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WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Original Post - May 6, 2012 - 06:49am PT
Hey everyone,

I am done with my comp exam for my masters on the 28th and my work contract with the university is up on May 31. This means I will be splitting my time between my home in Reno and the Eastside/Meadows/Valley. Friends of mine should be able to climb most weekends, but having an open schedule I would like to redline the fun meter as well as minimize on gas spent to drive since I will be unemployed. I also figure it will be one of my last opportunities to get to do something like this with minimal responsibilities, so I really want to make it count.

This is also my first time really spending significant time on the road, so any and all advice on that or anyone who wants to hop on a route, let me know. I lead in the .9 range these days, higher some days, lower others, and can follow to hard 10. Just want to get out and have fun, have no problem cruising on east stuff or flailing on hard things...



Also, I checked, and yep...I'm definitely gonna die
Sierra Ledge Rat

Social climber
Retired in Appalachia
May 6, 2012 - 07:12am PT
You are gonna have an awesome time.

I did the same as you during the summers of 1978, 1979, 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Except I didn't even have a car in '78 and '79 and so hitch-hiked everywhere.

Keep us posted on your adventure!
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
May 6, 2012 - 07:16am PT
Also, I checked, and yep...I'm definitely gonna die


But what if you didn't? That would be freaky!

Have fun with unemployment! My dancing card is getting full for summer, but maybe I'll shoot you a message for the mid-week.

Do you populate the gym in Reno? If so, I don't believe I've met you, but I'm not the mayor or anything either.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 6, 2012 - 07:44am PT
Keep us posted on your adventure!

Will do. Should be one hell of a time

Have fun with unemployment! My dancing card is getting full for summer, but maybe I'll shoot you a message for the mid-week.

Sounds great!

Do you populate the gym in Reno? If so, I don't believe I've met you, but I'm not the mayor or anything either.

I drop in from time to time, but usually keep to myself and the folks I know. A lot of the gym scene bugs me (although I must admit it has gotten better of late), so I do my laps on the auto-belay and GTFO. Could just be me, who knows
climblight

Mountain climber
Northern NV
May 6, 2012 - 08:19am PT
I'll be looking for partners after I recover from the broken foot.
Mtbphoto

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
May 6, 2012 - 08:32am PT
I'm in Mammoth and have weekends free, hit me up if you wanna climb.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
May 6, 2012 - 08:38am PT
have fun--then you can go back for a phd and reach an even higher level of unemployment.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 6, 2012 - 07:25pm PT
Cool! Definitely interested in all of the above.

climblight i hope your leg heals soon! what happened? what's your timeline?

Just got back from Donner and am fired up on the season

edit: Tony - meh, no reason to waste the money to go back and achieve a higher level of unemployment...seen too many take that path and with minimal ROI
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
May 6, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
Careful where you bivy and keep a gun with you when you're sleeping....

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1715982&tn=0&mr=0
noskin

climber
jail
May 6, 2012 - 07:33pm PT
Don't forget Da Brim.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
May 6, 2012 - 07:34pm PT
I'll think he'll be fine without the heat. Have fun. Climb a ton. Look back on this period of your life and smile.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
Visalia, CA
May 6, 2012 - 08:49pm PT
I'm free for the summer and close by, send a message if you ever need a partner! Too bad I'm not done with my masters until next year...



Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
May 6, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
nevertheless, you'll always be able to "phd" after your name, especially if you run out of things to do and wind up writing nonsensical books that don't sell.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 6, 2012 - 08:59pm PT
I'm free for the summer and close by, send a message if you ever need a partner! Too bad I'm not done with my masters until next year...

Sounds great! Given your location would you be willing to head up to Tuolumne a bit or Bishop/Lone Pine area? Also, milk it while you can, with the job market being what it is...although the "academic hazing" of graduate school is certainly not good on the nerves.


nevertheless, you'll always be able to "phd" after your name, especially if you run out of things to do and wind up writing nonsensical books that don't sell.

