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JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Jul 15, 2009 - 12:03am PT
I would follow Mike around at Stoney and it was on one of his nightmare problems I blew out my L4/L5 Disk.

At my prime when I was doing laps on crowd pleaser up and over the roof, I could keep up with Mike.

Juan
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jul 15, 2009 - 12:33am PT


Mike Waugh bitd. Thanks for being a trooper years ago. Playing and joking with all the kiddos when they were with Dan and I at JTree etc. Great guy and great friend. lynne
Fixdpin

Trad climber
Porterville,CA
Jul 15, 2009 - 01:39am PT
Mike has always been the quiet riot. He used to bicycle around the San Fernando valley like a fiend. The first time I ever heard of a "century" ride Mike was cranking 50 or 60 miles almost every night after work. He just seemed to pop up everywhere I've ever been. One time I thought I was going to sneak out to Clark Canyon and mess around, but there was Mike with his kids and a rope. I can't think of a better climber or nicer guy than Mike. He always has a smile and kind or flattering word.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 15, 2009 - 01:50am PT
Waugh can climb anything, and he cannot be caught on a bicycle....(except maybe by Rob Raker...)......we are all whimpy in comparison to Waugh......and his wife Brenda is even more awesome than Mike.......it's unreal....
susan peplow

climber
www.joshuatreevacationhomes.com
Jul 15, 2009 - 02:41am PT
"Brenda is even more awesome than Mike.......it's unreal.... "

Yup and to think they bred more of the same!
Nick

climber
portland, Oregon
Jul 15, 2009 - 10:14am PT
I am going to let Mike kick my ass on a ride today. Photos later.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 15, 2009 - 12:19pm PT
From what I was told, Mike was a Cat 1 bike racer bitd. That's professional suffering.
susan peplow

climber
www.joshuatreevacationhomes.com
Jul 15, 2009 - 12:59pm PT
Forget the bikeride. If you're in Bend you should climb not bike.

Unless you hardmen want to do a two-fer

Lucky bastards!
rbolton

Social climber
The home for...
Jul 15, 2009 - 02:28pm PT
YOU two on a bike ride? Christ...where do you strap the walkers?
rbolton

Social climber
The home for...
Jul 15, 2009 - 03:26pm PT
OK...all this Waugh worship is getting kinda gooey. Time to bring the dignity down a notch.

The two long suffering widows Tannis Sampson and Brenda Waugh

Guess which one drinks? Mike at his 50th

Two silverbacks grooming at the compound in the meadows

Lovely old couple on the beach in Washington

Captain Wazzi

Arthritis Meds...check, Adult diapers...check, walker...check

Yikes!!!

Looking all french and sh#t

In action with a bad belay

Doing what he does best.
curt wohlgemuth

Social climber
Bay Area, California
Jul 15, 2009 - 04:08pm PT
I knew Mike back in the day, but never climbed with him; he was always totally out of my league. I did *lots* of riding with him when we were both racing; I'd ride over to his fire station and he'd be getting off a shift at 7 a.m. with no sleep. Then we'd go for a long training ride. And he'd still kick my butt, but was always nice about it!

jimthomsen! Haven't seen you in 25 years? Hope all's well with you!
susan peplow

climber
www.joshuatreevacationhomes.com
Jul 15, 2009 - 04:40pm PT
Robert,

Those photos and captions are hilarious. Remind me next time we climb to bring a spotter and get you a grigri.

What's up with that belay?

Side note: Who knew Mikey looked like that with his shirt off???!! Yowzaaaaa Brenda, no wonder you're always smiling :)
Wheatus

Social climber
CA
Jul 15, 2009 - 05:13pm PT
Mike is truly an amazing climber. I have struggled on many boulder problems at Stoney Point and Tuolumne that Mike cruises up like it’s 5.0. Ask him what grade he thinks a climb or boulder problem is……”5.9” or if pressed “5.9+” no matter how hard it really is. He is amazing on Tuolumne knob climbs.

Last time I saw him in the Meadows he was sporting a swami belt. He explained that modern harnesses tend to upend slab climbers. He went on to say that a swami belt is prefect for Tuolumne’s low angle climbs. I did not disagree with Mike because of the story he told me once……

“You Asked for It”

Mike once told me about the day he greased off "You Asked for It". As I remember, Mike said it was a warm day when he greased off a foot hold at the end of the (first?) pitch. He said he tumbled down the face until the bolt stopped him way below. He had split open his scalp and was bleeding profusely. Mike wrapped his t-shirt around his head to stop the bleeding. Brenda was not very pleased when she saw Mike wandering down the trail with his blood soaked turban.

Just goes to show you that even the amazing climbers can be mere mortals if they are not careful.
Ed Bannister

Mountain climber
Riverside, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2009 - 05:18pm PT
Mike never figured on much of a chance at winning a bike race against the 1's who were riding as a lifestyle, well, except he always figured he had a shot ay one race, the one with the most punishment: Bishop to Mammoth.

yep"Art of Climbing" was my shop.
L

climber
Nowhere in particular...and I'm going back soon...
Jul 15, 2009 - 05:49pm PT
Great photos, Bob. I think you just surpassed Russ as Funniest Man Alive.


(What happened to Mikey's hair???)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 15, 2009 - 05:57pm PT
hey there say.... i don't know you mike, but i'll throw in a neat appreciation... i just love appreciations... :)

say, after this neat trip report from ol' russ---and some other neat stuff said from these folks...

well, oh MY! I SURE DO appreciate you a whole lot more... :)
god bless to you and the family... and to the climbs!
curt wohlgemuth

Social climber
Bay Area, California
Jul 15, 2009 - 06:18pm PT
Alpspitz says:

"He always figured he had a shot ay one race, the one with the most punishment: Bishop to Mammoth."

I rode with him in this race once. I had the misfortune of getting one of his "special" water bottles from Brenda: water, Coke, coffee, and Excedrin, I think it was. I nearly threw up...
powderdan

Social climber
mammoth lakes
Jul 15, 2009 - 07:52pm PT
mike was one of my first heroes when i was a green horn back at stoney. 88 or 89 i think. when kuan and i took our first trip to the meadows that summer, mike and his wife made us feel real welcome. thanks guys!
its always nice(not frequent enough) to run into him in the sierra. thanks for being a great early inspiration.
AND HOW ABOUT THOSE EYELIDS!they deserve there own appreciation thread!
dan molnar
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Jul 15, 2009 - 08:20pm PT
Alspitz,

I remember you well, I bought a pair of Sportiva Taos from you, still my favorite shoe ever. I used to climb a lot with Chuck Blackwell.

Now back to giving Mikey his props.
Nick

climber
portland, Oregon
Jul 15, 2009 - 10:00pm PT
Mikey is sitting next to me here after I let him ride me into the ground and I quote .. "all you on line losers get a life" and "Bolton you suck" .
None the less he wanted to see all those photos twice and if he had a heart if would be touched. We already spent a couple of days in central oregon doing the double. Ride AM, climb PM. I wish he would go away I'm getting thrashed.
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