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Berkeley, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 1, 2004 - 04:38pm PT
Seems everyone who passes through the Valley (or Josh) has come across some creative, if not blasphemous/scatalogical/likely-to-not-get-you-hired, nicknames. Some are even accompanied with wicked tales of their origins. Without divulging identities, here's a starter. Add at will:
The Dripper
The Coiler
Rubber Maiden
Das Finken
The Manx
The Driver
Vangina (aka Rudy, aka The Man Who Hates Climbing)
The Human Drug Machine
and some sad bastard that got saddled with the moniker of "Dimminutive Vegan Love Goddess". The list goes on and on...
Russ Walling

Social climber
Bishop is DEAD, long live JT
Jul 1, 2004 - 06:45pm PT
the Sumo.... nobody has called me that in years.....

how about:
The Probe
Sgt. Psycho
The Squirrel Lady
Sgt. Liquor
Pocket Russian
the Bearded Lady (ies)
the Raven
Doug Van Asscrack
the Saddle Bag with Eyes
big, medium and little Red
Dr. Loveless
Ken the Psycho (r.i.p)
Yabaho one man tribe (r.i.p)
The Negress Mike Paul
Dr. Throwup
Taddie King
Foopa Rooster
Gash Sisters
The Meat
Pocket Hercules
Clark Kent
the Boxer
Mr. Way
Mr. Gay
the Bad Hair
Michael Jackson
Chili Wip
Big Daddy
Night Mary
the Mini Cheese
Mr. Coffee
Read My Lips
K Dorm Flasher
Dirty Springy
Mini Manson
Dirty Shorty
General Shorty
the Bird Man
the Bird Lady
Octavio Agustus
the Prince
Richard Gere
the Iron Monkey
Dirty Mini
Circus Schween
the Spider


Jul 1, 2004 - 07:13pm PT
"Dimminutive Vegan Love Goddess" I might know who this is. A boulderer no?
Russ Walling

Social climber
Bishop is DEAD, long live JT
Jul 1, 2004 - 08:11pm PT
"Dimminutive Vegan Love Goddess" I might know who this is. A boulderer no?

right..... no. Well sort of... not in the Sharma sense.

Just another hapless loser like the rest of us swirling in the toilet of life, using panic strokes to avoid the brown bombs, and for some yet undertermined reason, trying to stay afloat.

Berkeley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 1, 2004 - 08:17pm PT
Sh*tty The Fist (a ranger, I think)
Zilla/Brownzilla/Queenzilla--The Man P*ssy Forgot
The Jacks--MimiJack and BillieJack
Doug Van Holmes
Swilliam (with the "bolt on liver")
The Kwai Chain Kain of the Boulders
MussWad (creator/tamer of the Wadlodite)
B-squared: The Bishop Bomber
The Nomadic Masterbator (many qualify)
The Missle
The Octopus
The Bi Guy
Yo Baby
The Rez (short for 'Reservoir Tip', aka ManChild)
The Warden
The Mad Bolter
Robbins the Christian
The Undercling
BigWallJohn (this became a poop tube, right?)
The Pocket Bruce Lee
The Gelfling
The Mayor
Al Dude (of the Dude Ranch)

Jul 1, 2004 - 09:18pm PT

no not in the sharma sense. Just sounds like it would fit the short (almost midget) dude I was climbing with in TM a few weeks back.......time to go climb for a while.


Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 1, 2004 - 09:25pm PT
Coiler - at least I can tell the history of that one. I met him back in Josh in 1989-1990 new years at Josh. He bumbed a ride from myself and Trudeau to get back to LA to his broken down piece of sh#t VW van. Chris and I were living in Humboldt at the time. Coiler decided we were cool and eventually moved up there (what a dumbass assumption on his part). Back then he had no nick name. First he became BK. That ratt still needs to be tossed from the top of Karen Rock for chopping those bolts (and it ALMOST happened).

Anyway... getting to the coiler nick. This is second hand but I've heard the story SOOOOO many times.... One drunken night they spewed about climbing something the next day. Coiler took the bait. He was fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked up. Next morning he was hurting in a baaaad sort of way. Probably looked like Fish just got done with him. So they show up at the climb and BK just can't go. So he coils up on a rock looking like a piece of coiled shiite. Comments were made, nickname stuck. Was good to see him a few weeks ago.

I'd love to hear the history of some of these other nicks. I have met, who I'm assuming is, Yabokiller. My first wall partner dated her for a while. Glad he's still alive....

And let me guess... ButtFukckleman - Dean?

All the above said, I read your lists twice or more and only Mr. Way is familiar to me. I must live in a box.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Bishop is DEAD, long live JT
Jul 1, 2004 - 09:37pm PT
And let me guess... ButtFukckleman - Dean?

Bzzzt..... wrongo. Hints: Same guy is called:
worlds strongest man,
and about 30 others

Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 1, 2004 - 10:00pm PT
was worth the guess... sorta looks like Dean's last name. Oh!

Ya'll missed one!

