Photos & stories from the FA of Shaken, Not Stirred, 1997

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Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 6, 2013 - 05:57pm PT
Continuing the walk down memory lane I began with the A Fine Piece thread I started a few weeks ago (and to which I gave a massive update last night), I just got another few sheets of slides back from the scanner and decided to make a similar post about the first ascent of Shaken, Not Stirred that Jim Donini and I made on the south face of the Mooses Tooth in 1997.

Amongst an outrageous ton of climbing we did together in the middle and late 1990s, three first ascents really stand out in my mind. None of them were cutting edge in terms of difficulty, but all three were truly world-class beautiful. Sophia Loren kind of beautiful. (The Old Smuggler's Route and A Fine Piece in Patagonia and Shaken, Not Stirred in Alaska).

There were three others in Patagonia that were merely garden-variety pretty good. Jennifer Aniston kind of pretty good. ;-)

I think Shaken, Not Stirred has had tons of traffic in the last 12 years, and I encourage people to add their own photos and stories to this thread.

Jim Donini in Englishman's Col, contemplating the Ruth Gorge
Jim Donini in Englishman's Col, contemplating the Ruth Gorge
Credit: Gregory Crouch
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 6, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
Croikys,, JD is gonna give Fred B a run for his moolah...
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Mar 6, 2013 - 08:05pm PT
I'll post a few photos of the ascent Steve Farrand and I made in March of 2001 when I get a chance. Great Route!
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Mar 6, 2013 - 10:03pm PT
That's a fine and fun looking couloir adventure in a totally bitchen place. Way classic, I'd say, and perfect weather to top it off.

A once in a lifetime experience doesn't happen often enough...
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Mar 6, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
so what's the season for this route these days -- April? Even though the FA (for neighboring Ham and Eggs) was made in mid-July I'm guessing anything from June onward is bogus
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Mar 6, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
We had excellent conditions in March
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2013 - 10:26am PT
Please do, JohnKelley!

We had a great ride, and I've been enjoying revisiting the photos and memories 15-odd years down the line.

It still floors me that that thing hadn't been noticed prior to the spring of 1997.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2013 - 10:31am PT
A view back to Mount Dickey from inside the couloir
A view back to Mount Dickey from inside the couloir
Credit: Gregory Crouch
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
The converse of the photo posted yesterday, and the view which reveale...
The converse of the photo posted yesterday, and the view which revealed the route. In my version of the story. :-)
Credit: Gregory Crouch
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Mar 8, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
Awesome
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