Don't forget adding a highly condescending attitude to anyone without those three letters after their name...
Meagher

Trad climber
Reno, NV
May 6, 2012 - 09:29pm PT
Defiantly interested in climbing with you. I too am graduating this semester from UNR, and from the sounds of it am of about that same range of climber as you are. Unfortunately, I will be working alot, trying to save up a little money to head North to Alaska, but in the mean time I'll be looking for people to climb with in Donner, at the leap, the east side, and the valley. Plus, I suppose I could always quite a little early before I leave for AK, and get in a few solid weeks of quality granite climbing here in the Sierras. Anyways, hit me up and we can get after it.
coloradohigh

Trad climber
rocky mountain trench
May 6, 2012 - 09:37pm PT
sounds like it'll be a good time!

damn, da brim is surfacing on every thread. man those guys must be pissed. too funny.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2012 - 09:12am PT
Defiantly interested in climbing with you. I too am graduating this semester from UNR, and from the sounds of it am of about that same range of climber as you are. Unfortunately, I will be working alot, trying to save up a little money to head North to Alaska, but in the mean time I'll be looking for people to climb with in Donner, at the leap, the east side, and the valley. Plus, I suppose I could always quite a little early before I leave for AK, and get in a few solid weeks of quality granite climbing here in the Sierras. Anyways, hit me up and we can get after it.

Shoot me an e-mail and we can discuss some ideas

sounds like it'll be a good time!

damn, da brim is surfacing on every thread. man those guys must be pissed. too funny.

Should be a great time. Also, not sure why those guys would be pissed. If nothing else, I would be willing to bet that the amount of fun everyone has had with Da Brim has resulted in a few of those things being purchased...if for no other reason than to simply have a laugh. They should stop taking their product so seriously, I'd assume the R&D for that was NOT in the millions.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
May 7, 2012 - 09:40am PT
It's a wonderful time, graduating from a demanding program. You pass from one way of life to another, and, in between, explore the matured and educated person you have become. When you get Da Brim as your graduation present, you realize that you have matured enough to wear silly looking sun protection.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2012 - 10:09am PT
When you get Da Brim as your graduation present, you realize that you have matured enough to wear silly looking sun protection.

Who said Da Brim is silly looking?

:)
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
May 7, 2012 - 11:43am PT
Given your location would you be willing to head up to Tuolumne a bit or Bishop/Lone Pine area?

Yup, I can day trip to tuolumne or the valley. I'd need a little heads up to go to Lone Pine or Bishop but I'm down. You're gonna have an awesome Summer!
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2012 - 12:05pm PT
Yup, I can day trip to tuolumne or the valley. I'd need a little heads up to go to Lone Pine or Bishop but I'm down. You're gonna have an awesome Summer!

I'm psyched for it man! Also looks like I will have part-time work at the university (only 15-20 hours a week training my successor) through June. More money than unemployment, but with similar freedoms...I'll take it!
Footloose

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
May 7, 2012 - 03:01pm PT
WML,

Keep North and me in mind as the season rolls on,
we're two locals who can get away mid-week - also with a passion
for the east side.

Congratulations, too.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2012 - 03:03pm PT

Keep North and me in mind as the season rolls on,
we're two locals who can get away mid-week also with a passion
for the east side.

Absolutely, I'm looking to start making plans soon (seems that plans help with training motivation....plus something to look forward to). Lets get in touch and make some plans! And thanks for the congratulations, just need to grind it out until the end of this month and then things open up bigtime.
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
May 7, 2012 - 03:20pm PT
You can hit me up as well.
I'm pretty flexible schedule wise during the week. Moreso after June 20th.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2012 - 03:45pm PT
You can hit me up as well.
I'm pretty flexible schedule wise during the week. Moreso after June 20th.

Sounds great! I will for sure be unemployed after June 29 (not just part time, set-my-own-hours employed)....but for all intents and purposes let the games begin June 1. Please feel free to contact me to discuss plans. Woohoo!
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 9, 2012 - 01:46pm PT
Done with coursework bump

studying for comp exam now...
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 24, 2012 - 10:36am PT
Four days to freedom bump!!!!!!!!!!

