Bob Locke Memorial Buttress, Mt. Watkins. Story?

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Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 24, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
I don't mean to pressure Largo to give away a good story for free here. I'm happy to read it in Alpinist, California Climber, or where ever. But if its that good, it would be good to get it written.
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Feb 24, 2013 - 11:56pm 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 - http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=446216&tn=0
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 25, 2013 - 07:21am 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.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 25, 2013 - 07:44am PT
Wow I had missed that too, thanks for pointing that out, Jerry.
gf

climber
Sep 8, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
Reminder bump/grovel to JL for an instalment, perhaps one of his colleagues on that one might chime in to boot?
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