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10b4me

Gym climber
Happy Boulders
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 17, 2009 - 11:55pm PT
caught Huell on his telly show hiking up above Saddlebag Lake.
went up past Greenstone Lake. I don't think he did the North Ridge of Conness, or one of the couloirs on North Peak though.
BW

climber
Big Pine, CA
Aug 18, 2009 - 12:00am PT
That's AMAAAZING!!!
Srbphoto

Trad climber
Kennewick wa
Aug 18, 2009 - 12:06am PT
I miss Huell. Always got a laugh watching his show. Don't have it here in the great Paciifc Northwest
Mike.

climber
Aug 18, 2009 - 12:14am PT
What day was it??? What was he wearing??? Did he take the boat? Why is it you never have any useful information?


Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Boise....
Aug 18, 2009 - 12:16am PT
Mike is awesome, huh?
Yowza.
Barcus

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
Aug 18, 2009 - 12:28am PT
Just watched Cali Gold, saw the shot of the lake w/ Conness in the background, I've seen that same shot here on the Taco!
Now wich effin thread was that........Damn....who took us on that TR to conness and the colier???
Too fun, I love the Taco!
Marcus
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Aug 18, 2009 - 12:32am PT
Saddlebag?

Saddleback is in So Cal, no?
euro-brief-guy

climber
Auburn, ca
Aug 18, 2009 - 12:33am PT
Is he gay?
bouldering88

climber
Aug 18, 2009 - 01:32am PT
huell on lsd. lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKTSa-NT5Oc
bouldering88

climber
Aug 18, 2009 - 01:32am PT
he's queer as a football bat. so what.
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Aug 18, 2009 - 01:59am PT
A football bat;LOL He lives in Rancho mirage. My art dealer introduced himself to Huell. Huell responded, "I louve art!I'll have to come and see ya.
Jingy

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Aug 18, 2009 - 10:40am PT
just AMAZING!!!!

WOW!!!
Dingus Milktoast

climber
Aug 18, 2009 - 10:58am PT
I love Huell Howser. He was the sports caster on the evening news in Nashville, when I was growing up.

Huell and I both up and moved away from there. Said Californy is the place we're to be, so we all got loaded and moved from Tennessee.

I loved it when Maysho guided Huell to the top of Half Dome and he's up there interviewing folks and those two west Hollywood types offered him some alcohol... ' (bleep!) YEAH!'

Huell was ALL OVER THAT.

DMT
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 18, 2009 - 05:17pm PT
Huell ruells.
the Fet

Supercaliyosemistic climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Aug 18, 2009 - 05:33pm PT
Huell Howser puppet. The homeless guy is great.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rr1c4fj4tM
Fletcher

Trad climber
Shivasana
Aug 18, 2009 - 05:42pm PT
Huell is the best.

Never a bad attitude with him... at least on his shows.

Eric
drljefe

climber
Old Pueblo, AZ
Aug 18, 2009 - 05:46pm PT
The episode about stocking alpine lakes by plane in the sierra was awesome!
Dude's got a child's sense of wonder for sure.
Huell rules.
Radish

Trad climber
Seki, California
Aug 18, 2009 - 06:40pm PT
Gawwlee, now I didn't know that!! I love Huel and try to watch when I can. Its just good clean fun.......
Redwreck

Social climber
Echo Parque, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 18, 2009 - 07:14pm PT
Suck it hippy!
kevsteele

climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 18, 2009 - 08:19pm PT
Here he is in June in Santa Barbara (...the one without the hat)
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 18, 2009 - 08:25pm PT
I wonder if he's ever heard of the Howser Towers?
jstan

climber
Aug 18, 2009 - 10:13pm PT
Was out in JT earlier in the month. The neighbors there watch Huell every night. I saw the show on the amphicar. I even remember ads for that back in the fifties.

Man, what a maintenance effort to keep something like that in one piece for 60 years!
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Aug 18, 2009 - 11:03pm PT
HH's gotta have one of the greatest attitudes I have ever had the prividlege to watch. A camerman I used to work with ran with Huell for years. Guy's supposed to be a workhorse. Always loved his show because he almost immediately works up an intimate relationship with folks and the viewers. That takes great emotional skills.

"Queer as a football bat" is something Huell would probably howl at because I'm thinking the guy just rolls like that.

