Apparently Charlie Porter has died


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Sport climber
Mar 14, 2014 - 11:17am PT
Great tribute Rick!!

Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Mar 14, 2014 - 11:21am PT
+2 for Rick 's tribute.

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 14, 2014 - 04:50pm PT
Dang Rick, that was a great tribute...beautifully conveyed.

Coz, cool story.
(I can relate, in a way. I had gotten the wave of the day and was super stoked for some pats on the back from da boyz. One of the legends said. "Was that you? I didn't know you sucked so bad." Laughter and pats ensued)

This Porter thread is something special.

Trad climber
Mar 14, 2014 - 05:17pm PT
Climbing, then and now, seems to attract those who march to their own drummers.

So true Rick.

Trad climber
Mar 14, 2014 - 08:18pm PT
What amazes me most is all the fools who let Charlie and the Canuks bag all those gems on El Cap, Ray Charles could have stumble into the valley and spotted the Shield.

Was Charlie not an American?
And besides, you guys bagged the first ascent of the Terminator near Canmore.

Mar 14, 2014 - 09:52pm PT
In memory of Charlie Porter

Others contained no depth
of purpose
their surface a thin like
floating aimlessly in shallow

Then you happened.

Heather burns

Mountain climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Mar 16, 2014 - 12:35am PT
Today's NY Times
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 16, 2014 - 01:00am PT
Thanks Deeg. Great piece from NYT! Really helped clear up some of the errors about Charlie's basics. Imagine, he got to visit Tristan da Cunha even.
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Mar 16, 2014 - 11:53am PT
Interesting to learn that Charlie's mother authored the wonderful children's book, Miss Rumphius.

I must have read that book to my kids a hundred times and it was a perennial favorite. It is about a woman who wanted to accomplish three things in her life: travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. The last she does by planting Lupens throughout the countryside in Maine.

Mar 16, 2014 - 12:04pm PT
When Charlie finished Asgard he mailed me a letter describing his ascent and epic descent and getting back to the Eskimo village.

The NYT article says he hiked .

The letter Charlie wrote me he told me how his feet got frozen and had to crawl a good portion of the way out of there back to civilization.

He told me how he is staying with local Eskimos because he can't walk and they are teaching him the fine art of sea kayaking.

The stuff he was learning from those Eskimos would be instrumental later in his adventures in the Drake passage and building the sea tomato for Ned Gillette.

When I saw Charlie after he came back from building the sea tomato for Gillette he was really pissed off at Gillette for fuking him over.

I'm not going to into that here.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 27, 2014 - 01:37am PT

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Mar 27, 2014 - 08:02am PT
There are several legendary climbers who have died in the last year, who in their lifetime, made significant advances in our sport. The accomplishments of Charlie, and my close friend John Ewbank, have appeared in numerous articles, on an international scale.

I regret that Charlie and John are not around to read the fine tributes directed towards them. Even thou Charlie and John were both very humble
individuals, I'm sure they would have appreciated the recognition.
Anne-Marie Rizzi

Apr 14, 2014 - 09:54pm PT
So, I just opened a Black Butte Porter, my current favorite beer.

And I started singing (to the melody of Hallelujah chorus), "Charlie Porter, Charlie Porter, Charlie Porter, Charlie Porter, Charlie Porter-uh. This was a song that Jim Erickson, Art Higbee, and David 'the kid" Brashears would sing whenever Charlie came into the Lodge bar. I thought it was hilarious.

And all these years later I still remember it. What a scene...


Trad climber
Bay Area
Apr 14, 2014 - 10:53pm PT
Very nice eulogy for Charlie by a sailing adventurer who crossed tacks with him several times in Patagonia and the Southern Ocean. In the Alpinist I got yesterday.

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Apr 14, 2014 - 11:46pm PT
Bump for Charlie Porter song! Way fun!

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Apr 15, 2014 - 01:04am PT
Missed this thread the first time around. Charlie had a strong influence on my climbing and why most of it has been free roped soloing. Pretty much pegged the whole self-contained-on-rock-free-of-external-dependencies thing. Had hoped to get down to meet him some day and more than a bit sad that's no longer possible. A life lived on his own terms for sure.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Apr 15, 2014 - 07:36am PT
Mr. Porter was one of my heros.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Apr 15, 2014 - 12:04pm PT
Great story Anne-Marie, but Breashears is no longer the Kloeberdanz Kid. I saw him a couple years ago. He is documenting climate change among other things.

Saw Jim at the Hersey memorial, but where is Art?

I really don't think they make 'em like Charlie Porter any more.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 15, 2014 - 12:15pm PT
ron, did you miss this?

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
May 27, 2014 - 03:06am PT

An obit for CP has been published in one of the UK's broadsheets. Remember it is written for the non climbing public.

The photo looks like the Weasel Valley. I bumped into him a few miles North as he was shuttling loads. It was piss wet, I recall he was wearing that yellow cagoul that's in the top of his pack.


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