rope/gear stolen: Pat and Jack Pinnacle


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Trad climber
Station Wagon, USA
Topic Author's Original Post - May 6, 2014 - 08:19pm PT
This is likely to get buried, but thought I'd post up a sad PSA of some stolen gear.

Last Saturday afternoon at P&J I had a rope yanked off my pack while my partner and I were up on Golden Needles. Brand new bright blue Edelweiss Oxygen II 8.2mm 60M. Obviously I don't expect to ever see it again, but if anyone happens to see it fixed on a wall or up for sale on Craigslist or the Camp 4 board... well, there's still nothing I could ask you to do.

The real bummer about the situation is that it hardens you a bit. You expect these kinds of things to happen in a city. We trust our fellow climbing/hiking/outdoor loving brethren and it's sad to have to spread the word to remind fellow climbers that we can't trust our things at the crags.

Aside from the rope, they yanked a grigri2, BD #2 and #4. They left the biners that had identifiable tape behind. The cams are additionally marked with pink nail polish at the top near the lobes.

Stay safe and keep an eye out for your things and for your fellow climbers' things. Cheers.

Credit: tahoe523

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
May 6, 2014 - 08:32pm PT
Sorry for your misfortune . . . some real scumbags out there.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 6, 2014 - 08:45pm PT
Thieves suck....

Only a real dirtbag would do such a thing. Lame.

May 6, 2014 - 09:35pm PT
Suck fest.

Here's an idea. How about you go back with a new rope and three people. Two of you climb. The third hides in the woods with a camera. When he steals your gear take his picture. Post it here and take It to the LEO in the valley. Hell a game trail camera would do the trick.

Trad climber
Idylwild Ca
May 6, 2014 - 10:30pm PT
Some friends of mine, back around 1976 stole a rope from Holubar, a gear shop that no longer exists. Most of the climbers we new would not climb with them again sighting the bad Karma they would incur climbing on a stolen rope.
Those guys that stole the rope got fat soon after high school and never climbed again.

Social climber
Truckee, CA
May 6, 2014 - 10:53pm PT
I hate hearing about sh#t like this. Thieves do suck. Hope they get caught, and you recover your stuff.

Santa Cruz
May 6, 2014 - 10:53pm PT
Not cool. Hard to imagine that people who could enjoy climbing someplace as awesome, fun, and beautiful and Pat and Jack (or anywhere in Yosemite) could be such losers as to rip you off like that. So sorry to hear that.
frog (the real frog)

Trad climber
San Diego
May 6, 2014 - 11:00pm PT
I've had just enough wine - may the perps have a loooooong fall on a looooow angle face - and may the fleas of a thousand camels infest their armpits (and nether regions) ...

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
May 6, 2014 - 11:02pm PT
That bites. Sorry to hear it.

Even in places more than an hour from a road, I might as well have had thieves. On separate occasions had squirrels chew through a nice pack, and had crows smear yogurt and applesauce all over my work Blackberry phone and destroy it (back when that was an advanced piece of technology).

Maybe this will make me more paranoid, give up cragging style, and leave nothing behind! It either stays at home or goes up with me. Maybe a water stash can be an exception.

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
May 6, 2014 - 11:24pm PT
What a complete drag. You have my sympathy.

Mountain climber
May 6, 2014 - 11:37pm PT
hey tahoe523, good to see you on here. am super bummed though about your post - totally sucks getting gear ripped off! :(

I hope you had good skiing this winter, wherever you happened to be.

Gym climber
May 7, 2014 - 01:39am PT
Worst Shino TR ever!

Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
May 7, 2014 - 11:19am PT
g-damn euros

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 7, 2014 - 11:36am PT
Sorry to hear it.

You climbing on an 8.2 as a single? Or is that a tag/rap line?

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
May 7, 2014 - 11:38am PT
Another reason not to climb in the valley.

May 7, 2014 - 12:57pm PT
Guess what everyone, the word is out among thieves about climbing gear. Anywhere you can walk they will walk. Don't leave gear at the base.

Sorry it happened to you. I think most people can relate to getting ripped off

Big Wall climber
Typewriters and Ledges
May 7, 2014 - 01:08pm PT
All the more reason to do obscurities.

San Jose, CA
May 7, 2014 - 01:11pm PT
Pat and Jack might be a "spot" for thievery, probably due to the big parking lot across the way and super easy walk up to the base. A few years ago we were on a multipitch romp up to the top of Jack Pinnacle and left some jackets and water bottles stashed neatly out of the way at the bottom. Came back down and it was all gone.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
May 7, 2014 - 01:25pm PT
Understand... the thieves are locals.


Trad climber
Fresno CA
May 7, 2014 - 04:35pm PT
This thread deserves a bump. It needs to stay on the front page a while longer to warn others of the dangers of "two-legged bears" in the Valley and, sad to say, many other beautiful places.

I guess that one of the advantages of pitons and old oval carabiners was the ability to stamp my initials in them. We did that to help sort gear BITD, but it would be a bit of a theft deterrent as well.

Of course, it also helps me establish the value of two of my prize possessions -- two old Chouinard Bugaboos with "CP" -- as in Chuck Pratt -- stamped in them. I got them from Pratt in the early 1970's.

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