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Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Oct 5, 2012 - 05:57pm PT
All you Face lift folks need to make it down to Josh Fest next Spring

Cheers
okie

Trad climber
Oct 5, 2012 - 05:58pm 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

climber
breaking the speed of gravity
Oct 5, 2012 - 06:36pm 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

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 5, 2012 - 08:07pm PT
hey there, say, all...

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

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 08:27pm PT
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.


This is what Facelift does! I keep trying to tell people that the garbage is only the half of it.

Sure, it's essential, but getting climbers together and motivated is AWESOME!!!!!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Oct 5, 2012 - 08:31pm PT
Reflecting on the wonderful experiences Facelift provides, I believe that we are living a reincarnation of the Sierra Club outings in Yosemite of days past. A large camp, communal fire and food, daily activities. I think we are the luckiest people on Earth to have that experience. :)
mite

Ice climber
New York
Oct 5, 2012 - 08:48pm PT
I never take wild tour but i have lot of experience and ideas about wild touring. My friends like to get accommodation in Thailand during their wild tour.

http://www.siamvisit.com/
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 08:48pm PT
Reflecting on the wonderful experiences Facelift provides, I believe that we are living a reincarnation of the Sierra Club outings in Yosemite of days past. A large camp, communal fire and food, daily activities. I think we are the luckiest people on Earth to have that experience. :)


Yeah, he said it better than me!

Sorry I missed ya, Joey. You know where I'm at.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:21pm PT
OK, just a few highlights. I have tons of photos, but not the wherewithal to downwhatchamacallit them until I'm home.

MeatFest: Rodger's burgers would cause Werner to repent of his vegetarianism.

Evening events: I was mostly helping with preparations, and in the back pouring beer with the gang, so missed most of the speakers. (It was also too hot for this northerner, not just in the auditorium but generally.) But I did see a few of the speakers/films that I wanted to see.

Greg Stock's talk on Thursday was fantastic! Hopefully we can have a "natural history" type talk once each year, e.g. weather, rescues, etc.

The Camp 4 concierge job went OK, as I was asked to help manage the seven FaceLift sites (= 50 campers). Issuing tent and car tags after hours, and leaving the evening events after the intermission to be where needed. There were glitches - people not showing up as promised and such - but we worked it out, and have ideas for next year. Thanks to Pinkie and Lori for their help and patience with it!

Had lots of fun sharing a site and equipment with Sybille, and doing a moderate climb with her. Plus Leo, Bill Rosenburg the coffee guy, Steve West, and of course jstan.

As always, jstan, Leo, George, Jim and a few others arrived a few days early, to help with preparations. After a day or so we had the bright idea of FaceLifting Ken's red truck, and did so, with help from the garage. They let us borrow their shop-vac and pressure washer, and when we were done, it was almost like new. Almost...

Delightful climbing with Audrey and Ed, and I'll have more to say later.

Nice to see everyone again, as always the two weeks went really quickly, and I can't remember half the people I met - I'll have to look at the thread.

Nice to meet John Penca finally, benefactor of Canadians and others. And so many others.

Lolli and I conquered Lembert Dome on Tuesday, and it was nice and cool up there. We spray painted "Donini was here" on the summit.

Passed on some backcountry graffiti removal equipment and tips to Jesse and Ben, for use if/when. Roger Brown says he may know of some.

Thursday I did the regular route on Higher Cathedral Spire with a Canadian friend. Very impressive for 1934, and quite stout for a "5.9". Today we did the Commitment before I left.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:53pm PT
Thursday I did the regular route on Higher Cathedral Spire with a Canadian friend. Very impressive for 1934, and quite stout for a "5.9". Today we did the Commitment before I left

Well done! I haven't tacked that yet. I hear it's a blast.
Anastasia

climber
InLOVEwithAris.
Oct 5, 2012 - 10:11pm PT
All of you are awesome folks. Sad I missed it but also knowing how difficult Aris was this week, (he is teething) we did good. Hugs and Love from ME! Yes, facelift is so much more and on top of that even better than anything else besides the act of climbing itself.

AFS
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Oct 5, 2012 - 10:23pm PT
Anastasia, here's a picture of Mason's first Valley trip:
Mason Daly's first Valley trip.
Mason Daly's first Valley trip.
Credit: maldaly
He was 10 weeks old. Not much climbing was done. You made the right decision but I got the picture!
Mal
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
Holy shit! Ana had a kid? I need to tune in more!

My boy is 4 now, and he climbs like a little monkey. Radz!11!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 6, 2012 - 09:08am PT
Geez Bluey.....YOU have been too long gone from the Tribe. Ana boy is doing Algebra
now and I even have hair!


Susan
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 6, 2012 - 09:17am PT
Cheers, Susan! I'll check in more often. Glad to hear you're doing well!
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Oct 6, 2012 - 03:33pm PT
Geez! I met more people than I could count--lost track after 21! ;)

I'm planning to raise another steer and bring even more burger next time. Glad you enjoyed it, Anders! Next year promises to be a "fly-in" to Mariposa, too. I checked out that lovely little airport not too far from The Ditch, before driving home.
Anastasia

climber
InLOVEwithAris.
Oct 6, 2012 - 03:53pm PT
Bluering!
Yeah and I have somehow created a good solid man child too.

Taken this week!!!!
Aries getting his 6 month check up! :&#41; Yeah kiddo! He's growing!
Aries getting his 6 month check up! :) Yeah kiddo! He's growing!
Credit: Anastasia

My favorite picture. Soon baby, soon!
My favorite picture. Soon baby, soon!
Credit: Anastasia

Hugs!
AFS
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Oct 6, 2012 - 04:18pm PT
Cheers Anders and thanks for the mention. I tend to be a lone wolf as it were; not much into the party crowd scene.

Gracked me up to come around the turn in C4 and see you talking with Ben. Good to finally shake hands.

I think Ed thought I was a looney; I saw that unmistakable head of hair heading up the path and introduced myself. His response was pretty much "who the frick are you; I'm busy". Too funny!

Good Times
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Oct 6, 2012 - 04:30pm PT
I really didn't know how many appetites to plan for...but thankfully Phylp came through with her great burger patties to supplement my paltry contribution. I didn't get to try any of Khanom's delicious-looking and smelling chicken. I don't know who to thank for some excellent slaw to compliment Mal's beans?

Did anyone get some sort of head count? There must have been 60 people there, if not more. So, if this is to become an annual event, we need to start planning for ~75 climber-trash-picker-upper appetites NOW!
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Oct 6, 2012 - 05:16pm PT
(Just got the internets running here today)

So, if this is to become an annual event, we need to start planning for ~75 climber-trash-picker-upper appetites NOW!

I hope everyone got enough to eat. We had a lot of trouble getting enough charcoal started on time (mis-communication there) but in the end there was a lot, just not all at once.

Next year let's assign some roles (like charcoal starter) and perhaps a better schedule.
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