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susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 11, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
Our friend has passed but his memory lives! If you loved Blitzo and want to tell stories, visit with friends, meet some of the family and celebrate the life of a true individual, please join us.

Credit: susan peplow
10b4me

Ice climber
On the Way to Flagstaff
Sep 11, 2013 - 09:40pm PT
I am planning on being there.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Sep 11, 2013 - 09:41pm PT
Nice.. We'll be there.
Chim-Chim

climber
Sep 11, 2013 - 09:41pm PT
Sorry I can't make it to his sending off... will be in my thoughts though R.I.P.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Sep 11, 2013 - 09:49pm PT


Credit: locker
...

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 11, 2013 - 09:58pm PT
hey there say, thank you, susan...

i am glad blitzo was an online taco friend to me,
and will always cherish that...

god bless this event in very special ways...
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Sep 11, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
PROUD!
Every thing surrounding this is Proud!
And I'm so Proud to be around so many caring people!
I love The Blitz!
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Sep 11, 2013 - 11:18pm PT
Sorry to hear this. My condolences.
Gal

Trad climber
going big air to fakie
Sep 12, 2013 - 01:27am PT
I will be there.
rlf

Trad climber
Josh, CA
Sep 12, 2013 - 04:07am PT
See ya there!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 12, 2013 - 05:29am PT
I'm there.
Scole

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
Sep 12, 2013 - 05:46am PT
I'm there
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Sep 12, 2013 - 06:03am PT
I plan to be there.
SofCookay

climber
Sep 12, 2013 - 07:39am PT
We will be there.
Barbarian

climber
Sep 12, 2013 - 09:44am PT
I'll be there.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Sep 12, 2013 - 10:15am PT
I'll be there (Oh yeah;....it's at my house...)..My wife Andrea will be there too...........


Credit: Todd Gordon


Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Dave Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Fredricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Hossjulia
60. James Barnett
61. Susan
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Charlie B.
79. Karen Roseme
80. Steve Belford
81. Anastasia
82. Jude Bischoff
83. Laura Gerhart
84. Todd Battey
85. Brokedownclimber
86. Don Reyes
87. Vegas Climber
88. Christina

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Sep 12, 2013 - 10:22am PT
Most excellent gang, on a most excellent mission.

Free sailing Blitzo!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 12, 2013 - 10:24am PT
I'll be there
OR

Trad climber
Sep 12, 2013 - 10:27am PT
RIP Sir. Vibes to family and friends and enjoy celebrating his life on the 9th. Phil
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Sep 12, 2013 - 10:32am PT
Me 'n the Mrs. Monkey will be there.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Sep 12, 2013 - 11:27am PT
Yep.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 12, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
I'm in
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Sep 12, 2013 - 01:16pm PT
I'm in. If anybody sees me in the middle of Utah with my thumb out pick me up.
Mike Friedrichs

Sport climber
City of Salt
Sep 12, 2013 - 01:30pm PT
I'm going to try and make this one too. Blitzo was really kind to me and it seems like a good time to get together and support each other.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Sep 12, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
Yes, will be there.
MisterE

climber
Sep 12, 2013 - 05:45pm PT
A bump to keep this on the front page for those who may be interested in attending, and a thank you to Todd and family for their gracious hosting (again).
hossjulia

climber
Sep 12, 2013 - 05:48pm PT
I will be there if I make it.
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Sep 12, 2013 - 06:43pm PT
I won't be there in person, but my thoughts, smiles, sadness, and remembrances (of the man that I never met yet still profoundly influenced me) will be.
Dr. F.

Boulder climber
SoCal
Sep 12, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
I was on the Gordo list, then off on the Locker list
what gives?

I guess I will have to wait for the final list to see if I am going to make it or not
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 12, 2013 - 06:57pm PT
Wish i could be there, i'll be in China. The guest list is as fine a testament as he could have.
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Sep 12, 2013 - 08:14pm PT
Date marked on the calender, I'll be there
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 12, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
Add SCseagoat and Ferretlegger....aka Susan and Michael


Susan
SofCookay

climber
Sep 12, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
Change Sofcookay to Sonya & Kate :)
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Sep 12, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
Yes.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Sep 12, 2013 - 09:28pm PT
Got the changes, Sonya and Kate;..thanks..(Locker;..you list is missing a few;..I got it....)....
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Sep 12, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
Sep 12, 2013 - 10:15am PT
I'll be there (Oh yeah;....it's at my house...)..My wife Andrea will be there too...........




Credit: Todd Gordon
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Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Dave Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Fredricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Hossjulia
60. James Barnett
61. Susan
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Charlie B.
79. Karen Rosme
80. Steve Belford
81. Anastasia
82. Jude Bischoff
83. Laura Gerhart
84. Todd Battey
85. Brokedownclimber
86. Don Reyes
87. Vegas Climber
88. Christina
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Sep 12, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
^^^PROUD^^^
A better thing to me than free soloing the Nose.

Would be, to be, standing next to Billie and seeing his face when all these people come together and Cheers his name..

He prolly would blow it off at first. But I'm sure it's the only time I would ever see him jerk a tear.

Salute to Will I Am!
Orion

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Sep 13, 2013 - 12:05am PT
Scoot up a little closer to the virtual campfire for the passing and celebration of one of the tribe.

Thanks for hosting Todd et all.
Sioux Juan

Big Wall climber
Costa mesa
Sep 13, 2013 - 12:13am PT
I'll be there.................fur sur

........................steve
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Sep 13, 2013 - 01:48am PT

"I was on the Gordo list, then off on the Locker list
what gives?"
...


You were voted off the island...

LOL!!!...



"..(Locker;..you list is missing a few;..I got it....)...."...


I see that...

and I might add...

excellent work!!!...



I bailed on my list all together recognizing that you are updating yours...(That means Dr F. is back on the island)...

;-)

Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Sep 13, 2013 - 10:02am PT
Looks like it's going to be a wonderful celebration.

I would attend, but I didn't know Blitzo personally in any way, just through his posts here and following what happened at the end. Much thanks to Gordo for hosting though!
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Sep 13, 2013 - 10:04am PT
Todd's the man.
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Sep 13, 2013 - 11:49am PT
I will be there.

Mike Fogarty
Fish Finder

Social climber
Sep 13, 2013 - 03:34pm PT



I am tilting my glass this very moment and sparking up in memory of the Bloot

I look forward to doing the same with his friends in Josh on Nov 9th.

RIP Blitzo

The Candy Man

guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Sep 13, 2013 - 03:39pm PT
We will see you all....

Have a few Cold Ones and a few more...

toast to Bill


Guy Keesee
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2013 - 04:54pm PT
Huge thank you to the Serniuk family for hosting this celebration along with the Gordon Family for providing the venue! Billy's sister Martha has been reading ST along with possibly brother's Greg & Gary! We so very much looking forward to meeting Billy's siblings and hope you'll be joining in the memorial of friend and brother!

Todd - I hijacked your list to add a few more in.....

Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Dave Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Fredricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Hossjulia
60. James Barnett
61. Susan
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Sep 13, 2013 - 04:57pm PT


"We so very much looking forward to meeting Billy's siblings"...

Yes!!!...

;-)
CrazytownIndianCoveAKATheAGENT

Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Sep 13, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
ill be there
Charlie B

Social climber
Santa Rosa, Ca
Sep 14, 2013 - 11:28am PT
NO! Ah man, when I first started climbing in Tuolumne and Josh Blitzo was a good friend and super fun to hang out with, I will always remember the great stories and memories he left me! Thanks my friend! You will not be forgotten! I will try to get to Josh.
Steve Belford

Sport climber
Poway, CA
Sep 14, 2013 - 04:41pm PT
Please add Steve Belford and Karen Roseme. Thanks
Anastasia

climber
Home
Sep 14, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
I plan to be there too. I'll tell Bill.
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Sep 14, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
Add Jude Bischoff and Laura Gerhart to the list.
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Sep 14, 2013 - 08:41pm PT
I really wish I could come to this. Distance and personal grief and mourning here in my own immediate family are too much to make the trip. Best to everyone, Chris Runner.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Sep 15, 2013 - 06:46am PT
I'll try to be there too!
Moquah

Trad climber
Carson City Nevada
Sep 15, 2013 - 08:06am PT
Thanks for opening your home for this Todd. I'm going to make a great effort to be there. Don Reyes
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Sep 15, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
Just got the word about Blitzo and the Memorial when James stopped by TPR yesterday. Count me in. Billy was a unique, gifted person in many ways.

So can any of us do anything to help pull this off? Thanks Susan and Todd for putting this together. I will be back from the Sierra by then if you need any help.

Hurts to lose a loved one and a community member. Peace to all. lynne
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Sep 16, 2013 - 06:51pm PT
After speaking to Todd, we have decided to attend as well. Please add myself and my better half, Christina, to the list. Please let us know if there is anything we can bring to help, other then more beer.
I believe I have a couple jars of (legal) moonshine that can make the trip.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Sep 16, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
Vegas climber and Christina;...cool;..glad you will be attending. Bring beer if you wish;....BUT a local brewer is making 6 kegs (small kegs;...55 drinks each keg)......so that is 330 glasses (or cups ) of beer......Tucker will drink about 80......so there will still be alot left;.......thanks, and see you Nov. 9th.........
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Sep 18, 2013 - 07:21pm PT
Please add me to the list.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Sep 18, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
i'm going to try to come. might not know until the last minute if i can get off work then.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 18, 2013 - 08:19pm PT
IN!

Blitzo dude.

I heard someone say something about this a while back and I thought they were kidding. I must be living in a cave WTF.
Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 18, 2013 - 08:20pm PT
hey there say, all...

of course, i will be there IN SPIRIT...

just so you know, >:D<
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Sep 18, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
I don't doubt that when Blitzo hears about this party, he'll show up from where ever he's at!!!
Might as well put him on the list!
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Sep 18, 2013 - 08:41pm PT
Man, I wish we didn't live so far away... Should be a great and fun tribute!
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 18, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Dave Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Fredricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Hossjulia
60. James Barnett
61. Susan
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Steve Belford
79. Karen Roseme
80. Anastasia
81. Jude Bischoff
82. Laura Gerhart
83. LL LL
84. Vegasclimber
85. Christina
86. drljefe
87. Brokedownclimber
88. Wally Barker
89. Karen Bailey
90. Sarah Schneider
91. Frankie Santos
92. Cal Gerberding
93. Steve Gerberding
94. Darryl Hammonds

Possible maybe, too early to tell list:
Don Reyes
KLK
Charlie B
Marissa Christman
Bridget Fithian
Marty Lewis
Sharon Lewis
Chez
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA/Joshua Tree
Sep 18, 2013 - 10:32pm PT
What a list!! Am so excited to see so many of those coming up, down and across to JT for this. As well as all of our high desert locals. Going to be like a giant climber reunion of sorts.

Billy had the best friendships. That lives on.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 19, 2013 - 08:17am PT
Credit: dee ee
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Sep 19, 2013 - 08:22am PT


the n00b...

Fish Finder

Social climber
Sep 19, 2013 - 10:29am PT


Ive only been to Josh a handful of times

and every time I was there I saw Billy

It will be strange this time for me without seeing him

What a great loss.

You are missed Blitzo!!!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Sep 19, 2013 - 01:35pm PT
I am going to try to make it for the Memorial.
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Sep 19, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
I'll be there!
MisterE

climber
Sep 19, 2013 - 06:14pm PT
What a crew.

You will be celebrated, Bill.

This list speaks volumes about how well you were known and loved.
Cole

Trad climber
los angeles
Sep 19, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
Steph and I would love to come! We'll be there!
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Sep 19, 2013 - 07:39pm PT
Can I bring The Bird?
Peace
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Sep 19, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
No pets allowed...
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Sep 19, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
Ron;..counting on you and Jim being there......wouldn't be right w/out you guys...
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Sep 20, 2013 - 06:48am PT
Sounds like this will be a great shindig for Blitzo, would love to make it as well. Count my GF and myself as well please.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 20, 2013 - 09:12am PT
Add Mimi and me to the Blitzo Package!

We'll bring pressure on the edges...Big Pressure!

Blitzo is gonna be sipping from everyone's glass and we are psyched to come and raise ours in his honor.

Russ, Susan and the Gordons- Good on you and the JT community for showing such love, compassion and respect for a true friend at every turn. What more could you ask for on the way in or out?!?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Sep 20, 2013 - 09:15am PT
Wow.. Betcha Billy be smiling...
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Sep 20, 2013 - 09:19am PT

"Russ, Susan and the Gordons- Good on you and the JT community for showing such love, compassion and respect for a true friend at every turn. What more could you ask for on the way in or out?!?"...



So VERY true!!!...





Captain...or Skully

climber
Sep 20, 2013 - 09:20am PT
dammit. just came from The Oil Patch and saw this....I can't be there, but I definitely dig(dug?) the Blitz. Dude's The Mack.
Miss you old friend. Vibes, I guess.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Sep 20, 2013 - 04:48pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Rob Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Fredricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Hossjulia
60. James Barnett
61. Susan
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Steve Belford
79. Karen Roseme
80. Anastasia
81. Jude Bischoff
82. Laura Gerhart
83. LL LL
84. Vegasclimber
85. Christina
86. drljefe
87. Brokedownclimber
88. Wally Barker
89. Karen Bailey
90. Sarah Schneider
91. Frankie Santos
92. Cal Gerberding
93. Steve Gerberding
94. Darryl Hammonds
95. Cosmic
96. Karen
97. Cole Gibson
98. Stephanie
99. Jim Bridwell
100. Dirt Claud
101. gf of Dirt claud
102. Steve Grossman
103. Mimi Grossman
104. Mike Lechlinski
105. Mari Gingery
106. G. Davis
107. Wayne Burns


Possible maybe, too early to tell list:
Don Reyes
KLK
Charlie B
Marissa Christman
Bridget Fithian
Marty Lewis
Sharon Lewis
Chez
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 23, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
I'm in.

Rob

k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Sep 23, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Couldn't have a finer set of bro's, that man.

Will see if I can make the trek ...
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Sep 23, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
Rob stahl...I already had you on the list;.but I had you as Dave Stahl....I must have been thinking of your bro;....I miss him;.....he is an awesome dude..see you soon....
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 23, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
Am I going to be the only one representing the BAWC? Come on you guys, come on down!!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 24, 2013 - 06:39am PT
NP Gordo,

Thanks for hosting this. Dave will be out again soon and we will come bye.

F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Sep 27, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
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Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Sep 27, 2013 - 08:20pm PT
Add Mike and Mari to the list....
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Sep 27, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
I would like to go and support my friends but I didn't know him... I don't want to invite myself but I can bring hugs.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Sep 27, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
GDavis: You could bring beer and I'll escort you in?

