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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 21, 2012 - 09:17am PT
Before you came in
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1923132&msg=1923134#msg1923134

Reprise

The Park Down the Street

When you can't be with the one you love, honey, love the one you're with. Love the one you're with.... this is the park down the street. Its not the same as the park up in the mountains. I love the park up in the mountains. But I can't be there. So I'm here.


At least I'm here with my favorite climbing partner.


Now its my turn. You can really get some good moves on this thing, if you want.














Ah the good ole No Hands!


Then some dinner and a glass of wine.


Then off on the next trip (sigh...)
DMT
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Sep 21, 2012 - 09:24am PT
That is a great little structure. How was it built, onsite or modular? Looks like you can get a little workout on it.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 21, 2012 - 09:24am PT
Hey DMT,
The boulders matches you hair color, sorry to say matches mine also! LOL
What town is that in?, wish Redding had some of those.
Tad

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 21, 2012 - 10:31am PT
C'mon to Merced, DMT.

We'll go traverse the back wall of the Grocry Outlet and head over to the Sound Abatement Wall at the Santa Fe track. Then we can't not go to the Cinema Cafe on Main for brunch.

Bring me your leader, Poppy! She looks like a heroic type like you...
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 21, 2012 - 11:27am PT
Jon I think they were built off site. They were built by a defunct Canadian firm out of Vancouver I believe. I would expect a couple of steel beams or a foundation of some other sort, were required. Its solid, for sure. Fiberglass but with the look and feel of granite, its really quite elegant. It really looks like granite, you have to thump it with your hand to tell the difference.

T - I like that. I'm not salt and pepper, rather I have a head of granite.

Mouse - she'll kick our butts. And no offense bro but if I have time to drive to lovely Merced I have time to drive to lovely granite and get in 30 minutes more time climbing, to boot!

But yes, she's the heroic type and will save us from Gravity's Creep.

DMT
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Sep 21, 2012 - 07:38pm PT
In that other thread you mentioned, how did you take those photos of yourself climbing? tripod? kite?


as far as the 4:10 to Yuma goes, I don't get it. Must be some kinda 'in(ward)' thing huh?
WBraun

climber
Sep 21, 2012 - 08:21pm PT
The Park Down the Street

Looks sterile. :-)

Not that there's anything wrong with that!

But you still rock as "The All American Dad" DMT!!!!!

zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Sep 21, 2012 - 08:23pm PT
^I don't know about sterile. Did you observe the pellets on the top. Has this site been hanta tested?
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Sep 21, 2012 - 08:39pm PT
Looks like you guys have got it all to yourselves.

rock on!
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Sep 21, 2012 - 08:42pm PT
I love this, DMT...

Kaity is a beautiful, strong young lady, and lucky to have you.

~peace, LM
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 22, 2012 - 08:09am PT
Its not bad Werner, as far as parks in a boomtown go. It didn't exist a decade ago. It was a brown, neglected field on the corner of a very busy intersection. It could have ended up a Super Walmart. If those bastards in Bentonville had their way, it WOULD BE a Super Walmart. We fought the law, and the law lost, by god.

On any given afternoon you'll see fotball in play, as well as at least two baseball or softball games. Kids will be running everywhere, playing on the playground with its rubberized asphalt soft springy surface and trapezoid rope structure. Used to chase all my kids around that park, playing tag and 'see if you can stand on top of the ball.' (no one ever could).

The climbing structures appeared almost over night - one day they weren't there, the next, they were, PLOP! Manna from heaven, totally unexpected. Less than a mile from my house.

Yes Leggs she is beautiful but it is I who am lucky to have her :-)

Lolli I know what you mean.

DMT
mite

Ice climber
New York
Oct 6, 2012 - 12:13am PT
Many bed an tempting shallow but no depth, shortly forgotten when done. There are those with a account of thought hideous back stabs, that's when you get offend. Breaks your posterior and castanets.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 9, 2012 - 02:14am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#267220

round and round my little boulder I go
round and round my little boulder I go
Credit: Dingus Milktoast

Where I'll stop
Where I'll stop
Credit: Dingus Milktoast

photo not found
Missing photo ID#267226

DMT
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Oct 9, 2012 - 02:27am PT
like
ladyscarlett

Trad climber
SF Bay Area, California
Oct 9, 2012 - 02:34am PT
that autumn color is just so compelling...

just gotta feel it, see it under the hands, touch it with the fingers...

oh yeah

Cheers

LS
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 9, 2012 - 11:14am PT
^^^ That can be arranged.







DMT
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Oct 9, 2012 - 12:04pm PT
There is a fine tradition of climbers using playground equipment.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 17, 2012 - 11:35pm PT
Kaity and I hit the park again this evening. I asked her after school,

"Dinner tonight?" We'd agreed last night, to do something. She agreed quickly, 'yep.'

"Sushi?" I asked anxiously.

"Yes." She said pleasantly enough, in return.

"How about a little bouldering at the park too?" I added.

"OK." She replied after a brief consideration.

"Before we eat would be best don't you think?" I prodded.

"Yep." She smiled back. And twenty minutes later the sun was dropping into the coast ranges and Kaity and I were walking up the sidewalk to the park down the street.

I had a camera in my pocket but couldn't be bothered to take any pictures. Its the same scene over and over, nawmean?

And yet it was special, our time together, playing on an artificial rock.

"Your lead Kaity, see if you can go 5 laps!" Was my challenge. It was clear she was driving hard to the goal, 1, 2, 3 laps and counting. She was taking different lines and using different holds, too.

Its also continuously overhanging and quite relentless from a rest perspective. I was getting SERIOUSLY PUMPED!

And still my darling daughter cranked move after effortless move, always out in front of me, always a few moves ahead. After the 3rd lap my forearms were burning bad! I was pondering not if I could keep up with my daughter, but when I would have to drop off. Cause I was seriously PUMPED!

Then she sort of giggled and stepped down, somewhere on the 4th lap and said,

"I thought I was going to be able to make it but I just couldn't go a move farther." I stepped off one move shy of where she did and thanked her profusely,

"Thanks Kaity. I was so totally pumped I thought my forearms were going to explode. I'm glad you stopped!" We laughed, sat on a park bench and talked as our muscles regrouped. After 10 minutes we hit the harder 'medium boulder' and then went counter-clockwise on the big boulder, for the Final Pump.

20 minutes start to finish, two flame out sessions and then off to Makuni's sushi bar, where we had thin sliced albacore with jalepenos and the chef's sashmi combo with octopus, white tuna, hamachi, maguro, and salmon, mmmmmm.

Then we drove to Gunther's, the local Sacramento old fashioned ice cream shop place, truly something special. I had pralines and she had maple nut. Lol. Balmy evening, short sleeved, windows down on the ride home.

DMT
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Oct 18, 2012 - 01:16am PT
A wonderful recount of time with Kaity this evening...

Beautiful, Dingus.

~Peace, LM
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Oct 18, 2012 - 01:36am PT
Hey DMT

Those photos of that park in the evening light are pretty cool

Except there's some old guy climbing there
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