Who Did The First Ascents At Big Rock- A Historical Survey

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Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Apr 15, 2012 - 09:16pm PT
My son's first trip to Big Rock. I am getting him ready to do Snake Dike next month.
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2012 - 10:43am PT
Great place to learn!
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Apr 16, 2012 - 11:13am PT
That would be way cool to hear from Lee Harrell!
Keith Leaman

Trad climber
Seattle
Apr 16, 2012 - 11:46am PT
True that, Phil!
I can still feel the weight of that pack rat running down my pant leg when we erroneously thought the Rat Crack was rated an easy climb back in '64, and ended up free soloing it on our first climbing trip.

Looks like you got a "Tiger" there Batrock!

Mountain Project shows 4 additional distinct lines on the upper "Sundeck" near Mickey Mantel (not shown on Cobb's guide) ranging from .9 to .11a.

Soon after the aforementioned building was razed, I took this photo of what was left of the foundation ca'65
Before the dam, what's left of the foundation to a structure that once...
Before the dam, what's left of the foundation to a structure that once stood at the base of Big Rock. ca '65


We took a group of Dalton Hot Shots out for a day of climbing ca '66. This is just before the crux on the Runny Nose. 5.9
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A view of the top of the Nose. The 5.7 (Phil's colorful pic above) went up to the isolated flake and up; the Roman Nose (5.11?) straight up the blankest section between light and shadow. Not much pro (if any) for quite a while. And the Runny Nose 5.9 went over the small roof. The Sickle 5.11+ was off to the right
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Paul Gleason taking a breather while trying to free the Roman Nose ca'66
Paul Gleason Big Rock ca. 1966 "Roman Nose" 5.11
Paul Gleason Big Rock ca. 1966 "Roman Nose" 5.11
Credit: Keith Leaman



PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Apr 16, 2012 - 12:18pm PT
Oct 2011
Oct 2011
Credit: PhilG
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2012 - 12:21pm PT
Lee just wrote me and is in the middle of a move right now and will join in as soon as the dust settles.

Sounds like a lot of these routes are his doing so this should be fantastic historically!
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Apr 16, 2012 - 12:25pm PT
Strong work, Steve!
Really looking forward to his input.
ATS

climber
Mountain Project
Apr 16, 2012 - 09:09pm PT
Roman Nose

John,

Is that the 11- to the left of Giant Step?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 22, 2012 - 12:40pm PT
Big Ole Bump...
bryceman

Boulder climber
Joshua Tree, California
May 18, 2012 - 01:06am PT
What about the first para-glider routs off Big Rock? I was there @1990 to see one.

FAIL... Blood everywhere.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 18, 2012 - 01:09am PT
Mona Stahl
Mona Stahl
Credit: StahlBro

My mom on the sharp end early 70's

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2012 - 10:00am PT
Ah, yer mother wears climbing boots...

Nice shot!
neversummer

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
May 18, 2012 - 11:21am PT
Bump for history.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2012 - 11:13pm PT
Harrell soon bump...
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jun 27, 2012 - 02:26am PT
Good stuff! Like others I always felt Big Rock was just exercise and a day having fun until we could get to Tahquitz.

Tried the hanging gardens a few times but could not even boulder the start. The first bolt was shite spinner. Then one day I'm out there and see some guy float it.

F-U Moffat! :>

Edit: As a BITD weekend warrior, it always amazes me the way the really skilled people move on the rock. The way Moffat moved was so smooth and effortless. I've seen other climbers do it, but seeing Moffat glide that day was the first time I'd seen that level of elegance.
neversummer

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Aug 8, 2012 - 04:26pm PT
BUMP
T Hocking

Social climber
Riverside/Redding, Ca
Aug 8, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
Interesting thread,
spent some time there in the mid-70's.
What year was the dam built?
I seem to remember that the climbing area was closed while the dam was being built.
Think i have some old pics of the place, will post if i can find them.
Tad

T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Dec 11, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
Some pics of me and some buds on African Flake? 74/75ish
Tad
Big Rock mid 70's
Big Rock mid 70's
Credit: T Hocking
Big Rock mid 70's
Big Rock mid 70's
Credit: T Hocking
Big Rock mid 70's
Big Rock mid 70's
Credit: T Hocking
Big Rock early 70's
Big Rock early 70's
Credit: T Hocking
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Dec 12, 2012 - 08:30am PT
Stellar pictures, T.Hocking.
Love the ole hip belay. Hard to believe that was 40 years ago!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
Big Ole Bump...

I just emailed Lee Harrell so hopefully he will be trying to fill in some of the FA history with a little help from his partners BITD.
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