It is somewhat to totally catered and all that and this list is sort of a headcount for the food and drink... but, the Bloot would never want anyone carrying beer denied entry to anything in his honor, or anyones honor for that matter. Email us closer to the event to see how you can help out. You've got my info I think. Cheers!
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Sep 27, 2013 - 08:35pm PT
he was just an aquaintance
my loss

would see him here and there outback
and couple years ago at todds

he looked down on my can of steel reserve and just smiled


cracked that grin and asked me how id been






Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Sep 27, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
G.Davis;....you are on the list;.....come out and join the climbing community and drink beer in remembrance of Blitzo;...that is what it is all about, and that is what he would appreciate and enjoy;......climbers getting together to drink beer.......no better way to show respect and to remember the man by;......you have my personal invitation, Russ Walling's blessings, and Blitzo's approval (as long as you quaff brews, that is...)....see you Nov. 9th...
WBraun

climber
Sep 27, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
climbers getting together to drink beer.......no better way to show respect

So Billy was an incarnation of beer drinking?

:-)
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Sep 27, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
Blitzo loved his beer...........throw one down your neck; a proper way to remember him by........(There is going to be 6 mini-kegs of local brewed beer......join in the drinking...)..........
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Sep 28, 2013 - 07:27am PT
This is shaping up as a traditional Irish Wake! Drink him under the ground!
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Sep 28, 2013 - 07:36am PT

I agree!!!...

GDavis you SHOULD be there!!!...

Be good to see you...

;-)


GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Sep 28, 2013 - 08:11pm PT
I'll bring some San Diego brews (the 'GUD' stuff!!) and some salsa.

Blitzo was a character, for sure. I love characters, real people. Sounds like quite a few will be there!

One of the best feelings in the world is the moment you realize you get to choose your family. Love it or hate it, we're all lifers.
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Sep 28, 2013 - 10:18pm PT
.. San Diego brews
some Green Flash I suspect. Hail Blitzo!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 29, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
I have a feeling that Blitz would appreciate a celebration of someone's life, anyone's life, much less his own. We can all help to celebrate his and anyone else who has met him, has not met him or may have met him at any point.

The dude was having fun at every point I met him.

It was he that reminded me that we had climbed in the late '70's. I checked the records and he was right we had hooked up 30 years PREVIOUSLY.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Sep 29, 2013 - 09:07pm PT
I'll make it a point to motor out and pay my respects.
Sounds like a great opportunity to spend quality time with the tribe. (Thanks Billy!!)
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Sep 29, 2013 - 09:16pm PT

"Dude's the Mack!!!"...

Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Oct 1, 2013 - 09:17am PT
Please put me on the list! Will try and get "Lovely" to go too.

Bringing a case a beer and some stuff to eat - just let me know what we need.

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Oct 1, 2013 - 09:45am PT
I will bring some Ballast Point!

All Hail the Blitz!
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 1, 2013 - 09:46am PT


I will bring some marijuana...

;-)

Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Oct 2, 2013 - 11:35am PT
^ really? - would have never guessed...

Where's everyone camping out? I can make a res at IC but if a lot of people are going somewhere else like The Pit let me know please.

10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Flagstaff
Oct 2, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
I can make a res at IC

not right now. site is down.
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Oct 2, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
oh that's right...jesus...well I guess no one else can either.
10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Flagstaff
Oct 2, 2013 - 03:17pm PT
unfortunately, peeps who reserve group campsites usually make them months in advance.
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Oct 2, 2013 - 07:21pm PT
Todd, nice of you to host a party again. My year would not be complete if I was not celebrating something one a year at your pad. So I am going to try and make it. I'll get back and confirm soon. Just wanted to bump it back to the front.

Nice of you to put this on Susan. It was good seeing you at Facelift. If I show up feel free to put me to work!
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 2, 2013 - 07:31pm PT
Hey H, that would be great if you could join in and fun to see you and LP too. I'll be posting sometime next week as to what's needed for those of you able to pitch in. In the meantime, we're looking for photos of Blitzo. If you've got them, please send to me or better yet, Russ directly. They'll be used for the slideshow.

Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Rob Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Fredricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Hossjulia
60. James Barnett
61. Susan
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Steve Belford
79. Karen Roseme
80. Anastasia
81. Jude Bischoff
82. Laura Gerhart
83. LL LL
84. Vegasclimber
85. Christina
86. drljefe
87. Brokedownclimber
88. Wally Barker
89. Karen Bailey
90. Sarah Schneider
91. Frankie Santos
92. Cal Gerberding
93. Steve Gerberding
94. Darryl Hammonds
95. Cosmic
96. Karen
97. Cole Gibson
98. Stephanie
99. Jim Bridwell
100. Dirt Claud
101. gf of Dirt claud
102. Steve Grossman
103. Mimi Grossman
104. Mike Lechlinski
105. Mari Gingery
106. G. Davis
107. Wayne Burns
108. Banks
109. Martha Walser
110. Mr. Walser
111. Roots
112. Pud


Possible maybe, too early to tell list:
Don Reyes
KLK
Charlie B
Marissa Christman
Bridget Fithian
Marty Lewis
Sharon Lewis
Chez
Harrison aka H
Lovely
swanson

Trad climber
Carlsbad
Oct 3, 2013 - 04:16pm PT
I'll be there.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 3, 2013 - 04:25pm PT


That's one hell of a list...

Pretty fuking cool!...



Credit: locker
...
Fish Finder

Social climber
Oct 4, 2013 - 11:17am PT
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Anyone notice the cross floating above Blitzos head in the clouds?



Edit:double entendre
caughtinside

Social climber
Oakland, CA
Oct 4, 2013 - 11:18am PT
I'll be there Sooze!
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
Caught that's perfect we miss you. Bring your suit to maybe hit the river and a buy in too! We have poker night planned for Friday at Casa de Pescado with Jingy and FishFinder! I'm going to call Dreamy and see if he's coming down too.

Meanwhile, beer choices are being made and preparations for a great celebration underway. Blitzo would be proud.

scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Oct 4, 2013 - 05:20pm PT
I'm a very probable.
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 7, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
With Blitzo's memorial approaching I'm calling friends and loved ones to the front lines. We are looking for photos of Blitzo. If you have them, please get with me or Russ to send them either electronically or if you have multiples perhaps send us a disk. If possible include any details about the photo or better yet - imprint details on the "slide" so all we need to do is add it to the show. Ideally, if you have good shots can you get on this sooner vs. later as they will be shown on the slideshow during the memorial.

Also, those of you who would like to help with the Memorial.... we need the following items and volunteers.

 Pre-Memorial preppers for the Gordon Ranch (11/8pm and 11/9 am)
 Post-Memorial cleaners and haulers of trash (11/10am)
 Christmas lights, electrical cords and other lighting for venue
 Large Trash cans
 Tables & Chairs for food and people to sit eat and enjoy conversation
 Projector for electronic slideshow. Todd has an available screen

Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Rob Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Fredricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Hossjulia
60. James Barnett
61. Susan Walker
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Steve Belford
79. Karen Roseme
80. Anastasia
81. Jude Bischoff
82. Laura Gerhart
83. LL LL
84. Vegasclimber
85. Christina
86. drljefe
87. Brokedownclimber
88. Wally Barker
89. Karen Bailey
90. Sarah Schneider
91. Frankie Santos
92. Cal Gerberding
93. Steve Gerberding
94. Jingy
95. Cosmic
96. Karen
97. Cole Gibson
98. Stephanie
99. Jim Bridwell
100. Dirt Claud
101. gf of Dirt claud
102. Steve Grossman
103. Mimi Grossman
104. Mike Lechlinski
105. Mari Gingery
106. G. Davis
107. Wayne Burns aka Pud
108. Banks
109. Martha Walser
110. Mr. Walser
111. Roots
112. Greg Epperson
113. Marty Lewis
114: Sharon Lewis
115: Chris Trudeau
116: Caughtinside
117: Grant Hiskes
118: Mary Ann Kelly
119: Date of Sue Lacey
120: Lori Wilkerson
121: Swanson
122: Yuko Ichihara

Possible maybe, too early to tell list:

Don Reyes
KLK
Charlie B
Marissa Christman
Bridget Fithian
Chez
Harrison aka H
Lovely
ScuffyB
Ed Hartouni
K-man
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Oct 7, 2013 - 10:53pm PT
what kind of projector? a digital projector for a laptop?
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 8, 2013 - 09:48am PT
Yeah Lucky, that might be the correct term. Digital projector needed!!

Are you coming? On the "maybe" list with H?
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Oct 8, 2013 - 10:00am PT
I'm good to help Pre-celebration! I can bring a "crew" if need be. Just let me know.
Peace
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 8, 2013 - 06:09pm PT
Oh, Scuffy, Ed, lucky, be there!
sullly

Trad climber
Oct 8, 2013 - 06:20pm PT
Nice to see Sooze relaxing at the Face Feast, not in charge of a Gordon Ranch extravaganza. Huge admiration for all she does for these functions.
Cole

Trad climber
los angeles
Oct 8, 2013 - 06:21pm PT
I have a projector that works with a laptop. Only problem is it has a little bleeding on the left hand edge of the frame...if you guys can't rustle up a better one mine should work fine in a pinch. Just let me know and I'll bring it.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 8, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
Susan, I have a projector you may use. I will be going home this coming weekend, and will be happy to bring it back down to the southland on Sunday. Perhaps we can find another friend in the LA basin that may be heading to Josh and hand it off to you guys, so you can get it dialed in prior to the bash.

DR
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 8, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
Wow, you guys are all so great! Cole, please bring your projector as a back-up, can't be too prepared right?

Ron, you are on-duty as a prepper. Bring whoever you can to get the GordoRanch ready for the masses. If the crew finishes early.... go play or start drinking. Friday prepping would be great if possible but I'm sure with the right people you could pull it off by 3pm Saturday too. Sofcookay is on to help too, along with BlueBlocker and F10.

Thanks Sullly,that's sweet but it's the SuperTaco community at large that makes all this stuff happen. Pretty neat to be a part of it.

Cragman, that's fantastic!!! No need to pass it off southlanders. Maybe coordinate with Marty Lewis. He and Sharon are headed down as is FishFinder, Karen Roseme and hopefully Chez. Between that crew we can get it down the east side and back up to you no problem. THANKS!!!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Oct 8, 2013 - 06:58pm PT
I'll bring lights again.

And a case of home made salsa.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 8, 2013 - 06:59pm PT
OK Sooze....but I would love to get it to you sooner, so you can make sure you get it dialed in prior to the event. I'm overdue to do some climbing with Cosmic anyway, so I will plan on getting out to Josh in the next couple weeks, and will drop it by.

DR
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 8, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
Dean, that will work too and having it pre-party is probably smart. Thanks again!

edit: Thanks Wendall!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Oct 8, 2013 - 07:04pm PT
november is looking screwed for me.

i doubt i can go.
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Oct 8, 2013 - 07:53pm PT
Saturday fer sure and we can pull it off no prob! Friday is 33 years of beautiful marriage to my wonderful bride Kelly, so I opt to be with her Friday, but she's given clearance to go celebrate Blitzo Saturday. I'll bring a couple tables and large cans for garbage or booze. I'll organize a barrio crew to get set up.
Peace

Kerwin, yer part of the Barrio Crew!
Tan Slacks

climber
Joshua Tree
Oct 8, 2013 - 07:55pm PT
Hey Susan,

I think we talked about this earlier ( I can't remember ) but we'll be setting up the PA in time for the festivities to begin. Something to get your voice heard over the raging masses.

Did you say Friday night poker?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 8, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
Sooze, so far the photes I have I have posted. Grab them off this thread and I will look for more.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 8, 2013 - 08:09pm PT


Credit: locker
...


dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 8, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
.......and some of his classic shots.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 8, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
I will be there early Friday and would love to help in any way. Can do with the pre and post clean up or anything else. Cheers, Lynne
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 9, 2013 - 05:59am PT
No sure of our arrival time but I'll volunteer The Larry for all sorts of undesirable tasks!
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Oct 9, 2013 - 08:04am PT
Even though I was there through so much of it, and thought I had processed well, it is just now beginning to really hit home...

I miss the hell out of the n00b...

What the fuk...


Locker, I feel you, and what you're feeling is quite normal... and will sneak up on you from time to time.
You are blessed to have been so close to a man who meant so much to you.

"When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
~Khalil Gibran

~peace, Lisa Mae

locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 9, 2013 - 08:07am PT


;-)

Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Oct 9, 2013 - 08:10am PT
See you in November, Locker.

;)


~peace to all
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Oct 9, 2013 - 09:54am PT
Sooze,

I will bring an Easy-up, some lights and help with the prep.

Thanks again for coordinating!

Rob
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 9, 2013 - 08:31pm PT
His pics in the Cali Road Trip guidebook made it special. Showed us the history, peeled back the years, brought us right back. He was so giving and cool and why do those kind go so early?
Celebrate his memory you guys, and celebrate each other.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 9, 2013 - 08:42pm PT

Jaybro, don't let the Larry rap by himself!!!!


hee hee hee. . .
wish I could be there.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 9, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
Handsome profiles. Blitzo, Miss you Sir Dude. Peace and Joy to you in ...
Handsome profiles. Blitzo, Miss you Sir Dude. Peace and Joy to you in the Cosmos.
Credit: LL LL

BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Oct 9, 2013 - 09:09pm PT
I hear ya Slater!

Right back at'cha!

I hope you last a long, long, long time!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 9, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
Blitzo and the White Knights
Blitzo and the White Knights
Credit: LL LL
Tan Slacks

climber
Joshua Tree
Oct 9, 2013 - 10:32pm PT
Wow Lynn!

I have never seen that picture of Billy and I above. Of course he is drinking the better brew!

Thanks and see you at the Memorial.

Here is a picture that Leigh-Ann sent me this morning. She found it on Bills hard drive. Years ago in Todd's living room. Donny, Al, Mike and I. We're going to bring it back on the 9th.

Cactus Pricks
Cactus Pricks
Credit: Blitzo

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 9, 2013 - 10:39pm PT
Tan Slacks, Glad you like. :)

Also totally forgot I have a photo bucket account and just found a couple of Billy with Beth and Fish from Thanksgiving 2009....if I can figure out how to get them from there to here.

See ya 11/9. Cheers, Lynne.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 9, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
Cheers to your best of friendships.
Cheers to your best of friendships.
Credit: LL LL

CrazytownIndianCoveAKATheAGENT

Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Oct 10, 2013 - 05:54pm PT
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2245142/Who-What-Where-Is-This-Blitzos-Photographs


Started a new post on the Taco looking for help in identifying places and people in some of Blitzo's work.

Thank you guys for all your help! See you soon :)
Fish Finder

Social climber
Oct 10, 2013 - 10:15pm PT
Hey LL LL

is that also Zip in the photo? its small and hard to see.



Hi Leigh-Ann.... who can even remember the 70's
Looking forward to meeting you on 11/9
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 10, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
Yep, Fishfinder, that is Zip. My faux pas for forgetting to mention him. Know the photo is small, but I thought Beth would like it regardless. Peace and Joy, lynnie.
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 11, 2013 - 10:11am PT
Hey all, Billy's Memorial Service is November 9th and we hope to see you all at the celebration. If you plan on attending please RSVP to the "event" or contact me so we can get a handle on food/beverage needs.

For the Memorial Slideshow we are looking for photos with Billy IN THEM. If at all possible please prepare the photos by indicating who's in the shot & where is the photo was taken. That way all Russ will need to do is lob them into the slideshow. Worst case, we still want your photos......but please list on the email and/or the .jpg pertinent info.

Many of you already have photos posted here on ST. For ease, quality resolution & Russ's time on this project please submit any pictures with Blitzo in them directly to either me or Russ. If you don't have our email address' shoot us a PM.

