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Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
May 2, 2013 - 09:05am PT
Got it!
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
May 2, 2013 - 09:09am PT
The slander is too red hot for even the Fish to let fester
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Dr f thanks for not erasing ur sh#t. Just thought id started a good thread . Wanted the young talent to get to know their past stoney pointers. Russ maybe ill Buy some of ur star studded straps.
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
May 2, 2013 - 02:25pm PT
The hand ---- That's funny ----- that dude hated me.

He would go around Stoney doing problems that had been getting done for years & rating them 4 grades harder than they were.

A stoney Point 10b would become 11b-c

I'd call him on it & he would turn red and blow up at me ---- I'd do the problem & say something like ---- Really man, I'm not sure that even makes 10b, might be 10a. Couple of times I know he wanted to hit me.

He finally got smart & stop trying to boulder with us, & than he became nice. We
would wave to each other & say hi, as we walk past each other.

Never ran into him climbing anywhere else.
He really was not a bad guy.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - May 3, 2013 - 04:18pm PT
Thanks frumy. Ask David Katz he has never seen the hand climb..only hanging out.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2013 - 02:27pm PT
bump for the hand!
greg allen hope u chime in one day!
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
May 8, 2013 - 03:24pm PT
That was a good question Tarbaby, I came late to this thread after Russ had removed all his input, but there were enough references and quotes that his footprints were fossilized in the thread, like a Parasaurolophus crossing some antediluvian salt marsh.

Perhaps the Fish has turned into an adult concerned about posterity and is pruning his online tidbits to control his legend? Ah well, we'll always have the various arms of the Mussy Nebula...
snyd

Sport climber
Lexington, KY
May 8, 2013 - 04:54pm PT
Since we are talking about characters on the scene...
"Karl with a K" has to be the oddest. The only guy I knew who was brave enough to partner up with him 1:1 was Shipley. Everyone else would go in a large group and even then it was dicey.
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
May 8, 2013 - 06:03pm PT
By Karl, do you mean the karl that could mantle really well & wore a handkerchief on his head & in the early 80's drove an orange 914 & went to school to be a psychologist or something & moved to Kansas.
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
May 8, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
nooooooooo Frumy...

Kark with a K was one of the real oddballs. No 914 for him.

In reality, he was likely suffering from some disability (for which he received a stipend from the state or Feds that allowed him his dirtbag lifestyle...).

He was exceptionally bright (so insists Dick Cilley) and rumor has it he perhaps got whatever afflicted him under control and had/ has a wife and kid?

The one time ('85?) I went to visit the choss crag Eagle Rock off the 134 for a bouldering session (just prior to attending a bachelor party next door), I found Karl happily bivied. He resumed whatever conversation we last had years prior and spun the conversation into Lord knows what thread that unraveled contextually into the cosmos...
Bullwinkle

Boulder climber
May 8, 2013 - 08:47pm PT
Russ, I think you're talking about The Hand, he was a very talented artist. . .
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
russ wrote

May 8, 2013 - 08:50pm PT

Winkie.... uh.... no .... the Hand was a drooling crayola guy compared to Karl with a K, regardless of his prowess in the crayola realm.

Karl was flat out one of the best artists in an illustration/comic book type style I have ever seen. Really... and I was an art major. The dude could really draw and would make postcard sized art and sell them to sustain his Valley lifestyle. Damn, I wish I'd bought some of those, but of course I had zero money too.... 'tis a pity.

ur talking about Karl conklin right?

russ u said it best about greg allen with his glass's duct tape with pea coat.

i guess this is russ as a climber visionary..
chez

Social climber
chicago ill
May 9, 2013 - 08:13am PT
Karl with a K.
He came to our campfire in the 80s and asked if he could put a big rock in our fire, which we obliged. Then chatted for a bit and then too the rock to his site and buried it, and placed his tent on it.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - May 9, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
russ wrote:

May 9, 2013 - 07:54am PT


ur talking about Karl conklin right?

No, another Karl.
duncan

climber
London, UK
May 10, 2013 - 12:42am PT
I do remember Greg and was, like many others, amazed that he picked up a British accent after only a relatively short stint in the British Isles. Seemed like a decent bloke, but only knew him in passing.

I also remember Greg as a decent bloke and have a vague memory of climbing something on the Apron with him (definitely not Something On The Apron). There were a few Brits loitering in Tahoe and Yosemite at that time so perhaps the accent got a head start from us.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
May 10, 2013 - 08:21am PT


What a fuking HILARIOUS thread...

"the HAND"...



LMAO!!!...

the nicknames and the reasons we get them...
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
May 10, 2013 - 08:24am PT
Pyro
What makes you think I had a wingman?


Russ is a pussy for deleting his posts
PUSSY
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - May 10, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Dr f I wouldn't call Russ the fish a pussy. Although I do wonder..he did this deleting bullshit thing on the stoney thread. He posted a bad ass bachar photo then removed it. Very weird. Maybe he thinks of himself as a celebrity from la..
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
May 10, 2013 - 12:51pm PT
Me and that Sheep buggar the Fish have a long history, we can call each other everything in the book and still be cool about it
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Topic Author's Reply - May 10, 2013 - 01:57pm PT
dr F *Getting back to wing man, it wold only seem natural that yo and the Hand being roommates the north shore in the early 80s surrounded by hot hippie chicks, British accents, and hot tub parties as your earlier posts say make one come to this :-)
So give it up Dr F.
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