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.
Please post photos of yourselves back in the day here.
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One of the few portraits we have that TCG took. This is David's daughter who is now about 40.
Credit: j. Gerughty
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Thank you to all ,who could attend, for joining us in remembering Tom.
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.
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.