Current TortoiseClimbing™

TortoiseClimbing™ is now a multifaceted undertaking with 4 informal subsidiaries:

There are various envisioned projects in the "pipeline" for recordings and/or companion books. As those projects evolve, additional information about them will be added to this website.

Current activities of TortoiseClimbing™ are:


The Crucifixion

The score for The Crucifixion became Public Domain the beginning of 2023, removing copyright restriction. That allowed TortoiseClimbing Audio™ to master and restore the 1959 recording, creating a digital audio file, which it is making available as a Free download.

TortoiseClimibing Audio™ was able to take advantage of this opportunity because:

Therefore, it applied those capabilities to:

The end of January 2023 Tortoiseclimbing Audio™ completed mastering and restoring of the digital audio file of The Crucifixion and posting it on download pages of this website.

It will also be made available for Free download from the Online store for TortoiseClimbing™.

Hymns and Songs for Living

Finishing touches are being put on the draft master for this very long album of 26, mostly nostalgic, traditional hymns and songs drawn from my parents favorites. Target for completion is late Spring 2023. The online store for TortoiseClimbing™ is being set up.

Advance Podcasts

In late 2023, we plan to begin recording advance podcasts of chapters from the eBook, History through 26 Hymns and Songs. The advance podcasts will be made available both as:


When the podcast series is completed, the parts will be assembled and augmented as appropriate for an audiobook. Target for availability of complete audiobook is end of 2024.

eBook (Publishing)

TortoiseClimbing Publications™ is working with Ms. Ingrid Bartinique as editor for the eBook, History Through 26 Hymns and Songs. Her editing has been slowed by some health issues, but target for completing is latter part of 2023.


TortoiseClimbing™ completely replaced its initial 2003-4 static website. The initial website was built with HTML3 when CSS2 was new and not widely supported by browsers, because it was only in its infantile stages. No server-side programming was used supporting a contact page, and only rudimentary client side programming was included as offered by the FrontPage web building software.

In contrast, TortoiseClimbing™'s new, interactive website is built using:

TortoiseClimbing™ was able to obtain bio information for most artists involved in Phase I and Phase II of Hymns and Songs for Living.


TortoiseClimbing™ continues to have very simpatico working relationships in the audio world with Mr. McElroy and Ms. Gerber-Salins, and in the editing world with Ms. Ingrid Bartinique. They were and are:

K's Pet Care

While a far different activity than recording, publishing, website building, etc., this is another aspect of TortoiseClimbing™, also representing a somewhat serendipitous or otherwise evolution. K is friends with a then neighbor who established a Pet Care services company. At one point the neighbor needed assistance with her Pet Care business, which caused K to review her situation. Namely, she:

So, K volunteered to help out the neighbor's company providing such services. Just as other aspects of TortoiseClimbing™ evolved, K's efforts evolved into assisting her friend and other friends, acquantiences and then others. As part of this service, K acquired a variety of additional specialized training and skills in providing care for animals needing special assistance.

Thus, over time the initial volunteering to help grew into K's ongoing Pet Care services, with its own webpage on TortoiseClimbing's™ website, and David assisting.

-- So --

After all these, and more, TortoiseClimbing™ was created and evolved into an independent:

What Do You Think?

Were all these: logical evolutions; serendipitous happenstances; destined; or maybe some combinations?

That's the story!

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