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Social climber
Davis, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 12, 2008 - 03:08pm PT
I think I just read Clint's 7000th helpful post on this site! I don't think I've ever seen him be rude or unhelpful on here, and his climbing pages have helped me out in the past. Also love his hand drawn topos and perfect beta recollection!

Never met the guy, but three cheers for clint! I wish my posts were consistantly as helpful an on topic as his, something to strive for.
Standing Strong

Trad climber
there's a time for every star
Mar 12, 2008 - 03:09pm PT

amen! thanks clint. cheers and good wishes to you and yours :)

Trad climber
Mar 12, 2008 - 03:12pm PT
the guy is a living google of climbing in the west.

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Mar 12, 2008 - 03:18pm PT
Glad you guys see it this way too. In a guidebook I recently published my thanks to CC includes the phrase:

"...and to Clint Cummins,who shares a passion for detail and accuracy (truly 'the Keeper of All Knowledge')."

In many days and many climbs I've never heard a coarse or angry word from him. But I have heard him laugh a lot.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Mar 12, 2008 - 03:29pm PT
Clint is definately an asset to this site and the climbing world.

Thanks Clint, climb on!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Mar 12, 2008 - 03:33pm PT
Hey, that guy is a poser!

from Lesson 7 of "How to be a Hard Man", by H. Koch
Dingus Milktoast

Mar 12, 2008 - 03:49pm PT
I've been relying on gospel Clint Cummins beta since the earlier years of rec.climbing, going on what, 15 years now.

15 f*#king years, wow. Close to it anyway.

Clint hasn't lowered the boom on anyone in a very long time, if ever.

He's like an Internet Holy Man.

Dingus Milktoast

Mar 12, 2008 - 03:52pm PT
Before supertaco there was Clint's and Tuan's? Beta on the internet, hosted out of Standford if memory serves. Those two had the best beta for the classics and standards of the Valley, period.

I can't remember Tuan's name.... he still around Clint?

Ah! Here it is an easy google away

Dingus Milktoast

Mar 12, 2008 - 03:55pm PT
And whatever happened to Eric 'Ruler of the Wasteland' Coomer?

You out there Coom? Nuke Boom Resurgence catching up to you dude?


Mar 12, 2008 - 03:55pm PT
I still use Clint's guide to Index.

And find his name in summit registers all over the place.


Malibu, a Cheetah shirt
Mar 12, 2008 - 03:58pm PT
Clint is one of the greats on ST.

Wonderfully informative posts, great photos, never picks on anyone or worries about ST becoming a sewing circle :-) --just really a good guy with what appears to be a lovely sense of humor.

Thanks for being a fine example to all, Clint.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 12, 2008 - 04:16pm PT
I wanna see the Winchester pump photo again.

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Mar 12, 2008 - 04:23pm PT
Anyone who has a copy of the book Yankee Rock and Ice should check out Clint in it. The book makes it clear that he was quite on the cutting edge of ice climbing back there in the late 70s.
Nor Cal

Trad climber
San Mateo
Mar 12, 2008 - 04:25pm PT
I've met Clint, only once, at Handley Rock in Redwood City (for Clint: I was the one top roping both the top and bottom rock from the same set up). I enjoyed the few minutes that we chatted. I have also read numerous post and have gained a lot of second hand info from him. thanks

Social climber
A prison of my own creation
Mar 12, 2008 - 04:27pm PT
Here's to all Clint's hard work making things safer for idiots like me. And all that knowledge he shares freely.



Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Mar 12, 2008 - 04:27pm PT
Clint turned me in to the cybercops twice. Once at Caltech and another at my current job.

Ha, Ha.


Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples....
Mar 12, 2008 - 04:59pm PT
It seems no matter where I climb around California I will always find a register or a guidebook with his name in it. I swear the guy has climbed every where, even places where no one else climbs! And as friendly and helpful as he seems online, he is ten time more so in person.

here's to ya Clint! One of the good ones.


Gym climber
Mar 12, 2008 - 05:11pm PT
Yeah Clint!! Not just an resource for the unknowns in the West, I heard he knows a bit about the East as well (as any guidebook author would, I guess).

Never seen anything but positive input here. And he doesn't just spray. Nope, just check out what he did for us in the Valley this past JULY (strike that, it was August, even hotter...)!!

Honest, we could do with more like Clint. But I've been looking, I hadn't seen another.

Trad climber
From a Quiet Place by the Lake
Mar 12, 2008 - 05:22pm PT
A good example is the recent thread with regard to cams for the Nose with the Graphs etc. I must admit I got a bit of a laugh when I first saw that thread. But Clint just gave the person honest, straight forward input and advice as he does in other threads.

I agree that he is a real value to the forum.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Mar 12, 2008 - 05:24pm PT
Clint is A OK!
the Fet

Knackered climber
A bivy sack in the secret campground
Mar 12, 2008 - 05:44pm PT
Here, here.

