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zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Sep 15, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
After watching Eric above, I'm wondering if he should maybe pick up the Wild Animals for his backup like Dick Dale used to do.

Might give him an energy boost, though maybe he prefers Ensure.

In any event, he sang about being young when he was, so keeping like things grouped with likes, shouldn't he be singing about that Old Man River?

You don't find Aretha still demanding Respect now do you?


Phantom X

Trad climber
Honeycomb Hideout
Sep 15, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
Has anyone seen Mama Cass?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 15, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
Two goofy-looking rednecks.  So glad not to be Canuckians.
Two goofy-looking rednecks. So glad not to be Canuckians.
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U.S. dollars on the ceiling.
U.S. dollars on the ceiling.
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Ya might could be a reading radish, too, were this Sesame STreet and n...
Ya might could be a reading radish, too, were this Sesame STreet and not the Taco.
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Lots of brown-necked rednecks in California.  Chula Vista's still part...
Lots of brown-necked rednecks in California. Chula Vista's still part of the state. I know about the secession movemiento. Move to Texas with that crap.
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Word for the day could be vituperation, or in Mexican, vituperio, or in Canadian, bitterness and abusiveness in expressing oneself.

I'm just bummed not to be out in the hills, still. We had such a good time and BOTH of us appreciated the break, especially because we were armed!
Shooting the moon.  Better lead it a lot more, man.
Shooting the moon. Better lead it a lot more, man.
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Guns 'n' Roses AND Metallica!
Guns 'n' Roses AND Metallica!
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But hardly dangerous. C'mon, you know me...
The drop.  I got it.
The drop. I got it.
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It all comes together some days.
It all comes together some days.
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Say yay there!
Say yay there!
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 15, 2013 - 03:17pm PT
I have the Eagles' word for it that they had Elliot Stew for dinner la...
I have the Eagles' word for it that they had Elliot Stew for dinner last night!
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Trust me.  Hey, I trust in the Eagles...but only every other day, real...
Trust me. Hey, I trust in the Eagles...but only every other day, really. They tend to be flighty and have been know to eat rodents.
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Above the Merced River from above.  No doves were seen, nor no dives n...
Above the Merced River from above. No doves were seen, nor no dives neither. Just this boring soaring.
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We shot at no Byrds, either.

And it's not legal to shoot within 500' of utility poles, according to Geo LaF. Cuz bad sh#t happens when we do.

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zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Sep 15, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
phantom x
Why? Is she missing?
If so, did she have any metalon her person, like an ax?

mfm
Have you ever considered teaming up with Mary Tyler Moore to become

mfmmtm? (I believe Dick VD is still missing, so he's not gonna mind).

As we used to say down in Lucky Towne - LSMFT.



Has anyone seen Diana, Coleen, Cindy or Jo-Ann?

Why didn't anyone see firing away from the perch he worked diligently to get up to? Illegal maybe?

Can a photonic relationship with ants and mosquitos be lasting.

Probably, until death do us a part.











mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 15, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
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"It was always Dennis who was the manliest among us."--from the interview

"Who is Millis?"--Steve Grossman

And the real reason we were on the road yesterday, Old Man Merced.
Bagby, looking upstream.
Bagby, looking upstream.
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View upstream from the south bank.
View upstream from the south bank.
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We are now using this recreation site.  It is a seven dollar use fee p...
We are now using this recreation site. It is a seven dollar use fee per day, with an Iron Ranger to administrate this. We bartered for trash pick-up.
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To Coulterville.  Otay!!!!
To Coulterville. Otay!!!!
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Bagby Bridge, as it is played today, is harder to master than the old ...
Bagby Bridge, as it is played today, is harder to master than the old style, even though it only has one deck. for example, "One no Trump, raise a Simon Cowell." How can you do this with only 52 cards? It's counter-intuitive.
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My curiosity has been satisfied about the drought conditions. Well, you can see for yourselves how low Lake McClure has become.

