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  • Birthday 10/10/1957


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  1. Haireball? No camping permit needed after Monday night, I was thinking to walk up Tues for a night or two. Never actually been up to the enchantment lakes. Live in Eburg for the past couple years, am more familiar with Ingalls area/south side trails but have been to Colchuck in past. Was thinking to head up ingalls to crystal creek to the lakes... My gear is good and I'm fine w/ crappy weather. I'm hoping you have a comment here.. Bill
  2. All, Please see the below email from Sharp End Books: Hey Bill, Your book got a great endorsement from OMC in Portland! If you know Bennett Frazier buy him a beer. REI is still considering the book. We're having a phone conference with our buyer to understand what their reluctance has been. We're pretty baffled. It would be helpful if REI customers, (AKA your friends), would go to their local REI and ask staff about the book. If they're getting requests from customers, it could help persuade them. Many publishers have had some frustrating experiences with REI picking up quality books. Their book stance has changed lately and we're all shaking our heads. The REI event scheduler is going to propose some dates about 6 weeks out. They want to allot enough time to promote. Bennett at OMC recommended Base Camp Brewery for an event. If we do an event, I'll like to try and coordinate with the attendance of some of the contributors. Can you send me emails so that we can reach out? Let's keep in touch, Heidi Heidi Knapp, Co-Owner Sharp End Publishing PO Box 1613 Boulder, CO 80306 tel: 303-444-2698 heidi@sharpendbooks.com www.sharpendbooks.com
  3. Wayne, Sorry about the photo errors, I will make corrections in the next printing. Didn't mention the NF rap, no second confirmation... will definitely add it if anyone would id the position and condition of the bolt. Pics? Castle Crags route was not included, couldn't find a second climber to recommend it. Interviewed a guy who fell on it. If anyone wants to own this route description please contact me in the next 30 days or so. You mention Tim Olson. Where in the world is Tim Olson?! Best graphics designer ever, he needs to be paid... along with John Scurlock for his amazing photography. Haven't heard yet from the publisher how sales are going. REI Portland wants to do book signings last Friday of Aug and/or first Friday of Sept. Everyone and anyone is invited to pm me anytime. Comments, complaints, suggestions, whatever. The idea is to create a better climbing guide by and for the climbers of Mt Hood. Updates, improvements, and corrections are scheduled approximately every six months. Kind Regards, Bill
  4. Now printing, arrives June 16, see http://www.sharpendbooks.com/ Bill
  5. The book is headed to the printer on May 5th, should take about one week. We expect to have the first ones available by end of the month. Party time?
  6. It has been a bit epic getting the book out (over five years and copious amounts of BS&T)but the pre-print edits are done and little stands between the glorious day when The Mt Hood Climbing Guide will adorn the shelves of retail outlets everywhere. The publisher, Sharp End Books, emailed last week that the printer wants the book by mid-May. It takes but a couple short weeks to complete this final step. I want to apologize to everyone for the delay. Not that it really matters at this point, but contributing causes include death, incarceration and just plain disappearance of key contributors. Since beginning the project I have been divorced, laid off/screwed over, sued by the ex, watched my daughter carried off to the middle east, got married, relocated to Houston, worked for a failed startup, relocated back to the PNW, lived in a tent all last summer, and finally moved to Ellensburg last fall. Life is challenging for pretty much everyone these days and I know I'm just whining, but the last five years have been rough and there have been many times when I just couldn't bring myself to write. Compared to others perhaps I'm a pussy, that's OK by this old boy, but I hate to give up on anything. This book has been both a blessing and curse, thus far mostly the latter. But I'm glad it's done now and I really, really hope you like it. Thanks to everyone involved, emails will go out to the many contributors as soon as the printing is done. Kind Regards, Bill Mullee
  7. Open all the way to SL t.h., trail up is slick in spots.
  8. Wow, great pics, thanks for sharing! Not that many climbers do the Sandy HW because of the long approach, the Yocum crossing and the need for good conditions. Hell of a long day. Looks like you guys did great, should be proud. Bet you never forget it.
  9. Hey Water... publisher said that as of today "We're blocking it for a "spring" release, which really means anywhere from February through May."
  10. billbob

    Montana Men

    Really? A spray-fest? I thought this was about young climbers.
  11. billbob

    Montana Men

    The Pumpkin Man struck again last weekend at the University of Montana... Every year some idiot climbs to the top of the University of Montana admin bldg and places a pumpkin on the spike. This year a Portland native was the "helper & belayer" and was chosen to be the Pumpkin Man for next year. He said yesterday he was "scared shitless" they would get caught, not so worried about falling. The video attached is from last year. By tradition the climber is changed every year but last weekend the new guy didn't show. It was left to last years' climber (see video) and and the new belayer to carry on. My son had nothing to do with this and you can't prove it. Pumpkin Man
  12. At last count there are 56 individual contributors to the guide and another couple dozen who have helped in some form or fashion. I have met and interviewed over a hundred others who work on or around the mountain, from snow cat drivers to ski patrol guys to forest service folk. Three freaking years and about ten grand from my pocket. Thank you Tim Olson, Wayne Wallace, John Scurlock, Jim Wickwire, Fred Beckey, Rodney Sofich, Pete Keane, Zac Reisner, Eric Linthwaite, Laura Freeman, Chad Anderson, Sarah Bradham, Alan Reaume, Rocky Henderson, Scott Norton, Oleg Valarmov, Bill Amos, Steve Kruse, Kathleen Walker, Steve Rollins, Chris Winter, Anastasia Blagoveschenskaya, and of course thank you Cascade Climbers. Profit from the sales will be distributed by the Mt Hood Climbers Guide LLC accordingly: 10% to a fund for SAR people killed or injured while training or on mission; 10% to the Tilly Jane Hut restoration so long as climbers are allowed use thereof; 30% to pay climbers to climb and report on routes of interest to the company that are related to the next Mt X Climbers Guide; 20% to pay existing contributors for their work thus far; and 30% to pay expenses and costs of the company. If successful this will be the start of a business by and for the PNW climbing community. Your comments will be greatly appreciated. Thank you all. Bill Mullee
  13. The publisher is formatting pages whilst I still hope to find someone with recent climbing pics on the Eliot HW route. Absent that hero (Doug Beardsley where are you?) the book will not include that route and we will go to press when the publisher is ready.
  14. The delays have been frustrating for many and I apologize for that to all parties. That said, Fred Knapp at Sharp End Books is fully engaged and we are working hard on the final edit and photo placement. Fred says the book will be out sometime in the spring. We are finding that many of our existing climbing pics are too small for printing. If anyone has good digital pics (4 meg or larger) on Mt Hood please email them to bmullee@gmail.com. All photographers are credited, climbers are named if known. Mostly needed are climbing pics on the Coe gl., Eliot HW, Sandy HW. If you have great pics on other routes send also. Please? Like now?! Thanks to all the outstanding folks who have submitted written and photo pieces. Bill
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