Peter Haan Appreciation!


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Trad climber
Los Angeles
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 15, 2009 - 05:50pm PT
Thanks Peter Peter!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 15, 2009 - 05:54pm PT
But what's he done for us lately?

Cheers to Peter, and (Gobe too) for being able to see the other view, of the pie.

Gollum left was cool, too!
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Idaho, also. Sorta, kinda mostly, Yeah.
Oct 15, 2009 - 05:55pm PT
That's a Whole Lotta pie.
Thanks, Peter.
No, Not for the pie.........Haha.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Oct 15, 2009 - 05:59pm PT
I love Yo Mr. Peter Haan :DD What a thinker, a grate gifted writer, historian, climber, visionary, graphic designer, Designer of All really....but especially one that has the grace and capability to take in stray cats (not cougars......hehehehe....mind you) and make them feel welcome in this intoxicating and deliciously hilarious community called climbers. Thank you ......Peace always Dude, lynnie
Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Oct 15, 2009 - 06:55pm PT

It is easy for me to appreciate Peter since he is such a cool guy. In my case, my real climbing 'career' is the result of Peter's efforts, albeit unbeknownest to him at the time. I, in my full Forest Gump mode, was instrumental in pushing Peter to his full glory, if sort of insane level of climbing.

Other than that filip, I am sitting in an airport diner, waiting for a plane, after a long day of planes (2), cabs (4), trains (2), museums cafeterias (1) and pend-up demand to talk (I listened) exibited by a DOE executive. Juicy tid-bits at every turn.

Posted from a Bb Bold, Silver Diner, BWI, MD

PS: Been here so long, the classic tune tape is repeating. We need more classic tunes.

Trad climber
Oct 15, 2009 - 07:39pm PT

Wait that's apple!

Social climber
Oct 15, 2009 - 08:16pm PT
hey there peter hann! say, ... yes, appreciation to peter hann, another climber that i dont know as well, yet, here... but:

i have seem so many very informative things that you have shared for others...

recently, someone that was looking for info, as to a ?study that they were doing... peter stepped in... very kindly...

thanks for all the great shares, peter and for being a climber-buddy to so many...
god bless... :)

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Oct 15, 2009 - 08:34pm PT
Peter has brought a lot of cool twisted art images to the forum these last months!!

But even more important are the thoughtful posts.
The questioning about where we are headed as a community or sport.
The ever present enthusiasm for other peoples contributions.
The positive attitude about everything.

The first solo ascent of the Salathe, Back In The MuthaFeckin' Day!!!

Hats off Peter.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 15, 2009 - 10:50pm PT
Peter is an inspiration, both for what he accomplished in the past and for his contributions today. His intelligence and wit, and his humanity all make me thankful that I can count him as a friend. Here's to you Peter, with appreciation.


Trad climber
Lee, NH
Oct 15, 2009 - 11:03pm PT
Peter sets high standards of storytelling, and then turns the spotlight around. His recent observations on why many climbing stories aren't good (like his comments to similar effect on old rec.climbing) set me to thinking about my own work and how well it could pass that test.

A great asset to this forum, Peter is.

Boulder climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 15, 2009 - 11:05pm PT
When I was 15, I showed up at this place called Indian Rock in Berkeley and walked down the stairs looking for "rock climbers".

I remember standing alone on the ground looking up in silence at this big, strong, silent guy flowing across the rock. Up and down overhangs, crazy-super-fast dynamic moves. It was like stumbling into a great dancer's studio.

He was the only one there and he climbed off without speaking. I went home that day with this unbelievable image of the potential of what a human could do. It just blew my little teenage mind. The image and feeling of that first moment is still with me, very vivid.

Because Peter is who he is, I have been trying in my own way to dance on the rock for just about 40 years.

Thanks Peter,

Fred Cook


right here, right now
Oct 16, 2009 - 12:14am PT
Your company is MUCH appreciated Peter !!!
Plus, we both dig the WIDE brimmed hats, so we got that goin' too...


Social climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Oct 16, 2009 - 02:26am PT
I totally appreciate that picture..guapo!
love the twisted art work..and stories.

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Oct 16, 2009 - 07:23am PT

I love Peter's mind challenging artwork and his articles on climbing!

He's been really generous with his time in trying to help me deal with some of my aging photos too. For better or worse I just upgraded my Photoshop elements. Hopefully I'll now be able to apply some of Peter's technical advice myself and even meet him one of these days.

Boulder climber
Oct 16, 2009 - 11:33am PT

His growing expressions are right at the heart of human mystery, rooted in granite and salt.


Trad climber
Golden, CO
Oct 16, 2009 - 11:44am PT
Definitely one of my favorite authors here at ST.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 16, 2009 - 11:47am PT
Peter's been at this forever, and he's still growing, and branching off in new directions. That's pretty durn cool! an inspiration, even!
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Oct 16, 2009 - 11:57am PT
Peter is tops! Words, pictures and wide. Nice package!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 16, 2009 - 01:31pm PT
Thanks tons for the very kind words and friendship. It has now been 46 years for me, climbing. Believe me we all need each other very much although climbing is socially more these days than it ever was 30-50 years ago. For now we have many more keys on the piano and I think most of us are a lot happier and safer.

The three-note melody and beggarís meal provided by our earlier ferocious interpretations all those years ago are now replaced by a fascinating harvest table of shocking splendor, some subtlety and great human variety and interconnectedness. Climbing is so much richer and wider and we are reveling in it here daily, arenít we! There are many more chairs too for all of us; women are all over the highest levels of our art; and the very body types of top climbers has even changed hugely; and we are hard at work trying to save the rock as well. The entire art has been transformed largely for the better!

Here I am, age 11 in Ashland, Oregon with my sister. Wistfully:

and age maybe 1-1/2, at the rim of the Kilauea Caldera, Hawaii, HI, 1949; I was born in Honolulu. It was really cold up there. I didn't start to wear shoes until I had to go to school years later.


Boulder climber
Oct 16, 2009 - 03:27pm PT
Comparing that last shot with Ed's, well, you really haven't changed in appearance all that much! Dripping sweetness in those shots... Wait a second...we're tuff guys, right? -B
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