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gf

climber
Jun 10, 2011 - 12:21am PT
John,

Your stories are pure ST gold, thanks so much for sharing them. Seems that you, doug and don all more or less tell the same tale from tiedemann -whole lotta heart on a big remote face in full conditions. Nicely done i might add.
Thanks a lot for posting up!
greg
Bin Dur

Sport climber
BC
Jun 10, 2011 - 12:26am PT
Ya John!

When I started out I was a library geek - reading everything about climbing - and you and Don were my heros for sure!

Dean
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 10, 2011 - 01:27am PT
A thread on adventures in the Chehalis has considerable promise. A good place for serious alpine adventures, and barely 100 km from Vancouver.

And one on the Waddington area would be awesome.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Jun 10, 2011 - 01:42am PT
OK Mighty, agreed, we could use a Chehalis thread, you start it.
Anyone who's been to the SW Coast's "Bugs" will probably agree and post up.
I've got few pictures but some good stories.
bmacd

Social climber
100% Canadian
Jun 10, 2011 - 02:01am PT
John Wittmayer and Peder Ouram - 1978 Glaciological field technicians
John Wittmayer and Peder Ouram - 1978 Glaciological field technicians
Credit: Jeff Schmok
johnwitt

Mountain climber
winlaw
Jun 10, 2011 - 10:15pm PT
Holy pots and pans! Hahahah! Peder!...priceless...
johnwitt

Mountain climber
winlaw
Jun 11, 2011 - 03:08pm PT
Yep, the whole glacier tech thing was a scam...this so-called Hydrologist lifer from Ottawa was running data for BC Hydro every summer to see where they could build future dams in the Province, drilling ice cores, checking snow pack, melt, etc. What it was really, was a lame excuse to fly around in a helicopter to amazing areas, drink and eat steaks on taxpayer dollars. We weren't complaining...but the "data" we collected comprised of years of averages on ticker tape receipts stuffed in green garbage bags...no one actually took it seriously..and one time we got the green bags we carried out mixed up with the green garbage bags we also carried out and dumped in a Whistler garbage bin. When we realized our mistake, we spent the night rummaging around in the garbage bin with competing bears looking for the errant green bags. There were a lot of green bags to go through, and the whole exercise was basically a panicky, stinky mess. So, the end of the story is that Peder and I are the ones to blame for the current climate change disaster....
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 11, 2011 - 03:37pm PT
I think access to a power boat on Garibaldi Lake was also part of that project. Sure made access to peaks at the east end of the lake a lot more pleasant.
bmacd

Social climber
100% Canadian
Jun 11, 2011 - 05:27pm PT
The glaciology gig was a good time, but I didn't make it thru the whole season of '79 due to politics. Power boating across Garabaldi lake to our private chalets at Sentinel bay was a treat but not nearly as cool as choppering in when the lake was frozen ....

Then there was the snowmobile escapades up on the Bridge river icecap all in name of what is now called climatology.

Climatologist extraordinaire
Climatologist extraordinaire
Credit: bmacd
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jun 11, 2011 - 11:15pm PT
John that's a HILARIOUS story & one you JUST CANT make up. GUFFAW. Thanks fer all yer posts. They've added big laffs to this thread. Anders has this idea to write a book or some such thing & it damn well better make me pee my pants laffin'.

:-D hahahahahahaaaaa...

Oh...and typin' about Garibaldi Lake. Peter & I crossed it on skis on 12 June, not sure of the year ( around 81/2 ) . I wonder if anybody has crossed it on skis later then that? Okay so not counting this year; I bet it's still well frozen up.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 12, 2011 - 03:15am PT
Squamish in the 1970s, just like the thread title says.


bmacd

Social climber
100% Canadian
Jun 12, 2011 - 10:39am PT
back on topic again - I think maybe ???
Foot in the Gravy - Me and a recruited high school friend
Foot in the Gravy - Me and a recruited high school friend
Credit: bmacd
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 12, 2011 - 02:07pm PT
speaking of which, as well as the next pic of foot in the gravy, didn't Don climb it in crampons?

Yes. See...

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1271198&msg=1271720#msg1271720
gf

climber
Jun 12, 2011 - 02:22pm PT
Tami has a photo of that in her red book -tami you MUST post that shot up!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jun 12, 2011 - 02:55pm PT
That means I hafta SCAN it :-) . Will see what I need to bribe the husband with to do that. Snicker.
johnwitt

Mountain climber
winlaw
Jun 13, 2011 - 04:41pm PT
Oh yeah...the mouse-infested cabin at Sentinel..forgot. One time when I arrived there, I noticed a half full rum bottle on a shelf containing a dark liquid I thought was a generous gift that was left over from the previous year's teetotaling professional "glacier technician"...I poured a stiff shot and down the hatch..suddenly, the world grew very very dark, death closed in on me and I passed out cold....I had just slurped from some un-labeled horrible poison that some bright light had placed there for unsuspecting idiots like me...when I came to finally, apparently my tongue was black and my eyes were as red and blurred as the Garibaldi sunset....

Great pic of DS...were we really ever that young?

JW
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jun 13, 2011 - 05:08pm PT
No, John, it was all a fantastic dream & yer gonna wake up tomorrow aged 26, sort of employed, long hair & beard, too little money fer reefer but you have a good connection with a friend who will tide you over, the sky will be blue, cel phones unknown of, the internet unheard of , and climbing the world ya live fer!!!!

Big grins & hugs fer decades ago. I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M WRITING THAT !!!!!

I SOUND LIKE MY MUM !!!!!!!!

( who is about to turn 88 btw..... I hope I make it there... )

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 13, 2011 - 05:08pm PT
were we really ever that young?

I don't know. Sometimes it doesn't seem like it. Other times...

Remember that house we shared on the North Shore? Sitting on the porch, you trying to show me that there was more to playing the guitar than three chords? Sometimes I flash on things like that and believe that yes, we were that young once. And I wonder who that old guy is, staring back at me from the mirror.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 13, 2011 - 05:31pm PT
Hey guys! There's a really cool discussion of prostate problems happening right now, over on the other thread. Something that all 20-something hardmen should be interested in.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jun 13, 2011 - 07:18pm PT
Anders I don't have a prostate. :-)
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