Oh yeah, the sooner the better as this project will take a bit of effort to put together as it's coming from so many sources.

Thanks!

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Oct 12, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Susan;...add Dorinda Worthy, Pam Schoenborn, Robby Schoenborn, Brian Shoenborn, Cubby Shoenborn....thanks...
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 12, 2013 - 04:27pm PT
I'll be back in So Cal (South Bay) tomorrow evening with the camera in hand. Next weekend, I am in Rancho Cucamonga all day Friday and Saturday. Anyone heading out to Josh and willing to shuttle the camera over to Susan's place, let me know....I can meet ya somewhere along the way.

Thanks,
DR
CrazytownIndianCoveAKATheAGENT

Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Oct 13, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
http://blitzofoto.org/blitzo-climbs-grand-teton-with-erret-allen-1975/

With the help of Russ, Errett, Fish Finder...a little trip down memory lane... thought you guys might enjoy :)


H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Oct 14, 2013 - 08:47pm PT
Bump

Susan, Mo and I will be there Saturday morning to help out, so save something for us to do. Its a long haul, so we want to get some climbing in on the way. Maybe New Jack. We're open to ideas. Anyone want to join us; Cosmic, Mr. E?

If the park is still closed we'll stay at the pit or maybe Todd's if he'll have us. Looking forward to seeing everyone and memorializing Blitzo in fine fashion. Y'all know how to throw a good party!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Oct 14, 2013 - 08:49pm PT
AAKK!
This is so tempting!
MisterE

climber
Oct 14, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
H! Got it on the radar - hope we can join you guys for some pitches...your lead? LOL!

Erik
aldude

climber
Monument Manor
Oct 15, 2013 - 12:50am PT
Well well well .......
Credit: aldude
Lori W

climber
AZ
Oct 15, 2013 - 12:13pm PT
Manny and I will be there
Sagebrush Sally

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Ca
Oct 15, 2013 - 03:47pm PT
Seth and I will definitely be there.
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 15, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
We are still looking for photos of Blitzo. If you have them, please get with me or Russ to send them either electronically or if you have multiples perhaps send us a disk. If possible include any details about the photo or better yet - imprint details on the "slide" so all we need to do is add it to the show. Ideally, if you have good shots can you get on this sooner vs. later as they will be shown on the slideshow during the memorial.

Also, those of you who would like to help with the Memorial.... we need the following items and volunteers.

Pre-Memorial preppers for the Gordon Ranch (11/8pm and 11/9 am)
Post-Memorial cleaners and haulers of trash (11/10am)
Christmas lights, electrical cords and other lighting for venue
Large Trash cans
Tables & Chairs for food and people to sit eat and enjoy conversation

Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Rob Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Friedricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Hossjulia
60. James Barnett
61. Susan Walker
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Steve Belford
79. Karen Roseme
80. Anastasia
81. Jude Bischoff
82. Laura Gerhart
83. LL LL
84. Vegasclimber
85. Christina
86. drljefe
87. Brokedownclimber
88. Wally Barker
89. Karen Bailey
90. Sarah Schneider
91. Frankie Santos
92. Cal Gerberding
93. Steve Gerberding
94. Jingy
95. Cosmic
96. Karen
97. Cole Gibson
98. Stephanie
99. Jim Bridwell
100. Dirt Claud
101. gf of Dirt claud
102. Steve Grossman
103. Mimi Grossman
104. Mike Lechlinski
105. Mari Gingery
106. G. Davis
107. Wayne Burns aka Pud
108. Banks
109. Martha Walser
110. Mr. Walser
111. Roots
112. Greg Epperson
113. Marty Lewis
114: Sharon Lewis
115: Chris Trudeau
116: Caughtinside
117: Grant Hiskes
118: Mary Ann Kelly
119: Date of Sue Lacey
120: Lori Wilkerson
121: Swanson
122: Yuko Ichihara
123. Manny Rangel
124. LuckyPink
125. H
126. Swanson
127. Eva Fitts
128. Ed Hartouni
129. Sabra Zaharias
130. Seth Zaharias

Possible maybe, too early to tell list:

Don Reyes
KLK
Charlie B
Marissa Christman
Bridget Fithian
Chez
Lovely
ScuffyB
K-man
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 15, 2013 - 05:36pm PT


Credit: locker
...


Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 15, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
well susan, my son John and I were planning on coming down. That list if getting mighty long. Is Todd ready to yell uncle and limit the guest list?

send me a note about food/drink that we can contribute.
thudge

climber
CO
Oct 15, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
Locker, awesome photo........thanks.
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 15, 2013 - 06:53pm PT
Todd and I both guessed 150 people two months back when still in planning stages; I believe we'll be close to that. I'm probably going to order some more Beer & Food just in case.

If you enjoyed Blitzo either in person, virtually or his photography and want to share in a wonderful send off then please do come and join us for his Memorial.

It will be a grand get together of friends, his sister Marta & husband, story telling and music! Unfortunately, Billy's twin brothers will not be able to attend.

Blitzo's sister Martha is generously covering the expense of the event so we don't need anything on that end. I think I can speak for her in amazement and gratitude for all the generosity the Super Topo community did for Billy during his fight.

If you're willing to contribute some time to prepare the Gordon Ranch in clean up, lights and overall set up that's great. Or, seems we've got a good crew for that now, better yet may be be to hang back on Sunday for post-party clean up.


Gal

Trad climber
going big air to fakie
Oct 15, 2013 - 08:10pm PT
I have a couple of boxes of christmas lights I will bring... i got carried away in the purchase a while back...
Gal

Trad climber
going big air to fakie
Oct 15, 2013 - 08:14pm PT
Hey Russ, Yep, let me check out the serial numbers... I'll email ya in a few.
MisterE

climber
Oct 15, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
Sent 14 pictures tonight - hope you got them!
JMC

climber
the land of milk and honey
Oct 15, 2013 - 08:22pm PT
Out of the country that weekend (being insufferable on public forum). Damnit, I knew Blitzo only online from here and Todd's jtree forum. Was he droll or wry? Ah, he was something else.
One exchange I'll never forget, as it highlighted my naivete about most things criminal, was when he declared he was going on a government sponsored vacation. I replied, "have a good trip", or something to that effect, believing he really was going on vacation. Vacation from what job? should have been my first and only clue In reality, he was going to log 3 months in the slammer for some peccadillo. Cheers Blitzo.
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 15, 2013 - 08:22pm PT
I have Erik's photos, already in "the file". I'll fix 126 with the next RSVP, thx.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 16, 2013 - 08:04pm PT


Credit: locker
...




MisterE

climber
Oct 16, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
His MountainProject avatar pic still cracks me up:



locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 16, 2013 - 08:22pm PT

Dude's the Mack!!!...

;-)

Credit: locker
...

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Oct 16, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Rob Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Friedricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Hossjulia
60. James Barnett
61. Susan Walker
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Steve Belford
79. Karen Roseme
80. Anastasia
81. Jude Bischoff
82. Laura Gerhart
83. LL LL
84. Vegasclimber
85. Christina
86. drljefe
87. Brokedownclimber
88. Wally Barker
89. Karen Bailey
90. Sarah Schneider
91. Frankie Santos
92. Cal Gerberding
93. Steve Gerberding
94. Jingy
95. Cosmic
96. Karen
97. Cole Gibson
98. Stephanie
99. Jim Bridwell
100. Dirt Claud
101. gf of Dirt claud
102. Steve Grossman
103. Mimi Grossman
104. Mike Lechlinski
105. Mari Gingery
106. G. Davis
107. Wayne Burns aka Pud
108. Banks
109. Martha Walser
110. Mr. Walser
111. Roots
112. Greg Epperson
113. Marty Lewis
114: Sharon Lewis
115: Chris Trudeau
116: Caughtinside
117: Grant Hiskes
118: Mary Ann Kelly
119: Date of Sue Lacey
120: Lori Wilkerson
121: Swanson
122: Yuko Ichihara
123. Manny Rangel
124. LuckyPink
125. H
126. Swanson
127. Eva Fitts
128. Ed Hartouni
129. Sabra Zaharias
130. Seth Zaharias
131. Dorinda Worthy
132. Pam Schoenborn
133. Brian Schoenborn
134. Robby Schoenborn
135. Cubby Schoenborn
136. Mike Bolte
137. John Bolte
138.

Possible maybe, too early to tell list:

Don Reyes
KLK
Charlie B
Marissa Christman
Bridget Fithian
Chez
Lovely
ScuffyB
K-man
Norm Miller
CrazytownIndianCoveAKATheAGENT

Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Oct 16, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Sooze & Todd,
Add Saint Paul to the list. He found a job
Locally and will be staying in the area and would love to stop by
If he isn't working :)
Sioux Juan

Big Wall climber
Costa mesa
Oct 17, 2013 - 03:39am PT
Pia, Kajsa, buttercup and Kevin wanna be there !
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Oct 17, 2013 - 08:29am PT
Yea!!!
The Park will be open for the Festivities.
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Oct 17, 2013 - 09:22am PT
Anyone got an extra spot in IC? They're full already...

We'll pay you for the site Sat night.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 17, 2013 - 09:24am PT

Just hit it across the way at the Dry Lake Bed (free)...

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Oct 17, 2013 - 09:28am PT
It's gonna be a great gathering, for a great guy.

Cheers to you all!
Mike Friedrichs

Sport climber
City of Salt
Oct 17, 2013 - 10:01am PT
I also wondered about camping. I don't know where the "Pit" is. I'd like to camp in, or near the park. Any info would be appreciated.
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 17, 2013 - 10:31am PT
Food is ordered by Kasa Carniceria y Taqueria in Yucca Valley - I ordered a few taco's while there making the deposit and left stating it's the best Taco's in the area and if closer to JTree could put Santanta's out of business. Stop by for either supplies (store up front) or Taco's (Taqueria in back). Those familiar with the area, it's in the same shopping center as the Jelly Donut.

Blitzo Memorial Menu:
 Tender wonderfully marinated and grilled chicken
 Beans
 Tortillas
 Toppings (Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese)
 Fresh Salsa
 Fresh Chips

Camping available in the Park, at the dry lake bed or at the Pit. If camping in the Pit please beware to not overcrowd & be discreet as it's located in a neighborhood. In all areas we hope you be respectful, pack out waste & trash.

Old link but rules still apply for the Pit - http://www.climbersranch.com
BLM Overflow camping options & Map - http://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/upload/overflow.pdf
JTNP Camping Options - http://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/camping.htm



Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Oct 17, 2013 - 10:45am PT
Roots
You can camp at Todd's for the Night
Get there early for better parking spots
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Oct 17, 2013 - 11:19am PT
Thanks for all the suggestions! - hate to impose on the Gordons with so many of their close friends coming and assuming they will be spending the night already.

Probably go with The Pit or Dry Lakebed but we'll leave our options open and just party right into the dirt (somewhere). LOL!

*If someone wants to join forces at either of above speak up!



Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Oct 17, 2013 - 11:47am PT

Dr. F: You can camp at Todd's for the Night
Get there early for better parking spots

Dr. F, like many great libs before him, is being somewhat overgenerous with a resource that he does not own.

Todd is too nice to say it, but...
Ideally revelers should look into camping somewhere other than Todd and Andreas. There will probably be about 200 people attending, partying, and bugging the neighbors at this event. No way the venue, ie: Todds house, yard and the surrounding public streets, can take a ton of campers too. Check the links above for alternatives.

If you are really stuck, email me and I'll toss you some other ideas.
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 17, 2013 - 11:49am PT
Credit: susan peplow

Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Rob Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Friedricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Hossjulia
60. James Barnett
61. Susan Walker
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Steve Belford
79. Karen Roseme
80. Anastasia
81. Jude Bischoff
82. Laura Gerhart
83. LL LL
84. Vegasclimber
85. Christina
86. drljefe
87. Brokedownclimber
88. Wally Barker
89. Karen Bailey
90. Sarah Schneider
91. Frankie Santos
92. Cal Gerberding
93. Steve Gerberding
94. Jingy
95. Cosmic
96. Karen
97. Cole Gibson
98. Stephanie
99. Jim Bridwell
100. Dirt Claud
101. gf of Dirt claud
102. Steve Grossman
103. Mimi Grossman
104. Mike Lechlinski
105. Mari Gingery
106. G. Davis
107. Wayne Burns aka Pud
108. Banks
109. Martha Walser
110. Mr. Walser
111. Roots
112. Greg Epperson
113. Marty Lewis
114: Sharon Lewis
115: Chris Trudeau
116: Caughtinside
117: Grant Hiskes
118: Mary Ann Kelly
119: Date of Sue Lacey
120: Lori Wilkerson
121: Swanson
122: Yuko Ichihara
123. Manny Rangel
124. LuckyPink
125. H
126. Swanson
127. Eva Fitts
128. Ed Hartouni
129. Sabra Zaharias
130. Seth Zaharias
131. Dorinda Worthy
132. Pam Schoenborn
133. Brian Schoenborn
134. Robby Schoenborn
135. Cubby Schoenborn
136. Mike Bolte
137. John Bolte
138. Mrs. Roots
139. Friend of Roots
140. Pia
141. Kajsa
142. Buttercup
143. Kevin

Possible maybe, too early to tell list:

Don Reyes
KLK
Charlie B
Marissa Christman
Bridget Fithian
Chez
Lovely
ScuffyB
K-man
Norm Miller
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Oct 17, 2013 - 12:04pm PT
if closer to JTree could put Santana's out of business

No way brah. Nobody makes a meaner Calfornia Burrito!!! **




** Just gotta look out for a case of the famous "Santana's Azz"
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 17, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
Way Brah!!!

You can check it out on your next trip into town. Super YUMMM! Total thread drift but we already loaded some empty propane tanks into the truck today in the event we decide to get a taco....ummm, I mean get propane refills :}

Back on topic, thanks to ATS for the suggestion. He fancies himself a taco aficionado and made the recommendation. Talk about on the mark! Memorial-goers are going to enjoy the snacks and our friend Blitzo would have really enjoyed this. He loved Mexican food, I'm sad he didn't get to try this place.

Big thanks to sister Martha and so looking forward to visiting with part of the Serniuk clan.



locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 17, 2013 - 12:41pm PT

If you're talking about the little Taco place next to the Jelly Donut in Yucca then I totally agree as they make some good sh!t there...



To add...

The Asian place up the lot from it also has some good food...




I'll be camping out at Ghost Rocks dodging paint balls and flying tampax...
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Oct 17, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
^ Locker that is Algobertos, which I have to agree is good. Stopped a few times there on the drive home to OC.

But I think this is the place SP has mentioned:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/kasa-carniceria-y-taqueria-yucca-valley
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 17, 2013 - 12:59pm PT

I can't picture it...

Going to have to head by and check it out when I'm out there...

If it's been there a while, I MUST have eaten there already but can't remember...

I blame it on being older, GLUE, and some really fuking great BUD (EDITED: The bud is rolled in "Keif" and hash oil)...
rlf

Trad climber
Josh, CA
Oct 17, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
Nope, that's not the one. It's in the same mini mall. But, that place has a mean carne asada. They'll sell it to you raw, or cook it for you. Really decent little market.

