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Roger Breedlove

climber
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.
Crimpergirl

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

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

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

climber
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.
AFS
Lissiehoya

climber
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...
SteveW

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.

Bill
Roger Breedlove

climber
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 it’s not there.
salad

climber
Escondido
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.
Jobee

Social climber
El Portal Ca.
May 26, 2010 - 02:17pm PT
Roger,
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!

Jo
Mike.

climber
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

climber
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

climber
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
away.
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

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

Gollum
*

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...
Melissa

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.

Melissa
Anastasia

climber
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!!!


Bill,
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? ;)
ionlyski

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!

Arne
Denise Umstot

climber
Princess of the El Cap Bridge!
May 26, 2010 - 05:31pm PT
I know the climbers that were in site #6 from Maine. Let me know if you need their e-mail address. I will try and get into contact with them too.
ionlyski

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
May 26, 2010 - 05:32pm PT
Credit: ionlyski
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
May 26, 2010 - 05:57pm PT

That's really distasteful, Ionlyski.
He wasn't wearing it while climbing. . .
Anastasia

climber
hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
May 26, 2010 - 06:00pm PT
Argh! That is so horrible I will never want to wear my ring again! Yikes! What an injury!
This is freaking me out!
AFS
rrider

climber
Mckinleyville, Ca
May 26, 2010 - 07:03pm PT
Actually, I just needed to see ionlyski's picture to decide that my ring must be removed before I climb much more. I have never been able to remove it from my finger (due to over-size finger joint).

I've always liked the symbolism of the permanent ring -like the vow; but my hand did nearly become fixed gear in the first crack we climbed this weekend.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
Will know soon
May 26, 2010 - 08:17pm PT
Roger.....so great to see you again ! Thanks for the time early on in helping me thru challenging life circumstances. Meant Much.

Now, the ring. You really do not strike me as someone that loses things. Try digging around in your pack etc. really carefully. I've found that rings and other things can become invisible in the seams.

Ciao and Peace to you and your special family. lynnie
MTucker

Ice climber
Arizona
May 26, 2010 - 10:25pm PT
This might have been taken care of already but here it is again.

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/lost_and_found/found_wedding_band/106776666

I was at Devil's punchbowl on May 1 and found what appears to be a man's wedding band it has engraving on the inside I found it near very direct wall. Contact me if it's yours identify it and we can arrange to get it back to you
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2010 - 10:38pm PT
Hi Lynne,

You are right about not usually losing stuff, except the stuff between my ears. But the Valley will turn anyone's head around--took me 10 years to extract myself from its grip and I had to move 2000 miles away. Maybe Ed is right.

When I discovered it was missing, I turned everything inside out: pack, suitcase, and the car I had rented, all in the parking lot of the Priest Grade Cafe. I had the hotel in Buck Meadows do the same thing to the room and the rooms adjacent to ours. Then I did it again, including the adjacent cars to mine in the parking lot (the owners were really engrossed in their breakfasts and didn't seem to notice. Maybe Steve was running interference. Everyone should eat at the Priest Grade Cafe as they travel to and from the Park.)

I tried to get the back seat out, even though my pack was always in the trunk, but couldn't figure out how it was attached and the guy I was returning the car to had a worried look on his face as I was bending the edges every which way. He had already inspected the car and given me the bill and was afraid the car would be undrivable once I was through with it. Good thing I didn't pop the hood in the Valley--I would have pulled the engine.

The two leads give me hope, especially the notice on the Camp 4 bulletin board from Max. I have sent e-mails to both Denise (upthread) and Gabe (on Mountain Project). Anders has filed a report in the Valley on my behalf. Thanks again Anders.

I am hopeful.
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2010 - 10:46pm PT
Hi Melissa,

I thought it was so cool to be able to meet you. Too short. Jay and Rik started talking about tiny little edges and it made me want to relieve myself so I excused myself. On the way back to your table, I stopped to talk to Steve and John. Then you and Jay were gone. I'll bet you went climbing or something. It wasn't even 11:00 O’clock yet! I thought you guys were real hard climbers! I looked for you the next day and asked Ed, but we figured you had left the Valley. I hope that there is another time so we can chat longer.

