Barry Bates and Mark Klemens--Valley free climbing

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neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 12, 2012 - 05:59am PT
hey there say, mark/chappy...

thanks for the nice share about pinnacles....

:)


and also, as to your aspirations, wayyyyyyyyyy back then, :)
nice to read your posts! :)
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 6, 2012 - 12:08am PT
bump
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 28, 2014 - 10:31pm PT
Just a bump. If Klemens ever spends time here; I hope you're doing well.
Oh, and Kevin's quote from the first page:


Aug 14, 2008 - 10:55pm PT
Klemens was a big softy once you got to know him.
But I'll never forget the cold, dark eyed stare he first greeted me with when I arrived in Camp for the '72 Fall season.
two-shoes

Trad climber
Auberry, CA
Oct 29, 2014 - 05:03pm PT
Does anyone know if Barry Bates worked as a climbing shoe cobbler when he was at the Pacific Edge gym in Santa Cruz during the early Nineties?
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 29, 2014 - 06:38pm PT
It was really cool to see Barry again at the Oakdale fest last year. When I was just learning to climb I would cut school and hitch-hike up to Castle Rock just to boulder by myself. I would often run into Barry or Yabo up there bouldering by themselves. They were so much better than I was, gradually I became proficient enough to actually do some of the problems they seem to have wired. They were really good and I learned a lot from the both of them but I never realized how good they really were until I started going to Yosemite and hearing the stories and learning the history. Now, I feel honored and humbled and grateful to have shared that experience with them. Yabo is gone but Barry is still around and as gracious as ever. Love you, brother.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 29, 2014 - 09:06pm PT
two-shoes, yes!
two-shoes

Trad climber
Auberry, CA
Oct 30, 2014 - 04:45pm PT
Thank you for confirming that, Mike.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Sep 2, 2015 - 06:08pm PT
Another really important history thread for us Yosemite junkies.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 28, 2016 - 09:03am PT
bump-worthy
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 28, 2016 - 09:46am PT
Thanks Ed....Mark and Barry were special.
LongAgo

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2016 - 09:22pm PT
Respect to Mark and Barry. Good memories. Live on.
Tom Higgins
LongAgo
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 30, 2016 - 09:44pm PT
So Tut... are you saying that Klemens did the FA of Cream as a FreeSolo? Where are you getting this tidbit?

And they had pro on Basketcase too... maybe it stunk, but it was pro.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 30, 2016 - 09:53pm PT
1) Klemens did the first ascent of Cream with me and he did a great lead but I can assure you it was not a free solo.

2) I did the first ascent of Basketcase with TM Herbert and had to resort to a single move of aid because I did not have adequate gear. I returned to the Valley and ran into Mark and Bridwell and foolishly told gave them the correct beta. They went out the next day equipped with the right gear and did the crux with no aid. I can assure you that if I had been so equipped I would have freed that pitch.

My oh my how history changes.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 30, 2016 - 09:58pm PT
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado

Nov 30, 2016 - 09:53pm PT
1) Klemens did the first ascent of Cream with me and he did a great lead but I can assure you it was not a free solo.

2) I did the first ascent of Basketcase with TM Herbert and had to resort to a single move of aid because I did not have adequate gear. I returned to the Valley and ran into Mark and Bridwell and foolishly told gave them the correct beta. They went out the next day equipped with the right gear and did the crux with no aid. I can assure you that if I had been so equipped I would have freed that pitch.

My oh my how history changes.

And there you have it.

Tut, even with all the forum faults and low points, it is still to some degree a historical record. Between here on SuperTopo and some of your posts on Mountain Project, it seems you are just making stuff up.
Please try harder. It *is* important to have an accurate record for these things.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Dec 1, 2016 - 08:07am PT
How about less "IIRC" and more actual facts?

Start here:

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 20, 2017 - 02:05pm PT
Bump for classic Valley climbs...
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