Jul 1, 2004 - 10:28pm PT
yea- speaking of Bullwinkle..... the original Fish was Dean's gurlfriend Jessica. Russ- what you dooing hijacking tha poor girl's nickname????

another blast from the past.. you might have heard this one chanted while he was out-bouldering Yaniro at the tie-breaker during the ’82 Santee Bouldering Contest

“Moonie! Moonie! Moonie!”

pronounced Mooooooooooooonie

and another one of Fukckleman's 30 + nicknames is Battery Terminal Head

Inflatable Man is a bit of a good story.. . well known JT reg….. normal enough looking guy ..until one day.. this was likely the first Fall day of the new JT season, said nickname guy shows up after a regime of pull-ups and steroids looking buffer than a brickhouse. .. Largo eyeballs him and coins him “the Inflatable Man”. Nice double entendre ‘cause the guy in question had a healthy ego. He starts thinking about himself and self-inflates…..

The Hand was simply one of the hundreds of cast of characters …except he had elephantitis of one hand, so the thing was the size of a healthy mallet. Wonder if he ever mastered 4” cracks ?

Berkeley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 1, 2004 - 11:13pm PT
Lord Bongston
Normal Guy (aka Heinrich, aka Lubee)
The Crippler
...and speaking of Yanni, this brings up Jefferson's comment, "Care to provide a couple vignettes." Some stories are just part of the rich (or sordid), oral tradition of climbing--how many times, and from how many mouths, have you heard the tale of Yabo's solo of Short Circuit, or why you should skim the surface of a hot tub (see "Dripper.") There's some danger in repeating stories, especially if you weren't even born--let alone in the area--when they happened. I should know. Case in point--actually concerning the aforementioned Yanni. So Fish, Lubee, VanGina, Spud and I crash a "Guides Ball" ("exclusive" black tie event for east side guides--old and older) and Yanni is telling all about a partner, let's call him C.C., who he (Yanni) billed for gas and groceries after the partner snaileyed out of a wall. (Pretty brass-ass, considering he was the less-gifted partner.)Great story, right? So the next day I go find Yanni at Wilson's to get the real scoop, and the guy nearly decks me right there in the synchilla isle. (This, by the way, wasn't uncommon, as he'd accosted some would-be shoplifters earlier that summer--and tried to pummel them on main street!)

A good "behind the music"-type story I feel safe relaying, though, concerns a Swiss boulderer who took on the persona of "Denton Calhoon" a few years back. So this guy flies all the way from the motherland, lands in SF, and takes a cab into the Tenderloin, where he finds the hostel full up. He shoulders all his worldly possessions and hikes across town to accomadations with less STDs. Next day he takes a loooong bus ride to Reno where he buys a beat-to-hell Chevy Cavalier and hightails it down to Bishop. In transit he finds an envelope under the front seat with a love letter going something to the effect of, "Denton--I had a great time. Can't wait to see you again. Here's something to remember me by." Onboard are two full color, peeled-from-the-pages-of-SWANK, way-rough around the edges NUDE photos. The best part was that the gal was in her backyard, naked to the world, on the lawn, with her pug (ugly ass dog) in the background! Needless to say the Swiss dude passed these around and stole the name Denton Calhoon. He later went onto author some pretty hard problems in the area, while the photos lived on some refrigerator doors where he was staying. Last I heard, Denton was out free-climbing Golden Gate on El Cap. Not bad for a guy who lives in a world without soap...

Trad climber
Nashville, TN.
Jul 2, 2004 - 12:10am PT
Yeah, I met a couple of folks:
 Mad Dog
 Lips.... Somtimes I wonder if TW#T is Lips in Discuise, my apologies to Lips if it's not the case honey.

They had a great time spitting watermelon seeds at each other. Just another trippy day in C4 I guess.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 2, 2004 - 10:48am PT
Here's a couple more from the wayback machine.

The Industrial Twins or Sisters (can't remember which one, Russ?)
The Narwhal
Tomahawk Sisters
Slideshow aka Libido
Bull Teste aka Ball Aroma aka ballsack
Blort aka Ballrickson
IBM (Indonesian Baby Molester)
Half Drink
Oldest 21 year old alive
Naygo-way-homo aka Negress aka Leatherhead
Bundy aka Hollywood
Bite harder my little monster
Fresh Meat
Asshole of the Crags
The Greek Statue
Karen w/ a K
Karl w/ a K

Oh and the Negress was not the Watusi

Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jul 2, 2004 - 06:11pm PT
As long as we are in memory lane. You might want to check out a posting a wrote a while back about an adventure I had meeting Yabo.

