Long day, time for another 80th birthday...Jim McCarthy!!!

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donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 21, 2013 - 10:12am PT
Pioneer climber in the Gunks, Tetons and Alaska. The McCarthy Wall in the Gunks speaks volumes as does the Lotus Flower Tower and the first ascent of the Grand Traverse in the Tetons.
Jim also served a term as president of the American Alpine Club where he continues to be active.
If you're at the Kor Memorial in Golden on Sunday you csn congratulate him in person.
Alan Rubin

climber
Amherst,MA.
Jun 21, 2013 - 10:27am PT
Happy birthday "Mac" and many more to come. Probably because he was based in the east and not Yosemite or Colorado, and managed to balance a successful professional career with his climbing---a true weekend warrior of the first rank, Jim's major contributions to climbing over many decades have never received the true recognition that they deserve. Thanks for posting this, Jim D.
MH2

climber
Jun 21, 2013 - 11:28am PT
Jim McCarthy was larger-than-life in the Gunks lore of the late 60s when my own climbing life began. The couple times I met him and talked to him he was friendly. He was one of the many things that made climbing so great. Good to hear where he is at birthday-wise. Best wishes.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 21, 2013 - 11:59am PT

Congrats and have a great day, Jim!!!
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jun 21, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
Bump for old hard-men. ;)
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jun 21, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
HBD, JM!
Les

Trad climber
Bahston
Jun 21, 2013 - 01:07pm PT
A true badass -- try some of his routes at the Gunks with modern gear and then think back to when he was putting them up! Mad respect!
jogill

climber
Colorado
Jun 21, 2013 - 01:26pm PT
Way to go, old guy! Many happy returns. As I pointed out at the AAC you were tremendously influential in getting bouldering recognized as legitimate. And that cover of Sports Illustrated was well deserved. Hope you are doing well!

John
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jun 21, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Hi JIm--

Happy B-Day. Hope you get out to California again soon.

Kerwin
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Jun 21, 2013 - 01:48pm PT
Wow. Happy Birthday, Jim. I remember your 50th B-Day party in the Gunks, complete with the Lotus Flower Tower cake. Time sure does fly...

Curt
steveA

Trad climber
bedford,massachusetts
Jun 21, 2013 - 04:15pm PT
Jim,

Have a great 80th!
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Jun 21, 2013 - 06:09pm PT
Happy 80th B-Day, Jim!
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jun 22, 2013 - 12:27am PT
Happy Birthday, Jim!

Perhaps a good moment to recycle an old story. Check out some of the pictures of Jim BITD.

http://www.supertopo.com/tr/A-Walk-with-McCarthy-in-the-Winds/t223n.html
norm larson

climber
wilson, wyoming
Jun 22, 2013 - 08:07am PT
Hey Jim we miss you in the Tetons. Happy Birthday. Norm & Lorna
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 22, 2013 - 11:07am PT
Sports Illustrated 1958 cover boy!
Sports Illustrated 1958 cover boy!
Credit: Brian in SLC

HBD, Jim!
Gagner

climber
Boulder
Jun 22, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
Happy Birthday Mac ----------- WOOT!!

Paul
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 22, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
Wow! QUITE THE COVER!!! HAppy belated B-DAy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Jun 22, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
Wow! QUITE THE COVER!!!

Yeah, looks like Foops.

Curt
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jun 22, 2013 - 07:34pm PT
You guys inspire me every day. As someone who didn't pick up the sport until his mid 20's and now been at it for 20 years it gives me hope that I will be at it for another 40. My grandfather was a tough ass farmer that worked well into his 80's, and I plan to farm routes until at least the. Happy belated birthday, I love the routes you put up at the tower.
BMcC

Trad climber
Livermore
Jun 22, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
Happy belated Birthday, Jim. ... and such pioneering climbs you've done!
Bill
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 22, 2013 - 10:53pm PT
hey there say, jim mccarthy... HAPPY birthday! sorry a bit slow, here...

:) was 'lost out in the yard' as it was such a nice day... :)

may your birthday new year, be just as nice as a wonderful day!
Kligfield

Mountain climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 3, 2013 - 10:42pm PT
Happy Birthday Jim!

You were simply "the best." It was a pleasure and privilege to climb with you.

Roy
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jul 3, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
LOL

Never saw that shot old friend!

Cheers (gotta give you an etrier primer, after all it's all we can do these days).
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 4, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
I'm real glad I saw this thread.

Thanks for all the good that you have done for the sport.

It is a sport, right, or you wouldn't have been on that vintage cover.

And happy belations to you, as well.

Or cache the greeting this year for next year, then I can be first...

Manny Moore.
jstan

climber
Aug 4, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
The welcoming atmosphere at the Gunks, so enjoyed by us later folk, was set by yourself, Dan Smiley, Hans, and Fritz.

Hard to say anything more meaningful than

Thank you!

J
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Aug 4, 2013 - 11:57pm PT
I remember when I first met Jim in Boulder in the early 1960s, and
when he climbed a little in Eldorado. I always thought of him as
"the man," or one of them.... We have remained friends all through
the years. He was of great help to me when I worked on the history
of free climbing and drove to my house which, then for a short while,
was in Idaho. We sat for hours and talked climbing. He has an
impeccable memory.
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Aug 5, 2013 - 01:39am PT
Happy Birthday Jim,

It's been the utmost pleasure to get to know you and an honor to hang out with you.

Best,
Mal
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Aug 5, 2013 - 01:41am PT
Happy Birthday Jim,

Ken
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Aug 5, 2013 - 04:14pm PT
Happy birthday, belatedly, Jim. Vulgarian to Octogenarian. Welcome to the club.
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