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RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Original Post - May 21, 2012 - 01:12pm PT
Tram bouldering rocks!

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Mt San Jacinto

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 01:17pm PT
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Matt Birch working for the FA of Somewhere in Time v12/13***

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Chris Miramontes working for the FA of Phoenix v6**

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Paul Robinson doing battle with The Steep Sharma Arete v10**

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Tia Stark on Feels Like A Virgin v3*** R
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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 01:19pm PT
Many more photos to come!
BruceAnderson

Social climber
Los Angeles currently St. Antonin, France
May 21, 2012 - 01:36pm PT
Great pics. Never been up there, but it looks superb. Thanks for the pics.
snakefoot

climber
cali
May 21, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
bump for the sweetness
RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
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The wife doing some random FA v2*

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Aron Couzens on the 2nd ascent of Porcelain Salamander v7*** R

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Chris Lindner working a crack project

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The wife climbing Smoke on the Water v3** R
adventurous one

Trad climber
Truckee Ca.
May 21, 2012 - 02:38pm PT
Looks nice!

The only time I went up the tram it was painful looking down on all that amazing rock right below the tram line that is closed to climbing. I will be in Palm Springs Thursday night and have Friday to climb. Rarely get down to So Cal except in winter and I am looking for the most convenient place (as we only have a day to climb) near Palm Springs to get out of the heat and get some climbing in, or bouldering if need be, on Friday before heading back up north on Saturday. Was hoping to try some place other than going to Idywild, which I have been to in the past. Anything up there, within easy access to the top of the tram, worth bringing a rope for? Is the best bouldering right near the top of the tram, or a bit of a hike/exploration?

When did they close the stuff in the Tram Canyon to climbing? Those granite outcrops sure look fine.
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 02:49pm PT
Tram is by far the most convenient climbing from Palm Springs. On a friday morning, you could be shoeing up in less than 30min from the hotel. The bouldering is scattered around near the top of the Tram. They have Tram guidebooks (cough) at the ranger bookstore - downstairs at the mountaintop tram station. Or, head down the path to the ranger wilderness station and ask the rangers, they will point you to some bouldering. There is much potential for roping up, although bolting is unlawful. Head down the concrete path and hook it to the right, go to the edge of the mountain and look down, there are some walls to be had there.
RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 02:53pm PT
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Rick Craig climbing the short but brutish Pancake House v5**

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Lisa Rands climbing Gluttony v8***

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The wife climbing Buck Rodgers v2*

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Chris Lindner climbing Snow Blind v8**
RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 03:22pm PT
Damon Corso on the FA of DaWay, with the late Michael Reardon Spotting...
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Damon Corso doing the FA of DaWay v3** R

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Methane v5**

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Tim Nelson on Wild Ride v6**

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Rob Mulligan using the Force on Matt Birch outside the Valley Station

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Matt Birch topping out Hesitation Factor v7
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
May 21, 2012 - 03:45pm PT
got to applaud this stuff ... and a nod to the occasional lack of sack.
chalkless holds, as refreshing as clouds in a sky minus contrails
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 03:54pm PT
Hey Friend, thanks for posting up the pics! I have no plans for doing another Tram Guide, at least not anytime soon.

sequence shots of Matt Birch repeating his climb Somewhere In Time for Momentum Video

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Captain...or Skully

climber
May 21, 2012 - 03:55pm PT
Awesome looking bouldering! The stone looks very similar to the boulder Batholith up in Butte.
Johnny K.

climber
May 21, 2012 - 03:58pm PT
Nice pics
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
May 21, 2012 - 04:09pm PT
OK, OK, you're powers of persuasive (er, photography) have won me over. I'm going to have to buy a guide and check it out. I've been meaning on dragging the kids up there. They'll dig the ride up the tramway.
RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
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Galatea Of the Spheres v5**

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Timmy Nelson oclimbing The Honeypots v2**

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Rick Craig on ??cant remember the name right now, its a big dyno tho, as Ricks a big guy! v4

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An unnamed v3 on the Wooly Mammoth Boulder
neversummer

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
May 21, 2012 - 04:38pm PT
Lokks good but isnt it like 25 bucks to ride that tram.?
ana dablam

climber
mother earth
May 21, 2012 - 04:41pm PT
You don't have to take the tram.

you can walk up.

