Jim Donini Appreciation thread


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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.

Mountain climber
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”.


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

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!!

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.

Sport climber
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...

Ice climber
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

Social climber
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.


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

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.

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

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.

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

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).

Sport climber
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

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

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.

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