2007 Yosemite climbing season

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aaronj

Big Wall climber
KY
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 19, 2008 - 10:18pm PT
i decided to write up tr's of all 21 big walls i climbed this year and post them here.

dirtbag-aaron.blogspot.com

I reccommend starting at the bottom and scrolling up as they are in chronological order from there. check em out and tell me what you think.

Aaron
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Feb 19, 2008 - 10:28pm PT
aaronj. . . methinks this Ted fellow, of whom you speak, may be a pal!

Kath
http://www.blanchardguitars.com
aaronj

Big Wall climber
KY
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 19, 2008 - 10:33pm PT
he is from california, works construction, surfs and climbs. i feel terrible but i cant remember his last name. not ted hansen from the ms.
WBraun

climber
Feb 19, 2008 - 10:45pm PT
aaronj

How's your shoulder? Rich is here, and just did Zenyatta.
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Feb 19, 2008 - 10:46pm PT
It's him. . . it's gotta be him. . . (your basic Brat Pitt look-alike?) he sent us some E about doing those routes the same time you were doin' them. He goes to great lengths to maintain the lowest of profiles, so I won't go puttin' his last name up on the Taco, but he used to post here. That's how we ended up re-connecting after drifting apart over 15 years ago.

:-)

He and TheRealBlinny (that would be Mark Blanchard - think Silent Partner) did a trip to the Bugaboos a while back.

And. . . aaron, my man. . . you're one hard chargin' MotherFather!

ox

Kath

aaronj

Big Wall climber
KY
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 19, 2008 - 10:49pm PT
im super psyked he did the route with alik. both super cool dudes and a great route. hope the descent wasn't too gnarly, hands down the worst part of a winter ascent in my opinion.
i started physical therapy yesterday. 5 weeks out since surgery. probably another 5 months before climbing but thats ok. im expecting a full recovery and return to climbing by this summer. as of now i can almost reach above shoulder level. the worst is over. thanks for the concern werner
Mike.

climber
Feb 19, 2008 - 10:56pm PT
Thanks for posting some climbing content, Aaron. Like, who gives a f*#k about the price of oil on ST (cheers, Joe).

Keep ripping, A. Take care of yourself, too. You and your young ilk are an inspiration to all. OOOOOHHHHHH
WBraun

climber
Feb 19, 2008 - 10:57pm PT
Good to hear that you're recovering.

I felt bad that you hurt yourself, and good luck to your physical therapy.
John Moosie

climber
Feb 19, 2008 - 11:21pm PT
Whoa....Thanks for sharing that. Great stories.

Your link

http://www.dirtbag-aaron.blogspot.com/
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Feb 19, 2008 - 11:42pm PT
"By doing so you face a 120 foot fall when you leave the anchor and a 230 factor two fall if you whip near the end of the pitch. Rule number one is don't f*#k up and fall."


This is definitely not for me.
elcap-pics

climber
Crestline CA
Feb 20, 2008 - 12:32am PT
Yo Aaron... I read every one of your climbs... I was fortunate to get shots of a lot of them too... anyway I enjoyed your writing style and got to relive some of the good times from last year through them... thanks Bro and best wishes for a speedy recovery.... see you in the Glory Hole this spring, or summer, or whenever you are well enough to come on down...
Tom
billygoat

climber
3hrs to El Cap Meadow, 1.25hrs Pinns, 42min Castle
Feb 20, 2008 - 01:33am PT
21 walls in a single season! Hot damn. That's gotta be some sort of record.
Hannah89

Trad climber
Vancouver Island
Feb 20, 2008 - 02:08am PT
Hey Aaron,
Really excellent to read about all your climbs! I knew you had a stupendos season, but twas really nice to read about it. Sorry to hear that your shoulder is going to be out for so long, good luck mending.
Peace
Hannah
poop_tube

Big Wall climber
33 45' N 117 52' W
Feb 20, 2008 - 02:43am PT
AARON!

Wuddup Hommie

Kia here
aaronj

Big Wall climber
KY
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 20, 2008 - 12:34pm PT
hey hannah! good to hear from you, are you still in yosemite or canadia?
kia, whatup homie? hows the working life?
tom-hows life at home? thanks for all the photos this year. ill be there even if im still busted up, what else am i gonna do?
Stanley Hassinger

climber
Eastern US
Feb 20, 2008 - 01:42pm PT
Aaron,

Sounds like you had quite a season. Way to go!

Stanley

(We met several summers ago, and again this past summer right after I did the Shield w/ my buds Jeff and Peyton. Jeff and I rode down with you to Coilers for Tom's birthday in June(?) of 2005).
the Fet

Knackered climber
A bivy sack in the secret campground
Feb 20, 2008 - 03:22pm PT
"Zodiac:
The plan was simple, use the loop belay system. Not the standard continuous loop soloists use. This works more like a rappel when you pull the rope through an anchor but from above. The system works like this-tie into one end of your rope, thread said rope through a rap anchor or leaver biner, tie into other end of rope, climb the pitch backcleaning everything!! and then pull the rope from above, rethread the rope and repeat. I used this method for almost the whole route. By doing so you face a 120 foot fall when you leave the anchor and a 230 factor two fall if you whip near the end of the pitch. Rule number one is don't f*#k up and fall."

Whoaa!

Edit: I see munge quoted abouve as well, but it bears repeating.
'thelittlebrotherthatcanhighlinelikeamofo'

Trad climber
bay area
Feb 21, 2008 - 02:37am PT
Haa! Good times broski! Nice narrative.

"This time the first pitch was exciting. I was digging in the bag for something not really belaying well. Corbin was running it out as usual but then screamed falling. I had easily 30 ft of slack out just laying on the ground, oops. My first instinct was to grab the rope with my hand so I did. I held the fall in my left hand on a 9.4 mm rope without ever locking the grigri. It wasn't very hard and i only got burnt a little, Corbin was fine!"

I think my exact words, all in succession were, "WATCH ME, FUUUK, FALLING!" and it was a 9.3...

Anywho, we make more good times when you heal. Make it speedy dude!

Bump: theres some rad reading in there.



GDavis

Trad climber
SoCal
Feb 21, 2008 - 01:04pm PT
"In a shove"

LOL!
aaronj

Big Wall climber
KY
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 21, 2008 - 04:34pm PT
hey corbdawg, im psyked to get on with the proj this summer. you know the one...
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