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bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 23, 2008 - 09:47pm PT
Great shots Geno...almost bought a tear to my eyes. Love you and Laura...looking forward to Gunks Two!

Larry...wonderful thread.

Geno...remember how Adam use to make the Billy Face??

I just found some old pictures of climbing in New Mexico in 1972...I'll try to scan some and post.


Amazing Grace...1979


The legend Bob Murray (on the right) and me...1984...the birth of bouldering and climbing in the San Luis Valley.



The late Eric Guokas

cowpoke

climber
Jan 24, 2008 - 09:02am PT
Bob -- love the Amazing Grace shot, both for the unique technique and also because I had just been thinking about this area at Garden of the Gods (I think that's AG at G of G, right?). In another thread, people were discussing Webster's influence in New Hampshire, reminding me of all the classics he put up right around where that picture was taken (including the route) like Over the Rainbow etc. Thanks!
artmusicsouth

climber
VA
Jan 24, 2008 - 01:04pm PT
GENO,

Holy Cow man! Those pics from the South are the bomb! I learned to climb in the TAG area in the early '90's. That really brings back some memories for me.

I'd go to Steele before it was shut down (maybe even after) and even Jamestown. I LOVED Jamestown! Beat Sandrock in my book, but then came T-Wall (I am actually going there in a few weeks.) For some reason Jamestown held some kind of mystique for me. Not really sure why but I did some awesome routes there.

Once at Jamestown I was belaying a buddy up on a route far cliff-left (we called it Birthday Suit but I don't know if that name was legit.) I was anchored to this huge tree at the top and chilling out pretty well when I looked over to my left. About 10' from me was the largest copperhead I have ever seen, I mean it was the size of a rattler which in our parts means it was the size of my frikkin' leg! Scared the piss out of me!

Anotehr time I was at Steele with this ballet dancer named Sbieg from the Chezch Republic (he defected for his anti-communist views.) There was a tall wall to the left of Rat Crack (I think that was the name). We were TR'ing this wall and using some kind of mank rope that came from behind the Iron Curtain. I took a fall and was maybe 50' off the deck. As I fell the rope stretched all the way to the ground. I just about hit Sbieg in the head! I am freaking out about this rope and he just laughing his arse off at me as I take that flight down the wall.

You ought to start a new thread with these old Southern pics. I'll see if I can dig some of mine up. They aren't as classic as your though. Rob Robinson, Mark Cole, John Mosely, Shannon Stegg, Arno Ilgner were all guys I admired. They were it for us in the South and were quite a crew to look up to =D

By the way, how far is Reston from the Norfolk area? I am in Suffolk right by the Dismal Swamp where my driveway is the tallest thing around (excluding my homemade wall.) I don't get to climb much nowadays with job and family obligations and given I live 4 hours from anything.

Mark
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
Jan 24, 2008 - 01:26pm PT
Thanks you guys. i'm loving this and thinking i may have to line up a scanner.
I grooved on the webbing sling weighted down with some pins.
So much the best

murf
artmusicsouth

climber
VA
Jan 24, 2008 - 08:37pm PT
Bump so Geno can see my post and request ;)

Mark
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jan 24, 2008 - 09:08pm PT
More Goukas pictures please, Bob!
Geno

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Jan 25, 2008 - 06:40am PT
Mark, LOVED your post and I will respond soon with more Southern Sandstone related pics and commentary. Geno
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 28, 2008 - 10:45am PT
A few more, Steve Wunsch on North Sixshooter Peak (1971).





Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jan 28, 2008 - 05:18pm PT
So those last shots are from what is now called something like the "Lightning Bolt's Analog" crack?

Then, there's that cool B&W pic of Pratt in the OW next door...
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 28, 2008 - 11:27pm PT
So those last shots are from what is now called something like the "Lightning Bolt's Analog" crack?

I'm not sure -- we were on the original route, which at the time had a grade of III 5.8 A2.
Steve led the 2nd and 3rd pitches free (as I recall the 2nd was 10-ish and protectable;
the 3rd was 5.9 offwidth with no pro at all) before we got stopped at the final bolt ladder.

In those days North Sixshooter had a 2-hour approach hike, and was a bit lonelier place.
Gooney

Trad climber
Longmont, CO
Jan 29, 2008 - 10:25am PT

As I recall from a 1980 ascent, the original route is on the same side, but to the left of Lightning Bolt Cracks. The chimneys and off-widths of the original route are Pratt's Crack on the other side of the tower.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 29, 2008 - 10:48am PT
Gooney, that sounds right.
The unprotected offwidth I mentioned above could well be the analogue to Pratt's route. I've got a
slide somewhere of Steve leading that pitch, with blue sky showing through the tower below his feet.
Gooney

Trad climber
Longmont, CO
Jan 29, 2008 - 11:07am PT
While struggling up the original route, I saw Pratt's being climbed - through the crack. A couple of rattly tube chocks and a composed climber - Mugs Stump.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 20, 2008 - 07:08am PT
This one's for Jello. Why?

Steve Larson on Dracula at Frankenstein Cliffs, 1978.

Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Feb 20, 2008 - 09:53am PT
Dueling hummingbirds?
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Feb 20, 2008 - 09:58am PT
Jeepers,
Those early birds really flexed...
The big bird felt mutch less flighty.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Feb 20, 2008 - 10:00am PT
...plus, the dude is wearin' that baclava.
Shoot, in them days, after topping out, while fumbling with your dachsunds, you could just eat your hat!
scuffy b

climber
Stump with a backrest
Feb 20, 2008 - 11:15am PT
I sure wish I still had one of them balaclavas.
TwistedCrank

climber
Ideeho
Feb 20, 2008 - 11:21am PT
Those balaclavas rawked! When I pulled it off the head and wore it around my neck I really scored with the ladies.

I bought 3 of them for maybe 5 bucks at an army surplus store - along with some bullet-proof wool pants.

Back in the Pliocene.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Feb 20, 2008 - 12:21pm PT
Good as a kingsbury™ with baseball hat?
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