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Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 30, 2007 - 01:14am PT
Happy Birthday Eric!
you are a great partner with a huge heart and a generous spirit...
thanks for all the times and all the climbs together.

breakfast at the Reed's pullout

leading p2 of Color Me Gone 5.9 on Parkline Slab

gear sort at Reed's pullout

working on a project... somewhere in the Valley

stoking the grovel lust... same project

first ascent of Waiting For The Sun on Sunshine Slabs

first ascent of Old Hippy Buttress 5.10a, Knob Hill area

first ascent of Bumblies on Crumblies Knob Hill area

atop Ski Jump in obscure heaven

on Pohono Pinnacle off the beaten path

finagling in some pro on the wild start of Fasten Your Seat Belts


Social climber
A prison of my own creation
Nov 30, 2007 - 01:19am PT
Happy Birthday!

Nov 30, 2007 - 01:25am PT
Happy B-Day! You look the same. Uh, well I guess that could be bad or good. I remember your first day on the rocks. Remember that rock climbing class at Mt D? Glad to see you're still at it. Had you ever gone back to do Crossbones? It ended-up to be a pretty decent route, especially due to your efforts. Perhaps you can suffer an extra old fart when you and Ed head out...
cheers, ec

Social climber
The West
Nov 30, 2007 - 01:51am PT
Happy B-day Eric! glad we met @ the Facelift!

Social climber
Nov 30, 2007 - 02:19am PT
hey there eric... say, sure dont know you.. but sure do love giving out birthday wishes... wishing you great success this year, and new insights... and some right-nice climbs...
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2007 - 11:26am PT
hey ec sure would be great to get out with you and Eric....

...I think he's up in the Valley (of course) celebrating - I'll be up there tomorrow evening to find the party and climb with the crew on Sunday!

Social climber
El Portal
Nov 30, 2007 - 01:53pm PT

Happy Birthday to a man amoung men.

Can't wait to see you up there on your new project across the river, we will be the ones grunting through the roof beside you on our route.
You will love it up there! Glad to hold your rope anytime.

p.s. Even though you're ripped these days please eat loads of cake today and celebrate your life...you are the BEST.

Jo W.

Gary Carpenter

SF Bay Area
Nov 30, 2007 - 07:08pm PT
Happy Birthday Eric!!

You Da Man!!

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 30, 2007 - 07:26pm PT
Happy Birthday, Eric!

I hope J and I get to check out some more of the routes on Mt. Gabel this year.

Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Nov 30, 2007 - 07:39pm PT
WooHoo - good one ya you Valley Sushi Eater...


right here, right now
Nov 30, 2007 - 07:51pm PT
Happy Birthday Ablegabel!
Keep that rack swingin' bro.

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2007 - 07:52pm PT
HapBirDay. . .any friend of the EdHartMan's is a friend of both Blinnys!



Trad climber
Nov 30, 2007 - 08:19pm PT
Happy Birthday Eric!
See ya on the rock.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2007 - 10:44pm PT
just got back from Eric's b-day in Yosemite... was a great time... just to bump this up for him

Trad climber
Dec 2, 2007 - 11:31pm PT
Thank you so much for all your warm wishes.Just turned 40 and feeling beter than ever. Probably the best birthday I ever had. Saw so many old friends and new ones too.Been celebrating for 2 weeks now, from Red Rocks, to Yosemite. Don't worry Jo, I ate lots of cake.Would love to go climbing e.c.Joe. Thanks for putting me on the right path so many years ago. "Mt.Gabel will have some new additions next year Melisa. Thanks Ed for the thread and to all of you I don't now who responded,all me best wishes. Hope to see you all in the Valley soon - Eric Gabel
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 12, 2007 - 11:25am PT
climber gatherings...
...can be fun!

crack-of-noon start at Pat & Jack's

The highlighted middle ramp is Eric's route Edge of Absurdity 5.8
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Dec 12, 2007 - 11:47am PT
Happy birthday Eric!

Did I ever tell you that the German Swimsuit Model™ caught my 20 footer on The Line?
She got launched about 10 feet in the air - handled it quite well for a novice...

Hope you're still pissing off (and on, heh heh) the Eunuchs from Placerville.


Trad climber
Near the Vally, CA
Dec 14, 2007 - 12:27am PT
Hello everyone,

I thought some of you might have seen this side to our friend Eric. Glad to see you make it past one more massive B-day climbing party.

See ya soon. Your friend Brent.

Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Apr 30, 2008 - 03:33pm PT
A couple of photos of Eric on Edge of Absurdity:


Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Apr 30, 2008 - 03:43pm PT
Got Beer?

Look at Kev's helmet...awesome.
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