JL
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 18, 2009 - 11:16pm PT
"How you doing, sir, my name is Bob!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImpGsMenmSs

bouldering88

climber
Aug 18, 2009 - 11:36pm PT
He has a home in 29 palms. Many say he is a real primadonna, and since his breakup with louie, he has been cranky. He kicks ass, though.
drljefe

climber
Old Pueblo, AZ
Aug 18, 2009 - 11:37pm PT
Say it ain't so!
kevsteele

climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 19, 2009 - 01:00am PT
I had no idea who Huell was when I took this (don't watch the tube)and I was trying to get a nice shot of the SB Solstice Parade Director when this really friendly guy put his arm around her. Of course after chatting (needed their releases) I learned he did a series - he was not filming, just having fun before the parade kicked off.

Now that YouTube link above is just magic - I see what I've missed!
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Nov 28, 2012 - 10:41pm PT
Huell is retiring! Rumor is that he is very ill.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-1128-huell-howser-20121128,0,6710999.story

Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Nov 28, 2012 - 11:18pm PT
I went sailing with Huell earlier this year, he was looking old but seemed hail and hearty IMHO. Got to talk with him quite a bit, he is a genuine guy, no facade on camera.

He did an episode in the meadows once, waterwheel falls.

Credit: Jon Beck

Credit: Jon Beck
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Nov 29, 2012 - 05:23am PT
Oh myyyy. Just LOOK at this LAKE! It's amazing! And the snow! It's even more amazing!

God I love Huell Howser.

I've seen him a few times at the Saturday morning Joshua Tree farmer's market. Many folks at the market recognized him. As a big a celeb as we've seen there. I think he kind of wanted to be left alone but he's Huell Howser, a California treasure! He was polite enough to all his well wishers but never stayed long.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:06am PT
How can anyone stay that friendly and enthused all the time?
10b4me

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2012 - 11:15am PT
He did an episode in the meadows once, waterwheel falls.

That was a good show. Inspired me to want to go there.


Really going to miss the shows.
billygoat

climber
Pees on beard to seek mates.
Nov 29, 2012 - 12:16pm PT
Aww man, that sucks. I grew up on that show. Then, when I lived in Okinawa, my homesickness was cured by watching his show on AFN.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Nov 29, 2012 - 12:18pm PT
Gonna miss you Huell!

DMT
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jan 7, 2013 - 03:35pm PT
Huell Howser has passed away.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2013/01/huell_howswer_dead.php

That's too bad. Who didn't like Huell?
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 7, 2013 - 03:36pm PT
RIP
Loved that guy!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jan 7, 2013 - 03:39pm PT
That sucks, really a cool human being, who we need more of on this planet. Rest in Peace Huell. Your memory will live on.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 7, 2013 - 03:44pm PT
Goodbye Huell Howser. Love you dude.

DMT
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 7, 2013 - 03:47pm PT
I met him when he visited San Onofre.
He was taken by the beach culture, surfing history, and natural beauty of the local state park.
He became a vocal opponent to the proposed toll road that would affect the park and surf spots.
Here he is narrating a PSA for the Surfrider Foundation.


I'm going to miss that guy's voice and childlike sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world.
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 7, 2013 - 03:48pm PT
well, that is really sad.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Jan 7, 2013 - 03:49pm PT
I had the honor to have lunch with him at the fire station I worked at in the Los Feliz district of LA, while eating lunch he asked if we ever rescued cats out of trees, we all said no, that only happens on TV, well not 2 minutes later we get a call for a cat stuck in a tree. The timing and his look were priceless. You will be missed.
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
RIP Sir

Erik
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jan 7, 2013 - 03:57pm PT
i just heard it on the radio. damn.
r.i.p Huell

ur show's are the best when it come to Califonria's Gold.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
So sad! He was such a fixture I thought he'd be around forever. Though he apparently grated on some people, I found his sense of wonder and enthusiasm to be genuine and I loved watching his programs. I remember both the Conness piece and the one on LeConte Falls, which I still have yet to see.

Rest in peace Huell.
aguacaliente

climber
Jan 7, 2013 - 04:42pm PT
Kind of reminds me of what Elvis's old guitarist Scotty Moore (I think) said about learning of Elvis's death: "It's like if somebody told you there weren't going to be any more hamburgers in the world."
locker

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 7, 2013 - 04:45pm PT


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I loved his shows...

