Fifty years of climbing club...the roster

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Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jul 11, 2018 - 07:16pm PT
Sorry, but I'm a year removed from being in the club.

After a brief lesson near McCall, Idaho on rope management, belaying, & rappelling, in July 1969, a few weeks later, I found myself on steep & crumbling cliffs high above Boulder Creek, near Ketchum, Idaho, leading novice climbers, childhood friends into unknown territory, with an old hemp rope, borrowed from a friend’s family garage, tied around my waist. We all somehow survived that adventure.

And I still continue, at a vastly-reduced level.

Credits to Brokedown Climber for this photo of me following the easier parts of a 5.7 at City of Rocks, a few weeks back.

Credit: Fritz


(I actually led a 5.6c, later the same day.)
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2018 - 08:02pm PT
The club accepts new members as they become eligible. Believe me, your time will come sooner than you expect.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 11, 2018 - 08:36pm PT
Royal Arches, Spring 1958.........
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
Jul 11, 2018 - 09:02pm PT
Third Flatiron 1963 with a gold line rope.

A few months later, Redgarden Wall in Eldorado, with a kernmantel that I managed to slice in two when I knocked a loose block off right in front of the owner. Fortunately I was an attractive young college girl and he was the proverbial lascivious climber so all was forgiven. Not to mention the rope had been given to him by a local climbing shop to see if those new nylon ropes were any good.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jul 11, 2018 - 09:32pm PT
January 1973 on rotten granite held together by frozen ice in a small quarry next to highway 95 at the top of Steak-House Hill, Moscow Mountain, Idaho.

That is 5 years from now more or less. I think my brother started a month earlier than me.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Outside the Asylum
Jul 11, 2018 - 10:15pm PT
The kidz: "What are these ropes to which you refer? And who belongs to clubs, anyway?"
Bad Fiducci

climber
Wilson, WY
Jul 12, 2018 - 04:49am PT
Capitol Peak, knife edge, there was a rope somewhere... 1963.
okay, whatever

climber
Jul 12, 2018 - 05:06am PT
Just about there... in August of 1968 I was 14 years old, and climbed the Sharkstooth in RMNP (only 5.5 or so, but if you fell you would die, and hence a roped climb for a beginner, which I was in 1968). I did Kiener's on the east face of Longs that August as well, though it's really just 4th class scrambling, except for Lambs Slide, once the snow has melted for the season... we had a rope but never used it. We also lugged a half dozen pitons, and a hammer and carabiners and slings of course, along with us, though they turned out to be utterly unnecessary dead weight. The nut revolution, and Friends and so on, were just ahead, time-wise, but had not blossomed yet in 1968. And really, what made this possible for me was that I spent my summers, from 1967-1974, as a camper and then a counselor at a summer camp near Estes Park. So, I ended up climbing Longs 27 times, by various routes, from all sides... and climbed it in February once, which was no fun at all.
Todd Eastman

Social climber
Putney, VT
Jul 12, 2018 - 05:36am PT
In the Fall 1968 my dad and his climbing buddies marched me up Old Rag in the Shenandoah. Got tied into the Goldline, pounded out some pins, climbed on the amazing granite, and got hooked.

Have been having fun adjusting this crazy sport to life's demands ever since.
okay, whatever

climber
Jul 12, 2018 - 05:44am PT
Goldline, and Columbian Nylon... woven ropes we had before the core/sheath mantled ropes obsoleted them!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 12, 2018 - 06:38am PT
Mighty Hiker has a point...”club” may not be an appropriate term for this august but somewhat aged group. Something more medieval perhaps.....like “guild.”
TomKimbrough

Social climber
Salt Lake City
Jul 12, 2018 - 06:59am PT
I'm in. 1960, Chattanooga, TN area. No instruction except "Starlight and Storm". The first climb was also a first ascent as there were on other climbers in the area at that time.
Now I am shooting for 5.11 on my 80th B-Day in October.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 12, 2018 - 07:49am PT
Guild? More like cabal.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 12, 2018 - 07:59am PT
I’m going to go with illuminati.
Alois

Trad climber
Idyllwild, California
Jul 12, 2018 - 08:44am PT
The oldest picture I could find. 1962. The sandstone towers at Czech a...
The oldest picture I could find. 1962. The sandstone towers at Czech and German border. Wonderful place to learn climbing. I was 14. Standing in the back.
Credit: Alois
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Jul 12, 2018 - 08:55am PT
Brother Paul and another climber (Mike Smith) took me up a route on the North face of Tahquitz in the fall of 1961. Late start and climbing slow caused us to be caught by darkness. After spending the night we were rescued by Riverside Mountain Rescue team.
Paul had taken me rappelling in the canyons near our house before that, but this was m first "real" climb.
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Jul 12, 2018 - 08:56am PT
I’m going to go with illuminati.





Physicist Mike Sogard, Snake Dike, mid-70s.

Illumination courtesy solar fusion and Earth atmosphere through disposable camera lens.


Oh, and elation.




EdwardT

Trad climber
Retired
Jul 12, 2018 - 09:09am PT
Still a couple years shy of 50 years.

Did a "route" called Directissima. A 30 foot climb at summer camp. I still remember the adrenaline buzz after finishing. And I remember my best friend saying "if you can do it, I'm sure I can". He didn't get 10 feet.

A few weeks later, I went on a trip to Linville Gorge. Three day trip. We had the place to ourselves. Being there cemented my love of wild places. Don't remember the climbing as much as the body rappels, on goldline.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jul 12, 2018 - 09:41am PT
Funny you should ask.

My first roped climb was fifty years ago this Saturday.




edit; oops, its Tuesday
TWP

Trad climber
Mancos, CO & Bend, OR
Jul 12, 2018 - 10:03am PT
By your definition, I started climbing when I tied into a Goldline and got top roped up a short, scruffy little choss in Elk Creek drainage, below Vestal and Arrow in the Weminuche Wilderness in 1967 at Colorado Outward Bound.

Climbed Grand Teton via Exum Ridge with Dave Dornan working for Exum Guide Service in 1969. A roped party of nine. Dave didn't bother to stay tied. Most of the time, as I recall, he moved around shepherding his flock up the climb.

By a stricter definition, roped climbing on the sharp end, - with no mentor nor other assistance of any kind - I started in 1972 in Arizona on a scruffy route on the Four Peaks outside of Phoenix. Scared witless/shitless.

So, am I "in" or "out?"

P.S. And what do members of this club/guild actually get? A sponsorship from Depends?
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