Clint Cummins Appreciation Thread - good call CI.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 12, 2008 - 05:53pm PT
Clint is involved in these threads:

Glacier Point Bolt Replacement

Rebolting Update

Replacing original bolts on the Arches Slabs routes
Nate D

San Francisco
Mar 12, 2008 - 06:22pm PT
I just wanna know how he does it? In my mind's eye, he eats, drinks, sleeps, and breaths climbing. I imagine him in the wee hours of the night, hunched over, still donning rack and harness, typing frantically at his computer - never missing one detail in all those databases!

Social climber
Davis, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 12, 2008 - 06:24pm PT
Hey Clint,

repost that photo of that nut tool that looks like a prison shiv if you don't mind.

That's a good one, and a testament to getting the most out of your gear!

San Fran Cisco
Mar 12, 2008 - 06:25pm PT
plus he mentors the stanford alpine club...

Trad climber
El Portal, CA
Mar 12, 2008 - 06:28pm PT
He's totally humble in real life, despite having some gnarly and burly climbing experience under the belt. And you won't find a better booty-seeker!

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Mar 12, 2008 - 06:43pm PT
Clint does relish the role, keeper of knowledge. And sharer. Good-humored, smart and more on-topic than 99% of us here, he's an easy guy to appreciate. (I've been appreciating his work since he wrote the first guide to Lake Willoughby ice climbs, several lifetimes ago.)

Gym climber
Mar 12, 2008 - 06:55pm PT
He's totally humble in real life ...

Are we talkin' about the same Clint?? I mean sheesh, he woulda won the SprayLord contest, had he set his watch correctly. That's because he went on and on about his real-life accomplishments. Never ending, it was. Then last time I saw him, all I could do was to cover my ears, otherwise all they'd hear was how he just did this, and just did that. Give that guy a couple of weeks off and he'll clean all the garbage around the base of Half Dome, the entire base. Even though he can barely walk. Then he'll do some cheesy photo essay bragging of his "accomplishments." About has humble as Chuck Norris, I'd say...

chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Mar 12, 2008 - 07:00pm PT all the above comments. Don't know him, but.. I love his beautiful/sincere smile.

Big Wall climber
Mar 12, 2008 - 07:01pm PT
"Classic Clint hard as flint".

Mar 12, 2008 - 07:33pm PT
Just like Chiloe said, and he's a really, really good guy.

right here, right now
Mar 12, 2008 - 07:34pm PT
Here's to Clint!
For keeping it real.

Mar 12, 2008 - 08:05pm PT
Clint spelled my name correctly in the Index book, unlike Daryl.

I mean, it's BJ for christ's goddamn sake! Two f*#king letters!
The user formerly known as stzzo

Armchair climber
Sneaking up behind you
Mar 12, 2008 - 08:15pm PT
Definitely! I've hung out & climbed with Clint - he's worthy of much respect.

Social climber
The West
Mar 12, 2008 - 08:42pm PT
I'd pretty much go by whatever he advises.

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Mar 12, 2008 - 08:58pm PT
I think there was a thread a while back about the 10 people who influenced your climbing most, and Clint was on mine...although we've barely climbed together. He was a trusted early internet sensei for me and a continued source of weekend-warrior adventure inspiration. I hope I get to appreciate his company on one of my "free" fridays before the end of the spring term!


Ice climber
Mar 12, 2008 - 10:15pm PT
Even though he can barely walk.

Recently I asked on the injuries & accidents forum about people who had returned to climbing after spinal cord injury and he responded by sharing some personal experience. I was way encouraged.
Roger Brown

Oceano, California
Mar 13, 2008 - 12:26pm PT
Because of Clint, the summer of 2007 will be remembered as one of the best ever. High adventure and great fun. I remember lots of laughter. Can't wait for this season,
Roger Brown

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Mar 13, 2008 - 12:59pm PT
I always look forward to the threads Clint starts
and his contribution in total.

Clint seems to embody the spirit of the original bay area/Berkeley
based Yosemite climbers, to a T.

great job man!

a porch in Chinese Camp
Mar 13, 2008 - 02:04pm PT
Every time I see Clint, he's toting a young lady around, climbing hard in Yosemite, and brandishing an encyclopedia of climbing knowledge between his ears. Impressive.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 13, 2008 - 08:59pm PT
I met Clint once, at the base of Five and Dime, he was belaying Joel... we talked, he asked about my photography, I gave him an example of the pix I like to take... some climber freeing the Salathe, he said "I think I know who that was" and he did!

But even though it was only once, it seems he is very much a part of climbing with me in the Valley. Don't know why... Karl would say his energy is there (I think) and in some ways I would totally agree.

This thread is too good not to be on the front page a bit longer....


bay area
Mar 13, 2008 - 10:09pm PT
Clint is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, and a fount of beta.

clint on scarface, IC


Trad climber
Lanham MD
Mar 13, 2008 - 10:41pm PT
Yessir, Clint seems to be a good guy from what I've seen. Sometimes good guys seem few and far between!