Best, Roger
Anastasia

climber
hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
May 26, 2010 - 11:11pm PT
Yeah! I am hoping for a happy ending! Please have all my Good Luck Roger.
:)Anastasia
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
May 27, 2010 - 02:11am PT
Roger ring bump.

I was hoping to extend the sociable morning until the weather let us know that we should be staying indoors, but it wasn't meant to be. I'm not sure that we could have had a better time if it was sunny and balmy. When it's so cold that it's snowing instead of raining, at least the rock stays pretty dry!

I saw the 5.10 ow when we got down and tried to find you guys, but it was raining then (perfect karma...rain exactly as I get to my truck), and Ed tells me that you moved along to make your own social calls. Maybe the lost ring is telling you that you need to visit again...and that it will be here for you when you do. I hope you get your ring and another visit! All the best...
snaps10

Mountain climber
Visalia, CA
May 27, 2010 - 02:16am PT
I lost mine in a talus pile while bouldering two years ago. I check every time I'm there.
I'll keep the eyes and ears open. Hope you get it back.
ionlyski

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
May 27, 2010 - 02:40am PT
Steve-Well I know. I did hesitate and maybe it should be on another post. I know Roger wasn't wearing one but actually you'd be surprised how many people I see wearing rings and watches on the rock. Those photos are pretty common and it's REALLY easy (eventually guarranteed) to wedge it in a crack; and you aint gettin it out.

Sorry you're the queasy type. I hope Roger finds it.

Arne
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
May 27, 2010 - 02:41am PT
Lost mine bouldering around Black Mountain on San Jacinto in '88. My 3 year old son and I spent an hour or more frantically and fruitlessly digging around in the dirt at the base of the boulders.

Never wire a wedding ring since. Fast forward to 2010. 27th Wedding Anniversary. Picked her some nice Navajo jewelry; bought myself a silver band. Not for the finger (unless it is a special occasion?). Silver chain around neck will have to suffice.

ionlyski

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
May 27, 2010 - 02:43am PT
Actually, I just needed to see ionlyski's picture to decide that my ring must be removed before I climb much more.

Rrider-glad to hear it. It's inconvenient I know but take the time.

Arne
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
May 27, 2010 - 08:41am PT
my wifey and i fore-went the ring thing.
she's still a little pissed.

i built her a house instead. so far, i've yet to lose that.

though i try.

and it doesn't have a key as our 1920 door came with petrified gum in the lock, so i cannever lose the key?

Credit: Norwegian
though in the building and maintaining of the 'stead,
i lost myself.

so if you find me wanderin about the alleys or byways, mumblin
foul thoughts outloud, just leave me be.

i'll find my way back..


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 27, 2010 - 08:59am PT
hey there roger... oh my... say, i lost a special ring once.. not a wedding ring, though.. so i sure understand...

will be praying it will be found and returned...
and in a very special way, that will near abouts make it all worth
the loss...
(sure love it when god does those kind of miracles).. :)

god bless so much...

:)
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
May 27, 2010 - 02:06pm PT
Still on the case. Swapping messages with Roger as to whether I need to visit the likely 'lost' locations today. At least the sun came out, after a rainy night. May update later.

Must have precious.

