Brutus Of Wyde Climbing Journal Pages and Memorial Text


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Just takin' the long way home...
Jul 1, 2009 - 02:19am PT
Thank you, Karl, for sharing this wonderful post with us.

I'm just another one of the many who didn't know Brutus of Wyde in the flesh...but simply through the heart.

Namaste, Em.

Namaste, Karl.

Dingus Milktoast

Jul 1, 2009 - 10:59am PT
Karl is strong. His gentle leadership and emotional control helped us all navigate a rough current with style.

It was a beautiful ceremony.

A couple of credenzas were covered with Brutus memorabilia. Once again my emotions surprised me - the first few photographs were once again a shock... the perception of the void within suddenly so surprising.

I aborted out of the viewing line, twice, before I could get to the Journal drawings.

I only knew him in a climbing context. Meeting his friends, family and coworkers was special.

I thought I would pass on this story, as told to me, after the service, by a nice lady coworker of Brutus. She singled me out to tell me this - CLASSIC BRUTUS "TAIL"

Here, I'll just quote the relevant section of a letter I wrote to KB, also a Shangri La veteran.

"So some of Brutus's EBMUD workmates were there. Nice people. Ohe of the guys spoke about the special madness of working with Brutus. He later said to me,

'course we just worked with him. You guys, well... YOU did things that were...' he trailed off.

I told him you don't work with a man 8-hours at a stretch for years or decades without learning their measure. I felt that shouldn't put themselves down like that or assume that because it was *just work* that they didn't matter toi Brutus.

They were proud to be there.

One of the women he worked with and her name escapes me, came up to me, gave me a hug and told me this EBMUD story:

They came back to OCC from lunch one day to find an odd 'contraption' in the office. A stack of tech manuals and phone books had been arranged to create a set of miniature stairs, each step a half inch or so, leading up to the top step.

The top step of this pile ot tech manual stairs was level with a trash can. The trash can was a few inches away from the pile of books. Inside the trash can was a mouse and a single sheet of computer paper with a brown smudge on it.

Brutus was no where to be found but they all knew it was his work.

So he comes back from where ever he was, looks in the can and see's his mouse.

The back story she told me - see they all knew there was a mouse in OCC. So the Pest Control was schedule to poisopn the joint the folllowing day. After his collegues left for lunchy Brutus created an elaborate yet stunningly simply mouse trap with whatever he happened to have at hand - tech manuals, a sheet of paper (gang plank) and a dab of peanut butter on the end (diving board). Mouse walked up the stairs, across the gangplank and out onto the unsupported end of the paper.... down he goes.

Brutus let the mouse go outside in the grassy field.

She looked at me as she said this. I don't know this woman from Adam, see? Never laid eyes on her before and doubtless never will again. She worked with him there at EBMUD, right?

And I was struck by two things.... this sroty DID confirm to me that his EBMUD crew should hold their heads high... they DID know their man. They really did.

And the gentle madness and MacGuyver skills of Brutus went far beyond the limited context in which I got to know him."

U2 Brutus, U2!


Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Jul 1, 2009 - 11:05am PT

A long way from where I started
Jul 1, 2009 - 11:07am PT
Thank you Karl.

Jul 1, 2009 - 11:32am PT
i believe a considered life might be the highest mark we'll leave

"The passing of Bruce Bindner passes the torch to all of us to find pleasure and fulfillment in serving our friends and community while living large and from the heart. The leader of the band has moved on and itís our show now. The training wheels have been taken off. I wish Bruce all the wonder that his new journey offers and I wish you all big giant lives, full to the brim with the gifts that life offers."

karlee, i'm so impressed with the way you rose to the occasion,
and under difficult circumstances led us in your just right way.
the easy stuff is, well easy. but we call upon the exceptional in our time of need.

i don't know exactly who these tears are for, whether they are for em, or us or for the human condition but i am torn up and tossed about trying to grasp the circle of life and they way it turns out to be.

the dreadful glory of love in the setting of love lost


Trad climber
Jul 1, 2009 - 11:46am PT
thanks for posting.

and especially for the scans.

chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Jul 1, 2009 - 12:38pm PT
Beautiful..Thank you Baba Karl..

Trad climber
Port Angles,WA
Jul 1, 2009 - 01:42pm PT
Thanks for posting this Karlee Baba and thanks for your excellent presence on Sunday.

It was a wonderful ceremony, with such a wide circle of friends a testament to Bruce's depth.

His spirit lives on in so many people.

It was a bittersweet day for me - saying goodbye to Brutus but also reconnecting with some old friends.

Wish I'd had more of a chance to visit with you, Dingus and other of his many friends. Perhaps at a future time.



Big Wall climber
The Immaculate Conception
Jul 1, 2009 - 06:04pm PT
Hike some cold beverages out to the top of El Cap

Thus begins the Brutus Brew-Toss! I'm heading up there sometime in late August to represent the good vibes....Sapporo's for sure.
Dingus Milktoast

Jul 1, 2009 - 06:23pm PT
Mooch sure was good to finally meet you. I thought you were Peter Croft when I first saw you.


Trad climber
Jul 1, 2009 - 06:43pm PT
A great post Karl, Thank you for sharing, along with Munge and DMT, Thanks guys.
Most of all, Thank you Brutus for living a life that would cause us to ask WWBD?


Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 1, 2009 - 06:54pm PT

Thank you for sharing that beautiful stuff.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 1, 2009 - 10:23pm PT
An extended comment from one of those EBMUD coworkers; "he made it fun to come to work, I won't even tell you the stuff he did in the elevators... But my favorite was when he would pull off some mischeif and a guest, or someone from another department would ask, "Who is that?"
That, I would answer, is the person whose responsibility it is to make sure Contra Costa Water is safe to drink."

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 1, 2009 - 10:31pm PT
I'm still lacking words, but here is Video of a Brutus experience;

an inverted attempt on Throbbing Gristle,.12 OW, Josh, from May.

-I rotated this to the right orientation with QT pro but when it went to photobucket it flipped sideways, any suggestions?

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 1, 2009 - 10:34pm PT
Thank you Karl, what a memorable service you have performed.

Trad climber
Steamboat Springs, CO
Jul 2, 2009 - 12:47am PT
Thanks Karl for celebrating Bruce's life with those near, dear and afar. Peace, Wil

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jul 2, 2009 - 12:56am PT

Holy Hand Grenades!

He flys up that thing with the inverted upside down technique.

I think I can now say I have seen everything.

Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2009 - 01:24am PT
I'm honored by the kind words and that I found myself in a position to honor a friend and more.

Of course, Brutus made honoring him easy and mentored us by his example.

Brutus of Wyde is playing hookey from the Old Climber's home. Boys will be boys.

Here are links to some other Brutus threads for future searchers.



Trad climber
the end of the world as we know it, & I feel fine.
Jul 2, 2009 - 03:19am PT
Wow! Karl... you are one extraordinary and beautiful human being... who could better lead Brutus' life celebration, distilling and communicating the spirit of one extraordinary and beautiful man? I cannot think of anyone.

That journal... it's drawings and writings... what a gift to us all!

In gratitude, namaste.


Big Wall climber
The Immaculate Conception
Jul 2, 2009 - 09:42am PT
I thought you were Peter Croft when I first saw you.

Gee, I look that haggard? teehee

BTW, you planning on the Hoffman gig? Would be great if you colud. I think Pat and Lori decided to make it. Will reconfirm.

"One climb, one pitch, one move at a time...."

~ Brutus Of Wyde

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