TR 2010-02-28 Yosemite Cragging in verses that rhyme


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Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 8, 2010 - 04:12pm PT
I was inspired by this thread where I first posted it:

But I'm basically vain (or I crave validation) and want more coverage. Plus, I want to be able to find it more easily later. So here goes:

TR: 2010-02-28 (Yosemite Cragging by Nutjob and Le_Bruce)

Le_bruce and I planned for the Center of Geek Tower,
but in the winter misty morning our spirits did cower.
So instead we took pictures and cruised over to Reed's...
At the turn-out the 'topians moved slow as our speed!

There we found scuffy and spyork and ablegable,
also susu and kev were at the table.
Breakfast on campstoves and leisurely starts,
with regales and climbing tales flowing from all parts.

When the time came we pulled on our gear,
I hiked to the base in flip-flops, I fear.
Le_bruce took the first lead on Reed's Direct,
and I had the nice second pitch next.

I wanted to finally get on the third,
the offwidth pitch where my pants risked a turd.
But alas the start was covered in water,
which cooled my resolve, I'd wait for days hotter.

But le_bruce led away on Bongs Away Left,
and I quickly followed that fun little cleft.
And then we set toprope for doing the Center,
of Bongs Away which was a nice short adventure.

We then set our sights on Chingando that day,
scuffy_b said we might need #6 on the way.
Well we didn't have it so I tried for a toprope,
but got lost in wet mossy chimneys - dope!

Away from Reed's, to Pat and Jack
Lots of fun for my first attack!
I linked Knobjob pitches one and two,
then we top-roped Book Em' Dano too!

As the light faded and cloud ceiling dropped,
We had but time for one little romp.
We set the top-rope on Generator Crack,
I wanted to stick it on my first whack.

I proceeded to flail, swinging past the tree,
A handful of times, even more maybe.
Le_bruce then took charge and got up quite high,
Using the tree by it made my confidence fly!

I then tried again, more humbly with the tree,
and used that baby as high as could be.
Eventually I grunted right into that crack,
and buried my leg past the knee, with handstacks.

And armbars, and whatever silliness I could contrive,
my body was trembling like an angry bee hive.
Somehow I got my right lower foot in the crack,
And proceeded to ratchet up it for a tack.

Then I was tired and it got more tough,
I came with bravado, it called my bluff.
I grunted and nearly pissed myself blind,
scratching for inches and bruised my behind.

Eventually I reached up high for a flake,
from which I could hang and give my arms a shake.
And that let me switch sides to get right-side-in,
and I finished that bad boy after an hour of hidin'.

We drove home that night, feeling all smug
Such a fine outing was like a drug
The first day of sunshine to visit in weeks,
We made the most of it, we two little geeks.


Social climber
Mar 8, 2010 - 07:21pm PT
Yeah! That was fun, great tr!

Trad climber
Southern California
Mar 8, 2010 - 08:26pm PT
What eKat said.

Makes me want to hop in the car tonight and head up.

Trad climber
Mar 8, 2010 - 08:38pm PT
Climbers and climbs described with rhyme
Yosemite falls surrounded by rime
Who would have thought of an idea so cool
Nutjob and lebruce, climbers that rule

Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Mar 9, 2010 - 12:31am PT
Very nice TR in verse Nutjob! Beautiful shots! That was a gorgeous weekend in the Valley!

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 9, 2010 - 01:40am PT
Terrific stuff and amazing photos. Thanks!

Trad climber
Mountain View
Mar 9, 2010 - 01:51am PT
looks like a good day pal. Gotta meet up soon for some granite!

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 17, 2010 - 08:13pm PT
Self-bump for more pics to improve the front page.

Msiddens... one of these days we'll climb something after One of These Days!

Here's Le_Bruce with an El Cap exercise weight rack for Bongs Away Left:

Why I didn't go for the last pitch of Reed's Direct:

Topping out Bongs Away Center:

Le_bruce heading up the first pitch of Reed's Direct:

Edit: If he went any higher with no gear, I'd make him put on tube socks and carry a ghetto blaster to recreate the werner pic.

Here I am somewhere right below the crux on Book 'Em Dano in fading light:

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Apr 15, 2019 - 09:31pm PT
Bump! I'm finding interesting stuff as I archive what's left of my climbing journals.
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