There is more than one reason behind the massive demonstration of demolition being displayed by the damned Rim Fire, but this is a primary one: lack of moisture in the area in general.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 15, 2013 - 07:18pm PT
C-L-A-S-S, you got to give me another glass...I dropped that one, don'...
C-L-A-S-S, you got to give me another glass...I dropped that one, don't cut yourself...I'll do that, baby.--Yung Aretha
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And for my next number, I'm gonna do the Noah bit by my pal Bill Cosby...
And for my next number, I'm gonna do the Noah bit by my pal Bill Cosby. "Right."
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In the Magnolia, sugar, in the Jeffrey Hotel, Coulterville.
In the Magnolia, sugar, in the Jeffrey Hotel, Coulterville.
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Some places in Mariposa you need a Jumpin' Willys in four-wheel drive.
Mariposa County, Fremont Grant.
Mariposa County, Fremont Grant.
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John?  Don't know Jack.
John? Don't know Jack.
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Old Fart at play at Fort Fremont.  Fort Getaboutit, Fortmental!
Old Fart at play at Fort Fremont. Fort Getaboutit, Fortmental!
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It's "Say hey sayonara, Mr. Miyagi," if you fall over backwards, Georg...
It's "Say hey sayonara, Mr. Miyagi," if you fall over backwards, George!
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 15, 2013 - 07:55pm PT
Dry land swim time.  All swim.  Half-an-hour.  Hey, it's a ghost town,...
Dry land swim time. All swim. Half-an-hour. Hey, it's a ghost town, it's ghost water. Tell it to MID.
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I did the shimmy shimmy
Then I did the twist
Now I do the swim
And you spell it like this
S-W-I-M

Come on, baby, take a chance
Losers drown and winners dance

We're doing the S-W-I-M, whoa
--Bobby Freeman, 1964

Unconfirmed photo evidence of "Hopsquatch's" ability to walk on water.
Unconfirmed photo evidence of "Hopsquatch's" ability to walk on water.
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Hopsquatch alert!
Unconfirmed, probably damned to hell, despite baptism, "Hopsquatch" ra...
Unconfirmed, probably damned to hell, despite baptism, "Hopsquatch" races out of camera range.
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Down on Main STream, Mouse has refused to wash Pat's car and must pay ...
Down on Main STream, Mouse has refused to wash Pat's car and must pay with extra drill for his morital sin...
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 15, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
"The time is four o'clock and twenty minutes, exactly."--one lady who ...
"The time is four o'clock and twenty minutes, exactly."--one lady who actually knew the answer to life's most-asked question (RIP)
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The Time Lady on the Telephone pretty much as I imagined her as a kid ...
The Time Lady on the Telephone pretty much as I imagined her as a kid in the fifties.
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"I baptize thee Mickey," saith Mouse.  "You taste like sh#t, but you h...
"I baptize thee Mickey," saith Mouse. "You taste like sh#t, but you hit like a man!"
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Baby Mickey.  Big for his age.  Forty oz.
Baby Mickey. Big for his age. Forty oz.
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If you're vewwy, vewwy stiw and quiet, you can heah the wippwing water wolling down MY WEG!!!"

Shade's nice.  Quite a large parasol we have here, Monsieur Nestspa.  ...
Shade's nice. Quite a large parasol we have here, Monsieur Nestspa. I hear they're larger in France? The bridges, I mean...
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An RV on the span.
An RV on the span.
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Notice the wear pattern on the pillar?  Gets windy down in the canyon.
Notice the wear pattern on the pillar? Gets windy down in the canyon.
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A marker, totally hangin' out with no job, no prospects.  Lots in comm...
A marker, totally hangin' out with no job, no prospects. Lots in common with many of us on the Taco.
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Pillars of society. Notice the cruddy dried mud on this one?