[url=""]Click here to read about meeting Yabo. [/url]



Social climber
The West
Jul 4, 2004 - 08:16pm PT
Great lists, what's amazing is how far from exhaustive they are. A Few more I thought of today;
Lepton / Leirf
The Short Spy
Earl the Girl R.I.P.
bipley " "
Fat A__nt
The Colonel
Tom the Travel Agent ( as in whose your travel agent, kid?)
Camp four Bob
Jean, don't call him, Jean
Static Man
Bob the Aid man
Punk Roy
Team skin and bones
The Tron Brothers
The Bacchar-ettes
Pablo and the first ascents
Russ Walling

Social climber
Bishop is DEAD, long live JT
Jul 5, 2004 - 01:22pm PT
Tom the Travel Agent

Aka: the Waste Mission

great one!
Russ Walling

Social climber
Bishop is DEAD, long live JT
Jul 7, 2004 - 12:37pm PT
Dress Blues
Dog Lips
Pearl Drops
Industrial Sue
Eddie Munster
Scorpion King
Rubber head, Rubber neck
Baby Sutton
the Old Dad
Skitz Reamian
the Brothers Dumb
Poodle Boy
Big Wendy
Gay james
GroundBound Vince
Half Pitch Pete
Muscle Beach
Rob Strong
Young Smooth Dave
Studs Merklebee
Larry the liontamer
Luke Skywalker
Credit Card Lover
Uncle Johnny
Horse Head
Don Johnson
the Reamer
The Weenus
Big Al
Little Al
the Grand Wazoo
the packer
Village Idiot
the King
Sugar Roy
the Twins


Mountain climber
Tustin, Calif.
Jul 7, 2004 - 02:51pm PT
Here are a few:
Rusted Brain
The Squirm/ Worm
Fat Pat(not you, can't say)
Steve Tapes (Tape Bros)
Warpie Moople(?)
Too Strong
Large Marge
Charles Who?
The Master
The Rooster
T. Burkeulosis

'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jul 7, 2004 - 02:58pm PT
I'm really impressed with this post! The things I missed by being married through those formative years.....

As Tucker Tech once told me,

"If you don't have a Valley Nickname, you ain't much."

[He never specified much of what. As evidenced above, having a Valley Nickname can be both a good thing, and a bad thing]

Mountain climber
Tustin, Calif.
Jul 7, 2004 - 03:45pm PT
Damn I forgot,
Acapulco Bill
The Weenis
Big Ricky/Rock-amazo
The Mellow Brutus
Inflatable Dave ("Don't ever call me Inflatable Man!", said to the Hotties.)
The Wahzoo
Not for Loan
The Vato
Bead Wagon
M. Gingspinkerbee
Le Cockroach
The Reach
Suzanna Bandana
Turbo Flangione
Killer Dana
The Mask
Tony No Baloney
Timy (kangaroo down)
The Big Rock Boys
The Home Made Hash Bros.
Rubideaux Wilson
Stahl Bros.

Jul 7, 2004 - 04:43pm PT
Well, i´ve only been to the valley once, but the only one who actually deserved a nickname was azire `the crazy spaniard aka. THE HORSEMAN`.

Here´s the story.

I met the guy in the valley last august with a whole bunch of crazy co-spaniards (they were actually basque, but who other than them would care). All of them very decent, if not to say strong climbers, though mostly keen on bouldering, sport and trad climbing. Well, azire managed to get them on the nose...after he had just finished zodiac. Quite normal so far...till the day they (must´ve been 4 of them) came back. Everybody was thrashed, except for azire, who started to rack up at dawn to get goin` on the next wall...Regular Northwest on Half Dome. Only that he didn´t have any wallpartner. So he would come over to our camp site and ask every single one of us if we were willing to join in his little adventure. None would ... for whatever reason. Partly because he hardly spoke any english. Partly because we weren´t keen on that gnarly approach. BUT if you mentioned that, he´d say: `YOURRR HARRRD` sqeeze your biceps then go `LOOONG APRROACH I DON`T CARE .... BEEEG WALLLL... YOU ME UP DOWN ONE DAY... TOMORRO`
Pictures of being short roped up to the base of Half Dome, hauled up a 2500` cliff and then being short roped back to camp appeared in our minds... so each and every one of us rejected. He left our site that evening and the legend of THE HORSEMAN was born. Funny guy he was. Although when you sat on a camp fire and he talked to you (of which you never understood a word) you had to be careful with any form of positive signal/reply. You might have agreed to one of his plans and at six in the morning you´d be short roped out of your sleeping bag and before sunlight strikes you the third pitch of sea of dreams lies behind and it´s your lead... So we kept rejecting whatever proposition he put forward. Sad but true...
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 7, 2004 - 05:09pm PT
the glass man
beared squared
bear to the 29th decadohedran
too tall
manxy dude
T squared
Malt Shipley
Da Meat aka Meathead aka rearentry
The Tape Bros.(dave and steve)
A little story about how these two (who are not related) got their name. Well most climbers know how to use tape to protect their hands from gobbies etc. and since Josh rock is a bit on the rough side, these two industrious types, deceided to refine that technique by using duct tape. What they would do is to use a strip of t-shirt or like material underneath the tape gloves they would fashion out of duct tape. Well after a few uses the backs of the tape gloves wore thru the outer non-sticky layer of duct tape material and expose the sticky underside. So when you hands slid into that rough Josh hand jam, well presto, those jams turned out to be not so difficult as the beta your buddies had given you for it. The only time I tried it was when I first did Fisticuffs and to say the least they worked like a charm. Never used em again but it was sort of fun. Or as Yabo once said, "dude, you don't need tape. Just don't move your jams after you set em"

