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Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 2, 2012 - 02:44am PT
Yes, the lucky portaledge winner! Of course, for Ed, this represents new opportunities and horizons for OW pro!

What's a work project without jstan moving a boulder 80x times his weight? The man has given me something new to aspire to! And love the simple engineering of the trash bag opener. Very nice!

Will see what photos I have to post up later. Mongo need sleep now.

Eric
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 2, 2012 - 03:54am PT
"imminent shower of Cliff Bars."

Best in show, Guck! Enlarge this and start playing "Who dat" with your garbage-minded mates. Dirty mind, dirty mind. What on earth do you expect after inspecting the earth for garbage.

"You are above that which you seek, Luke."
you think Jstan's idea's neat? getta loada these babies:
New trash pickers for Facelift 2013.
New trash pickers for Facelift 2013.
Credit: Dreamworks (right)

Ken's not 100% on the idea, nor is the NPS. Possible risk of fire danger?

We could maybe trial run them down where my van's parked by the Merced. Again.

Or maybe CosmicCragsman can check them out.
photo not found
Missing photo ID#259548
Don't force it, Dwain. Time is on your side. Which side was it?
jstan

climber
Oct 2, 2012 - 03:55am PT
Just back. The early southbound 714 hit a semi while going full speed. All five cars were derailed. 50 people in the hospital. Our train was right behind but even so Amtrak managed to delay us only one hour. Phenomenal achievement! I am thinking some of the remote switches may not be retransmitting. Central control needs to hear the switch reporting back that it has made the desired setting.

Here is a link:

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/programs.htm

The NPS is fully behind the Facelift model. Facelift is going big time. It is going to take some thought about how to ramp up without paying a price somewhere. Ken and his crew are really bright. They will figure it out.

There was relatively little macro-trash. A half a paper towel is now macro-trash. One of the days, (I don't remember which) I did a poop run on the Falls Trail. Rather than carry everything to the top I left three drops beside the trail. The last one was a heavy jacket covered with brown stains. Right after leaving it a passing young lady tried to figure out how to carry the unbagged poop all the way back. I hollered that I would pick it up on the way back, so she left it. But later I found the first two drops were both gone. She got them. People really want to be a part of this.

You may remember I once speculated that wearing a loincloth allows one's work output to increase by a good 30%. It is no longer a speculation. At the core meeting Heather Boothe the NPS leader told the core people wearing the official NPS shirt always to wear their pants. On the way down on the Falls Trail I had an intermittent flashlight and needed to beat the sun. Now that I had confirmation from the NPS I upped my output by 30% and successfully beat the sun. The effect is real.(It was very late so there was no risk of an embarrassing incident.)

The Valley is as clean or cleaner than I have ever before seen it. The last two days it seemed every person you saw, was carrying a grabber.


crasic

climber
Oct 2, 2012 - 07:42am PT
Plenty of "macro-trash" in the river

We walked a short stretch of the Merced from the 120/140 fork to the bridge where the loop starts and picked up 50 pounds of big heavy stuff. Including what appeared to be a part of a bench or bridge.

Can't imagine how much would be picked up if we walked more of the river, but we only had two days.
MisterE

Social climber
Oct 2, 2012 - 09:13am PT
Got back late last night from our 2-day "BANZAI!" run (as Skip is calling it). Really glad we carved out the time and energy to do the mad dash.

We got 56 pounds of trash from a new spot, with hundreds more next year. Ken said he would lend us his truck for the big hauls. It's like finding a new route or something! Reminded me of the first time 6 years ago when trash was to be found everywhere - of course, one has to be willing to go a little further afield...

Great to see friends again! Sorry we didn't get to see some of you: MFM, Khanom, Lynne (we hear you have something for us, but didn't see you), Nita and TT, SCSeagoat & Ferretlegger, Dawn and Ricky, Ed and others.

Great to meet some new people, like Fletcher, Dr. Pang, and the original Madbolter (Tom Rohrer).

Highlights: Finally shook hands with the honorable WBraun; got to catch up with friend and Chief-of-Staff Mike Gauthier; stuffed ourselves at brunch at the Awahnee on Monday after climbing 2 of the 5 open books; great as always to see Ken & Bri, George, Grant and others and help with the final closing shop on Sunday; found an archaeological site with lots of bottles/cans/ceramic and reported it; and finally:

Looks like Skip and I will be hosting Upper Pines for Facelift next year, Ken totally fished us into the offer yesterday.

We had a great time, as always! See you all next year!