Fish Finder

Social climber
THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART
Jan 7, 2013 - 04:54pm PT


Thanks for the memories H H


One of his episodes he interviews an elderly man that use to work and train with an Elephant, there is a reunion of the elephant and man after some 15 years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HBTpn7BjP4

Makes me cry just thinking about it.

That's amazing!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Jan 7, 2013 - 05:02pm PT
Ahh man that's sad, one of the good guys. We need a Mount Huell somewhere.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jan 7, 2013 - 05:09pm PT
Maybe someone will do an FA in the future and name it something in his honor.
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Jan 7, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
Oh my gosh! RIP Huell.

Just watched his how last night on the stage coach route over San Marcos Pass.
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jan 7, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
His laugh at the end of this made me weep. We could use more humans like him. RIP Huell.
WWHD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKTSa-NT5Oc
Gene

climber
Jan 7, 2013 - 05:58pm PT
Will you just LOOK at those Pearly Gates? That's AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can only imagine the shows you can do from your new location.

Thanks, HH and RIP.

g
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 7, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
We need a Mount Huell somewhere.

yeah, maybe one of those peaks up near Conness



Maybe someone will do an FA in the future and name it something in his honor

not a bad idea
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jan 7, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
The Amaaazing Arete, Mt. Huell Howser. I like it. Sign me up.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 7, 2013 - 06:43pm PT
the best of parody is lavished upon him, the kind that brims with cheer and respect
Anastasia

climber
InLOVEwithAris.
Jan 7, 2013 - 07:04pm PT
I loved him, he was so excited about the most mundane things and then... Bam!!! With his manner, Huell will get someone to open those unknown places, like the underground station in L.A. that is truly wondrous. I don't think anyone else could sweet talk them into showing it. Only Huell because he really was interested.

locker

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 7, 2013 - 07:07pm PT

"One of his episodes he interviews an elderly man that use to work and train with an Elephant, there is a reunion of the elephant and man after some 15 years."...

That was a really COOL episode (So MANY, were!!!)...

Tore me up, too...

Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:22pm PT
I'm truly sad to hear he has left us. I've always enjoyed his shows. Truly enthusiastic and it was very contagious. The Man truly seemed to have fallen in love with California. I think I remember him saying he was former Marine and that he had spent time at Camp Pendleton.

RIP Huell
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:30pm PT
The show about Mt. Conness and the glacier was with my old Geology Prof, Dr. D.D.Trent. He said Huell was a hoot. He will be missed.
TY
SalNichols

Big Wall climber
Richmond, CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:57pm PT
I was riffing on Huell Howser one afternoon at the bridge to the Pt. Bonita lighthouse. The docent (my victim) nearly collapsed laughing. Apparently H.H. had filmed out there a week or two prior, and I had just nailed it. R.I.P. Huell, you'll be missed.
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
Playing that great gig in the sky, RIP Huell.

Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:36pm PT
Anyone can do a show on Yosemite or Sequoia , but Huell went to the forgotten, insignificant, and borderline mundane places in CA . I always wondered how he managed to stay so enthusiastic and upbeat when talking to some old timer or looking at some dusty old can .

I'll miss you Huell ...
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
really sorry to see this particular era end.

rip
jstan

climber
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:45pm PT
A book with 900 chapters. Chapman University needs to back them all up.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:02am PT
a friend to all of California, the best representative we've ever had.

Also someone who seemed to find the best, everywhere.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:07am PT
How many can head out of here universally mourned?
What a nice man.
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:24am PT
Reilly,

if all my ex-girlfriends die before me......
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:40am PT
When Huell Howser came to Tuolumne to film California's Gold, i didn't even know who he was.
Years later i finally got a television, and had fun watching a bunch of his shows.

In 2005, i got to met him in person while he was filming an episode of his show in Chico.
He was a pleasure to met, and he signed the cd copy of the show...........very nice man...

so long, Huell...)-;

RIP ...............




Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:11am PT
OK, only Huell could bring me out of Taco Stand winter hibernation... genuine, enthusiastic... he was the real deal. He was a big piece of California's Gold! This is like losing a family member. Chokes me up. I remember seeing him at the opening of the YCA's Granite Frontiers opening reception at the Autry and being too shy to go say hello. What was I thinking???? I have always said I have had no regrets in my life, but this may be an exception.

