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Sanskara

climber
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
BC
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!
Wayno

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.
Norwegian

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



JOEY.F

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!
Norwegian

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
BC
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!!
johntp

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

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

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2014 - 11:35am PT
Thx John! I love seeing the captain in all it's different colors!

Sprock- it is! Lol

After a nice shower at currie we headed back to c4. We ran into Andy on his way to currie himself and chuck convinced him to go climbing.

I was a little skeptical since i had been promised a rest day, but chuck said it was a "short" approach and this rig sounded heinous so i just had to see it.

Turns out Chuck didn't exactly know where he was going.. Lol

Looking up at Royal Arches (? Is that also the name of the arches or just the climb next to them??)


After half an hour thrashing along the wall at the base of the arches, the parapalegic finally fell on his ass and got a little frustrated before he actually showed up at the base of the climb.. Lol

10:96 (10d) did indeed look Heinous.


Chuck getting into the maw


After we went to the village and the falls were pumping!!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
May 12, 2014 - 05:58pm PT
Nice!!!
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 12, 2014 - 06:12pm PT
Big Mike..... One super good guy, Thank you for finding my friend Katie a partner.

I got a two word txt from her.... "I'm stoked"... was all it said.


THX

Guy Keesee



Sanskara

climber
May 12, 2014 - 06:46pm PT
Awesome photos!

More, even if they are the shitty ones we don't care port em up. So long as they are not pictures of the Romey's vacation to the valley dog on roof and all we font care.

It's climbing!

Been very carefully walking around without my boot the last couple days. I actually just put it back on fir the first time in 24 hrs. I'm still using crutches but I have walked on both feet clear across the house more times than I can count now and slept either it off!

I can smell the rock again. Provide more stoke before I get some stupid idea to get a full time job now that I'm used to not climbing every day and see I won't melt or hang myself..
Relic

Social climber
Weenie
May 13, 2014 - 03:01am PT
DID YOU GET TO CLIMB HENLEY QUITS AND 10.96 MIKE? ??????

BAD-ASS!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!!1!
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
May 13, 2014 - 10:12am PT
mike i'm still brewing the
last of that pinon-nut flavored coffee that we bought;
anna and maki were dropping complaints
all morning in report to
the overwhelming fragrance dominating our scene.

so i told them about the first morning
there in the sand-lot....

it was my first experience with these coffee grounds
so i added a 'little' extra to the press pot
because i hate weak coffee,
charged the dragonfly
and poured scalding hot water
over the grounds,

sat content in that merced river canyon
during the steep.

then i poured you a cup
and thrust it in thru your tent door,
and i remember your
look of astonishment as that
scent and sharp taste
attacked your fragile
canadian palate
and you downed it like a man
though i could tell that
you wished it was a gently
cup of tea with sugar and cream
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
May 13, 2014 - 10:12am PT
mike i'm still brewing the
last of that pinon-nut flavored coffee that we bought;
anna and maki were dropping complaints
all morning in report to
the overwhelming fragrance dominating our scene.

so i told them about that first morning
there in the sand-lot....

it was my first experience with these coffee grounds
so i added a 'little' extra to the press pot
because i hate weak coffee,
charged the dragonfly
and poured scalding hot water
over the grounds,

sat content in that merced river canyon
during the steep.

then i poured you a cup
and thrust it in thru your tent door,
and i remember your
look of astonishment as that
scent and sharp taste
attacked your fragile
canadian palate
and you downed it like a man
though i could tell that
you wished it was a gently
cup of tea with sugar and cream
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
May 13, 2014 - 10:15am PT
that sounds like a pretty sweet morning coffee experience
not all canadian palates are fragile!
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
May 13, 2014 - 11:49am PT
Great pics, Big Mike. Looks like a great trip!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 13, 2014 - 12:24pm PT
Just cuz.
Post 420.
Live it up bro.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - May 14, 2014 - 12:57pm PT
I got a two word txt from her.... "I'm stoked"... was all it said.

Ya Guy!! I'm stoked too. Katie is rad and it was super fun to hang out with her. I hope her and Andy hook up! Lol

More, even if they are the shitty ones we don't care port em up. So long as they are not pictures of the Romey's vacation to the valley dog on roof and all we font care.

They're coming!! This is just a cursory teaser version. I just don't have time to dedicate to crafting the tale at the moment. Gotta save some bangers for the TR bro!!

Great to hear you're getting back on your feet!


Relic- you would think that wouldn't you?? Lol let's go for a beer when i get home and you can get the spraydown in person! Lol

Twas a strong cup indeed Chuck. I never professed to be much of a coffee drinker.. Lol

It sure woke me up tho!! Say hi to Ana and Maki for me! They will be making an appearance here shortly!


that sounds like a pretty sweet morning coffee experience
not all canadian palates are fragile!


Lol. I'm a pussy... Lol you should roll with chuck sometime Anita! He brews a good cup and gives a solid belay!

Thanks Phylp!! It's not over yet!!

Jefe, i love your style bro! Gonna have to come visit you and do an Arizona tr one of these days!! Sounds like feb is a good time to come?

Wednesday morning Chuck's family showed up, so he hung with them, but was gracious enough to drop Andy and I off at Manure Pile so we could do after six.

Andy on p3 after six


Looking over at east buttress



We walked back after because no one would pick us up.. Lol that's when my toe got destroyed..

Andy was still keen to climb when we got back so we went bouldering.

Andy sending the Glass Pyramid Arete V0
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