Foot-note: I don't know how we did it, but we made it from Canoga Park to Upper Pines in 5 hours and 5 minutes Saturday night. Mrs. Todd's short-cut?
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Oct 2, 2012 - 11:12am PT
More pictures! We demand MORE PICTURES!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Oct 2, 2012 - 12:47pm PT
Yes Erik, I do have something for you and Skip. Sorry I didn't see you guys. Send me your mailing address and I'll get it to you asap. Cheers, Lynne
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 2, 2012 - 12:49pm PT
Looks like a great time guys. Thanks for the pics. Gotta make one of these events soon.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Oct 2, 2012 - 12:49pm PT
Mouse, working away. The coast is fantastic. Wish I could have spent more time with my friends in The Valley. Cheers, Lynne
Guck

Trad climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 2, 2012 - 12:58pm PT
Ed and his new bed mate &#40;in the bag&#41;
Ed and his new bed mate (in the bag)
Credit: Guck
Ranger Ben, the eternal optimist.
Ranger Ben, the eternal optimist.
Credit: Guck
More smiling faces.
More smiling faces.
Credit: Guck
Super Taco gathers speed early
Super Taco gathers speed early
Credit: Guck
Super Taco at full speed
Super Taco at full speed
Credit: Guck
Greg, master of hot stuff!
Greg, master of hot stuff!
Credit: Guck
The beef is long gone, but the spirit remains
The beef is long gone, but the spirit remains
Credit: Guck
Credit: Guck
Credit: Guck
Credit: Guck
Ferretlegger back at the helm
Ferretlegger back at the helm
Credit: Guck
Caviar!!
Caviar!!
Credit: Guck
One of them had one too many ...
One of them had one too many ...
Credit: Guck
... and pulled on Mighty mouse's pink string!
... and pulled on Mighty mouse's pink string!
Credit: Guck
L'amour toujours.
L'amour toujours.
Credit: Guck
Credit: Guck
Credit: Guck
Credit: Guck
As the night went on, things got blurry. Some were still looking for t...
As the night went on, things got blurry. Some were still looking for the beef, some were gazing at the stars, I just do not quite remember...
Credit: Guck
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Oct 2, 2012 - 01:12pm PT
I need more Pics of the MOUSE.





So I an give him a GOOD COSMetIC makeover!!!!
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Oct 2, 2012 - 01:24pm PT
Looks like a super fun time. Good to know the park is so clean.

My wife and I were in the meadows and did manage to pickup some trash around the glen aulin TH and a little bit at young lakes.

A beautiful weekend with no trash or climbers on Conness west face. :)
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Oct 2, 2012 - 01:43pm PT
Thanks to everyone who helped, and particularly (from my viewpoint) to those who posted all the pictures. I was wishing I could be there all week, but seeing you in photos helped to ease a little of the pain.

Next year for sure!

john
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 2, 2012 - 01:50pm PT
Guck... Thanks for a pic that shows the 2012 Facelift shirt!

Credit: Ihateplastic



Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Oct 2, 2012 - 02:16pm PT
Hey Cosmic! Here's a B&W of MFM. Hopefully it's photo shop worthy of your talents. Mouse will no doubt be honored to get the Cosmic manip.
Mouse coming down with the onset of Santa Virus
Mouse coming down with the onset of Santa Virus
Credit: Timid TopRope

For those inquiring minds that want to know. Fattrad and Bluering were no shows.

Delhi Dog was there in spirit(s) again with his raffle donations. He picked up this Whisky in Burma (Myanmar), brought it back to India and I picked it up in Truckee. Most amazing part is I didn't touch it before facelift.
Delhi Dog's Burma Whisky and one of the many bottles of Iron Horse tha...
Delhi Dog's Burma Whisky and one of the many bottles of Iron Horse that JoeyF brought from the winemaker that donates this good stuff
Credit: Timid TopRope

Hopefully nita will let this next photo stay up as it is the only one I have with Hudon in it.
Hudon made the meatfest!  Glad I finally got to meet him.  He donated ...
Hudon made the meatfest! Glad I finally got to meet him. He donated lots of his special roast for the raffles.
Credit: Timid TopRope

Of course the highlight for me is getting to make music with experts and begginers. Don Reid made it for several jams early on. It had been many years since we had jammed last.
Travis from Vegas helped anchor our first night's jam. Rick and Annie Cashner made the effort for more than one jam.
Lynne had her percussion units for the first 3 nights but was greatly missed for meatfest.
The best guitar player there by far was Murcy, who can play circles around anything I can come up with. Mercy, that Murcy can play.

EDIT; said it up-thread but worth repeating if y'all missed it. BooDawg has a great singing voice and can hold a crowd in rapture A cappella .
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 2, 2012 - 03:19pm PT
jstan wrote:

> The Valley is as clean or cleaner than I have ever before seen it.
> The last two days it seemed every person you saw, was carrying a grabber.

A strong second to that!

Yes, MisterE and Justthemaid have a way with finding trash stashes... heard a few of their techniques and tips in our brief but fun encounter. Was really glad to have you guys!

Eric
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Oct 2, 2012 - 05:40pm PT
I need COLOR pics, Timid!


:)

Mouse;
I was bummed I couldn't go to the Facelift
and get to meet you.

I was Bummed also because I couldn't
get to see some of the GREAT Friends I met there last year.

Timid; Can't wat to meet up next year at FL.
I've been practicing on my Harmonicas so we can JAM next year!!!
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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Missing photo ID#266148
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.





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