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Ed Bannister

Mountain climber
Riverside, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 12, 2009 - 07:18pm PT
Show me someone more cheerful in the face of unanticipated massive difficulty.

and Kris is a nice guy

and he can climb too.

all understatements, share pics. stories, or a little fun.
He deserves all!
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Aug 12, 2009 - 07:22pm PT
Kris is the man! Good guy! I think he hid from Craig Fry and the Sheep Buggerers back in the formative years.... but after meeting him finally, he gets a thumbs up!
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno
Aug 12, 2009 - 07:31pm PT
"Show me someone more cheerful in the face of unanticipated massive difficulty."

Well said, Ed! Kris is da man! It's always a pleasure to spend time with Kris and Babs! Lookin' forward to working with Kris a bit next month.

Kris on Black President


Goofy Hero pose-down! hahaha
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Aug 12, 2009 - 07:31pm PT
Never met him.

But from what I know of him here and his climbing, he kicks ass!!!

(hey, who has that pic of him on 'The Gold Standard' FA in Courtright?

Cheers, KSolem!


EDIT: thanks, Mike.
Mike.

climber
Aug 12, 2009 - 07:36pm PT
Appreciation rendered. He seems like not a dick. Read: cool guy. Cheers, KS.


Hey, bluering, I saw a an appreciation thread for you, and I don't rekkin I posted to it, so here ya go --> Appreciation
L

climber
Wrung through the paradox, broken into wholeness
Aug 12, 2009 - 07:36pm PT
Met Kris by Trashcan Rock one day...he was walking around with hideously bandaged hands, and I asked him which crack he was gearing up for.

No crack...skiing accident, he replied matter-of-factly. He was so funny. Still remember that.

He's an awesome guy who's lived 20 lifetimes and is still going strong...and as nice as they come.

Cheers for you, Kris!
pip the dog

Mountain climber
planet dogboy
Aug 12, 2009 - 07:45pm PT
ksolem is the NADZ ! . i myself look foward to his posts. smart and funny is a good combo. smart, funny, and modest is a fookin' trifecta.


^,,^

(fwiw: way out here, on planet dogboy, being 'the NADZ' is considered a good thing, a really good thing.)
HandCrack

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal.
Aug 12, 2009 - 07:48pm PT
Kris has always had a smile and a positive attitude to share with me. He shows great respect to all climbers including those, like me, that climb many grades lower than himself.

Kris on Garden Angel, a sandbag 5.10a at Hall of Horrors in Joshua Tree.

Gene

climber
Aug 12, 2009 - 07:59pm PT
Only way I know Kris is through his posts and some email chatting. I look forward to meeting him in person. Kris is the real deal. He also knows how to accessorize with sunglasses.

Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Aug 12, 2009 - 08:25pm PT
Y'all are too much. I'd be lying if I said it didn't mean a lot though.

Gene, just for accuracy - that is Rob Brown on The Bismark ledge in the glasses. I took the picture. He had kept the glasses hidden away 'til we got to the ledge, then he turned around with them on. I almost fell over laughing.
Gene

climber
Aug 12, 2009 - 08:27pm PT
Kris,

My bad.

Who is this?



gm
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno
Aug 12, 2009 - 08:29pm PT
Gene came prepared, I guess! hahaha
Gene

climber
Aug 12, 2009 - 08:33pm PT
Shut up, Randy.

Ready. Fire. Aim.

I appreciate Kris. You, on the other hand......




Thanks for breakfast last Saturday.

gm
Ray-J

Social climber
east L.A. vato...
Aug 12, 2009 - 08:37pm PT
Bosch glove user :)
Brian

climber
Cali
Aug 12, 2009 - 08:47pm PT
Nice guy. Puts up hard routes.

Brian
kevsteele

climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 12, 2009 - 08:52pm PT
hear hear! and the powder blue pooftah-mobile he was cruising josh with in the early '90s...
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Aug 12, 2009 - 09:07pm PT
Right Gene. The second one is me.

Rob is the one standing boldly like Indiana Jones with his back to the abyss. I chose to cower in the corner with my bucket on... :-)

Doing Mescalito with Rob was a real highlight for me. He is a great partner!
drljefe

climber
Old Pueblo, AZ
Aug 12, 2009 - 09:21pm PT
Holmes inspires me.
Thanks Kris, and keep on keepin on.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Boise....
Aug 12, 2009 - 09:44pm PT
WooHoo, Kris Solem.....!!! Dig it.
You get around, man, fo' sho'.
Yowza!
Thanks for bein', that's all.
Hope to hang witcha sometime.
Loomis

climber
*_*
Aug 12, 2009 - 10:01pm PT
Kris who?
Must be okay if he has his own thread now : )
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 12, 2009 - 10:38pm PT
Kris cheats!

