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this just in

climber
north fork
Oct 30, 2012 - 10:57pm PT
For sure, can't wait to get back up there. Have a good one mike and write that TR!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Oct 31, 2012 - 03:15am PT
That photo of Dan is really good.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 31, 2012 - 03:33am PT
Another SLR teaser....

Stars on El Cap.

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 31, 2012 - 03:35am PT
Thanks Ryan. It felt pretty cool just hanging there taking it! :)

edit: oh ya forgot to mention... that pitch is amazing!!!! so much fun!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 2, 2012 - 02:23am PT
So on Thursday I had a couple of things to do in the morning but my afternoon was clear and I still really wanted to go climbing. I felt like my roadtrip just wasn't ready to end...

The boys finished up our latest gig and when we moved the stuff one of them had some personal business to go take care of so Kieran and I siezed the opportunity to get some pitches in!!

We ditched this view....





For this one... (The Chief)




The Squaw


On the way in from the parking lot we ran into "Micro Mark". I asked him WTF are you doing here dude???? I said you should be in the valley!!!!! He laughed and smiled and says I love this sh!t man!!! He asks us where we are going and I said penny lane! He says cool i'm going there too! He split off at one point to go set up a top rope from above.

Up Up and Away 5.9 was free and I love this rig so I racked up quickly.. (member this one Tami?)


Just as I was about to set off, who should toss a rope over but Mark.. he was working the 13a prow “To Be Exposed” next to up up and away.. This Sonnie Trotter FA looked desperately thin on gear but mark had one decent piece in and a couple average ones… I chit chatted with Mark a bit and ate the crack for breakfast. I instantly appreciated Squamish granite that much more. Every lock was solid and every foot was bomber and grainy and felt like it would never slip out… The temperatures were amazing! 6 to 7 degrees (celcius) max and the friction was all-time…

I LOVE SQUAMISH GRANITE!!!!!!!

I flowed through the crux without a single hesitation and placed less gear than I ever have on that upper section. Kieran seconded it with ease and while he was taking it down I got to watch Mark try the crux on TBE. He flowed through the moves and seemingly was pasting his feet on nothing with no hands until he slowly barn doored off.

We left Mark to his project and headed over to Partners in Crime 11a


Kieran tried it a couple times but the opening moves were wet so he didn’t want to commit. We decided to try Climb and Punishment 10d instead.
He loved this one but got shut down at the crux, and whipped on the pin.



While he was hanging I had time for a few photos..



The trees were sporting their fall colours



It took Kieran quite a while to get it done and it was pretty much dark by the time I took it down. I pretty much got it clean besides having to fight a couple cams that Kieran shoved in there….

We packed up and headed back to the car so we could go pick Mark up. We went over to his place and ran into him as he was headed towards the Cliffside. I suggested that we go to the brew pub because the food was at least passable there vs Cliffside…

Mark must know a few people at the pub because we got the hugest plate of nachos I have ever personally witnessed at the brew pub…. It is amazing to converse with someone who has just as much stoke as you do. I felt as if we had a lot in common even if he is playing at an infinitely higher level…

He told us about his ascent of Genus Loci and how it was probably one of the coolest things he had done all summer.. I asked him if he liked it so much that he would go lead it again, but he said he would rather second it for a friend if they were trying to get the redpoint… ;)

I took this cheesy photo…



Kieran and I both had fun hanging out with Mark. Next morning it was back to work... ;)

RyanD

climber
Squamish
Nov 2, 2012 - 02:40am PT
Way to get after it Mike! But, uh, er, isn't there another thread that could benefit from your photos & stories! Wahaha


Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 2, 2012 - 02:45am PT
allready cross posted buddy :)
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Nov 2, 2012 - 02:46am PT
Excellent.
cowpoke

climber
Nov 2, 2012 - 04:32am PT
just read and viewed my way through this -- I am so jealous.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 2, 2012 - 10:48am PT
Thanks cowpoke it was amazing!!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2012 - 12:39am PT
Here is Luke with the Kingfisher that Silver asked me to buy for him to celebrate his recent ascent of the Muir Wall

ß Î Ř T Ç H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Nov 3, 2012 - 01:32am PT
A camera is your weapon of choice (the bigger the better). Stay home next time.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2012 - 01:40am PT
???????

i guess it wouldn't be a supertopo thread without at least a couple negative comments...
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 3, 2012 - 01:52am PT
Hey Mike;
Looks like you sure had FUN!

I sure wish we could have hooked up to climb,
but due to circumstances...

:(
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2012 - 02:11am PT
yup... that's how things go... I want to come out to Vegas this winter so hopefully your shoulder is feeling better by then!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 4, 2012 - 07:03pm PT
A little preview of the new HDR method i'm using...

El Cap







Middle Cathedral







Relic at Tenaya Lake






Tuloumne Meadows






Solarium v4 Happy's, Bishop





Relic on Solarium
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 16, 2012 - 09:11pm PT
Bump ;)
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Nov 16, 2012 - 09:13pm PT
HDR experimentation is like masturbation, it may be fun, but there's no need to show it to your friends.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2012 - 07:55pm PT
Lol




Buttermilks 360


Edit






Another ghost for Ghost
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 30, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
Capt. got me thinking about Bishop.. so here's another one from the buttermilks

??? on Ironman v4?
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