Cactus to Clouds trail. If you do it this time of year


































you're gonna die!
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 21, 2012 - 04:54pm PT
Nice shots.....

Adventurous One...... Ride the Tram, seconds before it enters the top station, look to the left and you see the top of "cauffman crag" ....

Cauffman is home to one of the best 5.11 one pitch climb in So. Cal. (IMHO) "It's always something" named for the late great Gilda Radner.

K. Solem put this up in the late 80 early 90s.

To find it: exit the tram and turn left (east) go a few hundred yards and a faint trail heads down hill past the east face of Cauffman ... look for a long crack that goes up out of view. The start is a squeeze chimney. I think this climb has only 1 or 2 bolts located up aways.

The folks who administer the Top of Tram (Cal State Parks) usta be the biggest a-holes ever. There was a purge of routes at one time and if they thought you looked like a climber .... well you got tooled... many times in same day, by same person!!!! (this happened to me).

Looks like that is all changed now. That would be a good thing if it is true. The tram is a really nice place.

RM. How is the access now? Any issues?

Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
May 21, 2012 - 06:12pm PT
you can get a summer pass for 60 bucks. Great hiking up on the top. If you can get a driver it is cool to take the tram up and hike down Devils Slide trail, or do the reverse if you want more exercise. The most amazing view is at night, I like to go up for the day and eat dinner. Kinda pricey, but the foot is good. Apparently everything comes up on the tram, including water, there are water tanks built into the bottoms of the tram cars.

Look at wikipeda for the low down (deaths) on the tram :)
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
May 21, 2012 - 11:06pm PT
Sigh. Sometimes I do miss the mountains of California. Perhaps even more than bouldering.

By the way, what elevation are these boulders at?
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 22, 2012 - 01:29am PT
Really sick batch of photos RtM.
So nice up there.
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
the green triangle, cali
May 22, 2012 - 01:49am PT
oooh. been up that tram a buncha times and always looked at those boulders but never had shoes or the time. these pics make it look great. next time im down through that area, definitely.

bump for randisis question above. i recall them being higher altitude but i dunno what, and im kinda wondering as such what their season is like?
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2012 - 11:52am PT
Tram is pricey, no doubt. There are some perks tho, it would be a bit of a putt to drive to the top of the mountain and back, with the Tram, you park at nearly sea-level in the blistering desert, and 12 minutes later, you're at 9000ft sub-alpine. Saves time, gas, and wear and tear to the sled.

The Lindner crack is above/behind Gluttony, Smoke on the Water is, uhhh, in an undisclosed location (look for me up there, I'll hit you with some clues!)

The rangers act tough, but they actually have alot of pride that the area has such good climbing. Bolting is still illegal, but I don't think they have had problems with bolters in decades.

The boulders are at about 9000ft. Summer is typically the season, but I have climbed there year-round on many years. The only hinderance is snow, when it get thick, its hard to get around. Even when its snowy and the dead of winter, it can still be tee shirt weather.


Now for more pics!
Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
May 22, 2012 - 12:08pm PT
Thanks for the great pictures. I've been climbing in So Cal for ~13 years and never had the pleasure of wrestling those pebbles. I just did Cactus to Clouds 9 days ago and was ponding why I haven't been up there to boulder yet. I think I need to put it on the list of things to do this summer! I just bought your J-Tree guide, so if the bouldering guide is as good I'll pick one of those up as well!

Josh
RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2012 - 12:38pm PT
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Damon Corso on Flight of Osirus v6**

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Matt Birch climbing Tree Attack v6**

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some v2 thing

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another shot of Paul on Steep Sharma Arete
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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2012 - 01:46pm PT
sequence shots of Standing On the Head Of the Dragon v5***

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starting 2 moves in

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double toe hooks!

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Stevenson

Boulder climber
Los Angeles
May 22, 2012 - 01:51pm PT
Rob, when can we expect a guide for black mountain?
RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2012 - 02:19pm PT
dunno about the Black guide, Ian and Alan are handling that beastie

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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Mastadon Boulder!

