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Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Nov 21, 2008 - 01:27pm PT
Great anthology of stories. But let's get this much straight: the first pieces are actualluy writing samples. It is your work, Don, that introduces narrative art to the exercise. You have a very natural tone and diction that reminds me a little of Pratt at his best. I encourage you - for very selfish reasons (I love to read this stuff) - to keep writing these stores till you have enough for a book.

The Dolt piece reads like Borges' early stuff. Terrific. And very sad without being sentimental. Difficult to do, as was the hidden and silent life Dolt apparently led.

JL
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Nov 21, 2008 - 01:28pm PT
I am the proud owner of a single dolt pin, a Dolt bashie and a Dolt holster. For now, all can lay my hands on is the pin. Like others, I used this a couple of times and then thought better. It was a masterpiece of design and deserved to be preserved. It's a tad rusty but still a thing of beauty.



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looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Nov 21, 2008 - 02:38pm PT
Don, Thank you for this post (and others) and your poignant prose. You honor Bill with a wonderful portrait of a talented and intense person. It is coming up on two years since losing one of my best friends to suicide; he was also a vibrant, talented and intense climber. Your words about the depth of your friendship becoming apparant as a result of this tragedy ring true.

Keep writing these stories. They are small treasures.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 21, 2008 - 02:39pm PT
Amazing stories, Don.
Thanks for your posts.
knieveltech

Social climber
Raleigh NC
Nov 21, 2008 - 02:48pm PT
I procured a single dolt hex in a batch of old climbing gear. At the time I didn't know what I had but something about the quality of the piece caught my eye. Having some of the back story about it's creator is fantastic. Please, if you have more to post on the subject by all means do so. This is incredible stuff.
Mike.

climber
Nov 21, 2008 - 02:51pm PT
I love the D-shaped hole...perhaps coincidental, but excellent branding nonetheless.

The guy was quite a dynamo by all I can tell.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 21, 2008 - 03:36pm PT
Speaking of the D-shaped eye -
from a Summit magazine ad, scanned by Steve Grossman and posted in the Dolt Piton thread:



http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=468503
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Nov 21, 2008 - 06:47pm PT
This is such a cool thread.

love those pic's
Hardly Visible

climber
Port Angeles
Nov 21, 2008 - 07:27pm PT
Don,
The stories you have shared with us over the last few weeks have been some of the most entertaining climbing literature that Iíve had the pleasure to read.
Thank you so much,
KR
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
Nov 21, 2008 - 07:28pm PT
Thanks everyone for the wonderful stories. Very sad, very very great. very powerful
the inability to feel loved
man
Think of the balls to go up on
El Cap in the late 50's
Warbler I unclipped that Quicksilver bolt. The test we had of a really good 5.10 climber was if you could lead Quicksilver- i never did.
murf
Eric Beck

Sport climber
Bishop, California
Nov 21, 2008 - 09:38pm PT
Is it true that Dolt acquired his name from taking a 20 footer stepping into an etrier clipped to his waist?
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2008 - 10:22pm PT
Eric,

Almost as bad as climbing the Leaning Tower with out ever being clipped into your Jumars.

That Dolt myth is still a myth until someone confirms it.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2008 - 10:31pm PT
Eric,

I thought of another thing almost as bad: TM Herbert and his swami belt of 1-inch tubular, enough for twelve wraps around his svelte waist, with a piece of masking tape at center length.

It seems when he rolled it off the reel at West Ridge, he didn't realize that the tape was a splice. He climbed with this swami for half a season before someone noticed and informed him that he had purchased two pieces of nylon with nothing more than paper tape holding them together.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Nov 22, 2008 - 12:04am PT
Don,

TM told me that crazy story about the swami - the only difference, as I remember, was that he discovered himself that tape was holding his swami together. He told me he was absentmindedly peeling the tape off his swami while sitting at a picnic table in camp. To his horror, it was hiding two cut ends butted together, and just as you said, he had been climbing on it for half the season.

Anyone who knows TM, even if they haven't heard the story, can imagine the delivery and facial expressions that go along with it.

Horrifying and hysterical at the same time!

EDIT: And Eric's story about the aider is what I always heard earned the Dolt his name.

Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2008 - 12:11am PT
Well, you've probably got the correct version, but it doesn't change the moral.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Nov 22, 2008 - 12:14am PT
Don,

No it doesn't. Probably didn't change TM's morals either. Fortunately - as we like him just like he is.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 22, 2008 - 02:26am PT
Don

Thank you for an insightful glance into the early 60ís climbing scene in southern California, its influence on Yosemite and the contribution of Bill Feuerer, aka Dolt.

Why is it so many people are history before they are recognized as genius?

You are fortunate to be one, of very few that were a confidant of Dolt.

Powell, Kamps, Chouniard, Rearick, TM, Harry Daly and many others epitomized this era in southern California that contributed so much to the development of climbing in this country.

For a bit of nostalgia, I have enclosed one of my early dream catalogs: The 1960 Dolt Catalog.

Remember, this was when gas was 24 cents a gallon, wine was $1.19 a gallon, Viet Nam was in the future, and for a kid of 14 spending more than $1.00 on a piton was a big deal!

Enjoy





















Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 22, 2008 - 04:07am PT
Wow, Joe - thanks for sharing that classic catalog!
I've never seen that before.
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
Nov 22, 2008 - 11:30am PT
How great to still have the circles items on the catalog
Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Nov 22, 2008 - 11:41am PT
I always wondered what was going on before my generation hit the crags running. Now I can see what the pioneers were up to.

JL
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