Lowell_Skoog Posted October 15, 2003 Author Share Posted October 15, 2003 Harry Majors writes: I myself do not climb. But what I do represent is a direct link between the climbers of today and the climbers of the past. Right now, Fred and I are really the only living major direct links with the past. When we both are gone, this link between the present and the past will be entirely severed. A couple years ago, as I was beginning my ski mountaineering research, I sent Fred Beckey an email telling him about my project and asking him for leads. He responded that he had "done nothing worth reporting on skis" and suggested that I "try old timers - they might know." I got a good chuckle out of this because I thought to myself, who is more of an old timer than Fred? Later it became clear that Fred was thinking of Wolf Bauer. I've since interviewed Wolf, who is 90 or 91 today. So yes, to Fred, Wolf Bauer is an old timer. Earlier in this thread, Harry described how Wolf placed the first piton in the North Cascades on Mt Goode in 1936. Wolf also founded the Mountaineers climbing course in 1935, which Harry rightly called "the single most influential event in the history of Cascades Mountaineering." Wolf was a mentor to the Ptarmigans while they were still Boy Scouts and was one of the co-founders of the Mountain Rescue Council in 1948. He introduced kayaking to the Northwest and founded the Washington Kayak club. He skied in the first slalom race west of the Mississippi in 1930 and took 5th in the first Silver Skis Race in 1934. Most Northwest climbers probably don't even realize that Wolf is still around, still sharp and still active. He's a bona fide living legend. Harry Majors and Fred Beckey are active historians, still researching and writing, so in a sense Harry is correct that he and Fred are the only living major direct links with the past. Wolf Bauer isn't writing a book (though his friends have urged him to do so) so it falls to others to preserve those links. I'm glad that Fred and Harry have stepped up to the task, and I wish them Godspeed in their efforts. Harry - I understand why you might want to refrain from any more comments about Fred or CAG on cc.com. It's no fun having people mad at you. But I don't think your postings have been disrespectful and I, for one, enjoy your insights. My experience on the Internet, which goes back to the 1980s, before there was a World-Wide Web, has taught me that stirring up a little controversy can be a positive thing, if you embark upon it respectfully. You get a chance to test drive your ideas with an outspoken audience and refine your arguments. I think this can be a valuable process for a researcher and writer. I appreciate your devotion to getting the facts straight and making sure that sources are properly acknowledged. I found your comments on the CAG-2 errata/addenda thread about Fred's preface and its similarities to "Exploring Washington" interesting: http://www.cascadeclimbers.com/threadz/showthreaded.php?Cat=&Board=UBB2&Number=224218&page=&view=&sb=5&o=&vc=1 If Fred relied on that book without properly acknowledging it, that should be corrected. My interest in this was merely academic until I checked the U.W. Library Catalog and found that "Exploring Washington" was written by one Harry M. Majors in 1975, two years before the first edition of CAG-2 appeared. Now I've added the book to my reading list and must apologize for not looking it up sooner. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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