Jim Donini Appreciation thread

Search
Go

Discussion Topic

Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
Messages 81 - 100 of total 148 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
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”.

Messages 81 - 100 of total 148 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
 
Our Guidebooks
Check 'em out!
SuperTopo Guidebooks


Try a free sample topo!

 
SuperTopo on the Web

Review Categories
Recent Route Beta
Recent Gear Reviews