Jul 7, 2004 - 05:44pm PT
Larry the Lion Tamer (aka Larry Loads) was a bit of a lost soul in his early adulthood in terms of career path. When I met him, he was a butcher’s apprentice. ….later he enrolled at our local State College in their rigorous Recreation and Leisure Studies Program (we were going to be a wilderness guides together… yea right… ). Larry later was in training to be an airplane pilot …but the nickname comes from the day he plunked down $2000 to enroll in an animal training school (the kind that advertises to losers watching mid-day soap operas… ) good career choice, Bud
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 7, 2004 - 06:14pm PT
T-the-Ho-from-He is who I believe you are refering too Brick
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jul 7, 2004 - 06:19pm PT
{Dr. Piton stands and applauds}


More stories about how these characters got their nicknames!

Superb post, this.

There is no definite article in Coiler. Concur on the origin of his nickname, as he told me firsthand.
The O

Social climber
Yosemite via N.Y.
Jul 7, 2004 - 06:45pm PT
what a bunch of mutts....geighest thread ever...devoted to hotshots giving themselves nicknames....

can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 7, 2004 - 06:56pm PT
nope, he wasn't the voice and I don't think he would appreciate seeing that nickname associated with his name on here, so that is one nickname I won't be elaborating on. Needless to say he wasn't the nicest guy to other climbers. But then he had a lot of help too.

Hey O, most of the folks mentioned in here would not really fit in the role of hero, hottie, rock stud. They were just peeps who happened to go to the crags a lot and become good or not so good buds in the local scene. Hell some of em weren't even climbers so chill.


Jul 7, 2004 - 07:18pm PT
nobody gave themselves their nickname… you got tagged with it by the heartless peanut gallery and now it's stuck to you like a bad habit
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jul 7, 2004 - 07:26pm PT
Like no kidding, eh? But what can ya say ... some people get it, and some people don't.

I always liked the nickname Big Wall Pete. I secretly wanted a nickname like that. It sounded so impressive. Then I learned how he got it - he failed on so many walls.

"Hey, look! Here comes Big Wall Pete! Hey Pete, which Big Wall you gonna try this time?"
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 8, 2004 - 11:01am PT
this thread is kind of cool since this little romp down memory lane makes me wish the same sense of community was still there. I don't think you can recreate the varied and broad group of people that used to hang around together.

Today it seems the community is more of a balkanized one, with many smaller cliques hanging out with only occaisonal intermingling. But that could just be a perceptional by-product of my alcohol addled melon.

Jul 8, 2004 - 11:27am PT
Some of that community aspect was geographical. My first clique of rookie climbers- we considered ourselves the “Joe Boys” which was a common Asian gang name (our part of the San Gabriel Valley being predominantly Asian). We later morphed with the “Sheep Buggers” who were a Sierra Madre- based group who would bleat like goats at the crags (so it was widely assumed they fukced sheep). The Buggers cast a wide net, and a few of them went on to some minor fame as accomplished climbers… I’d tag you Mr. Can’t Say as an honorary Bugger, yes?

Smell A
Jul 8, 2004 - 12:38pm PT
The Chicken, aka The Hen (and several others)
KP has several aka's including: Powell Not Rowell

Boogles has the most names of anyone I know...

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Jul 8, 2004 - 01:11pm PT
Jeeeez, you guys are killing me here with those names. I can´t believe that given all the rag week we smoked, anyone can still recall said monikers.

For those who weren´t regulars in the Valley or out at Josh in the 70s and 80s, the whole name gig was a game we played not just with climbers but with everyone. A desert rat we used to see stumbling around Josh was called, The Man with the 10,000 year old face. One guy who could only make it ten feet up any crack before he started dry heaving was, of course, coined the Dry Heaver. As I recall, Acapulco Bill got his name from the titanic falls he took off Insomnia crack at Suicide. There was generally some little truth to each name, like Malt Shipley and the Driver. Some were simply slander, like Buttf*#kleman, the Turd Burgler, Miles of Piles Butt Giles (Russ´creation), and Pedaphillip, Cornhologram, Ferris Honeyquim (Russ again), and a million more.

Hilarious stuff.

'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jul 8, 2004 - 01:14pm PT
Did you say "sheep"?! As one who was recently buggered by a sheep, I have this to say: "Baaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!"

It is gratifying to me to read irreverent posts like this one! Notice that it is the Old Bulls [OB's] who are writing for the most part.

