He's At It Again!! This Time At Ten Sleep


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Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 19, 2019 - 02:07pm PT
Couldn't find an earlier post but...

Ol' Gluey Anderson is at it again. Like a calculated serial killer, he lays low for a bit and then strikes elsewhere. No one likes a serial driller and chipper! No excuse for his one-way BS. I feel for the local Ten Sleep climbers and this forever changed climbing resource.



Trad climber
Feb 19, 2019 - 04:28pm PT
I can really only think of two ways that they will stop Gluey Louie from doing this.

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Feb 19, 2019 - 04:58pm PT
It would be a hassle, but if you could get the State Legislature to pass a law saying it is illegal to glue and chip, then a few bigger, stronger climbers can make a "citizen's arrest." If the climbs are on federal land, makes it more complex, but maybe get something legal in place, so at least there is a precedent if he tries to relocate elsewhere.

To younger climbers who support him, if a route is over your grade, you have two options, stay off that route or top rope it. There is nothing at all wrong with top roping a route that is a bit above your grade, and hang dogging.

Years ago, when I worked at Tuolumne Lodge, one of our cooks wanted to throw his beer cans in the river. He was an old, broken down alcoholic who had lived in the city his entire life. Some people just don't get certain things.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 19, 2019 - 05:38pm PT
Time for a visit from the Glue Crux Clan. Nawmean?

Big Wall climber
Feb 19, 2019 - 05:43pm PT
For what it's worth, I have known Louie for many years and have enjoyed many a day at the crags with him. He is very motivated and friendly but I have seen firsthand how his ethics rub off on a new group of climbers who have gone on to establish new routes with an ethical style that I for one find appalling.

Here in Southern California, I saw how his friends pretty much hacked to death a crag near Acton. There is a classic crack climb, established by Ron Carson and Scott Loomis called the Electromagnetic Crack. This is one of the better cracks in the Los Angeles area. My friends & I had eyed some other potential routes but they were a bit too blank and we left them for a future generation. A few years pass and I hear from friends that a new slew of routes had been done there by friends of Louie's, Brent, Gary & Graham. I went over to see what had been added and it was disgusting how they hacked numerous pockets into the rock to force some 5.12's.

This is a perfect example of what the Ten Sleep community is worried about and they are correct in that by not condemning these practices, we inadvertently condone this kind of behavior which leads to the rock being damaged and opportunities for cutting edge routes lost forever to future generations of climbers. I applaud their efforts to nip this in the bud.

William Leventhal

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Feb 19, 2019 - 07:11pm PT
If the article is accurate, sounds like he's doing this at least partly to support a "climbing ranch" business. At a minimum, get people to boycott that.

Feb 19, 2019 - 08:39pm PT
Aaron Huey is THE man! Damn Californian climbers will show up, screw your sheep, bag yer routes (with glue no less) and piss on your ropes. Sorry Wyoming boyz. But it wasn't me this time and rest assured I never touched your sheep. Except maybe in my dreams. You'll best get it straightened out mano E manno I suspect, that's the best way. The negativity you'll create by a massive whinny bitchy publicity program like this is counterproductive. Simply sit these guys down and talk it out like real Wyomingsianions or whatever you call yourselves these days.

More background links:



Screw it, stunning pic I'm putting it up again (clearly not my picture) go to Arron Hueys site there's craploads more, all good stuff:

Such a fantastic picture.....never met the man but can't believe he'd let petty sh#t like this become an internet shitstorm without sitting down and working it out person to person. Could be wrong. I struck out with Bernie in 2016.

mike a.

Sport climber
Feb 19, 2019 - 09:33pm PT

Boulder climber
Feb 19, 2019 - 09:46pm PT
Slippery slope? Just chisel your way out.

Jim Henson's Basement
Feb 20, 2019 - 08:11am PT
It's an issue worth a very serious discussion.

Levy sort of mirrored my initial thought . Louis is an industrious guy and has made many valid contributions in his climbing career . It's unfortunate that he allowed himself to go so far down this rabbit hole he can no longer see or respect the spirit of outdoor climbing or preservation of the natural landscape at all. I find it very distressing to see this lack of ethics and selfish behavior being taught to the next generation of developers. It's sad this is what Louis will be remembered for.

So... How do we move forward as a community preserving these resources for the future? Every climbing are is unique- how do we establish (and enforce?) ethics for a particular area? If this is being done on public land - it endangers access for everyone. I'd say some self- policing and removal/ restoration would be in order In this particular case.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 20, 2019 - 09:40am PT
Another tagger/ vandal from SoCal soils wyo at all our expense....

Great that he has a good sid, maybe he will return to it. Or go back to so cal....
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
Feb 20, 2019 - 11:03am PT
Send this guy to some urban concrete bridge abutment or highway retaining wall and let him scratch that particular itch there - sort of a win-win. Just don't let him out into the woods with anything more than a rack of stoppers and hexes.

