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E.L. "One"

Big Wall climber
Lancaster, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 27, 2008 - 03:35pm PT
OK, now that I have figured out how to post pics here, I would like to share some pics from Zodiac courtesy of Corey Rich and Coreyography (he's good). No narration, just some good photos. Enjoy. Cracko


Jan 27, 2008 - 03:49pm PT
That was pretty cool and nice perspective.

There was another party above you taking those photos?

E.L. "One"

Big Wall climber
Lancaster, California
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 27, 2008 - 03:57pm PT

That was Corey Rich and company...Justin Bastien and Todd Snyder.
They climbed a couple pitches ahead of us and "dangled" to get most of the photos.

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jan 27, 2008 - 04:00pm PT
killer, thx for the rainy day stoke.

Jan 27, 2008 - 04:01pm PT
OK, thanks, that's great.

That's the way to do it to get those great wall shots.

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jan 27, 2008 - 04:08pm PT
Those are exceptionally good. And even the last couple capture the top-out feeling better than most.
E.L. "One"

Big Wall climber
Lancaster, California
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 27, 2008 - 04:08pm PT
By the way, my climbing partner on Zodiac was Martin Avidan from New York. Corey used the photos, and sound recorded by Jason Paur of National Public Radio to create a multi-media presentation called "Tortoise and the Hare". Martin and I were of course the hare recording a blistering ascent of 4 days. Chris Mac and Miles Smart were the Tortoise, featuring their 7 hour ascent of Zodiac. Jason Paur rigged our helmets with a sophisticated recording device and left it on for the whole four days. Aside from the mostly profanity ridden recordings, I'm sure he caught a few "introspective" moments.


Jan 27, 2008 - 06:13pm PT
Hey E.L.
Martin and I practically learned how to climb together starting out at Stoney Point in the mid 80's. I remember getting a call from him while he was on his way up to do the climb (1999?). I remember him saying something about you integrating the climb into a fund raiser for kids/students as you are a teacher?
I can't say enough about Martin and so you must have had a great time doing the climb with him. One of the most gracious people on the planet. My climbing took a major dump when he moved to New York.
Nice work....

Doug Miller

Jan 27, 2008 - 06:17pm PT
wow, fabulous!

Social climber
Charlevoix, MI
Jan 27, 2008 - 06:38pm PT
Very cool thanks.

E.L. "One"

Big Wall climber
Lancaster, California
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 27, 2008 - 06:46pm PT
Hi Doug,

You must have known him when he was into cycling....The Wheelman,
when he lived in Cali. He's heavily into triathalons now and completed his first Ironman a while back. Haven't talked to him for a while and was sorta hoping to draw him out with this post.
Martin was a great partner and we truly shared a dream.

F10 Climber F11 Drinker

Trad climber
Jan 27, 2008 - 09:15pm PT

Cool TR,

Great photos, nice job

Trad climber
Grass Valley Ca.
Jan 27, 2008 - 09:46pm PT
Bump, and awsome Photos Bob....Let's book a Valley date..Jacko

Social climber
Enron by the Sea
Jan 28, 2008 - 12:55am PT
I think Corey Rich took this shot of you too...

although judging by the breasts it could also be Phil Mickelson.

the Fet

Knackered climber
A bivy sack in the secret campground
Jan 28, 2008 - 11:52am PT
Bump these frickin great photos!

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jan 28, 2008 - 12:10pm PT
Awesome shots. Nice job on the climb.

A Big Puddle on the Coast of CA
Jan 28, 2008 - 01:30pm PT
Great post Cracko--some excellent photos in that montage. And those top-out shots were da bomb.

Now I'm totally having withdrawal pains from not touching real rock in so long....aaarrrggghhhhhh...

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jan 28, 2008 - 03:40pm PT
Wow, that was really awesome.
I like that there are no descriptions, it let's the images speak and you form the tale in your own mind. Lot's of great shots and lots of work done to get them.

Thanks for sharing!

Trad climber
Denver, CO
Jan 28, 2008 - 03:43pm PT

Social climber
Jan 28, 2008 - 03:45pm PT
Great Photos. Thanks for sharing!
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