcome to Splitter Camp! You seem really fit and look like an uber climber. What grade are you leading?”

I sheepishly answered “5.7”.

“How long have you been climbing?”

“Twelve years.”

He looked at me dumbfounded and replied “You should be able to climb better than that”.

nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Feb 25, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
When J-Do met Maestri for a momentous debate at the World Sushi Summit:

I forget that Jim was representing me at the Summit. Maestri didn't stand a chance.
Taylor Spiegelberg

climber
Wyoming
Dec 2, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
I met Jim Donini over Thanksgiving at the Creek. He was the nicest guy Ive ever met climbing and told us story after story about his days in Patagonia, the Karakoram and Alaska. We ended up spending hours around a fire and he asked us to come to Thanksgiving dinner at the Technicolor wall with him. We had an awesome night especially since we went to The Creek knowing absolutely no one. Hopefully I run into him again someday!!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 2, 2013 - 02:31pm PT
He has always been cutting edge - first guy I knew who had a Mac.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 2, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
Donini is one of the few who are born with the ability to earn the respect of other men. And Cosmic is still one D smurf down...
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 2, 2013 - 09:46pm PT
In Alpinist Issue 2 ("A Climber's Life"), Jim Donini describes his 1978 attempt, with Michael Kennedy, Jeff Lowe and George Lowe, on the north ridge of Latok I (7145m) in Pakistan's Karakoram Range. The four men, perhaps the strongest American alpinists of the day, climbed more than 100 pitches on the ridge before Jeff's altitude sickness forced an end to the ascent. The resulting descent/rescue defined the term "epic." More important, in the nearly thirty years that have passed, twenty expeditions, comprising the world's strongest climbers, have thrown themselves at the ridge to finish those last three pitches without success. What has emerged is one simple fact: the 1978 effort may have been one of the strongest climbing attempts in the history of alpinism
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 2, 2013 - 09:50pm PT
.............. to earn the respect of other men


Eliminating half the population respecting him????


Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 2, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
Cheers, Mr. Donini. I respect the wonderful life you've lived. Will never catch up with all your travels, but you are a great inspiration to me.

lynne
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 3, 2013 - 02:06am PT
Tami

Your point: Donini is one of the few men who are born with the ability to earn the respect of women. ;o) And Cosmic is still one D smurf down...
Johnny K.

climber
Jan 10, 2014 - 09:45am PT
TTT, Respect
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 10, 2014 - 02:30pm PT
Missed this one.


Much respect for doninis wisdom, hope to tie in with him sometime. Either up here or down in the grounds he stomps. Cheers!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 10, 2014 - 03:13pm PT
Did I mention that he is a big inspiration for many reason?! Well he is, to me! Especially because it seems like he continues to enjoy climbing at a pretty high level after so many years of doing it and is not getting tired of it! Love it.
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Jan 10, 2014 - 03:19pm PT
I guess if I could sandbag climbers 1/3 my age, I would like it too. Ha,Ha

Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Jan 10, 2014 - 03:22pm PT
Real deal. Thanks for your service. Allez. TFPU. Keep your dog away from him at the crags. I don't know how he maintains the wiry frame, but I've heard dog meat is lean and tough (but might pair well with a hearty burgundy).
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:29pm PT

A great story to be retold: Jim Donini. The Torre Egger Climb. Mountain 51, 1976.
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 26, 2014 - 03:10pm PT
Thanks for the scanning and posting Marlow!

I have been too busy to do much of that lately and it really adds to the conversations here.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jan 26, 2014 - 03:20pm PT
I remember that article!!!!


THANKS Marlow! All of a sudden the Sierra peaks didnt seem that hard after reading that..



edit: The Lean Mean Doninimachine.. At this point im somewhat certain he was area 51's first "encounter"..The one never written of.. Heard it was because the thing escaped. This was in the very early 40s.. hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Jan 26, 2014 - 04:11pm PT
Two Blues for 100' of climbing.

Jim bringing too much gear on Supercrack.
Jim bringing too much gear on Supercrack.
Credit: The Larry
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Jan 26, 2014 - 05:18pm PT
Donini gets my vote.
Thx Jim for all you do.

Plaid
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 26, 2014 - 05:36pm PT
What, he doesn't wear socks? Quelle gauche.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Jan 26, 2014 - 08:59pm PT
Many contributions much appreciated, thanks Jim!

Charlie D.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jan 26, 2014 - 09:26pm PT
Jim often writes what I'm thinking.

But has the credibility to get away with it.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 26, 2014 - 09:27pm PT

Big bump for Jim!
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Jan 26, 2014 - 09:48pm PT
Donini is good, but Ron Anderson can take him any day!!!