The Panda Chinese restaurant next door is good too. They stir fry a great panda chow mein...
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Oct 17, 2013 - 03:34pm PT
Sooze and Google street view update:

That is the place. Taco shop is in the back of the market. There is also a taco joint (Algobertos?) down left in the same mall.

If you go around back on Google street view you can see two dudes and a dog eatin' tacos!

Here they are, enjoying some Night Train and tacos...

Credit: Russ Walling

n00b: It is right directly across the side street from Yucca Rentals
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 17, 2013 - 05:45pm PT
Russ and Sooze....I'm handing off the projector to Steve Powell tomorrow morning and he will shuttle it to ya.

Cheers,
DR
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Oct 17, 2013 - 07:18pm PT
Thread drift'in cause you made me hungry.

Kasa is Awesome! They provided the spread for my baby shower back in 06'.
Killer marinated carne asada for only 3.99 lb. Great prices on fresh veggies. And many things on the shelf you can't find anywhere else. AND they carry Victoria beer! Yum

I took Blitzo there a couple times and we'd get like 3-4 lbs of the carne asada and BBQ up tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then jus sit around and talk about go'in climbing.

Sure fuc'in miss that nOOb..
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 17, 2013 - 07:47pm PT

"Here they are, enjoying some Night Train and tacos..."...


LOL!!!...




"n00b: It is right directly across the side street from Yucca Rentals"...


Sh!t if I'm not still drawing a blank...

Going to have to go on a mission when I'm out there and get this thing finalized...

Frustrating...





Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Oct 17, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
Damn n00b!

Search on google with the address below and look at "street view". You can stagger around with your mouse just like you were there but on glue.

Address for google: 56091 Twentynine Palms Hwy Yucca Valley, CA 92284

It is right there at the Y, in that mini mall, across the street from Lee Usher Tires
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 17, 2013 - 08:17pm PT


One Adam Glue Pot...

Heading over to give GOOGLE sh!t a whirl...

Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Oct 17, 2013 - 08:18pm PT
^^^

Have Doug do it for you if you want to see it tonight.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 17, 2013 - 08:29pm PT


Credit: locker
...


locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 18, 2013 - 08:38pm PT

Credit: locker
...




Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 18, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
I am glad to be able to attend Billy's Memorial and blessed to have spent a bit of time with him. Even climbed with him.

Know I'm just a freak in someways, but I wish I could only see beautiful pictures of him. The last one was real, granted, but sad.

When I die, please Susan, Lucky Pink, Ana and Nita make them post only pleasant pics. lynnie
marty(r)

climber
beneath the valley of ultravegans
Oct 18, 2013 - 09:02pm PT
Yo Mussy and Sooz, Todd and others,
I can't be there but is there a PayPal button I can hit to help offset some of the beer and tacos?
VLG
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Oct 18, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
LL: C'mon. It is the Bloot in his natural environment, tiling a shower. He loved it.

VLG: thanks Veeg, but we are good to go at the moment.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Oct 18, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
Wish i could come down to Josh and celebrate Billy's life...I know it's going to be a fun party..


Lynnie, God forbid...When the time comes, i got your back...Only sweet pictures.. and lots of good music....I'll insist....



.





edit: ...Spirit ..
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Oct 19, 2013 - 11:19am PT
I do have 5 acres and we do have 2 porta-potties.....(one for boulderers, and one for real rock climbers).....drunks are welcome to sleep in the desert or in their car. Those in attendence are encouraged to drink and stay up late.......make Blitzo's ghost proud.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 19, 2013 - 05:33pm PT

"but I wish I could only see beautiful pictures of him"...

He's even smiling in the shot...(Trying HARD not to crack up is more like it)...

Credit: locker
...

Post seizure...





Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 19, 2013 - 05:47pm PT
Thank you Nita, trusting my back and music to you and Andy. Pro won't have enough peeps to have that cool parade but I'll have Sewelly Mon and Cosmic do the dress up bit and I've set aside funds for several bands.

I want to travel to the invisible world with joy and a huge partee! :D
MisterE

climber
Oct 19, 2013 - 05:53pm PT
Skip and I are heading up Friday night, and staying through Monday!

Chill Bill
Chill Bill
Credit: MisterE
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Oct 19, 2013 - 05:54pm PT
Hey there say....

I need you guys to send me more pics of Blitzo. Not pics he took of you, but pics you took of him. I'm working (well not quite yet) on a slideshow for BlitzoPalooza and need anything you can send over. Bigger files are better, any format, and label them as to where and when and all that.

Send them to RussWalling then the dreaded AT gmail.com

Let's go with this... sooner rather than later. For those that have sent some, Thanks! There have been some great shots rolling in the last couple of weeks.


Bloot!
Bloot!
Credit: ????
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 19, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
^^^

Looks a lot like my truck in the shot...

???...




Also looks like it could be the Whitney Portal area...
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Oct 19, 2013 - 06:10pm PT
You probably took the pic n00b!

Oh... sorting all these pics that are coming in and attributing them is going to quite a chore. The chances are better than good that your pic may show up in the slideshow yet not list you as a the photographer. If this is a problem for you, contact me. Also, some of the pics will be cropped and or adjusted to what I think is good. If this is going to be a problem, you will need to contact me too. I will not use your pic for any halibut manipulations.

For example, here is pic that I liked but needed some work: It has been cropped, color adjusted, shadow detailed, burned, dodged, cloned and sharpened. I like this pic!

das Bloot
das Bloot
Credit: Russ Walling
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 19, 2013 - 07:06pm PT

Y'mean RUSS WALLING is OPEN?????
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Oct 19, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
^^^^^

Not fully open. His hours were cut because of ObamaCare
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
Russ,

I posted a photo in this thread, is that good for you or do you still want it emailed.
I'll look for more.
James
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Oct 20, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
James et al: higher rez is always better. I don't care about the format so much, just lots of pixels.

Stuff in the 1 -2 meg range should be pretty good.
Thanks!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 20, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
Aw, man. I've been away for a while and my initial reaction is, WTF happend!??!

I don't really need to know right now. We have a man down. A dude I never met, but always liked.

He seemed to me to be a gentle giant. A kind man who loved climbing, photography, and beer. What's not to love about a dude like that?

I will try to make it. I may bring my wife and son, but I gotta work things out. Don't put me down as a definite yet. Todd, do you really have enough room for all these campers? I may just try to sleep in the park.

God bless ya, Blitzo, you were one of a kind, brother.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 20, 2013 - 01:18pm PT


Credit: locker
...


Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Oct 20, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
Credit: Mtnmun
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Oct 20, 2013 - 03:18pm PT
Looking like a grand event. Sorry we can't be there.
Sioux Juan

Big Wall climber
Costa mesa
Oct 20, 2013 - 03:22pm PT
Credit: Sioux Juan
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 20, 2013 - 03:35pm PT
Bluey, it would be great to see you! How old is little John now.....5? lynnie
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 20, 2013 - 04:28pm PT
Lynne, John is indeed 5 now. Kindergarten. Got scolded already for trying to kiss chicks. Hehe...

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Oct 20, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
Bluering;...hope you and your family can make it. YOu are welcome to camp here......there is really enough room for any who wish to camp..........I wish to climb w/you someday too.......let's plan something..
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 20, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
And I'd love to tag along...Smiles, Lynne


Edit: nice pic above Beth. See ya soon. :D
hossjulia

climber
Oct 20, 2013 - 10:06pm PT
Unfortunately, I won't be making it. Too much going on too far away from JT.

I sure will never forget Billy, you all have a great time now, ya hear?
Sioux Juan

Big Wall climber
Costa mesa
Oct 21, 2013 - 07:36am PT
Credit: Sioux Juan
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 21, 2013 - 07:38am PT

^^^

Good one!!!...





The n00b...
Sioux Juan

Big Wall climber
Costa mesa
Oct 21, 2013 - 07:39am PT
Credit: Sioux Juan
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 21, 2013 - 08:00am PT


Credit: locker
...


locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 21, 2013 - 08:01am PT

Steve...

that group shot you took of us remains my FAVORITE of them all...

Love that shot!!!...

It was a GREAT trip and one hell of a LOT of fun...




See you at the Memorial!!!...

susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 21, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
Please keep sending pics of Blitzo if you have them. If you think you do and haven't looked, please start the search! Also a big thank you to Cragman for sending down the digital projector along with 10b4me and Tony Yeary for the delivery service.

Updated list with drop outs and RSVP's...


Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Rob Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Friedricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Larry
60. James Barnett
61. Susan Walker
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Steve Belford
79. Karen Roseme
80. Anastasia
81. Jude Bischoff
82. Laura Gerhart
83. LL LL
84. Vegasclimber
85. Christina
86. drljefe
87. Brokedownclimber
88. Wally Barker
89. Karen Bailey
90. Sarah Schneider
91. Frankie Santos
92. Cal Gerberding
93. Steve Gerberding
94. Jingy
95. Cosmic
96. Karen
97. Cole Gibson
98. Stephanie
99. Jim Bridwell
100. Dirt Claud
101. gf of Dirt claud
102. Steve Grossman
103. Mimi Grossman
104. Mike Lechlinski
105. Mari Gingery
106. G. Davis
107. Wayne Burns aka Pud
108. Banks
109. Martha Walser
110. Mr. Walser
111. Roots
112. Greg Epperson
113. Marty Lewis
114: Sharon Lewis
115: Chris Trudeau
116: Caughtinside
117: Grant Hiskes
118: Mary Ann Kelly
119: Date of Sue Lacey
120: Lori Wilkerson
121: Swanson
122: Yuko Ichihara
123. Manny Rangel
124. LuckyPink
125. H
126. Phil Chapman
127. Eva Fitts
128. Ed Hartouni
129. Sabra Purdy-Zaharias
130. Seth Zaharias
131. Dorinda Worthy
132. Pam Schoenborn
133. Brian Schoenborn
134. Robby Schoenborn
135. Cubby Schoenborn
136. Mike Bolte
137. John Bolte
138. Mrs. Roots
139. Friend of Roots
140. Pia
141. Kajsa
142. Buttercup
143. Kevin
144. Kat Coletta
145. Billy Russell
146. Paul Amoreno

Possible maybe, too early to tell list:

Don Reyes
KLK
Charlie B
Marissa Christman
Bridget Fithian
Chez
Lovely
ScuffyB
K-man
Norm Miller
Bluering Clan
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 21, 2013 - 12:39pm PT


My head was tricked again today...

Pulled up next to a Maroon Subaru and for a split second was excited that Blitzo was there...

One of those fleeting moments of confusion...

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Oct 21, 2013 - 12:47pm PT
Dammm You have to know The BLOOTS spirit SOARS -- just look at that list..
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 21, 2013 - 01:02pm PT
"My head was tricked again today...

Pulled up next to a Maroon Subaru and for a split second was excited that Blitzo was there...

One of those fleeting moments of confusion..."

That happens to me all the time when I see a Maroon Subaru. In addition moments of extreme sadness - typically generated by a photo I haven't seen before or a comment that someone makes. Yesterday it was Bluering's "man down" and "gentle giant" that even now re-typing makes me tear up.

I miss our friend, it will be bittersweet to send him off with a tribute party and memorial one that I know would give him great pride & pleasure. His friendship and overall presence in our life is sorrowfully missed.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 21, 2013 - 01:17pm PT

" His friendship and overall presence in our life is sorrowfully missed."...

A HUGE void...




EDITED:

Susan...

I assume it's the same for you at your house...

Here, everywhere I look, it's the work Blitzo, my son and I did together...

The house itself is loaded with Blitzo memories...

It saddens me at times...

other times, brings an odd comfort...






Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 21, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
Thinking this afternoon about Blitzo, crazy stuff and time in J. Tree along with early on fun when I first discovered Super Topo.

There are some absolutely WONDERFUL pics of Billy on these two threads, Sooze and Russ. I had forgotten about them til today. The Threads are, "The Game was 8 Ball" and "Back!!! 9 Ball...(OT TR)...

Bless you, Billy, out there in the Invisible World. You were one of few that produced in me a sense of humor. Love to you as yo soar, Dude. Peace and Joy Billie.

Lynnie

MisterE

climber
Oct 21, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
Just booked Saturday night at the High Desert Inn!

Only 4 rooms left - book 'em Danno.

Sioux Juan

Big Wall climber
Costa mesa
Oct 22, 2013 - 07:29am PT
Credit: Sioux Juan
Sioux Juan

Big Wall climber
Costa mesa
Oct 22, 2013 - 07:31am PT
Credit: Sioux Juan
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 22, 2013 - 10:33am PT
I missed the Bridwell fest and was really bummed, can't miss this one, looks like it will be a great time and hope to climb and hang out with some climbing legends if possible, :), Thanks for all the hard work putting this on.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 22, 2013 - 05:06pm PT
Looks like I'm not not going to make it. It's a big logistics thing with my Kindergartner. That, and if I go down to Josh to pay tribute to Blitzo, I gotta climb. And that's not feasible.

Meh, I'm bummed. Sooze, take me off the maybe list...

But Dirt Claud is a cool guy if you all get to meet him, good dude!

Cheers all. And God bless ya, Blitzo!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 22, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
Sorry bluering, hope to meet up with yo soon. Cheers, Lynne
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Oct 23, 2013 - 10:33am PT
Soooz-

plz add Sewellymon to the list. Mrs Swelly claims she's staying home, but I'm going to do some arm twisting..
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 23, 2013 - 01:16pm PT
hey there say, sooze...

well, i will be there in spirit...
>:D<




still praying and rooting for this to be extra sweet...
with the tender memories doing good things, to hold
folks through all this... tears are good though, so no
matter how well folks 'sail through' LET the good tears flow...

god bless to all...
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2013 - 11:14am PT
Blitzo Memorial Schedule

I know that a lot of you are traveling from great distance to join in the Celebration of Billy's life and his Memorial. With that in mind, please reference the schedule below and plan your travels & day accordingly. Also as a note, the time change is the weekend prior - so nightfall is upon us early around 4:45pm.

3pm ----- Food, Beverages & Mingling Begins
5pm ----- Bluegrass Music preformed by Erick Kramer Web
6pm ----- Memorial Service with story telling, memories and thoughts of our friend Blitzo
7:30pm -- Trio Jam Music preformed by Kelly Corbin, Andy Gorrill & Dennis McDade
9pm ----- Cactus Pricks plays with Big Al Bartlett, Dan Zacks, Donnie Reid & Mike (Mike's Bikes)

I know a lot of you truly cared for Blitzo and his passing is a great loss to our community. We encourage those attending the Memorial to arrive early, grab a plate of Food & Cold Beer and available for the 6pm service. Please don't be shy with your stories, we want to hear your thoughts and memories and share them with the group. I'm certain the memories will be choked with good humor and hopefully will bring more smiles than tears. The service will be casual, come up and speak on the Mic to the group then pass off to another loving friend.

Party to follow with more beer and tons of great local music. Thanks everyone for helping to put this Memorial together. The gathering of friends is something Blitzo always appreciated, let's do him proud.


locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 25, 2013 - 11:16am PT


Dude's the Mack!!!...

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 26, 2013 - 08:04am PT
11/9/13
Right?
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 26, 2013 - 08:32am PT


Correct!!!...