Ivan Greene posing bigtime on Somewhere in Time, for yet another cover...
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Ivan Greene posing bigtime for the cover of Urban Climber on Somewhere in Time

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some chick in a bikini climbing on Soul Caliber v10***

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Atomic Warhead v5**

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stellar warmups at the Glass Boulder
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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2012 - 03:44pm PT
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Louie Anderson on Sunshine Daydream v4***

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Christina Pilo on the Green Tea Arete v4***

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Lindner eating mushroom on the trail. Can't take him anywhere!

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My gurl climbing her problem called Liquid Amber v7***

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Matt Birch climbing Which Way Jose v9***
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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2012 - 09:11pm PT
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Dan Beal on Paper Dragon v10**

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Bridget Enderle on Wooly Mammoth Tusk v4***

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Chris Lindner gunning for the FA of Which Way Jose
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
May 22, 2012 - 09:14pm PT
Good stuff Robert! Does Matt Birch still climb?? I thought he was done?













(joke!)
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 22, 2012 - 09:16pm PT
Dang, that is some fine pebble wrestling and photography!

Got to get back up there.

Thanks guys.
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 23, 2012 - 11:50am PT
some of the pics are a few years old, I have not heard from Matt in a while. Why would be be done with climbing?

Stahl Bro, you boulder at Tram? You guys are both welcome to come up for a full tour.

and now..



...more pics!
euro-brief-guy

Boulder climber
Auburn, ca
May 23, 2012 - 12:06pm PT
Matt Birch isn't done......he's resting.
RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 23, 2012 - 12:14pm PT
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Palm Springs/Coachella Valley from the upper deck of Tram's Mountain Station

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Lisa Rands putting the smackdown on Vanishing Point v9***

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Damo Corso climbing Swamp Thing v7*

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The short but ever-popular Dancing Queen aka: The Cube v5**
plasticmullet

climber
May 23, 2012 - 12:32pm PT
God dam I miss bouldering. RTM, your photos are great and they are bringing back a flood of memories. Your photos depict not only the high quality rock and problems that are present there but the camaraderie of the place. Love the Tram.
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 23, 2012 - 01:57pm PT
Did I mention that Tram has some sweet hiballz

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Aron Couzens at the crux of Shades of the Oldschool v2*** R

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White Flight v3*** R

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Jon McCarty climbing Emerald City v0*** R

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Matt Dooley at the crux of Black Moon v3*** R

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Joe Morgan at the crux of Tribe Called Conquest Direct v9*** R

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Damo climbing some unnamed face v0** X
RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 23, 2012 - 02:05pm PT
mullet, doood, where have you been? Come up to Tram bro!


Tram has STEEP!

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Chad Gilbert battling with Love of Basic Cable v9**

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the second half of Love of Basic Cable

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Mark Roth climbing Year of the Cockroach v6***

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The wife on Gluttony

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Aron Couzens on Feels Like A Virgin v3***
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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 23, 2012 - 03:41pm PT
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Standing in a cloud with cream soda trees

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Dan Mills on Illuminatrix v4**
note the wall in the background!

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Bouldering down by the creek

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Don James on the classic Green Hornet v5***
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
May 23, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
Winter view from tram
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Dos XX

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
May 23, 2012 - 04:41pm PT
These images are fantastic, Robert. They make me want to at least be a wannabe boulderer. But when considering taking up bouldering, I always end up here:

1) I dislike bouldering because I am so bad at it.

2) I am so bad at it because I never put effort into it.

3) I never put effort into it because I'm discouraged by being so bad at it.

4) Repeat.
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 23, 2012 - 05:35pm PT
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a view of the mountain on fire from the tram. Needless to say, they made us evacuate the mountain about 20min later!

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Some rediculous 15-move knife-edge arete, called Supersonic v9**

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drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 24, 2012 - 02:21am PT
Bump, and
Keep'm comin' !!!
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
May 24, 2012 - 02:42am PT
A bit OT, but I once dicked around on an obvious boulder on the left side of the road up to the the base-station around '88. Smallish, but seemed pretty good as I remember. Never partook of the real destination boulders on top tho. Me an my brother rode the tram up to ski the sledding hill a couple times in the early 70s. There was a dope little warming hut with hot chocolate available.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
May 24, 2012 - 03:03am PT
criminy, THIS is a freakin' festival man! really, really cool
RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 24, 2012 - 12:24pm PT
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The wife doing the FA of a fantastic v1***, called Mariposa Blanco, or something like that. The edges are thin quartz dikes in gunmetal grey granite. And its like 18ft tall.

