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Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Oct 5, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
How long does it take to get from Vancouver to Seattle these days in the weeee hours of the night?

Depending on what part of Vancouver you're coming from, and what part of Seattle you're headed for, the absolute best time you can count on is about two hours and forty-five minutes. Yeah, you might make it in two-and-a-half, but then you also might get held up for a while at the border because some Customs & Border Protection Officer doesn't like the way you look.

The safe bet, in the wee hours, is to allow three hours from the time you're both actually in the car and driving, to the time you've parked the car at Wayne's place or mine. After that, it depends. If one of us is driving you, it's about 20 minutes to the airport. If you're taking the light rail at O-dark:thirty, who knows? You want to be at the airport by 07:00, and you may want half an hour for coffee and the transfer from your car to Wayne's or mine. So calculate backwards from there.

To give yourself plenty of cushion, hit the road at about 03:00. Gets you here at 06:00. Wayne or I feeds you coffee while you shuffle bags, and we head for the airport at 06:30, arriving just before 07:00.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:06pm PT
Y'all are totally light! Can't DRIVE to Yosemite from Vancouver? Try hitchhiking in the rain, or taking the bus!

Posted in boredom from beautiful downtown Manteca, as I start the usual post-FaceLift drive home, with plans to visit and interview 60s-era climbers in Sonoma and Seattle, and maybe elsewhere.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:14pm PT
David , I'm not understanding why these two retards, Luke 'n' Mike, don't come down the nite before, get shitfaced/baked with you 'n' Wayno, sleep on the stoop, and then spill themselves onto that early flight. Seems like a no-brainer to me.........


Signed : She who suffered a ride to Yos from Vancouver with Anders in 1979
:-)

And couldn't drive standard transmission so he drove the entire way.

And has reminded me of it ever since.

HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!



But , seriously Anders? Safe travel home big guy. Hope you don't get tooled at the border . <snicker>
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 5, 2012 - 10:21pm PT
come down the nite before, get shitfaced/baked


Yes, you guys are welcome to come down the night before. We have an extra bedroom and a couch and usually beer on tap. I get home from work around ten pm.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 5, 2012 - 10:54pm PT
Now that, sounds like an excellent plan! Thanks for the broad hint there tami! Party at wayno's house!! ;)

Anders we are light. We decided that 2 extra days in the valley was way better than driving 40 hours. Relic only has limited time so It just seemed easier and ends up being not much more expensive. More climbing = better in my book.

I know its not old school and i kinda wish we were doing the drive with lots more time to climb along the way, but it's not to be..
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Oct 5, 2012 - 11:09pm PT
Hey Anders, if you are talking to the 10-years-after guys, don't forget to grill them about RC.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 6, 2012 - 12:36am PT
Sounds good. Mrs. Wayno has approved. Boris will dig it.

Luke, are you going with BmacD to sniff out our distant cousins? Use the Force. Watch the Star Wars movie with Yoda and forget whatever you already know and think with your heart and you shall find what you seek. Just remember, that if it stinks, you are getting close.;)
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Oct 6, 2012 - 12:51am PT
Don't worry about getting tooled on the way down, I find the Canadian border guards are usually bigger dicks when coming home for some reason, at least that was my thought when they were ripping my car apart one time after a trip to red rocks for no reason.

On the way down last month the US guy was petting my dog :-)
mastadon

Trad climber
crack addict
Oct 6, 2012 - 08:50am PT

Mighty-did you get that ancient wooden wedge I left for you with Tom??
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Oct 6, 2012 - 09:02am PT
We may be LIGHT but I have never flown anywhere on a climbing trip, so I'm excited. It's turning out to be surprisingly cheap and easy thanks to Wayno and Ghost offering to help. Staying down there will be sweet the night before, thanks Wayno.

I've never been tooled hard at the Peace Arch, not too worried. The only tooling I think we will feel is by check-in baggage clerks, a vicious bunch they are. Oh and of course, the Park Rangers... they been toolin' me there every chance they get.