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 27, 2013 - 12:05am PT
hey there say, all...

i have a painting of blitzo, that i want to send... russ and sooze can present it to whoever the gift would best go to ...

but, i can't mail it... :( i've got five bucks left and i am trying to ask a two folks, nearby where i live... but,
if they can't help, i need a backup ready...
or i can't get this there in time to you all...

if anyone wants to volunteer to pay postage, please let me know... it is acrylic, as i had not time for the oil kind...


i can post it tomorrow, as i am still touching it up...
it is a faster work and not full of layers, but is still nice...

i'd have to have a paypal in for monday, or it'd not clear in time to mail it and as it is, i may have to do TWO day mail, which might be a bit more...



*these usually mail anywhere from 12-14... and about 18 for two day mail... sorry, i did not plan this right, money-wise, this time... or paint wise, but i had company...


just email me, if you want to help get this there... :)
Charlie B

Social climber
Santa Rosa, Ca
Oct 27, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Pretty sure I'm there. Looking forward to meeting a lot of you and celibrating a good man.
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 27, 2013 - 12:22am PT
Neebs, we'll cover it. I can't find your PayPal address in my PayPal history and believe you changed emails lately. Send me your new email addy and we'll get you taken care of via PayPal. As for mailing, Parcel Post or Priority Mail will be more than fast enough no need to second day air.... the Memorial isn't until the 9th.

More gifts for our Blitzo, you've already done soo much for him. You made him and his friends feel special. Thank you.

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 27, 2013 - 05:42am PT
hey there say, sooze...

just sent you an email... okay, will try for the one that is best... regular, if the paypal goes through fast, but it usually takes 3 days...

and regular mail tells me, up to 7 days for it to get there...

check my email, however, this is acrylic and i CAN send it without a frame,
so THAT will make it go cheaper, too, if i need to send it faster... :)


i put an over amount, for you to send and i can send back some, if it only takes the 14.00 :)


HERE is the painting...


actually, in real view, it is a tad darker in the face and ground area...
actually, in real view, it is a tad darker in the face and ground area, at the left side... i feared to lighten it, as i would mess it up, --but it give the FEEL of MEMORY of billy, and the places that he loved... so perhaps the 'shadowy' feel, was for th
Credit: neebee


you and russ WILL know, from gut-feeling where this will best go, and to whomever... :)


edit:
yeah, the face LIT up better, with the flash...

whoever it is for, can always put a small LIGHT above the frame, etc...


edit again:

YES, to whoever will be the recipients--FOR SURE you WILL NEED SOME kind of a SMALL LONG AREA light, to shine on the painting, either from above? or from an angle...if the painting is near a corner area, A nearby angle light seems to SHINE on it, will work good...


but--i couldn't risk ruining it, :O
Joe

Social climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 27, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
count me in Susan...with a buddy or 2...looking forward...

Joe Denicola...
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 29, 2013 - 09:39am PT


As it get's closer...

"Flooding" is occurring more often in my noggin...


I don't look forward to the drive over and back...

Too much time to think...




CrazytownIndianCoveAKATheAGENT

Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Oct 29, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
As it get's closer...

"Flooding" is occurring more often in my noggin...


I don't look forward to the drive over and back...

Too much time to think...

Locker,

I can't wait to see you. I know it won't be the same without Billy. But I am thanking my lucky stars that I got to meet you, Fish Finder, Chelsea, Neebee, Will and so many others because of Billy.

We will be flooded....

But we will all be together :)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 30, 2013 - 03:29am PT
hey there say, locker... check your email...

send you poem...

night, now... hang in there...
prayers and god blesss...
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Oct 30, 2013 - 06:45am PT


neebee...

THANK YOU!!!...

;-)






Agent...

You're on!!!...

;-)

SofCookay

climber
Oct 30, 2013 - 06:47am PT
Hugs to you, Locker...I look forward to catching up with you. Take care on your drive, friend.
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 30, 2013 - 01:09pm PT
Bands are set, potties to be delivered, food is ordered, beer is brewed...............

Russ is still compiling photos of Blitzo - if you have some which we can add to the slideshow please send high resolution shots to me or Russ at your earliest convenience.

Dinner, Beer, Water is covered. I may pick up some sodas and such too if people actually drink that stuff.

We don't have any desserts - if someone would like to bring cookies, brownies or something like that I'm sure the masses would love a little something sweet after the Mexican cuisine. Please bring in disposal containers and include serving utensils. Not necessary, but might be a nice touch. Blitzo loved his desserts!

Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Rob Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Friedricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Larry
60. James Barnett
61. Susan Walker
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Steve Belford
79. Karen Roseme
80. Anastasia
81. Jude Bischoff
82. Laura Gerhart
83. LL LL
84. Vegasclimber
85. Christina
86. drljefe
87. Brokedownclimber
88. Wally Barker
89. Karen Bailey
90. Sarah Schneider
91. Frankie Santos
92. Cal Gerberding
93. Steve Gerberding
94. Jingy
95. Cosmic
96. Karen
97. Cole Gibson
98. Stephanie
99. Jim Bridwell
100. Dirt Claud
101. gf of Dirt claud
102. Steve Grossman
103. Mimi Grossman
104. Mike Lechlinski
105. Mari Gingery
106. G. Davis
107. Wayne Burns aka Pud
108. Banks
109. Martha Walser
110. Mr. Walser
111. Roots
112. Greg Epperson
113. Marty Lewis
114: Sharon Lewis
115: Chris Trudeau
116: Caughtinside
117: Grant Hiskes
118: Mary Ann Kelly
119: Date of Sue Lacey
120: Lori Wilkerson
121: Swanson
122: Yuko Ichihara
123. Manny Rangel
124. LuckyPink
125. H
126. Phil Chapman
127. Eva Fitts
128. Ed Hartouni
129. Sabra Purdy-Zaharias
130. Seth Zaharias
131. Dorinda Worthy
132. Pam Schoenborn
133. Brian Schoenborn
134. Robby Schoenborn
135. Cubby Schoenborn
136. Mike Bolte
137. John Bolte
138. Mrs. Roots
139. Friend of Roots
140. Pia
141. Kajsa
142. Buttercup
143. Kevin
144. Kat Coletta
145. Billy Russell
146. Paul Amoreno
147. Joe Denicola
148. Joe +1
149. Joe +2
150. Charlie B
151. Sewellymon
152. Cynthia Sewell
153. Brandon Spangenberg
154. Easy Wind


Possible maybe, too early to tell list:

Don Reyes
KLK
Marissa Christman
Bridget Fithian
Chez
Lovely
ScuffyB
K-man
Norm Miller

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 30, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
hey there say, locker...


just saw this, and got the email, too... :)
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 1, 2013 - 09:40pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon


1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. TGT (Wendall)
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Jeff Scofield
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Rob Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. The Larry
57. Mike Friedricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Larry
60. James Barnett
61. Susan Walker
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Steve Belford
79. Karen Roseme
80. Anastasia
81. Jude Bischoff
82. Laura Gerhart
83. LL LL
84. Vegasclimber
85. Christina
86. drljefe
87. Brokedownclimber
88. Wally Barker
89. Karen Bailey
90. Sarah Schneider
91. Frankie Santos
92. Cal Gerberding
93. Steve Gerberding
94. Jingy
95. Cosmic
96. Karen
97. Cole Gibson
98. Stephanie
99. Jim Bridwell
100. Dirt Claud
101. gf of Dirt claud
102. Steve Grossman
103. Mimi Grossman
104. Mike Lechlinski
105. Mari Gingery
106. G. Davis
107. Wayne Burns aka Pud
108. Banks
109. Martha Walser
110. Mr. Walser
111. Roots
112. Greg Epperson
113. Marty Lewis
114: Sharon Lewis
115: Chris Trudeau
116: Caughtinside
117: Grant Hiskes
118: Mary Ann Kelly
119: Date of Sue Lacey
120: Lori Wilkerson
121: Swanson
122: Yuko Ichihara
123. Manny Rangel
124. LuckyPink
125. H
126. Phil Chapman
127. Eva Fitts
128. Ed Hartouni
129. Sabra Purdy-Zaharias
130. Seth Zaharias
131. Dorinda Worthy
132. Pam Schoenborn
133. Brian Schoenborn
134. Robby Schoenborn
135. Cubby Schoenborn
136. Mike Bolte
137. John Bolte
138. Mrs. Roots
139. Friend of Roots
140. Pia
141. Kajsa
142. Buttercup
143. Kevin
144. Kat Colella
145. Billy Russell
146. Paul Amoreno
147. Joe Denicola
148. Joe +1
149. Joe +2
150. Charlie B
151. Sewellymon
152. Cynthia Sewell
153. Brandon Spangenberg
154. Easy Wind
155. Jenn Billig
156. Josh Billig
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:39pm PT
Weather forecast for Nov. 9th......62 degrees day......34 degrees at night........Nice climbing weather during the day;...jacket, campfire, or inside at night......

Ideas to keep warm;..

Twerk
Drink alcohol
Snuggle up to Tucker Tech
Wear a jacket
Go inside

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 1, 2013 - 11:06pm PT
hey there say, todd.... wow, sounds just great ...
not too hot, and not too cold...

:)

have a sweet memory time, you all...

and hope the dessert deserts show up, :))

if i was closer, i'd bring some... :)
home-made, but sweet enough, and not full of the
modern-day yuck-ingrediants, :))

hmmm, but then, perhaps they'd not be any fun to look forward to,
then, :))


happy god bless to all!
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Nov 2, 2013 - 08:10am PT
Snuggle up to Tucker Tech

DIBBS!!!!! ^^^^
;)
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Nov 2, 2013 - 08:20am PT
Hey Todd,

Heard rumors that Jim Angione and Todd Battey may appear as well.

What a shindig.

Rob
MisterE

climber
Nov 2, 2013 - 12:31pm PT
Wait a minute...

;)
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 2, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
Susan/Todd,

Will you need more tables? I have a 3'X 8' piece of heavy duty plywood we use at our family gatherings.

MisterE, Glenn Denny showed a great picture of you as a wee tyke at Camp 4 at the Oakdale gathering. Cheers, Lynne
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 3, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
Up-dated weather report.......day temps;....69 degrees (a few days ago;..it said 62 degrees!).......night temps 40 degrees;...looks like a fine weekend!....
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Nov 4, 2013 - 08:58am PT
The Mrs. and I are getting in Saturday morning and hoping to get some climbing in before the shindig. Any climbers planning on meeting anywhere in the park to climb Saturday morning/day?
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Nov 4, 2013 - 09:18am PT
Think we'll hit a spot with TRs next to road to get a bunch in before the afternoon party. Lizard's Hangout or something like that.

What were you thinking?

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Nov 4, 2013 - 09:31am PT
Didn't have anything particular in mind Roots, just seeing what others are doing, perhaps meet and climb with some of the ST crew if possible. My lady can't really lead belay yet, so looking for some easy top rope setups for now. Thanks for the heads up.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 4, 2013 - 10:55am PT
Roots and dirt claud, keep us posted it would be fun to cruise by and maybe even tie on for one climb before "work". Cheers, Lynne
Mike Friedrichs

Sport climber
City of Salt
Nov 5, 2013 - 09:29am PT
My friend Anne Yeagle is going to attend as well.

Really excited to climb at Joshua Tree, see many friends, and most importantly, honor Blitzo.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 5, 2013 - 09:56am PT
Throbbing Gristle
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 5, 2013 - 10:04am PT


Credit: locker
...


Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 5, 2013 - 05:20pm PT
Daytime forcast for sat. has been bumped up to 72 degrees.........bring on the sun!......see you all soon....
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Nov 5, 2013 - 05:28pm PT
Ideas to keep warm;..

Twerk




;)
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 6, 2013 - 06:42am PT


...
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 6, 2013 - 08:27am PT
72°? Hoh man time to climb in the shade...
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 6, 2013 - 10:10am PT
Ok, we are getting close to the event.

A few points:

This is a MEMORIAL and a party. The MEMORIAL portion will be taking place in the late afternoon/early evening, approximately from 3pm to 7pm. This is the catered part of the evening, and is geared more around friends, family, and people on the RSVP list.

The food and drink was ordered a while ago and was for a fairly firm number of people, thus the RSVP list. With the ever swelling guest list and random "I'll be there" guys, those resources are going to be stretched thin. So, if you are not real big on the memorial part, did not know Blitzo, or just want to party, please show up around 7pm. It might also be a good idea to bring some communal beer to share.

If you are looking for something to bring to help out, bring dessert type things, finger foods, bags of chips, more beer, and then more beer. There will be a few giant ice chests where you can drop off the beers for everyone to enjoy. Everyone, and especially Blitzo, liked good beer. Share your favorite.

This weekend is also the FREE get into the National Park weekend. Campgrounds will be very busy. Know where you are going to bivy or at least have some sort of plan. Camping at Todds is a long tradition, but ideally you will have other arrangements.

This event is taking place in a neighborhood. Be neighborly. Be courteous. Don't get your car stuck in some dudes cactus garden at 2am. Be low key.

If you don't know how to get to Todds, email someone for directions.

Continue to watch this thread for updates.
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Nov 6, 2013 - 11:28am PT
Thanks Russ, Susan, Todd and everyone else involved for pulling this all together. Mo and I will be showing up to help on Saturday. I will be happy to bring some non-alcs for those who like beer (in the spirit of Blitzo) but don't want the buzz, and some dessert to share. Looks like there will be need of extra with that list as big as it is!
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 6, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
Sounds good H... Thanks and see ya there.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 6, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
What were Blitzo's favorite deserts? If I can find one not too complex I'll be baking tomorrow.

H and Mo, When I was in Calistoga I discovered a nice red wind called Tractor Shed Red. You can buy it in the Calistoga Grocery Store. If either of you are able, can you get 4-6 bottles for me and the event. If not that's OK too. Pay you when I see ya Sat.

Looking forward to remembering a talented, fun person. Lynne
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 6, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
What were Blitzo's favorite deserts?

I saw him purchase and then eat quite a few pies... apple, berry, whatever. The man liked pie.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 6, 2013 - 03:44pm PT
Thanks. lynne
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 6, 2013 - 09:37pm PT
Memorial festivities start at 3pm with mingling, food and beer. An ongoing slideshow will be playing using photos submitted by friends and family throughout the evening.

6pm is the Memorial Service, if you'd like to speak to the group by telling stories of fun, adventure or paying your respects we will have an open mic available. Please be prompt and respectful of those speaking during the service as I suspect it will be crowded and possibly difficult to hear. Thanks guys, see you Saturday.

