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kev

climber
CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 16, 2008 - 04:03am PT
Yo,

So here is my TR as promised! As a forward I'd like to say that aid climbing is the shizzle! We did a grade 5 in PTPP style. Enjoy. Hopefully the video links work if not I'll put em up again tomorrow.



Our plan Beer, Whiskey, and Wet Denim Day Dream....My First wall with and first time climbing with Mucci - another dirtbag. I met Mucci in the parking lot in TM over beers we hatched a plan to do a wall. 1-2 months later we jumped on the Leaning Tower.



Racking up at the parking lot...Wow that's a lot of gear - I may like this aid thing. Were gonna need to have a few beers before the load humpin begins.



Myself, Bones our mascot, the pig, and the beer bucket. Unfortunately I didn't have time to repaint the beer bucket so I added some tape. Some of you have prolly seen its companion the UN helmet.



Two taco goers say us on the approach and wanted to snap a shot. It turns out that one of them was Studly and he emailed me this pic. Thanks Brah!



We started out the day with beers and humped in the first load. We then returned to the deli, drank more and humped in the last load. Apple juice containers work really well for Jack and Coke.



Bones hanging out at the base of the climb.



This is looking out from the start of the West Face (same first 4 pitches as Wet Denim). What you see is the Leaning Tower Traverse. A super fun slightly loose PG protected route I did earlier this year - Wahooo 2 trips up the tower this year, one free and one aid!



Mucci cruising up the P1 Bolt ladder. Dude is FAST on ladders. I had so much fun swinging off the bolts. Mucci was kind enough only to clip every 4th or 5th bolt for me to give me a fun ride.



Bones dug it too!



Styling for a photo on P3 or 4 I think.



Bones feeling a little scared. Note the quality duct tape job on him.



Awahnee ledge means beer time. We met Kevin (not me another one) who was soloing Jesus Built My Hot Rod. Unfortunately a large chunk of the route fell off and Kevin was bailing (he'd take a couple of 20-30 footers earlier) and hooked us up with his left over water. Anyhow he had done Wet Denim a few months ago and he felt it was pretty stout. So after a few beers we figured the West Face might be a better idea for my first wall.
My first night on a wall was here and was full value with the good old morning poop tube.




Me leading out on P5.



Super fun P5 traverse.



Mucci cleaning P5.



Me following P6.



It's getting close to beer time.



Cobras at the bivy. My first night in a ledge which was borrowed from drc. He still hasn't used the homemade ledge he bought this year. Hope it doesn't rain on him when he does and hopefully he'll shrink to 5'6" cause the ledge is a kinda small.
Thanks for the ledge dude - it's got the kev seal of approval now!



It's beer thirty!!!!!




Mucci chillin out on his giant A5 ledge. Lucky Bastard!



Mmmmm, morning smoke. I had kinda quit smoking but took a sabbatical from my non-smoking ways for the tower.

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Portaledge Bivy Video



Mucci about to hit the roof on P7 or 8.



Now that's gonna be fun for Kev to clean!

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Mucci explaining Bones Decision to stay at P9 until at least xmas...You can see him from the 41 Tunnel with Binocs now!



Mucci approaching the topout. He's looking kinda thirsty.



Just as I topped out I notice the storm I'd been eyeing all day was gonna hit us so it was time to get a fire going.



Full value storm. All we could see was white. It rocked!

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Yeah baby here comes the storm!



Gear sort the next day.

We're now planning a winter wall soon!

I'm hooked!
kev

climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2008 - 11:31am PT
Come on I want comments ):
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Oct 16, 2008 - 11:43am PT
kick ass!!!!


Nice job, dude. With all that fun it looks like you guys had, it almost, almost makes me wanna do a wall like that now.

Lambone

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Oct 16, 2008 - 12:18pm PT
Nice dude, the crux of Wet Denim is pretty heads up and not a good place to be learning how to nail beaks and small heads. Glad you had fun on the West Face!

Don't leave stuff on the route next time. You may think it's cute but most think it's trash.
Blinny

Trad climber
That's-eKatToYou!
Oct 16, 2008 - 12:20pm PT
YAY, YAY, YAY!

Thanks for postin' up!

YAY!

K
Mike.

climber
Oct 16, 2008 - 12:53pm PT
Cool report and nice job on the climb, kev. You guys look pretty relaxed up there. Way to bag a classic.

No style points for leaving Bones up there. = [
Dirka

Trad climber
SF
Oct 16, 2008 - 01:09pm PT
Uber sweet!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Oct 16, 2008 - 03:56pm PT
I'm bumping this because it's such a bad-ass TR. Video even!
batman from MO

Trad climber
Kansas City Missouri
Oct 16, 2008 - 08:40pm PT
Good job Chef! Makes me glad I stick to training new troops instead of jumping on big walls. Thinking about going to Quartz for the Fall Gathering. You have inspired me to get busy and get out there. Kevin, you have a quality climber in the Chef there, listen to him and you will be a hard man in a hurry!

Ever higher,
Batman
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Oct 16, 2008 - 09:28pm PT
Good effort from a couple snake charmers. I will take skelty off the tower when I go if he is still there, as will be doing a solo effort. Hows his gainer?
mucci

Trad climber
sf ca
Oct 16, 2008 - 11:01pm PT
Wow big Kev! Good job on the TR. You really wanted that thing! I have never had so much fun on a wall, Let alone the military surplus of cobra and food.

Good job Studly on the thief, that thing looks BAD A**. You guys looked like you just found a pot of gold!

*Mucci* aka the chef
kev

climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 17, 2008 - 12:32pm PT
Yo Mucci - it was a blast. Time to start planning a winter wall brah!

kev
yosguns

climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 17, 2008 - 09:44pm PT
:) Looks like fun times. Kev Dude, ways from bolt ladders at the Pinns. ;-) Congrats!

mucci

Trad climber
sf ca
Oct 17, 2008 - 10:07pm PT
Whoa......DRC is in the house! Takin down Son of Dawn!
hungry man

Trad climber
around
Oct 17, 2008 - 10:10pm PT
allright!
drc

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 17, 2008 - 11:03pm PT
cool,
looks like CMac liked it. You got a link on the route beta pages.
Cheers
V.
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Oct 17, 2008 - 11:34pm PT
Great eye candy, thanks for posting up.
Clarke Brogger

Mountain climber
Laguna Beach, Ca
Oct 19, 2008 - 10:03am PT
Classic. Safe to say you guys don't fly with the old axim "light is right" eh? All that beer might have saved a load or two.

Thanks a bunch for the TR. I'll grab "bones" with me this week. I can send him to you guys if you want.

cb
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Oct 22, 2008 - 02:55am PT
Mooch, thanks for the word on the TR today. it did not disappoint. Kev..congrats on the route, I'll be seeking your advice as we try to bag one or two next month.
murcy

climber
San Fran Cisco
Oct 22, 2008 - 03:13am PT
great pixtures and psyching tr!
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