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healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Topic Author's Original Post - May 25, 2011 - 03:04pm PT
This is the place to ask all those confusing, irritating, or indelicate climbing relationship problems like:

My partner is never ready when I roll up in front of his place, what can I do?

Irritated in S.F.

I'm a trad climber, but all the hot girls go to the bouldering gym, should I suck it up or stand by my principles and only date trad girls or what?

Crimpless in Boston

My partner's hot wife keeps coming on to me at parties, should I go for it or tell him about it? I'm pretty conflicted about it because he ropeguns all the hard pitches when we climb...

Almost conflicted in Margaritaville

Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 25, 2011 - 03:10pm PT
Dear Donini: During your youth, when the Yosemite Valley was still filled with glaciers, was there year-round ice-climbing on El Cap?
Gene

climber
May 25, 2011 - 03:14pm PT
Dear Donini,

Did people climb in the pre-Blue Camalot days? How?

g
apogee

climber
May 25, 2011 - 03:17pm PT
'Conflicted in Margaritaville'? That's High Desert country, where the gurlz are almost as hot as the Circle K in JT...
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
May 25, 2011 - 03:42pm PT
I love it. . . but those cracks about prehistoric climbing hit a little too close to home!

John
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
May 25, 2011 - 03:50pm PT
donini: the agony aunt of SuperTopo.

His prescription for all ills: Get out of Yosemite, use a blue camalot.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
SoCal
May 25, 2011 - 03:55pm PT
Dear Donini,

You frequently post acerbic comments about California.

Is this because you are actually a closeted Californian?
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
May 25, 2011 - 04:05pm PT
No Donini is still out putting the final touches on his misspent youth, and isn't yet ready to join me in oldfartdom.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
May 25, 2011 - 04:22pm PT
And, Donini, cancel the Iran trip, not a good time to be there.

Yes, didn't you know Israel will be going "over the horizon" there any minute now??
Blechhh, get a new tune Fatty.


Dear Donini,
I want to be a wall man and an ice man and a boulder man and a free solo man, but it just seems like too many masters to serve. What should I do?
Scattered in NM
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 25, 2011 - 04:22pm PT
Ha, ha, ha.....gave a young climber good advice once. He said that he and his friends were debating whether to date girls who climbed or girls who didnt. I said I had gone both ways and couldn't say which was best but......if you want to date a girl who climbs, check out her hands and make sure they're the right size for green camalot cracks because you'll never get up them without hanging.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
May 25, 2011 - 04:30pm PT
Dear Donini;
When are you heading to Iran?

AND, should I give up climbing becaues I'm a HASBEEN? :)

I hope you have a GREAT time in Iran.
Take a LOT of GOOD PICS!!!!
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
May 25, 2011 - 04:35pm PT
Old time qoute from Donini in pre-blue-Camalot days, when the glaciers still towered high above us, tools carried clubs, and all campling was out of bounds.

"I am wise enough to know that I don't know."

Socrates later ripped off Jim for this qoute. Jim was away on a special ops for the Spartans in Persia and Socrates didn't expect him to come back. But Jim always comes back.
Gene

climber
May 25, 2011 - 05:11pm PT

Dear Donini,

In one of your recent columns, you mentioned you once went 11 weeks without a shower.

Is it difficult for you to find partners?

Stenched Out in Stockton
TwistedCrank

climber
Ideeho-dee-do-dah-day boom-chicka-boom-chicka-boom
May 25, 2011 - 05:14pm PT
Dear Donini:

Be careful what you post on a discussion forum.

I said I had gone both ways and couldn't say which was best but......
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
May 25, 2011 - 05:15pm PT
I want to know how many times a year Donini goes to Switzerland to get entirely transfused with the blood of burmese orphans.







Just saying,...
Prod

Trad climber
May 25, 2011 - 05:20pm PT
Dear Donini,

I have heard that tape is for aid climbing. I would love to climb cracks but am worried about the appearance of my hands.

Patiently waiting for your advice,

Thanks,
Hand Model from Berkeley, Ca
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
May 25, 2011 - 05:43pm PT
I want to know how many times a year Donini goes to Switzerland to get entirely transfused with the blood of burmese orphans.


It's Transylvania. The dude is a feckin' vampire. The Burmese orphan blood is only so he can go out in the daylight......
Ain't no flatlander

climber
May 25, 2011 - 05:58pm PT
Dear Donini,

I've heard you said that Matthes Crest is the best climb in the US but I don't have trad gear. Can I do it with a rack of quickdraws?

Future Hardman
habitat

climber
grass pass
May 25, 2011 - 06:04pm PT
So, Donini, after all these years....

Maestri.....did he or didn't he?
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
May 25, 2011 - 06:13pm PT
"Jim was away on a special ops for the Spartans in Persia"

































































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