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By Tradster
From Phoenix, AZ
Feb 4, 2009
I met and drank wine with Warren Harding after he spoke at an Arizona Mountaineering Club meeting. He was great fun to drink with. Such an anti-hero, too. I also met Peter Croft, but never got to talk with him. He was at another AMC event. Ante up and tell us.

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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From Bend, OR
Feb 4, 2009
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me?...
John Long, literally grabbing the rope out of my hand to belay my wife while she led Stick To What some 20 odd years ago at JTree. Once he deemed me safe enough to belay, he proceeded to solo up next to her - cigar in mouth - to point out all the little dishes to stand on.

We knew exactly who he was, even though we'd only been climbing a few years.... and we were quite in awe.

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By Richard Radcliffe
From Louisville, CO
Feb 4, 2009
The funny thing about living around Boulder is that you frequently run into famous (and infamous) climbers at the crags, and sometimes even end up sharing a rope with them. It's like playing pick-up basketball with Michael Jordan...

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By Legs Magillicutty
From Littleton
Feb 4, 2009
Function over fashion.  My newest pair of climbing...
I got to go on a road trip with Charlie Fowler a few years ago. We aimed for Vegas but hit a deer and ended up with a dead jeep in UT. We climbed at Indian Creek and hung out in a junk yard on Thanksgiving. Good memories.

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By Russ Walling
From www.FishProducts.com
Feb 4, 2009
Russ
Hank Caylor.

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By Christopher Jones
From Denver, Colorado
Feb 4, 2009
Climbing So Wild at Thunder Ridge photo by Kevin M...
Ran into Steph Davis just above Chasm Lake on my way to climb Pervertical Sanctuary. Didn't know it was her at the time and she yelled down to my partner and I to find out what route we were headed up, she then said oh no that 's what I was going to do. My partner and I were taking our time racking up and then we see this chick almost running to beat us to the route. She climbed the North Chimney in the dark and then waited for the sun to warm things up on Broadway. She was still on Broadway when we arrived and that was when I realized it was Steph Davis. If she would have just told us that she wanted to solo the route we would have just let her go ahead of us. It was pretty cool to watch her cruise up the route.

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By Buff Johnson
Feb 4, 2009
smiley face
Russ Walling wrote:
Hank Caylor.


I met that guy too; man, he's ugly. (Eldo -- he let me dry hump his leg; ah that was so cool)

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By Marc Seidenstein
From Jackson, NJ
Feb 4, 2009
The Black Boulder Problem, The Shawangunks
Usually hate topics like this. But I've got a decent list, so I'll post.

Jim Bridwell- Smoked a few cigarettes with him outside Hangar 18 gym in Upland CA

Jason Kehl-He was one of my girlfriends roomates for a summer in Squamish.

Chris Sharma- Met him the same summer in Squamish

Lyn Hill- Played hacky sack with her and a few friends in the parking lot of the Happy Boulders

Few others, but I gota run....

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By John McNamee
Administrator
From Littleton, CO
Feb 4, 2009
Artist Tears P3
Ed Hillary and Reinhold Messner both on trips to Mt Cook.

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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From Golden, CO
Feb 4, 2009
Pure bliss..
Russ Walling.

We met at a small smokey cafe' in the South of France. Hey, I didn't think anything was gonna happen either!

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By Mike Pharris
From Longmont, CO
Feb 4, 2009
Climbing above Black Lake
Christopher Jones wrote:
Ran into Steph Davis just above Chasm Lake on my way to climb Pervertical Sanctuary. Didn't know it was her at the time and she yelled down to my partner and I to find out what route we were headed up, she then said oh no that 's what I was going to do. My partner and I were taking our time racking up and then we see this chick almost running to beat us to the route. She climbed the North Chimney in the dark and then waited for the sun to warm things up on Broadway. She was still on Broadway when we arrived and that was when I realized it was Steph Davis. If she would have just told us that she wanted to solo the route we would have just let her go ahead of us. It was pretty cool to watch her cruise up the route.


I believe she mentions this event in her article that was in Alpinist.

I met her at her book show/signing at Neptunes in early 2007, she was real pleasant to chat with briefly and she was nice enough to tolerate many many people getting her to sign the poster and the book.

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By Evan S
From Erie, CO
Feb 4, 2009
Me, of course
A friend of mine used to babysit Bobbie Benzman's kids, but that doesn't really count does it?

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By Shawn Mitchell
From Broomfield
Feb 4, 2009
Splitter Jams on the Israel/Palestine Security Wal...
Met others, but here's some fun interaction with the rock stars:

Boone Speed. College climbing buddy. I led him up Supercrack before he knew how to climb crack. One trip later, he was the rope gun. One trip later, the bullet left the barrell and I've seldom seen him since. Oh, and I got a ticket driving his BMW with non-working speedometer to Indian Creek.

Fred Becky. We did an obscure FA in the Wind Rivers after he did a slideshow at my college.

Ray Jardine. He was rapping and caught a high school buddy and me jugging a pitch on his fixed ropes while he was working the Nose. He cussed us, then took pity and encouraged us. And I've lived 29 years since with the secret guilt of missing some of the stoveleg pitches.