Sowwy, campers. It's weawy spiders' webs.
It's not muck.  It's not really cruddy at all.
It's not muck. It's not really cruddy at all.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 15, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
More pillars of society.  Electricity.
More pillars of society. Electricity.
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A sighting of a George sighting something.  Exciting!
A sighting of a George sighting something. Exciting!
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After all this time, the remains of one of the Yosemite Valley RR grad...
After all this time, the remains of one of the Yosemite Valley RR grade's trestles...still remain.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 15, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
For comparison.  I can't find a name for the gulchwich the Golden Chai...
For comparison. I can't find a name for the gulchwich the Golden Chain Highway follows, but I know it doesn't use Mayo on it. This is the view looking up thatwich we descended on the 49 from.

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Not much of the downtown is left.  Kinda like a lot of places.
Not much of the downtown is left. Kinda like a lot of places.
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Like Merced? "It all ended here."--new (temporary) slogan for Bagby Boosters
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Sep 15, 2013 - 10:17pm PT
Aren't there serpents in the Merced River?



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 15, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Very hard, very hard.  And obdurate is the word of the millennuimum at...
Very hard, very hard. And obdurate is the word of the millennuimum at Bagby, despite the temporary situation of the last several hundred years.
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Hard Rock Mine rock.
Another marker that can't hold down a fookin' job!
Another marker that can't hold down a fookin' job!
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"...opposing it uptowers Lacinia's headland unto Juno dear, the height...
"...opposing it uptowers Lacinia's headland unto Juno dear, the heights of Caulon--Virgil, Aeneid
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And then we go all low-brow on you.  "Sparkle Plenty and Gravel Gertie...
And then we go all low-brow on you. "Sparkle Plenty and Gravel Gertie."
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This is not a joke.

Low-brow, high-brow, we all enjoy a Lowenbrau.

And some enjoy a class of climbing called Second Class.

The "Unroped Ascent" of the northern-facing Bagby Parking Lot.

It is a direttissima under ideal conditions.

It's coming, it's coming. I need to eat.

Pickle with that?
Pickle with that?
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Join me? Wiley made this.

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The utensils are clean.

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We have no fish, since we snatch and release hereabouts. Mostly.

In answer two of your question about serps, I assert that not a single ssserpent has dared to cross the path of Mus musc. since I have begun my roundabout tours. No Roctalus, no non-venomousesss nasties, neither.

Here's my so-called "Secret."
Musnotbee Magic deroderant.  Nice and specially made for me by an Ojib...
Musnotbee Magic deroderant. Nice and specially made for me by an Ojibway lady. If they can't smell ya, they can't catch ya. I seem quicker, but I'm not. They can't tell where I am, but I know where they are.
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It's just like Zog's, it's not for everyone.

zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Sep 15, 2013 - 11:03pm PT


Jason Strohmenger, an employee with the California Department of Fish and Game, takes a California king snake out from beneath a boulder the department was moving next to the San Joaquin River near Gustine Tuesday morning. The snake was moved by Strohmenger to a safer place where the water wouldn’t drown it. MARCI STENBERG — Merced Sun-Star

I wonder if that snake ended up in the Merced River? And where did the boulder end up, Colorado?


Uh-oh. The Turlock/Merced/Gustine Triangle, snakes, Kings, drownings, Jason (where were the Argonauts?).

I wonder too, if Mr. Strohmeyer might have moved that snake to safer place where it would not be drowned in boiling fat instead. The so-called California King fry.




mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 15, 2013 - 11:18pm PT
"Marci gets all the good shots. She's a pro, but I know mo' 'bout snakes and reaction time than she knows about sh-shutter speed. Be-itch."--Ms. Melonsulker
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2013 - 05:02am PT
Day Trip to Camp Katie Perry.

The LIFE magazine with Gary Cooper's photo on the cover had this preparedness for war feature.
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Amid all the strife surrounding automatics and semi-automatics and all the grief and groaning over Syria, most people still go about all their lives with little or no exposure to the smell of burnt gunpowder.
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This is a shame and a pity but they should have grown up in the city, learnin' 'bout country ways...

"Sweet Martha Lorraine...
She's the one who give us all those magical things...
One of the angel band...with the power to become a man..."--Country Joe

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And back in your grampa's day, there was no shortage of brass, though the production of bras suffered some in the war to end democracy.

