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Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 10, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
Quick trip to Squamish on the weekend, but since I had to work pretty much every minute I wasn't climbing while I was there, I didn't tell any of you that we were going up. Felt bad about not having time to connect with Mike, or with any old friends, but figured there'd be time for that on the next trip.

We did no notable climbing, but did have an exceptional moment...

On Sunday we wandered over to Murrin to take a look at the Common Wealth, a newish crag we'd never visited. As we got close, I made out some movements at the base of the crag. Another party there ahead of us. Couldn't really see them through the trees. As we got closer, I was looking at something else (probably where my feet were going), not at the them, when I heard...

"Hey Dave."

Now, what you have to understand is that there are only two people in the world who call me Dave. But it wouldn't matter if there were two thousand, because I'd know that voice anywhere.

Yup. Number Two Son, whom I hadn't seen for a year.

He was out for his first day climbing since breaking his collar bone. Well, shattering his collar bone.

We had no idea Ian was in Squamish, but for me it made the trip. What a treat to see him again! Last time I was on rock with him was exactly twenty years ago, when he was just seven (he gave up climbing after that, but got back into it a few years ago). He was climbing with his girlfriend Deb, and two friends -- Matt and Shona (Matt works at MEC).

Maybe once his shoulder is fully healed, he can start hauling me up stuff I can't do on my own anymore.

(And in case anyone cares, the other person who calls me Dave is ST's Wayno)
Jstod

Trad climber
North Vancouver
Jun 11, 2013 - 12:14am PT
^^
Cool story - Hope you two manage to re-connect on the rock!

Not that it's very relevant to your chance encounter but we showed up at the same crag and were climbing next to you for a bit before your son and then you left. I couldn't quite figure out the connection between what seemed to be two different groups - now it all makes sense :)

Heard you were from Seattle and wondered if you were a Supertopan, but as a devout lurker, I left it at that!

Julian
MH2

climber
Jun 11, 2013 - 09:26am PT
^^ ^^

That's two coincidences.




I'm still waiting for the day when I come across a climber outdoors who I only know through ST.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2013 - 09:45am PT
I'm still waiting for the day when I come across a climber outdoors who I only know through ST.

What do you mean Andy? That already happened when we met! ;)

Dave - You were up here and didn't call me?? Jeeze! ;) Bring Wayno next time and we'll go cragging! Say hi to Mari for me too.
Paul Brennan

Trad climber
Ireland
Jun 11, 2013 - 10:23am PT
Feeling homesick for Squamish and realised I've never posted a picture to this thread, so heres a couple of selected highlights of a highly evolved form of cheating that masquerades as real climbing:

Looking up the 2nd pitch of Cowboys and Indians
Looking up the 2nd pitch of Cowboys and Indians
Credit: Paul Brennan

View of Squamish from the ledge
View of Squamish from the ledge
Credit: Paul Brennan

(as nice a sight as you can hope for when taking a dump in a plastic bag)

Sasquatch ledge
Sasquatch ledge
Credit: Paul Brennan

One of the cooler ledges I've ever been on.

Wasted after Cowboys and Indians
Wasted after Cowboys and Indians
Credit: Paul Brennan

The route was maybe a bit much for me at the time, so was a proper mini-adventure.

Looking up at the roofs on Negro Lesbian
Looking up at the roofs on Negro Lesbian
Credit: Paul Brennan

Its hard to convey how big and imposing those roofs felt when cowering under them. That route was definitely too much for me.

Looking back from the lip of the roof. Negro Lesbian 3rd pitch.
Looking back from the lip of the roof. Negro Lesbian 3rd pitch.
Credit: Paul Brennan

Looking back down to the bags from high on the 3rd pitch
Looking back down to the bags from high on the 3rd pitch
Credit: Paul Brennan
MH2

climber
Jun 11, 2013 - 11:21am PT
Perspectives we don't see often here, Paul Brennan. Those roofs can be as big as they wanna be as long as they stay up there.


