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T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
May 2, 2014 - 01:44am PT
Last time I put boot to the Leap was 77, need to get back for some dike hikes.
When do you guys head to the Ditch?
Todd Eastman

Bellingham, WA
May 2, 2014 - 02:49am PT
Kick ass and have fun down there in the deep south!

This a wonderful tale about the positive power climbing has over us!

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
May 2, 2014 - 10:28am PT
No more hospitals please, Big Mike! Have fun...

A long way from where I started
May 2, 2014 - 12:13pm PT
I was privileged to stay at Ghost at Mari's house last evening.

Privilege was ours. You're welcome anytime.

Have fun down there, and keep the pictures coming.

May 2, 2014 - 12:49pm PT

jyeah! Get after it gentlemen, it's going to be a great trip for you guys!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2014 - 02:56pm PT

Weege tells me they are sills Tad! And yes you must return. I quite enjoyed my visit. Just about to jump in the truck and head off to the ditch now!

Right on Todd! Thanks! Sometimes you gotta work to get back to the stuff you love!! Thank god for ski patrol and modern medicine/gf strong! If not for that i'd still be in a chair. Perhaps permanently.

Phylp, that's the goal!! ;)

Thanks Dave! And thanks for the rad dinner party!!

Too funny W!

I took a couple pics of weege's fantastic house today.

The Kitchen

The Abode


Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
May 2, 2014 - 03:37pm PT
Yabuddy! So Stoked for you guys. Just so ya know my cautionary advice over the past few weeks may have seemed doubtful but it was mostly out of jealousy but also because I wanted to shed light on the hazards of starting up a wall with focus on the destination rather then the journey.

Hope you guys enjoy every minute.

You got this!


Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
May 5, 2014 - 11:54am PT
This is awesome.

Mike, your stoke is so obvious and contagious.

Thanks gang!

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
May 5, 2014 - 12:32pm PT
A sill is just a dike that took the easy way out.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2014 - 12:46am PT
^^^^^^^ lol!!!

Thanks Bruce!

Thanks Luke. You were so right dude. Luckily it all worked out for the best.

We rolled into the Valley on a beautiful friday afternoon.

Bridalveil fall was pumping!

Well more than i've ever witnessed in the fall..

The nose was ready for suitors. We could only find one party.

After assessing the situation in the meadows we retired to our bivy for the evening.


in the face of the fury of the funk
May 7, 2014 - 12:49am PT
Ahhhhhwoooo! Beautiful images Big Mike! Haz fun! Climb hard and safe and strong!
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2014 - 09:52pm PT
Saturday morning Weege and I combined our arsenal to figure out our rack for the nose.

I had yet to witness this sight in person but was none the less amazed as usual...

Yosemite Falls

After we got sorted we headed to the bride for our blast. We saw Mickey and Brian, and they offered to help us with our bags.

I started to put the gear bag on my back and Briham offered to carry it for me! I couldn't pass up that offer. I owe you bigtime man!!

My personal Sherpa and his beautiful girl.

I got the haul team to pose for a photo at the base of pine line

Brian on the left, followed by Mickey's lovely Mother, then whitemeat himself and his awesome father Mark. Chuck d aka Norwegian brought up the big loads!!

I led the first pitch of Pine Line and the 4th class to the base of the nose. The haul wad tough but manageable with my 2:1 set up.

When Chuck arrived i realized that i had forgot my aiders!!

We decided to descend for the night and get a last decent night's sleep before an early start.

I felt like a dumbass..

this just in

north fork
May 7, 2014 - 10:21pm PT
Man, forgot the aiders? That sucks. My brother and I reached the base of Tollhouse once only to realize we left the rope in the truck. F*#k. Great pics and get that toe healed!
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 9, 2014 - 02:08am PT
Ya dude.. It did suck. Now i get checklists!! Lol

Sunday morning was gorgeous.

El cap meadow was very inviting.

We soloed back up the fourth class to the bags. It seemed much easier on the way up then the onsite on the way down... Lol!

As i neared the bags, i started to see dried raspberries poking out everywhere and i knew that was bad....

It seems the rodents had a feast at our expense...

Weege said, fvck this. I'm over this wall sh!t! Let's go freclimbing!!

So we went and did Bishops Terrace.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 9, 2014 - 02:28am PT
Lol, Mike. I think my first several attempts at a wall ended somewhat like that.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 10, 2014 - 02:19am PT

Thanks Wayno! We just need to get focused on the goal and look past all the problems. Next time right Weege??!!!

The daily scene on the way back to the bivy.

With our freeclimbing agenda set, we were stoked! We decided to do Superslide 5.9 which was really fun!

Weege at the first belay.

Looking up at the third pitch.

Weege on the third pitch

Me following the 5th

Photo Chuck V!

May 10, 2014 - 03:21am PT
Sick shots Mike!!

Keep lapping out man! Awesome seeing you get some mileage!

How was royal arches??

Edit- Looking good Norwegian!
Fish Finder

Social climber
May 10, 2014 - 08:52am PT
Big Mike and his Big Toe

sorry I couldnt hook up Big Mike

That damn pass is like and ex girlfriend

its closed

its open

its closed

its open

the last thing I wanna do is get stuck there or have to go the long way

Hope your having the time of your life!!!!!!!

May 10, 2014 - 09:25am PT
Big Mike and Weeg..

Thanks for the stoke. And glad you are both out having fun. It would seem you have both urned it as of late.

Good to see Weeg is out putting a smile on that face.

All the sudden my foot is feeling much better. Not outa the woods yet. Maybe a trip to Squamish this fall unless I am told the conditions suck?

Just maybe though as I wanna go to Cody, Cham, or Newfoundland this winter ice climbing.

Speaking of feet how is the toe?
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 10, 2014 - 02:11pm PT
Ryan, Ra was awesome! But i'm not at that part or the story yet. Lol

Gregg, no worries brother! I understand!! Fickle she is.. I can't wait to see you in fall!

Sansk- sweet dude! It'd be rad to have you come out! Toe is still f*#ked.. Lol.

Going to pat an jack now!
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