The best tribute to Huell I can think of is to be like him: Welcoming, interested in others, genuinely enthusiastic, and curious. Some of you here definitely have it in you... I've seen it! Keep the magic alive!

Here is a nice obituary from the LA Times:

Heull Howser Dies at 67

RIP.
Eric
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:15am PT
RIP Huell. At least he left behind a wealth of his work for us all to love and enjoy.
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Jan 8, 2013 - 08:41am PT
His plan for the visit to Newberry Springs didn't quite work out, so Huell had to wing it. That Bagdad Cafe bit is priceless.

In one part of that visit, he and Cameron pulled off on some dirt road to look at this desert rat's abode. Huell approached this guy and it was very tense. This guy lived in the desert for a reason. He was not happy to see a dude with a microphone and a camera walking towards him. He was suspicious, a little paranoid and we thought Huell might actually be in some danger.

Within a minute, Huell had engaged this guy and had him showing off his rock and crystal collection. The dude was very sharp and knew his geology. He had a great collection, too.

It was a great episode, and showed what Huell was all about. RIP.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 8, 2013 - 08:58am PT
Yet another Taco connection

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=218822&msg=218839#msg218839

DMT
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 8, 2013 - 09:37am PT







johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jan 8, 2013 - 09:46am PT
Bumping for Huell. The guy seemed like a kid that always kept his enthusiam alive. RIP Huell.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 8, 2013 - 09:49am PT
There was an episode where Huell rides along for a drop.
Here's some cool archival footage.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 09:50am PT
huell's brand of journalism is actively discouraged by media management. this very thread demonstrates how welcome and well-received it would be. his predecessor was charles kurault, who stayed on the road a couple years, then got kicked upstairs, then kicked out of the attic.
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Jan 8, 2013 - 09:59am PT
His distinctive enthusiasm was inspiring... as a pup raised on Public Television, his voice still rings in my ears.

What a great sense of humor...

As a Simpsons fan, who could forget this:


Tracey Ullman clip... (love it)


~peace




otisdog

Big Wall climber
Sierra Madre & McGee Creek, Ca.
Jan 8, 2013 - 11:08am PT
Wow....78 posts on the taco and not one negative remark - I think that's a record? For him to have such an impact on this notoriously cynical crew speaks volumes. I had the pleasure of meeting him @ Warner Bros., a very nice man with an infectiously great attitude.
jstan

climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 11:56am PT
That Ulman clip! If it was real, Huell should have been in the Foreign Service.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:13pm PT
That Newberry Springs show was the best, unrehearsed, pure road trip gold. He visited some real characters on that trip. Huell owns the Volcano house in that area, it is up for sale.

I went sailing with Huell last year, genuine guy for sure, it was a cold, wet and windy day on the bay, but he was a great sport about it!
Credit: Jon Beck
Credit: Jon Beck
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
Last night my Family and I were sitting around mourning the death of Huell.

We started talking about how funny he was and how you were really laughing at him, because of his antics.

We all started laughing uncontrollability when my son started doing Huell impersonations, we went on for hours.

It was a nice night, the TV stayed off and we all had a good laugh and cry.

You are California’s Gold, Huell, and we will miss you.
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:23pm PT
They should put a statue of him in the new Grand Park in LA.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
RIP Huell. I never wondered what the center of California was, but now thanks to you I know this and so many other cool things. Hint, it's not Merced.



Powder

Trad climber
SF Bay Area
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
Wow the vids of Yosemite firefall are cool. ...learned some history.

Thanks for sharing!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:56pm PT
Good one zBrown and also his 4-corners show was legendary, esp the talus trudging he did up on the Modoc (they got lost, WITH GPS units harhar)

Miss you Huell!

DMT
Peter Amend

climber
Visalia, CA
Jan 10, 2013 - 11:12pm PT
My favorite clip is when he trips out about an avacado eatin' dog.



You'll be missed, Huell.

the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Jan 11, 2013 - 01:21am PT
I like the part on the half done cables hike episode where he tops out and walks up to a couple guys about to celebrate the summit with some shots and he offers Huell a shot. Huell says sure, the camera cuts away for a couple seconds and comes back and you know Huell just downed the shot and was even happier than normal.
ChizzDizzle

Trad climber
Rocklin,CA
Apr 4, 2013 - 11:55pm PT
Huell is on KVIE watching Cliff make Apple Cider near Ferndale. I love his show and now I want Cider.
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