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Offline strandman

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John Turner RIP
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:53:27 AM »
via Ed Webster..the great John Turner passed away 3/30 in England   SUCK

JT  did things a million years ago that people still struggle on today.....check the guidebooks
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Re: John Turner RIP
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014, 03:35:57 PM »
RIP and RESPECT-- his wooden wedge was still in Recompense, when I first climbed it with a full rack of Chouinard pins, angles and bongs. Who today climbs Turner's Flake without any cams? 

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Re: John Turner RIP
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2014, 03:41:29 PM »
Repentance was '58 ???  He may have touched the bong..so what  it was prolly his only gear  9++.  Cap Trinite,,Daks..etc..etc...

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Re: John Turner RIP
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2014, 07:11:57 PM »
Ed dedicated his talk Friday night to John.

Rest easy.

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Re: John Turner RIP
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2014, 07:22:13 PM »
One of the great ones in my book. He climbed The Joke 5.10 at the Bon Echo crags in Ontario around 5o years ago. Suspended above the lake that the crag rises out of  after a fall that  broke his leg ended one attempt but he went back and sent a great but seldom repeated route. When I made plans with another climber for the climb it was agreed I would not lead the money pitch which would definately get the R rating. This pitch is also rather EXPOSED. Glad that history will remember him.

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Re: John Turner RIP
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2014, 09:23:12 PM »
RIP. Though the life is lost, the memory and inspiration live on.
-Jeremy Ballou

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Re: John Turner RIP
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2014, 08:44:25 AM »
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/999872/John-Turner-Appreciation-Thread

Ed Webster informed me that John Turner was  83, when he passed away a few days ago.

Having done most of Turner's routes both in NH, and at Poko, in the Daks, I would say, Turner was establishing the hardest free climbs in this country, in the late 50's. He put in Repentance in 1958, and the pin he or Art Gran stepped on, was well below the off-width crux. There were no bongs to protect the crux at that time.

When I did the route with John Bouchard in 1972, we were fresh from 2 months climbing in Yosemite and elsewhere and I would definitely rate it 5.10. John Turner was an amazing climber, and deserves much respect.

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Re: John Turner RIP
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2014, 03:26:08 PM »
here is a great PDF article about John Turner by Kit Moore posted many years ago on climbers.org, a site which is no longer available.

http://www.neclimbs.com/files/JohnTurner.pdf

RIP John...
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