Apparently Charlie Porter has died


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Feb 24, 2014 - 08:18am PT
What an inspiration. Pushing the edge long before others, often solo. I'd love to hear more about him from those who knew him, or those who directly witnessed his adventures that he was so reticent about.

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 24, 2014 - 08:53am PT

My first reaction is:
This can't be. ...

I'm glad he was down there. He seemed to have become one with Punta Arenas (where he apparently passed away). He spoke pretty interesting Spanish though. I just yesterday drove by his former shop on the way to Parkline and of course thought of him, Matt and Bruce --- all gone.

I'm sorry to be living in a world without Porter.


Trad climber
Feb 24, 2014 - 10:18am PT
He probably lived a total of 4 lives from all the stuff he did.

climber's near nevada...
Feb 24, 2014 - 10:31am PT
Wow - What a life, amazing.

My condolences to the family and friends.

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 24, 2014 - 10:32am PT
The passing of a great man. Nothing but respect.

He set the bar high indeed.

Trad climber
Feb 24, 2014 - 10:39am PT
el cap, asguard, cassin--

and then he did all that crazy, scary stuff on water.


Trad climber
Talkeetna, Alaska
Feb 24, 2014 - 10:43am PT
The purest adherent to letting one's actions speak louder than words.

Trad climber
Arroyo Grande
Feb 24, 2014 - 10:53am PT
Russ McLean told me a story once that I never forgot (even with my memory), though the details are fuzzy.

He and Charlie had just been near-missed avalanche out of a couloir somewhere in Patagonia or the Paine area and Charlie begged to return back up since it was now "clean" and success inevitable. Charlie seemed a little obsessed and it was more than Russ was willing to gamble. Charlie began screaming up loudly at the lord, "god come try and kill me."

Sorry Russ if I didn't get this just right but it made a significant impact on me many years ago and still does.


Feb 24, 2014 - 10:59am PT
That doesn't sound Charlie? ^^^

In those hairy ass hideous situations he'd usually be laughing and joking.

When you're freezing your ass of and minutes from dying he'll be saying
"Want me to build ya fire kid?" all while chuckling and and making jokes.

Charlie Porter = One of the all time greats, the real Burt Bronson

Jim Clipper

from: forests to tree farms
Feb 24, 2014 - 11:02am PT
Condolences. Amazing, amazing, life. I've heard a little of his exploits, and hope time will bring more stories. Utmost respect for his work to preserve parts of Patagonia, apparently by taking his experiences from the Valley, and building with them.

Ice climber
Feb 24, 2014 - 11:18am PT
Wow, sad news indeed. Jack talked about him a lot, and had a ton of admiration for him. Seemed like an amazing guy. to join so many other bright lights.......Pam
steve shea

Feb 24, 2014 - 11:28am PT
RIP Charlie. You were a true visionary.

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Feb 24, 2014 - 11:39am PT
Wow, what a shock.
Hard to believe. He was such a tough guy. He had such a kind heart.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Feb 24, 2014 - 11:48am PT
tremendous contributions
much respect

Sheba A4+ 1972 Charlie Porter
Shield, The (Salathe Start) 5.7 C4F VI 1972 Charlie Porter Gary Bocarde
Zodiac 5.7 A2 VI 5.13d 1972 Charlie Porter FFA 2003 Alex Huber Thomas Huber
Abazaba 5.11c A3 1972 Charlie Porter Walter Rosenthal FFA 1986 Scott Cosgrove Walt Shipley
Arlington Heights 5.9 1972 Charlie Porter
Coffin Nail A3+ 1972 Charlie Porter
Fatal Mistake 5.11a A1 IV 1972 Charlie Porter Walter Rosenthal FFA 1975 Dale Bard Werner Braun
Keel Haul 5.1 A3 VI 1972 Charlie Porter Walter Rosenthal
Nashville Skyline 5.8 A3 V 1972 Charlie Porter Gary Bocarde
Psychopath 5.9 1972 Charlie Porter
Tangerine Trip 5.8 A2 VI 1973 Charlie Porter John-Paul de St. Croix
Copper Penny 5.10a 1973 Charlie Porter
Mescalito 5.8 A3 VI 1973 Charlie Porter Hugh Burton Steve Sutton Chris Nelson
Ejesta 5.8 1974 Charlie Porter Bob Ashworth Jeff Stubbs
Grape Race 5.9 A5 VI 1974 Charlie Porter Bev Johnson
Horse Chute 5.9 A3 VI 1974 Charlie Porter Hugh Burton
Little Wing 5.10d 1974 Mark Chapman Charlie Porter Bruce Pollock
New Dawn 5.8 A3 VI 1974 Charlie Porter Yvon Chouinard Chuck Pratt Dennis Henneck Chris Jones
Porter's Pout 5.10a 1974 Charlie Porter Bruce Pollock
Riddler, The 5.10a 1974 Bruce Pollock Matt Pollock Mark Chapman Charlie Porter
Excalibur 5.9 A3 VI 1975 Charlie Porter Hugh Burton
Magical Mystery Tour 5.10a 1975 Charlie Porter Dave Altman

Social climber
boulder co
Feb 24, 2014 - 11:54am PT
Charlie has always been one of my heroes and the routes he put up were true expressions of what it means to be a climber. I've only done a couple of his routes but they were some of the most amazing experiences of my life. He was a master of the sport and even though I never had the opportunity to meet him his passing saddens me deeply. RIP Charlie and find some FA's in the promised land.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 24, 2014 - 12:31pm PT
This is a huge loss as Charlie was a true anchorite.

He was a major inspiration to me as a Yosemite climber and a rare personality with the depth of character and mechanical genius to move climbing into deeper water.

Thanks for the spark Charlie! It lit countless bonfires of imagination and illuminated the soul of the deeper game that climbing can be if you follow the path of Heart, Porter's Path.

Hard to believe that his adventures are done.

Does Charlie have family connections that anyone is aware of as I would love to preserve any writings or other effects that may still be around to shed light on his extraordinarily monastic life.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 24, 2014 - 12:35pm PT
So sad.
What a legacy.



4 Corners Area
Feb 24, 2014 - 12:43pm PT
Aside from a massive pair of nuts, I wonder what kind of rack he carried on his 1975 1st ascent of Mt. Asgard???

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Feb 24, 2014 - 12:55pm PT
One of the most amazing things about Charlie Porter was how young he was when he was doing his great ascents. Early 20s in some cases.

A true pioneer and bad ass. RIP.

Mike Libecki

the moment of now
Feb 24, 2014 - 01:09pm PT
Hero. Inspiration. Thanks for inspiring and truly embracing enthusiasm for life and not rationing passion.
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