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SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 2, 2012 - 09:26pm PT

You know, you'll always find Ed and Jstan where the hardest work is going on.
They're like the energizer bunny, they just keep going, going, going. . .
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Oct 2, 2012 - 09:54pm PT
^^^^^^^
Do they make Energizer CRICKETS, Steve???

:)


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BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Oct 3, 2012 - 04:38am PT
Making camp at Yellow Pines Tuesday afternoon, I took this pic of Matthew:

Matthew
Matthew
Credit: BooDawg

At the E. Auditorium, who can forget the energy that Tim O'Niell gives to the events?

Credit: BooDawg

And of course, without Ken Yager's vision and follow-thru, none of this would have happened:

Credit: BooDawg


Wednesday, Lisa and I went down to Cascade Creek and picnic area to do pick-up; she found a lovely half of a silver purse, now in the archeologist's keeping. I found a brick but left in place taking a GPS waypoint for the archeologist. Then we went up to shower at Cascade Fall:

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

Then the raffle that night: WHAT a GREAT TEAM!

Credit: BooDawg

Later, inside, the place was PACKED AND SWELTERING: Mouse, HighTraverse, BooDawg, Lisa:

Credit: BooDawg

Sybille and ???

Credit: BooDawg

Tim's high energy & enthusiasm kept the crowd always up...

Credit: BooDawg

Ben Lepesant WOWED US with his trip to Baffin Island.

Credit: BooDawg

Then Mike Schaefer kept up the energy with his climbs and photography closer to home.

Credit: BooDawg

Later, Conrad Anker whose story we'd seen the previous night on the Reel Rock Film first offer up the original artwork that went onto the YCA water bottles for auction:

Credit: BooDawg

And still later, Conrad was SO CASUAL (AND HUMBLE) telling more about his personal story and philosophy:

Credit: BooDawg

The next day was a real treat, one that I and many others here on the Taco had been looking forward to: meeting LilaBiene, the daughter of Bill "Dolt" Feuerer who had only recently discovered who her birth parents were. I wanted to show her some of the Ditch, especially some perspectives on El Cap. 5 or us, Lisa, LilaBiene, Mouse From Merced, Lee Ann, and I decided we'd clean up the Pohono Trail between Sentinel Dome and "Tunnel View," an overly ambitious project as it turned out. Our first stop was "Tunnel View."

LilaBiene & BooDawg
LilaBiene & BooDawg
Credit: BooDawg

Then we made a brief detour to Washburn Point:

LilaBiene & BooDawg
LilaBiene & BooDawg
Credit: BooDawg

Finally, we 5 hit the trail toward Taft and Dewey Points:

Credit: BooDawg

Soon we got out to the Fissures at Taft Pt.:

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

Eventually, we reached Bridalveil Creek where we had lunch before continuing on toward Dewey Pt.:

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

The view from Dewey Point was quite spectacular, and The Nose stood out in bold profile:

Credit: BooDawg

The gals went on to "Tunnel View" while Mouse and I took the Dewey Pt. ski trail to the Glacier Pt. Road:

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

From there, we hitched a ride back to Yellow Pines, tired but glad to be back to camp.

Next day, I got a shot of Superintendent Neubacher and Mike Gaultier brown-bagging their lunches while observing the Facelift proceedings. So great to feel that the climbing community has ears in the Park Service...

Credit: BooDawg

Later, around raffle time, Mastadon showed up with an original Dolt Stoveleg piton, and he shared it with LilaBiene and some others there. The Mad Bolter (Tom Rohrer) generously gave LilaBiene an original Dolt piton to add to her growing collection. She is SO APPRECIATIVE AND OVERWHELMED by people's generosity and caring. Her life continues to open wide!

L to R: Mouse; Lee Ann & Lisa &#40;in back&#41;; Mastadon, LilaBiene &...
L to R: Mouse; Lee Ann & Lisa (in back); Mastadon, LilaBiene (holding 2 Dolt pitons), Mad Bolter.
Credit: BooDawg

Later that night, James Lucas gave what had to be the most hilarious slideshow, contrasting himself, a "Lifestyle Climber" with Alex Honnold, a "Professional Climber."

Credit: BooDawg

Alex, for his part, followed with some of his own humor ("Shall I take my shirt off?") and a Q & A session backed by some slides of him on various climbs:

Credit: BooDawg

The next day, Saturday, Ed and Mighty Hiker took LilaBiene up the right side of the Footstool, a climb that her dad had done the FA of, just east of the beginning of The Nose. They all had a GREAT TIME, but she was told that she'd have to write up the TR; then they would add their pictures and their own comments. So come on LilaBiene!

That night at the raffle:

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

Back in Yellow Pines at the MeatFest, Sentinel was all aglow as were most of the people there:

Credit: BooDawg

A special treat for LilaBiene was the presence of Catherine Baldridge who had known LilaBiene's birth mother since both were members of the UCLA Bruin Mountaineers. I'm fairly certain the the Facelift far surpassed all the hopes that LilaBiene may have had for this event.

