I recently had the pleasure of touring the Granite Frontiers exhibit in LA with Bonnie Kamps and Mary and Mark Powell. Very cool to see her in the Diamond parade photo upthread. DR was also present and Bob's name came up frequently in conversation.
The Diamond FA is huge on the adventure scale and just one on a long list of classics for both climbers. Bob and Dave's first excellent adventure!
Besides seeing him at Tahquitz in 1959-1960, I remember Dave Rearick from the Riverside County Campground in Idyllwild where he would do such things as walk on his hands for long distances and recite Lewis Carroll poems, "You're getting old father William said the youth to the man..." I actually more or less memorized the poem from listening to Dave but have never been able to walk on my hands. He was at Cal Tech then, I believe. He and Bob Kamps were really a fit together.
My thoughts of the Diamond climb back in 1960: Before Kamps and Rearick went off to Colorado for that venture, they climbed the ugly cliff above Camp 4, the Camp 4 Terror. I wondered at the time why they would spend time on such an ugly climb for a first ascent when so many other things were around. When I heard about the Diamond, it became apparent that the Terror was a rehersal for the Diamond. Even the shape of the cliff on which the Terror ascended was a diamond shape.
Yes my dear friend Higgins and I climbed many routes
around Boulder and Eldorado. We climbed Athlete's Feat
and Vertigo, for example, and Supremacy Crack, and really
another dozen or more good climbs, with the fun highlight
being Soarks, in blistering heat, on the back of the Third
Flatiron... where like cave men we hammered on a bolt with
a stone, having forgotten the hammer...
I cherish the memory of every climb Tom and I did together,
and not once did we fail to have fun, in Tuolumne, or Yosemite,
We have that special link of Rearick and Kamps, our respective mentors and friends.