BVB, the passing of an American Legend…


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Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Jul 13, 2017 - 03:28pm PT
I am very saddened to hear this. Met him a few times in the 1970s in San Diego, but got to know him through his posts on ST: always good for a smile or a laugh, and he will be missed.

Sincere condolences to his children and family.

Rick Accomazzo

Jul 13, 2017 - 06:42pm PT
yusss... the tacoboard def just lost some color.

condolences to friends and family.
bazo qop

Boulder climber
Lexington ky
Jul 14, 2017 - 02:21pm PT
I used to interact (infrequently) with BVB back in the old days..( I no longer frequent Internet forums...this will probably be my last post here..)

But his passing deserves remembrance..

He loved poetry..

This from Robinson Jeffers.

How long a rime since the brown people who have vanished from
Built fires beside you and nestled by you
Out of the ranging sea-wind? A hundred years, two hundred,
You have been dissevered from humanity
And only known the stubble squirrels and the headland rabbits,
Or the long-fetlocked plowhorses
Breaking the hilltop in December, sea-gulls following,
Screaming in the black furrow; no one
Touched you with love, the gray hawk and the red hawk touched
Where now my hand lies. So I have brought you
Wine and white milk and honey for the hundred years of famine
And the hundred cold ages of sea-wind.

I did not dream the taste of wine could bind with granite,
Nor honey and milk please you; but sweetly
They mingle down the storm-worn cracks among the mosses,
Interpenetrating the silent
Wing-prints of ancient weathers long at peace, and the older
Scars of primal fire, and the stone
Endurance that is waiting millions of years to carry
A corner of the house, this also destined.
Lend me the stone strength of the past and I will lend you
The wings of the future, for I have them.
How dear you will be to me when I too grow old, old comrade.

See ya later you awesome American legend..
bazo qop

Boulder climber
Lexington ky
Jul 14, 2017 - 02:25pm PT
He also loved the fukkin' Wipers..
dee ee

Mountain climber
Of THIS World (Planet Earth)
Jul 14, 2017 - 02:46pm PT
I am going through the records to find climbs I did with Bob.

Found one good one.

We climbed 7th Heaven 5.9/10 on Oct. 22 1977.

Back then it seemed like pretty serious business to climb on the private property of the Cohn Ranch. Rumors were that climbers had been shot at and or had big mean dogs sicced (?) on them. We often heard shots fired in that vicinity and the day we climbed it was no different. When we topped out we heard shots and were sure we were the targets!

Needless to say we made great haste on the descent!

Jul 14, 2017 - 03:01pm PT
Bob and I had some great conversations about parenthood, love, divorce and oh yes Mt. Woodson finger cracks. I'm sad he's gone and sad I never had the chance to meet him in person. RIP BVB. Thanks for all the psych and inspiration over many years.

I always liked this photo of him cruising California Night 5.10a. Photo credit BVB collection, of course
Off White

Tenino, WA
Jul 14, 2017 - 04:38pm PT
Friend, I think that was one of Roy's shots from the 2007 Woodson Shindig. Here he is right after that ascent. Wow, just 10 years ago, he was still drinking in public, before his first rehab stint. He had a rough decade ahead.

Credit: Off White

Jul 14, 2017 - 04:48pm PT
That's a poignant comment.
Off White

Tenino, WA
Jul 14, 2017 - 05:04pm PT
The whole story arc of his life is epic, I've got some bits rattling around in my head I'll occasionally drop here over time.

right here, right now
Jul 14, 2017 - 05:53pm PT
Thanks for taking a crack at that photo attribution, Off.
Not mine, however, and not 2007.

If you take a close look, in the 2007 photographs, his hair isn't quite as tight and the pant color is lighter.

Went for a short walk in the high mountains today.
Thought a lot about you and Bob and MP when we were all younger.

It's bittersweet to think of our friend and to ponder his absence, but it's who we were and what we are, and it's all good medicine.
Soaking up gratitude like a sponge now, (that sponge is heavy with tears) –and making every breath count.

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Jul 14, 2017 - 06:25pm PT

Jul 14, 2017 - 06:41pm PT
Thanks to you putting up some great remembrances of and homages to the man.

I did not know Bob, and was glad to make his acquaintance at the first Woodson "reunion." I brought coldies and gave one to Bob. In retrospect, I'm unsure if that was a good thing to do, but it seemed right at the time. Just like this one I'm opening seems right. Respect to the man. Condolence to all who knew him.

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jul 14, 2017 - 08:59pm PT
I had a little bit of denial, accepting that BVB had passed. After working through all these posts, I can now appreicate how much a part of our climing culture he was.

I always enjoyed his posts on ST.

My condolences to his family and friends.

My life is poorer, for having never met him.

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Jul 14, 2017 - 09:28pm PT
Hadn't posted here...was bummed when Robs posted on Facebook. I didn't know Bob real well. Had a few good days bouldering with him in LCC. And more than a few interactions on the old

Has wescrist chimed in here? He and Bob were fairly good friends. Hopefully he's gotten the news.

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Jul 15, 2017 - 10:21am PT
Dredged up from the depths of the forum:

My first post on ST is here, 11 years ago. And a running set of conversations between BVB, Robs, Vogel, KP, Hensel and others on Rubidoux.
Off White

Tenino, WA
Jul 16, 2017 - 09:32pm PT
By Jove I think you're right Roy, almost identical outfit, but some time apart. Hair is not only looser but more gray, and the vegetation is different too looking at pictures - it was more lush when we were there in 2007.

Credit: Off White

Social climber
From the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 17, 2017 - 06:38am PT
Hair is not only looser but more gray…

Bob had been known to let his hair down on occasion.
Off White

Tenino, WA
Jul 17, 2017 - 03:42pm PT
Hitchhiking 1976
Hitchhiking 1976
Credit: Off White

He always kept it pretty confined in a pony tail until he learned to let his freak flag fly after moving to Washington in 1980.
Off White

Tenino, WA
Jul 17, 2017 - 03:48pm PT
There will be a memorial service in San Diego on August 6th at 3pm. Location is the Calvary Chapel, 7525 El Cajon Blvd in La Mesa. Everyone is welcome, it's likely to be a fairly religious service, organized by his older brother Steve and the rest of the family. No doubt there will be some spontaneous climber hang out afterwards.

I'm organizing a celebration on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Joshua Tree. Exact location and details are still being formulated, but this event is certain to happen also.

Credit: Off White
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Jul 17, 2017 - 08:15pm PT
Thanks for putting these memorials together, Off White. Appreciated by many.
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