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Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Oct 4, 2012 - 04:52am PT
Sweet Joey. Ouch would have loved that one. Thanks for the wine.


P.S. That darn french guy. What an amazing picture that 40 second exposure is. Would make a great flyer for next year.

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Oct 4, 2012 - 04:58am PT
Yeah, Ouch! inspired, lucky me.
I agree about TDFG's style, would look really nice on a t.
That Darn French Guy

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 4, 2012 - 07:35pm PT
Ken, i wouldn't mind if it did :)

And sorry guys, use the links to see all the pics. It was way too slow to push them here. Like 5min/pic is not reasonable... Else I would have put all the firepit portraits up.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 4, 2012 - 09:48pm PT
I don't blame you for c-righting. The picture #5 is great, with some of the features I love best.

The cotty-woods in the center, though, should've been cut down so as not to get in the way of your shot. I and tourists like the lady I met on the bus, agree.

"Why are so many trees allowed to stand when they are obviously burned and of no use to anyone? They just ruin the shot."

Why are you taking such great pix of useless old hulks around the campfire? :)

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 5, 2012 - 03:19am PT
Been saving these words for sometime now, knowing they'd come in handy and I think they are apropos to Facelift. On the topic, "What is Success?"

"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded."

These words are often incorrectly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (who often dealt with an early young arrogant punk named Thoreau). The Emerson Society sets us straight if you are interested in where it actually came from):



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 5, 2012 - 07:12am PT
Post-Partum Red Ink Blues,
or I Wish I Said That, Said the Mouse


I love the idea that we can "view our original messages in a separate reality" prompt/feature when we "enter our replies below;" by using it, following the accepted, if not intuitive, grammar, punctuation, and spelling (for example: '"It's why there are toolbars," said the Mouse."') mis-attribution might happen less frequently; if indeed it happened in the manner Eric outlined in the example given. It prevents excessive spew. It is a literary condom, in a manner of squeaking, said the Mouse.

Mis-attribution is a serious waste of scholarly time and it leads to "Wanta virus." I just don't know how this sh#t can happen in our day and age. A writer needs to protect himself, so why not literary Trojans?, said the Mouse.

I hope the literary spawn of 2012 Facelift is as epic as the story I plan on telling on our Arrow-Straight, Truth-Teling Fletcher next year around the Facelift campfire based on this year's adventures, said the Mouse.

Top that, Kerouac, said the Mouse.

Fletcher and I have become fast friends based on experiences common both to our private lives, the fact we're both climbers, and we both appreciate poetry. Aside from that we shared an adventure. His is not the only adventure I shared. I shared many, so rest easy, my fellow-travellers. I have set Fletcher a-thinking on his ST gnomen and I can tell the similes are flowin in his brain. Sing the refrain, said the Mouse.

He has two daughters. I have two.

He's a solid climber. I was.

He likes epic poetry. I like comedy.

Calliope. Thalia.

Computer genius. Shy rodent.

We are now friends in fact as well as on the net.

The foregoing has been brought to you by French Frenzz brand litcoms, when you need a hand, said the Mouse.

'"Use litcoms and "Say 'Amen'" to mis-attribution. I do, said the Mouse."'--Ike Hahn

I echo the Broken Down One: "More More Pictures Pictures."

Way too many faces and new friends for old brains to cope with. A round of golfs, at the least, for all the photogs! How you say, BUMP!

Sport climber
Oct 5, 2012 - 07:33am PT
The Mouse/Muse/muse. Photo by Timid TopRope.
The Mouse/Muse/muse. Photo by Timid TopRope.

Social climber
Oct 5, 2012 - 08:37am PT
Harrison Hood and I became fast friends at our first Facelift together, as well - through experiences related during the process of collecting trash in our Yosemite Park.

Volunteerism creates a special opportunities in life, I have cherished that place and the doors it opens for many years.

Selflessness begets selflessness. The simple act of giving.

Thanks for the reminder, Mouse - hope to meet you next year.

The Wolfe in the Park
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 5, 2012 - 10:17am PT
The Jobless Report, I mean the Jogs Report, this morning listed some positive news. You can read up on it. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/us-jobless-rate-falls-7-123110106.html
What they won't say is that the 'doing stuff for free even though you have a job index," or the volindex, as staffers call it, has gone up consistently at the end of September for the last several years and is directly proportionate to the number of Facelift volunteers and participants. This is from a Romney staffer I spoke with at the El Cap bridge the other day. He is sorta burned out on job creationism and was seeking brelief, he said to the Mouse.
He looked just like Bruce.
Bruce Davis.
Bruce Davis.
This Bruce.


Social climber
Missoula MT
Oct 5, 2012 - 12:00pm PT
What a great time @ FL2012. While using the facilities in the Tuesday AM darkness in YP, I met Lolli for the first time, who was still on Swedish time. And among the other old & new friends, the honorable Audrey posing as LilaBiene.