He's way to skinny.

Anybody that weights next to nothing had a genetically unfair advantage. :-)


What you had to say a while back and your involvement was really appreciated.

Thanks!

pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Aug 12, 2009 - 10:41pm PT
Kris is Rad!

I am very lucky to have climbed with him.

hope to climb with him in the future.
mooch

Big Wall climber
The Immaculate Conception
Aug 12, 2009 - 10:44pm PT
Anyone seen the photo of Kris working the FA of 'Gold Standard' in the SEKI guide? That was the first time I had seen tights (or were those leotards) worn disrespectfully.

Kris.....you are THE MAN! Thanks for the friendship, the mentoring and your forgiveness!

"Who Dat?"



Kris slavin' for The Chief


rhyang

climber
SJC
Aug 12, 2009 - 11:12pm PT
Hope you are feeling better these days Kris ! I really enjoy hanging out with you :)
TYeary

climber
Aug 12, 2009 - 11:38pm PT
Kris is the best. Big heart and huge climbing ability. Kris was the first to reach out to Al after his accident in which Woody was killed.
I wish you well Kris and I hope you feeling much better than the last time we talked.
Tony
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Aug 12, 2009 - 11:43pm PT
Kris was the first to reach out to Al after his accident in which Woody was killed.

I didn't know that. Doesn't surprise me though. Kris seems like a damn fine human. And, like I said, I never met him.

Just always came off as a decent guy here. Sh#t, I gotta meet him sometime, quality people are always good company.
TYeary

climber
Aug 12, 2009 - 11:49pm PT
That tuesday night(after the accident, I believe) Kris, Barbara, Al and I had dinner at Kris' and we discussed the accident and tried to put Al on the road to "recovery". Kris was very compassionate, offering support and some well heeled advice. A "damm fine human being" indeed.
Tony
colatownkid

climber
South Carolina
Aug 13, 2009 - 12:07am PT
When I was out in California for a few days last October, Kris was the only person willing to show me around Joshua Tree. And it was an awesome time.

Here's to you my friend.
The Chief

Trad climber
From the Land where Mogols still roam!
Aug 13, 2009 - 12:24am PT
Kris is just plain fun to climb with....

Thanks for the good times amigo and hopefully more to come!




He has his moments as well....
snowey

Trad climber
San Diego
Aug 13, 2009 - 12:44am PT
Me and the whole pullharder crew think pretty highly of Kris Solem. Witty responses and a good level head.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Aug 13, 2009 - 01:19am PT
Kris pitched in some beta and pics for our newest guidebook and I've never met him. Thanks Kris! Seems like a team player kind of guy, not some selfish hoser. I dig that.
nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Aug 13, 2009 - 02:03am PT
Three cheers for Ksolem & Uber Babs*** How's your health these days?
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Aug 13, 2009 - 09:32am PT
Chris looks 20 years younger than he is, and climbs twice as hard as most people I know;......he loves to climb, shares his time, ideas and energy with everyone. Everytime I see him, he's always upbeat, positive, and psyched.....he should write a book and we all should read it! Cheers to you;.....been climbing forever and still going strong....he's simply amazing.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 13, 2009 - 10:09am PT
I only know Kris through the Internets. He likes to drop the occasional F bomb on me, but it's all good.

A buddy of mine had a serious accident on Lost Horse Wall. Luckily for him, Kris was nearby and threw in to help right away. What can you say about any climber that's better than that?

OK, now it's back to summitpost. I'm overdo to call him a friggin' idiot! :-)
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Aug 13, 2009 - 12:38pm PT
Gary - I didn't know Steve was a friend of yours.

I'll never forget, when I got up to the ledge where he was and saw how his leg was broken so the bottom of his foot was facing up I kind of winced. He looked right at me, said "Don't do that again!" and kind of chuckled.

He is a really tough guy. The whole rescue took some time, and he was absolutely solid through the whole thing. Calm and collected. I was really impressed. And it wasn't exactly over when the chopper pulled him off, either...
Ed Bannister

Mountain climber
Riverside, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 13, 2009 - 01:53pm PT
Kris does have his weakness though, too much gas pedal on the way to climbing.... beyond the adhesion of tires.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 13, 2009 - 02:05pm PT
And it wasn't exactly over when the chopper pulled him off, either...

That's a story in itself!

Steve has an artificial ankle now. He's had a long recovery. He's even gotten up on the rock.

He's got a sense of humor about it. A bunch of folks made a card for him. We wished him a "Swift" recovery!
jfs

Trad climber
Upper Leftish
Aug 13, 2009 - 02:56pm PT
More props for Kris.

