The Zonkers photo was taken by Albert Dow. Here is a shot of Albert on Layton's Ascent in the late 70s:
Albert died in an avalanche on Mt. Washington in '82 while on search and rescue. He was a great guy, and it's hard to believe he's been gone for 25 years.
The photo of Jimmy Dunn is noteworthy because he had some interesting footwear choices during those years: You notice that he's missing a left shoe on Zonkers. He did the FA of a route called Dresden (5.10) barefoot, but the trend never caught on.
I was watching Dunn work on the FA of White Eye (5.12). There was a key move that had a great hold just out of reach. He came down off the route, drove back into town, and returned with a pair of mountain boots. He put the mountain boot over one of his EBs, and proceeded to dance up thin moves wearing this massive boot. With the extra reach, Jummy made it to the jug. He then hung by one hand, unlaced the boot, and kicked it off into space. He worked through this sequence several times, with people chanting "eject, eject" as the boot launched. This was in '78, I think. Mark Hudon and Max Jones made the second free ascent, notably bootless.
Tarbuster, Nice TR and congrats to Lisa. My son and I drove Jonathan Wyatt from Boston to North Conway on Wed. before the race, had lunch with him and Anna Pichrtova, then went to Cathedral and got in a couple of climbs. My son finished 36th overall on Sat. He gained entry in the race by giving Jon a ride up.
Another historical note. In the 1982 edition of his guidebook, Ed Webster writes about Children's Crusade, "Of all the recently climbed routes in New Hampshire, this is probably the finest and most elegant." Al Comeau & Mike Heinz first climbed the initial leads in 1978. I don't have a photo of them but here's another North Conway legend, Jimmy Dunn, leading Children's Crusade in 1980. The bolts got fatter but otherwise the route Tar and I climbed last Saturday seems to have changed hardly at all.
Divad: Lisa and I stayed with Marianne in Madison, where J Wyatt (congrats on your win Mr Wyatt!) & Anna P collected for an afterparty. Marianne was an excellent host, is a big enthusiast of the hill climb and loves to support the elite runners by offering her house. Anna is such a little doll, sweet, friendly and a real champion. Sounds like you and your son had a similar few days to ours; you've got some nice crags and some real steep hills...
Jimmy Dunn is a real amazing character and you have a nice athletic shot of him there Chiloe.
Tarbuster, Yeah, Anna is a real sweety. On the drive up I asked Jon where he was coming from last and he said he flew in from Italy, where he lives in the Dolomites with his girlfriend, an Italian Olympic x-c skier. I told him I'd been there and it was my favorite place. He invited me to stay at his house the next time I'm there. Zowie!
Steve, Bob, Roy,
Thanks for the welcome to the "Stand". I am living back in North Conway once again.
To bad I missed you Roy. I saw this guy out on the cliff with a cowboy hat, but it was from far away and I didn't recognize you.