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Starjumper7
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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 2:40 pm 
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Hi, I'm a friend of Dave Rockey's, and we used to do a lot of four and five day hikes in the Cascades and Olympics.  I left Washington for Ecuador around ten years ago, so haven't been in touch.  His screen name was Drock, I think, but I see there is a Drock listed in members but it only shows two posts.

Does anyone here know about Dave?
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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 2:58 pm 
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Haven't seen him here in a long time.  Have you tried searching for him on facebook?
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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 3:17 pm 
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Yes, I looked on facebook and he's not there.  I know, from my hikes with him, that he had a tendency to get himself into some very dangerous situations on the mountains, and a couple of times he took me along on those.  We only lived through it by chance.  Maybe he didn't live through one of his adventures.

Anyway, I wrote and published a book and it mentions him and describes one of those death defying feats.  I wanted to tell him about it.

Now I'm living very close to the crest of the Andes mountains in Southern Ecuador, in a more or less remote, semi wilderness area, surrounded by mountains as far as the eye can see.
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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 3:28 pm 
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Sounds interesting. Do you have any pictures?

What is the name of your book?

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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 3:34 pm 
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SJ, I think you're referring to Captain Trips (was DROCK before he changed username):

http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=109
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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 3:36 pm 
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reststep wrote:
Sounds interesting. Do you have any pictures?

What is the name of your book?

I remember you, or at least your name, from when I was active here.  I didn't talk about it much, but maybe you recall I was a student of a Chinese master in Seattle who was also Bruce Lee's main kung fu teacher.

The book is all about the man, his amazing abilities, and the amazing things that I experienced as a result of his training.  It's all about qigong and some of the most advanced martial artists in the world.

Titled:  A Lineage of Dragons
A Lineage of Dragons

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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 3:40 pm 
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Tom wrote:
SJ, I think you're referring to Captain Trips (was DROCK before he changed username):

http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=109

Yes, that's it, thanks,  Captain Trips, made much easier now that it's legal.

I see he was active up until a couple of years ago.
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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 3:47 pm 
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reststep wrote:
Sounds interesting. Do you have any pictures?

Yes, mucho pictures, here are a few:

This is my 70 acres and the house that I built


Our horses  ...  and one visiting donkey


Up near the top of the Andes


The Andes mountains are lower here because the Amazon River used to run through to the Pacific Ocean, eroding the new Andes, until the mountains started rising too quickly and forced the amazon to flow to the Atlantic.


This is the typical view at the top, looking down into the Amazon basin to the east, one hour drive from my house, and one of the few roads in south America that go 'nowhere'.


Local house


Condor coming in for a landing
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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 3:54 pm 
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Thanks,

Looks beautiful

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PostWed Sep 11, 2019 9:47 pm 
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Could be one of these guys. Amazing how many there are in Wa


https://www.whitepages.com/name/Dave-Rockey
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PostWed Sep 11, 2019 11:33 pm 
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I remember Starjumper7, I  think. Didn't  you once go on a trip with no food, just some frozen OJ, and ate berries?

My favorite Dave Rockey memory: at the campout social we had at American Ridge Lodge back in the day, Dave stumbled off towards his tent at the end of the night's party, and ended up just sleeping in the woods nearby.

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