Gollum

Edit: Roger, please post any updates on the situation here - I may not have access to e-mail until early this evening. Ed: I'll check the spots you mention.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 27, 2010 - 02:13pm PT
places to look:

the east parking/turnout on 120 at Upper Cascade Creek (Roger parked his car on the downhill side of this turnout)
and
the obvious sitting rocks just below the climb Pot Belly, which is the first climb you encounter as you walk up to Knob Hill

At the base of Church Bowl Terrace (Anders was there) at Church Bowl
and
a quick look at the parking area (though the surface was recently redone with soft soil)

At the base of CS Concerto and Fecophilia Manure Pile
and
the parking on the Northeast side of the picnic area (near the latrines at the start of the path up to the cliffs)

meclimber

Trad climber
Dover, NH
May 27, 2010 - 03:04pm PT
Sorry about your ring, but have faith. 2 weeks ago climbing at a local crag here in southern NH, I had hiked around the backside of this cliff so we could rap in and climb out. I had just cracked a beer (after work climbing) and was attempting to take my ring off and put it on my key chain. When...it slipped out of my fingers, hit the ground and rolled off the edge of the cliff. It fell 10-15 feet, hit a ledge and launched like a rocket into the sky. This cliff is about a 100' feet tall, has a complex base and there is a pond that comes right up to the base in a few areas. I would say that I cannot describe the feeling, but it sounds like you know. Anyway, I rapped to the base to start looking and after about 15 minutes of negative thoughts I found it, right at the waters edge. Made my day.

As I'll be in the Valley next week, I will take some time and try to walk where you were climbing. I'd be happy to do it and hopefully someone finds it before me, but I'll post up with any luck. Be there in two days.
-Jon
Scared Silly

Trad climber
UT
May 27, 2010 - 03:27pm PT
A bump for the ring - The day my wife I got married I put the ring on my finger. The next day I took it off and told her I would never wear it again ... that is on my finger ;-). I wear it on a piece of perlon cord around my neck. Perfect place cause it is pretty hard to lose. When we go out climbing together she puts her ring on the cord with mine.


OT when I think of rings and searches Gollum comes to mind.


A much nicer picture than the ring finger gore. OUCH!!!
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - May 27, 2010 - 03:32pm PT
Thanks for the help everyone. Several people have sent me the link to Gabe Lopez' post on Mountain Project. Gabe checked the inscription and reported with a nice e-mail that the ring is not mine.

Denise Umstot is running Max to ground through Matty. Max left a note on the Camp 4 bulletin board reporting that he found a ring at Knob Hill (Pot Belly) on Friday (the day we were there). I have my hopes up.

The only detail I would add to Ed's itinerary is that at the base of Bishop's Terrace, there is a rock with a bit of an overhang just to the right of the base. We stuffed our packs there when it started to rain.

Creeps me out to think that Gollum has my ring. Anyone know any incantations to get it back?
Jingy

Social climber
Nowhere
May 27, 2010 - 03:46pm PT


"Denise Umstot is running Max to ground through Matty. Max left a note on the Camp 4 bulletin board reporting that he found a ring at Knob Hill (Pot Belly) on Friday (the day we were there). I have my hopes up."

hoping this means you're getting your ring back!!!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
May 27, 2010 - 04:40pm PT
Good luck, Roger, sounds like there is a good lead on it!

I have one sitting in 40' of water at Edison Lake...never found it. One for the Gollum. (Funny, because at the time I was joking about that)

I usually clip mine to a biner now. Harder to lose. Either clip the biner in the pack or on the back of your harness.

Good luck!
WBraun

climber
May 27, 2010 - 05:11pm PT
I saw a big ass bird flying around today with something shiny in it's beak.

Oh Oh WTF LOL

Probably nothing to do with this.

Just yanking your chain as usual ...... and Good Luck to the recovery.
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - May 27, 2010 - 05:35pm PT
Send that bird east, Werner. Have her (it has got to be a her, right) drop the ring on the south shore of the 4th lake after the last mountain. I will keep an eye out.

Werner, it was great to see you and Meri.
Denise Umstot

climber
Princess of the El Cap Bridge!
May 27, 2010 - 07:11pm PT
The outcome is looking GOOD! :)
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
May 27, 2010 - 07:12pm PT
Buzz. . . if you get your wedding ring back, I will know, FOR SURE, that there is SERIOUS MAGIC here at the TacoStand!

Keep it alive!

oxox

eKatOldDadBrockMan
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
May 27, 2010 - 07:13pm PT
All these guys are working together to get a wedding ring returned. THat is touching.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
May 27, 2010 - 09:08pm PT
Maybe because it's not ours, eh?

