Things we do when NOT climbing


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susan peplow

I've seen giant ASS™™
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 2, 2006 - 10:53pm PT
What else is there besides climbing?

On a hot summer day..........


Mar 2, 2006 - 10:57pm PT

Alright you guys are the ticket, I love water skiing.

Hummmmmm Since when have I ever water skied?

Big Wall climber
Blue Jay, California
Mar 2, 2006 - 11:03pm PT
DMT, the exact same thing happened to me when I opened this thread.. lol
susan peplow

I've seen giant ASS™™
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 2, 2006 - 11:11pm PT
Hey Werner - Russ had never skied before either. I was raised with it, spent all my summers as a kid skiing. My daughter has skied since she was 6.

A few years back we go to Lake Powell. Now, I've taught a ton of people to ski kids and adults alike.

So...we put him on 2 skis and shout out the standard beta. "sit down, way back on the skis, tips up, hold on, don't stand up to quick"....

The rat bastard gets up FIRST try! I've never seen anything like it.

Next time, I tell him forget it and take a ski away. Smarty pants can try to slalom. Wouldn't ya know it, he did it again! FIRST try!


Come on down to the desert anytime, we'll throw you in and take ya for a ride!!


Mar 2, 2006 - 11:17pm PT
Beautiful Susan

I know, .... Russ is a damn good athlete.

But!!!! .... WTF is that rope connected to? It is so high up.
susan peplow

I've seen giant ASS™™
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 2, 2006 - 11:19pm PT
It's attached to a pole up high. Works well for wake boarding too, assists in getting height jumping wakes.

He's a powerful person, inside and out.


Mar 2, 2006 - 11:23pm PT

Trad climber
So. Cal.
Mar 2, 2006 - 11:30pm PT
Imagine that.

Russ takes to skiing like a Fish to water.

Mountain climber
San Diego
Mar 3, 2006 - 12:50am PT
I load the 4x4 truck with the kids and wife and head to Owens Valley/Bishop with all the toys. I plan the activities around the weather. Often the weather dictates the best activity for the day. Winter and into Spring, my truck is usaully loaded for all types of climbing (Bouldering - Alpine), mountainboard (think skateboard with large wheels). I've been doing as many of the Sierra Eastside paved roads as possible - done a few 10 mile plus descents on Eastside Sierras and Inyo Mountains. What a blast. I also throw in the randonee equipment for Mammoth and BC skiing. Throw in the paraglider, even in the winter I have had glorious thermal flights over the Tungsten Hills (sunny warm valley) gazing over at Mt. Tom and the Sierras all shroaded in Winter. Mtn. Bike stays up in Bishop all year for my use. Also bring equipment for Rock and Mineral collecting. There are many locations in Owens Valley for really good mineral collecting, even fluorescent minerals (my latest passion).

I'm surprised not more climbers fly. It was John Bouchard who introduced it to the U.S. through the climbing community in 1986. Paragliding has really come of age, the equipment is safe, flying knowledge and experience immense, we can truly safely climb and fly now, which for me was my original dream and original purpose for learning to Paraglide, thank you John. Granted, getting in the air and going many miles cross-country is a joy and I certainly want to continue doing that (ala Will Gadd 200+ miles in Texas), but climbing and flying off summits is an incredible experience. North America is at the doorstep to a revolution for fly/climbing, known as VolBivouc - it is already happening in a big way in Europe (Google X-Alps).

These are just a few of the things I like to do in addition to climbing.

Here I am in my paraglider (Lazy-Boy lounge chair in the Sky) over Horse Canyon in San Diego County taken by another pilot (Tadd). In addition, flying above Big Sur area having flown down from the coastal mountains close by (photo by my wife):

Edit: Think about it. We're a team of 4 mountaineers, climbing whatever, 2 of us fly and 2 of you descend the normal way. There we are (the flyers) drinking cold beers and socializing with the ladies at the bar (don't tell the wife) wondering why it is taking you guys so long to get down. Not the least of which, by the time you both get down you're spent and just want to sleep, and there we are are dancing the night away. Aren't you tired of the long tiring grinds back down? Mix it up people, multi-element --- the spice of life.
susan peplow

I've seen giant ASS™™
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 3, 2006 - 12:53am PT
Klimmer- that's exactly what I'm talking about. Next time more pics, less text.

Just kidding - I couldn't resist.

Keep 'em coming guys (and gals)

Russ Walling

Social climber
I have a giant ASS™™
Mar 3, 2006 - 01:51am PT
A standard day for me would be a little bull riding and then some golf:


Sport climber
1%. Leeda. TN.
Mar 3, 2006 - 09:24am PT
When not actively molding my type Z personality......the "kids" taught this old dad some new tricks...

(throw'n the houlihan)....

Trad climber
Good question?
Mar 3, 2006 - 09:36am PT

Telemark skiing rules !!!!
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Mar 3, 2006 - 10:51am PT
Here's what I do these days since my elbows seem to be in a constant state of pain from tendonitis. So I dress up in lyrca and hang out with a bunch of sweaty guys. But it does have it's moments.
btw, I'm the big guy on the outside in white/blue jersey with the red bike

the flatness
Mar 3, 2006 - 11:10am PT
Growing up in FL, boats were for fishing, but when I was about 16 we picked up some garage sale skis one time to see what it was all about. Wow. Transferring force pulling on your hands into force pushing on your feet takes pretty much every muscle in your body, and we were athletes and weightlifters. Had a great time, but we were so smoked by the end of the day we all passed out at like 9pm and then missed a primo early incoming tide the next morning. I think the best quote the next day was "my abs are so sore it hurts to fart."
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Mar 3, 2006 - 11:19am PT
Picking my nose, honest it's recreational.

Can't say, don't you find that riding bicycles can be hard on the elbows as well?
Off White

Tenino, WA
Mar 3, 2006 - 11:30am PT

can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Mar 3, 2006 - 11:32am PT
Patrick,not really, since keeping the hands loose on the bars is something I learned a long time ago. Especially in races or hard group rides. If you grip too hard, your hands soon become numb or close to it. Also the vibrations the road surface causes can have an effect on your arms/shoulders as well as your hands, so you learn not to over-grip. Also you need to keep your arms slighty bent so as not to load up the elbows. Besides, compared to yarding on them climbing, riding isn't too bad.

Trad climber
Gunks end of country
Mar 3, 2006 - 11:34am PT

Trad climber
Mar 3, 2006 - 11:57am PT
Go to sporting events with my son

Help train the elite Canadian unicycle regiment in desert combat

Take my trike out for a spin
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