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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.
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