Checked Bishop's Terrace, Manure Pile and Knob Hill areas, and the parking areas and approach trails, fairly thoroughly this afternoon. A rainy, cold afternoon. No luck, but did find a bunch of pull tabs and bottle caps, saw some retreats after sucker holes enticed the unwary to start climbing, visited Tom E, ran into friends. Hopefully "Max" can be found and provide more information as to the ring he found.

The Mountain Project post was for a ring found May 1st.

More information sent to Roger by PM. On my way home tomorrow, so hoping the ring will turn up.
Fletcher

Trad climber
not very much, recently.
May 27, 2010 - 09:18pm PT
I got a feeling it's going to turn up. Just a hunch.

You know, even if not, this could be like one of my favorite scenes from Harold and Maude. Harold gets Maude a cheap ring and gives it to her on a bridge over a river. Even though it came from something like a cracker jack box, it's a quite touching and meaningful gesture. She takes the ring and says, "Oh my, that is so kind and wonderful!" Then she pitches it into the river. Harold, of course, has a look of shock and confusion. Then she says, "Now we'll always know where it is."

If you're gonna lose a ring, the valley is a pretty good place to know that it'll always be there!

Good luck in any event.
Eric
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - May 27, 2010 - 10:23pm PT
Thanks for all the effort Anders. I am sorry that the weather was so crummy on this trip to the Valley.

Denise Umstot is channelling Frodo and feeling very confident that Waldo will be found soon.

HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
May 27, 2010 - 11:23pm PT
If you're gonna lose a ring, the valley is a pretty good place to know that it'll always be there!

There's often truth to be found in comedy.

I really hope you find the ring.
Not a bad place to lose it if you don't. Much better than down the bathtub drain like happened to me Mum.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
May 28, 2010 - 12:48am PT
I used to hang my diamond ring on a cord around my neck when climbing. I topped out, and it was gone. I searched the top of the cliff, the bottom of the cliff, every climb, scoured the cracks and ledges. I gave up. I packed my gear to go home and took off my harness. It was trapped between my harness and body. It could be in your laundry, your pack, ...This same ring was lost in my house at party. It turned up years later when I opened a jar.

It may turn up yet.
Matt

Trad climber
primordial soup
May 28, 2010 - 02:16am PT
so???
Lissiehoya

climber
Saint Louis, MO
May 28, 2010 - 09:01am PT
Update? Has it been found?
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - May 28, 2010 - 10:15am PT
Denise and Matty think that Max has my ring. Max has done a Waldo at JT. Everyone is waiting for him to recover his link to the waiting world. I remain hopeful. I still adjust it on my finger with my thumb and little finger.
Lissiehoya

climber
Saint Louis, MO
May 28, 2010 - 10:20am PT
Please let us know once he turns up whether or not it's yours!
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
May 28, 2010 - 10:22am PT
What a great ending, if it holds true!
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
May 28, 2010 - 11:55pm PT
bump?
Denise Umstot

climber
Princess of the El Cap Bridge!
May 29, 2010 - 12:26am PT
We are waiting for "Waldo" to reappear. Hoping to hear soon...I have a good feeling about this:)

The Princess of the El Cap Bridge
Srbphoto

Trad climber
Kennewick wa
May 31, 2010 - 02:32pm PT
That disgusting finger picture is why I stopped wearing mine climbing. I had it catch on ironman traverse (buttermilks) and thought that was going to happen.

I started wearing it on chain around my neck but stopped after Lord of the Rings came out. Too many Frodo jokes.

Now it stays home on climbing trips.
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - May 31, 2010 - 04:10pm PT
No word yet from Max.

However, M and I had dinner with our daughter last night and I told her about losing my ring and the efforts of fellow ST campers to track down Waldo. During the short pause after I had finished my story, M said that if it wasn't returned I would have to buy a new one and...she would also have to get a new one. I looked over at her and she added: "...a more sparkly one."