I am amazed and saddened at the political correctness of some of the YB's around here. Climbing used to be somewhat avant garde and attracted anarchists, reprobates, and delinquents - fringe members of society rejected by the plutocracy yet accepted by others of a similar ilk. Climbing literature was permeated with tales of dereliction and misconduct, and we aspirants revelled in the ripping yarns of debauchery perpetrated by the miscreants who were to become our heroes, some of whom are here in this very forum.

Paradoxically, the climbing ethics were stringent - enforced in ways seldom seen today. How we climbed was valued more than what we climbed - boldness and creativity were venerated.

There is a lot of heart in the posts above, and that's what I love to read.


Social climber
Jul 8, 2004 - 02:09pm PT
So Dr. Pete-on likes the idea of a climbing community where deviants are accepted, even revered in some loveable way?

I wonder why that's so appealing, Pete?

Well, let's see, what do they call you around the campfire?
Pedophile Pete?
Pass the pre-pubescent Pete?

And many others I've read right here on supertopo.

I'd search for that thread w/ the others, but my point is made.

Maybe they should add "Pass the Pain Pills Pete"?


'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jul 8, 2004 - 02:33pm PT
"Pass the Percodans", actually.

Sport climber
Zone 10
Jul 8, 2004 - 04:01pm PT
"That Asshole" is a good one too.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Jul 8, 2004 - 04:05pm PT
The Trivia Question refers, of course, to Spencer. Spencer and his brother Al had early monikers: The Home Made Hash Bros, or just Hash Bros for short. When I first met them, I was under the mistaken impression that Hash was their last name until someone set me straight.

One route at Josh (Grand Theft Avacado) memorializes one of their more "savory" escapades...

Acapulco Bill was so named for his famous cliff diving (the many horrendous falls he took while leading). He sort of worked his way up from shorter 20-30 footers to a 40 footer in Church Bowl (some 5.8 route), cumulating with his piece de resistance: a 120 footer off The Guillotine at Suicide Rock. Amazingly, he was never seriously hurt in any of these falls. He did quit climbing (falling) shortly after this, perhaps sensing his luck had run out.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 8, 2004 - 05:53pm PT
Speaking of going for the ride climbing. Anyone remember Jack the Ripper?? He really wasn't part of the regular crew, but he had a knack for going for long ones. We were walking by Insomnia one day and he was trying to lead it, near the pod and for some reason hadn't clipped a piece of fixed pro. Well he whipped out of there and stopped like five feet from the deck. He ultimately wound up as a body recovery off of the Nose when he froze to death near the summit

Jul 8, 2004 - 06:15pm PT
The Manx (aka The Shumpzzz) was last seen selling fire-extinguishers door-to-door .. or so I thought… Russ gave me the update.. one Kent Sparks purportedly ballooned up to 500 lbs. (I’d take that figure and divide it in half.. .) and sometime thereafter started on a Thelma and Louise road trip across country (minus Thelma). At different points along the road, he sent post cards to many of the aforementioned nicknamed people saying “I hate you and I am going to kill myself” and was never heard from again……

Trad climber
Jul 8, 2004 - 09:03pm PT
I guess I should tell the whole truth: It was Cade "Mongo","La-z-Boy","Sir loin of leisure" Lloyd and I, back in '95. We had left the madness of the SAR site in the summer. He to visit his girl Susane "Sadam Susane" Tardiff, me to visit my old college party bars. The whole time I had been spraying about my proud new routes on Elephant rock (in HUmboldt). Well, Mongo had a nice quiet night with his girl. I headed out to Marino's, which sadly has burned down. My old friend and bartender Tanya was pleased to see me and made sure I left with a healthy Humboldt buzz. To make a long story short, the next morning La-z-boy called me out to go climbing. I was green. He demanded that we go so I had to. I made it clear to Sir Loin of Leisure that I would only be a belayer that day. After about 20' of climbing up "The Final Spank" he looked over his shoulder at me laying on the rock in dispair and declared,"Look at you laying there like a big steamy coiler, laying in the sun, festering" from then on out my title was clear, I was the Coiler. Even after four years of being known as The Hobbit.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 8, 2004 - 10:59pm PT
J. Elvis

Mountain climber
Tustin, Calif.
Jul 9, 2004 - 01:39pm PT
Hot Tub From Hell
Indonesian Baby Molester (IBM)(sorry)
Wild Wilson

Mountain climber
Tustin, Calif.
Jul 9, 2004 - 01:42pm PT
Balsa Wood (when he was light)
Ebony Wood (when he wasn't)
Pecker Wood (when he was a dick)

Jul 9, 2004 - 02:37pm PT
nickname guy update. .. . I had to call the Old Assed Hippy up to let him know he was missing out on a stroll down memory lane (had not talked to him in 10+ years, so an overdue call…. ).. . …… we chatted about people near and far. . .. . . one tidbit was T-the-Ho-from-He….? Reputed to be currently serving jail time. Yikes. ..

Old Assed Hippy also reports the only people showing up at his Casa Moab are Dave Tapes and POwell-Not-Rowell. I'd take that as an open invite- let's turn his 10 acres into a Gordon Ranch- Utah
Wayne Arly

Social climber
Prescott, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 9, 2004 - 06:11pm PT

That is a VERY funny story. Thanks Brian.



Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 10, 2004 - 09:11am PT

Big Wall climber
The climbing void
Jul 16, 2004 - 11:06pm PT
Pumpkin head
Some sum bitch

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Jul 18, 2004 - 02:47pm PT
I'm sad I missed out on the 'good ol days' but the nicknaming tradition is still alive and well with the Valley rats today. :)

Social climber
The West
Jul 18, 2004 - 08:57pm PT
Entertaining nicknames and stories from Any, era, are what it's all about!
Ahwahnee Bartender

Big Wall climber
Fog Town
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 6, 2005 - 09:09pm PT
Speaking of nicknames in the 70's, anybody remember that wacky weed passed around in the Valley simply known as "airplane?"


Trad climber
Reno NV
Jan 6, 2005 - 10:22pm PT
Millis...finally someone I can positively identify.

I know one climber, last name of Quinlan, who was quite good at granting nicknames, e.g. Mongo, Jaime (the same guy). Did he ever have one or more nicknames himself?

Jaybro, what's your moniker?

And speaking of Wyomingites/former Wyomingites, there's Rathole and Dingus McGee (not the net.personality Dingus).

Did Zschiesche ever have a nick, or was his name weird enough all by itself?

Does TM even have a real name?

I never was much, myself...
Russ Walling

Social climber
Bishop is DEAD, long live JT
Jan 9, 2005 - 11:06pm PT
Larry writes:

**Jaybro, what's your moniker?

Jay the Offwidth Machine or MeepMeep was what me and Cilley called/call him.

Did Zschiesche ever have a nick, or was his name weird enough all by itself?

We called him "Deliverance"

**Does TM even have a real name?

Thaddeus Morag

Trad climber
running springs, ca
Jan 10, 2005 - 02:17am PT
Clustiere- Given by none other than the great Greg Di Matteo

Social climber
The West
Jan 10, 2005 - 09:44am PT
Dingus McGee is living in Laramie with a titanium plate in his head Still developing routes at Reese Mtn.
The Last Pioneer Woman is there as well, though they are no longer associated.
Scarpelli was last heard from in Fort Collins.
Whatever happened to Mike "Nick" Nikzich?
Gettin enough snow in Reno?.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Bishop is DEAD, long live JT
Jan 10, 2005 - 02:59pm PT
Hey Dingus, love that quote about the turds!!! who said it???

(yeah it was me..... send the props baby)

beneath the valley of ultravegans
Jan 10, 2005 - 10:02pm PT
Dingus/Fish: "Just another hapless loser like the rest of us swirling in the toilet of life, using panic strokes to avoid the brown bombs, and for some yet undertermined reason, trying to stay afloat."

Yeah, that's as prescriptive and descriptive an epitaph/business card as ever has been written. Kind of like the line, "...someday you'll be down on your luck, and I'll be there--to kick dirt down your throat."

Someone (other than Russ) needs to recount the specifics of that episode.

NOT Fresno
Feb 15, 2005 - 01:29pm PT

For Deuce's perusal. Welcome.

Social climber
Feb 15, 2005 - 02:06pm PT
What about Wojo? I guess he wasn't there long enough.

Has this thread really gone on this long without Mr. Way? I must have missed it up there somewhere.

 Stainless Steve, not to be confused with Gingus Steve or Steve the Spewer. (The Fish coined me Rocketman after one particularly air-filled season but that was long after I lived there so it never caught on.)

Social climber
The West
Feb 15, 2005 - 07:42pm PT
"Speaking of nicknames in the 70's, anybody remember that wacky weed passed around in the Valley simply known as "airplane?"

{cough} "

Lodestar lightning? hmmm ... lemme thing think ... yeah kinda What?

Feb 15, 2005 - 07:53pm PT
He he…..

What weed? What airplane? Never happened man, it was some beautifully crafted tale in someone’s fertile mind. *grins*

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Feb 16, 2005 - 02:20am PT
Oh Werner,

When I worked for Yos, that was in the book of official Yosemite factoids I read. I love that. Best story ever.

Pagosa Springs CO
Mar 15, 2005 - 06:01pm PT
(this post misplaced for a while)

Speaking of nicknames, not sure if anyone has ever mentioned it in previous threads, but I remember seeing the Nickname Process evolve.

Pretty much as Tucker says, if you aint' got a nickname, you aint' nobody. So everyone who is anyone in the local scene eventually gets a nickname. The trick is to be selective, and VERY careful during this process. For example, before I got the nickname Deuce (officially from Grant Hiskus as derived from Middendorf--Deuceldorf--Deuce), there were quite a few other names I was called, some fairly dicey. The trick was to not respond to the bad ones, if you did, EVER, even just once, it was all over. Just turning your head during a calling of one of the test names was risky. Especially with the Mussy in charge. So I felt fairly relieved and lucky when the name "Deuce" stuck.

