Yosemite Climber And George Meyers Appreciation Thread

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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
Book Bump...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2013 - 02:03pm PT
Bump for current contact info for George.

I need permission to use a few photos for the Oakdale Festival poster.
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 7, 2013 - 06:51pm PT
This is the one that had me hooked. 33 years after buying this book and staring at this picture I finally climbed Outer Limits.

Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Credit: George Meyers
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jul 27, 2014 - 09:55am PT
Still have my copy of both Yose. Climber and Vert. World.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 21, 2016 - 01:51pm PT
Bump for the man on the iconic cover photo, Kim Scmhitz cleaning the RURP traverse on Zenith. Somebody please scan and post it up here and on the memorial thread. I am away from the archive at the moment.
i-b-goB

Social climber
Wise Acres
Sep 21, 2016 - 04:00pm PT
Yeah Ron Gomez, you should take your copy to the antiques roadshow appraisers, not that you would part with it!
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
Sep 21, 2016 - 04:41pm PT
Life changer for me
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Sep 21, 2016 - 05:16pm PT
One of the great inspiration books of all time.
Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Sep 21, 2016 - 06:47pm PT
I scanned this last night but didnít have time to post it. Werner posted a cropped/original version on the Kim Schmitz memorial thread this afternoon.

Photo by Bridwell, FA of Zenith, pitch 15, Half Dome, 1978






Ron, cool to see all of the additions to your copy. Jeff Stubbs is my Momís cousin.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 7, 2017 - 06:55pm PT
Bump for the power of climbing photography...
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Oct 8, 2017 - 10:01am PT
Credit: ron gomez
Photo and lead, Jim Bridwell.
Peace
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 8, 2017 - 02:52pm PT
Kim Schmitz leading the RURP Traverse on Zenith here I believe.
lostinshanghai

Social climber
someplace
Oct 8, 2017 - 03:09pm PT
Credit: lostinshanghai

Credit: lostinshanghai

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 20, 2018 - 05:10am PT
Bump for fund.
The Bird.
The Bird.
Credit: mouse from merced
spudman

Trad climber
hailey, idaho
Jan 21, 2018 - 06:38pm PT
Have been wanting to comment for many years on the Outer Limits photo in the Myers book. That is me in that picture not Nic Taylor. George Myers was on rappel taking pictures of Nic on Twilight Zone. I just happened to be on Outer Limits. During the few moments that I could look over to my right, Nic was easily walking up Twilight. I don't even recall him breathing hard. I, on the other hand, was involved in my own personal battle.
From 1976-80 I spent 3-4 months a year in the Valley (spring and fall). The first 2 seasons 5.10 seemed like an unattainable goal that only hard core rock athletes could reach. It must have been spring or fall of 77 that myself and various partners made some tentative forays into this realm. George probably took several rolls of film while also shooting Nic. I'm sure he thought he had a ringside seat to a wild ripper I was going to take.There was no drama on Twilight Zone. I, however was sweating bullets while George was clicking away just 10 - 15 ft. away. I was battling that creeping mental hysteria that builds up and begins to hijack your body. Well above some rattly hex, legs shaking, arms becoming useless, that cold fear/sweat sleeping out of every pore. The moves I recall being straightforward enough but the mental and physical meltdown was rapidly progressing. My homemade harness suddenly seemed inadequate and I did't have the #6 stopper that George casually mentioned was needed for the next piece of pro. After what seemed like an eternity (probably 15 min.) I managed to calm down, stuff the fear away and regain some composure and do the next few moves and on to the belay
This ended up being a pivotal climb for me that ushered in a whole new world of 5.10 cracks that now seemed possible. I had gone right to the edge of falling apart and somehow reversed the process. The next several years this became one of the standard climbs along with other classics like English Breakfast Crack. Gripper , the Good Book, New D., Little Wing , Serenity and more. Not all were climbed with grace but none of the emotional drama on Outer Limits. To me, this climb and photo represent what is so essential to Yosemite climbing; that mental battle of controlling fear combined with confidence that only comes from years and miles of granite.
In some publications this photo is accompanied by a quote from Molly Higgins " ..elegant, strong, sure as a cat and fast." I always get a chuckle out of that.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 21, 2018 - 07:21pm PT
^^^ GOLD!
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jan 21, 2018 - 09:12pm PT
..elegant, strong, sure as a cat and fast.
^^^
Ha ha. That's some good irony!
And the whole post is pretty darn great considering how it fills in the back story of that iconic photograph.

Anybody who owns that book should be stoked to print out your narrative and slide it in there.

And only your second offering to the forum: cheers for making them count!
Rock on, Spudman/Reid Dowdle!
kingtut

climber
Jingus Newroutaineer
Jan 21, 2018 - 09:44pm PT
Thanks for that, Spudman. Its posts like that that make this place very special.
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Jan 21, 2018 - 11:04pm PT
I started climbing too late to be tuned in to this book, but tons of iconic pictures I recognize.

To me, this climb and photo represent what is so essential to Yosemite climbing; that mental battle of controlling fear combined with confidence that only comes from years and miles of granite.

I love this quote :) The pivotal climb for me like this, was Lunatic Fringe- I was desperate and at my limit but held it together. Outer Limits didn't weight on me in the same way, but then again I had the luxury of cams and pro wherever I wanted it (and I think I had top-roped it a year or two before I led it).
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Jan 22, 2018 - 08:43am PT
For my money, old-school Yosemite climbing was best represented by New Dimensions, which had all the techniques, including a little of "the wide" on pitch 2. And of course the tips finish. And all on flawless gray granite. Too bad New D didn't get better coverage in Meyers book. I owe a lot to George, who published all of my early books. He saw the big picture when I didn't.
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