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Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 20, 2012 - 10:21pm PT
Ya don't hafta buy a tool like the one that did that. They rent them, too.
Just sayin'.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Nov 20, 2012 - 10:44pm PT
Buy them, rent them. A thief would steal one, which means there's probably a legitimate working guy somewhere who is missing a saw right now.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2012 - 10:47pm PT
It seems to me its amazing anything at all survives from the past.

coming for you next.

i need a liver.

phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 20, 2012 - 11:01pm PT
Jim Hefner, that is so generous of you. The Access Fund could probably coordinate that (an escrow fund) with the BLM for you and whomever else wants to contribute. I would chip in. I know they have an established relationship with the Bishop BLM.

I'll let you know what I hear back. It's the start of the Holiday period so if I don't hear anything I'll try to call them on Monday.
Phyl
10b4me

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 21, 2012 - 01:46am PT
Thanks Jim.
dirtbag

climber
Nov 21, 2012 - 02:07am PT
Oh God, this makes me sick...
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Nov 21, 2012 - 02:55am PT
Jim, I'll match that.

Us old sailors have to stick together!

I've emailed the BLM on how to coordinate.

Ken Murray
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Nov 21, 2012 - 03:04am PT
Hey everybody, the access fund will be accepting donations through a fund started by a bay area climber.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/492810737418951/

The Bishop climbing community is very upset about this as all of you are. We hope this effort shows the BLM and locals that we (climbers) are able and willing to help protect the fragile area.


Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Nov 21, 2012 - 07:42am PT
I just received this in my inbox this morning:

"In the absence of the sacred, nothing is sacred, everything is for sale."
    Oren Lyons, ONONDAGA

The Elders often say that when something is sacred it has spiritual value. You'll hear, on the Earth there are sacred spots. You'll hear, our ceremonies are sacred, our children are sacred, marriage is sacred. When something is sacred it means it's so holy you can't attach a value to it. Therefore, it's not for sale. It's an insult to suggest buying something sacred. On the other hand, if we look at it differently, as there is no sacred land, ceremonies are not sacred, our children are not sacred, etc., then everything is for sale. Sacredness creates spiritual space. Sacredness makes things holy. Sacredness shows respect for God.

Great Spirit, let me honor things that are sacred.

Hoping that the vandals are caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law, they will have to atone for this on many levels.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Nov 21, 2012 - 08:06am PT
What do they think they're going to do with these carvings? Do people buy this stuff like stolen art? If it were worth any amount of money, the buyer would easily see on the internet that its hot. Who would even want something like this? It's just evidence you committed a crime.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Nov 21, 2012 - 08:45am PT
I knew people would start upping the ante with the reward money. I see the tribe has kicked in an additional grand already. This was just too big an operation to keep totally off the radar. Someone will rat out the chopper if the reward is big enough

Jason (or anyone).. you should re-post later with a direct link once they get the kinks worked out with Access Fund and there is a direct link.

Side story about rewards: A buddy of mine works here in the Santa Monicas tracking the native cats. One of their radio-collared mountain lions showed up dead with the head cut off and the collar missing. Locals were pissed and started chipping in reward money, which eventually got over $10,000.00. The irony was that the hunter could have made bank if they had a buddy turn them in. The penalty for killing the lion was only a $1500.00 fine.

By comparison, this theft at the Tablelands is a much bigger deal and has really hit a nerve with the general public. The media coverage is world-wide, so I'm anticipating a pretty fat reward fund once they get the ball rolling.
Jim Hefner

climber
La Verne, CA
Nov 21, 2012 - 09:48am PT
I'm happy to hear Access Fund is gonna help and this community is going to step up. Money, time, communications, word of mouth, etc.: It's all worthwhile.

Also, Ken, thanks for the assist!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:01am PT
I'm willing to bet the perps were some dirtbag locals desperate for cash.
James Wilcox

Boulder climber
The Coast
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:38am PT
Justthemaid pointed out the real issue. The reward the BLM offered is rather low, most likely because they know that even if the thieves are caught and convicted the penalties are rather low.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:07am PT
"I'm willing to bet the perps were some dirtbag locals desperate for cash."

You are kidding, right? That would be a big blow to the already strained relations of the local climbers with the community. I highly doubt it.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:34am PT
Chinchen...."dirtbags" is a common reference to skaliwags of all walks of life.

I wasn't thinking climbers.....more like some lazy ne'rdowells looking for dollars.
ruppell

climber
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:40am PT
Cragman

The point is none of us want to hear talk of it being locals. Do you really think that some rich collector made friends with some local scum then offered some cash for the taking of the glyphs? More likely out of towners. Either way it sucks and the chances of catching these guys is pretty low. Their is a five week window on when the thefts could have occurred according to the Register.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:42am PT
ruppell, I would certainly hope it was NOT locals...but the local economy here is SO desperate....it absolutely would not surprise me.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:54am PT
I received a reply back from the Access Fund. They are already in communication with Bishop locals, the BLM, and the person who started the indiegogo account.

I can't speak for the Access Fund, but we should be hearing from them very soon after the end of the Holiday weekend about how this is all moving forward.

Stay tuned.

Phyl
ruppell

climber
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:56am PT
Crag

With all the theories floating around right now it could easily be turned into a b grade thriller/horror movie. lol Maybe we should write a screenplay. Get (insert washed up has-beens name here) to star and we could really help out the local economy.
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