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Platte legend Dave Bell actually on the Platte beneath Big Rock shortly before his death. Noel Childs and Byron Nelson flank him

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By Olaf Mitchell
From: Paia, Maui, Hi,
Apr 28, 2007

Dave Bell was an old friend and it was tragic that he passed so young.
We can all take a lesson from Dave and realize that this is not a dress rehearsal. So we need to get on with living our dreams instead of putting them off until it is more convenient. I have never heard of any one that didn't benefit from taking that step! Noel broke his tibia a few days ago and will be out for some time to come. This happened just before I go to Colorado. I was hoping to do a route with the lad. Maybe next time.

By slim
Administrator
Apr 30, 2007

Olaf,

Thank you for this picture, as well as all of the other you have submitted. I have always wondered what dave passed away from? I have heard a lot of the old timers speak very highly of him.

By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
May 2, 2007

Slim,

Dave died a very tired man. As I wrote in his Climbing Magazine obituary "after a very long illness."

He lived the last five years of his life in a neurological hell of trips to the Mayo Clinic while at the same time trying to live a quasi normal life at home with unbelievable pain and partial paralysis. The medical community never figured out what the fuck the problem was. He and I would laugh that his malady was nothing but a lower back issue brought on by his belligerent dismissal of any kind of harness other than a two-inch webbing swami belt.

As you can imagine this was a awful place for him. But he was tough as nails. His spirit was something else and he was a hell of a climber and more than that a great friend to many .

If you want to see a photo that sums up Dave look in the first edition of "Climb" on page 156 of him doing right on "Tongo" and you will see the spirt of Dave. I have no idea if that photo is in the new edition. It would be a complete crime with mantatory jail time if it wasn't.

He died with great dignity and on his own terms.

Anyhow Dave desires a lot more than this.....

By slim
Administrator
May 4, 2007

Allen,

Thank you so much for the information. I've seen several pictures of him, and he looks like he would have been a lot of fun to hang out with. Pretty wild looking dude.

By YDPL8S
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Jul 2, 2007

That picture of Dave doing Tongo with Mark Jensen was taken right about the time that I met him. In fact the old toyota cruiser in the background of the photo belongs to Chuck Tolton, an old climbing partner of Daves and the person that started me climbing. I didn't know him too well, but I always thought that Dave was the epitome of a "really cool guy", friendly, unassuming, quick to smile and made you feel comfortable even if you couldn't match his climbing skills. He seemed to save all of his aggresive strength for the rock.

By Olaf Mitchell
From: Paia, Maui, Hi,
Nov 13, 2008

Scott and Allan, I posted an image of the page in "Climb" with Dave Bell leading Tongo that both of you mentioned. I posted it on MP in my album labeled "My Stuff". I would have liked to have posted here, but I was unsuccessful.
Slim, Allan posted that great image of Dave by the river. I am glad that we all have access to it here on MP.

By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
May 20, 2010

How great it is this photo popping up as the photo of the moment while this epic Platte thread is happening. Drinking beer under Big Rock with Dave and Noel. Couldn't be better.

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Platte legend Dave Bell actually on the Platte beneath Big Rock shortly before his death. Noel Childs and Byron Nelson flank him

Submitted By: Allen Hill on Apr 26, 2007