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Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Sep 29, 2012 - 01:06am PT
Hey Werner;
Thanks for the help with my computer
the other night!
You were right, it was the DNS.

I owe you a Beer or whatever you drink when I go to Facelift next year.


Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Sep 29, 2012 - 12:37pm PT
Plus the odd quart of Hoppy's Favorite now and then.
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Sep 29, 2012 - 02:49pm PT
I left Yosemite Friday night after 3 days of picking up bits of trash and other chores. The trash weight numbers are way down, indicating that trash is not being added to the valley as fast as we are picking it up. Enough people are coming that well traveled areas are being scoured by multiple trash hunters.

Many people focused on micro trash: cigarette butts, bits of plastic and such. Tedious, but it really adds up. I think micro trash had added up to 900 pounds or so by Friday night. I got wondering, how fast micro trash and cigarette butts are added to the trails. If we pick them all up this week, how many will be here in a week, month, year from now. Listening to Ken talk, it sounded like we are eliminating trash that has built up over many years. Because past years have picked up such a huge amount of built up trash, this year and future face lifts will be able to work on more and more "Special Projects". I saw teams working on climber trail construction at Church Bowl. A team headed up to clean below the Half Dome cables. I went with a group out on highway 41 south of Chinquapin. I found a couple of 1940 era cars below the highway, as well as many snow stakes. A very brave group picked up 29 pounds of dried feces from below El Capitan.

I only attended programs one evening; Greg's fascinating lecture about rockfall and geology in Yosemite. The auditorium was pretty warm with so many people. I heard it was stifling on the busiest nights.

I met a number of supertopo members, such as Nita, Lynn, Hartouni, Anders. It was fun putting faces to names, but with all the activities, I did not get many long conversations. I did get into a very fun conversation with Roger Brown who does a lot of rebolting in Yosemite.

While I was walking along with my vest, button, grabber and litter bag, many people said "Thank you" to me. That was very nice. In turn I want to say thanks to Ken and the other organizers for this wonderful event. Thanks also to the park personel for making campsites available and all the other help they provided. Finally a big thank you to DNC for making the Curry Showers available to all the facelift volunteers. That was swell!


Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Sep 29, 2012 - 04:02pm PT
Just got home last night. Facelift is so well organized and the turnout has been in the hundreds. Lots of families and kids too.

For me it was a great reason to meet new people and and check out places in the valley I have never been while giving a little something back to a place I love so much. Met so many folks and Several Taco's,

A highlight for me was sharing a campspot in Upper Pines with an independent Film producer who grew up in Yosemite Dana Mackey. She is working on a Yosemite Documentary. Dana is super cool and we had a great time swapping stories. Check out her website! http://4reelproductions.com/ayosemitedocumentary.html

Right across from my camp spot was Mark Welman and some of his buds. Am terrible with names but one of the guys and his brother had just come down from an attempt on RNWF!!!!! Amazing to see the legacy of para-athletics and wall climbing passed on from Welman. They also saved me from running over my camp chair as I was backing out .. very cool meeting them!

Oh and I won a nice thermos at the raffle the second night. Fun! Lots of great stuff being given out

Wish I could have stayed longer

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 29, 2012 - 04:46pm PT
Just now at Curry for connectivity. Werner is correct...lots of great beer swilling at the auditorium. Tonight the MEAT FEST. Oh yes. Picked up trash and lurked around and played the voyeur at some trail building at Church Bowl. Wows a...can some if them fling rocks. Saw Hartouni, Stannard, Phillipe (Guck), Michael (Ferretlegger) Phylp, and a host of others I didn't know. For me the geology show was the best. Other shows were good but I enjoy more of the shows about things Yosemite. Got some hiking in as my shoulder isn't climbing ready yet. Saw Guido, BooDawg, Lisa and David last night. As well as Lucky Pink, Harrison, Barbarian and High Traverse. Full moon, sooooo beautiful that after the show last night we drove around the valley and spent some time staring at El Cap and counting lights

Almost over... Boo boo... I wonder if the reduction in trash weight has to do with fewer concrete excavation projects?

Susan. Reporting from HantaVillage...err I mean Curry...risking my life to report the facts

Edit. Saw a big ole coyote crossing the river by our campsite this morning.

Trad climber
Sep 29, 2012 - 05:15pm PT
Just got back. As other have said, it was mostly light stuff; butts and tissue paper and candy wrappers. What surpised me was there were virtually no beverage containers, but quite a few berets (the rubber band like things for tying hair back).

I ran into Anders and Ed, but both were too busy to pose for a pic.

Went to see the show on Tuesday night, but got there a little late and the place was PACKED. Too crowded for my personallity so I got the snail eye and bailed. Skipped the rest of the programs for the same reason (not into being a sardine in a can) and so did not really see any other taco people.

Most of my picking was done solo but I did run into a really nice kid named Tim Terry (not sure of the last name spelling). Anyone know this kid?

Very well organized and great staffers. Plus I got a complimentary Klean Kanteen and some mini Cliff bars.

Cheers to the organizers, staffers and sponsors. Great effort!

Edit: a small freebie that I was grateful for was the AAC lip balm thingies. Nice and much needed.

Sep 29, 2012 - 06:13pm PT
Dang. Wish I was there. With all of you trash pickers in spirit.


