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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.
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