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Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 15, 2007 - 12:33pm PT
Mark has post about half a dozen times in that past year, but I don't think that it garnered much notice. Welcome Mark. You wouldn't know me, but I know of you.

We like old stories and pictures. Makes us feel with it and young. Well, sort of.

Best, Roger

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 15, 2007 - 12:40pm PT
Ah, I was wondering when we'd hear another voice from Hood River. Welcome Mark...

Sport climber
White Salmon, WA
Jan 15, 2007 - 12:52pm PT
Mark was climbing 5.13 at smith in his early 40's, a 'mid-life' crisis that I would be stoked to have!

Now he's into photography. Here's a pic of my wife by Mark!

Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 15, 2007 - 01:19pm PT
Well, I'm not dead yet, I'm still in good shape and I really want to retire so I can go be a C4B again.

I still have routes I'd like to do. i.e. Nose in a Day, the Naked Edge again, Astroman again, The Northwest Face with my wife or daughter...

If I really got into it, I might like to go up on the Salathe again.

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 15, 2007 - 01:22pm PT
Keep a little room on your list to hit Beacon at least once when it reopens...

the slick
Jan 15, 2007 - 02:25pm PT
Hello Mark, long time no see. I was up at Smith last year for the first time in about 6-7 years but did not see you. Still in the coffee biz? Probably try and make it up your way this spring, hope to see you then!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 15, 2007 - 03:02pm PT
Oh yeah, we're still doing the Coffee Co. thing, it's going gangbusters. I haven't been down to the Park in quite a few years now. I did Astro Monkey in 03 and I think that was my last time down there.
These days I'm torn between photography and mt bikng. With the few days a year that I actually get out to climb, I think I'd like to do long routes rather than wait in line at Smith.

Trad climber
Jan 15, 2007 - 03:42pm PT
Hi Mark...you and Max came to A-16 in San Diego when I was working there (around '81 or '82) doing your "long, hard, and free" slideshow. You guys totally blew my mind, and inspired me big time. I also remember a side-slide-show you had going with "Friends" sitting around the campfire, at the bar, etc. The memory is a little fuzzy on that one, but the whole concept cracked me up (no pun intended). I also heard a few years ago that either you or Max owned a X-C ski place up around Spooner Summit. Is/was that correct? Until recently, my local spot was Donner, so I used get up to that area quite a bit. Anyway, welcome!
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Jan 15, 2007 - 04:14pm PT
welcome mark..
i met you and max @ snowshed wall in july 1982....
you got my friends and I on manic depression and monkey paws and open the door for us!
thanks and keep on cranking....
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 15, 2007 - 04:21pm PT

It's Max that owns the cross country ski area at Spooner Lake, I live in Hood River, Oregon and my wife and I own Hood River Coffee Co.

Trad climber
Jan 15, 2007 - 04:32pm PT
Very cool, Mark. All the best!
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand, Man.....
Jan 15, 2007 - 05:09pm PT
Hey Mark....

I remember doing the Salathe mere minutes (or days, who's counting) after you and Max? were trying to free it..... I was at the roof pitch and looking at your guys chalk and thinking "holy crap..... I'm miles from this" and was glad to be in my aiders.

After reading States of the Art while in college (quit laughing you ST goons... I carried a 4.0 in Soccer and Ceramics!) I promptly quit and went to the Valley for decades of toiling at fairly low level. Always thought that was a great article.

Welcome and watch out for the pinkos... they are everywhere in here!

Jan 15, 2007 - 08:05pm PT
Didn't you you come out of the woodworks around here in the Valley one day? Hahaha

Just teasing you man, welcome Mark, Werner

Truckee, CA
Jan 15, 2007 - 10:12pm PT
Hey Mark!

Nice to see you here, it has been many years. I am living in Truckee now, ramping up an environmental education program at Donner Summit, and climbing a lot, though this time of year I focus on nordic racing.

I will always be grateful for your mentoring and encouragement of my eager 15 year old self way back when. Look me up if you ever make it through the Tahoe area or need a partner for Astroman!


Trad climber
Fruita, Colorado
Jan 16, 2007 - 02:46am PT
I'd like to climb sometime with you, Mark, but I prefer fairly easy routes these days, such as Over the Hill in Eldorado, things like that, very beautiful and aesthetic, but within the ability of my aging bones. It probably won't happen, but I guess there is no harm in imagining.

Pat Ament

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Jan 16, 2007 - 03:34am PT

remember that trip from the Valley down to Hemet (Tahquitz and Suicide) we all took in May 1978? You and Max had done a bunch of desperates in the Valley (A Dog's Roof, Hangdog Flyer, etc.) and there you were down in SoCal doing hard stuff on Tahquitz in the morning and then coming over to Suicide in the afternoon to do some hard stuff over there.

I remember being gripped watching you on an attempt to free solo Insomnia Crack. You pulled out of the squeeze chimney and into the layback/jam but, it just didn't feel right so you reversed the moves back into the squeeze chimney and downclimbed. Simply awesome!

Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 16, 2007 - 11:37am PT
My plan for Eldo is 7 days of climbing, 7 routes a day, 5.8 the first day, 5.9 the second day. etc.

That would be great, I'll look you up when I'm in Truckee next.

I blasted in one weekend in 01 and did the Rostrum and the West Face of El Cap and left. If we had had a day to rest we were thinking about Astroman.

I remember that, Wasn't there some weird tape you guys were playing that had us all rolling on the ground laughing?

Big Wall climber
the Southwest
Jan 16, 2007 - 02:22pm PT
Hi Mark, welcome.

We met once at Cathedral ledges, must have been around 1978. I was climbing with either Thom Englebach or Neil Cannon, can't remember which. We were on some 5.10 route on the upper left of the cliff, and you were on a harder one to the right. You and Max gave us a good heckling!

I always have thought that your efforts on the Salathe were one of the most sigificant breakthroughs in Yosemite's free-climbing history.

Trad climber
Sacramento, CA
Jan 16, 2007 - 02:26pm PT
Hey Mark!
Hope our paths cross again soon.


the slick
Jan 16, 2007 - 06:11pm PT
favorite thing Mark Hudon ever said:
After learning a local Bend guy was dating his ex-girlfriend, he said,"damn, after me that must be like throwing a baseball bat into an empty garage."
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