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Mar 14, 2008 - 01:11am PT
Pinnacles climbers won't forget the 300 or so bolts he and his friend Bruce Hildenbrand have replaced there just in the last 3 - 4 years. Nice public service.

Mar 14, 2008 - 02:44am PT
Clint's perhaps the most generous climber you'll meet. Whether replacing bad bolts or taking new climbers up Central Pillar for his gazillionth time, he seems to genuinely get the most pleasure from helping others find and enjoy climbing.

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Mar 14, 2008 - 03:14am PT
"Pinnacles climbers won't forget the 300 or so bolts he and his friend Bruce Hildenbrand have replaced there just in the last 3 - 4 years. Nice public service."

absolutely! glad you mentioned. that guy drills like a machine.

thx clint, i think i've told you this before. it's appreciated. u too Bruce H.

Mar 14, 2008 - 03:18am PT
Right on, Clint.

Trad climber
Mar 14, 2008 - 11:20am PT
Thanks Clint,
Hope to meet you some day.

Gym climber
Mar 14, 2008 - 11:34am PT
Pinnacles climbers can also tip their hat to Clint for being instrumental in getting the Park to relax it's dusk closing time. Heck, I believe it was he (and BruceH) who got the park to install the gate on the West Side that automatically lets you out if you're there after the rangers leave.

I guess his motivation was too many $100 tickets for coming back late after rebolting far, far away routes.

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Mar 14, 2008 - 11:50am PT
Always seemed like a good guy all the way back into the wreck.climbing days.
I hijacked a couple of his topos and redrew them and he didn't even seem to mind.

Hope to meet him face to face as well one of these days. Cheers Clint!

Trad climber
Mar 14, 2008 - 12:04pm PT
Good thread.

I have never met Clint but have benefited from and enjoyed his posts for years now.

Thanks Clint.

Trad climber
Westboro, MA
Mar 14, 2008 - 12:33pm PT
Clint and John Imbrie were a very strong partnership and had a major impact on climbing in the NE all those many years ago.

Trad climber
St. Louis
Mar 14, 2008 - 01:17pm PT
Reguarding the "Clint lives and breathes climbing":

In June my brother was up for graduation and we decided to join in the weekly Handley Rock trip. So we show up at the regular meeting spot and pretty soon Clint shows up too. So introduce my brother and say that he's up for graduation, and ask when his daughter's graduation is as she's a senior from high school. Clint: "Oh it's probably starting about now."

Also, while the rest of the bay was watching the world series, he was hanging off a hook drilling a bolt for a new route at Pinacles during the earthquake.

Gym climber
Mar 14, 2008 - 02:24pm PT
Also, while the rest of the bay was watching the world series, he was hanging off a hook drilling a bolt for a new route at Pinacles during the earthquake.

Clint, let's hear that story!! What'd you name the route, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On?
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Mar 14, 2008 - 05:33pm PT
> Also, while the rest of the bay was watching the world series, he was hanging off a hook drilling a bolt for a new route at Pinacles during the earthquake.

It was a different quake, actually. Not the 1989 Loma Prieta, but a 12/22/03 quake, with epicenter at Paso Robles.
The route was on Long's Folly.
Here's what I wrote in my trip report at the time:


While I was hanging from a hook to drill the
second bolt at 11:16am, a 6.5 earthquake hit! (Epicenter: Paso Robles).
It was a unique ride for about 15 seconds.

The way I usually tell the story is that I was hanging from the hook, drilling the bolt, and I noticed my legs were shaking a bit. I was a little scared but not that scared... I also remembered belaying earlier in the cold at the base and shivering a bit, but I wasn't that cold.... So I realized it was a quake. Pretty gentle rocking, back and forth. I remember wondering if there was anything above me about to come down (hey, it is the Pinnacles...), but I knew the Long's Folly summit area was pretty clean. So I just rode it and enjoyed the view, then resumed drilling after some joking with Bruce.

By the way, on the rebolting, it might seem like I am doing a lot, but that is probably because I like to post here with photos to "promote the cause" (see cartoon above?). Bruce Hildenbrand is the true master of rebolting at Pinnacles (and elsewhere), while Greg Barnes, Roger Brown and Chris McNamara have done so much in Yosemite that I will never catch up with those guys, either! I have fun getting out and replacing a few from time to time, because it can be an interesting challenge. Actually I don't mind climbing and hauling on 1/4" bolts, but they seem to freak out other people, and I've certainly seen a few truly bad ones.

I looked for a photo of my "prison shiv" nut tool, but can't find one and don't remember ever posting one. It looks like a Leeper hooker tool, but with the hook part worn off years ago. This shape is pretty handy for poking directly into the side hole of big stoppers, to lever them loose (like the booty stopper in my other post). Also good to insert for loosening knots. I just used it last Saturday to finally liberate the rap chains above Little John Left, which had a fixed rope tied into one of the rings since last June. Here's an "after" photo:

Previously the olive green fixed line had been tied into the lower right ring, with a very bulky knot, which resulted in the core shot.

