Anyone Know Who Topped Out on Mescalito Area Around 7/30/10?


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Trad climber
quaking has-been
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 31, 2010 - 06:45pm PT

Back in the 50's, 60's, and 70's it was pretty much "anything goes" for bigwall pooping. You just dropped trow' and let her fly. We all did it. Things got pretty ugly on the more popular routes. The chimney below Big Sandy on the NW Direct was a sewer. The ledges on the upper Nose-ugly.

The 80's brought in the brown paper bag method. It saved the ledges but the base of El Cap looked like a brown paper poop bag battleground. Anywhere you walked were exploded paper bags of poop. How many people really went back to pick up their mess?

Somewhere in the last 20 years the poop-tube method was introduced. More hassle for those involved but much better for the environment. It's actually illegal to throw stuff, including human waste, off El Cap.

For the past week, a party on Mescalito or some nearby route has been throwing off garbage and brown poop bags every day. The base is littered with exploded poop bags, used water bottles, cans, and plastic bags full of garbage. They waited till after dark to huck their trash. You could hear it make it's way down. They were only climbing at night. They'd hole up during the day.

Do you think they'll go back up and pick up their trash? Does anyone care??


Trad climber
SeKi, California
Jul 31, 2010 - 07:09pm PT
This is just sick! The worst kind of climbers giving all us others a lumped up bad name. I hope we catch their names.........Thanks for posting!! If we don't police ourselves its gonna be the permit thing and this is just the stuff that gets it going.......

Social climber
Jul 31, 2010 - 07:17pm PT
Since they topped out yesterday, they are probably at the EC bridge or meadow tossing empty beer cans into the Merced.

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jul 31, 2010 - 07:54pm PT
what, no sh#t eating bears in the park anymore?


Trad climber
san diego
Jul 31, 2010 - 08:15pm PT
Disgraceful indeed!

Somebody needs to work them over.

Yes, 70's we just dropped our trow and let go. I recall one of my partners barely was able to finish his lead. Got me, and the guys about five pitch's below us so bad that they rapped off. Disgusting memory, but it was just the way it was done then.

We always carried our other trash down in the pig though. Even slow biodegradable, like banana peels & orange peels. At least the guy's I rolled with did. I believe there was a closer connection to the environment/nature back then than now. Now it's more of a PC thing etc., not as aesthetic/harmonious/intimate a relationship with the environment...stone included. Just my take on it.

Aug 1, 2010 - 01:06am PT
Thanks, mastadon, for pointing it out. Bad style. It's not hard to do much better. A burly stuff sack or two for trash, and a pipe bomb or waste case. People duct tape up cans of trash or even poop. Some make a mobile of shitbags under the haul bag. So many options that work without ruining someone's walk.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Aug 1, 2010 - 01:14am PT
I was out climbing tonight. What's the latest poop ?

Trad climber
san diego
Aug 1, 2010 - 01:19am PT
"What's the latest poop?"

Wear your hip waders on the approach to the Nose/E Face.
rich sims

Trad climber
Aug 1, 2010 - 05:36am PT
I think the worst I came across was tampons hanging (used) on sickle ledge.
It was a party of fours high and low point.

Trad climber
s. ca.
Aug 1, 2010 - 07:00am PT
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.......SH........................IT. say, i am a supertopian newbie and this discusion makes me feel shi.....ty.

Trad climber
san diego
Aug 1, 2010 - 10:32am PT


And the next orange you eat, eat the peeling(smoke the banana peel).

BITD, the guys I "rolled with" woulda...
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Aug 1, 2010 - 11:47am PT
Unbelievable in this day and age! Had this been during the spring or fall wall season, the culprits would have been caught because so many people are around the wall. Too bad Tom Evans wasn't around with his telescope.

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Aug 1, 2010 - 12:19pm PT

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Aug 1, 2010 - 05:34pm PT
why would people want to ruin such a proud ascent with this kind of behavior? who did this? can we confiscate their gear and sell it for yosemite fund?

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Aug 1, 2010 - 05:40pm PT

Talk about putting the "mess" in Mescalito...


Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Aug 1, 2010 - 05:47pm PT
f*#king dirtbags!
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 1, 2010 - 06:05pm PT
It sounds like they bottomed out, not topped out.

Trad climber
san diego
Aug 1, 2010 - 06:33pm PT
All the bongs(both kind)that you find/found are mine. I have a habit of cleaning any fixed bongs and tossing them to pick up at a later date(that's where the other "bong" comes in)I left a couple of those "bongs" stashed in various sundry locations along the base, don't ask why(because I can't remember). I am awesome in the wide's, and rarely if ever place any pro. We're talkin Excalibur, SoH, Horse Chute... So I want them all back, or else I'll have a word with WB and there won't be no "pluckin" ya next time!

Edit: Woe dude, "contacted the police"? Definately unwise, and I don't inhale anyway, so...

And I have been wondering, how could ya smell mary with all the poop?

Dude, I think you're a troll...

Big Wall climber
Aug 1, 2010 - 06:38pm PT
I picked up all the trash I could find along the base of El Cap today, including this stuff. It took me ever-so-slightly longer than reading this thread and writing this reply...and was much more scenic and enjoyable....

Even though these folks made an error in judgement by bumbling and dropping this stuff, I was encouraged to learn that they were staying extremely well hydrated with large numbers of our favorite malt beverages, the cans of which were interspersed with their "lunch bags".

On my way out I noticed some handsome and interesting characters heading that way, and I believe they may have been the clumsy climbers who accidentally dropped the stuff, going back to pick it up. So they might be only half guilty.

For those of us regularly picking up these curiosities, the compostable "brown" paper bags aren't nearly as intriguing as the sliced open then duct taped closed gallon jugs, with "something" inside. What do you do with these? What happens to the ones not found? Though similar in construct to a ship-in-a-bottle, they aren't very pleasing on the mantel shelf.

-Jake Whittaker
NPS Wilderness/Climbing Ranger

Trad climber
quaking has-been
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 1, 2010 - 06:50pm PT

Thank you Jake. Thank you very much.

I picked up a few things but, unfortunately, I had a 110-lb demon on my back at the time.....
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