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Aeriq

Social climber
Location: It's a MisterE
Dec 4, 2018 - 08:05pm PT
It's what it is to grow old: losing friends. I would much prefer to have another twenty years with him. He was one of those people that was almost indispensably clued in to what it is we are (and were) all about as climbers. Being with Bob was almost like seeing through, and sharing the same set of eyes. I can still see the world without him, but not as well.

This is what real climbing iconoclasts are like: The element of true, unabashed creativity that transcends selfish egoism and pours poetry and creativity into our sometimes shallow world.

Transmuting the weird play of brilliance and divine destruction into a celebration of all our spirits, the ultimate struggle of self.

I will never forget this man.
gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
Dec 5, 2018 - 12:48am PT
Exactly Roy, I went to alot of trouble to make lil Bob (he has a copper core with shoulder joints to make him poseable, and thumb screw clamps inside the gloves so he can hold onto things) just so I could f * # k with Bob. That blatant first-strike parody of ol bobo was also the final salvo in our mutual quest to humiliate, belittle and embarass each other. A good natured but earnest contest that spanned decades
Jim Clipper

climber
Dec 5, 2018 - 01:03am PT
That explains some things. I remember first seeing the thread and thinking, that was quite a lot of effort. #bvblove
Reeotch

climber
4 Corners Area
Dec 5, 2018 - 09:09am PT
B.I.P. Bob, Boulder in peace . . .
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 5, 2018 - 09:26am PT
Ron,
I don't get around much anymore, but if you ever visit Colorado, please bring Lil' Bob with and we will party it up!
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Dec 5, 2018 - 09:41am PT
Great eulogy Ron. Grief isn't something you get over, it slowly transmutes from tormentor to companion, sort of like you and Bob. Just the other day I caught myself thinking of something I had to call him up and tell him. Here's a letter he wrote you that captures part of his essence as well as the back and forth between you guys.

Credit: Off White
WBraun

climber
Dec 5, 2018 - 09:46am PT
Way too funny .....^^^
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 5, 2018 - 09:49am PT
God loves a man who self-parodies. That is a verb, isnit?
Reeotch

climber
4 Corners Area
Dec 5, 2018 - 09:53am PT
"I am God" . . . Bitches
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 5, 2018 - 10:18am PT
And there's actually a route in Tuolumne called Names in the Guidebook.
Jim Clipper

climber
Dec 5, 2018 - 10:20am PT
Can somebody print that letter and quietly hang it in the visitor's center, or the climbing museum. I'll pay for the framing. The Camp 4 bathroom? The ahem, private one. Only "knew" him here, but i would guess he could make good use of that bathroom. Thanks in advance.
thebravecowboy

climber
The Good Places
Dec 5, 2018 - 02:13pm PT
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Dec 5, 2018 - 07:11pm PT
Need to make a tee shirt with this BVB Classic!

"Names in the guidebook."
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Dec 6, 2018 - 11:07am PT
Tarbuster wrote:
And there's actually a route in Tuolumne called Names in the Guidebook.

That rings a bell, is it one of those things way around the right side of Lembert that Alan Nelson did? That would just add to the depth of the parody, as Alan amd I started climbing on the same trip with Bob and the Sierra Club Rockclimbing section Thanksgiving back when you could have your choice of sites in Hidden Valley on any weekend.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 6, 2018 - 11:37am PT
It is in that location, Doug. Lembert Dome – East Wall.
Names in the Guidebook, 5.10d, FA Vern Clevenger and Doug Clyde, 8-71
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Dec 7, 2018 - 10:16am PT
Partly right anyway, older route too, we didn't even start climbing until 1972 and don't think we ventured to Tuolomne until '77. However, like a lot of newbs, we spent a lot of time on Lembert and I remember walking around that side of the dome looking at routes. I think we've found the root of Bob's epistle!
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 7, 2018 - 10:53am PT
It's a really good bet that we have found it.
I always thought that name was quirky. Not surprising that Bob appropriated it!

Almost reminiscent of, if I'm correct, another route name: Great Moments in Baseball.
gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
Dec 7, 2018 - 09:55pm PT
thanks for posting that doug, i am planning on posting some of me and bobs correspondence soon.

My reply to that one was "hey Bob lets show everybody who the kings of woodson are by publishing a list of our FA's there. With my 65 FA's and how many do you have? Zero? Oh gosh, i didnt realize that
YOU WERE SO F*#KING LAME! well maybe we can get you one this weekend big guy, tho probably not alot of unclimbed 5.6 lines left...

Your master, Rockron (God O Bob)

(had to transcribe because i dont have a scanner)
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 7, 2018 - 10:06pm PT
thanks for posting that doug, i am planning on posting some of me and bobs correspondence soon.
BRING IT! You the man, Ron!

With your help, and Off White tweaking the controls and setting them for the heart of the sun: we'll all summon the bastard from on high!
That's right, Bisssshhhes ... Prepare thy bad-selves for the second coming!!!

He's still here, you know. Just really hard to see at the moment in a corporeal sense...
Sight is a crutch, we don't no stinking eyeballs to feel the BVB!

Credit: BVB Collection
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Dec 9, 2018 - 12:33pm PT
Here he is Roy, glowering at us all from the burned over chapparal.

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