Two Brits need ride from J-Tree to LA on Nov. 23rd or 24th


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Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 17, 2012 - 04:18pm PT
OK Russ is right. Pains me to admit it but, yes, he is right.

I get that a lot...

Strong work there JStan taking care of them fellahs.
susan peplow

Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2012 - 04:22pm PT
It is painful yes! I have to tell Russ he's right all the time. Worse yet, that generally means I'm mistaken.

That's super nice of you JStan, you'll like these cats. Young boys headed to America for climbing adventures they've only read about. Sam's parent's are also climbers. His Dad has this habit of buying guidebooks for new areas in hopes they'll go. Guess their parents went to Greece last year.

The young lads may have a back-up plan or something in the works. I saw them on Thursday and they were still uncertain so any visit from you I'm sure is welcome. Please pass onto them the others who have met them in their travels and wished them well.

I dropped them some PG Tips bags so maybe they'll offer you a cup of tea during your visit.


Social climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 04:22pm PT

"I will go up to HVCG later today. Site 29.

If I pick them up at HVCG at like 7AM we can reach P/S airport easily by 9AM."

You're to going personally pick them up and take them???...

Talk about doing a good deed...

You've gone from CLIMBING IDOL...

to SAINT in my book!!!...


Damned cool of you Jstan...


Nov 17, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
Someday I will have to tell my Jimmy Rasinowitz story. Then it will be clear what is going on here.

I'll check the place that cannot be named but it should be clean as a whistle.

Social climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 04:26pm PT

At least a CASE of "Teddy Bears" is in order!!!...


Trad climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 04:30pm PT
Thanks everyone for helping these boys out. Word gets around, and the postings here have real-world impact.

A friend of mine who is down there right now (German, on his own journey of discovery around the Southwest but with an even tighter schedule), says that he walked into the climbing shop with Sam and Tristan today or yesterday, and it took less than 5 minutes for the person working there to say "Hey, aren't you the guys looking for a ride to LA?"

So thanks to Susan for posting up, to everyone who contributed, and especially to jstan for stepping up to the plate.
susan peplow

Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2012 - 04:46pm PT
Thanks GG but no thanks necessary. We're a community regardless of geography.

The boys are actually aware of the Pit. When I picked them up and said they were headed to JTree they didn't really have a bivy spot in mind. I knew just where to bring them!

I gave them the tour of town and run-down of where things are at. Laundrette, Nomads, Library, Pie for the People along with Happy Hour pricing, and various other vegetarian eateries. After which I dumped them at the Pit with the established set of rules and asked them to pass them along to any other visitor. The place was clean and deserted, they respectfully asked if they could have a fire and I said sure, the last of that fence-wood is really dwindling down.

We went over the benefits of the Pit being so close to town and free but ultimately their goal is to climb so into the Park they went where they have more independence to get around. They were also happy to hear of the Climbers Coffee on Saturday mornings, guess they really enjoyed that while in the Valley.

Anywhoo, looks like they're making friends all across the West many of which from the ST family. Hopefully they'll read this and post up of their adventures after getting home.


Social climber
chicago ill
Nov 17, 2012 - 04:47pm PT
Well you've done it again Soooooooze. Good job!
By the way i need a ride from Mammoth lakes to East Weems, England tomorrow.

Social climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 06:16pm PT


don't be so offended by the crap I and others post here...

It's all in fun...

Albeit a little "Out there" at times...



Shouldn't take too long to realize that you're not dealing with the most STABLE crowd of people here...

aka "Climbers"...



Nov 17, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
Just talked to Sam and gave him all the bus schedules and one itinerary that works. They could get to P/S by bus but it would involve unknowns. They will call me if they don't need me to help.
Also stopped at "that place". Still looking clean though the wind blew one of the tables over. One of the legs needs another couple of screws.

Way to go Sooze! It does leave a good feeling to be part of something like this.

Sooze is a champ.

Trad climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 08:02pm PT
You're to going personally pick them up and take them???...

yeah, john is self-aggrandizing again.

Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 18, 2012 - 02:24am PT
Bravo, jstan!

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 19, 2012 - 10:05am PT
Murcy and I stopped by their site to see if they needed any supplies but no one was home at 5 pm. Good luck, guys.

Nov 23, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
Tristan and Sam arrived at Amtrak's bus stop at the Palm Springs airport at 8:30AM Friday. In plenty of time for the 9AM bus to Union Station. They wanted you all to know they encountered incredible hospitality throughout their whole trip, but that Sooze appeared just when they needed her. They thought JT most incredible for both its beauty and the climbing. They regretted having to leave but said, "We'll be back."

I told them to try and make it to Yosemite later in September so as to be there for Facelift, the biggest happening this side of Mars.


I told them my Jimmy Rasinowitz story. What I did does not even begin to pay back what I owe Jim

Trad climber
Nov 23, 2012 - 02:19pm PT
John Stannard - you ARE the man! What a nice thing you did, getting those guys to the bus.


Social climber
Nov 23, 2012 - 02:32pm PT
Good on ya, Jstan!

Now those guys have to spread the love when they get home and let JStan stay on their couch during a Griststone trip, I think!

Nov 23, 2012 - 02:57pm PT
Bravo Sooze and Jstan.

P.S. I would like to hear the Jimmy Rasinowitz story.

Trad climber
Nov 27, 2012 - 03:22am PT
Glad to hear that the Brits made it back in one piece. The last I heard, they were down to barely the cost of the greyhound ticket, so your ride came just in time.

I'll see if I can encourage them to post up some of their adventures. It sounds like they met some real characters out here.

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Nov 27, 2012 - 04:15am PT
Yes bravo and well done.

And I too would like to hear the Jimmy Rasinowitz story.

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Nov 27, 2012 - 05:04am PT
Good Job Jstan! You're the man and a treasure to our climbing community here.
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