Our first meeting was sorta pre-arranged, Big Mike. At least it was pre-announced. Looking forward to the next time!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jun 11, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
I'm still waiting for the day when I come across a climber outdoors who I only know through ST.


We met that way too Andy! I recognized u from a photo I saw of u on here!



Killer photos Paul!

a highly evolved form of cheating that masquerades as real climbing:


So funny, thanks for the honesty- although I'm sure some here(kidcormier/brownie/fishboy/chief) would probably disagree :-)

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jun 11, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
David you dick!! Haha. Kiddin'. Wouldn't have been much good trying to visit me here this past weekend. I work all day Saturday and Sunday was stupid-busy with this piece for Katie and Phil is sick and, oh, yeah, Isaac was over as well. He deployed yesterday for several months. Glad Ian is climbing. What's with you guys not just breaking bones but SHATTERING them?

Yuck.

Paul Brennan

Trad climber
Ireland
Jun 11, 2013 - 01:15pm PT
So funny, thanks for the honesty- although I'm sure some here(kidcormier/brownie/fishboy/chief) would probably disagree :-)

Don't get me wrong, I love wall climbing. Its pretty much all I did last year. How can you not love a form of climbing where you can be slow, weak, lazy, and still get kudos? And better still, be able to do it on your own, so you don't have to listen to partners complaining about you being slow, weak and lazy.

I love aid cheating, and it never pays to take yourself seriously.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 11, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
What's with you guys not just breaking bones but SHATTERING them?

It's a trait that runs in the family. I think the medical geneticists call it "stupidity."
MH2

climber
Jun 11, 2013 - 08:40pm PT
I recognized u from a photo I saw of u on here!


Damn! I thought it was my fame.
browniephoto

climber
bc
Jun 11, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
aid climbing is cool because you can drink whiskey and smoke cigs whilst making steady upward progress. That being said, I'm pretty broke at the moment so I'll be sticking to the free variety for the time being..
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jun 13, 2013 - 06:01pm PT
Anyone out there done straight outta squampton left of the squaw? Not lookin so much fer beta, just wanna hear if it is awesome?? Thinking about going to worship there on the day of the lord.
MH2

climber
Jun 13, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
For me it was likable, the second pitch was unusual.


edit: That kneebar picture from Squeamishness makes me wonder if you would find the second pitch of Straight Outta Squampton that different.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jun 13, 2013 - 09:21pm PT
Cool, thanks Andy.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 13, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
Hey all you hosers, my puter crashed and I lost all my contact info. Please send me a pm with contact info. You know who you are.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 13, 2013 - 09:52pm PT
Heard you were from Seattle and wondered if you were a Supertopan, but as a devout lurker, I left it at that!

You should have spoken up! Why not? I guess there are a couple of a-holes who post on ST, but the remaining 99.99% are wonderful people. Doesn't matter if they're Famous Climbers™, or gumbies from Gumbieville, they're probably going to be happy to meet you. And who knows where that might lead?

Some of my best friends are folks I bumped into at the crags. If I hadn't spoken up, I'd be a lot poorer for it.

So, next time you spot that old guy with the gray beard, say hello.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 13, 2013 - 09:55pm PT
Hey all you hosers, my puter crashed and I lost all my contact info. Please send me a pm with contact info. You know who you are.

Do I still count as a hoser? Or do you think of me as just another stoopid American now?

If you come over for a beer on Monday, I'll give you my contact info.

Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jun 13, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
Ryan - Squampton is excellent! I'm not sure how "scruffy" it is or not these days.
there is an alternate 2nd half that may be more appealing as it is recently re- scrubbed - this is called "Babes in Kai Land". It is a excellent sustained hand and finger crack to the top.

Alternately go straight left (11b or so) to a similar hands and fingers sustained crack for the original finish.

Squeamishness is very good eh?
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jun 14, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
Thanks Bruce, squeamishness was great for sure. I'm pretty stoked on that whole area over there. Lots of steep stuff on nice rock. U need something bigger than a blue camalot for Squampton?
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