Blitzo Memorial Service - Joshua Tree, CA


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Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 6, 2013 - 11:27am PT
72°? Hoh man time to climb in the shade...
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 6, 2013 - 01:10pm 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.

Mountain climber
there and back again
Nov 6, 2013 - 02:28pm 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 - 04:52pm PT
Sounds good H... Thanks and see ya there.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 6, 2013 - 06:03pm 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 - 06:07pm 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 - 06:44pm PT
Thanks. lynne
susan peplow

Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 7, 2013 - 12:37am 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.


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


Social climber
So Cal
Nov 7, 2013 - 10:11am PT
We're not gonna make it :-(

susan peplow

Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 7, 2013 - 02:16pm 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.


Mountain climber
Tustin OC
Nov 7, 2013 - 03:00pm 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 - 03:04pm 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.

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Nov 7, 2013 - 03:11pm 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

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Nov 7, 2013 - 03:11pm PT

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

Fish Finder

Social climber
Nov 7, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
word locker

glad you made it safe again

3rd times a charm eh

looking forward to laughing with you


Mountain climber
Tustin OC
Nov 7, 2013 - 04:33pm 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...

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Nov 7, 2013 - 04:53pm 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...

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 7, 2013 - 05:14pm 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....


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 - 05:19pm PT
I too got my print this week,,WOW... Thanks Russ,, Agent,, and THE ONE AND ONLY BLOOT! Ill be there in the wind..

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Nov 7, 2013 - 08:30pm 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.


EDIT: Dean ... Damnitall!

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