I get my comp exam tomorrow at noon, done monday at noon. Donner Monday afternoon anyone?
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
May 24, 2012 - 10:42am PT
Wrong. Tuesday afternoon at Donner. That is, if you aren't afraid of Jeebs and the ST Supervillain Kovar.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 24, 2012 - 10:43am PT
Tuesday is my birthday, should be up there until 3 or so rope soloin' since my friends have "real jobs" - What time you two heading up?
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
May 24, 2012 - 10:54am PT
I should be up there around noon. STSVK (supertopo supervillain kovar) will be there after three. If you want to rope up, I'm planning to start at the Shed.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 24, 2012 - 11:27am PT
Sounds good. I will be up near eleventh grade corner early on then will be at snowshed around noon. Trying to get in 25 laps on my 25th
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
May 24, 2012 - 11:38am PT
B-day challenge! Cool. I'll keep an eye out for the rope soloer.
J_Moon

climber
Olympia, WA
May 26, 2012 - 05:25am PT
Hey! I sent you an email through here with more details... short version: I'll be in Reno May 29th - June 9th and looking for partners. Any other Reno/Truckee/Tahoe area climbers feel free to get in touch too.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 28, 2012 - 12:14pm PT
Yo! Jebus and Jeremy! Done with that evil comp exam, but will have to work Tuesday as I am booking it to Tuolumne Meadows for Wed-Fri! will have to catch you guys some other time for sure though

Let the season begin!



w
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
May 29, 2012 - 04:32pm PT
Ha! No prob. Internet villain Kovar and I are headed for an evening sesh at Donner. I didn't get back from my Eastside fun till afternoon anyhow.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 29, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
Word! Hope you guys had a blast on the eastside, donner is so good right now! Took a buddy of mine for a nice cruise up Mary's Crack yesterday after the exam. Nice mellow cruisin'
Meagher

Trad climber
Reno, NV
May 29, 2012 - 05:05pm PT
WML, send you a PM.
North

climber
May 29, 2012 - 05:10pm PT
Lots of mid-week days free. Give a shout and let's get out. Also, Bill (Footloose) is solid, fun, and safe as well. As is Bergbryce.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
May 29, 2012 - 06:22pm PT
Thread posted May 6th. Already 29th and no pictures! No trip reports! Come on man, give brotha something to sturr at!
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 29, 2012 - 07:23pm PT
Will do!

Thread posted May 6th. Already 29th and no pictures! No trip reports! Come on man, give brotha something to sturr at!

I am done with my comp exam for my masters on the 28th

Wish I could supply more, but managed to get out yesterday after I e-mailed the exam in and climbed a few pitches at Donner. Other than that I recently cruised down to the meadows for a day and climbed West Crack on DAFF. Real nice climb to get back into the swing of things on!



Pablo enjoying the fun, cruiser 1st pitch on West Crack of DAFF Dome
Pablo enjoying the fun, cruiser 1st pitch on West Crack of DAFF Dome
Credit: WML

can't help but smile on a route this fun
can't help but smile on a route this fun
Credit: WML

Pablo wandering about on the summit.  He is definitely hooked on Tuolu...
Pablo wandering about on the summit. He is definitely hooked on Tuolumne after this trip (his first) to the Meadows
Credit: WML
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
May 29, 2012 - 07:33pm PT
: )

I have not done West Crack yet, but really want to. Maybe sometime very soon. When you get hired somewhere, make sure to pick a place that allows you to climb enough. Although it is important to be successful at building a career, and forming relationships, I think it is most important to be able to do what you love most (whatever it is).
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 29, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
I have not done West Crack yet, but really want to. Maybe sometime very soon. When you get hired somewhere, make sure to pick a place that allows you to climb enough. Although it is important to be successful at building a career, and forming relationships, I think it is most important to be able to do what you love most (whatever it is).

Would highly recommend it!!! Super fun and not very sustained, well protected and just 5.fun.

