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OUR STORY

 

Hi... We're a couple goobers with a passion for climbing and mountaineering. We love the history of the sport. More specifically, we really really love the history of the sport in the western United States. The dreamers, the dope-smoking Stonemasters, the dirtbags and fun-hoggers, the legends who walked the Valley floor. With great reverence for those who paved this path before us, we begin our story.

Our first project was to find Sheridan Anderson. We'd seen his art on the cover of Summit magazine and in Royal Robbins' Rockcraft books. As it turns out, Sherry, had moved on in 1984. But he's survived by his wonderful brother and sister-in-law and their family. We were able to reach Sheridan's family and worked with his brother, Michael, to digitize boxes of Sheridan's slides, letters and doodle and to retell the story of the great climbing illustrator!

The goal here is to make exceptional product with the most minimal environmental footprint. We are working to be alchemists of apparel-- taking existing garbage, old and battered, and turning it into re-envisioned gold.

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SHERIDAN ANDERSON'S STORY

Join us in celebrating the life and illustrations of Sheridan Andreas Mulholland Anderson (September 18, 1936 — March 31, 1984), aka E.L. Wolfinger III aka Baron Von Mabel aka SAMA, legendary illustrator, climber, backpacker, mountaineer, fly-fisherman, Camp Four storyteller, sign-painter, perpetual mischief maker, “ETERNAL FOE OF THE WORK ETHIC,” and occasional boozer.

Sherry lurked the Yosemite Valley and Eastern Sierras in the golden era when the kids were brave and strong and still thought hammering metal pitons into rocks was an acceptable practice. He illustrated and satirized the 1960s and 70s worlds of rock climbing, backpacking and fly-fishing. His illustrations and cartoons appeared in Royal Robbins' Rockcraft climbing manuals, Summit and Ascent magazine, Joe Kelsey's bizarro Vulgarian's Digest and the equally wonderful, Descent.

Eccentric Practices is excited to partner with Sheridan's brother, Michael Anderson, to share the art and retell the story of one of the Valley's most eccentric characters.

 
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