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Manual Tupas on Power Windows v6**

Bridget Enderle on Liquid Amber - Miramontes Photography
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Bridget Enderle on Liquid Amber

Kevin Daniels at Emerald City, Tram - Miramontes Photography
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Kevin Daniels climbing at Emerald City
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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 24, 2012 - 01:56pm PT
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alternate uses for crashpads

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snowy bouldering

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Timmy Fairfield sticking the crux on Black Mamba v12*

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The Hoch Mantel v4*
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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 24, 2012 - 03:37pm PT
sequence of Marc Roth climbing My Infested Destiny v7***

(pardon the ticks, they were thoroughly cleaned off after use)

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starting 1 move in

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finishes with another 10ft of sub-v0
adventurous one

Trad climber
Truckee Ca.
May 24, 2012 - 05:16pm PT
Curious what the deal is with the climbing under the tram line? When I was up there about six years ago the tram operator said it was all off limits to climbing, but today someone that works at Nomads said he did not think it was closed to climbing. I would think all that stuff would have been explored/climbed bitd and would be a popular climbing destination if it were not off limits. What's the scoop? Woud sure be into coming back and spending a couple of weeks exploring the climbing there if it did not mean getting arrested.

And from the looks of these photos...the bouldering looks WORLD CLASS!! Palm Springs as a SUMMER climbing town.......hmm....
RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 25, 2012 - 12:09pm PT
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Tram bouldering ambiance (Bicycles and Tricycles v3**)

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Another 4-star problem waiting to be FA'd

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Rick Craig going big at the finish of Over the Boardwalk v7*

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Daniel Woods making easy work of Somewhere in Time
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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 25, 2012 - 12:16pm PT
It is prohibited to enter/ascend/climb the gully that the Tram is located in. They say its because the gully is unstable, and there is constant rockfall. But I'm sure there are other liabilities that the Tram is concerned with. I always tell them that they should hire a team of climbers to climb the walls as a tourist attraction (like the Matterhorn at Disneyland).
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
May 25, 2012 - 12:56pm PT
Upthread Guy Keesee posted about a route I did in 1991, "It's Always Something" (RIP Gilda Radner.) It's in the next canyon south of the tram line, on the south face of Kaufman Crag, which is the pinnacle just southeast of the top of the tram.

The wall gets bigger as you descend the gulley, this route is not too far down. It starts with a bouldery overhang to a ledge. From the ledge a right leaning ramp passes a bolt. Higher up two more bolts protect the crux face moves to a rap anchor. It's a nice one pitch 5.11. A newer route shares the same start and goes up left past chipped holds and several bolts.

We did a few other routes there too, just uphill from IAS is "Corners Report," a perfect 5.10+ dihedral which has a unique and good ballnut placement.

The crag deserves further exploration.

I'm sure its all forgotten by now, but at the time we got the boot by the rangers because of an unfortunate incident. They were already fed up with us climbing there but then came the proverbial straw. But that's a story for a real, not a cyberspace campfire...
RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 25, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
thanks for that info ksolem, its nice to hear more on Trams climbing history.

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Joe Morgan on the FA of Hope v3* R

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Buck Branson about to touch a virgin hold on what became Soul Caliber v10***

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VJ? climbing on the super-cool Obe Problem v5/6**

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 25, 2012 - 02:43pm PT
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James March on his excellent hiball called the March Arete v4**

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Daniel Woods sending Black Mamba to a completely disinterested crowd (guess when you've seen him send one v12, you've seen them all!)

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Wooly Mammoth Tusk
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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2012 - 11:44am PT
Friend, you got rid of your pics? I was diggin those ones.
go-B

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Habakkuk 3:19 Sozo
May 26, 2012 - 12:03pm PT
WOW!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
May 26, 2012 - 12:05pm PT
Awesome thread & photos, thanks! I remember Obe problem from rampage! Incredible granite! Looks like an amazing area, what's the best season?? Anywhere in PS to rent a crash pad???
RtM

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DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 29, 2012 - 11:50am PT
Don't think theres anyplace in PS to rent a pad. Joshua Tree Outfitters (a couple doors down from Nomad Ventures outside of JT) is the closest place I can think of to rent a pad.

