Yosemite Climber And George Meyers Appreciation Thread


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east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Feb 20, 2009 - 01:59pm PT
caylor" I'm totally straight" your not telling eveyone that your first job was a cabin boy on a greek vasoline tanker- hehehehe
ron gomez

Trad climber
Feb 20, 2009 - 04:41pm PT
Got a copy of the book that I try to keep in mint condition. As much as I still thumb through the pages for inspiration and memories I never tire of it. I have recently been trying to take it to events and have some of the photos signed by the climbers. I'll be bringing it to the McClenahan gathering in Josh for any of the Stoners who may be in attendance to sign.
It is one of my most prized possessions.
Thanks George....and all who helped make it such a classic piece.

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Feb 20, 2009 - 05:58pm PT
Mimi - here's the guidebook rundown as far as I have it...I'm very sure there are missing guides, both old and new.

High Sierra Guide, Voge, 1962. Had a section on Yosemite Valley

Steve Roper 1964

Steve Roper, 1971

George Meyers, pre-1982 (no date in there)

George Meyers, 1982

George Meyers, 1987

Mark and Shirley Spencer, 1988

Don Reid, 1991

Don Reid, 1992

Don Reid, 1993

Don Reid, 1994

Don Reid, 1996

Don Reid, 1998

Don Reid, 1999

SuperTopo, Chris Mac, 2000

Supertopo, multiple authors, 2002?

SuperTopo, multiple authors, 2003

Supertopo, Chris Mac & Erik Sloan, 2005

Social climber
West Linn OR
Feb 20, 2009 - 11:53pm PT
I have a February 1940 Sierra Club Bulletin with Part IV of a serialization of "A Climber's Guide to the High Sierra" which deals with Yosemite Valley, probably the first guide to the Valley written. Fifty five routes listed. The language in parts of the 1956 version about Yosemite in Hervey Voge's guide is identical to that in the 1940 serialization, but by then there were 91 routes. The writing was done by Richard Leonard and David Brower.

Boulder climber
Feb 21, 2009 - 12:30am PT
I spent two days at George's amazing ranch in Colorado this summer scanning his collection for the StoneMasters Book. He's got some incredable work, way more than what he put in the Book and no he's not interested in a reprint of Yosemite Climber, to bad. DF

Crestline CA
Feb 21, 2009 - 12:45am PT
Yeah this book really got me going into climbing photography along with Galens.. great stuff, great memories. Climbing photography is great stuff from any point of view... thanks George!!!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 21, 2009 - 11:57am PT
Not to kick sand in your face, Steel, but you are missing Livesey's baby blue topo book that came out prior to the two ring Meyers guide. I haven't seen mine in years. Very rare item. Anybody have one out there?

Social climber
wuz real!
Feb 21, 2009 - 12:42pm PT
I used to have one of those

Social climber
Ventura, California
Feb 21, 2009 - 01:00pm PT
The first page of this thread cracked me up pretty good!

Too funny Caylor…

Kathy did that really happen? There is a faint recollection on something. By the sound of it though I must have really missed the boat. Maybe a good thing, even today I’m getting hunted down by girls from Argentina and Europe. There’s no hiding anymore.

Back to George Meyers here, a man I always appreciated. Here he is on our Sentential Falls ascent.


beneath the valley of ultravegans
Feb 21, 2009 - 04:10pm PT
For those interested, the 'Yosemite Climber' benefit project for Jim Bridwell is underway. I got an email from Chris Falkenstein the other day and the book is making its rounds. Dean Potter, Dale Bard, CF, and Ron Kauk have signed. More to follow. Once all the signatures are gathered an auction will be held to raise funds for Jim. It'll probably be too little, too late, but still a worthy cause. Keep checking in.

Trad climber
Feb 21, 2009 - 04:30pm PT
Yeah Sunny, that really did happen. . . her name was Anastasia Savage (sahVAZH) and she was, prolly still is, one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen. It's like you completely snapped and had to bolt. (everybody was there that day, from Bridwell to BoWinkle. . .)



Trad climber
Feb 21, 2009 - 04:31pm PT
Grossman. . . I've still got a copy of Livesey's guide.

I love the part where he tell everybody how to "scarf"!


Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Feb 21, 2009 - 04:47pm PT
Livesey's select guide was printed in 1975 or perhaps 1974. Rather oriented toward the visiting English climber.

George's first (green cover) topo guide was published in 1976 - I bought a copy at Robbin's store in Modesto on the way to the Valley in early September that year, and it had just appeared. Perhaps because my mother was a librarian, I wouldn't let people remove pages or otherwise dismember my copy, and so still have it in fairly good shape. Everyone had many happy hours in the long autumn nights in the lounge, poring over the guide and dreaming.
Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Feb 21, 2009 - 04:59pm PT


Inking the deal at Ralph Spoilsport Motors
Feb 21, 2009 - 05:08pm PT
Another one for the pile. 2nd edition of the Select Guide 1998. This one had new photos since the first Select Book.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 21, 2009 - 08:04pm PT
Roger- would you mind posting the topos around the Central Pillar of Frenzy for grins?!?

Not here
Feb 21, 2009 - 08:50pm PT
Hats off to the great George Meyers!!! Thanks for being you!

Beyond that...

Don't we all get stupid-silly around people we are attracted to? Your story makes me laugh since it reflects a few people I know. (They are so fantastic and don't even "know it!" )
I think Graham in the end was just saving himself without knowing it for that beautiful wife of his. Now that is a woman worth her salt! I really like her.

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Feb 21, 2009 - 09:38pm PT
No problem Steve - no sand taken. Just posting up a sampling.

I know I don't have 'em all...I'd take a wild guess that Randy V. probably has some pretty early stuff for Yosemite that not many even know about. I know he does for Tahq.

Love to have even a xeroxed copy of that Livesey deal, Roger...
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Feb 21, 2009 - 10:15pm PT
For everyone missing their dog eared , lost Yosemite Climber, I was able to get one in remarkable condition from amazon.com a few months ago.

Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Feb 21, 2009 - 10:16pm PT
It is late here in Roger-in-the-snow land and it takes lots of time for my 3036 to process the scans, so if it is okay, I'll scan tomorrow.

Given the apparent scarcity of copies Livesey's topo book, I think that Steve should get possession. I defaced it by adding my name on the table of contents page.

All agreed.

Motion taken.

Steve, please e-mail me an address.

Cheers, Roger
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