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JBrochu

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Re: Jimmy Dunn
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2013, 08:04:38 AM »

Can I suggest we take the tired sport versus trad argument to another thread because I would love to hear some more first-hand accounts of Jimmy Dunn exploits.

I think one of the coolest things about climbing as opposed to more traditional sports / activities is that the normal participants get to play in the same arena as the heroes (or All Stars if you will).

Before I started climbing (mid 90's) I had read tons of books, magazines, and all the local guidebooks and people like Dunn, Tut, Webster, Elms, Barber, Bouchard, etc. seemed like Gods to me. I was lucky enough to meet frik when I first started and one of the first times out at Cannon we ran into Webster and I couldn't believe frik knew him personally and I was having a conversation with the guy. Since then I've met tons of the "old guard" (mostly beer drinking though, I still can't climb for shit) and some of the new guys -- you just don't get to do that in other sports.

 

 

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Re: Jimmy Dunn
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2013, 08:48:34 AM »

Jbeta,

If you examine my original post, I never compared Jimmy Dunn's exploits to any other climber, and I never mentioned climbs in New England. I certainly didn't "put down" modern climbers.

His routes in the West are quite different than anything he did in N.H., and many of his bold, run-out leads were done from the ground-up--on-sight, without the use of cams.

Speaking of New England, when I started mid-60's, Wiessner and J. Turner were my "hero's". Now that I'm old, I don't have anymore "hero's", but I do respect what was done in the past, and also what the new generation of cutting-edge climbers are accomplishing.

Jimmy Dunn is a "legend" out West, far more than in the East, among the veteran climbers, and for good reason. Some of his hard routes in the Black Canyon, have had additional bolts added by really well known strong climbers, simply because they were not bold enough to do them in Jimmy's style.

Again, my original post didn't malign any of the modern climbers of today, and I am impressed by the drive of some of my good friends, who in their mid-50's are working on 5.13 "projects"

I'm sitting here typing this, instead of being productive,  because I tore something in my shoulder yesterday on Cathedral, Sh----it.

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Re: Jimmy Dunn
« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2013, 10:31:54 AM »

Any story with Jimmie and Earl Wiggens will get my attention....

and what about george ?  climbing in the  desert in 1956??????????????


Yes , the first solo f/a on ElCap is pretty significant

SA- will you tell the beaver story ?
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Re: Jimmy Dunn
« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2013, 05:32:29 PM »

I'm sitting here typing this, instead of being productive,  because I tore something in my shoulder yesterday on Cathedral, Sh----it.

well that is a bummer...
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Re: Jimmy Dunn
« Reply #19 on: September 26, 2013, 11:32:08 PM »

Take care and heal up fast, Steve.
I am nursing a strained and weak shoulder too.  Nothing tore, or at least I do not think so.
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