Peter Haan Appreciation!


Discussion Topic

Return to Forum List
This thread has been locked
Messages 21 - 40 of total 99 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct 16, 2009 - 04:25pm PT
Here's a guy with 46 years in the business who surveys his domain and finds that the entire art has been transformed largely for the better, even as other elder statesman nostalgically cling to the three-note melody and beggarís meal provided by our earlier ferocious interpretations.

The decency and generosity of this interpretation say more about the man than the most eloquent of our testimonials. Hats off Peter---may you live long and prosper.

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2009 - 04:40pm PT
just fun'n
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 16, 2009 - 10:18pm PT
no way this should be on the second page yet!

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Oct 16, 2009 - 10:21pm PT
yah... I've found myself reading a post and thinking that someone had got into my brain and was posting up under an assumed name...

turns out nobody is in my head (sometimes not even me!) and the one who was posting my thoughts was Peter Haan.

Much appreciated


Trad climber
Canoga Bark! CA
Oct 16, 2009 - 11:26pm PT
Peter is the goods: well rounded climber, writer, humorist, iconoclast and most importantly, an avid sharer - much to all of our benefit.

Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 16, 2009 - 11:51pm PT
I love Ed Hartouniís photo above! I am talking to Werner Braun out in El Cap Meadow during the Nose Reunion; we had not been together since the mid-seventies. So much had transpired. He and I did his first rescue operation together even. I remember when he was not a climber but kind of a feral volunteer to climbing, doing stuff unroped in the meadows with no idea how actual climbing took place and then he joined us at the fire. Bridwell was his earliest supporter and mentor and kind of debuted Werner into climbing society, so to speak. Everybody instantly liked Wern. Our El Cap Meadow meeting was a wonderful encounter a year ago; Mary was there too. It was thinking of raining but didnít. I could hardly keep from crying--- perhaps you can tell. It was huge for us; Werner and I became friends 37 years ago and in a few years I was for the most part gone from his pages.

Here I am at yet another Happy Hour locally (current photo):


Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 17, 2009 - 12:12am PT

Blasts from the Past.

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 17, 2009 - 12:45am PT
To Peter a much beloved big brother!

Trad climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
Oct 17, 2009 - 01:55am PT

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Oct 17, 2009 - 02:02am PT
What strikes me about all those photos of Peter when he was younger is just how innocent he looked!
That must have come in handy when dealing with the rangers.

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Oct 17, 2009 - 02:19am PT
60's man, 70's man . . . .

Yosemite: Haan.

And I think that's how to play the era game.

EDIT: Or at least as it plays in my mind. PH rules. FA solo Salathe. And, that THING, amazing, he did.

PH = not of this earth . . . . . glad to have you, and thanx.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 17, 2009 - 03:15am PT
Peter is great fun to have here, and always has something entertaining or interesting or both to say or show us. Great stories about people, places and climbs. Thoughtful picture-creations. Witty commentary. History.

I met him briefly at the FaceLift, while serving beer, and hoped to chat, but it was not to be. Perhaps next year. He and Largo and I could team up, and 'crush' a climb or two....

In Norwegian, a name like Haan would be pronounced "Hone". Which sort of makes Peter a hone-master, though perhaps he's not too keen on new-fangled jargon.
Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Oct 17, 2009 - 11:42am PT
Speaking of meeting Werner after 35 years or so, Peter, Ed, and I were walking into El Cap meadow on the Sudday of the Nose50 reunion. Merry Braun walked along and introduced herself to me--I was sort of giddy (Nose in a day, in 1990!)--part of my future history.

When we got out into the meadow, I headed straight for Werner, hand extended. He gently, and quickly, pushed it aside and gave me a bear hug, lifting me off the ground 1/2 a foot. (I am 6'3" and easily outweigh Werner--always have.)

It had been a long time.

Peter's right.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Oct 17, 2009 - 11:45am PT
Seems like a good dude to me....

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 17, 2009 - 12:22pm PT
the Nose Reunion, now nearly a year ago, was a wonderful gathering where I spent a lot of time with Roger and Peter. The community spanned the gulf of time about 50 years with young and old members meeting, and many people reacquainting after decades.

I was happy to be there but a bit worried to be snapping pix of rather private, emotional moments. Here is something to go with Roger's story above...

Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Oct 17, 2009 - 01:45pm PT
Good thing that you didn't post the shot of Merry lifing me off my feet by 1/2 a foot, Ed. I owe you one.

Here is a picture of all of us, more or less, facing the camera:
Merry, Ellie, and Jim. Me, Werner, and Peter (over Jim's shoulder).

Here is a more candid shot. I think I heard the photographer say something about "herding cats." Peter had to look away.

Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Oct 17, 2009 - 01:49pm PT
Peter writes: I was born in Honolulu.

Who woulda thunk it????

Two wide kings born in Honolulu..... Peter Haan and Dick Cilley!

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 17, 2009 - 02:04pm PT
Hooray for that man who knows ART!!!!

Go Peter go!!!!
Jack Burns

Oct 17, 2009 - 02:15pm PT
scuffy b

Whuttiz that Monstrosicos Inferno?
Oct 19, 2009 - 01:31pm PT
I've been able to feel Peter's support and good wishes, through the years,
through the ether.
Someone who wants us to feel better, and who lets us know and actually
does things to help bring that about.
Messages 21 - 40 of total 99 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
Return to Forum List
Our Guidebooks
Check 'em out!
SuperTopo Guidebooks

Try a free sample topo!

SuperTopo on the Web

Recent Route Beta