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bluering


Mar 18, 2009, 10:36 PM
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Woody Stark, a climber's climber
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He was loved by many while many tried their skills on his routes. He was a father, a badass climber, and an intellectual.

He was a real man. At 67 he continued to do routes that others thought too runout.

Woody was a respected man. Not just for his climbing FA's in Josh (Double Cross), but he was more respected in my world for his insights into history and American culture. He was a history teacher and well-read man of the world.

We lost an American hero. He should be praised.

go here for a look at his friends' thoughts...
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=808573

read the whole thread to understand this great man.


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Mar 18, 2009, 11:01 PM
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Everything I've read makes it clear that Woody was a real climbers climber and a great humanbeing. A clearly devastating loss.

RIP Woody.

My condolences to all those who lost a friend and loved one.


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I bet I have done most (if not all) of Woody's classics in JT. Although I didn't know Woody personally, it is clear that the climbing community has suffered a tremendous loss. My condolences and best wishes to all of his friends and family members.

Curt


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Mar 19, 2009, 5:59 AM
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I'm looking forward to giving Woody a personal memorial on my next trip to Jtree. Maybe I'll just take a moment over in the section of Afpa Rock where I spent an afternoon climbing with him and Locker. Man - those two, together, were hilarious. Woody as the straight man to Locker's constant silliness.

Though I only met Woody a few times, each time stands out quite memorably. He had a quite demeanor, but he was NOT a quiet presence. He had a rock solid personality, opinions and deeply held convictions. He was as loyal to those ideals as he was to those he cared for. Fully committed.

His spirit will live forever in Joshua Tree. Climb On, Woody.


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Mar 19, 2009, 8:19 AM
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Fixed the link for ya:

http://www.supertopo.com/...html?topic_id=808573


Woody Stark.

The man who brought us many great Joshua Tree climbs.













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No man is an Island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the Continent,
a part of the main.

Any man's death diminishes me, because
I am involved in Mankind; And therefore
never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.
-- John Donne

Requiescat in pace, Woody.


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bluering


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Thanks for adding the pictures, guys.


cosmiccragsman


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Oh WOODY,
I love ya, my man.
I will ALWAYS remember our CLIMBS together.

This ones DEDICATED to YOU!!!



"Thinkin' of the WOODSTER" 5.9

FA 03/18/09 by Cosmic, Locker, and Blitzo.









Taken a week and a half ago.













Other pics of, "The WOODSTER"




Father and Daughter.














Dwain/Cosmic


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HIGHER_CLIMBER


Mar 19, 2009, 11:49 AM
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Unfortunately, I never met Woody. However, even I feel like I have lost something. He was obviously a great friend, and climber to many. I pray his family, friends, and partners are able to enjoy his spirits in everything they do.

R.I.P. WOODY


Adk


Mar 21, 2009, 5:00 AM
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I never met Woody but I had once heard stories about his courage and cool nerves while climbing.
RIP Woody. My most sincere condolences go to your family.


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Mar 21, 2009, 2:01 PM
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Here is one more voice to the condolences to his friends and family. Some of his routes have been on my ticklist for a while and he will clearly be missed by not just those who knew him, but by his family and friends.

-F


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A bit of thread drift has been going on, I would just like to comment again on how strongly influenced I was by Woody, not the climber, but the person. His character and attitude were flawless, and I have a lot to learn from the unquestionable honesty he possessed.


I can't wait to climb in Joshua Tree again, it is such a beautiful place. Woody was blessed to spend time there with good (WONDERFUL) people. Maybe I'll make some friends there too!



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Mar 22, 2009, 6:49 AM
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Today being the one-week anniversary of Woody's death, it is surely a difficult day for his family and loved ones. Hoping that sweet memories of their times with him are able to be of comfort and help ease the sadness.


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my condolences to friends and family.


mecalekahi-mekahidyho


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Although I havent had the pleasure of meeting him I offer my condolences to friends, family, and all affected by such a great loss.

He sure as hek lived to the fullest, If we were all so fortunate to have a mentor/partner with these qualities.

R.I.P.


sonso45


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My sincere condolences to Woody's family. I never met him although I wish I had and will think of him when I return to J Tree.

I definitely enjoyed his routes and through that I shared his excitement for this way of life. I'll pray that his loved ones find peace in his passing.


mountainman


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We climbed Tahquitz and J Tree together and had some great days.

I thought of him as a great warrior poet, and always thought we would climb together again. How sad.

Rest in peace my friend.


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