Agreed, I've only really been looking hard at places that would allow me to get out quite a bit. The last semester of grad school was an ass kicker for me academically so I could barely get out. Had to bare down and study for that exam, the damn thing was still one hell of a challenge. Glad to be done with it and be able to climb guilt-free again. Will feel nice to be cruising South-bound on 395 tomorrow without a care in the world...
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
May 29, 2012 - 07:54pm PT
Yeah, it is quite annoying driving back to the Bay Area through the night so I could make it to work on Monday. Although this is how it is for us people with bills to pay and no rich parents.
I remember last year of nursing school was hell, I could not even hang out with friends. That was before I started climbing...not sure I would make it through, if I was into climbing back than.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 29, 2012 - 08:08pm PT
Yeah, it is quite annoying driving back to the Bay Area through the night so I could make it to work on Monday. Although this is how it is for us people with bills to pay and no rich parents.
I remember last year of nursing school was hell, I could not even hang out with friends. That was before I started climbing...not sure I would make it through, if I was into climbing back than.

Very similar to that on my end. Glad to be done.

Indeed, the drive to/from climbing to hustle back for work on Monday is always entertaining. Yet in most instances, you return to work Monday quite refreshed in spite of the physical exertion over the weekend and the bullshit at work is easier to deal with. Oh the life of the Trustafarians though....

sidenote, I was at the Happy Boulders for 1/2 a day over Spring Break - got rained out at Pine Creek, getting ready to take off for more climbing since the weather had passed through and a car (brand new, NICE subaru) rolled up next to us.

First thing I noticed was the scent of hippie lettuce after seeing the car...


Next I noticed both occupants of the vehicle were white, with dreadlocks, and beanies on and no shirts.

Mind you it was 83 degrees out.

Next thing I hear was an excalamation of "BROOOOOO!"

and I kid you not, the next thing I noticed was a bongo drum on the ground.


I had seen each of these traits individually within other boulderers or trustafari, but holy hell...


THEY DO EXIST


lol!
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
May 29, 2012 - 08:12pm PT
Vitaly, you're a nurse?
Why the hell you working in SF? Hospitals here, Truckee, Placerville, Reno, Carson City all need nurses.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - May 29, 2012 - 08:14pm PT
Also, V, saw on FB about your grant, Congrats! That is incredible. Well done, sir.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
May 29, 2012 - 09:15pm PT
Thank you. I was surprised to get it.

I bet they need nurses with hospital experience. When I got out of school economy went to hell, and I was not able to get a hospital job. Work in day care health center for seniors. Really like the place. Really flexible, allows me to climb a good amount. But would move to Tahoe in a heart beat. Love Tahoe/Reno area. Some great stuff there.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 4, 2012 - 05:10pm PT
BUMP

Partner needed for Thursday-Friday of this week. Let me know if you are interested!

EDIT: partner found
Scott Thelen

Trad climber
Truckee, Ca
Jun 4, 2012 - 06:03pm PT
Get a f*#king job
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Jun 4, 2012 - 06:10pm PT
Stay nursing in CA, V.. Mandatory nurse/patient ratios + better pay. It is hard to get hired in the Tahoe/Truckee area because, well, they are the Tahoe/Truckee area and many people want to work there. Many experienced Reno nurses also poach those jobs.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Jun 4, 2012 - 06:12pm PT
Norwegian posted RN openings in Placerville last week.



TheTool
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 4, 2012 - 08:31pm PT
Get a f*#king job

Still have mine until the 30th :) just part-time hiring and training my successor
ImplicitD

Trad climber
Boise
Jun 5, 2012 - 08:42am PT
WML

Ive climbed a lot on the east side and Yosemite and the Meadows at a moderate level. Here are a few must do s and some sort of obscurities. Before the list, I want to encourage you to find your own classics and go for one starred routes as much as the three stars. In my opinion the three starred routes arent as good anymore since they have been done so much. The rock gets oily and over smoothed and the lines are rediculous. I say go find some semi dirty classics and have a blast.

The List.

