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DrDeeg

Mountain climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Nov 17, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
Pywiak Dome, Nov 17 2013
Pywiak Dome, Nov 17 2013
Credit: DrDeeg

Picture of Pywiak Dome this morning on my way back from Tom Gerughty’s Memorial yesterday at Marin Highlands – a poignant event where family and old friends recalled how fondly we felt about Tom, and how much better looking we all were 40 years ago in Tom’s old slides. I hardly recognized myself, let alone my friends.

Tom Higgins expressed an insightful view of the historical importance of Gerughty’s 1966 ascent, with Dave Meeks, of “The Spiral Dike,” his original name for the route and more evocative than “The Dike Route” as people call it now. By creating one of the first hard Yosemite climbs with no obvious crack system anywhere on it, Tom (Gerughty) started a bold, pioneering practice of following holds upward with the belief that one might be able to stop somewhere and place a bolt. Though not as technically difficult as the Bachar-Yerian, Tom’s 1966 shoes were Kronhofers and he had no hooks to help with bolt placements.
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Pacifica
Nov 17, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
Please post photos of yourselves back in the day here.
It would help so much in keeping tract of who's who and making connection to the old slides[photo[photo[photo[photo[photo[photo
One of the few portraits we have that TCG took. This is David's daught...
One of the few portraits we have that TCG took. This is David's daughter who is now about 40.
Credit: j. Gerughty
id=330772]id=330771]id=330770]id=330769]id=330767]id=330766]. I think I have everyone strait now after meeting you at the memorial gathering. Ken, after you scan those slides, will you post a handful? Please include that clear one of yourself and any other portraits that would be nice to share.

Thank you to all ,who could attend, for joining us in remembering Tom.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 17, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
Long Live The Spiral Dike!

I stepped off the back of a Suzuki 650 long ago and did the route stone cold and unroped. I felt a strong connection with the FA smearing about up there for all I was worth.

I ran into TM many years later and commented on Tom's effort that it still felt hard to me after many ascents and he looked me right in the eye and said "It's always like that".

Certainly was a rite of passage for me long ago. Pure commitment.

Much respect Tom.
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Pacifica
Nov 17, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
The Hulk in the early days
The Hulk in the early days
Credit: j. Gerughty
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 17, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
That photo of Gail is just a stunner!

if you knew her at that time
you'd drop your jaw like mine.

Good rest, Tom.

We'll keep the fires burning.
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Pacifica
Nov 17, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#329496
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Pacifica
Nov 17, 2013 - 06:55pm PT
chillin with sister in law-Carmen
chillin with sister in law-Carmen
Credit: j. Gerughty
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Pacifica
Nov 17, 2013 - 06:56pm PT
with tool box-so appropriate for him. When he was eleven-twelve &#40;m...
with tool box-so appropriate for him. When he was eleven-twelve (maybe) he took apart the plumbing of a playground sink to see how things worked. The police were called thinking it was vandalism but he was just curious and no charges were filed.
Credit: j. Gerughty
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Pacifica
Nov 17, 2013 - 06:56pm PT
Baby Tommy
Baby Tommy
Credit: j. Gerughty
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Pacifica
Nov 17, 2013 - 06:57pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#329496
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Pacifica
Nov 17, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
Credit: j. Gerughty
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Pacifica
Nov 17, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
Credit: j. Gerughty
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Pacifica
Nov 17, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
GR
GR
Credit: j. Gerughty
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 17, 2013 - 07:10pm PT
Cute pictures.....it sounds like the memorial was a very nice event. I hope it helped all of Tom's loved ones find peace.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2013 - 07:55pm PT
Wonderful afternoon with old friends and new and Tom right there with us in spirit and soul. Cool vibrant day out on the Marin Headlands, it would be hard to imagine a better rendezvous and a final goodbye.
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
Nov 17, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
I'm sorry I missed this event and thanks to everyone for posting the photos. Tom and the summer of 1965 when we were near neighbors in Camp 4, will always be dear to my heart.
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