Tom Gerughty RIP


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Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Sep 9, 2013 - 10:53am PT
It turns out Gail and I live a few miles apart down here in Corralitos and we have many friends in common in the art world here, Cabrillo College also.

Ice climber
Soon 2B in Arizona
Sep 9, 2013 - 10:56am PT
Welcome to Supertopo, Gail
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 9, 2013 - 11:35am PT
Tom's FA and FFA activities in Yosemite Valley

Captain Hook, Right 5.9 FA 1963 Glen Denny, Eric Beck, Dave Cook FFA 1965 Tom Gerughty, Chris Fredricks
Crack of Despair 5.10a FA 1962 Frank Sacherer, Galen Rowell FFA 1964 Frank Sacherer, Chuck Pratt, Tom Gerughty
The Dihardral 5.10c FA 1961 Tom Frost, Royal Robins FFA 1964 Frank Sacherer, Tom Gerughty
Goodrich to the Oasis 5.9 FA 1966 Eric Beck, Mike Cohen, Tom Gerughty
Higher Cathedral Spire, Southeast Side, East Corner 5.10a FA 1965 Tom Gerughty, Chuck Pratt
The Hourglass, Right Side 5.10a FA 1962 Bob Kamps, Frank Sacherer FFA 1964 Frank Sacherer, Tom Gerughty
Jack Pinnacle, Left 5.9 FA 1964 Tom Gerughty, Dave Calfee

Mountain climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Sep 9, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
Fabulous photos. Thanks for posting, and for the link to Gail. I still have several great mugs she made, with carabiners or bongs for the handles.

Trad climber
Sep 9, 2013 - 05:14pm PT

I've saved Nov 16 for possible remembrance of Tom. I may have a few B&W photos he took of me and partners climbing at Pinnacles National Monument, long ago published in Ascent. I will try to find his prints and bring to the event.

I also have a few stories which might be worthy of sharing, one about how we teamed up on Crack of Despair after each of us separately had been dragged up that climb by tough mentors who we loved and hated; another about how I saved Tom after he fell through the ice in Tenaya Lake. Young and dumb, we were ice skating on that lake and unprepared for the worst case! Well, I might also recall a bit about our first ascents in Tuolumne, especially The Vision. Do you think such story sharing would fit the event you have in mind?

Tom Higgins

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 9, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
The images sent shivers up my back. So beautiful.
When I saw the name Gail Ritchie and the ceramics connection, I thought is that the woman that does teapots? Well yup....such a small world. I do a weekly bike ride that starts in front of the market. The Santa Cruz people know where I mean.

Didn't know Tom, but his work would be of great interest to me if it becomes available. It made my heart skip ... Fully captivating.

Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Sep 9, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
Thanks for sharing the photos, Jane.
Here's a flipped version of the sweaters photo:
younger brother David &#40;who also did some climbing&#41; and T.Charl...
younger brother David (who also did some climbing) and T.Charles - love the knit sweaters with their initials
Credit: j. Gerughty
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Sep 9, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
I have never heard the falling through the ice story. Yes, please bring all the tales of the mountains. The memorial will be casual. A chance to meet, greet and share memories etc. Glad you can come.

Note: Gail and her husband will attend also.

Nice to read the initials correctly.Thank you CC!

My family, extended family, and I want to thank you again for all your kindness,understanding and support. Your sentiments have helped us process Tommy's passing in a way that would not have been possible without you.

My husband wants you to know that TCG also worked at the Moscone Center, SF for many years after Mare island doing electrical work -to set up for the Conventions. It seems his skills were appreciated.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Sep 9, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Credit: edit: Peter Haan
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Sep 18, 2013 - 12:41am PT
I sort of went off on a tangent from civilization
and never got back.
Norman Clyde

fits for my brother also.....

Be safe, enjoy time with you family and loved ones, take care,

Sep 18, 2013 - 12:52am PT
That's a hard illness to live with. May he rest in peace and all who have loved him find their way through this.
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Sep 30, 2013 - 08:34pm PT
Met him once in C4, briefly, just knew his name from the Green guide.

Condolences to family and friends.

Mental illness is a tough cookie. I am a full-time carer for my partner, who suffers from Korsakoff's Syndrome (K. Psychosis, K. Dementia, amnesiac-confabulatory syndrome) and depression. Though the depression has eased since we have been together these past six years and the Korsakoff's has gotten "better" after moving from Dalkey (Co Dublin) to Ballytrent (Co Wexford) this past month.

I hope that Tom is resting in peace.

Trad climber
Oct 31, 2013 - 11:13pm PT
Do we have a time for event?

Social climber
Salt Lake City
Nov 1, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Ah, Gerughty, rest well....
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Nov 2, 2013 - 05:55pm PT
Please email me for more info on the memorial event which will be Nov 16 at 3 pm at Marine Headlands Hostel.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 2, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
Jane, that is Marin, not Marine.

further reference:
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:19am PT
Dear friends of T Charles,

The memorial event is scheduled for Sat Nov 16 at 3 pm Marin headlands hostel.

Our main memorial event will be an informal gathering on Sat at 3pm in the dinner hall living room of the officer's quarters for dinner, sharing,viewing photos and conversation.

please rsvp via email


The siblings: jane Gerughty, David Gerughty and respective families

j. Gerughty

Social climber
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:20am PT



Trad climber
Nov 3, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
Hope to bring some old B&W photos Tom shot and developed. Some may wish to show electronic pics, if family agreed. Any provision for projector?
j. Gerughty

Social climber
Nov 5, 2013 - 01:12am PT
yes, Gail has a i need a screen...there might be one at the old house
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