So, where is Waldo?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 31, 2010 - 04:57pm PT
Yeah for the sparkly! :)
Lissiehoya

climber
Saint Louis, MO
May 31, 2010 - 06:10pm PT
"...a more sparkly one."

Haha. Get ready to shell out for something nice and sparkly!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 31, 2010 - 06:12pm PT
maybe you should also consider getting a GPS locator embedded in the rings, too...
Denise Umstot

climber
Princess of the El Cap Bridge!
May 31, 2010 - 06:32pm PT
Haha that is really funny Roger! Better hope Waldo surfaces soon! I'll send Matty another message tonight :)
Scared Silly

Trad climber
UT
May 31, 2010 - 09:00pm PT
Roger, you had better hope the ring gets found otherwise you are in deep trouble. Some day I will have to buy wife a diamond for her to wear around her finger. When we got engaged she said I had to buy her a shiny ring - I got her a shiny ring but her Mom gave her the sparkly part that belong to her great grandmother. I did buy her diamond ear rings to wear for our wedding.
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - May 31, 2010 - 10:18pm PT
She has several sparkly things, all of which are fitting. (I am very old school.)

I have to think that this is just re-understanding of the inner collective noun of “Best Friend.” Apparently you can never have too many or too much Best Friend. Maybe it is British usage.
Anastasia

climber
hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
Jun 1, 2010 - 02:31am PT
Ha! I really like her!
I think a little more sparkly never hurts a woman.
:)AFS
Flanders!

Trad climber
June Lake, CA
Jun 1, 2010 - 10:39am PT

hey Roger,

sorry to hear you lost the ring, I've been in the high mts. lately but will check out
the area around Manure Pile when I get back to the Valley. Hopefully with Jo putting
the word out to the other YMS guides it'll be found soon.

It was good to see you and the others in the Valley recently, some good history in
the Old Guys Camp.

Doug
Denise Umstot

climber
Princess of the El Cap Bridge!
Jun 1, 2010 - 07:05pm PT
Waldo is getting closer to a phone...outcome looks bleak for the Mrs getting a new sparkly ring but looks great for Roger!
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 1, 2010 - 07:47pm PT
Thanks for all the pre-finding-Waldo support, everyone. I am okay with getting my ring back (the only jewelry I own) and getting a new sparkly one for M if that is what she wants.

Thanks for finding Max, Denise.

I will keep everyone posted when Waldo's message comes through.

I am really glad to have met you Doug. I hope to make it back to the Valley for more climbing sooner rather than later.

All the best, Roger
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 4, 2010 - 08:02pm PT
Any developments?
SeagoatSC

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 4, 2010 - 10:01pm PT
damn MPB bears... bad enough they climb 5.7 and 5.8 now they go for the bling.
Be on the look out for golden nose rings....
Seriously, hope it is located...special sentiment
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jun 4, 2010 - 10:13pm PT
"Have you ever heard of the term "CZ" or Cubic Zirconia?"


You must have been married only once or you would know that women have been quite familiar with "jewelers' loupes" for some time now.

Actually, about as long as there have been cubic zirconiums.







(Dem bitches don't miss a thang!)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 4, 2010 - 11:48pm PT
hey there say, roger, still rooting for you and praying...

wow, too bad a nice bluejay couldn't just see it and pick it up and leave it on ken's window ledge to shine in the sun and catch his attention, or something... just thinking back to all the little kids stories of childhood... oh my...

god bless...
:)
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 5, 2010 - 11:37am PT
I have not heard from Waldo (Max). It is making me a little nervous, but I figure that he is having a good time climbing somewhere, and I won't hear from him until he gets back to his home in Maine (I think). And, in any case, it might not be my ring. Still hopeful. Still finger the empty space with my thumb. Keep hopeful for me Neebee.

