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survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 21, 2010 - 12:37pm PT
This ought to be one plenty of us can play on.
Tarbuster was encouraging me to scan up some more photos, so here you go!
These aren't as ancient as some of my pics anyhoo.

Awww, why limit ourselves to the Reggae Route? Got other Dome shots you wanna throw down? Go for it!


These are from a Cozmic Bandito ascent in 96, right after Keith and I did Excalibur. More to come later.


Dr. Voodoo Child on the sharp end.





Beautiful evening bivy, top-o-the-11th?






The smoker you drink the player you get.





Bring it on people! All things Half Dome are welcome here!
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 21, 2010 - 01:51pm PT
Survival busted hangdogging trying to free something right after Thank God Ledge...I think.







Voodoo Child enjoying TGL!
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 21, 2010 - 02:45pm PT
Such are the lonely fate of climbing threads here on SuperDrama Forum.

*Sigh*.......


The view down to Big Sandy from the Zig Zags.








Mel standing on TGL, almost 20 years after the first time we were there together.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Oct 21, 2010 - 02:53pm PT
Ah, if I only had photos to post. I did as a 16 yr. old, 30 yrs. ago now. Climbed it with another 17 and 18 yr. old if I remember correctly. I want to say one of the guys had a camera but I don't think I ever saw any of the shots. Pity. I'd be like a time machine.
squatch

Boulder climber
santa cruz, CA
Oct 21, 2010 - 02:58pm PT
F*ck yeah half dome!

Credit: squatch

Credit: squatch

Credit: squatch

Credit: squatch

Credit: squatch
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 21, 2010 - 03:01pm PT
Survival,
I bet you aren't aware that the Comte d'Artagnan made an ascent of the NWF BITD!

Le Comte d'Artagnan
Le Comte d'Artagnan
Credit: Reilly
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 21, 2010 - 03:19pm PT
Ah, if I only had photos to post. I did as a 16 yr. old, 30 yrs. ago now.

Hell yeah fat dad. Not many of us had a decent camera BITD. 1980 with a couple of other 17-18 yr olds? You guys are lucky you had ropes or any food up there, much less a camera! I was lucky and usually with someone that had a camera.

Keith and I had no camera on the Direct NWF, in 78, but we met up with Mel and Bryan on Big Sandy, and Bryan had a camera.

Even in 96 you can see I was shooting with a disposable panorama job....

Squatch, somebody has a better camera! Nice!

Reilly, ok, can you fill me in some more on that pic, or ascent?



The Brave Little Toaster waving from the diving board.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 21, 2010 - 03:44pm PT
Survival,
I refer, bien sur, to my esteemed partner's sartorial splendor a la his 'day job'....

Les Trois Mousquetaires
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Credit: Reilly




C'ette ascente was plus d' memorable excepté pour le facte that shortly après
le pendulum it began to snow très heavily and continued until le top.
I just wish I had taken le camera out for le traverse d' Thanksgiving Ledge avec
4" of neige on it - mon dieu -très formidable!
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 21, 2010 - 03:53pm PT
C'ette ascente was plus d' memorable excepté pour le facte that shortly après
le pendulum it began to snow très heavily and continued until le top.
I just wish I had taken le camera out for le traverse d' Thanksgiving Ledge avec
4" of neige on it - mon dieu -très formidable!
HA HA HA!!

Reilly, the part starting at 1:20 is for you!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP2QEFppqHc&feature=related







And just for good measure!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy51CTN6AfE&feature=related
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 21, 2010 - 04:18pm PT
Hoh, man, "Mais, oui".
"Yes, but you might have to feed them first."

"Hey, man, I'm startin' to freak out!"
"I'm outta it. They're outta it!"
"Can't you see he's havin' a big mac attack?"

"Oh my god, my balls are gone!"

Might have to add that 'un to my best movies list. Merci buckets!

Where's Tami? Snort, snort!
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 21, 2010 - 04:50pm PT
Nice evening view down the wall.

squatch

Boulder climber
santa cruz, CA
Oct 21, 2010 - 06:44pm PT
Looking down from the last belay. Notice last years humongous rock fall below

Credit: squatch
Hoots

climber
Toyota Tacoma
Oct 21, 2010 - 06:51pm PT
Yah! Thanks for posting mate, sadly I didn't bring a camera either! And a bump since this is CLIMBING related.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Oct 21, 2010 - 07:31pm PT
That was a pretty wild outing for me. First overnight climb for me and my partners. Some guys dodging loose blocks on an early ascent of Tis-sa-ack. Tourists kicking rocks off or dangling their legs off the Visor and spitting. Then you get all the lights from the campfires down in the Valley. Really memorable.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 22, 2010 - 12:28am PT
Gotta love the scenery from up there!







survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 22, 2010 - 05:59am PT
Borrowed from the Pate hate thread:
Funny how this bullshit gets 300 posts and the climbing threads get 20.

I was just thinking the same thing, not being able to sleep at 3:30 NM time.
Thanks for the thought turd. 'Cept you were posting over there.....



Anyway, Fat dad, I hear you. It is memorable doing something like that.
I was 17 when Keith and I did the Direct, and I remember more about that trip than many other walls. It was just sooo big and daunting. I was a tiny speck on that monster wall, and I felt it physically and psychologically. We blasted hard for Grand Terrace, but only made it to first Terrace (uncomfortable as hell), but we still did the route in 2 bivys. We met up with Bryan and Mel on Big Sandy and went to the top as a party of four the last day.



I have almost this identical picture from 1978, except substitute Bryan for Buggs. Gawd I wish I could find that photo.
L to R: Mel J, Buggs, Keith, Bruce
climber bob

Social climber
maine
Oct 22, 2010 - 07:49am PT
survival..got any pics from when lepton and i went to attempt the reggae route?
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 22, 2010 - 08:57am PT
Climber Bob, the memory banks are starting to grind a little bit. I think I'm beginning to remember that!

It was such a looong time ago, and there was sooo much partying!

Sorry man, I don't think I have flix of that momentous occasion.


Tell the story, even without pictures! C'mon, you can do it!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 22, 2010 - 01:13pm PT
yeah tell that one, I vaguely remember Lepton ("I am the ahyatola of Abseil") goin' on about it.
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Oct 22, 2010 - 02:50pm PT

This picture was arguably one of the most singularly influential images in my climbing infancy.
When the article came out I thought "I'd be happy just to get me arse up the thing in a week, with a hammer and all possibly accoutrement":

National Geographic, cover article - the first clean ascent of Half Do...
National Geographic, cover article - the first clean ascent of Half Dome
Credit: TrundleBum

A couple years later I made my first trip up the thang...
Hammerless ;)

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