P.S. In the above photo, you can assume (correctly) that any gear which does not look like booty belongs to my partner. :-)

[Edit to add:] Brad is right about Rock Around the Clock and the lifting of the hours restriction. But Bruce Hildenbrand, Larry Arthur, and Jerry Case (of NPS) were the prime movers on that. I did go to a meeting with Kelly, Larry and Jerry where it was discussed, and Jerry had already been working on it, so I didn't do much. Bruce got one of those $100 fines, too. The fine was not fun, but even worse was trying to run out from Machete with a heavy pack on my bad ankle a couple of times, trying to beat the stupid closing hour. It's good to be able to enjoy the sunsets there again.

Trad climber
Mar 14, 2008 - 05:53pm PT
Clint, with all these accolades, generous, patient, smart, brain like a search engine, great all around guy......I was just wondering can my family and I go ahead and move in with you? We don't take that much space really, a couple of rooms. A shared bathroom will be fine. I can't think of a better place to live! :)

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Mar 14, 2008 - 06:31pm PT
k-man wrote:

"Pinnacles climbers can also tip their hat to Clint for being instrumental in getting the Park to relax it's dusk closing time. Heck, I believe it was he (and BruceH) who got the park to install the gate on the West Side that automatically lets you out if you're there after the rangers leave."

I think their newer route "Rock Around the Clock" was named to celebrate the closures being lifted. And, he was actually hit with the $100.00 late departure fine only once - but that blew his whole climbing budget for the year:)


Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Mar 14, 2008 - 08:33pm PT
I just registered to post on this forum, after years of lurking, so I could join the chorus of Clint fans. I met Clint on the regular buildering circuit we all had at Stanford in the early 80's (before gyms). He adopted me as a "partner" even though I was a complete novice, after my husband found other interests and took a break from climbing. He was a fantastic mentor and we climbed a lot together for years, until I moved up the Peninsula and the logistics got more difficult. He is an all round great guy. Clint, we'll definately have to connect for a trip this season!

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Mar 14, 2008 - 08:51pm PT
I think Clint does a fab job as a photo contrib, a human historical reference, and in his attitude and speech on-line. Can't beat that no matter how you look at it...

Trad climber
Bay area
Mar 16, 2008 - 08:41pm PT
bump for Clint! he's awesome!

as a Stanford graduate student, I've had the privilege to participate in several of the trips Clint has organized for the climbing club there. without fail, everybody on these trips always has a great time... this is due, i'm sure, to Clint's patience and great attitude towards climbing.

actually, my first trip down to the Pinnacles was with Clint in a group of about 8. we hit the Balconies area on the west side and Clint led the first pitches of a few of the routes to set up topropes for the rest of us. it was great! i remember having a blast on the Lava Falls and Conduit to the Cosmos topropes, among other climbs. If you've never done these climbs... let's just say the climbing holds sometimes break off and the 1/4'' protection bolts are sometimes a little suspect. At the time, I never would have even considered trying these climbs on my own. Recently I've been back to do them, but I doubt I ever would have even tried if I hadn't seen Clint happily climbing them for us first.

I also joined Clint on a trip to the Valley last spring to climb the Lost Arrow Spire Tip and then set up the tyrolean from the spire to the rim. I think Clint had never done this climb before and was eager to see what it was all about. Anyway, somehow the group size grew to more than a dozen people. We separated into groups of 2-3 to rap into the notch, climb the thing, and then tyrolean back to the rim. All the while, Clint helped to set things up from the rim and even belay people back over. Anyway, daylight grew kind of short, and it worked out that everybody on the trip made it out to the spire... except for Clint and his son. I was pretty bummed about that, but if Clint and his son were, they didn't show it at all! That was a great, classic clint weekend. :)
Off White

Tenino, WA
Mar 17, 2008 - 08:43pm PT
I've been a fan ever since his crisp and informative Index guide, took it out for a day at that crag just last year. Sorry to say some of those routes have disappeared back into the primordial Index ooze.
the Fet

Knackered climber
A bivy sack in the secret campground
Mar 18, 2008 - 11:39am PT
I just saw on the climbing routes beta page that Clint installed a new set of rap anchors on the Royal Arches rap route. Thanks Clint!

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Mar 19, 2008 - 02:10pm PT
I have waited to post my comments in hopes of keeping this thread alive a bit longer.

What can you say about a guy who, after leading poorly protected climbing on loose rock then replacing 7 or 8 bolts then with the sun long ago set and with the rappel ropes dangling in a poison oak bush offers to go down first?

Now that's a climbing partner.

J. Werlin

Mar 19, 2008 - 02:18pm PT
Count me in--many many thanks for all your work and valuable posts. Legend for sure.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Mar 19, 2008 - 02:27pm PT
Clint seems like the real deal and a genuinely nice guy -- something to which to aspire.