The Schmutzfink wasn't so lucky... Especially after seeing those other names that Pat has reminded us about above.

How about all the Swillie Joe names? Last thanksgiving we were in the Campground at Josh and came up with about 10 just for Billy Bob.

By the way, just saw Grant Hiskus in, of all places, Cusco in Peru. He's there giving a Wilderness First Aid course, and my novia and I just happened to run into him in the Plaza de Armas. Small world. He hooked us up with a lot of contacts that made our visit even more spectacular.

Trad climber
So. Cal.
Mar 15, 2005 - 08:00pm PT
The airplane and the bales of weed story is the best valley story ever.
Ron Kauk told me the story many years ago.
How they hiked in with backpacks and filled them to the brim!
I think Ron bought a Toyota truck with the bonus cash!

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Mar 15, 2005 - 10:22pm PT
You guys are slaying me!!!

I always go anon in the Valley and have stayed away from the scene but know a few and wish I could tie some of these names with their owners.

Keep it up ;)


Social climber
May 21, 2005 - 02:27pm PT
I knew the pilot and his wife. There is so much more to the story that she and I have decided to co-author a book about both the situations surrounding the accident as well as stories by people that "participated" in the after events. If anyone would like to relate to me their story, or can guide to toward anyone else I'd really appreciate it.

Rick Schloss
San Jose, CA
Ahwahnee Bartender

Big Wall climber
Fog Town
May 21, 2005 - 02:42pm PT
See! I knew {cough} some of the 'ol {cough} timers would remember {cough} airplane! Now if only I could get rid of this tickle {cough} that I've permanently had since smoking the stuff.

I never made it up to the Lake but I did improve the quality of life (material wise) for those lucky few who did. I do remember attending a private slide show in a camp 6 tent (the old employee site no longer there) that documented a sunny day on the lake. Lots of happy faces in the pictures.


Trad climber
May 22, 2005 - 12:27pm PT
Glad to see this antique get dredged up.
A few more to add:
The Hindenbergh Twins
Flatoos (Indian boy from Hell)
Sontoos (On the Level)
The Rustler
Ratis Roidsley
Jungle Judy (I better Frickin' watch it now!?)
Bill Italy
Lanky Manky
Acid Charlie
Rant & Rave
Plastic Dave
Ned AKA "Moonboots"
Banny Root
Flatchsucker (The)
World's Oldest Young Man
Pete Weenis (It's not "The Weenus" but thanks!)

can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 22, 2005 - 02:00pm PT
didn't see this one either, Lincolnstein, he of the 20 ft tail.

Trad climber
May 22, 2005 - 02:38pm PT
"Can't Say" listed Lincolnstien. Last sighted summer, 1978.

Social climber
The Deli
May 22, 2005 - 11:36pm PT
Elcapfool wrote:

When told that he was listed on a ST thread, my housemate instructed me to correct your spelling.
The correct spelling is Speuty. He says it has something to do with beauty, not spewing… I wouldn’t doubt it, considering how much time he spends in the bathroom each day doing his ‘Elvis’ hair… What a poser…

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
May 23, 2005 - 09:34pm PT
I'm not sure that Jingy should be anywhere near this thread.

I can hardly consider this to be a "Valley Nick-Name", unless you consider Owens Valley part of the "Valley"?

The name was thought up by RW on the Whiskey Creek deck shortly after getting my current employ...


Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
May 24, 2005 - 02:30pm PT
Finally, a place for us foreigners to get schooled in some real history! Now if someone could cross-reference the nicknames with route data...

Social climber
California Valley, California
May 26, 2005 - 06:11pm PT
BK is going to scream when I read him the following line,
'Coiler decided we were cool and eventually moved up there (what a dumbass assumption on his part).'
Boy, is the shiite going to hit.
Oh, and Bob and I did kick his ass for the Karen Rock episode, so rest assured he did learn a lesson. In fact, we gave him hell about it on my last birthday, just for fun.
My favorite nicknames:
Cade'Mongo"Lloyd, and Susane "Saddam Susane"Tardiff.

Big Wall climber
Pagosa Springs CO
May 26, 2005 - 06:20pm PT
How about Rudy McNugget for Doug McDonald

Trad climber
May 26, 2005 - 06:31pm PT
Also know as Rudy McMethane,

Trad climber
Otto, NC
May 27, 2005 - 02:40pm PT
I thought 'Sputy' was short for Rasputin, aka E. Rasmussen.

Trad climber
Estes Park, Colorado
May 27, 2005 - 04:07pm PT
Little Skitzy
Skinny and the Witch
Oid, aka Boy Oid
Fudge Bacher
Bacher's Dog
Berzerko Bob, aka Born Again Bob, aka Back Off Bob
Industrial Sue -- should be Industrial Strength Sue
The Little Egyptian
Deputy Dawg (pathetic Curry security guard)
Jarhead (ranger)

and lest we forget....
The Deli Llama

and how about fun nicknames for Valley restaurants -- my personal favorite for the Four Seasons is...

