Official BALCH FEST Invite: Nov 16-17th


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Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 29, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
Ok. So here's an official BALCH FEST invitation for those who might be stoked to throw themselves at an iconic hardman testpiece up on Balch Camp Flake in the foothills east of Fresno.

JCA's Wide World of Sport has held a legendary status since appearing in an old Patagonia(I think) photo a bunch of years back. A Supertopo Forum thread entitled "Leversee Offwidth Near Balch Camp"
kindled some interest in this mysterious route a few months back. I offered to get the trail in shape and head up there with some folks and before we knew it I had offered T-Shirts and a full on BBQ after the blood letting.

rough draft of t-shirt
rough draft of t-shirt
Credit: micronut

(None of these photos are mine...the main wall has routes up to 10 pitches long)

Several Taco members are very interested, and I've got a group email going to folks who showed real intent on coming.

If anybody is interested, please shoot me an email and I 'll add you to the list. Its a really cool location, high above Pine Flat Lake, about 1:30 minutes east of Fresno. For Central Cal climbers, Patterson Bluff and Balch Camp Flake have been shrouded in lore and mystery for decades. There are plenty of other more mortal routes in the area for those not interested in 5.11-5.12 maneaters. I'll be briging my big lens and will be shooting the action as some committed folks have a go at the beast.

If you ARE coming for sure, also feel free to use this thread to RSVP and give me your shirt size and when you plan on showing up.

Until then. May the Wide be with you.

Aaron Stireman

Gym climber
Siege tactics
Oct 29, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
See you there. 100% in.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 29, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
Obviously, I'm f*#king, in!

beneath the valley of ultravegans
Oct 29, 2013 - 06:45pm PT
Is the Fest my-side-in?

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Oct 29, 2013 - 06:58pm PT
Bummer- just added a funeral to my calendar that weekend- would have loved to met up with the party :(

San Jose, CA
Oct 29, 2013 - 09:01pm PT
I am in

Oct 29, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
I am in!
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Oct 29, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
I will come up and hack some brush. I won't try the offwidths, but there is plenty of other stuff to climb. I could never even get off the ground in those offwidths.

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 30, 2013 - 12:11am PT
Excellent Christina and Paul! Paul, I'll get in touch with you soon. Christina, I still have nightmares about your Basketcase epic! That TR is an all timer.

Trad climber
the basement of Lou's Tavern
Oct 30, 2013 - 12:41am PT
I'm for at least the Saturday. Given Paul's comment I dunno if i can climb them wide babies or not, but if there's other stuff, I'll snatch up that Medium T-shirt and climb that!

Oct 30, 2013 - 12:51am PT
I'm in.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 30, 2013 - 08:22am PT
Woohoo, Christina!!

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Oct 30, 2013 - 10:10am PT
kick ass out there everyone!!!!!!

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Oct 30, 2013 - 11:28am PT
I hope to be there! :D

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Oct 30, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
I can't do much this Saturday (Nov. 2) but please keep me in the loop, Paul. Barring unforeseen circumstances, I'll be there, and as a semi-local, will be happy to help/host as I can. Please let me know.

Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Oct 30, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
I might be there too. Not sure yet. Trying to sell myself for 4 days of climbing some place....have thursday-sunday off that weekend.

If there is one person who NEEDS to come climb that OW, it is Burchy!

Nov 3, 2013 - 01:29am PT
I would like a small tshirt if they are men's Scott!
See you there Jay!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 3, 2013 - 01:50am PT
This sounds like fun stuff.
Committee vote: I, yea; me, yes; myself, aye.
We'll all be there.

MiceFromMerced are focusing on the dates.
And fig bars.

Paul Martzen, is this the gathering that Molly was speaking of at Facelift? Sounds like...
Matt Sarad

Nov 3, 2013 - 07:55am PT
You boys have some fun for me!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 3, 2013 - 02:36pm PT
Anyone heard from our droog, Alexey?
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