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Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 1, 2006 - 09:15pm PT
Here is a Salathe letter talking about his disappointment with Camp IV. I have others and will post later.



Ken
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 1, 2006 - 11:36pm PT
Ken,

John S. is writing to a "John"; who is it?
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2006 - 12:35am PT
Peter,
He is writing to one of his best friends and climbing partner John Thune Sr. Salathe gave his gear to John Thune Jr. when he retired from climbing near the Matterhorn in 1958. I have a picture of this gear transaction and other pictures that might interest you as well.

Ken

p.s. I have other letters also.
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Bodega, CA
Jul 2, 2006 - 03:28pm PT
Hey Ken. Is John Thune, Jr. still alive? I got to know him when I worked for Galen in Emeryville (96-'00). John was in his '90s, lived in Oakland and jogged around Lake Merrit every day "at a snails pace," he said. I remember he liked seeing all the young ladies out running. He told me the story of climbing up to Salathe Ledge with John S. in 1947 (?), before the FA with Axe Nelson. We enjoyed having a cup of coffee and chatting in the gallery. He always seemed to come when Galen was away, anyhow, I have fond memories of those chats. He was such a lively, young spirit, and in excellent health.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2006 - 03:36pm PT
Hi Jerry,

I know John Thune Jr. is still alive and as far as I know his dad still is too. I ran into John Jr. about 2 years ago. I will see if I can find his email. My address book is missing and I think my 2 year old through it in the trash though I hope I am wrong.

Ken
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Bodega, CA
Jul 2, 2006 - 05:33pm PT
Maybe it was Sr that I met? If you're in contact with him, tell him hello for me.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2006 - 05:38pm PT
Jerry you might try contacting Sobeck and they would be able to tell you.

Ken
426

Sport climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Jul 2, 2006 - 05:41pm PT
Great letter!

My how times change. (10,000 sit on their ass to watch a handful of players)
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