Jim Donini Appreciation thread


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Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
May 26, 2014 - 04:13pm PT
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

Matches made in the Alpine Zone
for you and you alone.
You won't regret it
so come and get it!

Find out what it means to be
Competent and so cool.

Big Mike

Trad climber
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.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 26, 2014 - 11:52pm PT
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.


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!



Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Dec 4, 2015 - 06:49pm PT
Bump because Jim's contributions are about the best ST has to offer.
Larry Nelson

Social climber
Dec 4, 2015 - 07:02pm PT
What a great thread... stories, photos, anecdotes and a great subject.
I tip my hat to a man of tremendous accomplishments.

Edit: The humor and wisdom is a great bonus.

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 4, 2015 - 09:12pm PT
Wonderful to see this thread surface again, since I have missed the last 30 or so comments.

I should add that Jim is good with cats, and our cat thinks El Donini is pretty wonderful.

Harley &#40;the cat&#41; with Donini directing his laser-eyes.
Harley (the cat) with Donini directing his laser-eyes.
Credit: Fritz
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Dec 5, 2015 - 09:33am PT
Time to bump this up.

Eliminating half the population respecting him????

Tami, that guy stands in Texas and pisses in Nebraska

Social climber
Dec 5, 2015 - 11:22am PT
Absolutely!!Thanks for everything Jim!

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Dec 5, 2015 - 01:40pm PT
I can't remember if I posted to this before. The guy is a legend and a giant. I've been on a couple of st gatherings with him and they are always a blast. He is fun to climb with and fun to party with.

Viva, Jim!
Keith Leaman

Trad climber
Dec 5, 2015 - 02:33pm PT
Jim, we met once ca 1971 in the desert at Granite Mtns, Amboy I believe. You were with Phil Gleason and had recently arrived in California and headed to the Valley. We were all duly impressed with how quickly you had excelled as a climber. Many thanks for all your contributions!
Hope to meet you again some day.

Phil on the Chimney Rt, White Fang, Granite Mtns, Amboy, 1969.
Phil Gleason &#40;the tiny white speck&#41; in the middle of the Chimn...
Phil Gleason (the tiny white speck) in the middle of the Chimney Rt. White Fang Tower, Granite Mtns, Amboy, 1969
Credit: Keith Leaman
Mark Force

Trad climber
Ashland, Oregon
May 28, 2016 - 04:28pm PT
Mr. Donini is the real deal, amazing all around alpinist, and solid good guy. Like you don't know that already...

Anyway, ran across this great pic of Jim with the core of the Arizona pacesetters BITD (1978) on sundeck boulder at the base of Granite Mountain, Prescott, Arizona.

Old times on the Front Porch &#40;L to R&#41; Paul Davidson, Steve Gro...
Old times on the Front Porch (L to R) Paul Davidson, Steve Grossman, Jim Donini, Larry Coats, Gordon Douglass, Susie Walkup, Philipo Condrey (circa 1978)
Credit: Larry Coats (from a post on Mountain Project

I always thought that hike to the base is a bear. Looks like Jim agrees. Maybe he's just goofing around.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
May 28, 2016 - 04:46pm PT
the dude spends too much time climbin and not enuff time fishin.
Jim, ever consider takin up golf? :)

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 28, 2016 - 05:27pm PT
Great photo Mark.

Tad, re Donini's fishing time, since he Catches & Eats, he doesn't spend as much time fishing as us Catch & Release types.
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
May 28, 2016 - 05:34pm PT
Interesting Keith Leaman that you have a photo of climbing in the Granite Mts. I have long had an interest in climbing there and have actually accessed the GM illegally. It is fenced off and patrolled by The University of California as a "Nature Preserve". I actually saw UC students or employees driving golf balls into the desert. There is good legal bouldering near there and also camping in the East Mojave Preserve. Sadly, the rocks you pictured are now {legally} off limits-lars

Trad climber
No. Tahoe
May 28, 2016 - 05:47pm PT
How old is this guy, like 38?
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