I took an extended trip to SoCal last year. Kris didn't know me from Adam. And I'm just a punter of a climber - happy to get up some SoCal granite moderates. Didn't seem to matter to him.

Ended up taking me along on a couple trips - J Tree, Suicide, and a trip to ORG with him, UberBabs, and Guyzo (both rad people too btw). Had a great time working our way around the crags...always stoked, friendly, and humble. And all despite having just been through some of his own scary sh** over the year prior.

Had dinner at their place...shared a few beers. Him and UberBabs even offered my brother a place to stay when some fires were threatening his place last year. Good hearted, stand up, generous folks.

js
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Aug 13, 2009 - 03:00pm PT
Ed, Let me assure you that the fast driving days are long over. No more "powder blue pooftah-mobile," I'm in the Toyota crowd now...

Jonathan - that was a blast. Howz life?

And the Mayor of Josh! Be seeing you soon I'm sure... :-)
G_Gnome

Trad climber
In the mountains... somewhere...
Aug 13, 2009 - 03:34pm PT
Here ya go, Kris on the FA of The Gold Standard.



Kris has been a great climbing partner and friend for many, many years. I can't wait for him to get better so we can go climbing again!

The first time I ever climbed with Kris we did a Tuolumne route called Piece of Grass. I didn't really warn him about the nasty runouts. At any rate, he led the second pitch with only one small complaint about the runout to the anchors (35 feet or so) and then when I was about 90 feet out on the third pitch, with no pro, he quietly tells me that if I fall off he is going to cut the rope cause the crappy quarter inchers he is hanging on are never going to hold me. Quite a partner!
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Aug 13, 2009 - 03:54pm PT
In climbing you meet all sorts of great people, but Kris is one the nicest guys I've had the pleasure to meet and with whom to climb. He's tough, smart and interesting too, which makes hanging around him all the more enjoyable.



matty

climber
po-dunk
Aug 13, 2009 - 06:22pm PT
a haiku:

"KRIS"

Knows his audio

And so much else it's scary

He's "The white nigger"

Matt
G_Gnome

Trad climber
In the mountains... somewhere...
Aug 14, 2009 - 01:37am PT
Bump!
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Aug 14, 2009 - 09:33am PT
I met Kris at Stoney Point in 1989, and consider him one of my best friends. We've had some great times climbing and I hope we'll have many more!!!!!

Here's Kris climbing in the Kern Canyon, at one of his favorite hangouts..


Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Aug 14, 2009 - 10:55am PT
I feel very fortunate to have him as a neighbor. He's so nice he even offered to go climbing with me! I told him he'd need to join the Longshoremens' Union but he said the Toyota has a winch.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Aug 14, 2009 - 11:33am PT
"KRIS"

Knows his audio


Many people who only know him from here don't realize he really knows his way around a recording studio.

I work in the biz and he knows quality pro-audio!

Cheers, Kris! Euphonix is doing well! (no plug intended)
Ben Rumsen

Social climber
No Name City ( and it sure ain't pretty )
Aug 14, 2009 - 11:42am PT
I too hope your feeling better Kris. Come on up and drink some wine again one of these days!
Ed Bannister

Mountain climber
Riverside, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 17, 2009 - 07:09pm PT
Kris seems to be much better, hard to tell though as he seems never to complain, and appetite is usually a measure of how well
someone is feeling,he had at least one lunch last week, I saw it!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Aug 18, 2009 - 01:54pm PT
I've been out of town and out of touch for the last several weeks and missed this originally. Glad to have seen it (even if I'm late to the party) so I can offer a big loving dose of appreciation to Kris. Never climbed with him, but I've enjoyed our friendship immensely! Best to you!
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Oct 9, 2012 - 02:11am PT
I was searching for something when I found this, how did I miss it????

BUMP for a true friend, fine climber and all round good guy.

Kris sans rope... nice pants.
Kris sans rope... nice pants.
Credit: guyman

One of the blue cars.... this was the replacement for the Porsche.
One of the blue cars.... this was the replacement for the Porsche.
Credit: guyman

Kris loves to carry big packs, up steep hills, just for the fun of it.
Kris loves to carry big packs, up steep hills, just for the fun of it.
Credit: guyman

See you soon
Cole

Trad climber
los angeles
Oct 10, 2012 - 02:23pm PT
Those are some cool pics Guy! Did you have to scan those in? Got anymore? I wanna see some old school pics of you too!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Oct 10, 2012 - 02:32pm PT
Salute!
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Oct 10, 2012 - 02:33pm PT
I have been working the scanner lately.....

I will see what I can dig up....

I have one of Kris, playing trumpet, in the G.O.D. from BITD...

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