Happy Birthday Boo


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Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Original Post - May 15, 2013 - 01:26pm PT
One of my dearest friends, the most upper person I know. Great to have shared all those adventures over the past 50 year and many to follow.
Credit: guido
New Zealand to Tahiti
New Zealand to Tahiti
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Quarter Dome
Quarter Dome
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Credit: guido

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
May 15, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
Great Pictures as usual Joe!!

What a nice gift.

Happy Birthday Dawg!!!

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 15, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
Boo? Boo who?

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 15, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
He is kinda scary looking. Is that why he is called 'Boo'?

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
May 15, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
Happy Birthday!

Quality photos, Joe...

Trad climber
Las Vegas
May 15, 2013 - 04:30pm PT

Don't know yah Boodawg, but Happy B-day !

@ guido: (or boo) that picture of the Helmsman on the passage from NZ to Tahiti... is that an old school 'Line 7' oiley ?

Trad climber
May 15, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
Happy happy happy birthday BooDawg!!!! Hope you're off on a wonderful adventure today, and I wish you many, many more!!!

THANK YOU for embracing the muppet and me wholeheartedly, and for your generosity of spirit, time, knowledge, patience, hope, wisdom and love...and did I mention patience?! ;D

And, thank you for posting the pictures of the 1969 UCLA Bruin Mountaineers pulling their April Fool's Day joke out at Stoney Point...had you not posted that story, I would still be in the dark (and so would a lot of other people, too).

You are the best of everything I could ever hope to be.

With love,

Dolt's kid ")

life is a bivouac

Trad climber
May 15, 2013 - 05:50pm PT
So long ago now, Boo and The Doo doing time in Kabul, after the Russia...
So long ago now, Boo and The Doo doing time in Kabul, after the Russian Tanks rolled into town at day break...
Credit: life is a bivouac
so Happy B-day to you too and the adventures keep goin' on...
Good for you, good for me...
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
May 15, 2013 - 05:53pm PT
Best to you Ken. It is quite fun to have you stateside finally, too.

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 15, 2013 - 06:53pm PT
Thank you all for your teases and your good wishes! Special thanks to Guido for posting this thread, his photos, and especially for the many adventures great and small we’ve shared!

Some commentary on the pix above;

#1: Holding my few weeks old daughter, Briana, who is now staying with me and will turn 19 y.o. this summer.

#2: Wearing my YES old school Line 7 foul weather gear! Good Eye, Trundlebum! Photo was taken BEFORE the night of the BIG WAVE when the PFD and EPIRB were carried away! That tale has yet to be told here, but I have plans for it!

#3: Rest day in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush.

#4: 1968 BB (Before Beard!) Guido and I were roommates at UCLA. The extra hands appearing around the sides of that Gerry Andean Parka are those of our ladies, Mary Bomba and Carol Ottonello, the Yosemite Magistrate’s daughter.

#6: Blitzed out, topping out on After Six!

#8: Just before retreating from an attempted FA on the left side of the GP Apron. All that dust and grime from previous rockfalls convinced us that it was not a good line to pursue! We WERE SCARED! But didn’t intend to scare anyone else! LOL!

The answer to the question about the origin of my nickname, “Boo” can be found in post #18 of this thread:


That thread has a good selection of pictures of climbs, friends, and me over the years.

Just to give a couple of more recent photos, so no one is under any illusions about how young I might look, here are 2 more from a very recent trip on the Colorado River below Hoover Dam:

BooDawg canoeing on the Colorado River below Hoover Dam, April, 2013.
BooDawg canoeing on the Colorado River below Hoover Dam, April, 2013.
Credit: BooDawg

BooDawg standing near shore during an April, 2013 canoe trip on the lo...
BooDawg standing near shore during an April, 2013 canoe trip on the lower Colorado River.
Credit: BooDawg

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
May 15, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
What a fantastic tribute and gift!

Boo... I don't know you, but you seem quite cool. Happiest of Birthdays to You!

~peace, Leggs

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 15, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
Happy Birthday to you...


Social climber
Richmond, va
May 15, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
Hey, Boo I love you.

Yosemite Valley
May 15, 2013 - 08:00pm PT
Happy Birthday Ken!

Social climber
Salt Lake City
May 15, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
Ken - Great seeing you in JTree.
Happy Birthday!

Social climber
Richmond, va
May 15, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
no. I loved you then and I love you now. Happy Birthday.
Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)

Social climber
May 15, 2013 - 09:12pm PT
Happy birthday, Ken. Someone's gotta clue me in on the BooDawg nickname....
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 15, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
Happy Birthday. Life is at times challenging, but it has its moments of incredible generosity. Life is a gift. Glad to see you've opened yours and are enjoying it. Many more "openings" to you.

Peace and Joy, Lynne Leichtfuss

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 16, 2013 - 01:03am PT
Tipping a cold one right now in your honor, Ken.

Peace Out.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 16, 2013 - 01:08am PT
wishes for a very happy birthday BooDawg

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
May 16, 2013 - 03:10am PT

Boodawg...I'm late to the party, i hope it was a good one.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!...and many more..

ps..Love the picture of you with your daughter!!

Mountain climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
May 16, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
Yikes Boo, adventures have gone on for a long time, and still many to go. Happy Birthday.

When we were preparing to go to the Hindu Kush, I had filled out so many forms that for a time I knew by heart everyone's birth date and passport number.


Mountain climber
there and back again
May 17, 2013 - 12:39am PT
Happy BDay Boodawg,
Your a good man and I'm grateful to know you. Looking forward to many more stories (and songs) around the fire with you. Facelift or better yet; sooner.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 17, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
Hey Ken, another late party goer here. On the road here...so belated birthday! Beautiful pictures, beautiful daughter...how come they grow up faster than we do?
Hope to see you before we head out The Gate for a couple months...if not, then definitely in the Fall...

All the best, cheers!

Susan and Michael
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