Here for May, time to dogs around but bears abound


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Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - May 4, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Nicey ensconced in Yosemite young partner's first real trip to the Valley. Opening salvo the last two days was the NEB of HCR and the Steck/Salathe. Rest today then Good Book tomorrow and Moratorium/East Buttress link up on permitting.

So nice to have a hot shower and warm kitchen at dirt bagging days appear to be over.

George arrives the middle of the month.....let the party begin!

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
May 4, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
Wish I was there.

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 4, 2013 - 02:46pm PT
welcome home

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
May 4, 2013 - 02:48pm PT
You just braggig ;)

No pics?

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - May 4, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
Guess it does sound a bit that way Moose....just super excited to be here for my first extended stay since 1976. Ed understands. Also, nothing special in those climbs i mentioned.
Usually don't take pics on climbs that have been documented ad nauseum.

Trad climber
On the road!
May 4, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
Hey, I hope to get to the Valley some time in the next week or so ... would love to climb on a day when you need a partner.


May 4, 2013 - 04:31pm PT
donini's in the valley, oh man, the yunguns better step it up!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
May 4, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
Donini is my hero!

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 4, 2013 - 05:13pm PT
Ferret and I will be there next week...hope to see ya!

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 4, 2013 - 05:47pm PT
Not Always Two By Two

His body’s animals are cold out there—let them come in.

These fauna of teeth and lips graze silently in the shade of his hoody.

The horns of his hair shock you; his chameleon eyes, they surprise you through their windows.

Green—blue--green again. Gray all the way, like his hair.

That nose, though, it’s like a giraffe, an awkward beast fit to rub the ceiling of a great roof in a holy place like a catacomb built for two million.

Limbs like snakes, wrapping around himself and then windmilling to get the blood rushing as he wakes from hibernation.

While I am invading the privacy of his meal like a jay, he makes raccoon hands while he washes salad for breakfast.

He has the brain of an elephant, remembering everything he ever ate or climbed or f*#ked.

His animals of body are a welcome exhibition, a body zoo, among the plethora of herds of tourists here to watch not him but, rather, the waterfalls moult.

He is in possession of the house--shall we turn them loose?
--Ripped from William Leo Coakley's short poem from the 60s, Invasion of the Animals, and blatantly

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
May 4, 2013 - 07:18pm PT
where is El Cap Pics?

polishing those lenses i hope,


Trad climber
The state of confusion
May 4, 2013 - 07:22pm PT

Stayin' in the Ahwanee, Jim?
When's the Nose in a day on?
Have fun!!!

Gym climber
May 4, 2013 - 07:45pm PT

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 4, 2013 - 09:28pm PT
May the 4th, be with you!!

Credit: Jaybro

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
May 4, 2013 - 09:54pm PT
Glad to hear you're in the valley Jim!

Sent you a message last week regarding your upcoming event, hoping to make it out there but it depends on the day. Climb hard and keep us updated!

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
May 4, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
it's not Alaska or Patagonia, but it's still pretty cool

have fun
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
May 5, 2013 - 09:54am PT
Mr Donini, Sir.
When you get a few minutes will you please share with us your motivation
to continue climbing at your age and after what more than 50 yrs. at it.

My motivation to climb was and always has been to have fun, nothing to do with staying in shape or proving anything to myself or others, just to have FUN.
Is it still fun for you?

Have you ever taken a long hiatus from climbing then returned to it?
I was out of the game for 30 yrs., life events/responsibility, etc got in the way.

By the way, you must have a wonderful wife that allows/encourages you to follow this path you have chosen. My wife has put up with 33 yrs. of my crazy antics.

Any passions outside the climbing relm that you persue with such vigor?

Best to you and George, I'm pullin for ya!

The Warbler

the edge of America
May 5, 2013 - 01:03pm PT
Was looking forward to something from you...

Don't forget to place protection while you're racing up those training routes - you're not a kid anymore

Tear it up ol' buddy, wish I could get up there to see you
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 5, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
Hey donini its the people, not the routes, what make the pictures.

I'm just saying...


Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
May 5, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
Cool to have you in the Valley for an extended time and not just a quickie show and out! I will be coming up, for the season, in two days and perhaps will see you around the cafe or more likely at the ElCap Bridge!
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