Jim Bridwell. He freely gave our party some circle-heads as we started up Mescalito. Dont remember if we used 'em, but I did place and use a rurp.

John Long. Tearing it up and shouting encouragement all around Southern California and Yosemite.

Tom Frost. Went to the same church for a few years but never did get out to climb.

Pat Ament. Same.

Lynn Hill. A minor encounter but fun memory. Before she was The Lynn Hill, I saw her free solo Rat Crack, 5.9, at Big Rock in So Cal. I was 15 and she was 17.

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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From Bend, OR
Feb 4, 2009
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me?...
Shawn Mitchell wrote:
I saw her free solo Rat Crack, 5.9, at Big Rock in So Cal. I was 15 and she was 17.


BIG ROCK! One of my old stomping grounds when I was learning to climb... now you are bringing back the memories. I remember being terrified leading those 5.7 lieback pitches up and left... and feeling quite proud went I sent "NW Passage".

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By Shawn Mitchell
From Broomfield
Feb 4, 2009
Splitter Jams on the Israel/Palestine Security Wal...
Hilarious! What a great community. Was The Trough your first climb? Your first lead? First free solo? I bet it's awfully greasy now...

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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Feb 4, 2009
Shawn Mitchell wrote:
Hilarious! What a great community. Was The Trough your first climb? Your first lead? First free solo? I bet it's awfully greasy now...


The Trough! My first two pitch climb and my second day of climbing alltogether. Haven't been back for about 25 yrs. Last time was with(who else) Eric after getting rained out at Tahquitz.

Edit: pretty much anyone who climbed in So Cal back in the day saw, played hacky with Largo, Bachar, Lynn Hill, Yaniro, etc.

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By mtoensing
From Boulder
Feb 4, 2009
Props to my home state show
Chris Macnamera

Chris was giving a slideshoe/movie presentation of his wingsuiting movie at RRR. I was hanging out with some big wall climbers and Ammon mcneely and Chris showed up. I talked to him and asked him some BASE questions and stuff like that. It was a great night.

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By Lauer
From Tucson, AZ
Feb 4, 2009
Once me and a chick friend were going on a spring break climbing trip to Mexico, but we wimped (too long of drive) out and decided to go to Taquitz for the week instead. When she showed up at my place, she said, "Oh by the way, my friend, John, is coming." Turned out to be John Sherman. It was an interesting week...

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By Evan1984
Feb 4, 2009
I've met various high profile climbers at climbing events.

The one encounter that still sticks with me is Mike Reardon. On top of Intersection Rock in J-tree, I was finishing up overhang bypass with a a few friends and there were several other parties up there. Given that there were no non-technical ways to the top, everybody was geared up, and here comes Reardon sauntering up the ski tracks shirtless, in board shorts and shoes. It was kind of funny. He said hi, and then casually down climbed the route.

He was camped next to us, and talked with us breifly. Love him or hate him, he was very gracious, and I respect his accomplishments.

Cheers

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By Mike Willig
Feb 4, 2009
Ouray
Ran into David Breashears as we were all getting ready to head up Irene's Arete.

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By Bryan Gartland
From Helena, MT
Feb 4, 2009
Happy Turk
How about somewhat famous climbers you've run into who want you to be impressed by who they are? Those occasions stick out more in my head due to the comic value. Needless to say, those aren't the folks who are getting mentioned here.

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By PRRose
From Boulder
Feb 4, 2009
Thanks to the amazing bobkamps.com, I can pinpoint May 23, 1987 as the day I shared belays with Bob and Herb Laeger on Prince of Darkness and Yellow Brick Road.

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By John J. Glime
From Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 4, 2009
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Long, long ago I was racking up at the base of some climb some where, and this guy was prancing around like a peacock... chest stuck out and everything. I thought I recognized him, but didn't know why. His name escapes me now, Gart-something. Bryanland- something, I forget, but anyway, later my partner tells me that this guy thinks he's hot shit, and he is always spraying around town about his exploits. Anyway... I guess he was sort of famous. I think he claimed to do first ascents with Alex Lowe? I'm not sure...

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By EMT
Feb 4, 2009
me bouldering in MT
Most memorable famous climbers I've ever met have to be Jay Smith and Kitty (Smith?).

I was working at the Ouray ice park in '01 and I looked a little less than decked out as far as clothes go. I wore blue jeans and old ratty stuff to work and climb in at the park. I was turning the water on one night and saw Kitty and Jay, stopped and they asked if I'd want to climb tomorrow? Just one pitch or something while Jay shot some pictures of Kitty leading some route under the upper bridge. Sure. We did the pitch the next day, and I'll never forget Kitty asking me about my blue jeans... A day later I was doing some prep work for the Ice fest and Kitty came up and handed me a bottle of Captain Morgan!!! Super nice folks.

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By Lee Smith
Feb 4, 2009
You can love your rope but you can't "LOVE&qu...
I met Tom Hanson in a gutter somewhere; his face was stuck to the bottom of my shoe. We have been good friends ever since.

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By Dr. Ellis D. Funnythoughts
From Evergreen, Co
Feb 4, 2009
You can tell Lenny any of your sport climbing prob...
I met Tommy Caldwell at Rockn & Jamn. nice guy

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