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Trango

Mountain climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 28, 2019 - 08:15am PT
So I was cleaning out my garage yesterday, and found some snaps I took at Lower Merced Pass Lake in July 1978, a year and half after the crash:
Credit: Trango
Credit: Trango
That's one of the prop blades from the Howard, which somebody supported in a rock cairn at the north end of the lake (on the rocky point in the upper right, in the lake picture). If you can't read the inscription, it's:

IN MEMORY
To the 2 unsung heros who gave their lives for the American marijuana movement
May these souls soar high on the wing forever
Crashed in this lake approx.
12/2/76

Also I still have a spare spark plug from the plane, which looks like it might still work.
Credit: Trango

I was there with a volunteer (paying, actually - it was a Sierra Club outing) work crew, cleaning up the remaining wreckage on behalf of the NPS. We left that prop blade behind, but I'm sure it wasn't there much longer.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Jan 28, 2019 - 10:50am PT
Here ya` go
Credit: Trango
IN MEMORY
To the 2 unsung heros who gave
Their lives for the American
Marijuana movement
May these souls soar high on the
Wing Forever
Crashed in this lake approx.
12/2/76
Credit: Trango
Thank you!
Don Paul

Social climber
Washington DC
Jan 28, 2019 - 12:37pm PT
I doubt they gave their lives for the mj movement or had any good cause in mind at all. These were drug traffickers, not pot smoking hippies. The climber who found their address book told everybody about it and was soon murdered.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 28, 2019 - 01:13pm PT
But he has an El Cap route named for him.

Is Lucky still at this?
This horse is dead and stinking.
zBrown

Ice climber
Jan 28, 2019 - 01:38pm PT
Ric and I are working on commemorative lapel pins that look like this. We can accomodate specialized engraving if a large lot is purchased.

For example:

Honor the Unsung

How many can we put you down for Reilly?


Credit: zBrown

BTW, anybody ever see the Dean Paschall interview?
paul roehl

Boulder climber
california
Jan 28, 2019 - 02:01pm PT
Speaking of plane crashes: I remember, sometime in the 1950s, as an eight year old or maybe a bit older kid, a plane coming down near Curry Village on the side of Stoneman Meadow. I still remember the sound of the plane sputtering and then a pile of yellow wreckage in the middle of the street. Any body remember this or is it just a manifestation of old timer's syndrome. Just curious.
Trango

Mountain climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 28, 2019 - 03:18pm PT
Thanks for the photo edit gnome :)
Touque

Trad climber
Santacruzcalif
Jan 28, 2019 - 03:43pm PT
I was there living in the valley , we went up after the first group but we'll leave it at that but what an adventure. I'm remember the first group made pretty good , cars , climbing trips out of the country. Anyway good luck with your story . Matt
Sid Mo

climber
Mar 12, 2019 - 09:17pm PT
Six months and no word(s) from licky, despite the last message tease about completing his research. After some lame disclaimer about his lack of experience or expertise in making words flow on paper (despite previous defensiveness when criticized on same topic) TrickyLicky practically promised manuscript completion THAT year, 2018. He wrote in his last post : "I'm used to writting reports, getting the bottom of the line quickly."
I guess when tech writers like lick get to the bottom of the line (contrasting, I suppose, with getting to the bottom line) they do so without concern for proper spelling while doing their "writting."
So by his own schedule, he's over two months behind schedule. Licky, if you did receive an advance for publication you're a month away from getting collection calls from some thuggish skiptracers. Better hope they're not mobbed up with some members of whatever familia paid for the plane weed in Mexico back in '76. Now I'm worried. Say it ain't so, Licky. We're all praying that you're safe.
zBrown

Ice climber
Mar 12, 2019 - 09:19pm PT
Last seen on the
Sierra High Route!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Mar 12, 2019 - 10:40pm PT
^ouch^
zBrown

Ice climber
Mar 12, 2019 - 11:53pm PT
^ Ric has heard much worse here

He can stand any heat

And he knows I totally support his book efforts
Lorenzo

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Mar 13, 2019 - 02:14pm PT
Ill write a book on the crash before Lick publishes.








And I have no intention of doing it.
johntp

Trad climber
Punter
Mar 13, 2019 - 03:03pm PT
Ill write a book on the crash before Lick publishes.

The book is this thread. Distill it down and there's the book.
zBrown

Ice climber
Mar 13, 2019 - 06:38pm PT
I suggested this years ago and Ric could still do it.

Serialize his work in progress and publish as magazine-like articles.

Could even earn some money.

Or just follow BVB's take on the whole thing.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Mar 13, 2019 - 08:57pm PT
It warms my heart that lil''ol hippy hustler, Sid has come back to circle the drain ad nauseum. Am I really the only person on this 11 year plus long saga of butthurts that remembers ol' hippy hustler, Sid?

He doesn't remember me although he remembers my friends, Jack Hand and Dave G. Here's a clue to my identity, Sid; I was 18 and my girlfriend was a bit younger and Jack tried to make a move like he did with your girlfriend but she said no unlike your woman.
ionlyski

Trad climber
Polebridge, Montana
Mar 14, 2019 - 08:26am PT
^^^ouch
Barbarian

climber
Mar 14, 2019 - 03:54pm PT
Am I really the only person on this 11 year plus long saga of butthurts that remembers ol' hippy hustler, Sid?

Nope. No the only one. (Though he has no idea who I am).
Risk

Mountain climber
Marooned, 855 miles from Tuolumne Meadows
Mar 14, 2019 - 04:10pm PT
Am I really the only person on this 11 year plus long saga of butthurts that remembers ol' hippy hustler, Sid?

Valley scammer. Boystown bottom feeder. King of the derelicts. A public nuisance, as I recall.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Mar 14, 2019 - 08:33pm PT
The book is like the mueller report . Will America ever see it . Did the boys town bottom feeder play trombone ?
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