Sep 29, 2012 - 06:25pm PT
Sittin' on the porch in Curry sifting emails; don't listen to Werner, facelifters aren't drunk all the time (there is a viscious rumor that beer supplies are running low). The night-time entertainment has been awe inspiring. Got to work on a project with Roger B--bolt replacer extraordinaire and help Werner "liberate" some junk out of the recycle. Ken's keeping upwith the pace, for now, and I even got to cut down some trees. LNT is not Leave No Trace, its Leave No Trees. Who'd a thunk I could go to Yosemite and slay trees!
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Sep 29, 2012 - 06:30pm PT
Beer, beer, beer...

You can't tell me that someone's not sucking up some free Redwood Creek vino and if any REAL climbers are there this weekend - ganja has to be on the menu.


Sep 29, 2012 - 07:31pm PT
This was my first time at the Facelift - I was there for three days picking up trash and like others have said, it was mainly micro trash - cigarette butts, candy wrappers, LOTS of toilet paper, plastic wrappers, etc. I did find a car crash site that yielded several plastic blinker covers, gas cap, and lots of broken glass. I walked along the road above Chinquapin and discovered many cans and plastic drink cups that had been thrown out of car windows, down the hill, so spent some time fetching those.

The event was well-organized and I met some truly wonderful and inspirational people. I chatted with several people who brought their kids with them to pick up trash - lovely to see so many people giving back to a park that has given so much to us all.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Sep 29, 2012 - 07:43pm PT

Ditto on SofCookay's post - whenever Charming Dawn or I had relayed our descriptions of Facelift activities to friends the response was uniformally a collective "YUCK - YOU PICK UP GARBAGE?" followed by a heartfelt "WHY????"

The ONLY answer I could give was that it felt right to to do something for a place that has given me so many lasting memories of inspiration and beauty.

It was the least I could do.

Ricky D

Sep 29, 2012 - 07:53pm PT
Any statistics on how many citations issued for littering in YNP to date in 2012? Given the reports coming in from participants it strikes me that this might yield an excellent ROI.
john hansen

Sep 29, 2012 - 09:31pm PT
I spent a few days wandering the riversides and trails picking up trash.

I tried to pretend I was a girl and really had to pee,, LOL ,, some little swale along the rivers , behind a fallen tree, or a big boulder by the well traveled trails. Thank god , and the Yosemitie Climbing Association for the pinchers.

First day between sentinal bridge and the swinging bridge along the river, and generally just criss crossing the valley.

Talked breifly with Boodawg ,Guido and meet Lilibene? other wise not quite ready for all the social stuff.

Second day meandered up thru the orchards to Mirror lake and up below Watkins. Then an hour in the Curry parking. Lots of the straw covers for the fruit drink packs. It was really rewarding and kind of fun. I normally look up at the walls or am looking for birds so a new perspective to be scanning the ground.

Got a tennis shoe, a pacifier, an old carpenter's pouch, and,, a pink bikini bottom!!

What were your best finds?


Trad climber
Sep 29, 2012 - 09:32pm PT
Ditto on SofCookay's post - whenever Charming Dawn or I had relayed our descriptions of Facelift activities to friends the response was uniformally a collective "YUCK - YOU PICK UP GARBAGE?" followed by a heartfelt "WHY????"

The ONLY answer I could give was that it felt right to to do something for a place that has given me so many lasting memories of inspiration and beauty.

It was the least I could do.

This post cracked me up. When I told co-workers I was going to spend my vacation picking up trash, they were definitely WHY would you do that?

You either get it or you don't.

Edit: Best find was a Honda hubcap; someone must have missed a turn. Worst find; a bunch of dirty diapers.

2nd Edit: Was walking up the road picking up trash when a car passed; someone yelled "Thank You!" Made my day.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 29, 2012 - 10:24pm PT

Thanks for the report, and for risking your life, Susan.

Where's da pictures??????

hee hee hee. . .

Sep 29, 2012 - 10:33pm PT
My best find was a small flashlight that I found in the woods that still worked. Oh, and a nickel.

Funny story - while I was picking up all the cigarette butts in the Wawona store parking lot (and there were many, so I was there for a while...) an elderly gentleman asked me if I was on a work release program. I told him that if you're going to commit the crime, then you have to do the time and that I was reformed, especially after picking up all those cigarette butts. He nodded his head in a serious, righteous manner. Then I told him I was just kidding and actually a volunteer.
john hansen

Sep 29, 2012 - 10:37pm PT
Next time we should get a group together and dress up in stripes and work a section of road singing old chain gang songs,,,

" I'm shaking that bush Boss"

And have some one vidieo it ( think of the yosemitie marching band)

Sorry , this is too much fun.

"Cigarette butts, too much Tee Pee"

Group.. "Four days in Yosemite"

" Empty water bottle's, and hair scrunchies"

Group,, "Four days in Yosemitie"

"Walking the highways, walking the streams"

Group,, "We're cleaning up Yosemite"

"Fruit punch boxes and the straw covering's"

Group,, "Four days in Yosemite"

"Sanitary Napkin's and more TP"

Group "Four days in Yosemite"

"Curry village parking, and Ken Yeager's dream"

Group,, "Were cleaning up Yosemite"

Group,, "Were cleaning up Yosemite"

And the big ending,,,

Group,, "Were cleaning up Yo,, sem,, i,,teee",, in four part harmony,

Aloha :)


Trad climber
Sep 29, 2012 - 11:16pm PT
toadgas said
arent they supposed to be picking up trash instead of drinking beer and passing out drunk and shitt?

Gotta make sure there is enough trash to pick up.

Sep 29, 2012 - 11:21pm PT
They're all over there now drinkin beer again ......


Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Sep 29, 2012 - 11:23pm PT
Then what r u doing here?? Go have some fun grumpy
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