Lost wedding ring 21-24 May 2010


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Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Original Post - May 26, 2010 - 12:21pm PT
I removed my gold wedding band while climbing in the Valley this past weekend, put in the pocket of my pack, but have lost it. Ed, Rik, Anders, and I climbed at the Potbelly at Knob Hill, Bishop's Terrace, and the CS Concerto (half way between After Six and the Nutcracker). If anyone finds it, I would like to get it back--I have worn it for 30 years. There is an inscription.

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 26, 2010 - 12:25pm PT
Bummer. Hope you get it back. :(
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
May 26, 2010 - 12:58pm PT
Roger: I'll check the Camp 4 notice board, and ask around.

Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
May 26, 2010 - 01:00pm PT
Best of luck dude. Hope you get it back.

hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
May 26, 2010 - 01:02pm PT
Wow Roger... I feel for you.
Just know a ring is replaceable, what it represents is within you and can never be taken away.

Saint Louis, MO
May 26, 2010 - 02:02pm PT
Bummer. Hope it turns up.

Also: an interesting question for another post sometime might be what do people do with their wedding/engagement rings while climbing? I usually leave it out of sight in the car so it doesn't get lost...

Trad climber
The state of confusion
May 26, 2010 - 02:06pm PT

Bummer, Roger.
I hope it turns up. Those things are priceless.
Bill Sherman

Mountain climber
Culver City, CA
May 26, 2010 - 02:09pm PT
Roger, good luck in finding your ring.

Anastasia, I'd like to see what would happen if you lost yours!

I prefer not to take my ring with me when I'm in the backcountry/climbing. I've heard plenty of people tell me about tying on a necklace with cord, etc and placing the ring on it. I'll probably be doing that when I'm in Peru in July.

Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2010 - 02:14pm PT
Thanks Anders. Thanks for the comments everyone. I feel terrible. I rarely take if off. I always take it off while climbing but that has only been four times in 30 years. I catch myself pushing against its lower edge with my thumb and itís not there.

May 26, 2010 - 02:15pm PT
Roger good luck, I hope it turns up.

My wife's diamond came out while gardening about a year ago, she was crushed, but at least I had it insured as it was a healthy sized stone.

I always take mine off and leave it in the house when I skate or climb locally.

When I am doing something big in the mtns or a wall, I usually make a necklace outta some cord and put it on that so its vitually impossible to lose, in less of course my head falls off.

Social climber
El Portal Ca.
May 26, 2010 - 02:17pm PT
Did you take it off the first day at Knob Hill/ Potbelly, that pitch only? Did you climb C.S. Concerto first pitch, or the whole route to the top? I am often there working, I'll also mention this to my co-workers.
Sorry to hear you've lost your wedding ring, I will take a look around at the areas you mentioned; would be so great to find it.

It was a great pleasure to meet you this past weekend; really enjoyed our conversations, and we laughed!


May 26, 2010 - 02:25pm PT
Bummer, Roger--sorry to hear it.

I "lost" mine a couple years ago. Ten months later the wifer found it in her shorts pocket. Just before we bought a new one.

Stay positive! Eyes peeled, peeps...
Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2010 - 02:30pm PT
Hi Jo,

I had so much fun laughing with you, Lynne, Kauk, Rik, and Ed in the courtyard. It was great to meet you.

I took my ring off at Pot Belly. I was careless in leaving the pocket zipper open so it is likely that it fell out walking to and from the climbs or at the bases. I followed a strict rule on no multi-pitch climbs--I don't trust myself to stay secure on a belay, at least not yet, so my pack was only on my back or the ground. (I know, I know, that sounds so lame. But about five years ago, I was climbing in JT with Bridwell and rappelled off a route with a system that would have fallen apart if I had twisted one way or the other. I had checked it several times. There is an indeterminacy in judging how well my automatic responses are to stuff I have not done for so many years. In some cases my muscle memory was on automatic mode and I would find myself with good jams and the proper stance without knowing what to do next. Stare, Breedlove, stare. Think forcryingoutloud. Then is would slowly come into focus and I could move up. )
scuffy b

Where only the cracks are dry
May 26, 2010 - 02:40pm PT
Well, Best of luck recovering the ring and all, but I'd like to skip to
your last post.

This is intriguing, to get a glimpse of this process of a knowing
climber recovering his knowledge, as one veil after another is stripped
I hope you are writing about this as you go. It's sure to be educational
and no doubt entertaining.

Brief as it was, I'm glad to have finally met you.
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
May 26, 2010 - 02:55pm PT
Update/report sent to Roger. There is a lead, but we'll see.


Trad climber
May 26, 2010 - 04:05pm PT
hey there - i remember a conversation in c4 thurs or fri night. camp #6. some climbers from the east coast (maine) had found a wedding ring. i believe he said he was leaving it at c4 booth but really not sure - pm me for more details!!!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 26, 2010 - 04:26pm PT
so sorry to hear that your wedding ring is missing Roger...

I am pretty sure I remember seeing you with it on at Manure Pile on Monday... but memories being what they are I could be wrong.

Perhaps Yosemite Valley was jealous of you're being stolen away and wanted you back?!

If the leads don't pan out I'll take a look around next time I'm there, having been with you the whole time climbing...

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
May 26, 2010 - 05:05pm PT
I know that metal detecting for booty is a no-no in the park, but is it OK for finding something that you lost?

I'm sorry you lost your ring, Roger. :-(

It was a pleasure to meet you after these years on the Taco, even if it was very brief.


hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
May 26, 2010 - 05:21pm PT
I really hope someone finds it for him. What a hero if that happens!!!

I know what I will do... I will do my best to find it, than come to you crying, apologizing and feeling horrible. It is never nice to lose one's wedding ring.

P.S. If I do lose mine, does that mean I can get a bigger one? ;)

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
May 26, 2010 - 05:29pm PT
Yikes! Will she understand? Sorry about that Roger. Good to hear you're climbing again though. Last we talked you sounded like that just wasn't in your cards anymore.

Have you ever seen those pictures online of the de-gloved fingers? Sorry you lost the ring but glad you take it off when climbing. That thing will jam just like a stopper!

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