;)
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Apr 13, 2014 - 08:46am PT
I've just returned to my home in N.H. after climbing with JD for a week in Yosemite. As usual, I had trouble keeping up with him; even thou he is 3 years older than me. Jim tells me he has never broken a bone, whereas I've broken many, ( Jim's technique is far superior to mine).
Just wanted to add here that there is a nice article on Jim and three other "older" climbers--all friends of Jim, in the latest issue of Ascent magazine.
It's a great read!

I was lucky to do the Salathe Wall with Jim, back in 1971, and he is still out there crushing it.
Karla

climber
Colorado
Apr 13, 2014 - 04:14pm PT
I couldn't agree more with you Steve! Jim is a wonderful guy on & off the rock. It means a lot that he loves my dog so much;)
Hugs to you Jim and thanks for all the climbs, dinners, laughs, adventures..I hope there are many more to come!
Karla
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Apr 13, 2014 - 05:04pm PT
Karla,

Yes, and Jim cooks a fine meal. In fact he eats healthier than any climber I know. Jim bought a few juicy salmon steaks for "big bird", who arrived in Fresno, as I was leaving.

Perhaps their diet will assist them in doing the NIAD.
Karla

climber
Colorado
Apr 13, 2014 - 10:57pm PT
Hi Steve!

Let me guess...that besides the salmon steaks he also had fresh asparagus, new potatoes and a Chilean Malbec?!

Yes, Thom/Big Bird/Mission(as he's known as here), will be in good hands dietarily so for the duration of his trip.

I'm thrilled that these two are getting a chance to connect for some high adventure. It looks like the weather will be perfect for quite some time!

I hope you and your Mrs are doing well!
Karla
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Apr 13, 2014 - 11:22pm PT
Jim Donini is the real deal. Period. I hope to be one-tenth as productive, and to have one-hundredth of the style, as he has demonstrated throughout his climbing career.
Anastasia

climber
Home
Apr 13, 2014 - 11:35pm PT
If all climbers were like Donini... I would hang out at climbing areas 24/7, begging climbers to influence my child.


Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 14, 2014 - 10:53pm PT
Few major climbers and first ascent peak baggers, if any, are as gracious as Jim and his wife Angela. Many of the hard core, famous ones, hang with an elite cadre.

You can imagine my surprise when Jim and Angela encouraged me along with a friend who had never ice climbed, to accompany them to the ice park in Ouray, CO. With Angela, Jim and friend Ralph Tingly supplying the gear and the guide experience my friend and I both sended. It was so much fun and totally an awesome experience.

Jim shares his love of climbing with the common folk. In my book that makes him incredibly special. Don't know to many others that do.

Cheers to the Donini's along with Tuff, Boqui, and Lela. :)

HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Apr 14, 2014 - 10:56pm PT
With Donini and Tingey on ice.
Doesn't get better than that.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 14, 2014 - 11:02pm PT
Don't forget Angela, she's a great climber and so much more. Cheers to the great folks in Ouray! :) Oh yeah, and Rodrigo Fica, a new friend from Chile.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
May 14, 2014 - 01:40pm PT
Worth adding this to the thread, I hope:

Digging through old binders the other day, I found the original topo for The Old Smuggler's Route on the north face of Aguja Poincenot in Patagonia. One of the best climbs Jim and i did together. I posted it up with a few of our better pics:

The Old Smuggler's Route topo & pics

Hard to believe that was almost 18 years ago.
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
May 14, 2014 - 01:59pm PT
So, let's just say both me and Jim are at the Black Canyon this weekend. And let's just say someone says, "Hey, you guys should arm wrestle or something!" And let's just say, I drink a beer for every year of age difference prior to the event to sort of even things out, since I understand that Jim doesn't drink (at least much) and I'm 13 years younger. And, let's just say, I won. My question is, would you appreciate Jim as much as you did? Would my standing go up (or down)?
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 14, 2014 - 03:47pm PT
So there's a nasty rumor out there that i don't drink......not till after 6:00 pm and then wine nearly every night with dinner.
At 150 lbs. soaking wet, arm wrestling isn't my go to activity.

Yeah Greg....that was a great route!
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
May 14, 2014 - 03:56pm PT
It's not often that a high level of wisdom is also still highly operational.
TWP

Trad climber
Mancos, CO
May 14, 2014 - 05:15pm PT
In 1976, I met Jim Donini while climbing the Nutcracker in Yosemite. As I led up the second pitch "gully" I laid eyes upon a stunningly beautiful blond topless woman, Juanita Hunter. With little provocation she became quite talkative and let me know she was climbing with Jim Donini, just returned from Patagonia and the first ascent of Torre Egger. Fortunately, I understood the import of this achievement and was duly impressed. Juanita was not feeling well. In fact, she found a way to go off alone one the ledges and throw up.

