Jim Donini...man or myth?


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Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Dec 26, 2015 - 07:07am PT
A man of many talents.

Jim Clipper

from: forests to tree farms
Dec 26, 2015 - 07:18am PT
Man, Myth, or....

Credit: Jim Clipper

Dec 26, 2015 - 07:25am PT
Oh he's real for sure. Real pissed he's missing the Ted Cruz fundraiser were holding at his house this weekend in Ouray.

The guys about 35 trapped in some chassis that's got a few high miles on it. Not to many folks I respect in climbing because well climbing is not respectful but Jim's one of the few I respect for his total package in the sport.


Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Dec 26, 2015 - 07:59am PT
I don't take any but if there was a supplement called Jim Donini, I would take it.

Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Dec 26, 2015 - 08:32am PT
The Warbler

the edge of America
Dec 26, 2015 - 08:54am PT
The first time I climbed with Jim was with Mark Chapman also, and we were trying to climb a short crack down the road from The Cookie on a scrappy little cliff. This was over forty years ago, so Jim couldn't have been much older than fifty. Chappy had found the splitter and was the most determined of the group to lead it, so he did, not without an all out effort. Jim was next, and he negotiated the crux in fine style, but his incredible strength backfired when he opted to latch onto a munge clump for a mantle at the top out and detached a 100 pound chunk. He came flying off with his big hand hold and the clod landed not far from my feet at the base with a thud and a cloud of dust. The munge clump, that is.

He wasted no time in getting back on it, and I was thoroughly impressed at what a fine and efficient job he did of cleaning the topout.

Chappy named it Fingerlickin'.

You go Do!
this just in

Justin Ross from North Fork
Dec 26, 2015 - 09:03am PT
Never heard of him.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 26, 2015 - 09:06am PT
What's a "Guacano"?

Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Dec 26, 2015 - 12:38pm PT
Credit: MFM

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 26, 2015 - 01:21pm PT
Business Donini style. Climbed all day, 6:00 P.M., comfy chair, red wine, calendar/appointment book.

Outdoor office.
Outdoor office.
Credit: Fritz

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 26, 2015 - 06:19pm PT

JD, JD, he's our man, if he can't do it, nobody can!!!!

Ice climber
Dec 26, 2015 - 06:53pm PT

At a minimum he can read and talk at the same time. Or is it listen?

"What song is Jim listening to right now?"

Credit: zBrown
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Dec 26, 2015 - 09:43pm PT
Classic zBrown... but his song?

That old reprobate is currently listening to the song of the Patagonian wind.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 27, 2015 - 12:35pm PT
And a spicy little ditty it is...

little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Dec 27, 2015 - 01:23pm PT
What's a "Guacano"?

a cannoli stuffed with Guacamole, very popular in Chile, especially with the Guanacos

Trad climber
Depends on the day...
Dec 27, 2015 - 04:42pm PT
Having climbed (and third classed climbs) with Jim in the early seventies I can assure you that he is human. He is also one of the most focused climbers I have ever known, and that focus has warped into the myth.

That said, I had huge amounts of fun in Yosemite with him, and learned to become a better climber because of him.

In retrospect, I see that he has taken many climbers under his wing over the years, and enriched may lives by sharing his climbing prowess.

He is an excellent example of what humans become with focus, knowledge, and a love of life.

Trad climber
Marshell islands atoll
Jan 1, 2016 - 04:50pm PT
More like old School Rocky Mountain legend.
Right there with Layton Kor and a few others.

Social climber
Jan 1, 2016 - 05:01pm PT
I can't deny his existence, nor can I confirm his existence. I guess that makes me agnostic?

Or perhaps he is all and nothing. The entirety of all that has been, is, and will be. The very stuff of which we are all made, and there for I too am Donini. Would that make me a pantheist?

I think this might require another beer.

Jan 1, 2016 - 07:06pm PT
Frickin living legend man.
Wish I could say I knew Jim other than just bumping into him in IC a couple times.
Classic climbing personality.

Warbler.. killer story, well told, as usual. Write a book, seriously!
Andrew "not that burch" Burch

Big Wall climber
Jan 2, 2016 - 05:14am PT
jim is "the man" in my book. i hope i can go after the nose in a day when i am seventy. he is an icon down here in patagonia. i would love to get on something down here with him, but i am afraid i could not keep up on the approach(i can hold my own once i hit the rock). he has been shredding in patagonia for five decades now. ss
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