Another week of pics?

Miramontes Photography
Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Chimney Rock Dyno v1*

Miramontes Photography
Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Another shot of the classic Green Hornet

Miramontes Photography
Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Elke Lindner on Wills Problem v5
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 29, 2012 - 02:27pm PT
Daniel Woods on Left Hand of Darkness - Miramontes Photography
Daniel Woods on Left Hand of Darkness - Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Daniel Woods climbing Left Hand of Darkness v10**

Miramontes Photography
Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Buck Branson getting his arm stretched on Stretch Armstrong v10* (back cover of the Tram guide)

Miramontes Photography
Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Ivan Greene posing down for yet another centerfold in Urban Climber, on Gluttony
klk

Trad climber
cali
May 29, 2012 - 03:25pm PT
james march, there's a blast from the past.

if i were still in socal id probably be a tram regular now.

hardly ever climbed there in the 80s and 90s, though. too expensive when black mt was still free. and if you had a dirt bike at black and other places on the hill, you could ride straight to the boulders and get yr beer muscles on.

i think the pads also made a big difference-- we picked some of that low-hanging fruit on the obvious boulders with good landings, but a lot of stuff at tram seemed to be over talus or gins flakes. great spot, though.

that obe problem looks really cool
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 29, 2012 - 07:39pm PT
Tram has old guys that boulder

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Miramontes Photography
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Rick Craig on Enter the Dragon v5*

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Don James on Velvet Fog v3**

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Rob Mulligan doing the FA of the Singularity Sit Start v8*

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Scott Sanchez on Over the Boardwalk v7*
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 30, 2012 - 11:47am PT
Miramontes Photography
Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Walls on the Tram ride

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Rob on his problem called Tram Pirates v3 R

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
One of the Icebergs

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Buck Branson on Black Moon
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
May 30, 2012 - 01:54pm PT
There are some nice cliffs up in Tahquitz Canyon also.
A couple of Friends and I did a few FAs up in the Canyon back in the 70s and 80s.
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 31, 2012 - 11:46am PT
I hope youall aren't getting tired of seeing this thread.

Tram has girls bouldering!

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Another angle of the Hoch Mantel v4*

Miramontes Photography
Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Christina Pilo on the trad-like start of The Undone Matt Hoch Problem v9*

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Tia Stark on Feels Like A Virgin

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Miramontes Photography
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Bridget Enderle on the Undone Matt Hoch Problem
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 31, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
stokebump
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
May 31, 2012 - 04:35pm PT
Good to see Tia still climbing.
The Wedge

Boulder climber
Santa Rosa & Bishop, CA
May 31, 2012 - 04:55pm PT
Thanks for the sweet photo, and MAJOR stoke. Im going to see about getting my weak but down there over summer break in Aug.
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - May 31, 2012 - 07:08pm PT
local color

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Miramontes Photography
Miramontes Photography
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yet to be named v4

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Miramontes Photography
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Miramontes Photography
Miramontes Photography
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China Cat Sunflower v3* Traverses about 12ft on an incut seam, then out the roof on fist/lieback

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 1, 2012 - 11:57am PT
Last day and I'll let the thread die!

Chris Lindner on the FA of Crack, Mantel, Sap - Miramontes Photography
Chris Lindner on the FA of Crack, Mantel, Sap - Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Lindner on the FA of Crack-Mantel-Sap v9**

Miramontes Photography
Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Some unnamed Xeno problem v0*

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Miramontes Photography
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Mulligan on the second ascent of Enough Snuff v7

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Marc Roth on Crack-O-Pop v5**
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 1, 2012 - 05:50pm PT
Let the thread live! The photos are awesome. It is the best possible advertising for your guidebook.
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Jun 1, 2012 - 06:27pm PT
How many guide books have you sold in the past week cuz of this tread?
You suckered me in!
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 1, 2012 - 06:50pm PT
Thanks guys!

