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Watusi

Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 8, 2005 - 01:46am PT
Remember when we had that place all to ourselves...
10b4me

Trad climber
On that V2 problem at the Happies
Jul 8, 2005 - 11:39am PT
cool shot
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 8, 2005 - 11:57am PT
first time I climbed in JTree was in 1970 or so...

I don't remember the route I was on this one morning. We were up a pitch on a two pitch something... it had this huge hollow flake.. above a big camper bus. We were going about our business pounding in some piton and the door of the camper explodes open wacking the side of the bus and this guy jumps out screaming "what the hell are you kids doing up there, you're scaring the crap out of me!!!"

Don't remember if we toped out or not... don't remember much about that trip...
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 8, 2005 - 12:31pm PT
Complete with Bago rides for the adventurous, bonfires for everyone's nighttime entertainment and so much slander you had best wear your teflon britches to keep for having any stick to you...not that that was likely to happen.
Tony Puppo

climber
Bishop
Jul 8, 2005 - 12:33pm PT
I spent many weekends there in the early 70's. Great times!
Russ Walling

Social climber
Bishop is DEAD, long live JT
Jul 8, 2005 - 01:08pm PT
That looks like me and Cilley on headstone.... me leading of course.
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Chatsworth
Jul 8, 2005 - 01:14pm PT
Started climbing in tree, year of our lord 1980.

Used to get to tree at say 10pm on a Friday nite and always got my site in Ryan, if not Hidden Valley.

First time I encountered the entrance station, I gunned the engine and just drove on through past the ranger.

Then they raped the desert and turned it into a parking lot.

Juan
Matt

Trad climber
places you shouldn't talk about in polite company
Jul 8, 2005 - 01:15pm PT
is that the headstone or is it EBGBs from the side?
Watusi

Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 8, 2005 - 01:56pm PT
Thanx for all the great comments folks!! Yeah that's Headstone. If that was you and Cilley Mussy...It must have been a morning stroll before a day of Horrendous Off-Width Wrastlin'! Yeah I started climbing in Josh in 1970 myself, with my scout troop from San Diego.
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Ca
Jul 8, 2005 - 01:59pm PT
Remember when we "Nee'ed" the ranger when he was harassing the updander kids with the kegger in the tent. I guess that is what really started the downward slide in climber/ranger relations though.

I used to get there at noon on Friday and there would be maybe 3 other cars in Hidden Valley campground. I miss the old days!
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Chatsworth
Jul 8, 2005 - 02:05pm PT
I once saw a guy second cyrptic in record time. Thing is he was missing a hand, and war able to climb it with only his stump.

To this day I do not know how he did it.

Headstone rock was the climb I used to take all my pretty girlfriends up.

Imagine what happened on top.

Juan
Watusi

Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 8, 2005 - 02:13pm PT
I remember in a night-time tour de force, about ten of us soloed to the top of Intersection, I went via Waterchute, and we towed a picnic table to the top! Rangers loved that one!! We would solo up there daily for morning bongloads, until the rangers removed it...Cast included Yabo, Banny Root, Rudy McNuggett, among many others!
Russ Walling

Social climber
Bishop is DEAD, long live JT
Jul 8, 2005 - 02:15pm PT
Juan writes: Imagine what happened on top

ED????
10b4me

Trad climber
On that V2 problem at the Happies
Jul 8, 2005 - 04:07pm PT
started climbing there in'79.
yeah, I remember the days when getting a weekend campsite at HV or Ryan was not a problem.
as much as like Yosemite, there is something spiritual about Josh.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jul 8, 2005 - 04:52pm PT
Mike, ya mean like 'spro with you and Cilley at the Central Srutinizer?
ikellen

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 8, 2005 - 05:00pm PT
I cant say that I climbed back in the day at Josh, the article in the climbing magazine photo issue with all of the old B&W photos of yabo, bachar, yaniro and others made me feel like I right there, looking up at yabo on Leave it to Beaver. I also liked the photo of yaniro(?) on spider line, hanging off the hand jam while chalking.
Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Jul 8, 2005 - 05:18pm PT
The folks who really had it made were the "Desert Rats," John Wolfe and and those who came before we ever showed up in the early 70s. But we were living large there till about 1978, when restrictions started makeing things difficult.

JL
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jul 8, 2005 - 05:28pm PT
Ah good times...You could actually find a campsite in Hidden Valley on Fri. evenings, running it out in EBs with a dicey buttonhead spinnner twenty feet below and thinking nothing of it, Bago rides of course (far more common than previously suggested--some folks even caught rides from Hidden Valley all the way out to Hall of Horrors and Saddle Rocks), nothing out there but us few climbers and some bored marines and rv'ing retirees. Sounds pretty good in comparison to the crowds, supertopos, lines, posers (well, more of them anyways), pad people, lines at Gunsmoke and all the new pavement laid to enhance our enjoyment of the natural environment. Having said all that, it's still pretty good; sometimes though it seems like you just have to work a little harder at it.
arete

Trad climber
Estes Park, Colorado
Jul 8, 2005 - 05:55pm PT
Did my first climb -- Bat Crack in early '72 when I lived in Hollywierd. Went to Kelty's Glendale store on monday and bought a rack of old style Chouinard perlon slung hexes, a goldline and a pair of kletter soled Kronhoffer shoes. Went back the next saturday and led Beginners One and Two on the Blob.

lucky to be alive.
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Chatsworth
Jul 8, 2005 - 05:55pm PT
God, once I flashed high cost of living on Saddle. God I wish I could have that climbing skill back. I wish. I wish.

Then thanks to Largo's butterfly left ski track free solo story, I had to start going on free solo days.

Largo you almost got me killed!

Juan
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