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The way we were...

Postby gcj » Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:01 pm

Hi
I saw this on another site and it looks like fun. I know you've got them... those old pictures of yourself climbing and hiking back in those early days. The day you wore bell bottoms up Half Dome, the peace symbol around your neck, the roach clip on your keychain. Here's you chance to show how you were before the hair started turning gray and the body parts started moving south :).

So, blow the dust off and start scanning.

Here's a couple that I found that I thought were lost forever (they were in a mis-labeled box for more than twenty years):
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My first Sierra summit: Goat Mtn. 1975. Note the ancient day pack and the Sierra Club cup.
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Near Kaweah Gap on the High Sierra Trail Spring, 1977.



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Re: The way we were...

Postby mokelumnekid » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:23 pm

Hah- I guess the theme is 'flying your freak flag' eh?
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About 1969


Not that radical except for the time ('68 or '69) and place I guess. Many will recognize the (volcanic) peak in the back.

Here's another a few years later, north fork Stanislaus (gotta click on it to see anything):
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Re: The way we were...

Postby giantbrookie » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:32 am

I'm surprised we haven't had more people post on this. Attached are two photos from September 1975 on Mt Lyell: one at the 'schrund and one on the summit.
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Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: The way we were...

Postby freestone » Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:37 pm

GB... Is that a Sierra Cup I see hanging from your belt? Just another way of dating ourselves, eh?
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Re: The way we were...

Postby giantbrookie » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:48 pm

freestone wrote:GB... Is that a Sierra Cup I see hanging from your belt? Just another way of dating ourselves, eh?
It sure is. I still carry one to this day.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: The way we were...

Postby vandman » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:31 am

On top of North Palisade. July 1979. My freshman year at SF State. My girlfriend dropped me off at Florence Lake and I hiked to Barrett Lakes in 2 days and met up with a friend. I'm wearing my Vasque Blister Makers. Terrible boots.
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Re: The way we were...

Postby mokelumnekid » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:42 pm

Great climb in blue jeans- and agreed about those P-O-S boots. I still have mine- what are they about 5 pounds each? I haven't touched them since about 1980.
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Re: The way we were...

Postby gcj » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:24 pm

Must have just missed you, Vandman. I was on that summit in Aug. 1979. Wearing blue jeans also, I might add (what else?). I'm just glad they weren't bell bottoms. Probably not good with crampons and such. :)
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Re: The way we were...

Postby vandman » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:41 am

Here's an old Kodachrome taken in June 1977 at Florence Lake. I'd Just graduated from High School. My friend Mitch and I are enjoying a post adventure beer(PBR--back when PBR was uncool) after 10 days of snow, sleet and rain on the Goddard Pendant. We hiked up the South Fork of the San Joaquin, and climbed Goddard. Check out Mitch's wood panelled Dodge van.
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Re: The way we were...

Postby BSquared » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:42 am

Here I am being hauled up the southeast buttress of Cathedral Peak in 1980 by a [real] climber friend. Great climb, but I was scared sh*tless for the first half hour or so... I think the technical name for the technique illustrated here is called "hanging on for dear life."
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Re: The way we were...

Postby mokelumnekid » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:28 pm

Bsq-and no wonder you are gripped, look at those SHOES! Another victim of big boots! We should start a support group. Actually given how now that climb is such a zoo, it must have been novel back then. One of favorite memories of my wife is watching her dance up the SE buttress of Cathedral in the early '90's when we had first met and I realized I had finally found a partner who could kick my a-s and teach me technique. Still true that.
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Re: The way we were...

Postby vandman » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:55 am

That is a great shot B2! You do look scared. Classic!
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