Hey Fats, the CZ stones are so good that I can only guess which is real by the size and the wearer’s circumstances. A real diamond with the clarity and color of a CZ stone would be about $10K for the first caret. I have seen some CZ stones adorning fingers that would be $50K if they were real. M has a few CZ pieces that are near copies of real pieces; she wears them when she travels.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 15, 2010 - 05:44pm PT
hey there say... oh my... roger, still am praying and hoping... you know, in life, sometimes the oddest things happen, and in perfect timing, and we are amazed... it sure does teach us to not give up, when praying...

but too, on the other hand, there are times when new things happen to make good, as a loss along the way, and even then, the biggest blessing are hidden at these points---somehow, beyond our previous dreams, though, we see a new treasure...

our little nook on the shelf of our heart, never forgets the whole ordeal though, each little milestone marker in our life, is precious...

dear lord, oh my... i am sure hoping this will be a "finder" though...
then, you will enjoy the amazement... and that, alone, surely is a treasure worth having (even if we miss the newer treasure, as, it will still be there for us, in other ways, down the line)...

god bless... very glad this was bumped up...
you and your wife, are not forgotten...
nor, your wonderful vows...
:)
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jun 15, 2010 - 06:12pm PT
With the price of gold today, you might be able to make a claim on your insurance. Depends on if the policy covers replacement cost of your personal items and if jewelry needs to be listed.
Lissiehoya

climber
Saint Louis, MO
Jun 18, 2010 - 12:04am PT
So still no news? It seemed so positive from the initial responses that it would be found...
Zander

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jun 18, 2010 - 12:28am PT
I used to play pickup soccer every Sunday morning. One morning after the game was over I noticed my wedding ring was gone. It was a hot summer morning and I had lost a lot of fluid running around so I knew it had just come off my dried out finger. I looked out over the 60 yard by 110 yard field and realized I was never going to find it. I was pretty tired too so it was a bit of a downer. Well a couple of years later I went skiing on a really snowy weekend. We were staying in a lodge near Donner Pass. Because of the weather I had taken my tall snow boots for stomping through the deep snow to the lodge, which was maybe 70 yards from the road. When we got to the lodge and I took off my boots the ring fell out of one of them! Ha ha. We had gone out for dinner the night before I played soccer. When I took off my coat and hung it in the closet the ring must have come off my finger and fallen into my boot, which I keep in the front coat closet. So Roger, there is till plenty of time to find your ring. Good luck!
Zander
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 18, 2010 - 12:50am PT

I keep hopin' you'll hear some good news, Roger. . .
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 18, 2010 - 03:03am PT
hey there say, zander... man oh man, what a thing to happen, and wait through... wow, what a story! thanks for the share...

*had that happen with the ol' door key, though it did not fall into boots... and i near thought i'd locked the grandkids and me out of the house... *though not for years, ;)

we found them, later, after backtracking all over the place... they had simply fallen into a crack in the car seat... :O
Mike.

climber
Jun 18, 2010 - 12:02pm PT
Couple of years...Zander, what a story! We had already been shopping for a new ring after mine was gone nearly a year. I got home from a long day, and the babe told me she found one very much like the one lost...she whipped the replica out...it was all scratched up...my mind could not immediately make the connection. She found it in a small velcro pocket in her board shorts from the previous summer. We had stashed it there before pulling around Humber Park. Neither of us remembered the stash place.

Hoping for the best for Roger's.
meclimber

Trad climber
Dover, NH
Jun 18, 2010 - 12:28pm PT
Roger, checked at church bowl and knob hill when I was out in the Valley. No dice, a new sparkly for her I guess. Best of luck.
-Jon
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 28, 2010 - 05:50pm PT
Roger climbing ringless on Bishop's Balcony
Roger climbing ringless on Bishop's Balcony
Credit: Roger Breedlove

Here is a picture of muscle memory me on Bishop's Balcony climbing without my ring.

Found Ring, Site 6
Found Ring, Site 6
Credit: Roger Breedlove

After I reported it lost on this thread, Anders searched at the bases of the places we climbed and found this note on the bulletin board at Camp 4. Looks like a time warp shot of the Camp 4 Bulletin Board--Tucker Teck?

