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guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 13, 2018 - 07:51pm PT
Quick call Mark, you won. Tony Jesson, one of my favourite characters from that era. Jesson, Bill Johnson, aka BJ and Hennek all lived at the old Skunk Works in Ventura.

Russ McLean, Kor, Chuck Kroger and an endless list of other characters were part of that crowd.

The iconic VW Bus was the choice of many.

A time when you could legitimately say "Let My People Go Surfing."

In other words they didn't give a rats ass what the Chief said, if the surf was up they were gone for the day. If the Chief didn't like it they were gone for real.
Mark Force

Trad climber
Ashland, Oregon
Feb 13, 2018 - 08:23pm PT
Cool history, Guido. Thanks.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 13, 2018 - 09:00pm PT
Dirtbags and Dirthags.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Feb 13, 2018 - 09:35pm PT
I don't remember Augie Klein being a dirtbag. Nice guy. Employable. Hadn't been out of California when I met him ( late 70's early 80's ) but that bunch of guys ( including Bill Price, Larry Zulim, et'c ) were good folks.

jogill

climber
Colorado
Feb 13, 2018 - 10:00pm PT
In the late 1950s or early 1960s there was a peculiar climber, a young man from Reed College, staying in the Climbers Campground in the Tetons. We called him Piltdown or something like that. I remember one evening after others had turned in, he stirred up the dead ashes of the campfire and lay down in them and went to sleep, wearing a pair of shorts and no shirt. Probably 40 degrees that night. That made an impression even on Chouinard, who was not easily taken aback.

This was authentic dirtbaggery IMO.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 13, 2018 - 10:20pm PT
Look no further, say no more.
Look no further, say no more.
Credit: ???
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Feb 13, 2018 - 11:14pm PT

Clean and fresh.
Mathis. Camp four chalet
Mathis. Camp four chalet
Credit: throwpie
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Feb 14, 2018 - 12:04am PT
There's a guy who climbs a lot in Yosemite who lives in his van. He's such a dirtbag that a lot of the time he saves money by not climbing with a rope.
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Feb 14, 2018 - 12:08am PT
Guido,

the Wretch looks a bit like Glen Denny.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Feb 14, 2018 - 12:16am PT
Guido,

Am I correct in assuming the Jesson was a first ascensionist of Chouinard's Yard?
kingtut

climber
Jingus Newroutaineer
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 14, 2018 - 05:16am PT
I don't remember Augie Klein being a dirtbag.

Oh not to worry, Fair Tami, no negative connotations at all from my end towards Augie or Zulim or Orza etc....Some of the responses in the thread point out individuals that as personalities would be on the fringes of any society and are highly eccentric.....My definition would include nearly all of Camp 4 in the 70's....travelers and climbers living simply so others could live...getting by on limited funds and sleeping on the ground every night (vans are so yuppy...)

If you've canned or scarfed and guerrilla camped ur a dirtbag imo...or at least a wannabe Werner :P

:)
Mark Force

Trad climber
Ashland, Oregon
Feb 14, 2018 - 07:48am PT
Used to hang out with Larry Zulim and Dave Orza BITD. Do you know what they’re up to these days? Good guys.

We used to dumpster dive together. Another good gig was to go to the Village cafeteria, get a cup of coffee, and sit by the conveyer belt that you were supposed to put your plates on when you were done. We’d just pick off and eat whatever looked good.
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Feb 14, 2018 - 08:13am PT
You gonna eat that?
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Feb 14, 2018 - 08:43am PT
"Do you?"...

Yep... and one hell of a LOT more than you do...

:-)

So Monsieur du Lock-eur, as day say up here in Queer-bec, why didn't you come climbing with me and Blueblocr and Anita Nother Beer when we were in JTree last month?

Huh???
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Feb 14, 2018 - 09:09am PT
Not Dave Griffith in that pic... He would have been like 8 when that pic was taken.

Cilley was never a dirtbag. Always perfectly coiffed and nicely adorned with a pleasant aroma. Still is.

Todays dirtbag is just a smelly kid walking the wire with a trustfund safety net. Shameful.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 14, 2018 - 09:31am PT
Lauria-Yes

Gill-I remember Piltdown and yes I think that was the name or close to it......Good times back then.
kingtut

climber
Jingus Newroutaineer
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 14, 2018 - 10:25am PT
Used to hang out with Larry Zulim and Dave Orza BITD. Do you know what they’re up to these days? Good guys.

Good people but haven't seen them in years.

Zulim is a farmer married to a Doc somwheres I heard...totally lost track of Orza or Bill Rose for that matter...might've been a cultivator thing...

I was hanging with B. Rose who introed me to Orza and Zulim (partners) and that's when I met Bill Price, Cantwell, Rob Ramey etc....really mostly brief acquaintances that I treasured being an impressionable youth.

Chris Cantwell....there's a Yose dirtbag story there.
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Feb 14, 2018 - 11:05am PT
Tut,

that's not a photo of Augie. He's not chewing on his toothbrush:-) BTW, Augie is a true Valley success story. When he first came to the Valley he couldn't get up anything. Thankfully, all that changed for the better!
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Feb 14, 2018 - 11:40am PT
Locker - LOL! Touchee.

I've seen your ex-wives, Locker. Anita measures up. ;)
twitching

Social climber
g spot
Feb 14, 2018 - 11:51am PT
i looked in the mirror within the last week or so.

so, to answer your question, yea.
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