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One thing never changes, though, and that would be the fact that you need to squint one eye to shoot. Some of us can't hold down the right eye or the right job, either.

No one told Annie Oakley that she shot like a girl.

But the question is, "Why should they tell anyone that?"

It's stupid.

Country craft nearly forgotten today is the bending bob wire into shap...
Country craft nearly forgotten today is the bending bob wire into shapes from nature. Here's one for that glass-staining maid down in the Valley, who climbs like a girl...
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A mouse on a wire.
That crawlin' king snake might be thinkin' how he hates muddy waters.

He might could be thinkin' LIKE Mucky Waters, the "Serpent of the Blues," that he don't want to go back to Cali.

"Go back? What I want to go back fo'?"

Colorado does its level best to send its boulders down to Mexico.

Bussing our boulders to out-of-state sites is stupid, too.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2013 - 05:56am PT
This is one slick rock.  It's granite, and weighs nearly a stone.  I b...
This is one slick rock. It's granite, and weighs nearly a stone. I brought it home and gave it a bath when I cleaned up my shoes, which were a mess.
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And then, since he wasn't hungry, he sat in the good chair and commune...
And then, since he wasn't hungry, he sat in the good chair and communed with the five-year-old Bevin who now lives in Brooklyn. He said they both agreed SToneybrook-in-NY's a good school, but Brown U. has better buildering potential.
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How to treat your expensive approach footgear.  Wash them in the water...
How to treat your expensive approach footgear. Wash them in the waters of your favorite river, tramp through fields of foxtails, and traipse through piles of dust. Then rinse thoroughly and dry them out upside-down. A fan speeds up the process.
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When drying yer boots, put them outdoors. If not possible, put them in the bathroom and turn on the ventilator fan! I had to do this.

It's like spending the night in a tent when it's raining, otherwise.

Word for the day: redolent.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2013 - 08:31am PT
More on ballistics using found objects to demonstrate physics.
Found object, Bagby.
Found object, Bagby.
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Replaced in situ.
Found object, Bagby.
Found object, Bagby.
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Hauled out.
Small woody found object, Bagby.
Small woody found object, Bagby.
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Left to rot.
Found object, Bagby.
Found object, Bagby.
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Replaced, but further away from the water. No idea what this is or if it's even authentically Bagby junk. Some old boy might have dropped it off the bridge one hot dusty day.
Object found in Merced on the BNSF tracks on Labor Day weekend.  I bro...
Object found in Merced on the BNSF tracks on Labor Day weekend. I brought this along to compare it with any YVRR spikes, which are square-headed, not roundy like these.
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This is my image of the image most non-climbers hold of a "piton," tha...
This is my image of the image most non-climbers hold of a "piton," that ancient climbing tool from the Golden Age. A great heavy spike of iron.
Credit: BigNoseSillyFun (BNSF)
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Spike number one, away!
The second spike hit this rock and did a Rich O'Shay-right, a move fro...
The second spike hit this rock and did a Rich O'Shay-right, a move from 3-D version of Riverdance, which is a sequel to Son of Prince of Bel Redundance.
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The object is in the upper left quadrant of the target rock.
Spike One is clearly seen in this Merced River channel.  Click to enla...
Spike One is clearly seen in this Merced River channel. Click to enlarge.
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Splashdown, number two object!
View upstream from the middle of the span.
View upstream from the middle of the span.
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No witnesses to our madness. Just STFU, and the RR won't find out I have a stash of spikes to sell at FACELIFT to the tourons. It's apparently fine-able and prosecutable to take their iron from their tracks. They manage to leave a lot of iron behind (for ballast, maybe, or don't care, likely) when they replace ties.

Droppin' sh#t from great heights, like peeing from great heights on your enemies or trundling boulders, is stimulating and not a readily-available experience.

Things go down hills naturally, and not up them. We unbalance nature by climbing, but what goes up must come down, so it don't mean sh#t what we do IN THE LONG RUN.

