David Waggoner of CCH (aliens) Passes


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Trad climber
New York, NY
Oct 11, 2009 - 06:30pm PT
How sad, and at such a young age. Condolences to family and friends in this diffcult time.
T Moses

Big Wall climber
Paso Robles
Oct 11, 2009 - 08:15pm PT
I'm sorry that he is gone. Too soon. I would have liked to see him regain the consumer confidence he deserved. Truly an innovator in our sport. I plugged aliens all saturday at Sespe Gorge. Praised 'em while I was doing it.
Erik Sloan

Oct 11, 2009 - 09:57pm PT
God Bless Dave--move toward the brightest light brother!

Wow! Dave was such an amazing soul.

Dave did more for the preservation of climbs and cilffs in Yosemite than anyone since the first nut makers.

many cheers Dave

love e

Big Wall climber
Oct 13, 2009 - 09:41pm PT
Thanks, again for those first prototypes (Dave of CCH), you gave me around 1987. his spirit and legacy lives on in the pushing of the envelope of traditional climbing today thanks to his great "Alien" camming invention. I still use those 1st prototypes today although the new versions are way more advanced. At the time the "Alien" was quite the quantum leap in crack and face climbing protection, allowing a somewhat more efficent protection device for those thin spots where nothing else would work or you'd pump out if trying to diddle in a small wire. At that time it was called the Cable Pro, but after receiving a set of them and trying them out on some routes that were otherwise protection-less or runout, (the cams design offered placcements that were otherwise to off for other forms of natural gear), we started to call them "Alien Sex Toys", hence, they started to be referred to as "Aliens".

Big Wall climber
Oct 13, 2009 - 09:42pm PT

Ajaccio, Corsica, France.
Oct 14, 2009 - 02:59am PT
Unfortunately, I never did meet David Waggoner but I would truly have loved to do so. Had I been fortunate enough to visit the USA, he would have been one of the very first characters that I would have contacted.

David really shared my passion for the history of climbing equipment, and would often add a good supply of CCH treasures to the Nuts Museum.

My deepest sympathy and most sincere condolences to David's family and friends. I will trully miss him.


Trad climber
Oct 14, 2009 - 12:35pm PT
Dave left this side at only 53, too early for all. We worked together on improving his invent (Alien) and make it into mass production. I will miss him profoundly as he was a real nature lover and showed me the craft of making quality climbing gear.
Nos harás mucha falta amigo en nuestras vidas.
J. P Yanez.

Davis, CA
Oct 14, 2009 - 12:37pm PT
bummer, hope he had a good 53 years.

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Oct 14, 2009 - 01:50pm PT
Bummer indeed and condolences to his family and friends. My rack never leaves the home without some of his cams.

Trad climber
Woodside, CA
Oct 14, 2009 - 02:18pm PT
RIP, Dave. Thank you for your tremendous contributions to the climbing community!

I guess I have to ask the question that is on many minds:
What does this mean to the future of CCH? Will the production and improvements of Aliens continue?
Nadia Waggoner

Boulder climber
Laramie, wyoming
Oct 21, 2009 - 05:03pm PT
Hi all,
thank you very much for this forum!!!
This is a real support for me!!!
Best regards, Nadia.
Nadia Waggoner

Boulder climber
Laramie, wyoming
Oct 21, 2009 - 05:13pm PT
Nadia Waggoner

Boulder climber
Laramie, wyoming
Oct 21, 2009 - 05:22pm PT

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Oct 21, 2009 - 05:43pm PT
Condolences to freinds and family.

So we headed up mescalito with no aliens. The party before us had bailed via an epic self resuce, at night, from the 15th pitch after one of the guys broke his leg. They left gear at a couple of spots to get back across traverses and the like. This gear included aliens. I don't think we could have gotten up the dang thing had we not run across the aliens. I know it would have taken longer and probably with more hammering. I was sold. We mailed the guys their gear and I was sorry to see those aliens go.
Ray Olson

Trad climber
Imperial Beach, California
Oct 21, 2009 - 05:48pm PT
I gotta admit, when I first saw aliens I was just not that impressed but,

they changed, they evolved a lot.

when I finally got a triple set of the current version ('98)

it was sort of a revelation.

killer cams, for sure.


CCH stayed true to their niche,

with hybrids.

San Diego climbing is a lot about

thin cracks, often short, steep and kinda hard.

aliens opened up new ground for us and,

IMO, were by far the best designed cams in those sizes.


my most sincere heart felt condolances to all those

who knew and worked with Mr. Waggoner.

I am very sorry to hear of his passing.


Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Nov 1, 2009 - 02:09am PT

Love the pic.

Stick around. The "supertaco" campfire is a good place to hang out and rejuvenate.

I just recently redpointed a new route. Thin corner. It took an absolutely perfect blue alien to protect the move up into slabby face. Actually, I used an old yellow just below that section too. hah!

love those aliens. I've got the hybrids too. They are the ideal wall cam for Yosemite.

Dave's memory lives in his design and in the production of CCH cams. I truly hope that CCH continues to carry on with Dave's design and work. (ok, maybe get out for some climbing too. ;) )

Best to you,
Munge E. Climber
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Nov 1, 2009 - 02:16am PT
Just found this.

I'll think of Dave whenever I plug an alien into a spot where nothing else fits. I always get a feeling of relief and gratefulness everytime that happens and it happens a lot on walls.

Dave always hooked me up. Thanks Bro



Trad climber
Westminster, CA
Nov 1, 2009 - 12:02pm PT
RIP amigo. Thanks for making the gear which allows me to scale mountains. Mike
Nadia Waggoner

Boulder climber
Laramie, wyoming
Nov 3, 2009 - 07:45pm PT
Thank you!

Trad climber
Westminster, CA
Nov 3, 2009 - 07:50pm PT
Does anyone know if CCH will continue and make cams? The hybrids are a godsend...
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