RyanD, haha yup. When you are wondering where Relic has disappeared to, odds are I'll be in the C4 boulders or Buttermilks!
Fish Boy

Trad climber
Vancouver
Oct 6, 2012 - 10:27am PT
So who was that on Negro Lesbian the other day? Finish or bail?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 6, 2012 - 10:38am PT
Sorry Nick, we sidetracked a perfectly good Squamish thread with all this valley talk.... Oh well, we still need another 1008 messages to reach Rolf's prophecy anyways!

Thanks for the hospitality Wayno and the offer Dave! That's huge! Good thing I managed to get you out cragging eh Wayne? ;)

So who was on Negro Lesbian? Post up!
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Oct 6, 2012 - 12:18pm PT
I snuck out work yesterday to check the progress on NL. Our unidentified friend was back at the belay he was seen trying to fix from the night prior and appeared as tho he was preparing to RETREAT!

Who ever you are: post up.

Speaking of which I might as well link my report of my solo on strange brew(a.k.a. Light weight lane) http://thekidcormier.blogspot.ca/

Wayno: I'm not going with Bruce. Hahah he only wants to take pictures of their foot prints I wanna shoot one and make a nice one piece suite :D
Fish Boy

Trad climber
Vancouver
Oct 6, 2012 - 12:35pm PT
All good Mike, stoke is stoke is stoke. I love the Valley, can't wait to hear your stories. Do Central Pillar of Frenzy, you'll have a blast.

I'd like to see how they retreated from where they were. I only went and looked at night, but it seemed they were past they point of an easy descent.

Fish Boy

Trad climber
Vancouver
Oct 6, 2012 - 12:36pm PT
I wanna shoot one and make a nice one piece suite

You'd look better in a two piece, Lukey.
brownie

Trad climber
squamish
Oct 6, 2012 - 06:40pm PT
http://browniephoto.com/blog/2012/10/summer-of-rock/
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Oct 6, 2012 - 06:50pm PT
My pick for Yos routes for Mike'n'Luke to do is ARROWHEAD ARETE and , for the descent, hike to the valley rim and descend the Falls trail.

Might not quite have the crowds that Snake Dike has.......

Safe trip boys !
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 6, 2012 - 07:17pm PT
It didnít sound like my voice but I figured it must have been me as I watched singular crystals of granite join and smear into streaks, and calmly observed my acceleration. It was quite interesting really; quiet yet violent, and as elegant as a ballet dancer gravity slipped itís tendrils around me and pulled. I became aware that I was in fact falling and that I had been for a while, when suddenly the static reality I have come to know over the years returned. I looked down to find Nathan a few meters below me....

Sick writeup Kieran!! Thanks!

Tami- Unfortunately I don't forsee myself climbing much with Luke, as he is an aids climber these days. He will be up on the captain with bigwall Doug while Relic I and entertain Aislin.... She certainly seems happy to have someone to climb with rather than sit in the valley by herself all week.

While three is often a crowd, it's a great number to free up the cameraman!!
Paul Brennan

Trad climber
Ireland
Oct 6, 2012 - 07:27pm PT
That was me on Negro Lesbian.Not much to say other than it beat me down! Couldn't get past a section of heads through the roof of the 4th pitch. Blew out a small circlehead and took a big lob in the dark. Thank god for screamers is all I can say...Tried it again the next day but I was rattled and my heading skills weren't good enough to get anything to stick Didn't have anything to remove the fixed mank with either.It's a great route though, pretty cool to be swinging around in those roofs. Be sure to bringa hand drill and butterknife if you want to go for it, I had to re drill some blown out batholes at the top of the 3rd . I'll be back for it after a bit more experience....

P.s Fish Boy, I owe you beer... Give me a shout with when and where I can settle the debt! Will be around Squamish until mid next week.

P.p.s rapping from the top of the 3rd is okay. You hit the slab about 4m right of the anchors at the top of the 2nd. Then there's a bolted rap station about 50m straight down from the anchor at the top of the 2nd. Rapping through those trees with a haulbag was so miserable it was kind of fun...
The Call Of K2 Lou

climber
Squamish
Oct 6, 2012 - 07:32pm PT
Four thousand (mostly on topic) posts. Too cool. Keep 'em coming!
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