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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!

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 10, 2014 - 02:20pm PT
Toe is still f*#ked.. Lol.

I'm right there with you, buddy. I had a major gout attack in my elbow on Sunday-Monday. By Tuesday it hit my toe. The elbow is getting better but the toe is still fukked. I worked through it yesterday and I still have two busy nights ahead. Hurts like hell, but you get used to it somehow. I'm not sure how or why, but we just move forward.

Peace out, Bro.

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
May 10, 2014 - 09:10pm PT
it was a good trip, Big Mike.
a scaled-down version of our goal,

even though we did not achieve the summit of el cap,
our climb encouraged you along a treacherous path
from peril to leading valley cracks.

your progress over the past year is so very commendable;
i doubt that i'd have the resolve to surmount
the obstacles that you have bravely overcome.

we shared some incredible climbs, good food, enjoyable bivies,
and other general valley-dirtbag commodities.

keep up the strong strides in your recovery,
have a good remainder of your trip,
and it was premium to meet you.
Credit: Norwegian


Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
May 10, 2014 - 10:16pm PT
Casa de Weege looks awesome.
Big Mike looking strong.
Great to see you guys having a blast in the Center of the Universe.
Cheers to you both!

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
May 10, 2014 - 10:55pm PT
mike just don't tell them the
part about where i ate all the chocolate
the first day
and constantly drank all of the beer
Big Mike

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2014 - 01:57am PT
That sux Wayno!! At least i'm only going climbing!! Lol

i doubt that i'd have the resolve to surmount
the obstacles that you have bravely overcome.

You do. You have your own obstacles at the moment. You can do this dude. Be strong and keep your family tight.

and it was premium to meet you.

And you sir!! I look forward to our next adventure!!

Joeyf- i'm feeling strong thank you. It was good to help put a smile on weege's face.

He says i re-inspired his love affair with climbing. I'm truly humbled if that is the case, i try and pass off the stoke as much as possible.

Weege, i would never say such things.. But it seems you already did.. Lol. I found some more pistachio toffee in the chocolate covered expresso beans!!

After Superslide Weege was still amped to climb, but i was tired so we went to camp 4 and met our fellow campers.

We met Andy and he was keen to climb, so we headed up to Henley Quits on the Camp 4 wall.

Sentinel from the rock couch

Chuck on Henley Quits.

Andy seems unsure as to why he's holding the rope if chuck wasn't gonna put any gear in... Lol

The next morning we went to El Cap meadow to check out the snow.

Halfdome with snow

I'm currently in North Fork and thisjustin and i are gonna hit up Big Sleep dome in the morning!!

Trad climber
May 12, 2014 - 03:16am PT
Beautiful pic of the captain; amazing how it looks in different light.

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
May 12, 2014 - 03:25am PT
the captain looks like it is exfoliating,
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