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ladyscarlett

Trad climber
SF Bay Area, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 19, 2012 - 02:01pm PT
It was going to be another stolen day, and I sure needed it.

But then again, I need all the days, stolen, blessed, rewarded, schemed...I need all the days I get out there.

I was my first step into the new winter cold season and the cold has eternally been a war I'll always lose, and yet I battle every single time, as if one day, ONE DAY, I will not be hindered by the cold that continues to cripple me at every opportunity.

After all, I am a delicate petal.

On this stolen day, I learned that it's not always about the layers I choose to pack, or the warm weather gear I'm hauling to the base of the climb. Sometimes, these battles can be won simply by choosing the right territory...

And so, I found myself basking in the sun, high by the side of a mountain, with pleasurable views all around...





And yeah, I double checked...it WAS that hot as we all got gently toasted to a golden brown.

Oh man, the rock was warm under the hand, solid under the feet, lumpy in all the right ways, blocky and solid whenever I needed it to be.

The leading looked steep!



Guess he felt like he had to step high...bout time Tall Guy!! It's good for the Tall Folk to feel spread out every now and again to remember what the short peeps are feeling.

Well, now it's my turn to climb...but why is my belayer tied in?!?



Sheesh, belayers these days...heh!



Tea time and he's fiddling fussing and fiddling...hey dude, can I get the rope now?

All good, got my climb in, and good thing I'm not a climber, cause if I was, I'd be ashamed at the amount of thrashing that went on...like a fish on the end of a line...ha!

The day is winding down, and once again, we're all stopping to watch the occasional butterfly.



Being young to this vertical hiking thing, there is little I enjoy more than seeing long term partners together, and today, the views kept that silly smile on my face.



Yeah, the days I hoard, scrounge, beg, and steal for myself...

I need each and every one...

I need ALL the days.

Cheers

LS
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 19, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
Nice! Where is that? Looks mighty close to The Grotto area, but I haven't seen that low-angle globby stuff (only the 5.12 overhanging stuff with similar formations above the basalt columns in the grotto).
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Nov 19, 2012 - 02:06pm PT
A fine day, it's easy to tell...
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 19, 2012 - 02:41pm PT
Nice, LS, and well worth a bump.

John
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 19, 2012 - 02:47pm PT
Love the title! Great pics...enjoyable trip undoubtedly!

Susan
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Nov 19, 2012 - 04:41pm PT
Phatboi with a lollipop bump, lol.

DMT
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 19, 2012 - 04:46pm PT
nutjob,

It's on the sunny side of Table Mountain - "The Far Side".
Park in the same place as The Grotto, but hike easily up to the top of Table Mountain and down the other side.
It's in the guidebook.
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/the-far-side/105734276
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/senior-wall/105734279
vlani

Trad climber
mountain view, ca
Nov 19, 2012 - 04:47pm PT
That is Senior wall, the other side of the mntn - facing 108. Bunch of moderates and some thin .11 stuff
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 19, 2012 - 05:09pm PT
Awesome photos and humor, LS!!

~peace, Leggs
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 19, 2012 - 06:56pm PT
Any day out amongst the stones is a good one.
Smiles.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 19, 2012 - 08:33pm PT
No. You don't understand. This is November, and to truly by part of "the vertical hiking thing" you must suffer. And no, being pissed because your belayer is not paying attention because he's dozing off in the sunshine is not suffering.

Sorry kid, but if it's November, and you want to call yourself a real climber, your story has to include trenchfoot, hypothermia, loss of fingers and toes, and at least one death.

Californians. Feh!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 19, 2012 - 08:44pm PT
Ghost even the buffalo knew when it was time to head south...

being bi-coastal, I do really want to suffer in November like I used to in the NorthEast, but there is nothing like it here in California... I try, but I fail...

thanks for the TR LS OK /w ME
ladyscarlett

Trad climber
SF Bay Area, California
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2012 - 09:23pm PT
heh, man ghost..

That sounds more like climbing thing...not the vertical hiking thing.

'Sides...I'm NOT an alpinist.

I'm a delicate petal!

I LIKE playing in the sun...it's the only way a girl can get some skin in the game! ;)

Cheers

LS
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 19, 2012 - 09:26pm PT
'Sides...I'm NOT and alpinist. I'm a delicate petal! I LIKE playing in the sun...it's the only way a girl can get some skin in the game! ;)

As long as you survive the sufferfest, you can get (or expose) plenty of skin in the hot tub afterward.
ladyscarlett

Trad climber
SF Bay Area, California
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2012 - 09:33pm PT
I'm a sauna girl really...

After that trenchfoot comment, can't deal with soaking my footsies for that long...hahahaha!

wouldn't want to get soggy!

Cheers

LS
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Nov 19, 2012 - 09:39pm PT
And no, being pissed because your belayer is nit paying attention because he's dozing off in the sunshine is not suffering

buahahahahaha

BAZINGA!



Tell that Angus guy to call me. Sending emails out now...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 19, 2012 - 09:49pm PT
Californians. Feh!--Ghost

Blasphemy of the Holy Ghost gets you sentenced to hell, no recourse.

Blaspheming the Holy Foursome will really get HER uptight.
November's cool.
November's cool.
Credit: Tom Frost
Granted, November ain't Easter week, especially in the Valley, but either can be like ice boxes.

Let's see, there's one other climb of note from November of 1958. What the hell was it?

Lady Scarlett, good luck! And that's all I need to say about that local you hang with, who happens to be one of the world's best and most avid photographers. lol

"delicate petal" is nice imagery, ironic, way tantalizing. Neat day out of the office. My brother Tim can look at the Grotto from his back porch, so I guess I'll be heading there real soon, too.

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 19, 2012 - 09:58pm PT
Bah! Humbug, I say.

This is what preparing for a November day on the crags is...
Glorious November climbing weather
Glorious November climbing weather
Credit: Ghost

California wussies.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Nov 19, 2012 - 10:01pm PT
^^^^

Mother... of... god.

That's not weather. That's nukalar!


DMT
ladyscarlett

Trad climber
SF Bay Area, California
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2012 - 10:03pm PT
well yeah Ghost...

but I can't see your nipples...

;)

Cheers

LS
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 19, 2012 - 10:06pm PT
I think I might've turned the rig around. Lol.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 20, 2012 - 12:24am PT
Ghost I heard you used to be hard... complaining about a little snow in November?!

Here on the Columbia Ice Fields in July 1993, dinner anyone?


Later, at the campground across from the Athabasca Glacier

Mike's saying "snow," yes, July...

...let's just check how hard it will be to get across the river, later that same day.. Mt. Alberta anyone?

we decided not... and went down to the French General's range... we were young, and light too...

sorry for the thread drift!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 20, 2012 - 02:00am PT
well yeah Ghost...

but I can't see your nipples...

HA!!!

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 20, 2012 - 05:35am PT
Beautiful! Dingus, Linda and I spent a delicous day like that there a couple years back. He posted a TR...

Yesterday was another beautiful day in the desert; even in the slight breeze it was perfect no shirt weather in the afternoon. A little warm inside of offwidth drag though.
It was Another, one of the necesary days you mention, Lady S.

I'll take it!
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