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Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Dec 31, 2014 - 11:30am PT
Hi Hamie,

Sounds like quite a New Year in Yosemite 50 years ago. And now, today, guys are freeing the Dawn Wall, would you believe. Times change.

Climb more next year: good advice for all. Happy New Year!
Glenn
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 31, 2014 - 01:00pm PT
Bob Howay, the judge's grandson was a climber ( and a lawyer ). He was on a couple of trips I led for the ACC 15 yrs ago or so. Nice guy. Quiet fella. Bob was killed in an unfortunate accident on one of the Border Peaks around 2000.
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Dec 31, 2014 - 02:27pm PT
Also Queen Sheba's Breasts, probably a reference to H. Rider Haggard's Ing Solomon's Mines, published in 1885 and popular ever since.

Sheba's boobs were referenced in the Bible, actually.
It's a two-parter. Solomon is visited by the Queen of Sheba, and he gives her "all that she desires".

Then you have the Song of Songs, aka the Song of Solomon, wherein we find the line (variously translated)

"Thy two breasts are like two fawns that are twins of a gazelle, which feed among the lilies."

The inference is that this woman whose breasts are celebrated is the Queen of Sheba. Hence the rider Haggard mountains The Breasts of Sheba are named after this passage.

So while the Lions reference might be to King Solomon's Mines, it might well be directly to the Bible, too, since that's what the name in KSM refers to.


Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Dec 31, 2014 - 02:44pm PT
Yes indeed, Dru, but my reading says that the name was prompted by the Rider Haggard novel. He was probably more widely read at the time than the Bible. Using popular literature as a source of inspiration for peak names isn't a new phenomenon.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 31, 2014 - 03:43pm PT
.........of course the updated version would have to be Sheba's Hooters.



Guffaw.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Canada
Dec 31, 2014 - 03:56pm PT


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE ! ! !
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 2, 2015 - 09:39am PT
Happy New Year Jim!!

Sandra and I went to the city yesterday to see my buddy Brandon who's in vgh. He had a similar injury to me and is currently facing the long road to recovery.

We stopped at timmie's on the way and the Grand Wall was shining.


Hope everyone had a great New Year!

hamie

Social climber
Thekoots
Jan 2, 2015 - 10:46pm PT
Hey Glenn

Yes, times change:
NIAD
Nose freed.
Nose in 2:20 and change.
U Wall free-solo.
290 pitches IAD.
And all those enchainments......

It also seems as if the weather has changed a lot as well. No surprise there! It's now early Jan, and the climbers on Free Dawn appear to be wearing t-shirts. In 1964 we were wearing sweaters by the end of Nov, and were leading in down jackets by mid Dec. By the end of Dec-early Jan it was all over. More than a foot of snow on the ground, verglas on the rocks and cold, cold, cold. I hung on for another week or so, waiting for Gordie to show up. Then it was off to the Pinnacles for a few days with Bridwell hosting us [nice and warm there], and then on south to the volcanoes in Mexico, and the Cordillera Blanca in Peru.

El Cap Tom has pointed out some similarities between the Free Dawn and Harding's FA of the Nose. I wonder if there really is such a big difference between the old "seige" tactics of returning to the ground between attempts, and today's "single push" tactics where you return to a well stocked portable ledge every night. This thread has been dragging its a##. That might get some reaction!

"Must climb more". Is that a mantra or a resolution? Or both? Anders would know.

Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jan 3, 2015 - 02:02pm PT
Hi Hamish,

Happy New Year to you! I'm not much on mantras, so I guess I mean "must climb more" as a resolution, or exhortation to myself. I can drag myself up things; it's the getting down that kills my knees.

I hope 2015 is a good year for all. The last half of 2014 was pretty crappy for me, but there were some very bright spots, too.

Best wishes, and keep on climbing,
Glenn
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Jan 3, 2015 - 05:37pm PT
As long as there are bright spots, or the possibility of bright spots, or delusions of bright spots, life can be called worth living, with whatever degree of temerity you deem inoffensive to whatever gods may be. And maybe they will put a gondola on the Chief? For the knees!
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jan 3, 2015 - 05:45pm PT
And maybe they will put a gondola on the Chief?
A gondola? Over my dead knees! Yes, life is worth living!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Canada
Jan 3, 2015 - 06:17pm PT
Hey Glenn,

Sorry you've had some grief leading up to the new year. If you find some time in 2015, it would be great to have your Squamish slides and photos see the light of day.

Best wishes in the new year to you !
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 3, 2015 - 07:45pm PT
Hamie - I have some pix of us climbing in shirt-sleeves in the Smoke Bluffs 35 years ago. Even as the ice melted; it could warm up a lot and the rock would dry out and be really lovely ( even if the backs of cracks were still wet )

But the real picture is told in the trees. Pictures from years ago show smaller trees on the ledges of the Chief. I remember a pic in one of Kevin's guidebooks.........it was wild to see how greened up the Chief has become.
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Jan 3, 2015 - 09:00pm PT
Credit: MH2
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Canada
Jan 3, 2015 - 09:02pm PT
Slab Alley by it's original start ?
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Jan 3, 2015 - 09:05pm PT
Lembert Dome?
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jan 3, 2015 - 09:43pm PT
Does look like Slab Alley.
sac

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
Jan 3, 2015 - 10:05pm PT
Frankie's Tradster?
hamie

Social climber
Thekoots
Jan 3, 2015 - 11:25pm PT
Finally! Slab Alley.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 4, 2015 - 08:40am PT
Finally! Slab Alley.

Slab Alley was my first climb. Tied straight into the rope (three wraps and a bowline), and some kind of work boots on my feet. I even led the last couple of pitches.

Best wishes to all for 2015.
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