Social climber
My Inner Nut
Mar 20, 2008 - 09:28am PT
Clint is an invaluable resource

This was the one I used most when I was in the PNW:

Mar 24, 2008 - 12:07pm PT
Clint brought me out to Pinnacles for my first ever outdoor climbing experience, and I had a great time climbing the easy classics that he led up. I now realise how patient he was that day as he watched a beginner flail up routes he could solo.

Clint always has a kind word to say about anyone and, as experienced by me, has great patience with beginners. Since then, we've been on several climbing trips together (with other members of the Stanford Alpine Club), including a mass assault on the Royal Arches-North Dome and also Lost Arrow Spire.

The Lost Arrow Spire tip was his last tick in the valley from the 50 classics but he gave up his chance to get on it when it started getting late.

Here's a photo of Clint organizing the Lost Arrow Spire ropes from the valley rim while other members of the party are rappelling down, and tyrolean-ing back to the rim.


Trad climber
Palo Alto, CA
May 2, 2008 - 10:12pm PT
I feel late to the party--don't check in so much.

Clint rocks! . . . and will not bypass booty gear without a fight.

Trad climber
Northern, Ca.
May 3, 2008 - 01:11am PT
Clint, the Billy Graham of western climbing. Preach it brother, preach it!

Trad climber
May 16, 2008 - 09:57pm PT

Clint, Thanks for letting me sabotage your climbing day on Sunday so you could teach me how to follow a pendulum!

I like these pics. (Look, I posted a pic on ST! I feel like I've crossed a Rubicon of sorts)
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
May 16, 2008 - 11:49pm PT
Clint is one of the two or three most important posters here. For years! He is just amazing. We are so lucky to have him; imagine how flappy we would be without his grounding detail, his friendly repartee. And a great climber.

best to you, PH

Ocean of dreams....
May 17, 2008 - 11:23am PT
Bump for a guy that truly deserves all of our appreciation.

Sep 5, 2008 - 01:17am PT
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Sep 5, 2008 - 02:55am PT
> Clint is one of the two or three most important posers here. For years!

Fixed. :-)

Sep 5, 2008 - 10:13am PT
Clint, thanks again for the encouragement !
Floyd Hayes

Trad climber
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Sep 5, 2008 - 12:56pm PT
I've never met Clint but I've greatly admired both his positive attitude toward life and intellectual approach to climbing.

Mountain climber
Jan 13, 2009 - 10:15am PT
I think I caught an interesting photo of Clint, I have never met him but I've heard much about him. Two other climbers told me this was him, the little white speck in the middle of a beautiful picture...We could hear the tap tap of bolting most of the day...taken on 1/10/09
Delhi Dog

Trad climber
Good Question...
Jan 13, 2009 - 10:23am PT
Ya, I'm coming in late too, but echo all the positive comments.

Thanks Clint for all the fine posts and the sharing of your knowledge and experiences...most appreciated and enjoyed!


Trad climber
Sep 11, 2009 - 02:21pm PT
Bump for a guy who always seems to have the answer. He must climb a ton! Kudos!

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Sep 11, 2009 - 02:43pm PT
this is a good bump. I missed this tread before. Thanks Clint for your explicit and quick answers. Your knowledge of the Valley plus willingness to share made amazing combination.

Trad climber
Merced CA
Sep 11, 2009 - 02:47pm PT
Clint is a cool guy. Got to hitch a ride out with him to Yosemite and he even gave me some draws! Major props.

Rebel L rides again
Sep 11, 2009 - 02:48pm PT
Clint is another one of those fabulous Tacovians who holds a wealth of climbing information, is a source of awesome pictorial TR's, and is simply nice to everyone, all the time.

You rock, Clint!
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Sep 11, 2009 - 02:53pm PT
Clint adds huge value. Thanks!

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Sep 11, 2009 - 03:10pm PT
I'd like to add my thanks too. Clint's great with all kinds of details regarding anything remotely related to climbing. He's uncovered other valuable info on the internet that I would never have found myself and he even corrects my spelling if it's something important!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Sep 11, 2009 - 03:12pm PT

"It's a little known fact ..."

from :

Cliff Clavin

Clifford Clavin was the know-it-all mailman who was best known as being Normís sidekick. Cliff may have been the biggest fountain of useless information to ever walk the face of the earth. What Cliff didnít know, he made up.


Sep 11, 2009 - 03:12pm PT
Clint's a cool cat. He taught me how to repair/replace trigger wires among other things. Plus he replaces old bolts and is fun to do FA's with.....

Clint Rocks!



Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 11, 2009 - 03:13pm PT
love your posts. Let me know the next time you're in IC- I'd love to hook up for a climb.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Sep 11, 2009 - 03:27pm PT
Yes! Same as the Chiloe thread. Clint is so modest that you have to take care to note while reading his posts that this man, in additional to all that other great stuff already noted, climbs hard and apparently every weekend.

