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chappy

Social climber
ventura
Jan 5, 2013 - 12:26am PT
I gotta admit, even after all these years, I still get excited whenever it gets climbed. Its such a rare and beautiful climb. Kevin and I were so lucky to get the FA...and survive the experience! Kevin pegged it: rarely will you ever find it in ideal conditions. Probably the closest was in 78 when Dale and Ron did the second ascent and Ed Barry and I did the third. It was so good. Unbelievable really. A complete change from what Kevin and I experienced. I just had to do it again. It was a cold snowy winter that year. Several feet of snow in the Valley floor. The approach was horrendous. I remember once flailing in snow up to my armpits crossing snow covered talus. The drainage from the heavy snow helped it fill in really nicely. Kevin and I did it in mid Feb. of 1975 and the ascents in 1978 were also done in mid Feb. Seems rather late in the year for ice climbing. Goog job Greg and Jason!
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jan 5, 2013 - 12:31am PT
Hi Mark!

I second your feelings about it, and also a hearty congrats to the brave team who just topped out.
chappy

Social climber
ventura
Jan 5, 2013 - 01:08am PT
Happy New Year Kevin! Hope you are well. Our ascent was perhaps my (our?)most memorable climbing experience.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 5, 2013 - 01:47am PT
Warbler, I was just asking about the ratings to see if it is even worth it for me to bug anyone to walk over to the base and look at it with me. I am fairly new to ice, but like it and obtained more confidence after my last trip. Not Yosemite, but a beautiful spot. I think I took some ok photos there too, check it out if you like TRs: http://vividrea1ity.blogspot.com/2013/01/hyalite-my-post-christmas-break.html
Will post here after I load more pics to the site, it is annoyingly slow....
Anyway, it is such a good feeling to feel like something that seemed WAY THE HELL ABOVE me, as MAYBE possible. Right time, right partner, good luck, and maybe one day....would love to do that climb on the Watchtower too. Did many of you do that one too? Seems cool.

Congrats on FA Chappy!
E

Social climber
Tujunga CA.
Jan 5, 2013 - 01:56am PT
that climb is out of there...you gotta be on it at the right moment

prolly gonna happen again this season

hummmmm....
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Jan 5, 2013 - 02:06am PT
real deal bump. thanks for the real (deal) history too.
WTF

climber
Jan 5, 2013 - 10:17am PT
A chossicle has formed.

Big balls on those two men.

chez

Social climber
chicago ill
Jan 5, 2013 - 12:41pm PT
"I remember once flailing in snow up to my armpits crossing snow covered talus"
Had to really want it to go through that eh chillywip? That's history right there!
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
looks to be building nicely, heres a few pics from today (1/5/13), thought i might even see someone on it
but not today
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
the curtain that fell out around a week ago is filling in
the curtain that fell out around a week ago is filling in
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
David Wilson

climber
CA
Jan 5, 2013 - 09:07pm PT
That looks pretty doable right now Dan. Great pics ! Unfortunately, I was always scared shitless on ice, so I'm a non contender.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 5, 2013 - 09:36pm PT
looks soooo gooood
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2013 - 09:46pm PT
sure does look good
heres another little morsel, just left of pulpit rock, looks like fair kicks
cant remember hearing of anyone ever doing it, never really noticed it before???
perhaps this will be a good ice year!
Credit: mctwisted
WBraun

climber
Jan 5, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
That thing is death right now.

The cloud cover is on tonight .

It's getting warm from the next front rolling in right now..

Everything is melting.

You're gonna die .....
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 5, 2013 - 09:50pm PT
we're all gonna die, Werner...
David Wilson

climber
CA
Jan 5, 2013 - 09:52pm PT
That thing by pulpit cuts and you'd have a fast ride into the Merced.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jan 6, 2013 - 12:54am PT
If it survives the storm, it'll be even better right afterward.

I think it's your turn, Werner

Sharpen those points and kiss yer ass goodbye
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 6, 2013 - 12:14pm PT
Werner doesn't give a fk about no runout!

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/106626733

bearbnz

Trad climber
East Side, California
Jan 6, 2013 - 03:31pm PT
Here is some ice on the eastern edge of the park off the Dana Plateau. Has it been climbed? Does it have a route name? It is just climber's left of Cocaine Chute, which is on the right edge of the photo. I didn't really get close enough to get a realistic idea of the quality or attractiveness... The photo is from 2012.


Not in the Park, but very close...
Not in the Park, but very close...
Credit: bearbnz

Nothing to do with ice, but here is an aerial photo of the 3rd Pillar on Dana.

Credit: bearbnz
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 7, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
That's a cool photo of Third Pillar!


Where is the pull out that people use to access widow's tears? Would be nice to go look at it some time up close.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jan 7, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
You can park pretty much right below it in a pullout on the river side, if it's plowed or dry.

Probably want to stay out of the open talus and under the forest canopy on the way up. Be prepared to wallow.

If you really want to see it well, you'll need crampons and an axe to third class up the slabs into the bowl, maybe a rope to rap back down with.

The view from inside the Tears Amphitheater is out of this world, and nearly never seen by anyone.
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