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Miramontes Photography
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The king of cool Marc Roth sprinkling fairy dust around on Left Hand of Darkness

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Miramontes Photography
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Chris Lindner doing the FA of Which Way Jose, with full media coverage!

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
say cheese

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Miramontes Photography
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Solitude Arete

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Miramontes Photography
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Rick Craig on Emerald City
Stevenson

Boulder climber
Los Angeles
Jun 2, 2012 - 06:31pm PT
Rob

You should throw up that pic of Dimitrius on Electric Eye.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jun 2, 2012 - 08:14pm PT
Tram has old guys that boulder

bite me
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Jun 2, 2012 - 09:53pm PT
What's buck been up to these days? Last I saw him (6 months?) he looked like thundergod Thor and was still pulling down like a CHAMP.




Powerful, Buck Branson!
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 4, 2012 - 11:52am PT
Back by popular demand - perhaps?

Thanks for the shout on the other thread, and various other websites!!

I will dig up that Meathead pic - I have a good story to go with that one too.

Haven't seen Buck in a few years

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A couple different angles of Lindner on that crack project - he had his hand on the lip at one point, but bailed due to a carne asada finger - he suggested that the line could be v9 - and he's no stranger to cracks!

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Miramontes Photography
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Miramontes Photography
Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Michael Reardon on an FA attempt of DaWay. This shot was taken just days before his final voyage to Irie, and the last time I saw him. processed as infrared with HDR

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Miramontes Photography
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Another shot of Timmy Nelson at the Quartz Wall
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 4, 2012 - 05:55pm PT
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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Da Meat doing the FA of the Electric Eye v2 R

So the story goes like this -

I was out at Tram bouldering with a buddy who likes to go by the name Mullet. Now Mullet was the kind of guy that was into hard training, hard climbing, and hard spraying! On that day we found ourselves at the Boardwalk boulder and who should we run into - Meathead! Meat is one of those proud oldschoolers with a disdain for gym climbers or anything of modern design. Immediately there was friction between the two. Mullet, getting cocky cutting laps on the double digit terrain. And Meat just being himself. I think things broke down when Meathead accused Mullet of being nothing more than a gym climber. Mullet stormed off and after about 10minutes we hear all this grunting and f-bombs. We go over there and, I have no idea why, but Mullet is trying to send this unclimbed highball around the corner. He's yelling and hamming it up on the moves. After another 30 minutes or so, he declares that it will in fact go and that he's going to come back and toprope it before doing the "headpoint". Meat, now fully asleep under a rock, somehow senses his moment and he gets up, stumbles over and casually onsights the thing. Thats how the Electric Eye was born!
plasticmullet

climber
Jun 4, 2012 - 06:20pm PT
I remember that day! He stole the FA in grand style.
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Jun 4, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
If your looking to cool off this summer, don't forget the summit hut :...
If your looking to cool off this summer, don't forget the summit hut :)
Credit: Fogarty Mike, Michael
Great place to cool down..
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Jun 4, 2012 - 06:57pm PT
Mike FogartyTram Bouldering
Mike FogartyTram Bouldering
Credit: Fogarty

I remember doing this B-easy, now rated v-easy 31 years ago, it sure is harder 31 years later..

Cheers,

MF
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 4, 2012 - 07:14pm PT
serious fogarty, you were bouldering at Tram 31 years ago? I am always looking for historical info!

Mullet - bet you gots a few good Oldskool stories..

could you share one, perhaps?
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Jun 4, 2012 - 08:05pm PT
by strange coincidence I just saw Buck, he's looking light and lean and putting up problems here in San Diego. Just FYI. :)


I'd love to head out to the tram, I'm a pretty poor dude so most of the time have to keep it a bit local (driving to the tram and shelling out for a ticket is expensive). But it looks world class! Love those mountains.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 4, 2012 - 08:40pm PT
Your photography is stellar! I can't wait to get back up there and scope this stuff out. Thanks so much for the posts!
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Jun 4, 2012 - 08:41pm PT
RtM, Robert,
This Mullet started climbing in josh in 1976 6th grade, I love the Tram, when I was attending palm Springs High I worked 6 winters at the then ski center, now the adventure center. i have to complement you on your guide and effort, your book is the best bouldering guide ever published. I have great info that I will share with you some day, keep up the great work. now at age 48 I still enjoy climbing fun things.

