Halibut Hats and Climbers-What Gives?

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TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Feb 5, 2013 - 02:23am PT
Royal started doing it so that people in his slide show audiences could quickly spot him in each picture.

I was rarely photographed, so didn't pick up the fashion.

Plus hats distort sound...a major survival factor on big mountain walls is hearing exactly where the high flyer rocks are going...

People wearing helmets often show off the dents where the rocks hit...

(I have no dents in the top of my head...)
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
Feb 5, 2013 - 08:03am PT
Bump for history
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Feb 5, 2013 - 08:27am PT
Lost mine years ago (no not virginity, that's still intact, ha ha).

The few times I climbed with Charlie Porter, he always wore his.

MisterE, I long-lined for halibut summer of 1977 out of Petersburg, Alaska, still had my hat then.
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Feb 5, 2013 - 09:00am PT
Yup, learned something once again.

"Halibut Hat"; who knew?
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Feb 5, 2013 - 09:26am PT
Fun read and great info--I always thought that it was called a "Stroker" hat and originated from the golf circuit of the late 1800's...


Who knew?
MisterE

Social climber
Feb 5, 2013 - 10:16am PT
MisterE, I long-lined for halibut summer of 1977 out of Petersburg, Alaska, still had my hat then.

Cool! I was on the "Sylvia" out of Port Alexander, just south of Sitka. Beautiful boat - I fell in love with her at the dry-dock in Port Townsend, Washington and had be with her...


Back on topic:

Credit: MisterE
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Feb 5, 2013 - 11:09am PT
remembering extreme dave
Dave Stutzman in the Witches Cauldron. August 1977
Dave Stutzman in the Witches Cauldron. August 1977
Credit: Plumbbob
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Feb 5, 2013 - 11:14am PT
And let's not forget Henry:
Credit: maldaly
MH2

climber
Feb 5, 2013 - 11:15am PT
A whole new wing in the Museum of Climbing. Good work, Guido.


edit:

Guido included a pic of Henry.
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Feb 5, 2013 - 11:17am PT
Because paisley bandanas worn pirate style is kinda goofy.
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Feb 5, 2013 - 11:35am PT
Cool, grew up wearing "hickory shirts" My Dad told me they were called that becasue they were "as tough as hickory".
Dick Erb

climber
June Lake, CA
Feb 5, 2013 - 11:55am PT
Good hats. The white color reflects the heat of the sun, and the bill is just long enough to shade your eyes, but short enough to not get in the way while pulling shoulder carried runners off over your head, and doesn't poke the rock in front of your face.

One spring day while ski patrolling at Alpine Meadows I arrived at work realizing that I had forgot my sunglasses and had no brimmed hat. Dreading the intense sun I took my first run off the top. Half way down I found one of those white hats lying on the snow. It shaded my eyes just enough to save the day.
MisterE

Social climber
Feb 6, 2013 - 02:55am PT
Bump:

Credit: MisterE
Gilroy

Social climber
Bolderado
Feb 6, 2013 - 09:10am PT
Agree w/what Dick E. said about the white cotton version of the paperboy/halibut hat. Wore one of those down in the TX heat for years. More recently, living in NY and CO I have favored one with a bit of wool from Scala.

reposted from another thread

Ranger Rock with Rob
Ranger Rock with Rob
Credit: Gilroy

PS - maldaLy, nobody's going to be forgetting Henry, once they've met him. ;-)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 6, 2013 - 09:19am PT
It was Henry Barber who started wearing one in imitation of Royal, IMO, which pretty much let the hat out of the bag.

And the cute Sheridan cartoons, too numerous to mention.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Feb 6, 2013 - 03:09pm PT
MisterE, my high school climbing buddy Steve (a year ahead of me in school) did a year at Humboldt State and then went north.

He had a 36' long-liner, Eirendale (he has since over the years have had several boats, out of P'burg and Sitka). and I worked on it for the first 'slot', but then his partner (studying fisheries at U of Wash) came up so I spent the rest of the summer on a tender (what a pain, I've got one or two stories to tell), the Lillian S (93' contracted not owned by the cannery but by an old sea salt, Ray Bell - he lost his finger laying telephone wire in Alaska while in the Army during WW2. I wonder if he got a Purple Heart for that.)

On my 21st, Ray and his wife (we were based out of Kake, Kupreanof Island, where they lived - tallest totem pole in the world, at least at the time) surprised me with a cake, Steve must have told them.

My first and only encounter with a grizzly was on Kuiu Island, after towing a summer tender barge. Scary.

Anyway, as for the hat, that is the last I remember of it. But it was skanky at that point, - - halibut slime can be like super glue and coupled with salmon scales...

Hey Guido/Joe, great thread.
prickle

Gym climber
globe,az
Feb 6, 2013 - 05:28pm PT
me in the NRG with said hat style...circa 1990's
me in the NRG with said hat style...circa 1990's
Credit: prickle
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John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Feb 6, 2013 - 06:02pm PT

Drilling in style...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 6, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
Jim and Mouse on The Flakes.  A perfect day.
Jim and Mouse on The Flakes. A perfect day.
Credit: Jim Shirley/by MFM
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 6, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
Guido & all! Thanks for the history of "Halibut Hats" and all the fun photos you folks have posted.

I looked through my considerable inventory of 70's Idaho climbing photos and nary a Halibut Hat surfaced.

Looks like we pale and fashion-challenged northerners were mostly bareheaded. Only in our 1971 photos of climbing in the Sawtooths, do hats show up.

June 1971 on the chossy summit of Thompson Peak, highest of Idaho's Sa...
June 1971 on the chossy summit of Thompson Peak, highest of Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains. From left to right: Hans, Stein, & Fritz. Stein's cap is of straw.
Credit: Stein Sitzmark
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