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Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
May 13, 2012 - 02:20pm PT
Nice bump BBA

Sun morning always seems to be the best for Steve as he cranks up the "Oldies but Goodies" after what must be a coffee IV drip to accelerate the day.

We are fortunate to have our own climbing rendition of Art Leboe on ST to keep us informed and enlightened with a seemingly never ending supply of historical data to chew on.

Cheers to Steve.

Trad climber
May 13, 2012 - 06:55pm PT
Seconding the "nice bump", just wanted to say a huge thank you to Steve for welcoming those of us on the fringe and posting with so much humor and grace.

I've learned so much in such a short time and spent such a huge percentage of that time laughing my a&& off, too! That's genuine talent.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
May 13, 2012 - 07:18pm PT
Steve is "museum quality," and I am not referring to his age. He's a young man yet.

He is indeed a funned of knowledge and I mean it. I bow to anything he wows. But I am an impressionable frosh and haven't climbed with him.

I am the sedulous ape

But so unworthy

Pearls mixed like metaphors among the swine, Steve

But we thirst for even your worst.


My partner Muskrat told me long ago, "Mousie," he said, "you can't know a woman lest you slept with her. You can't know a man lest you worked with him."

Those might be called "Mathis' postulates one and two."

I propose this:

You can know a man better by climbing with him than by working with him because it is generally more fun.
--Rodensius' corollary

It would be fun to share a rope with you.
east side underground

Hilton crk,ca
May 13, 2012 - 09:45pm PT
Murry hope you are getting the kind of weather up in the northlands as we have had lately here on the Eastside- epic! Cheers , love you man! Hope to see you and Mimi soon. Murry

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 14, 2012 - 12:01am PT
Thanks for the bump - I'm missed this thread in the past. What a great contributor to ST and climbing in general. Plus a genuinely nice guy. Much appreciation and thanks for all you do Steve!

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 14, 2012 - 02:16am PT
drove right past a shˇtload of your routes today Steve!

edit: yep, just kept on drivin'.

Jim Henson's Basement
May 14, 2012 - 09:59am PT
If anyone deserves an appreciation thread it is Steve. The climbing community is very fortunate to have such a gifted and passionate historian, and the sheer # of his rarely to unrepeated climbs is a testament to how friggin bad ass Grossman is. He's one super nice guy to boot. The Coats photo of Steve's FA of Lucky Goes to the Creamery is one of my favorite pictures in the new Sedona Guide. (not sure if it's cool to publicly post).
Scott McNamara

Social climber
Tucson, Arizona
May 14, 2012 - 10:34am PT
Thanks Steve for all the inspiring routes and posts!

It seems important that this history not be lost.

It was nice to see you and Mimi at Murdock's Stronghold slide show.

Maybe some time you will think about moving back to Tucson?
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
May 14, 2012 - 10:44am PT

All those people up in Seattle and the Pac Northwest may complain about the weather but they enjoy so many other great aspects of the region making it hard to leave. My mother and grandparents and greatgrand parents were from there too. It is almost as if these people are Canadians, like a cult of Tami's. NWsters love the generally prevalence of the lakes, rivers, straits, the outdoors, the endless forestation and sociologically the calmer means of living with the vast carpets of seafood they have up there. And there is a great climbing community of there too, goes way back. The birthplace of REI and all those mountaineer characters in our history. Many great rockclimbers too.

May 14, 2012 - 07:35pm PT
Nice history threads, Steve. Keep up the good work!
scuffy b

heading slowly NNW
May 14, 2012 - 08:30pm PT
Thanks for unearthing all these overlooked old pieces, Steve.

May 27, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Bump for Steve. Never met him, but I love climbing & the history of climbing. I have learned a lot about both by reading what he posts. So much invaluable information that we are so lucky to have as a resource here. Thanks.
old toad

Trad climber
yosemite, Ca.
May 28, 2013 - 12:12am PT
Keep up the good work, your posts are among the few I read on this forum. Most of the posts are B.S. and completely unrelated to climbing.

A long way from where I started
May 28, 2013 - 12:27am PT

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 28, 2013 - 01:10am PT
This place would pretty much suck without his posts.

And I am inspired by that picture - some day I hope to be able to quaf left-handed.

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
May 28, 2013 - 02:10am PT
Steve and Mimi= the best of people

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 28, 2013 - 02:43am PT
Hard to believe that I haven't seen this thread before tonight! Steve certainly deserves recognition, not only for his climbs and the historical threads that he posts, but also for his generally positive attitude and for the all the energy he puts into tho Oakdale Climbers' Festival! Thank you SO MUCH, Steve!

I first met him in Seattle when I took my daughter there to check out colleges, and had a lovely dinner with him, Mimi, Wayno, Ghost, and Mari.

What was REALLY hard to believe is that although I took about 300 pictures (mostly portraits) at Oakdale last fall, I didn't even view them until tonight! (I was too busy hosting LilaBiene and her Muppet!) Going through the pictures, I am ever so grateful to Steve that he created such a successful gathering of rock-climbing pioneers who not only got opportunities to speak in a casual yet formal setting, but we also had ample time to visit very informally during meals and other breaks. Those one-on-one and small group connections were as fulfilling as the more formal presentations. And Steve also gathered an incredible collection of vintage climbing hardware and displayed them for all to see and touch! I can hardly wait for this October's Oakdale event!

From last fall,

Thanks again for all you do for our climbing community!

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 28, 2013 - 03:34pm PT

Hanging out on the I90 bridge watching the Blue angels.

Mountain climber
May 28, 2013 - 05:05pm PT
Big Bump for SG!!

Haven't met you yet, but our email exchanges have already changed my collection habits and perception (for the better). Thank you! if I could just figure out how to pry a 9cm Marwa from you I'd like you even more : D
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
May 28, 2013 - 05:07pm PT
Great stuff, Steve. Class act.

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