From this beginning, I ended up spending most of the next two weeks sharing a non-Camp 4 campsite with Jim and Juanita and an incredible string of other luminaries, including Warren Harding and T.M. Herbert.

Warren was amidst his protracted adventure to place a climb upon another panel of Yosemite rock: the Porcelain Wall adjacent and below Half Dome. He invited me to join up and I did for a while, but that's another story.

I climbed again with Jim at Granite Mountain and the Mace in Sedona. At Granite Mountain, Juanita explained her illness on Nutcracker. "It was morning sickness, but I didn't know it at the time," she related as she tended to her daughter at the base of a climb.

Thirty four years passed before I next crossed paths with Mr. Donini one fine day in Indian Creek below Supercrack.

Jim almost immediately remarked, "Haven't I meet you before?"

"Yes, we have," I answered, "but if you really remember me you've got as good a memory as the best politician on Earth. It's been 34 years!"

We've gone on two llama pack trips to the Wind Rivers since. My admiration for the man knows no bounds.

steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
May 14, 2014 - 06:28pm PT
Terry,

I'm going to add another comment here, since we've both have known Jim for a long time. I've climbed with hundreds of partners, over the years, but after recently spending a week in Yosemite, with the senior citizen, I took in quite a display, of fine leading skills, since Jim did all the leading.
As you know, Jim likes to lead, and I was totally out of shape, and happy to just climb.

What really struck me as different, compared to almost anyone, I've ever climbed with is his ability to place pro. without hardly a pause. It seems like he is constantly moving up, and placing pro; almost as an afterthought.
I spend quite a bit, with climbers, who spend as much time pacing pro. and fiddling with their gear; as they do moving up the rock.
Jim's leading style really stands out among the crowd!

( He cooks a great meal too--better than Spam)



zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de la Playa
May 26, 2014 - 01:49pm PT
^It has been said, that where Jim goes, others should follow.

Listen up, Jim speaks here on technology and climbing!


http://jukebox.uaf.edu/denali/html/jido.mov
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 26, 2014 - 02:31pm PT
Credit: Jaybro
Angela and Jim, Indian Creek Nov '13
Tami

Social climber
Canada
May 26, 2014 - 04:06pm PT
At 150 lbs. soaking wet, arm wrestling isn't my go to activity.

Great line Jim.

ALl the best to you !
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
May 26, 2014 - 04:13pm PT
Respect
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 26, 2014 - 06:16pm PT
Yooray for Jim Donini!
He's better than linguini.
Jim Donini's really hard
and Ouray is his own front yard!
Yooray for Jim Donini!

I heard that his latest venture is the

RENT-A-MENTOR Center.
Matches made in the Alpine Zone
for you and you alone.
You won't regret it
so come and get it!
Donini's RENT-A-MENTOR!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to be
Competent and so cool.

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2014 - 08:12pm PT
Wow. Great stories here everyone!

I'm very much looking forward to meeting and climbing with Jim at COR!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
May 26, 2014 - 11:14pm PT
It bugs me that today's generation of young climbers have no idea of who climbers like Geoffrey Winthrop Young, Paul Preuss, Hans Dulfer, or Albert Mummery were.

That is why Donini is such a valuable human resource having roped up with all of them before becoming a green beret.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 26, 2014 - 11:52pm PT
Who?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 27, 2014 - 01:33am PT
T.V., I know what you feel like. It's too bad they miss out on the roots.

A Dulfer seat rap set up is beyond the ken of the current generation.
They are too Young to have very much historical fascination.

See, historical timelines get longer and more complicated as time goes on and the number of events and persons increase.

The gaffers and gammers here know these names because we had a shorter learning curve with fewer events and we read because it was what we had of history.

Today there is a general decline in reading while at the same time there is a general increase in watching.

Ask yourselves, "What do they watch?"

At the same time, icons are iconized, and single names are preferred. Bachar. Bridwell. What's-his-name. Braunini?

I rest, yer honor.
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
May 27, 2014 - 08:08pm PT
One of the finest. Always has been. Has my total respect.

WM
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jun 28, 2014 - 06:12pm PT
Yeah, I was the ropegun for Jim at COR.

Somebody had to get the rope up for the old guy! ;)

Great times, Jim. Thank you!

Andrzej



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