Credit: BooDawg

For my part, I thank you all for participating in the Facelift and I look forward to seeing you next year.

Credit: BooDawg


Thank you Timid, Mouse, and others for your kind words.





Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 3, 2012 - 12:09pm PT
That was a great post Boodawg. You told a good story and made for an enjoyable morning read. You can't be everywhere and this was a part of Facelift I wanted to see. TPFU!

Eric
Fish Finder

Social climber
THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART
Oct 3, 2012 - 12:37pm PT



One morning I handed out some oranges to all that were in YellowPines



Still cant stop laughing from when Tom (madbolter)whom I have never spoke to before replies..

Donkey Shank

Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Oct 3, 2012 - 12:40pm PT
One morning I handed out some oranges to all that were in YellowPines

That's so, like, Burning Man bro.

Wish I could have made it to meet so many of you. Next year I guess.

Thanks for sharing pictures from the trenches.
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Oct 3, 2012 - 12:48pm PT
Fish Finder those oranges were excellent ! :) Great to see you!
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Oct 3, 2012 - 01:43pm PT
Here's an unapologetic BUMP for the Event of the Year. Congrats to Ed for winning the portaledge!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 3, 2012 - 02:12pm PT
Great to see you again Lolli! Thanks for the chocolate! Licorice too!
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Oct 3, 2012 - 02:21pm PT
thanks for the caviar Lolli!
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Oct 3, 2012 - 02:25pm PT
I went from site D to being in a suit in southern California for the last two days- highly disorienting! Anyway, great seeing / meeting everyone. Also thanks for all the helping hands with my little guys- they had a blast.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 3, 2012 - 04:36pm PT
Just checking in. Report, photos, and the True Story when I get home next Monday.
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Oct 3, 2012 - 04:49pm PT
Looks like I missed out on more than I was already bummed about missing (seeing old friends and new ones)

Any reports of Bob Finn at the facelift? Nice to see that Mastadon is so mobile.

Thanks for the pics!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 3, 2012 - 04:57pm PT
Lolli, ohhh the salty licorice, I waited since last year, now to wait another year...I can do this.

Mighty Hiker, I'm not even Catholic but still feeling sooooo guilty about you catching Ferretlegger and I sneaking in the back door. Oh dear, you were so cool about it.

Wonderful pics everyone, unfortunately I had the dead battery syndrome. Yeah, I know, excuses, excuses


Susan
gstock

climber
Yosemite Valley
Oct 3, 2012 - 06:43pm PT
Early in the week we collected trash from probably the most far-flung location in the park:

Maclure Glacier
Maclure Glacier
Credit: gstock

The trash was abandoned research equipment from a study of the Maclure Glacier in the 1970's, mostly wooden and metal stakes that were placed in the ice (since melted away) to measure glacier velocity. Even though it only amounted to about 20 lbs worth of trash, we did hike it out 12 miles! I've been studying the Lyell and Maclure glaciers for several years now, and it feels good to get that stuff out of there.

Happy haulers
Happy haulers
Credit: gstock

I also wanted to say how much fun I had giving a talk for the Facelift this year. I knew from Timmy's introduction that it wasn't my usual scientific conference gig, but the thunderous roar at the first shot of the Captain clinched it (plus I've never seen New Belgium sponser a scientific conference). Climbing and geology are one and the same in my mind. Thanks, Ken, for the opportunity.

Mescalito
Mescalito
Credit: Lincoln Else

I live in Yosemite Valley and I can say without question that the Facelift makes a big difference in the look and the feel of the place. Even though the amount of trash may be down this year, the park feels refreshed in a way that goes far beyond the tonnage. Thanks for the huge effort everyone.

Greg
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Oct 3, 2012 - 08:54pm PT
Nice posts; keep them coming...
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 3, 2012 - 09:14pm PT
Lolli, thanks for the weird licorice. I liked it. Would work well on long slogging approaches (or walk-outs) or extended belays. Thanks too for the eggs and caviar! Awesome.

onetheedges' kids were a real treat. I had a few interesting conversations with them.

And thanks again, Greg! You're talk was truly educating, interesting, and funny. You're a good speaker/teacher.

Cheers,
Eric
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Oct 4, 2012 - 04:13am PT
mouse from merced!! I have something special of yours that was left at Yellow Pines! check your email.


JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Oct 4, 2012 - 04:48am PT
Credit: JOEY.F
That Darn French Guy

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 4, 2012 - 04:51am PT
Well took a while and I have a few more days of pics to process... Here's two.

Thursday was climbing.
Thursday was climbing.
Credit: That Darn French Guy

Advertizing with a flashlight. 40 sec exposure...
Advertizing with a flashlight. 40 sec exposure...
Credit: That Darn French Guy

Campfire.
Campfire.
Credit: That Darn French Guy

Dang... it takes way too long to u/l pics. Rest is here:

Thursday: Our little climbing escapade (tenaya and cathedral peaks)

Friday: The other facelift pics

Just to be a d#@&%e: BTW pics are copyrighted.
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