The Foul Diseases
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
May 27, 2005 - 06:43pm PT
Sir Loin of Leisure and his girlfriend Lady Tenderloin.
Huckleberry Phlegm.

Trad climber
So. Cal.
May 28, 2005 - 08:38pm PT
My favorite is "The Foul Squeezin's"

May 28, 2005 - 09:15pm PT

Circlehead [Michael Scott Price] was killed in Iraq last year. He used to be on Yosar.

Here is the link to information if anyone is interested.


Trad climber
May 30, 2005 - 01:28pm PT
Seems that we've forgotten one:

Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Jul 10, 2005 - 12:44am PT
Hey Russ! I didn't see anyone actually name Dave Bruckman as the infamous B*&^^%Man! Also I did think of a couple of others...
The Leasure Baron
The Dinubian
Hideous Taco
Luke the Fluke
LOOMIS aka Greg's Love Child
Jacuzzi of no return
Buddy up on the Shumpzz
Sea Monkey
The Winking Wrinkler
The Foot
Swiss Miss
Jan Dick
Jacuzzi sisters
Roll over son
Alien Life Form aka Alf
Gone Amuck
C Woman
The Goon
Aid Man
Fritz Mutant
5ft. Ray in a 6ft. America
Clean Dan
IBM/ Indonesian Baby Molester
KOOK aka Space Ranger
Louie A. aka The Thief
kevin Fosburg

Sport climber
park city,ut
Mar 15, 2006 - 10:46pm PT
How about the aptly named, Big-Ass Salamander Head?

Mar 15, 2006 - 11:23pm PT
I just talked to Fritz Mutant today. They are having a big reunoin show @ the Filmore on april 8th with the Dead Kennedeys, Flipper, and the Avengers. OOO, swiss miss, a blast with my past.

Sport climber
Something's Always Wrong, FF, TN
Mar 16, 2006 - 09:30am PT
Still trying to track down the following people...

"Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo" (Abbr.- joey jo-jo)
aka "Bones Jones Johnson"

aka "Silver Spoons"
aka "Ricky"

"Silky" (change the "i" to "u" if "somethings wrong")

"Matchbook" (as in, folded over like a...)

"Hut Hut" aka The "Yog-Hurt"

You know who you are; drop a line your scoundrels...

Ed: Can't leave out "Speedy" (one of those "opposite names") aka "Spider"...

Deuce makes a good point; if you don't want a nick to stick, whatever you do, DO NOT react to the nameage...

Mar 21, 2006 - 02:07am PT
bump, I said it in another thread but ill say it here The Hattini.

Social climber
the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Mar 21, 2006 - 10:33am PT
Lawrence of Monrovia.

Social climber
The home for...
Mar 21, 2006 - 12:16pm PT
Biledown retchel
Blort Nardson
Bone Dripson
The Moaner
The Coq
The Wedgie
The Mellon Head
Dog sex
The Squirrel killer
The token Mollucan terrorist
Thacker not Bachar
Too tall
Lucky charms
The garden gnome
The Michellin man
Beef Gnarlton
The leatherhead
Captain pipe
Dome (Doncha know me)
Dr. diarrhea
The sphincter snorkeler
Sweet pea
The Guppy
The fat man
The Trauma hawks
The lunker
The Wrestler
Mr. Lonne Sir.
scuffy b

S Cruz
Mar 21, 2006 - 12:57pm PT
Lat Sampson

Social climber
The home for...
Mar 21, 2006 - 09:55pm PT

What else can we get? My list of nicknames is
pushing fifteen pages.

Big Wall climber
Reno NV
Mar 22, 2006 - 12:16am PT
Bob Bolton is that you? Long time no see!

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Apr 11, 2009 - 01:24pm PT
A bump to add


Any others?
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Apr 11, 2009 - 01:45pm PT
Did Lincolnstein make the list?

Boulder climber
Apr 11, 2009 - 03:07pm PT
how in the heck...

i mean...


are we dealin with the Rain Man here?

if so, we need to get over to Reno.


Apr 16, 2009 - 09:43pm PT
I remember so many of these names. So damned funny. And they most always fit the person described. I'm glad I left before I was assigned one. LOL!

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Apr 16, 2009 - 11:26pm PT
whatever, mimidude.

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Apr 16, 2009 - 11:26pm PT
"i'm incredulous!"

chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Apr 17, 2009 - 12:21am PT
Gore man
Chris can't climb well
Stinky feet
rant & rave..already on the list... but always cracked me up.
dumb meat head

some very mean names....
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 5, 2009 - 12:27pm PT
Don't forget Gumby and The maybe we should?!?
tom Carter

Social climber
Sep 14, 2011 - 11:16am PT
Hippy Chuck!

YOU remember!

I'll work on the memory banks ....
Flip Flop

Earth Planet, Universe
Apr 3, 2019 - 07:03pm PT
Coiler and Stanley gave me Flip-Flop after a certain Mideast Crisis
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