1. The Yawn in TMeadows. Perhaps get your buddy to lead old school 5.9 chimney pitch. The 5.7 3rd pitch is full value.

2. The Great Pumpkin 5.8 in TMeadows is way classic but may still have buttonheads.

3. Serrated Edge 5.10b in TM has only short crux but my memory may not serve well.

4. Third Pillar of Dana is always a must do even though there may be a line. Lines in the backcountry bug me.

5. Cry in time again may have a line but so good.

6. Tenaya Peak is great.

7. Cathedral Range Traverse skipping the Echo Peaks and doing alternate Cathedral peak route.

8. Eichorn Pinnacle West Face 5.9 or 5.10b. Ive only done 5.9 which was nice OW first pitch is ledgy and not too sustained.

9. Sun Ribbon Arete Temple Crag 5.9 awesome.

10. Go to Cardinal Pinnicle a sweet alpine crag.

11. Dike wall Near Mammoth.

12. Blown Away is sweet line that comes off of West Crack.

13. Left of West Crack is a sweet 10a.

14. On the lamb is an adventure and very full value for me.

Have fun be safe and dont let your ego push you too far. Better to get a whole summer in instead of going for it too early.





gene stewart

Trad climber
reno, NV
Jun 9, 2012 - 03:09pm PT
Hey VML.
Give me a shout. Lookin for a partner too for local and Yosemite routes. Been climbing since mid 80's; trad., mtnr'g, sport and ice. Took a long hiatus (life gets in the way so you have the right mind set now, got back in the game last year, and want to continue.
Last year at Donner finish out at .10a/b slab. Not bad for a has-been. Available most weekends and if planned weekdays, and long weekends.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 9, 2012 - 11:13pm PT
Implicit:

I've checked out a few of those routes with many of them on the list for this summer. A few of those were new additions for me, so thanks a ton for the beta

gene:

I'm pretty well booked through June but July is open for me, with weekday trips preferred
Captain...or Skully

climber
Jun 9, 2012 - 11:17pm PT
July was tailor made for the Half Stone.
It's a Northwest Face, maaaaaan. Free some sh#t, if you dare.
It's in the Sky, anyway.
Homan.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2012 - 03:18pm PT
Skully...if I can get burly enough that would be amazing.


Second to the last day on the job today....adventure awaits once they send me packin'


then the whole 'real job/career' thing begins whenever...


What a very strange point in my life to be at. Exciting certainly, but very strange and fluid. An adventure in of itself, I suppose.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 5, 2012 - 06:13am PT
Anybody available over the next four days or so to go climbing? Don't really care what at this point, just so long as you will stand by your word to go climbing.

Unbelievable the rate at which people flake...over the last week I have had a litany of plans fall through. Climbing was supposed to be the way I would try to turn being unemployed into a positive, yet seeing opportunity pass just kills me. I just want to be up in the hills having fun, sharing a rope with someone...
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jul 5, 2012 - 08:33am PT
You can always do a solo loop. If you are ok with scrambling vs technical climbing. If I did not have plans already I would join. I have only 3 partners now solves the flaking problem. When you know your partners well it is much easier to make solid plans.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Jul 5, 2012 - 09:05am PT
True that, V.! I've got good plans with good people, but not knowing somebody ups the flake factor. I know I've been on both sides of this equation. Good luck W! I know our schedules have not collided, but maybe I could pitch a trip in August to you (July pretty booked) if the stars align.

Maybe getting a solo TR rig would work out too. Go hike out somewhere, rig up a TR, pop the top on a beer - PRESTO! - you no longer give a crap about flaky ass flakes and you're having fun to boot!
Meagher

Trad climber
Reno, NV
Jul 5, 2012 - 04:51pm PT
Lost your email. Send me another and lets get something worked out. I can only climb on weekends, and I can't this weekend, but really want to get out there and climb with somemone.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 5, 2012 - 05:50pm PT
Have a great time! Send, send, send....then figure out a career that will support your lifestyle.
There are a lot of climbers approaching a certain age without a pot to piss in.....a cautionary tale. And this from someone who has never gone more than a month or two without climbing and still gets to use indoor plumbing and ocassionally splurge in sushi
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