Jim - IC = intensive care? Next time i'm in for chronic old guyness I'll look for you.
Ben Emery

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 11, 2009 - 03:42pm PT
An amazing font of information, generous and modest to boot. A rarity in the climbing world! Anyone interested in collaborating in a project trying to clone him? We could have a Clint at every cragÖ


Sep 11, 2009 - 04:07pm PT
Whoh! Shoulder belays! Woot!

I'd tie in with Clint any time he'd have me.

Social climber
san joser
Sep 11, 2009 - 04:33pm PT
To REALLY show your appreciation to Clint, give him a pair of tube socks next time you see him at the crags. Last time I saw Clint his socks had more holes than a wiffle ball! :)

Seriously though, he's one of the best persons you could hope to be tied in at the other end of your climbing rope. Clint is a walking encyclopedia of Yosemite climbing history, and shares his knowledge freely with everyone.

When Ken gets the Yosemite Museum up and running, there needs to be an interactive "Clint Exhibit" where Clint is stuffed into a display case- the museum patron pokes at Clint with his "prison shiv" nut tool (hanging from a wire attached to the exhibit) to get his attention, and then asks any Yosemite climbing related question. Then Clint would reply with the correct answer.


museum patron: (pokes Clint in the ribs with the shiv to get his attention)

Clint: ouch!

museum patron: Hey, who did the FA of Book of Revelations?

Clint: Gordon Webster and Chuck Ostin in October 1965. The first free ascent was by Bob Finn and Chris Falkenstein in 1974.

museum patron: cool!

Clint: (looking famished) Hey you got any Little Debbie's in your pack?

museum patron: (holding up the shiv) Hey buddy, I'll be asking the questions here!

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 11, 2009 - 04:44pm PT
it should be Chris Falkenstein and Bob Finn in 1974.... my bad
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Sep 11, 2009 - 05:49pm PT

Holy photoshop, Ben! Looks scary.

I checked my "beta files" and found the original photo from 2/08.
It's not a shoulder belay - I'm really just pulling up the slack
before setting up the real belay.
Top of Sacherer Cracker.

My dad likes to use a shoulder belay, but I'm too much of a pencil neck to be able to deploy one safely.
I've used that style to haul a pack a couple of times, though.
G Murphy

Trad climber
Oakland CA
Sep 11, 2009 - 05:51pm PT
It's a fact that Clint eats only out of cans. If he were to loose his can opener, he would starve!
Clint weighs all of 120 pounds and made some homemade rivet hangers that conservatively hold 122 pounds. I borrowed some for the Shield and found myself gettting some big air when these time bombs blew.
Clint is a fountain of Yosemite knowledge and a voice of civility and reason on Supertopo.
Thanks Clint!

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Sep 11, 2009 - 06:23pm PT
Nice bump.

Clint was one of those internet folks that we recognized without ever seeing a picture or hearing a physical description of him.

J and I were going up the lower (ill advised) part of Awahnee Butress trying to skip ahead in the Serenity Crack conga line one weekend so that we could do an FA that we'd scoped and cleaned some the day before.

J sort of barked at me (uncharacteristically) to haul ass up the bolt ladder bit where the routes come together and ordered me up the last layback pitch as soon as I hit the belay. While I was racing a guy on the SC crux pitch up the ledge, J could hear calls ringing down to "Clint".

When J got to the ledge, he said "I think that's Clint Cummins down there." As a tried and true Yosemite obscurista and lover of the Cathedrals, his statement had that edge of excitement usually reserved for encounters with the more broadly famous.

Moments later, A lanky and somewhat British looking fella easily pulled himself onto the edge. Everything that he was wearing or carrying appeared to have been climbing a lot longer than me. J asked if he was Clint Cummins. He was.

We told him that we were headed to the right and would only be near them on the 1st pitch. Clint asked about the nice hand crack up higher. The strange patch of extreme cleanliness was his very own handiwork, a potential FA to which he'd never returned. Small, small world it was right there on Sunset Ledge.

Sharing that bit of knowledge and appreciation for the line made it more fun to do. Unsolicited, Clint took pictures from the parking lot, drew in the line, and e-mailed it to me.

I love it when people from computerland turn out to seem very much as I imagined them from their postings when the way that I imagined them was kind, interesting, and admirable.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Sep 11, 2009 - 06:42pm PT
> I love it when people from computerland turn out to seem very much as you imagined them from their postings
Ditto for Melissa and J - nicer than could be imagined, and pretty cool floating that FA.

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Sep 11, 2009 - 07:03pm PT
Thanks, Clint.

BTW, I wasn't sure I was referencing the right ledge, but according to the first hit on my Google search, your web page, I had the right one. ;-)

Do you track your web traffic stats? I'm curious how many hits per month your fact and TR pages draw.

