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#56505 - 10/29/19 10:22 PM Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7947
Loc: Fresno, CA
Just noticed a post on Whitney Portal Store message board by Doug. He wrote that Bob Rockwell passed away this morning. Here's the link.

Bob was a great contributor to the message boards over the years. He authored a study that changed my outlook on the water quality of streams in the Sierra: "Giardia lamblia and Giardiasis, with Particular Attention to the Sierra Nevada". (I'm glad I got a copy of the document before it disappeared.) When I hiked with him, he always got a picture of people drinking directly from the streams.

He had several other great stories regarding Mt Whitney. One was the time when he was 15, that he hiked to the summit, spend a cold night in the hut, to watch the flash of an atomic bomb test in southern Nevada.

Another was his climbing Mt Whitney via his numerous shortcut routes, and repeatedly being passed by the same hiking group on the trail. I wish I had copies of those stories, but the site where he kept them was gone when his health failed.

I'll try to write more later.

Rest in Peace, Bob.

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#56506 - 10/29/19 10:23 PM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7947
Loc: Fresno, CA
Sharing a picture by Richard P of Bob and Richard on the Whitney Summit:


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#56507 - 10/30/19 07:00 AM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: Steve C]
MikeH Online


Registered: 04/05/18
Posts: 64
Loc: Escondido, CA
RIP Bob.

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#56508 - 10/30/19 07:24 AM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: Steve C]
Sierra Angler Offline


Registered: 05/10/13
Posts: 76
Loc: Lake Tahoe California
Bob was good American and friend . I am very sorry to hear about his end of days Trail Hiking in Gods Paradise .... " The Sierra Nevada Mountains " . Take care Bob and God Bless you ! Cheers ! Sierra Angler

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#56509 - 10/30/19 09:10 AM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: Steve C]
CMC2 Offline


Registered: 11/04/09
Posts: 161
Loc: CO
I only hiked once with Bob and that was the Mt Route up Whitney. I remember a remark that he made which pretty well sums up what Bob was all about. I don't have the remark written down so I will write it as close as I can remember it from a long time ago.

Bob Rockwell: " I don't want to go to Heaven unless there are mountains there"

Farewell my good friend, Ernie Cunliffe

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#56511 - 10/30/19 09:50 AM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: Steve C]
bobpickering Online


Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 458
Loc: Reno, Nevada
I met Bob on the Whitney summit in 2010. It was a “WPS Senior Climb”. Bob was handing out $2 Baskin Robins gift certificates, with the “BR” logo enhanced to say “Bob Rockwell”. I still have mine, and I will never spend it. We all miss you, Bob.

Originally Posted By: Steve C
I wish I had copies of those stories.

Steve, I just emailed you the giardia article and the “Old Age and Trickery” story. Feel free to post them.

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#56520 - 10/30/19 06:11 PM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: Steve C]
Bob West Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 834
Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
We have lost a really good guy. I first met Rockwell when he was on China Lake MRG, and I was with Inyo SAR. He was always someone you could trust your life with during a SAR operation. He was one of the really strong mountaineers and enjoyable companion during and after each mission.

Here's a short bio of Bob from Stanford:

https://stanfordmag.org/contents/a-record-high

Bob was the one who showed me the secret descent route down the Whitney trail. Shhh! I won't tell them, Bob!

Here's a toast to you Bob: Cheers!


Edited by Bob West (10/30/19 06:32 PM)

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#56522 - 10/30/19 11:02 PM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: bobpickering]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7947
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: bobpickering
Steve, I just emailed you the giardia article and the “Old Age and Trickery” story. Feel free to post them.

Thanks Bob! I'll put them up on this site so they're available and accessible.

Bob West, I remember Bob Rockwell telling me on a hike up Whitney of several rescues he was on. I think his last climb of Whitney with Jay D. turned into a recovery, so Bob became the radio relay person.

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#56535 - 10/31/19 06:27 PM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: Steve C]
+ @ti2d Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 837
Loc: Sheridan, OR
Our condolences to Sheila and the Rockwell family.

Journey well in heaven, Bob!

Maybe you can show God how to "filter water through your teeth."

Also, maybe rename Mt. Whitney to Mt. Rockwell. Doubt Josiah Whitney ever reached the summit.

I remember a photo of Bob with a caption below that read, "If there are no mountains in heaven, then I don't want to go there."

Well, Bob, I am pretty sure there are plenty of mountains in heaven.
_________________________
Journey well...

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#56540 - 11/02/19 09:29 AM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: Steve C]
Clmbr Offline


Registered: 06/19/19
Posts: 6
Loc: CA
This is a tremendous loss to the California mountaineering community (and of course the Mt. Whitney climbing community). He will be missed.

Most of you will have already seen this, but here's the story of Bob's first ascent of Mt. Whitney 67 years ago in May 1952. It is worth reading.

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5...Spring+2013.pdf

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#56541 - 11/02/19 12:37 PM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: Clmbr]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7947
Loc: Fresno, CA

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#56542 - 11/02/19 12:46 PM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: Clmbr]
Fran Offline


Registered: 01/23/11
Posts: 7
Loc: Hanford, Ca
Thank You for the tribute to Bob and this very interesting article.

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#56543 - 11/02/19 12:48 PM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: Steve C]
Fran Offline


Registered: 01/23/11
Posts: 7
Loc: Hanford, Ca
Thanks Steve for your article also. Very interesting.

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#56548 - 11/05/19 06:56 PM Re: Rest in Peace, Bob Rockwell [Re: Steve C]
DUG Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 372
Loc: Wildomar
Fair winds and following seas my friend.............................................DUG

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