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Wade Icey

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Nov 16, 2012 - 03:39am PT
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mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 16, 2012 - 10:50am PT
I have had just the best time reading about Neddly here that it strikes me that we have Wayne to thank for getting up the expedition to the Brooks Range, thus giving Neddly his big break, feeding his need to complete "what others can't imagine doing, let alone finishing."

It's all in the spirti of Batso, IMO, because the threads which connect he and Wayne reach out and link with those of Ned. And many more.

I considered it an honor to have skiied some with all you folks at the YMS except for you, Wayne. It would have been an honor as well, not to misconstrue that statement. I simply never had the opportunity. :)

One piece of advice Ned gave me was to organize a moonlight ski through the Valley and take a couple thermosses of hot mulled cider. We substituted hot wine, tooled around with six of us for hours out in the meadows and along the river. Ned and the ski school were great for the lifestyle in the Ditch.

The Rev got his parents, Lem and Betty, to drive up from Merced so he could give them free skiing lessons in the Valley. I don't think they were at Badger or Summit Meadow. So Lem gets going and promptly breaks a bone, maybe trying a step turn. They weren't out maybe half-an-hour, if that. One end of the spectrum (Lem) and the opposite end (Ned).

Exceptional thread. Keep it going.


The catalog which TNF put out following that Brooks Range ski tour had some good photography. I wonder if anyone's got a copy. It's from 1973, I believe.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:35pm PT
Great story Wayne, thanks for posting up.

I seem to recall you had some bear encounters on the Brooks trip?

if you were invited to row across Drake's Passage, would you have gone?

Is that enough questions for today?

Great to see you at Oakdale.
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Nov 16, 2012 - 04:20pm PT
Guido - I had heard he was planning some seagoing trip down around Patagonia, but thought it was kayaking in the islands. Definitely wanted to go. When he told me what he had in mind I had second thoughts. Had a couple of young kids and was at a low ebb financially.

The only bear adventure on the Brooks trip was discovering smokin' fresh griz tracks in the hoar frost on the river ice going our way. This was in March. We followed them all day, with some trepidation. They finally left the river, and shortly afterward we camped. I had just settled into my sleeping bag when I heard "crunch -crunch - crunch" like something heavy walking through the snow - and as I listened it speeded up - so I yelled "Hey guys - there's a bear out there!"

We all looked. Nothing. They gave me the gears. Slid back into my bag. There it was again! "Crunch - crunch - crunch". Finally figured it was the pulse in my neck rubbing whiskers against the nylon.

Didn't hear the last of that one for a while.
Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Nov 18, 2012 - 02:35pm PT
Hey, thanks for all of your replies and stories! Nice to read some more about Ned from his friends.

Fossil climber, did you guys have a rifle or shotgun in the Brooks Range for the not-so-friendly bears, just in case?


Saw a copy of this book at the show on Friday and it reminded me of your post, Tom.



Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 18, 2012 - 03:33pm PT
if you were invited to row across Drake's Passage, would you have gone?

What could possibly go wrong with that?

BTW, there is an interesting article in the Nov Nat Geo about Viking settlements
on Baffin Island.
tom Carter

Social climber
Nov 18, 2012 - 07:27pm PT
Wayne

So great to have your voice here!!!

Have you written some of your adventures down?

I still re-tell the saga you related about going through the ice in that backcountry lake when the dog didn't make it - riveting. I will never forget the look in your eyes when you related the feeling of your feet touching the bottom!!!

Any stories about Ned from back in those days would be much appreciated as well.

So do you recall when you "rescued me" during one of those silly Sierra filmings??? That was when you told me you were headed to Canada, it was your ticket out of the Valley as I remember.

My best!

TC
Fossil climber

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Atlin, B. C.
Nov 18, 2012 - 09:11pm PT
Minerals -

Nope, didn't take any serious artillery. Didn't expect bears at that time of year and were a bit shocked to find the tracks. I did take a little handgun, S&W K22 with a Phantom scope with which to add the occasional snowshoe hare to the stew, and did. However, it probably wasn't worth the weight.

Sure enjoyed your long earlier post on Ned, Minerals. Thanks so much for doing that!

Tom - nope, never wrote much down, except a couple articles on El Cap. Wish I had kept a journal - you lose detail so fast. Or I do, anyway. Keep a journal, you guys!
mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 30, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
February 1981 Vol. 159, No. 2, National Geopriapic.
February 1981 Vol. 159, No. 2, National Geopriapic.
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mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 30, 2013 - 02:23pm PT
January 1989. Vol.175, No. 1, N/G.
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Steve, thanks for providing the Circle Tour.

We miss yur style, Neddly!

You WERE "the Ultimate!"

You were chasing yourself
And now we've found
The reward is simply
In covering ground.
Or water, as the spirit moves us.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 25, 2014 - 05:33pm PT
My pleasure Mouse!

Nice addition yourself.

Ned was an anchorite in any arena you choose.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
May 25, 2014 - 06:36pm PT
Awesome stories everyone! One of the best real adventure threads . . . Very hardcore that Ned. Amazing what was accomplished on skinny skis with three pin bindings . . . these planks they use today border on the ridiculous.
mark miller

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Reno
May 25, 2014 - 10:16pm PT
Pretty cool when some of the classic threads get dug up. Instead of the infernal crap that some unending threads receive, like whats wrong with your favorite toilet paper and others.
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