A pile of dirt.
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:59pm PT
Bump - since I was just hunting down some old info he'd emailed me in the past!
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Aug 18, 2011 - 01:32pm PT
I guess it doesn't mean too much to say someone is a nice guy,
because there are lots of nice guys and lots of intelligent ones.
More specifics perhaps would help. I had the great fortune of
staying with Clint and his family when I gave a show at Stanford
about a year ago. Imagine a somewhat wild-haired thin gentleman...
storms into the train depot late, to pick me up. He's smiling,
takes my bags. We take off in a rickety old car that doesn't
seem it will make it anywhere. He assures me it goes to Yosemite
regularly. His home, an extremely quiet setting. Mother works. Daughter
in college, son as quiet as Clint. Pictures all over the bedroom
walls show these are fine students and very good athletes.
His family and I enjoy a very good supper Clint's wife prepares,
very still setting, simple easy conversation....
And Clint spends a great deal of time at the computer, in the
little cluttered office in his house and at his office at the
campus. His work at the campus, I was never sure, but much is
his labor-of-love research and data building in climbing. He took
me on a little walk through the Stanford campus, showed me around,
set up the show originally of course, with the kind of competence
one greatly appreciates, a first rate gentleman all around. I was in the
middle of ending a relationship and was in a deeply pained place,
so I wasn't too much fun to be with and snapped at people in subtle
ways who didn't deserve it. But the nights, I slept so peacefully.
He helped me with my computer, showed me how to work a dvd projector,
in fact then loaned me his projector for the remainder of the little
tour. Always willing to help, not a discouraged word at any turn,
and whether he remembers me or not, I will never forget the gentile
effect he had on my soul.

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Sep 8, 2011 - 02:41pm PT
I haven't met Clint, but I've been impressed by his selflessness in replacing so many manky old bolts. His tr's and pics of his re-bolting adventures are a highlight of the taco, and his knowledge of the valley is beyond impressive.

Trad climber
Station Wagon, USA
Sep 9, 2011 - 11:22am PT
The annoying thing I find about Clint is that he has too many climbing partners. Booking a weekend with him would be, I imagine, like reserving a spot at French Laundry- you have to know someone that knows someone to get bumped up the list.

Most of us aspire to be as helpful and as kind. And if you happen to catch this yourself, don't forget- me and my two #6s are waiting (im)patiently. I look forward to holding a rope for you sometime this fall.


Social climber
san joser
Sep 9, 2011 - 12:08pm PT

Charlie don't surf
and Clint don't do OW (not unless you disguise it by putting it in the middle of a long route...)

Maybe put away the #6's then see if one of his weekends magically opens up :)
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Sep 9, 2011 - 04:30pm PT
"I know somebody, who knows somebody ... who robbed somebody." - Snoop Dog
My favorite line from the remake of Starsky and Hutch.
I haven't forgotten about the ow project - your lead once the temps cool down! :-)
Captain...or Skully

or some such
Sep 9, 2011 - 04:47pm PT
Yay, Clint!!!6!!!
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Feb 3, 2013 - 12:13pm PT
The Machete Direct TR reminded me of all the rebolting work Clint has done. Not to mention his generosity in providing copious route info whenever someone asks. One of the best citizens on this forum and in the climbing community.

Many thanks for your efforts Clint. Appreciated.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Feb 3, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
Clint is one of the tops here, Fo Sho.

Rock On!!!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Feb 4, 2013 - 04:04am PT
Thanks, but the rebolting is really a team effort. If it wasn't for Bruce, Roger, Bob, Greg, etc., I wouldn't be out there to share in the glory.

Bruce replacing a bolt on Marmot Rock, 1/16/2013 <br/>
It's a blow tube he...
Bruce replacing a bolt on Marmot Rock, 1/16/2013
It's a blow tube he has in his mouth, not the rope (poor angle of my photo).
Credit: Clint Cummins
Bruce bounced back from a near-fatal bike crash, but he is back and he is picking great projects and also getting more bolts than me, every time!
Plus he is always carrying the crowbar and the chains.
Somehow I neglected to mention on our last trip that one bolt took me 2 hours to drill, at Pinnacles! Apparently I found a very tough rock under the surface? Bruce replaced about 4 while I was beating madly to finish the one. My wrist is still a little tender, but getting better.

Bob checking out an unlisted Ron Skelton route, prior to replacing 3 o...
Bob checking out an unlisted Ron Skelton route, prior to replacing 3 of its bolts, Parkline Slab, 12/3/2013
Credit: Clint Cummins
At Parkline Bob and I each got 4 on Friday, then he got another 5 on Sunday. It would have been more, but I left the tuning forks on the ground by mistake on Saturday.... Bob also ground the slots in the tile chisels last weekend (still to be taper ground by me).

Solution to bad bolts - Roger and his superior tuning forks.  Made fro...
Solution to bad bolts - Roger and his superior tuning forks. Made from tile chisels from Home Depot.
Credit: Clint Cummins
And Roger is several thousand bolts in front of me. :-) But it takes a team effort to get it done, and I'm happy to be able to contribute.

Thanks to Greg for keeping us supplied with quality gear, sponsors, and other folks who have fixed ropes on stuff I couldn't do!
Mark Sensenbach

Feb 4, 2013 - 05:28am PT
Clint/ Bruce/ Roger/ Bob/ and others thank you for the help.
Thank You!!

