Stonemaster Stories and Pictures Needed


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Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 25, 2007 - 04:47pm PT
Yo, yo . . .

Looks like we're finally going to put together a book on the Stonemasters. Dean F. (a.k.a., Bullwinkle) of fame will be wrangling the photos, leaving me to get the text together. I'll announce the publisher once the paperwork between us is finished - it's in the works as we speak.

While both Dean and I am going to contribute pictures and stories, this is a community wide effort and will require much more material than what we can provide individually.

So I need your help to get this thing going. The main issue(s) is:

Which are all ye favorites in terms of pictures and stories per the Stonemasters, where did you see them and who took/wrote them? I need to get a list going here and if dropping said story or pic right onto this thread is the easiest way, kindly do that.

The Stonemaster glory days were basically from 1971 - 1976, with the scene of the crime usually being Josh, Tahquitz and Suicide, and Yosemite. Stonemaster forays to the Alps, England, Canada, Mexico, et al are also desired so long as they fall (roughly) within the aforementioned time frame.


John Long

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Oct 25, 2007 - 05:07pm PT
That is F-ing awesome news.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Oct 25, 2007 - 05:14pm PT
Deja vu?

It would be cool to review the 12 part (at least) Stonemaster series:

(drill down to part 1).

If you add up all the posts, I think this was by far the biggest "thread" of all time...

Mountain climber
San Diego
Oct 25, 2007 - 05:21pm PT
Since Dean F. is taking care of the images does that mean we have to suffer seeing the Stonemasters in the buff? God I hope not.

Well there is one Stonemaster that would be a pleasure to see in the buff, but I'm not naming names, or what sex she is.

Oops! Dang it all. I gave that one away :-))


Please do a special chapter on Tobin Sorenson (I'm sure you thought of that already), and also include a bit about the semi-links between the Stonemasters and the Poway Mountain Boys. Turns out Tobin was involved in both.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Oct 25, 2007 - 05:33pm PT
Here's the original thread that started it all. I think it went at least to part XI, if knott higher...

Someone made a post with all the threads in order; if someone finds it, maybe post it here?

Boulder climber
Alamo, CA
Oct 25, 2007 - 05:54pm PT
the FA of 'dominator' ?

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2007 - 05:55pm PT
Before this gets all spread out in thread drifts, let me say this: I'm looking for existing stories, stuff already written that appeared somewhere at some time. "Do a chapter on Tobin" doesn't help (we WILL do a bunch on Tobin) because it doesn't refer us to anything tangible like an existing article or picture.

Again, what we need are the names of EXISTING ARTICLES YOU HAVE READ SOMEWHERE that pertain to the Golden Age of the Stonemasters (circa 1971-1976). Same for photos. Sources of where to find said stories and pics are also much needed.

I truly appreciate the enthusiasm about the project, but only specific references and titles will help us at this point.

Thank you very much,


Trad climber
Oct 25, 2007 - 05:59pm PT
this is short, but i'm not sure how much they've written on the subject.

Rick A talks about the FFA of the Beckey-Chouinard

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Oct 25, 2007 - 06:26pm PT
Werner has some of the best damn stories and such a wealth of knowledge. I'd say get him involved if you can. He has such a unique and humorous perspective on those things too.
Ed Bannister

Mountain climber
Riverside, CA
Oct 25, 2007 - 06:56pm PT
I still think it would be cool for you to hear Phil Warrender's version of the origin of the stonemasters... besides, you haven't seen him in too Long!

Trad climber
Fruita, Colorado
Oct 26, 2007 - 02:51am PT
I climbed with almost all of the stonemasters at one time or another through the years, even during their heyday. I guess I was wondering if that makes me a kind of vicarious stonemaster. Or is this exclusively Californians? And am I just a partner to the original Master of Rock?

Boulder climber
Oct 26, 2007 - 04:01am PT

There's nothing vicarious about your influence on the StoneMaster's. Your routes, boulder problems, books, photogrpahs and groundbreaking visionary film "Silent Climber" inspired and fueled all of us.

I don't really think your role in the book will be so much a SoCal punk, like those boy's were, just a Master of Stone. . .DF
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Oct 26, 2007 - 04:05am PT
I don't know if it was the stonemaster era or not but as a former curry employee, i thought the story of the climber romancing the daughter of a curry executive and somehow getting busted by the bigwig just after having to take a dump on some newspapers on the floor was priceless.

You wrote that


Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 26, 2007 - 12:15pm PT
I will try to sit down and rummage through my memory and collection of books and stories to put my 2 cents in... but at least one new piece has to be written for the collection which details the historic time line and the accomplishments of the Stonemasters... that is something I have not seen, but I believe that any new account that doesn't summarize the climbing accomplishments in the greater context of climbing in North America would miss an opportunity to extend the historical dialog.

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Oct 26, 2007 - 12:15pm PT
"Gee Wally, can I be a Stonemaster someday?"


A tent in the redwoods
Oct 26, 2007 - 12:17pm PT
There's an old letter to the editor that JL wrote circa early 70s about how some of the hardest stuff was going down in his neck of the woods. I can't seem to find the date of the article but can look harder if you want.

Are you gonna conclude with a short piece on present day monkeys?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 26, 2007 - 12:19pm PT
Leave it to Largo....Good on ya for taking on the project. Lots of source material on the ST without a doubt. Look forward to checking it out.

Half fast climber
the Gunks end of the country
Oct 26, 2007 - 12:26pm PT
I would urge Largo and Bullwinkle to consider adding an author who seems to have a colorful past but could not set up her own Taco account... Just to keep it honest, sort of.


Of course a chapter describing the evolution of the techniques used to get the "models" to pose climbing would make for some great lies.
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Oct 26, 2007 - 05:33pm PT
I've been waiting for this book for soo long...

Thanks for taking this project on!

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Oct 26, 2007 - 08:17pm PT
"Gee Wally, that Bullwinkle guy sure is scary."

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