Max had left Site 6
Max had left Site 6
Credit: Roger Breedlove

Max had left site 6 by the time Anders arrived.

Max goes to the beach
Max goes to the beach
Credit: Roger Breedlove

Where was Max? Denise knew Matty. Matty knew Max. But....

Max goes shopping
Max goes shopping
Credit: Roger Breedlove

Where was Max?

Max is found: thanks Travis
Max is found: thanks Travis
Credit: Roger Breedlove

Anders knew Max worked at Alpenglowgear. Roger called Alpenglowgear. Travis tracked down Max. Max called Roger.

Max finds a mail store
Max finds a mail store
Credit: Roger Breedlove

Max Lurie, ring-finder, sender-backer extraordinaire. Also a bold first time climber to the Valley: How so, you ask? He and his partner decided that the Nose was an obvious line. Climbed to the top of El Cap Towers. Came down and started up the Salathe. Jean Noel's accident brought him down.

Ringless Roger and Max' envelope
Ringless Roger and Max' envelope
Credit: Roger Breedlove

Ringless, but hopeful.

Anticipation
Anticipation
Credit: Roger Breedlove

Anticipation.

Here it is!
Here it is!
Credit: Roger Breedlove

Here it is!

Home again, home agian, jiggity jog
Home again, home agian, jiggity jog
Credit: Roger Breedlove

Thanks everyone, especially Anders, Denise, and Travis, and most especially Max Lurie.
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Jun 28, 2010 - 05:53pm PT
HolyShizzle!

TheTaco KEEPS the magic alive, FOR SURE!

YAY!

xo

eKat
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 28, 2010 - 05:53pm PT
A most excellent birthday present, it would seem! Good news!
Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
Transporter Room 2
Jun 28, 2010 - 06:01pm PT
Awesome story, man.
MisterE

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Jun 28, 2010 - 06:07pm PT
How very, very cool. Been following this one the whole way - congrats!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jun 28, 2010 - 06:08pm PT
Cool!
Flanders!

Trad climber
June Lake, CA
Jun 28, 2010 - 06:13pm PT

Roger,

You are one of the fortunate few.... nice to have the taco stand out on the hunt for the
"needle in a hay stack. A rather amazing end to the search.

Glad to hear it,


Doug
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 28, 2010 - 06:26pm PT
hey there roger... say.... oh my! what a wonderful story... seems it all fell right into place, at the proper time, and in the proper way... and with the proper folks as set to find it... oh my, again! just love this kind of stuff... :)

oh my!...

thanks for the sharing of this wonderful answer to prayers...
:)

god bless, and happy summer to you!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 28, 2010 - 06:26pm PT
Now whatever will I do with all the paperwork?
photo not found
Missing photo ID#161973
The original notice, with added information. Max had left site #6, but someone knew he worked at Alpen Glow in Bar Harbour. My notes upside down - nothing much new there.
photo not found
Missing photo ID#161975
Paper at the Visitor Centre.
photo not found
Missing photo ID#161974
From the alternative DNC universe in Yosemite.

Should this stuff go to the Yosemite Climbing Museum now?
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Jun 28, 2010 - 06:26pm PT
Excellent news! What a storybook ending.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jun 28, 2010 - 11:53pm PT
well that's good news!...
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jun 28, 2010 - 11:54pm PT
I love happy endings!
murcy

climber
sanfrancisco
Jun 28, 2010 - 11:59pm PT
Suh-weet.

Now I won't give up hope that someone will find mine on the bottom of Clear Lake and somehow figure out whose it is.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Jun 29, 2010 - 12:10am PT
Excellent.
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Jun 29, 2010 - 12:12am PT
Nice to get some good news for a change!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 29, 2010 - 12:26am PT

Yippee!!!!
Was this an early birthday present or what?