Attendees:

1. Susan Peplow
2. Russ Wallling
3. Todd Gordon
4. Andrea Gordon
5. Kelly Corbin
6. Becca Corbin
7. Andy Gorrill
8. Steve Powell
9. Tony Yeary
10. Skip
11. Erik Wolfe
12. Locker
13. BlueBlocr
14. Gal
15. Tucker Tech
16. Robert Fonda
17. Scott Cole
18. Leggs
19. zip
20. Barbarian
21. Al Bartlett
22. Don Reid
23. Dan Zacks
24. Mike (Mike's Bikes)
25. Kelly Vaught
26. Frank Bentwood
27. Dennis McDade
28. Aubrey Adams
29. Shelby Beardslee
23. Gina Bararra
24. Rich Bararra
25. Will Casolaro (of Raw Brewing the official brewmaster for Blitzopalooza)
26. Tyler Gilson
27. Daniel Evans
28. Justin Evans
29. Carrie Martin
30. Jessica Crews
31. Rebeca Russell
32. Adam Stackhouse
33. Dave Cox
34. Alisa Cox
35. Milt Jones
36. Lizzie Leads
37. Cragman
38. Sonya Dickinson
39. Amber Spangenberg
40. Steelmnkey I
41. Steelmokey II
42. Cara Lynae
43. Rhesa Ashbachar
44. Stephanie Casolaro
45. Craig Fry
46. Rob Stahl
47. Dave Evans
48. Margie Evans
49. Brandt Allen
50. Paula Allen
51. Beth Shilliday
52. Cho (Steve)
53. Kate
54. elcapinyoazz
55. Jaybro
56. Jeff Leads
57. Mike Friedricks
58. Randy Vogel
59. Larry
60. James Barnett
61. Susan Walker
62. Michael
63. Steve Swan
64. Mike Fogarty
65. Fish Finder
66. Guy Keesee
67. Rick Cashner
68. Annie Barrett-Cashner
69. Chelsea Cashner-Garbanini
70. Ron Gomez
71. Cindy Worman
72. Jenny Red
73. Sue Lacey
74. Bob Bolton
75. Bullwinkle
76. Leigh-Ann Sullivan the Agent
77. Charleen Blackburn
78. Steve Belford
79. Karen Roseme
80. Anastasia
81. Jude Bischoff
82. Laura Gerhart
83. LL LL
84. Vegasclimber
85. Christina
86. drljefe
87. Brokedownclimber
88. Wally Barker
89. Karen Bailey
90. Sarah Schneider
91. Frankie Santos
92. Cal Gerberding
93. Steve Gerberding
94. Jingy
95. Cosmic
96. Karen
97. Cole Gibson
98. Stephanie
99. Jim Bridwell
100. Dirt Claud
101. gf of Dirt claud
102. Steve Grossman
103. Mimi Grossman
104. Mike Lechlinski
105. Mari Gingery
106. G. Davis
107. Wayne Burns aka Pud
108. Banks
109. Martha Walser
110. Mr. Walser
111. Roots
112. Greg Epperson
113. Marty Lewis
114: Sharon Lewis
115: Chris Trudeau
116: Caughtinside
117: Grant Hiskes
118: Mary Ann Kelly
119: Date of Sue Lacey
120: Lori Wilkerson
121: Swanson
122: Yuko Ichihara
123. Anne Yeagler
124. LuckyPink
125. H
126. Phil Chapman
127. Eva Fitts
128. Ed Hartouni
129. Sabra Purdy-Zaharias
130. Seth Zaharias
131. Dorinda Worthy
132. Pam Schoenborn
133. Brian Schoenborn
134. Robby Schoenborn
135. Cubby Schoenborn
136. Vicky Su
137. Cindy Zacks
138. Mrs. Roots
139. Friend of Roots
140. Pia
141. Kajsa
142. Buttercup
143. Kevin
144. Kat Coletta
145. Billy Russell
146. Paul Amoreno
147. Joe Denicola
148. Joe +1
149. Joe +2
150. Charlie B
151. Sewellymon
152. Cynthia Sewell
153. Brandon Spangenberg
154. Easy Wind
155. Bob Gaines
156. Pat Brennan






TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Nov 7, 2013 - 07:11am PT
We're not gonna make it :-(

susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 7, 2013 - 11:16am PT
Thanks Wendell, I've had a few others drop out too which have been adjusted on the list above and replaced with other RSVP'rs.

Things are moving forward. Potta Potties delivered tomorrow Todd (not sure when). Preppers showing up for Todd on Friday & Saturday. I'll swing by some tables, lights and extension cords.

Lovely weather, just the sort of days that Blitzo really loved. With the sun lower, the magic hour has been longer - makes me think of all his wonderful photography.

Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin OC
Nov 7, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
We're bringing Beer, Whiskey, Soda, Ice, Desserts, Water, Wood and lots more stuff to help keep this large gathering supplied!

The forecasted temps have risen, so having second thoughts about Lizard Landing as it's in the sun but there are so many choices next to the road for a quick session with sun, shade or both; Lizard, Voice’s, AFPA, etc…what do you like?

We should be setting anchors by 9am on Saturday. PM me if you want to coordinate.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Nov 7, 2013 - 12:04pm PT
I have been talking with some folks through email about a plan as well. My GF and I are getting there around 9:30. Perhaps we can meet up with you guys if we all get a consensus on where a good spot would be? I don't know the best spots that well or I would give some suggestions.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Nov 7, 2013 - 12:11pm PT
Rolling into the park early a.m Friday to try and hustle a spot.

I usually have good luck but if anyone has room and you see a dark blue scion boxcar cruising... Holler!

Credit: drljefe
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 7, 2013 - 12:11pm PT


I made it and it's surprisingly warm...

Fish Finder

Social climber
Nov 7, 2013 - 12:15pm PT
word locker


glad you made it safe again

3rd times a charm eh

looking forward to laughing with you

Best,Candyman
Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin OC
Nov 7, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
Rolling into the park early a.m Friday to try and hustle a spot.


Hope you have success, but you may want to have an alternate plan - I spoke with my friend this morning and he said all the campsites were full as of yesterday...
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Nov 7, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
I get sites in full campgrounds in Josh all the time. Park the car, get out and walk around. If you see someone hook the bikes onto the back of the RV, inquire. I can't count the times I've got sites on a Sat. morning by walking around and observing the scene.

Conversely, I've been out there packing up my stuff while cars full of climbers looking for a site go blasting by...

Wow, I only new Blitzo in a passing "Hey, what's up" kind of way. but looking at that guest list really makes me want to be there. Unfortunately life has other plans in store for me...
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 7, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
Russ, Sooze, et al....sadly, I will be unable to make it out there, but I will be there in spirit, and of course, will be thinking of Billy as you all celebrate his amazing life.

I'll raise a Crown Royal to his memory....

Cheers,
DR

P.S. TheAgent...just arrived home to find Billy's stunning photo you sent. From the bottom of my heart....thank you! I will do my best to make a frame worthy of his artistry!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Nov 7, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
I too got my print this week,,WOW... Thanks Russ,, Agent,, and THE ONE AND ONLY BLOOT! Ill be there in the wind..
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Nov 7, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
Rolling into the park early a.m Friday to try and hustle a spot.
{{what time are we leaving again??!!}}


I spoke with my friend this morning and he said all the campsites were full as of yesterday...
{{I'm not worried. I have magic hair.}} {maybe I SHOULD be worried!}




Everyone ... soft and safe travels.

~peace


EDIT: Dean ... Damnitall!


:)
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Nov 7, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
Mo and I just got into town. We are planing on climbing around Intersection Rock area tomorrow starting around 10am if any one would like to join us. It should be a fun day.

Already saw Brokedownclimber at Vons. He and Locker Indian Cove #20 something. We'll be bringing pie and non-alc. Looking forward to seeing everyone,
H
CynthiaL

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Nov 7, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
Campground update: Hidden Valley was probably full today, and Ryan may have been. Indian Cove is completely booked for the weekend. Early in the day Friday there should be plenty of sites at Jumbo, Belle, and White Tank. I know it's not as convenient, but it's a place to stay. All of the entrances and visitor centers also have maps to the BLM off Sunfair.

Veteran's Day Free Weekend is Sunday - Monday (not our choice). Anyone coming in Friday will need a pass or have to pay the entrance fee (sorry!)

I can't make it to the Memorial, but my thoughts and prayers are with all of Blitzo's loved ones. What a great tribute!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 7, 2013 - 06:44pm PT
Cynthia,

sorry you can't make it.
maybe we should bring the after party to your place?
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Nov 7, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
I spoke with someone at the Park HQ's and they said the Veteran's Day Free Weekend was Nov 9-11

Just wondering what the correct days are ?? I'll be busy at's Todd's on Sat.

Trying to help out those that may not have a Park Pass

Mimi

climber
Nov 7, 2013 - 06:53pm PT
Free park entry is actually Saturday through Monday. And you're right about the campsites being full except for the outlier areas. Plenty of cheap motels in YV too.

We'll see you in the morning H. We were headed to Echo Rock and will grab breakfast at the cafe by the turn off in case you're there first.

The weather is great!
CynthiaL

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Nov 7, 2013 - 07:18pm PT
Mimi is correct. I should have posted the DAYS, not just the dates. Saturday-Monday is FREE. As I said, NOT our choice. I know the other campgrounds are not preferred, but still an option. And just so everyone is aware, the entrance will be open late on Friday night, as usual, so we will have to collect fees. But we will be there to help people know what their options are for camping.

Zip, not possible to do an 'after-party' at my place this time, but I'll be there in spirit!
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 7, 2013 - 07:39pm PT
I went down to the fire station in joshua tree today, and got a burn permit for a campfire;.......so hopefully we can have a legal campfire;......if anyone has fire wood and can bring some, that would be cool...for I have little to none........it's not gonna be a Guy Falks bonfire or something you can see from skylab;...just a campfire to be outside under the stars.
So;...if you wish to bring stuff, it's
1) more beer,
2) snacks, desserts,and/or finger food
3) fire wood

I will be home friday and sat.
We do need set-up help. Setting up tables, tidying up yard, moving sh#t around, putting up X-mas light so the drunks don't fall down the stairs in the dark, cleaning up stuff inside, ....lots of stuff we need help on. I've tried to get organized......I'm getting there......
The weather is fantastic;.....it should be an awesome weekend....See you all soon, and those who wish to help w/the set up;....anytime on Friday or Sat AM would be awesome thanks....
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 7, 2013 - 07:48pm PT
Cynthia, thanks for updating us and clarifying the free weekend along with the kind words of our tribute.

Lots of love coming through emails, calls and offers to help. Super great bunch of people we have and know that Blitzo would be so proud.

Mimi, we got your voicemail, using this public response is we're crazy busy plus (me, not poor Russ) is trying to fit in a little climbing with friends that arrived earlier this week. We'll see you and Steve at the Memorial.

Ran into Locker today in Indian Cove. This is a bitter sweet weekend for us, the memorial of our friend - someone who is deeply missed and knowing he is gone forever saddens us greatly. Still yet a wonderful opportunity to gather with other friends so many of you who donated love, money and support during his fight. I believe people call it closure but we're still stuck on loss.

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 7, 2013 - 07:58pm PT
It is a deep loss, Susan...closure can be hard, if not impossible, to come by.

I've learned through painful experience that the best we can do for those loved and lost is to remain faithful to their memory....lift them up....raise a glass.....climb a pitch.....whatever it takes to remind us that our lives were so much better for having them in it.

I'm starting early for Billy.....a Crown rocks going down presently....

Russ and Sooze....I'll be out to see you soon...likely with Cosmic in tow.


EDIT: Leggs....RIGHT??? I am SO bummed I'm missing this event!!!!!!!!!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Nov 7, 2013 - 08:00pm PT
Todd,

I will stop by and help with the set up. I will bring lights and more beer. DEE and I are coming out early tomorrow.

Cheers,

Rob
Mimi

climber
Nov 7, 2013 - 08:00pm PT
Todd, we'll be there with wood and ready to help on Saturday. PM us if you need us sooner.

Suze, no sweat. Glad you were able to get out. We know how tough this weekend will be despite the celebration. We had a great time today too.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 7, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
Susan, Russ, Locker, Beth, Steve S. and all of Billy's Posse....

Grief and Loss sticks around for awhile. Closure sometimes comes after a bit of time and when you least expect it. Thinking of you all, lynne.
Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin OC
Nov 8, 2013 - 08:19am PT
We are going to TR at Voice's Crag tomorrow...not the best formation, but close to the entrance and road. Sun in the morning with shade a little later when it'll be needed.

If anyone wants to stop by, come on over! We are bringing at least (2) ropes. My silver Tundra will be parked at Boy Scout TH (aka "North Wonderland Parking Area").

And of course here's a pic by The Mack - BLITZO:

http://mountainproject.com/v/voices-crag/105843142
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Nov 8, 2013 - 08:28am PT
Thanks for the update Roots and H. We will try and find you guys when we get to the park. We have extra ropes as well.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 8, 2013 - 08:52am PT
New weather forecast;.....73 degrees;...just keeps getting warmer and warmer. Still 41 in the evening......so bring a jacket........see you all soon.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 8, 2013 - 11:02am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
Ethan Felges, owner of Coyote Corner in Joshua Tree, just dropped off a truck load of firewood;........thanx for the support. If you get a chance, stop and say thanks and support this awesome local business. We look after each other in this community;...it's fantastic...
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 8, 2013 - 11:57am PT
Beautiful, Todd!

Five apple pies just finished baking. Got to watch 180 South for the first time last night while peeling and slicing a bizillion apples. :)

Todd, shall I throw in a few x-tra chairs? Will be leaving in @ an hour. Let me know if you need anything else. Will check ST before I depart.

Cheers, Lynne
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Nov 8, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
Just passed through lovely Lucerne, will be there soon to help get stuff ready

James
MisterE

climber
Nov 8, 2013 - 12:51pm PT
Hey Roots - Skip and I are thinking about joining you tomorrow at Voices - also wondering what H and Mo are up to tomorrow morning...
Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin OC
Nov 8, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
^Sounds great! See you all soon.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

the porti-potties are HERE!....
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:15pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

My son Lake was the first one to use the porti-pottie...........(He was psyched...)..
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:17pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

James Barnett and Beck Gordon on early clean up and prep............
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Jay Anderson on the early work crew.....
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
Christina and I will be in sometime in the afternoon. Need to get some work done on the pickup to try and get it to pass smog. Should be in around 4-5ish.

Looking forward to seeing everyone. Planning to get some climbing in Sunday with Cosmic, location TBD.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Hours of raking pine needles;...Aubrey Adams on the rake....
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
Just had dinner at Pappy's with Lynne. Looks like we'll go climbing in the morning and head over to help set up at Todds.

We have a pumpkin cheesecake pie and non-alcs.

Looking forward to seeing Roots, Skip, Erik, and everyone else before we head in.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
I am picking up Banny Root early Saturday am...going to get in some climbing then getting together with everybody. James was one of Bills "roommates"
in Tahoe BITD, may be we can get a story or two....

T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Nov 9, 2013 - 06:45am PT
Everyone have a great time!
RIP Blitzo
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 9, 2013 - 08:14am PT

Can't wait to see pictures....I know you guys are going to have Big Fun!...
Cheers...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 9, 2013 - 08:15am PT
hey there say, since i can't be there, i thought at least i could try and to my part...

here it is:



to the spiders and the snakes:

"i heard'tell that there is a neat really NEAT vacation spot--far FAR
FAR!!! away from todd's place ... "

EDIT:
PS--don't go as far as nita's though, :)


there hope that helps so folks don't trip over any "UNNECCESARY objects" or SIT on any, as well...