Cheers,

MF

RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 5, 2012 - 12:34pm PT
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Unknown climber on Vanishing Point

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Miramontes Photography
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Another shot of Aron Couzens on the 2nd ascent of Porcelain Salamander

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Another shot of Bridget Enderle on the Matt Hoch Problem

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Antikythera Mechanism v5*
Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
Jun 5, 2012 - 12:49pm PT
GDavis: One option to avoid the cost is to hike up. Yes, it's hard, but it's free and you'll be much stronger for it! Arrange a meeting place with friends who will take the pads up, and get a super early start while it's still dark. Mid-summer is probably a bad idea, but fall would work. This is something I'd love to do someday. I've never had my ticket checked going down the tram. They might notice, but I highly doubt it.

Josh
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Jun 5, 2012 - 12:58pm PT
FYI I hiked cactus to clouds summer before last, and had to pay to ride down.
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 5, 2012 - 01:12pm PT
Dang, that would no doubt be the longest approach in bouldering history!
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 5, 2012 - 01:14pm PT
better yet, bring pads on the hike up, that would be beyond siick!
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 5, 2012 - 01:24pm PT
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Credit: RtM
This shot may be a bit off the cuff. This is the Tram plateau. The dot on the far right is the Mountain Station. This shot was taken from my front yard, about 10 miles away

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Goldie v2**

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Christina Pilo turning the roof on Black Eye Pea v4*

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Chris Lindgnargnar on the first descent from Crack-Mantel-Sap
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Jun 5, 2012 - 02:36pm PT
Great work RtM!!! Here and in your books I enjoy it all.
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 6, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
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Credit: RtM
Another shot of Lisa Rands sending Vanishing Point

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
lowballin' on the Master Blaster

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Chad Gilbert on Black Moon

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Tram wildlife! Went around the corner to take a leak and came across this little guy. He must have been just minutes old, as he was still wet and could barely stand up. In hopes that the mother was still close by, we immediately packed it up and split.
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 7, 2012 - 01:36pm PT
Rick Craig and Don James on Green Hornet - Miramontes Photography
Rick Craig and Don James on Green Hornet - Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Ricky "Ticky" Craig and Don James climbing on Green Hornet v5***

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Joe Morgan off of Tribe Called Conquest Direct

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Emerald City - this boulder must have rolled down from Toulumne

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Miramontes Photography
Credit: RtM
Ricky Ticky at the Accordian Boulder
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Jun 7, 2012 - 01:54pm PT
driving to the tram and shelling out for a ticket is expensive.
There's no (near) access from the west? I bet the 4 wheeler crowd has some paths up there.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jun 7, 2012 - 02:08pm PT
Anybody with guidebook headed up on Sun?
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
Elcap - did you go up on sunday? I heard it was a real zoo. We ended up going on monday. Give me a shout next time, I'll show you around!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Nov 5, 2012 - 08:54pm PT
Bump
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Apr 8, 2013 - 11:26pm PT
BUUUUUUUMPwherestheguidesomeofusaregettingantsy.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Apr 18, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
Bump again. Any conditions reports? I may be dragged down to Palms Springs for work and would love to kill an afternoon up there. BTW, I've noticed that the Tramway has a summer pass for only $50. Two trips and you've paid for it already.
Sonic

Trad climber
Boulder, Co
Apr 18, 2013 - 04:54pm PT
my buddy was up there last weekend. Go have fun
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Apr 19, 2013 - 12:36am PT
Good stuff up there. I always preferred Black Mountain because I had a wild dog "with" me (somewhere), but I got a tour around the Tram a few times.
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 19, 2013 - 11:37am PT
Sweeeet! Tram season starting up again? I'll have to dig into my photos and see if I can juice this thread up some more!

Not today tho, Joshua Tree is a callin'!

darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Apr 19, 2013 - 12:11pm PT
Just moved to SD last year, haven't visited Black Mountain or the Tram as of yet, but these pictures are getting me SO PSYCHED!!

Seriously awesome pics!!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 5, 2014 - 11:59am PT
Bump for The Best bouldering thread.
RtM

climber
DHS
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2014 - 12:29pm PT
dang, has another year gone bye?
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