Gym climber
A dingy corner in your refrigerator
Feb 20, 2019 - 05:54pm PT
Bear ...with me : why can't people like this just find some bigger route to climb? Who the hell cares if someone else did it first? So many bad ass routes out there that I would be super proud to be the 5 to nth millionith to climb. Topropes are for chickenshits while one chisels their way to fam...? Count me humbly out, looking to make some $$$$$ for a REAL adventure. Have no kids to worry about, anyone want to join in ;)

Feb 20, 2019 - 06:43pm PT
Clearly you're going to miss out on the upcoming crucifixion. ^^^As a minimum people seem to need to fire up an internet shitstorm so that people who can't spell Ten Sleep, have never been there and can't find EVEN Colorado on the map let alone spell it....it's in Colorado right?. Anyway, lets get the pitchforks and torches out, someone needs to sh#t on his ropes and kill his dogs because folks can't have a personal conversion man to sheep direct like most folks in Colo.


PS, the above is full on sarcasm. Seriously guys....most of us don't know the guy, don't know the routes, don't know you, don't know sh#t from shinola but we all still get to weight in on it all anyway? Seriously, this is f*#king wrong. This thread is worse than the chipping. The chipping/gluing accusations suck, but this is suckier. This is what you guys want? Really? Can't we treat each other a tad better. Please, please, sit down and have an honest discussion together. Mooch? You want this bullshit to spin out of control with the things idiots like us will bring to a sh#t show?
dee ee

Mountain climber
Of THIS World (Planet Earth)
Feb 20, 2019 - 06:49pm PT
+2 what justthemaid said..

Big Wall climber
Bitter end of a bad anchor
Feb 20, 2019 - 06:52pm PT
Good points Levy and Maidy.


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 21, 2019 - 07:45am PT
Hey, if he has a job you could picket his workplace like hes a granitic abortionist!

Big Wall climber
Denver, CO
Feb 21, 2019 - 10:20am PT
I haven't seen Louie for years, but when I knew him, he was a friend and a really great guy to hang with.

I'm not personally into his (apparently) present style, but I'm with Couch on this one.

This thread is much ado about very little. It's a STYLISTIC rather than ethical issue. Or, at least, what most are calling "ethics" is on a REALLY broad continuum! SO broad that making an "ethical" case is tendentious at best!

We've all climbed routes with bolts for pro. Indeed, the "free" climbs on even sacred El Cap were almost entirely retrobolted. We've engaged in rock-destruction for countless decades, and unless you are basically free-soloing everything, you've engaged in it too. And that "norm" is totally accepted, but it's widespread rock-destruction.

We've all at least implicitly acknowledged that our sport alters the rock in all sorts of ways, but we've adopted a set of "acceptable" alterations and then called anything outside that norm "ethical violations." But what Louie is (apparently) doing are not "ethical violations." He's outside the STYLISTIC norms, and that's about as lofty of a statement as you can sustain.

Access issues? Well, that's a tenuous case to make. It varies wildly by area, and some areas have ceased to allow even drilled protection. Others have realized that a wide spectrum of "rock destruction" is really relatively minimal, even by (apparently) Louie's style, and rock climbing has such an established history, that the wanton destruction is considered to be part of the established land-usage (as in Yosemite). It is rightly recognized as minimal by comparison to the established value of the usage.

If there ARE noises by the relevant land-managers to the effect that they are actively uncomfortable with the level of destruction at a particular area, well, having known Louie, I'd be really surprised if a friendly conversation regarding the concerns of the land-managers wouldn't have the desired effect. But maybe some of the climbers posting here are much more "concerned" than are the relevant land-managers! Does anybody even KNOW?

Beyond that, I'd say that ANY time a group of people gets itself all fired up over PERCEIVED "ethical" issues, and where that group of people just KNOWS that it has the "high moral ground," that is a group that is off the rails and fixing to do something much worse than whatever "ethical violation" it's all fired up about in the first place.

Be it religious fundamentalism, left or right-wing fundamentalism, or a group of climbers holding forth with religious fury, ALL forms of fundamentalism are a huge mistake.

So, maybe let's ratchet the rhetoric back a bunch of notches, talk with the relevant land-managers about their ACTUAL take on the area in question (or maybe, better yet, leave sleeping dogs lie), and have some ongoing, CIVIL conversations with Louie.

And if you don't get your way, well, guess what? It's a free country, and climbing remains one of the last bastions of freedom of expression. It's ironic seeing climbers over the decades turn into religious fundamentalists. From Robbins v. Harding to the many other similar incidents that have emerged, it's always the "Valley Christians" with the "high moral ground" finding "ethics" where there AREN'T any!

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Feb 21, 2019 - 10:34am PT
....but if you could get the State Legislature to pass a law....

Solves nothing.... ever.


Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Feb 21, 2019 - 02:57pm PT
Maybe all these "routes" are like Refiner's Fire, sprayed about but never climbed?
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