:)



you are in my thoughts and prayers... :)
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 9, 2013 - 08:18am PT
any last minute stuff needed?
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:16pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

We raked up some pine needles and cleaned up some messes.......
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Locker is here;.....so let the games begin....
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Roger has arrived...(Brokedown climber..)....par-tay...
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Jim Bridwell;........father of modern big wall climbing, N.America's premier Alpine master, .......The Bird....
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:24pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Ron Gomez;.....climber....all around good guy........
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:31pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:47pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Wally Barker (Five Ten mastermind...), Jim Bridwell...
Anastasia

climber
Home
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
Well... I will be in late. Kiddo worked me last night, didn't sleep so I am taking a nap freakin now. See you a bit later today.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:49pm PT
I'm there in spirit. Will pick up a few beers that I know blitzo would appreciate.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:50pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Harrison and Mo.......
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Blue Blocker....
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 12:54pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Steve Grossman....
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Tucker Tech....climbing celeb...
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 01:02pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Bill Russell
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Mimi.....
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 9, 2013 - 06:34pm PT
I'm enjoying all the photos, thanks for sharing everything.
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Nov 9, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
What a wonderfully eclectic community we are! It was so worth the drive to be with the tribe again. Thank you, Blitzo and your conspirators for helping to reaffirm just how lucky we are to have each other.

Mo and I had a blast climbing and reuniting with everyone. Looking forward to seeing y'all again hopefully soon rather than later. If your ever in the Norht Bay I hope you'll look us up.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 10, 2013 - 01:53am PT
hey there, say, H, and to mo, too...

thanks for the special 'on the scene' report from todd's,. :)


enjoyed seeing the pics, so far, too...

:)
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 10, 2013 - 06:57am PT
Credit: Jaybro
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Nov 10, 2013 - 07:46am PT
Credit: looking sketchy there...

If not defying age, at least gravity was held at bay...
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Nov 10, 2013 - 10:48am PT
It's not so much the love that I felt while at the Blitzo memorial that struck me so poignantly...

It was the amazing collection of such a high caliber of people that were in attendance that seemed to speak volumes about the man I was there to remember. That so many great people came together to help in life and comfort as much as possible was the best indication about the human behind the seldom seen "Blitzo" handle here on the topo.

I didn't know Billie long at all. Didn't even really feel like I had come to know the man enough to go to the first name basis which seemed to me what everyone else had with him, but that had more to do with my place in life than anything else.

The stories, the photos, and the atmosphere of the evening gave me warmth i hope will stay with me a long time.

You people are great.
Blitzo was great

This was an awesome send off for the awesome guy Blitzo was. Thank you so very much Billie.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 10, 2013 - 11:56am PT
Having made the decision to party like it was 1999, I went down the yellow brick road very much as I had in the past...

Approximately 2:30-2:45 this morning, after realizing that other than Todd (no doubt trying to get to sleep) I was the "Last man standing", I wandered off into the desert in search of my fuking truck...

Remembering that it was parked at BlueBlockers place I headed in what I felt to be the correct direction...

At approximately 3:30-3:45 this morning...(An hour of "Where the fuk am I???")...

totally fuking LOST and frustrated beyond belief having walked up to three wrong houses before eventually bailing back to Todds...

GOOD FUKING LORD WHAT AN EVENING!!!

...





I absoultely fuking LOVE it!!!...

This is what GREAT memories are made of...


LMAO!!!...





Todd, Susan, Russ (All other that helped put it together)...

Fantastic deal all the fuking way around...

It was indeed a BLITZFEST that suited the n00b to the T...

Fuking A!!!...



To everyone I already know there...

GREAT seeing and blasting off with you!!!...

To those I met...

Fuking COOL! to meet you all!!!...

To the SuperTopo's crowd I know and the new ones I met...

Another winning situation...




To Murf (Tom)...

Dude...

Hey man...

Seriously COOL to finally meet and shoot the sh!t...




For the record...

I actually miss giving you sh!t...

It was a fuking BLAST!!!...

Get back on and let's fuking get some sh!t flowing...

This place is in need of some FIRE!!!...

;-)


Take care man!!!


Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:01pm PT
A blessing to see all the folks I grew up with in one place.

RIP Blitzo.

JL
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:43pm PT
Locker..sounds like you wound up lucky....you could have walked crotch first into a cholla....
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:45pm PT

Dean...

It's a small miracle that I didn't have something (else) go wrong...

Walking up to the wrong houses at 3:30 in the morning could have been disastrous...

I could have been mistaken for a BEAR!!!...

;-)



EDITED:

Missed you there by the way...

Was HOPING to hang out and shoot the breeze a bit...


and again, THANK YOU man!!!...

Solid and caring gesture to the n00b!!!...

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
...or a crackhead.


EDIT: Thanks, Locker...really sorry I missed it. Had to be home for my daughter.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:49pm PT


"Had to be home for my daughter."...

As you should be...

Again...

Solid!!!...

;-)


Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
Thanks.

And I lifted a Crown Royal in memory of Billy last evening...

Ok....it was two.

: )
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:57pm PT


"Ok....it was two."...

LOL!!!...

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
...ok...they were doubles...
sethsquatch76

Trad climber
Joshua tree ca
Nov 10, 2013 - 02:04pm PT
That, my friends, was a good god damn party!!!! Blitzo would be proud!!!!!

I can only hope at my death, that 1/2 as many amazing people show up to celebrate my life...... The depth of knowledge, experience, adventure, camaraderie is to be commended.....

I too got lost in the desert last night.....Watched sunrise from the top of a large municipal water tank with good friends and Blitzo's spirit by our side....

Cheers to our amazing community!!!!!!!!!!!
Mimi

climber
Nov 10, 2013 - 02:04pm PT
What a great party! It was really nice seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Thanks to Susan, Todd, Andrea, Russ, Lynne and all the other folks who chipped in. The food was great and Lynne's pies were perfect. I think the Bird ate a whole one by himself. LOL! Definitely did Blitzo proud!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 10, 2013 - 02:25pm PT

Kneed to C more pitures!!!!!

(Where's all the evidence, eh)?
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Nov 10, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
Been a LONG time since I woke up hurting that much! Wow, it was a very fitting tribute to Billy, was cool to meet his Sister Martha and her husband Mort. Great to hang with all my Brothers and Sisters once again. I'm going to take a snooze!
Peace
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 10, 2013 - 02:38pm PT
I'm tired. Dancing and playing the tambourine is hard work! :) Before I kick back I'll try to get some pictures rolling for those not able to join us for the fantastic celebration Of Blitzo's life.

As a friend of mine is fond of saying, "here's how the day unraveled."

Among the very first to arrive were Martha, Billy's sister, and Locker...
Among the very first to arrive were Martha, Billy's sister, and Locker.
It was wonderful to talk with both. (Kleenex's were copious)
Credit: LL LL

more later...computer as tired as I am. Cheers, lynne









Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 10, 2013 - 03:20pm PT
It was fun to watch all the interaction and overhear some pretty cool ...
It was fun to watch all the interaction and overhear some pretty cool stories. Martha provided much of the food for the gathering.
Credit: LL LL

From Left to Right are Todd Battey, StahlBro, John and Grant H. Nice dancing Todd B.

Pic for Martha includes: Mort, Dan Zacks, Ron Gomez, James Barnett, Ly...
Pic for Martha includes: Mort, Dan Zacks, Ron Gomez, James Barnett, Lynne, Locker and Bridwell.
Credit: LL LL

Long time friend, Dave Evans. Dee ee, thank you so much for the great ...
Long time friend, Dave Evans. Dee ee, thank you so much for the great photo earlier on this thread of Blitzo, myself and Nidever!


Credit: LL LL

The "Roots" and friend.
The "Roots" and friend.
Credit: LL LL


Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 10, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
The crazy, incomparable, zip. Back from a long hiatus of injury.
The crazy, incomparable, zip. Back from a long hiatus of injury.
Credit: LL LL

Greg &#40;Fishfinder&#41;on Left. Locker and the indispensable, Paul. ...
Greg (Fishfinder)on Left. Locker and the indispensable, Paul. Cheers to you Paul! Where is Jingy?????He was here a minute ago!
Credit: LL LL







nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 10, 2013 - 03:34pm PT
Miss Lynne, Isn't the "friend" , Blitzo's.. driver for hospital appointments? .. I recognize the long purdy hair...

ps, did you meet my girlfriends?

pss..Where is Jingy???
psss..sweet to see.. The Root's.. ..Hi, Amanda..

pssss..More pictures please..
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 10, 2013 - 03:38pm PT

"Locker and Friend"...

The "Friend" in the photo is Paul...

He was "Hired help" originally and somewhat of an unknown situation...

Before long it became very obvious that he really gives a fuk about people and I will personally forever be beholding to him for having been so kind, gentle and caring about the n00b...

As far as that "hired help" bit goes???...

He probably made around $1.33 per hour...

I'd venture to say that he did it out of the kindness of his heart way more than for the miniscule buck...

;-)



EDITED:

Should have included Andrea in my original thanks...



THANK YOU ANDREA for putting up with all the freaks...

You are one hell of a trooper!!! (You'd have to be to put up with Todd!!! LOL!!!)...

;-)
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 10, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
I did get to finally talk with Sonya and meet Phil Bircheff.
I did get to finally talk with Sonya and meet Phil Bircheff.
Credit: LL LL

It was good to see the Jaybro again, tho it was hard to chat much....s...
It was good to see the Jaybro again, tho it was hard to chat much....so many people so little time.
Credit: LL LL

Annie Cashner playing her specially designed, one of a kind instrument...
Annie Cashner playing her specially designed, one of a kind instrument called a dulcimator.
Credit: LL LL

Cosmic on left and Fogarty. Boy does Fogarty look great. Told me he lo...
Cosmic on left and Fogarty. Boy does Fogarty look great. Told me he lost 30 lbs. You go Mon!
Credit: LL LL



Nita, I did get to meet several of your wonderful friends.



Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 10, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
Sure do appreciate all the pics and stories....keep 'em coming!!!!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 10, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
Then the band set up and .......
Then the band set up and .......
Credit: LL LL

The lights went down and we rocked with the Cactus Pricks! Yeah!
The lights went down and we rocked with the Cactus Pricks! Yeah!
Credit: LL LL

Wendell, you will be glad to know, no lights were broken and extension cords did not break any humans:) We missed you and Phyllis.

That's about it for me, Folks. Anyone else take pics? I can't believe the number of people I missed. It's a social challenge to visit, eat, take pics and enjoy the band in only a few hours. lynnie

PS, it was awesome seeing everyone.....old friends and new! Cheers!
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 10, 2013 - 04:31pm PT

HOW is it pronounced again???...


"Sha poo PWAH"...








EDITED:

"I'd be more than happy to give you a ride...

But I don't have a car"
...





LMAO!!!...
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 10, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
Dang, Locker, half way thru the event I looked up and saw you and a little voice said, you'd better keep an eye on him. Next time I'll listen better!
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
Nov 10, 2013 - 04:35pm PT
So sorry to have missed the memorial and party of the century!

Even sorrier to have missed meeting Blitzo.

Thanks everybody for the news and photos.

More please!
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 10, 2013 - 04:42pm PT


"you'd better keep an eye on him. Next time I'll listen better!"...

Thanks Lynn but NOT to worry!!!...

It was pretty much a one shot deal as I am once again on the wagon driving way clear of booze and heavy dope...


THANKS for the kind thought and real good to see you again!!!...

;-)

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 10, 2013 - 04:47pm PT
Huge thanks for Todd and Andrea for staging the party, and Susan and Russ

and everyone else who helped out

and, of course, the great community that showed up to remember.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 10, 2013 - 04:50pm PT
Well, Jan, I do have 4 more pics I was going to save for later....but what the heck. This, after-party, morning I conducted some research which I will present to Dr. Hartouni at some point.

Credit: LL LL

The abysmal condition of the Rock Climbers outhouse....note beer glass...
The abysmal condition of the Rock Climbers outhouse....note beer glass and rolls of unusable, soggy tp. Versus....
Credit: LL LL

Credit: LL LL

The relatively pristine condition of the pad people-Orange County outh...
The relatively pristine condition of the pad people-Orange County outhouse. I'm sure there is some scientific extrapolation to be made here. :)))
Credit: LL LL



Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 10, 2013 - 04:53pm PT
LOL...too funny Lynne!

I would have thought the REAL climbers would have brought a poop bomb and simply packed it out.

We're a rare breed....

: )
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 10, 2013 - 04:57pm PT

"I too got lost in the desert last night..."...

Since it happened to both of us...

MUST have been due to the waxing moon...


LOL!!!...

"What the fuk just happened???"...

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 10, 2013 - 04:58pm PT
Dean, you are indeed, I have found in the past nearly 6 years there is nothing like the rock climbing community.....nothing. lynne

PS, and on that note someone (but I forget who) told me they personally know Chris Mac and they would ask him to reinstate my old avatar (my name). I hope who ever you are, you remember and thanks!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Nov 10, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
Wish we could have been there, but I wouldn't have missed the other celebration of a life that we did attend for the world!

(my brother's mother-in-law)

Catholic funerals will wear out your knees.

A black pentecostal one will wear out your hands!










Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 10, 2013 - 05:08pm PT
Awesome, TGT!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 10, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
TGT, and some that shall remain nameless will wear out your Patience. :)

This could be a perfect segue to my last photo. When I stay in Josh my best friend lives right behind me.

couldn't resist, hope you'll forgive. I know he will. smiles, lynne
couldn't resist, hope you'll forgive. I know he will. smiles, lynne
Credit: LL LL







TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Nov 10, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
Personally, I'm more in the Ben Franklyn camp, but he knew a saint when he saw one.


So do I.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 10, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
Lynne, it's called~ The Dulcinator, a one of a kind Dulcimer - Dobro hybrid- made just for her.
Annie is one talented musician and a Lovely person ...


edit: Hey.. Lynne Leichtfuss, Welcome back!!...




Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 10, 2013 - 06:41pm PT
Here is a link to the slideshow presentation from the Memorial Fest:

http://www.fishproducts.com/Bloot_slideshow2.mov

It is a giant file, so have some time and be patient. Quicktime format. Oh, and it is a GIANT FILE, so wait for it to come in a bit for the best playback.


Edit: LL LL : your username problem has been fixed
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 10, 2013 - 06:55pm PT
OMG, I'm back. :) Thank You !!! I guess I'll owe you for the rest of my life. Well, maybe I'd better throw in some cash considering my age.

And thanks both of you for all you did and do. Having had loss I can so appreciate all you who are so much "Blitzo's family" did. Including providing the beginning of wonderful solid closure to so many, awesome. You two mean much to so many. Cheers, lynne again.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 10, 2013 - 07:39pm PT
Great time, introspection, and contemplation. Thanks for brining us all together Blitzo, not sure anyone else could have. A lot of food for thought.

I have photos to download, but I'm on the road, so it will be a week or so.

Thanks for the slideshow link Russ, I was going to ask about. Everyone should check that out!

Thanks Todd and Andrea for your hospitality! Thanks Sooze for coordinating everything!
Then jazz guys, thnx cactus pricks!
Thanks everyone for making it happen!

Todd is I think, the real catcher in the Rye.

Thanks everyone for making it happen!

"Take that Mussy, right in the kisser!"
"Take that Mussy, right in the kisser!"
Credit: Jaybro
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 10, 2013 - 08:03pm PT
^^^^
Geeve it to heem, Soooze!!!!!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 10, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
Just watched the Blitzo link. All that Jaybro said and more.

