Bob Locke Memorial Buttress, Mt. Watkins. Story?


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Boulder climber
Feb 25, 2013 - 02:56am PT
I pasted Largo's responses to date below. Good stuff in itself.
In 1978, I think about three years after Bob's accident, I did a new route on Watkins with Bridwell, Kauk and Schmitz, which Bridwell named the Bob Locke Memorial Butress. I never knew Bob so the name never made much sense to me. After reading Rick's really excellent story, I'm happy the route - one of the best new walls I ever did - bears Bob's name.
The BLMB is IMHO one of the best and most novel walls in Yosemite. If it was on El Cap it would be as popular as the Salathea. It has features (like a gigantic angling dike) I've never seen before and spectacular positioning and exposure - that Watkins is ginormous.
The first ascent was sort of epic because it was in August (hot!)
More later.
One of the other threads -
Jerry Dodrill

Topic Author's Reply - Feb 25, 2013 - 10:21am PT
Wow. Good to re-read Rick's story. Thanks for sharing it I hadn't seen Carol Locke's comment previously. That was quite touching.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 25, 2013 - 10:44am PT
Wow I had missed that too, thanks for pointing that out, Jerry.

Sep 8, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
Reminder bump/grovel to JL for an instalment, perhaps one of his colleagues on that one might chime in to boot?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 24, 2014 - 04:38pm PT
Watkins Bump...

Feb 8, 2015 - 10:16pm PT
bump redux

The Hot Kiss On the End of a Wet Fist
Feb 9, 2015 - 11:19am PT
Hoping for a Largo story bump with photo.
Credit: Walleye
Burnin' Oil

Trad climber
Jan 10, 2017 - 01:25pm PT
Companion thread to the Bob Locke accident thread. ST gold.

right here, right now
Jul 6, 2017 - 10:57am PT
Rick's story on the Watkins accident, from the Full Value section in Alpinist 58:

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Jul 6, 2017 - 01:08pm PT
Courtright Reservoir is blessed with a dome named in Bob's honor......Locke Rock. You can see Bobo's face staring out to the great beyond.

Credit: mooch
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