David Brower? What do you know?


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Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 9, 2006 - 11:06am PT
for some Condor pictures see the Closures at Pinnacles SuperTopo thread...

...I am of a divided mind regarding the capture-release program. I think I'm happy to see the beasts flying in California skies though, even if "the hand of man" is heavy on that script.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Oct 9, 2006 - 11:08am PT
George Anderson not only placed bolts on Half Dome in 1875 but, he also placed a bolt in 1877 on Mt. Starr King.

Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Oct 9, 2006 - 02:32pm PT
Brower was "the Man"

Anyone with an interest in him should see the new documentary about him.


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From the moment David Brower first laid eyes on the beauty of the Yosemite Valley, he fought to preserve the American wilderness for future generations.

The story of a true American legend, Monumental documents the life of this outdoorsman, filmmaker and environmental crusader, whose fiery dedication not only saved the Grand Canyon but also transformed the Sierra Club into a powerful national political force, giving birth to the modern environmental movement.

Seen through Brower’s own eyes - he was an accomplished filmmaker, and his stunning footage is included here - a 1956 raft trip down Glen Canyon, before its damming, evokes the awful sadness of losing public land we’ve failed to protect. And in period footage of Brower’s early rock-climbs (done in sneakers, with hemp ropes) and of his training in the 10th Mountain Division (who defeated the Nazis in the high Alps), Brower emerges as an unlikely and inspiring national hero.
Featuring music by The Beachwood Sparks, Fruit Bats, Yo La Tengo and more.

Social climber
The West
Oct 9, 2006 - 02:34pm PT
is the distinction that those were straight in spikes of some sort and the Shiprock placement was an actual expansion bolt?
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Oct 9, 2006 - 02:53pm PT

Here is a picture of the 1877 bolt Anderson placed on Mt Starr King.

The bolts he placed on Half Dome were larger and had a smooth, bowed shank making it more of a compression bolt like the split shanks that used to be popular not too long ago.

Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 9, 2006 - 03:45pm PT

David Brower on a first ascent in the Pinnacles, 1934 (probably the chimney between North and South Fingers).

Trad climber
Oct 9, 2006 - 04:33pm PT
Karl is right. "Monumental" (http://www.loteriafilms.org/press.html); is definitely work it.


Trad climber
one pass away from the big ditch
Oct 9, 2006 - 04:44pm PT
ken thx for the clarification.

can it be said that the Anderson bolts were merely 'anchor' bolts or is too much speculation involved there regarding how the bolts were used (aside from stepping on them for Aid).

Does anyone know if the old Anderson bolt holes are still visible on HD?

Social climber
The West
Oct 9, 2006 - 05:37pm PT
Hmm? well, so much for the 'first to bolt', thing.

Clint, wrestling shoes? Proto Chuck Taylors?

Penn's Woods
Oct 9, 2006 - 05:54pm PT
The movie Deliverance was based on Brower's experiences as a kindergarten teacher.

Mountain climber
San Diego
Oct 9, 2006 - 06:38pm PT
Another vote for "Encounters with the Archdruid"

Then read "The High Cost of Being David Brower" by Daniel Coyle. You can find it in an anthology titled "The Best of OUTSIDE, The First 20 Years"...which will make you even sadder about the state of that magazine now.

Then read "Climbing in North America" and "Cadillac Desert"

You'll like 'em all, if for different reasons.

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Oct 9, 2006 - 06:49pm PT
Hey Crimpie, if you get out here, I'll GIVE you my Dave Brower books.
Alpine Raven

Mountain climber
Eugene, OR
Oct 9, 2006 - 07:09pm PT
Here's a brief bio from Wikipedia:

looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Oct 9, 2006 - 07:26pm PT
Here is another Brower-Yosemite-Climbing tie-in:

He co-wrote the first published Yosemite Valley climbing guide. It was orginally published in the Sierra Club Bulletin in 1940, then published as a separate reprint later that same year. A Climber's Guide to the High Sierra, Part IV, Yosemite Valley

This, along with the other five parts of the High Seirra series (some of which Brower also Co-Authored), were updated by Brower and reprinted in 1949 into a single guide: A Climber's Guide to the Sierra Nevada: Preliminary Edition.

This guide served as the basis for Hervey Voge's High Sierra Guide first published in 1954.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Oct 9, 2006 - 11:22pm PT
Used to own a big fat biography of Brower that was published about the time of his passing (1990?) Donated it to the J. Paul Leonard Library at SF State U this summer along with all my late father's counter-culture books. But think that's where you should go for further details about the full particulars of his life. cf. Amazon.com.

Looked it up myself: For Earth's Sake: The Life and Times of David Brower. Actually, it's an autobiography by the man himself.
john hansen

Oct 10, 2006 - 01:34am PT
There were some bolts put in on half dome in the late 1800's by George Anderson. First bolts in the vally.
john hansen

Oct 10, 2006 - 01:40am PT
Alot of people dont know that he was instrumental in forming the 10th mountian Division in WW2. Just another amazing story in his life.

Social climber
The West
Oct 11, 2006 - 10:23am PT
Still, seems more worthwhile than trout pond seeding. Though uncomfortably similar.

Social climber
Oct 11, 2006 - 09:48pm PT
A third for MONUMENTAL. As I own a video store, I got in early on this one-been out about a year. After reading this thread B4 work yesterday, put it on at the store. Hadn't seen it in a while. Extremely cool music to go with it (folky-hippie). A great quote that he and Ansel got along well because they saw in each other an ability to party. Great shots of gettin up Cathedral Peak in tennies w/hip belays. Lots more about the greater good he did for us all. 2 flappers up!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 10, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
Speaking of monumental.

Does anyone know if David had siblings or cousins who lived in Catheys Valley, California, on the road to Yosemite?

There is a gravestone marker in their cemetery for a James Brower, born in 1914.

David was born in 1912.
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