A man's life. I talked with Billy, but I wish I would have taken the time to ask him more.... what he was thinking about, what was inside. At Stephanie's Thanksgiving party couple years ago Billy and I were wearing the exact same light teal blue/black down jacket. He came up to me and commented on it and asked if I used drugs. We started talking. Depths.

I have learned more. Billy taught me a ton without saying much, even tonight. tears, lynne.

Thanks for putting this incredible tribute to this man together.
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Nov 10, 2013 - 08:20pm PT
Enjoyed seeing old friends, and putting faces to avatars, and hopefully making new friends.
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Nov 10, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
Credit: ron gomez
Credit: ron gomez
Credit: ron gomez
Credit: ron gomez
Credit: ron gomez
Credit: ron gomez
Credit: ron gomez
Credit: ron gomez
Peace
john hansen

climber
Nov 10, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
That shot of Bridwell and Long is Classic,
Nice pic's Ron
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA/Joshua Tree
Nov 10, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
Thanks Sooze, Russ and Todd for planning such a great event and the wonderful hospitality. So great to see so many people from near and far there in memory of Blitzo. What an amazing group of folks.

Steve L, Largo, Mister E, Roger
Steve L, Largo, Mister E, Roger
Credit: Fluoride

rlf & Sioux Juan
rlf & Sioux Juan
Credit: Fluoride

Ed Hartouni, Chris Trudeau, Jaybro
Ed Hartouni, Chris Trudeau, Jaybro
Credit: Fluoride

Russ & Largo &#40;Dan Zacks/Tanslacks in the background&#41;
Russ & Largo (Dan Zacks/Tanslacks in the background)
Credit: Fluoride

Our awesome Blitzo memorial organizers Russ & Sooze
Our awesome Blitzo memorial organizers Russ & Sooze
Credit: Fluoride

Russ, Greg & Steve L.
Russ, Greg & Steve L.
Credit: Fluoride

locker & Steve L.
locker & Steve L.
Credit: Fluoride

The amazing Tony Yeary...and Leggs I think?
The amazing Tony Yeary...and Leggs I think?
Credit: Fluoride

Marty Lewis & Sharon Taylor Lewis
Marty Lewis & Sharon Taylor Lewis
Credit: Fluoride

Steve L. & Phil Bircheff
Steve L. & Phil Bircheff
Credit: Fluoride

Jaybro, Ed & Sooze
Jaybro, Ed & Sooze
Credit: Fluoride

Tony Yeary & Lynn
Tony Yeary & Lynn
Credit: Fluoride

Wally Barker and Russ
Wally Barker and Russ
Credit: Fluoride






Anastasia

climber
Home
Nov 10, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Hey Folks,

Even though I only dropped by and took off early, Bill and I found it worth the trip x 100. Nice seeing all of you, especially my dear Locker. I've missed you! Now I have a bit of Blitzo with me... Would it be alright to take him on a kayak trip? Hiking back here in my hometown woods? It's not climbing but it sure has it's own beauty. I for sure will take him climbing in the South and on a few ice routes in Montana. I know he's probably been there already, but what the heck!

Oh and I was thinking of getting him carried about in a gay pride parade around here because when I first met him, he kept describing the gay pride parade in San Francisco with so much wonder and excitement. He was tripping on it, absolutely loved it. He loved people that walked their own beat. I thought if he somehow knew what I was up to, he would get a kick out of that too.

Hugs,
AFS
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Nov 10, 2013 - 10:36pm PT
Todd, thanks again for a wonderful job hosting an amazing evening.

Even though Christina and I got in late, we had a great time getting to catch up with old friends - Harrison, Moe, Anastasia and RLF just to name a few. Was a blast to FINALLY meet Locker, Russ, Tucker and the one and only JL - wish I had more time to hear some stories from that group for sure.

Slept like a stone and woke up pleasantly late, hung out with RLF and Crew for a while and then headed out to Indian Cove to get some climbing in before heading home. Was a wonderful way to spend the weekend, and share the love with all of Blitzo's many friends, fans and fam.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 10, 2013 - 11:49pm PT
hey there say, sooze, russ, and all...

oh my... i just saw the blitzo-memory-quilt hanging there and i started crying...


that was my gift to him, so that he would have it to hang on to for the rest of life, as he looked back--after getting well--at all the folks that loved him, and were in his corner... something he could hang onto, each night, after looking back at this whole awful ordeal...

and here... it did not turn out that way... :(
it was MEANT for him, to get it though...

i made it JUST IN TIME... and by that, you both know--JUST in the nic of time, TIME for him to see and know of all those that were posting there for him... (a few names may have gotten left out, as once i sewed it, i could NOT add any more, ... though i think i got a few in on the OTHER SIDE... )...

DID NOT know, it would end up as a memorial memory for all these folks,
instead of blitzo himself...


but--you all gave him the BEST and the best always goes to those that are
so loved by their buddies and families and acquaintances...


well, what we knit together here on this short earth life, is part of
full picture, later, for eternity, so--he will still cherish this
memory-marker, though--in different ways, than when first planned...



*say, a fitting note to this:

my sewing machine 'died' just after i finished it...
IF IT HAD, SOONER, blitzo would not have BEEN here,
to enjoy it... :O :O :O


well, i had my cry now...
for those that knew blitzo billy, i know you will cry a lot more,
and for quite some time, until 'things settle' the best that they can, for you...



god bless to bill's sister, seeing here, there, made me cry, also...

i have five brothers and i pray that i can nurture our lives, while
WE have time, as, we are all living in spread-outs spots...

thanks for sharing all the pics...
and wow--lynne has her NAME BACK!!!!
A NICE HONOR, for her husband's trail, that he left behind!


ps:
oh my... locker--lost in the desert! (will there be a movie, now?)

;)

*and--a sequel? just saw there was another one of you all, lost, :)

good thing todd's place, helped place you back, or, you could have gone in CIRCLES all night... ;)
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA/Joshua Tree
Nov 11, 2013 - 12:08am PT
Neebee, here's another shot of your wonderful love quilt. You're so generous and thoughtful. The quilt has had quite some experiences. Was there when he passed, was there this weekend. Much love and gratitude to you lady!

Jaybro with Neebee's quilt.  And yes, that's coffee this morning.
Jaybro with Neebee's quilt. And yes, that's coffee this morning.
Credit: Fluoride
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Nov 11, 2013 - 02:46am PT
thanks for all the pics and the slide show,

good to see the Gordon House rockin again, it is a magical place,
ATS

climber
Mountain Project
Nov 11, 2013 - 06:23am PT
Very nice tribute.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 11, 2013 - 06:55am PT
Thanks again for the pics....and to all that graciously put on this event.

This tribe gets it right.

Cheers to Billy...
Sioux Juan

Big Wall climber
Costa mesa
Nov 11, 2013 - 06:57am PT
Credit: Sioux Juan
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 11, 2013 - 07:32am PT
^^^

Right on the mark...




EDITED:

Great seeing you and hanging again Steve...

Sioux Juan

Big Wall climber
Costa mesa
Nov 11, 2013 - 07:38am PT
great seeing you Locker !!!!!! hope to see you again real soon........your bro...............Powers
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 11, 2013 - 09:50am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Sonya
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 11, 2013 - 09:52am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Grant and John...
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 11, 2013 - 09:53am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Cole Gibson and Blitzo Quilt by Neebee...
Burch3y

Mountain climber
I offer nothing to the discussion
Nov 11, 2013 - 10:04am PT
I'm surprised I didn't see more of you guys out there - Leggs gave me the peace sign as she drove by with Drljefe near Jumbo Rocks, but I didn't recognize anyone else.

I was playing the uke - you guys should have stopped and verified that I wasn't parttimecommunist in person.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 11, 2013 - 10:13am PT
Burch3y, wish I would have known. I brought my uke too, altho I am a newbie at it. Anyone have a picture of the Cactus Pricks playing? Mine didn't turn out? The real lynne.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 11, 2013 - 10:17am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Mr. Todd Battey........Queen Mountain pioneer, ace climber, and all around great dude..
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Nov 11, 2013 - 10:22am PT
It was a really good tribute and a ton of great people. Cactus Pricks and Jazz trio were going off.

Special thanks to Susan, Russ, Todd, Andrea and everyone who helped put this together. Thanks again to Robert for letting us hang out with the Ranch posse.

Rob

Credit: StahlBro

Credit: StahlBro
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 11, 2013 - 10:47am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Amber and Brandon......(Cute girl;...must have a good looking Mom...)..
Burch3y

Mountain climber
I offer nothing to the discussion
Nov 11, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
^^^^ I like her cheeks.

Burch3y, wish I would have known. I brought my uke too, altho I am a newbie at it.

Newbie-schmewbie. The uke is the best. I've found my partners prefer it to the mandolin, which usually makes them antsy on lead as opposed to soothed by the calming uke.
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Nov 11, 2013 - 03:58pm PT
Jingy was there Nita, just not during daylight hours, missed most of the good times that happened during day….

Cheers Nita and All!!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Nov 11, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
I was going to express how much I missed this event, but I won't. As is evident with all sh#t the Taco does, we pull together and REPRESENT the whole community.

I'm glad to see that Blitzo was properly honored by those that knew him. I'm sorry I missed it, but I said prayers for our brother. He was my kind of guy despite ever meeting him. I felt him. Cool dude.

Sorry I couldn't make it, but I do remember Blitzo. God bless ya, bro.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Nov 11, 2013 - 04:42pm PT
It was great, so many great old connections and conversations.

And meeting some old nemesis and then being all huggy after ten minutes..

Someone took a picture I hope, me and mimi having a great time reaching across the aisle and agreeing about most everything.. she's just another mislabeled liberal at heart.

Did a little time with the hard core righties (the fish and bird) and came out without any scrapes,
brought some cactuses for tucker. Largo had a new koan for me.

The food was beyond awesome, such a great party,
I can’t believe I missed so many partiers that were there..better name tags need to be mandatory next fest, and maybe an official roll call so we can see ya all.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 11, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
It's always great to see you Craig and sip the JIB's ! Thanks.

I agree about trying to get around the group to see everyone. It's crazy that people come from all over the US and then we miss connecting .....

Cheers to you Sir Frye :)
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Nov 11, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
Mimi was there? ah man....I knew I had to go...Fu%k,

Super-pissed off right now, errrrr
MisterE

climber
Nov 11, 2013 - 05:02pm PT
What a great event, and an amazingly calm and beautiful weekend at Joshua Tree. Also, the temperatures were perfect.

This was just a wonderful way to show love and respect to a good friend, a great photographer, and a fellow tribesman.

We honored him with a heart-felt celebration.

Blitzo
Blitzo
Credit: MisterE

Maidy, rlf, Jersey John, Grant Karen and Jenny.
Maidy, rlf, Jersey John, Grant Karen and Jenny.
Credit: MisterE

Thanks to all.

Edit: I bought two bags of BD White Gold to mix my remains in - Billy will be with us climbing...
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Nov 11, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
It was great seeing many friends from the Taco Stand, and sadly missed many others who couldn't make it. The drive there pretty well did me in and I didn't last very long; I subsequently missed Vegasclimber & his Missus, as well as Anastasia. This was in reality a family gathering of the tribe. Many heartfelt thanks to Todd and Andrea for graciously providing the Gordon Ranchero one more time so we could all have our farewell to Blitzo.

It was a fantastic blast to hang out with locker, and with Jaybro too. As always was glad to hang with Ron Gomez, Dr.F., Steve, Sonya, Mimi, Russ, Sooze, Ed Hartouni, Cosmic, Jim Bridwell, Largo, and too many others to list here.

My tin of Billy's cremains will be going to City of Rocks for a final repose atop Window Rock next Spring.

Edit! I also forgot to add Mister E, Skip, Lynne, and my partner from 2011 Zip to the list above. My bad! Tucker and Tony Yeary, too.

My trip home took me 14 hours and 45 minutes (I arrived this morning at 0445 hours) to drive 1040 miles. I slept most of today, so...better late here than never.

Another Edit! How could I have left out Harrison, Mo, and Cragman; missed ya' Dean!
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 11, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 11, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Jenny and Andrea
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 11, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Dave Evans, Rob Stall, Bill Russell......
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 11, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Thank you Taco members who attended Billy's Memorial, it was a beautiful night with phenomenal weather. Russ kept telling me how much Blitzo hated that sort of thing but I disagree. I believe Billy would be so humbled by the attention and really touched that so many took the time to say goodbye.

It was like watching a timeline of his life, seeing friends and hearing stories from decades ago. Seeing sister Martha, meeting his ex-wife Charleen (aka Big Red)…….. new and old friends alike joining together.

During his illness he was so touched by the donations and cards that came in. It was much like watching a child at Christmas opening the cards, packages and emails he was so jazzed! Not just when it was donations (I mean really, who doesn't like getting sudden cash especially when it's so needed) but the continuous post cards, phone calls and posts checking up on him. He was a special person, a good friend and you all did a great job of reminding him of such.

There are so many special notes but a few off my head include SteveW who kept sending cards, Nita, Jingy, Cragman, Zip, Neebee, Will, the agent, Locker……..gosh the list just goes on forever. It was not uncommon to go to our mailbox and have 2 or 3 cards sitting there waiting for Blitzo.

So, my friends this Memorial wasn't just to say goodbye to Billy but a gathering of a community, one that I couldn't be prouder to be a part of.

Huge thanks to Todd & Andrea for opening your home yet again. Big hugs to sister Martha & Mort for not only funding the bash but driving down to be a part of it. All the clean up crew, preppers pre & post. People like Ron Gomez, H, Maureen, Lynn, Blueblocker, Sonya, Chelesa………. I don't even know who all as I wasn't there to lend a hand. Terrific crew pulled it off without a hitch.

Grant, Rick, Annie, Chelsea Cashner, Karen Bailey, Stephanie, Locker, Billy Russell, Charleen, Donnie Reid, Alan Bartlett, Denise Brown, Sue Lacey,Wally Barker, & all the LONG time friends; it warms my heart to had seen you there. Billy would be amazed, I can see his goofy smile.

So thank you all again for truly being there during the struggle as well as raising a glass in memory. You'd never know looking at him walking down the street that he was the richest man around. Rich with humor, good nature and deep and forever friendships.

Good-bye Blitzo, you are and will be missed. It has been my honor to call you my friend.

~Susan



dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Nov 12, 2013 - 06:43am PT
Was great to meet some of the ST crew. Thanks Todd, Susan, and Russ. had a great time. Weather could not have been better.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Nov 12, 2013 - 07:20am PT
Nice post Susan. Thanks to you and Russ and the Gordon family for making this weekend happen. The weather was sublime and I can't imagine a better send off for Blitzo.

I had so many amazing conversations with so many amazing people it made my head spin. A weekend for the history books. Great to see everyone.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Nov 12, 2013 - 07:23am PT
If a man is measured by his friends and loved ones Blitzo left us a rich man indeed.

Yall done your friend proud.. straight up and all the way through.

DMT
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Nov 12, 2013 - 07:34am PT
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10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Nov 12, 2013 - 07:37am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#329773