YAY!~!!!!!
Denise Umstot

climber
Princess of the El Cap Bridge!
Jun 29, 2010 - 02:34am PT
EXCELLENT!!! So glad Max surfaced WooHoo!!
Sweet news Roger :)
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Boulder Creek CA
Jun 29, 2010 - 03:00am PT
This is wonderful! Congratulations to Roger and the community!
C4/1971

Trad climber
Depends on the day...
Jun 29, 2010 - 05:44am PT
Rog,

Yosemite keeps giving to you. Magic!
Tobia

Social climber
GA
Jun 29, 2010 - 07:56am PT
Roger,

You realize this was all pre-planned; a true conspiracy put into action in order for you to up-grade the rock for your wife.

A well executed " Mission Improbable" episode, more mysterious than the old TV series and much more entertaining than the Tom Cruise movies of the same name.

Fantastic story at any rate! (I still have my wedding band but my wife disappeared years ago.)



Mike.

climber
Jun 29, 2010 - 11:10am PT
Applause!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 29, 2010 - 11:15am PT
Congrats!!
Slakkey

Big Wall climber
From Back to Big Wall Baby
Jun 29, 2010 - 12:54pm PT
Yay Happy endings are good
nutjob

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Jun 29, 2010 - 01:15pm PT
Yay! Always happy to hear about good stuff
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 29, 2010 - 01:19pm PT
Maybe Max will post his side of the story, as well as about his adventures on El Cap, pre-ring.
jstan

climber
Jun 29, 2010 - 01:50pm PT
"Fantastic story at any rate! (I still have my wedding band but my wife disappeared years ago.)"

Careful now. Even people with a sense of humor can get stoned.
meclimber

Trad climber
Dover, NH
Jun 29, 2010 - 04:42pm PT
Great story with a happy ending!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 29, 2010 - 09:18pm PT
hey there say, mighty hiker... oh my! :))

say, as to your quote:
Should this stuff go to the Yosemite Climbing Museum now?

certainly, yes!... ;))

well, you know, it IS climber history, and a very well known and special
climber, at that... :)

god bless and thanks for the fun "paperwork" trail, and where it
"should be filed" ... as we ALL surely understand paperwork overflows and aftermaths... ;)

:)
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Jun 29, 2010 - 09:37pm PT
Wow!
What a long shot. Buy some lottery tickets!

Rick
yogiclimber

climber
Martinez
Jun 30, 2010 - 01:28am PT
That is an AWESOME story! Yay! This is the kind of stuff that should be on the news :)
Anastasia

climber
hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
Jun 30, 2010 - 02:20am PT
Oh, I am so happy about this! Yeah!
:)AFS
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
Sprocketville
Jun 30, 2010 - 03:02am PT
watch me pull a wabbit out of my hat,

Fletcher

Trad climber
Looking for love in all the right places...
Jun 30, 2010 - 03:39am PT
Wow! I just had a feeling you were going to find that ring! Ya gotta believe... too much good energy associated with it!

Eric
Tobia

Social climber
GA
Jun 30, 2010 - 07:50am PT
jstan:
My comment was meant to be light-hearted; way past the trauma and actually enjoy the departed wife as a good friend, the way we started out.

The ring sits in a box full of other little mementos from my extended childhood and various stops along the road of life.
jstan

climber
Jun 30, 2010 - 03:05pm PT
Not a problem in the world Tobia. I took it for what it was. A lighthearted look at something difficult in the past. That's how we all keep going.
crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Jun 30, 2010 - 04:24pm PT
I LOVE the picture/story post of the whole "return of the ring" - what a hoot! Such great luck. Congrats Roger!

It always stinks to lose something with sentimental value...and rare to find it again. Hooray for Supertopo and the power of networking!
cleo

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Jun 30, 2010 - 04:38pm PT
Great Karma, and thanks for the Trip Report!
Lissiehoya

climber
Saint Louis, MO
Jun 30, 2010 - 05:46pm PT
Congrats, that's so good to hear!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 30, 2010 - 06:07pm PT
Certainly a fairytale ending to a very bad scene! <<Yahoo!>>
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