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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
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2014 - 06:20pm PT

Thursday since my toe was hooped anyways, i met up with Chuck and fam at the cafeteria.

Tara helped me figure out to do with my toe and gave me some bacteen to keep it clean.

I suggested we go up to glacier point since they'd never been there.

The Weege family at the tunnel overlook.


Ana with Liberty Cap and Nevada falls.


Maki and Halfdome/Liberty/Nevada.


The family V and Yosemite Falls.


I'm jumping on a plane to the PNW now. More on it's way soon!

Thanks for everything Dave and Mari, Chuck & Tara and Justin&Mindy!!

I couldn't have asked for a radder trip!!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
May 15, 2014 - 06:47pm PT
Right on Mike!! We'll be seeing you soon!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2014 - 07:48pm PT
Yeehaw buddy!! Wanna come down to index?? Lol

I forgot to mention both Jeremy and Jordan Ross helped make my vacation rad too!!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
May 15, 2014 - 08:24pm PT
I wish Mike, was just down there that way the other day actually.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2014 - 08:36pm PT
I heard you went bouldering!!
Katiekorn

Sport climber
May 16, 2014 - 10:29am PT
Credit: Katiekorn

Andy and I climbed snake dike on Wednesday... Here is Andy at the top

Credit: Katiekorn
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2014 - 10:35am PT
Ya Katie!! Nice! Glad to hear you guys got it done!! So cool to meet you girl! Keep climbing! You have the right attitude to go far in this crazy sport!

Tell that fvcking limey who just fingered me, Thanks for everything and hopefully i'll see both of you guys in squamish soon!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2014 - 02:08pm PT
Friday was a day I had waited for a long time. My toe was still hooped but there was no way I wasn't going to climb Royal Arches that day.

Ever since i had looked at the topo and read the history of this climb I had secretly lusted after it. I know it's only 5.7 and there is a lot of fourth class on the lower half, but it's in such an amazing setting and i love running up easy climbs!

Me at the fourth pitch belay


After i finished this pitch i brought Andy up and the next party wasn't far behind. After Andy set off i chatted with the leader a bit and asked if we were slowing them up.

"Naw, it's all good" he replied "I'm just stoked i can keep up with a party of two with these two followers!"

I told him it probably wouldn't be hard to keep up with a crack noob and a paraplegic... Lol

Here he is on the next pitch.


When we reached the next belay he asked if i was Big Mike. I said "Ya, who are you??"

"The other Ed H" he replied.. Obviously he put 2 and 2 together... Lol

We made good time until the pendulum where we ran into an extremely slow party.

When Andy got to the belay, i said "it's lunchtime buddy!" So we ate on the nice ledge.


The views up there are nothing short of stunning..

Other ed h reaching the traverse belay.

Andy on the second to last pitch before the raps.


What a day! Can't wait to take Sandra up it and hit the pools next time!!
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