Thanks to H & Lucky Pink, and HighTraverse for the transport to/from YNP.

Here is another shot of OnTheEdge's wonderful kids in YP.

Credit: GLee
Jack (aka Jackbot) & sis Isabella (aka Izzie)

Hoping to make it next year....


Edit for HT: You're right. That second sentence does sound kinky.... But Lolli & I politely introduced ourselves as we exchanged hello's on my way back from said facilities.....

Trad climber
Bay Area
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:40pm PT
While using the facilities Tuesday AM in YP, I met Lolli for the first time
Sounds like a real story there! Enquiring Minds must know!

Greg, good to meet you, glad to help out. Kathy got to her interview on time and Got The Job!!

Too many new acquaintances and old friends to name. Sorry I missed meeting Guido (again), and the Bruce Anchor smack down. Also missed meeting Lile Bene (have I got that nick spelled correctly?)

Gym climber
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:45pm PT

"Lolli, thanks for the weird licorice."...

From SWEDEN???...

My brother brought some for me to try last year...

WASN'T to my liking...


Weird is RIGHT!!!...


Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
And I thought "Locker" and "weird" were synonyms! You learn something every day! Ha! :-)


Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 02:59pm PT
Bummed I couldn't make it this year. The pics are awesome.

Matthew looks bored w/o me there around the fire.
That Darn French Guy

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 06:21pm PT

I take pictures of old hunks because it amuses me, just like I found it entertaining to see a drunk man confuse port for henessy and bicker with Loli about trifles.

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Oct 5, 2012 - 06:40pm PT
Time for me to chime in on this I guess.

Sorry that I don't have any pictures to share, my camera is kinda out of commission at the moment...turns out it doesn't like hitting granite haha. Christina may have some, if she does I will post them up later.

This was an important trip for me...not only because I feel that Facelift is a critical event both for climber/ranger relations and the conservation effort, but also because a week and a half earlier I had left the Valley on life flight.

Someone asked me not long after I got there if I was "done" and I am glad to say that the answer is no. Climbing means far too much to me to walk away from it. I still have my goals (I'm looking at you, Nose...) and I still want to accomplish them.

The Valley's healing powers did wonders for me, as did hanging around a lot of friends both old and new that were damned happy that I was still alive. Spending time at the Bridge and hanging out with fellow climbers reaffirmed my love for the sport and the people in it.

I met a lot of new people this year, or met them in person for the first time in the real world. I don't want to list everyone in fear of leaving someone out, but I had a great time hanging out with all of you. Hanging around the fire in YP, jamming on guitars or just talking about climbing, Life, the Universe, and Everything - all while enjoying a good cigar - was just what I really needed right now. It was a wonderful experience.

I will say a special thank you to Ken and his tireless efforts to make this event the largest of it's kind in all of our parks, and to Harrison for another year of taking the time and effort to cat herd all of us for the week.

If things go as planned, we will be missing out on next year due to an attempt on Kilimanjaro - but if that falls through we will be there ready to lend a hand.

Thank you again, my friends, for being there to remind me why I love the Valley and love what we do.

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Oct 5, 2012 - 08:32pm PT
The hardest part of Facelift is having to call it "quits" and head home. It's also kinda' hard to learn two names for everyone--the Avatar name and the "real" names. I especially enjoyed hanging out with Mouse, Ontheedge, Vegasclimber, and Harrison Hood (cat herder par exellence!). I don't want to forget Sybille, and Anders, too. Irrepressible Maldaly and his fabulous beans by another name were there to lift our spirits, as well. I won't dare miss the next Facelift!

Trad climber
Oct 5, 2012 - 08:58pm PT
The archeological info given at the facelift was amusing. They showed you examples of bits of trash that assh*les had littered back in their day. Any bit of garbage over 50 years old is now considered "an artifact" and somehow very special. So the stuff y'all missed will someday become part of the treasured historical record of the park.
Lots of fixed gear out there now qualifies as artifact, such as ring angles and the like, placed no doubt by some of the folks on here. Ha Ha!
I also saw the sign at camp 4 that said all persons ages 3 and up must stand in line to register for a site. Impressive new level of fascism: just when I thought they had it dialed in they found a way to turn it up a notch. What are they worried about? That Mr. Dugger is going to pay for one person and then his 25 little heathen are going to charge the site?
corniss chopper

breaking the speed of gravity
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:36pm PT
Yosemite is still full of 'Historical artifacts'. Found these
years ago wandering around looking for a route. They looked undisturbed
as of a month ago and I only passed them again cause we'd left the GPS at home. Fouled up the approach like before.
Credit: corniss chopper


Social climber
Oct 5, 2012 - 11:07pm PT
hey there, say, all...

thanks so much for all the share... will go back and read more, but i am babysitting tonight, :)
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