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Trad climber
Apr 1, 2014 - 08:54am PT
Last week our neighbor's dog got cut up from a cougar. He shot in the air, cougar ran. Bears around a lot, I've seen Moose, Elk, Coyotes, 1000's of deer, racoons, etc. in the past few months here. I have rubber bullets and flashbang rounds in the shotgun because we don't live in the city and we see more animals on our property than people. Better to be safe than sorry. Not every animal is nutz, last time we were on the island, we spent a night with a pack of these friendly guys (my wife is behind the wolf, camera is a 14mm lens 2' from the wolf, it got nose marks on the lens later)...
Credit: tooth

Social climber
Apr 1, 2014 - 11:29am PT

Don't be misled by the fact that there is a lot of support for the NRA up here.

In Canada it stands for "No Rifles Allowed." :) :)

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Apr 1, 2014 - 12:10pm PT
Good morning friends, causal bystanders and cross dressin, orgy havin weirdos.

Another beautiful morning down around the Howe sound.

Bruce how bad is the sewage treatment plant stench at the elements?

I'm so glad we didn't go the town house route, we are extremely pleased in our little slice of paradise here in Britannia Beach.

Aislinn and I had looked at quite a few town houses when we were first looking to buy. We actually had agreed to buy in Mountain Mews for 305 but thankfully there was another offer on the table pending sale that miraculously went through.

Here is a lurker Kyle photo I nabbed from squamishclimbing.com
Stolen from squamishclimbing.com
Stolen from squamishclimbing.com
Credit: Lurkerkyle boycotter of super topo posting

Edit: wow that video was inspiring...
Todd Eastman

Bellingham, WA
Apr 1, 2014 - 12:20pm PT
Yo Bruce, is that your cut-block in the vid?

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Apr 1, 2014 - 02:14pm PT
Well that's good that the stench doesn't linger your way.

Gun shots? Yes, the property at the top of the hill seems to fire guns quite

Hey look its kyle on Perry's lieback!

Credit: thekidcormier

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Apr 1, 2014 - 02:17pm PT
avast is giving me a malware warning when I try to visit Squamishclimbing.com...
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2014 - 01:15pm PT
Weird Dru.

I woke up this morning to find out that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Gripped stole my photo!

No Credit..

We'll see if they're gonna pay for it....

Apr 2, 2014 - 01:42pm PT
What is that climb above.

Gotta do it.

Had a tentative trip planned for late summer early fall but I don't think that is gonna happen now.

I'll get there sooner than later though and when I do I gotta do that climb.

More info please or just a link...

Figured it out sorry.

The Grand Wall?

Social climber
Apr 2, 2014 - 01:44pm PT
Mike - Where is the robot watermark on the pic ????
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2014 - 10:08pm PT
It's in the bottom left of the image you can't see Tami.

Sanskara, it's called mercy street, 10b. If you wanna climb it, come after a good hot spell or it will be wet.

So gripped pulled my image.

Apr 2, 2014 - 10:16pm PT

10b that's it! Stoked its on then!

I will be trying to get in touch with you for a conditions report. Maybe for a partner also as so few can just drop everything to go do some climb the way I can. Kinda kidding but not about the conditions report part.

I had a trip planned late summer or this fall but my partners summer long road trip turned into two short out and back via airplane trips.

I know there is tons of great climbing in Squamish. Is there one Sunshine Crack or something looks quite a bit like that one but maybe harder?
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2014 - 11:39pm PT
Here is my original image.

Some stoke for Sanskara

Mercy Street

Dude! I'm down. I want to hit this sucker again too, but not sure if i'll be up to leading it again summer. Maybe.

I think you're thinking about daylight crack on freeway?
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 4, 2014 - 03:41pm PT
Ok. First of all I must apologize. Tooth asked for Photos and Stories not drama and butthurt. lol

So, to atone, I went climbing this week and managed to get 19 pitches in over 3 days, which is pretty good for me lately.. lol

On Monday I showed up late and joined the party already in progress at of all locations, High Cliff.

Kyle was bored of waiting for Lord of the Drink so he soloed Step n' Stump 5.7

When he finally did get on it, he didn't do so well. I jumped on the gift and it felt super good to lead it again.

After we went around the corner and Jay and Richie showed up to have a go at Red Nails.

The scene at High Cliff

Jay trying to figure out the opening sequence on Red Nails 11c

Kyle had a score to settle with Fred Snails so he roped up for it. The top could use a bit of a scrub. lol

Kyle starting up Fred Snails 11a

Jay did pretty good after the crux on Red Nails

I flailed up the crux of Fred Snails, and then we did Miner Matters 10b and Run Like A Thief 10a neither of which i managed clean.

On the way back to the truck I could hardly resist capturing this sight.

We headed up to the top of Neat and Cool for some after hours bouldering with Ryan before heading home.

The insatiable Kyle on a dusk ascent of the Neat and Cool boulders

Howe sound at it's finest

Tuesday I had no partner. So i decided to make lemonade out of the lemons and went to burgers to practice my lower-outs. I toproped Peaches and Cream which still eludes me and then burgers in my approach shoes a couple times because it was the only climb free. I did a few lowerout jug practices on it after.

Dusty eyes finally freed up, and i solo aided it with my trusty partner grigri. Everything was mellow on it until the very end where i forgot to clip my rope to the last piece of pro and i was looking at an interesting fall with just enough slack before the clove hitch to make the move and disengage the cam to gain leeway to make the mantle in my camp four's.. lol

following was a breeze in comparison.

After I saw Bearbreeder in the parking lot and we arranged to hook up for some of this on Wednesday:

Eric Chan Photo

Apr 4, 2014 - 04:28pm PT
Thanks for the stoke Mike,

Yeah sunshine crack is in the Bugs I think right?

Should probably go do that too!

Apr 4, 2014 - 04:34pm PT
This is what I really want when I get out there. And the route I was thinking of...


Apr 4, 2014 - 04:46pm PT
There you go Sanskara! The Sword/split piller is as good as a die-he-dral gets!
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 4, 2014 - 04:58pm PT
Yes they are.

Luke on the Split Pillar

Luke on the sword

Which btw, it is very nice to hear the kid's voice again here. Keep posting up Kyle's pics bro! Too bad he chooses not to participate here. comeon kyle i know you're reading this! lol

Apr 4, 2014 - 05:02pm PT
That's the climb.

Is it legit 11a sustained? Give me the local beta.

Thanks for the pics.

If i get my sh#t together I could get that 10b climb done this season even after the fractured calcaneus. Might have to wait till next season for the grand wall, who knows though I did f*#k this hoof up on my first day out of the season on a mid 11...
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 4, 2014 - 05:16pm PT
It's cruxy. super pumpy towards the top. The grand is meat and potatoes climbing, just a lot of it for a long time.

Apr 4, 2014 - 05:24pm PT
How long does it take on average for a competent 5.11 leader to get up it...

Is it outa question for someone that is a competent 5.10 leader throughout the letter grades and can lead 5.11 gear but its work?

I'm good at strong guy climbing not so much über technical slabby sh#t. In shape I can climb up into the 10D range on New England slab with maybe one or two falls? I can get 10b-c slab normally on sight. Juggy muscle climbs of the same grade I can normally on sight
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