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Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 21, 2013 - 06:01am PT
Squamish climbing pioneer and legend, "Big Jim" turns 80 today.
He brought us such classics as Diedre, Merci Me, The Phew (which showed the way to Cruel Shoes) and countless other gems.
Still keen to share a coffee, a smoke and a story or two.
Happy Birthday Jim!

(By the way, he vehemently refused to let us throw a bash for him, so don't even think about it!)

PB
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jun 21, 2013 - 06:21am PT
so he does lurk here. Thats fantastic. Happy grand 80 Big Jim!

OK now step out of the shadows and lets hear some stories. Anybody who has seen "In the Shadow of the Chief" will know that Jim Sinclair steals the show. Best story teller in the community. Tell us the one about blowing up Belly Good Ledge with dynamite!
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Jun 21, 2013 - 06:55am PT
Happy Birthday, Jim! Thanks for your contributions to this arena we love, in that magnificent setting!!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jun 21, 2013 - 07:00am PT
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM ! ! !

It's always great to see you !
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jun 21, 2013 - 07:03am PT
Happy birthday......!!!!
mastadon

Trad climber
crack addict
Jun 21, 2013 - 07:06am PT

80th????? How can that be???? Happy B-day, you sandbagging SOB.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 21, 2013 - 07:18am PT
A couple times in the last few years I've rolled into Starbucks for a pre-climb coffee and run into Jim. I wish I was up there now and could do the same thing this morning.

Happy Birthday Jim!

David Harris
MH2

climber
Jun 21, 2013 - 08:17am PT
I saw him in the Bluffs parking a couple weeks ago. I don't know about that 80th birthday. He seems timeless. Happy everyday, Jim!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jun 21, 2013 - 08:23am PT
Happy Birthday Jim!! Thanks for all the tales!!
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jun 21, 2013 - 09:45am PT
Happy Birthday, Jim! I'll see you soon.

Glenn
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jun 21, 2013 - 09:52am PT
Jim thanks so much for talking to Katie or Gwen. Not sure who got hold of you , I tried, but J and I had a great chin wag while you were out.

My mum just turned 90 two days ago so you wet, left coasties know how to tear the years off the calendar and still have a whompin' great time.

I have a fond memory of meetin' ya in your van the summer of '77 and listened while you told us great tales.

Oh, yeah..........sorry for it but I called you the trickster and the godfather of Squamish climbing in my piece. The ol' coffee cup also gets mentioned.

Big Grin !!!!

Loads o' love xTami



peter croft

climber
Jun 21, 2013 - 10:13am PT
Best birthday wishes, Jim
Such good memories from over the years.
Look forward to seeing you next time I'm up - at the coffee shop or the crag. I hope the sun is shining on you right now.
Peter
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 21, 2013 - 10:21am PT
It was great to chat with you last summer at the Psyche ledge party, Jim. I really liked the not so flattering Fred Beckey tale you told. Happy birthday.
gf

climber
Jun 21, 2013 - 11:17am PT
To the real Big Jim,

To the youngest 80 yr old I know, should I be so lucky!
Best wishes and keep on doing what you do best; being yourself,
Greg F
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 21, 2013 - 11:22am PT
Happy Birthday Mr Sinclair!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 21, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
Big Jim in the office.
Big Jim in the office.
Credit: Mighty Hiker
Coffee? Check. Cigarette? Check. Natty dress? Check. Friends around? Check.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jun 21, 2013 - 01:25pm PT
Hey, I've seen that guy around before! So that's big Jim. Thanks for all your past & present contributions to climbing. Hope to meet u someday, happy Bday!
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 21, 2013 - 04:07pm PT
Jim doesn't own a computer much less lurk here.
His friends do however update him on current online events and we can think of this as a birthday card Jim will see later today.
He'll be pleased.

PB
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jun 21, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
So I ran into Jim holding his coffee cup in the parking lot under the Chief,(1992) looking up at the people climbing.

Hey Jim, I get to go on a trip to the Waddington Range ! I blursted out.

"That's great, who are you going with" ?

Harry, Don, another Jim, Greg and Mike...

Silence.

Then, "Whoa, man, that is a HEAVY team, good luck" !

Jim Sinclair has always been the best guy to look squarely at anyone with an adventure they're wanting to be part of and anxious at the same time and say - "why not, who better than you" ?

