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Trad climber
Golden, CO
Oct 15, 2010 - 11:13pm PT
Hey, for some reason I hadn't seen this thread since Tricouni (or Chief, for that matter) posted to it. Nice to hear from the first ascensionist and creator of those tube chocks. Seeing them brought on an instant recognition and flashback (I treasure those moments, because I don't always remember the past so well).

I gotta say, I just read Mike Hengeveld's Offwidth 8 part series from start to finish. Sheesh, that's writing I could only aspire to. My wife and I were in tears from Part III on.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 15, 2010 - 11:43pm PT
Get a little jiggy with the button on the #3 and it could have given new meaning to the word "sprung!"
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 15, 2010 - 11:57pm PT
There is still the interesting question as to when Pipeline had its second ascent, unless Greg's was the second ascent.
Allen Hill

Social climber
Oct 16, 2010 - 12:04am PT
Credit: Allen Hill
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Oct 16, 2010 - 12:10am PT
Whenever I get around to finally noticing a thread like this,
well, I don't have energy to read the whole thing, and I wish I could
be clear in the details that, yes we were using tube chocks of a sort
as far back as about '65... nothing refined, rather crude... I don't
think I liked them and hardly did use any, but people had them. I think
I recall thinking it was a way to get around leading a scary pitch, and
a part of me liked the idea but another part thought we were trying to
keep from rising to the level of the climb... or something... Then a few
years later I saw some version that had a telescopic effect and could be
greatly enlarged almost to full chimney size.... well, not quite...
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 4, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
So Tricouni and I were talking about obscure climbs and their history tonight, as we sometimes do. He referred to a photo and description of a climb in Culbert's "Alpine Guide to Southwest B.C." (1974). I got looking at other climbs on the cliff, and saw Dick's comment about Pipeline:

"..winds up in a rather serious crack which was aided originally with 6 1/2 - 8 inch sections of aluminum pipe. The route has not been repeated ATP, but the Pipeline crack has been climbed free to its final overhanging nose, and is very demanding."

The photo shows the crack as being graded 5.6, 5.9 and then near the top at 5.10, followed by an A4 bit.

So, who in the world was freeing most of Pipeline pre-1974, not to mention pre-1979, when Greg soloed it? Al Givler? Gordie Smaill? Hugh Burton or Steve Sutton?

Social climber
Mar 5, 2012 - 12:00am PT
Dunno but eeeeeeyonnnkkeeeeee freesoloed it in , what ? '79 ? :-) Still the sickest freesolo ever at Squish. Or so I think.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Apr 7, 2012 - 04:31am PT
wide bump

tricouni- the bolts still there or has been replaced and people thank god for it whenever they lead pipeline!
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