But some folks get panty-twist just thinking about litter and sleds and dead bodies. Just toss 'em down the slope and hope for the best rest possible, I say.

"Why spend time here when I could be climbing?" you purists might ask.

I don't know the answer to that. You'll have to work it out by yourself.

Or read on. Maybe you'll learn something.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2013 - 08:31am PT
As for MYSELF, I did a climb when I was there, so the point is moot as far as it concerns me.

I'll show you.

It was Class Two, not second class, mate, if you don't know the nomenclature.
You need good shoes for the terrain. This was mixed riverbed and foxtail field and choss slope. But I sent it with no trouble, mostly due to proper footwear from La Sportiva.

Very nice route and direct, too. I have an idea it's been repeated often in drought conditions. Otherwise it's covered by the lake water, duh.
The route is obvious from the moment you come out of the water from th...
The route is obvious from the moment you come out of the water from the ford.
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The string of orange floats looks like a serpent. Ooooh! I'm so scared!
Make sure your shoes are tied on tight in case you meet a snake.
Make sure your shoes are tied on tight in case you meet a snake.
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The easy stuff is over.  Right on line, though.
The easy stuff is over. Right on line, though.
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It looks steep, but the footing is sound.  The weeds are just dry as h...
It looks steep, but the footing is sound. The weeds are just dry as hell and no hindrance. Crunch, crackle, snap and pop. In your stride!
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Nearly a third of the way already!



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2013 - 09:22am PT
Oh!  My stays and garters!  Crolactus been here very recently.  He can...
Oh! My stays and garters! Crolactus been here very recently. He can't smell me, though. I'm using the magic of the 'jibway people. It's like a portable anchor, but we don't use anchors on Class Two.
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I'm wearing my St. Chris, too, so no problem here, just a bit of a thrill!
Looking back down the route.  I began it at the gravel ford and crosse...
Looking back down the route. I began it at the gravel ford and crossed the quiet water and made a bee-line to the log lying across the line. Direttissima is the least variation on a straight line to the summit, whether Class Two or Class Six.
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A snake is hardly an obstacle, let alone a silly line in the dirt.

Frankly, I was having more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

A barrel of monkeys floated down the Merced.
One of the crew was heard to have said,
"Something's not right and we may meet our fate--
That's Merced Falls up ahead--stop going straight!

This is the meat of the route.  Do it in style, with no hands, just ba...
This is the meat of the route. Do it in style, with no hands, just balancing up on your soles and keeping the slope from moving under your weight.
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This is easier with ski poles, but that's like using chalk on a Class 5 route under my personal code of Class 2 rednecky ethics.
This is the voie normale, au gauche.  But I went diredtly over the top...
This is the voie normale, au gauche. But I went diredtly over the top of the float and it was not hard, just exposed. NO HANDS WERE USED, NO EGOS WERE ABUSED, I GOT EVEN MORE ENTHUSED--about being there. Oh, mamma!
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"Oh, mamma! Does this really have to end?"--Thx, Bob.
The hardware used to connect the floats.  It was safe to have checked ...
The hardware used to connect the floats. It was safe to have checked the moorings of the orange obstacle, as the great Nestspa warns in his treatise on the Lower Classses of Alpinissssm.
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Proper footgear means a better chance of a safe ascent and a happy out...
Proper footgear means a better chance of a safe ascent and a happy outcome. Don't be stupid and wear tennies on choss."--WBraun, or words to that effect
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The last section, Mr. Donini, is the hardest section.  Don't worry.  W...
The last section, Mr. Donini, is the hardest section. Don't worry. When life looks like this, sing some Grateful Dead song. Uncle John's Band is good.
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The summit slope.  It is tempting to sidle off to one or the other sid...
The summit slope. It is tempting to sidle off to one or the other side. This is not the way to finish a direct line, obviously. Go for it!
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Your goal at long last!  No symbols were used in the making of this st...
Your goal at long last! No symbols were used in the making of this story until now, really. If you thought you saw something like that, you are commended. I must have missed them.
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