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Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Aug 29, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
I think my first time on Mushroom may have been with MH2 and if it was it was the climb that persuaded me to switch from Ballets to something less clunky.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 29, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
Yep, that's how I got up it, too. Times change, don't they?

The very first time I climbed it my job was removing the pins my partner had banged in. When I reached the belay, he said "Don't look down, but a carload of people have stopped and are watching us." He gave me a bunch of slack and said "Let's give them something to remember."

So I let out a blood-curdling scream and leaped off.

I don't remember how much slack he'd given me -- probably not more than eight or ten feet -- but I'm sure it was enough to give the spectators a heart attack or two.
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Aug 29, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
Nice story, Ghost! I wouldn't have wanted to do that with just a bowline around the waist and a hip belay...

Mushroom was often the first multipitch aid climb that people did because it was easy and straightforward.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Aug 29, 2013 - 02:20pm PT
What's up top, or what was up top of that bolt ladder? Does it go right to the top?? I did mushroom last week & those old bolts sure look......old.

Edit- I did 1/2 of mushroom technically :-)
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Aug 29, 2013 - 02:27pm PT
According to my Jim Campbell guide there was a short aid corner above the upper fault, but the big deal is the opportunity to A2 nail the upper fault all the way left (Horizontally Prone) to where Transit of Venus is now.
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Aug 29, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
Possibly considering driving up your guys' way at the end of September. Typically, how's the weather for climbing at that time of year? I've never been to Squamish before.
gf

climber
Aug 29, 2013 - 03:22pm PT
horizontally prone -check the CLASSIC line in smaills' guide on this one.
"this climb best describes the first ascentionists drinking habits, strictly lightweights"
i asked one of the FA's Daryl Hatten about this -he claims it was Eric Weinstein, his partner on the route that good drunk under the table by the hardcore.....
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 29, 2013 - 04:36pm PT
Not a bad place for one's first crack climb.
Not a bad place for one's first crack climb.
Credit: Ghost
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Aug 29, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
That's High Mtn Woody.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Aug 29, 2013 - 04:40pm PT
briham89,

Sendtember can be good here, it can also suck. Last year was good until 2nd week of oct IIRC.


Right now it feels like Augtober so maybe September will be glorious.

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 29, 2013 - 05:05pm PT
That's High Mtn Woody.

Yup. We were at Squamish this spring with a friend who had never done any trad climbing, and I tried to think of the best first-ever crack pitch for him. He's a fairly accomplished sporto (leads in the mid-11s), but had never climbed on gear.

He really loved High Mountain Woody. Which, given the location and the quality of the climbing, is not much of a surprise.
MH2

climber
Aug 29, 2013 - 08:40pm PT
High Mtn Woody - doesn't that have a hard start?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 29, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
High Mtn Woody - doesn't that have a hard start?

Hard for Squamish 5.8 maybe. Probably about Index 5.5.

RyanD

climber
Squamish
Aug 29, 2013 - 09:24pm PT
Haha ghost, that one went over ur head I think. No pun intended.
Synchronicity

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Aug 29, 2013 - 09:29pm PT
I always thought it was stiff for the grade....
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 29, 2013 - 09:29pm PT
I thought about that, but then decided Andy was usually much cleverer than that, and anyway, even if I was wrong, it's always good to get in an Index jab at Sq'ish ratings.
MH2

climber
Aug 29, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
Do we have a picture of the culturally modified tree?
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Aug 29, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
As in life, the first move on that climb is like getting a boost. Further on, as your belayer shows as much interest as a corpse, you can be assured of a soft ending...
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Aug 29, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
A ha!

Andy is so clever he makes you think he's cleverer than that.

I thought the first 15' don't count towards the difficulty of a climb anyhow??


Hey how's the weather right now down in this "Index" you speak of David?


Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 29, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
I always thought it was stiff for the grade....

GUFFAW!!!!!!
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