Happy 80th Birthday to you again Jim !
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Jun 21, 2013 - 10:20pm PT
Happy 80th Big Jim, you're still a youngster at heart. Any route choices to celebrate the B Day?
hamish f

Social climber
squamish
Jun 22, 2013 - 08:15am PT
Happy Birthday to the nicest guy in Squamish.
Big Jim was a huge help to me 30 years ago when I trashed one of my knees and underwent the wrong surgery from a useless doctor (who later was sued for leaving a sponge in some unlucky patient) in Victoria. I would've given anything to see the sports med doctors at UBC but of course the wait was months and months. Jim made a phone call or two and I was in like flint to see B.c.'s best in the knee department.
Thanks so much Jim and here's to at least another decade.
Hamish
hamie

Social climber
Thekoots
Jun 22, 2013 - 05:27pm PT
Cheers "old" friend, and all the best!!

This thread needs more stories, so here's one which is fit to tell on ST.

The first time that I climbed with Jim and his climbing partner Tony Cousins was a while back, in the spring of '62. Surprisingly we didn't go to Squamish, but rather to Sky Pilot. Yes, as in Mt. Sky Pilot. Who knows what was behind this sudden alpine urge. Perhaps they had been reading "The White Spider", which had recently reached Vancouver.

We drove to the abandoned townsite of Upper Britannia, and hiked to the old cabin. Overnight we drowned our quota of mice, easy enough given the overrun circumstances. "Take that you little bastard, and that, and that".

The next morning was dank, and grey and misty, but with no snow or rain. Our ascent was uneventful, with many smoke breaks, and many smokes smoked. Lung cancer, what's that? Tales were told, some perhaps with small kernels of truth, and plans were planned. The summit was eventually summitted, as we found a cairn, and likely a register, no doubt with names too, but alas no view.

Back in Jim's house, near the PNE, there was never again mention of alpine derring-do, but talk rather of Murrin, and Lighthouse Park and the Apron and............

Hey Jim, remember that trip? Long time no see--too long.

HM.
Sky Pilot, 1962.  Jim on left, Tony [obviously!] on right.
Sky Pilot, 1962. Jim on left, Tony [obviously!] on right.
Credit: hamie
Sky Pilot, 1962.  A well deserved smoke break.  Tony on left, Jim [obv...
Sky Pilot, 1962. A well deserved smoke break. Tony on left, Jim [obviously!] on right. No, they're not warming their fingers.
Credit: hamie

EDIT: Perhaps it did snow. Looks like fresh snow in the 2nd photo.

Maysho

climber
Soda Springs, CA
Jun 22, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
Wow, no idea you were anywhere near 80, lots of life force still evident! Big congrats and Happy Birthday!

Peter
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 22, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
hey there say, big jim... wow, what a neat picture... i love stone wall, and, they are great backdrops for artistic photos to remember, :)

happy 80th birthday and may it be as fun, all year, as that picture looked, :)

god bless!
hamie

Social climber
Thekoots
Jun 23, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
Time for a bump, and another story.

One day, early in our friendship, I asked Jim and Tony how they had met. Jim promptly assured me that they had met in Oakalla. For the benefit of our young or non-BC readers, Oakalla was the provincial jail in Burnaby, now closed for 20 or so years. This was the slammer for less serious offences/crooks/criminals/bad guys etc.

Being young innocent naive and gullible, I immediately believed him. Several times I almost asked them what they had done to get there, but it never seemed like the right moment. Who knew, maybe they had roughed someone up for asking too many questions!

As the weeks went by, it slowly dawned on me that Tony was far too nice a guy to have ever done time, and they were just messin' with me. Big Jim on the other hand, well...could be...maybe...possible...you never know about people...why not?........ and where/how did he get that tough-sounding nickname?

Jim, ha ha, finally gotcha back! As Hamish Fraser posted above, Jim is indeed "the nicest guy in Squamish"
HM

Someone else's turn for a story or two.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 23, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Hey Neebee, say, the day I met Big Jim he walked me and Masha over to this really cool stone carving in the woods near the big boulders and told us this really interesting stuff about the carving and the carver. I think there is a picture of it already posted here once. Jim likes art.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2013 - 11:06am PT
In spite of the fact Jim wouldn't let us organize a birthday bash, there was a lot of socializing and even some climbing.
Saturday Jim's family (including siblings, grown children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and inlaws) organized an afternoon feast.
Sunday a bunch of us spent most of the day climbing in the Bluffs with Jim.
He seemed pretty pleased by the whole thing and was really touched by the Supertopo "birthday card".
Photos in the works.
PB
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 25, 2013 - 10:40am PT
hey there say, wayno... wow, thanks for sharing that...

and, to chief,
say, thanks for sharing about big jim's birthday fun!

:)


i love good birthday shares, :)
bmacd

Trad climber
100% Canadian
Jul 11, 2013 - 10:00am PT
The crew at Jim's Birthday cragging session
The crew at Jim's Birthday cragging session
Credit: bmacd

Chief and Jim clearing brush out from the bottom of a sweet crag
Chief and Jim clearing brush out from the bottom of a sweet crag
Credit: bmacd
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