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:30pm PT

When I moved to Seattle in '93 I was a little worried that the rock climbing options would be minimal. But Mountain 145 had story on Index Town Wall that got me to the town, and then in the Index General Store I ran across Index Town Wall Climbing Guide by some guy name Clint Cummins. The guide really fascinated me with its hand drawn maps and topos that gave away just the right amount, but let my imagination fill in glorious climbing riches. And it had far more complete coverage of Index than any other guide. Anyway thanks Clint!!!. I hope you got rich off of it! ;-)

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
Missed this before, but cheers to Clint.

Helped me out both directly with great beta and pics for finding the top of something I needed to rap into, and indirectly via all the info and stories on his climbing webpage and topos/annotated photos. Like Dingus said, BITD it was Clint and Tuan's site and rec. that were the center of valley climbing info on the net.

Still need to get on the Ho Chi Mihn.

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Apr 5, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
Clint was nice enough to accompany me to Tollhouse Rock in early February to help rebolt several routes I put up there 35 years ago! After the rebolting was done we were hiking out when we came upon what looked like a rollover crash by a 4x4 vehicle. The vehicle was gone but there was a bunch of debris and also a couple of windshields.

Clint folded up one of the windshields, dumped everything out of his pack and loaded the windshield in. The other windshield was too shattered so I had to pick up all the broken pieces of glass. We had quite a haul of debris coming back from the top of Tollhouse Rock.

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Apr 5, 2013 - 04:35pm PT
Thanks Clint!

Your efforts on behalf of the climbing community are beyond compare. We appreciate your positive example.

Mar 7, 2014 - 08:21pm PT
Was hoping there was one of these already.

Just want to say how much I respect Clint's ability to sidestep all the BS & constantly contribute positive climbing content. He posts great answers/pics/topos/beta to almost every climbing related query or discussion, even the n00b questions get a serious answer from him. When you are jonesing for climbing content just click on his name & search back in his posts to find solid gold every time, just don't forget to bump it.

Cheers to you Clint, one of the great sages of the taco!

Mar 7, 2014 - 09:38pm PT
The Betaman is a working legend.
E Robinson

Salinas, CA
Mar 7, 2014 - 10:22pm PT
Right on!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 7, 2014 - 10:29pm PT
over the years I've been honored to work with him on a mammoth project that ebbs and flows with interest... he is a motivator and a positive force propelling it forward many times..

not only that, but to see him around the Valley doing all the things he does...

he's a force of nature, but one of those subtle forces that always seems to be around...

I'm appreciative, and a bit of an admirer, here's to you Clint!
Aaron McDonald

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
May 13, 2014 - 01:23pm PT

We need to do another trip!


May 13, 2014 - 01:36pm PT
Clint is the best.

He's awesome .....

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
May 13, 2014 - 01:41pm PT
Clint is one of the foundations of this crazy site, much appreciated.

May 14, 2014 - 01:23am PT
Thanks Clint, for keeping me honest.

Trad climber
Jun 16, 2014 - 07:56am PT

Stewart Johnson

lake forest
Jun 16, 2014 - 09:43am PT
Clint provides crucial climbing facts here.

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Jun 17, 2014 - 06:45pm PT
What people may not know about Clint is that he's not only a walking encyclopedia of climbing, but also has a vast catalogue of bad 70's songs in his head.
Here's a sighting at Parkline last winter when he and Bob Steed where gracious enough to let me crash their party. Thanks for putting up with me.
Like a ghostly sighting of a pica.......
Like a ghostly sighting of a pica.......
Credit: wstmrnclmr
Ŗ ő ō T « H

Boulder climber
Oct 24, 2014 - 09:12pm PT

Trad climber
Cambridge, MA
Jan 8, 2015 - 09:23am PT
HMC Recruiting Poster, my guess is circa 1980
HMC Recruiting Poster, my guess is circa 1980
Credit: Rajko

You can now also find here comprehensive texts about Lake Willoughby and Mt Katahdin written by Clint in the 1979 and 1984 editions of Harvard Mountaineering respectively.


Trad climber
Technically...the spawning grounds of Yosemite
Jan 9, 2015 - 06:01pm PT
Wicked awesome. :D
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jan 9, 2015 - 06:11pm PT
Cool poster - a blast from the dusty past.
Crater Club - check. (I "founded" that when I plunged from Low Exposure in the Gunks into the Frog Pond, ending a bogus free solo attempt in sneakers).
"I dreamed a dream, in time gone by...."

RIP, Nick - who was ticking the climbs in the 50 Classic Climbs book, and didn't return from the Wishbone Arete (with partner Francis, summer 1984).

Thanks for scanning the old journals - nice to share those, as other journals have gone online as well.

Ice climber
BrujÚ de la Playa
Jan 9, 2015 - 06:49pm PT
^zactly what the OP said!!!

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