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Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Mar 28, 2013 - 09:10am PT
Awesome news on the progress!

PS make your bed you bum!
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Mar 28, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
Time for some travel stoke!

A couple weeks ago, Christina and I were in Death Valley looking for an F-100 Super Sabre crash site. Here are a few pics of the trip.

Clouds over Red Rock
Clouds over Red Rock
Credit: Vegasclimber

The Amargosa Opera House, opened by a former New York ballet dancer wh...
The Amargosa Opera House, opened by a former New York ballet dancer who then performed there for 40 years. She hand painted this entire building.
Credit: Vegasclimber

The rolling end of the famous Borax "20 Mule Team"
The rolling end of the famous Borax "20 Mule Team"
Credit: Vegasclimber

Death Valley
Death Valley
Credit: Vegasclimber

We were stopped and inspected by a pair of coyotes. One was standing b...
We were stopped and inspected by a pair of coyotes. One was standing by my door, and the other was on Christina's side.
Credit: Vegasclimber

Then we took a trip to Kelso Dunes, and found an endangered Desert Tortoise on the road. He kept following me to get in the shade I was casting, so I managed to move him off the road without touching him.

Christina and the season's first tortoise sighting in Mojave National ...
Christina and the season's first tortoise sighting in Mojave National Preserve.
Credit: Vegasclimber

Our second trip to DV last weekend was fun too. We firmly located the site of the F-100, but it's in super steep terrain and our friend couldn't make it up to the site. We then went and located the site of an SR-71 crash, and camped out in DV in awesome temps. The next day, we went to another F-100 site that I have already visited and did some more cataloging of the parts that are there. All in all, awesome trips!

Edit to add, really sorry to hear about your pup. When I lost mine, I hadn't seen her in years, as she had been living with my Mom. It still hurt, big time.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Mar 28, 2013 - 03:18pm PT
I managed to move him off the road without touching him.

Perfect! Most people aren't aware that if you handle them, they often freak out (think it's a predator) and void their bladder/intestines as a defensive mechanism...this, in turn, severely dehydrates them and if there isn't adequate vegetation around for them to munch and replinish the lost water, they die.

Once you get on the CA side of I-10,15, or 40 you might notice that the much of the right of way fence has a second layer of fencing on the bottom 1/3 with very small openings, and when the fenceline ends, that smaller opening fencing is run in a sort of "U" shape to act as a forced turnaround/cul-de-sac for tortoise cruising along the fence. This is specifically to excluse tortoise from the roadway, and is present in most of the designated critical habitat area, although not all (not yet anyway. CalTrans usually mandates addition of tortoise fence to areas in critical habitat without it when that section of road is up for resurfacing).

So Big Mike, heal up and come on down to groove on the tortoises.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 28, 2013 - 03:25pm PT
Sorry to hear that, Big Mike...Dogs don't last as long as us. I think it's because all that love can't be contained for very long. Their candle burns bright & fast. RIP Kobe.

Thanks cap! I know. It was just a shock. I'm dealing better with it today. You're spot on about pups. They give it their all and then head off into the blue yonder.

Don't want to sound like your Mom but,
Pick up that messy room Mike and remove that porn from the walls! LOL

Ya right Tad! ;) i'm so tired from busting my ass usually, it's all i can do just to get to my bed and pass out! :D

Yesterday i passed out for a good three hours after pt. She had me on my feet for over an hour! The stairs were the last thing i did!!

Holy shiiiiiite man! That's awesome! Hope you have a great time at home this weekend bro.

Ya buddy!! Killing it!! Have fun in leavenworth!!


PS make your bed you bum!

Thank god the cleaning ladies do that for me! I think i could almost do it now..


Super cool pics Trav!! Sounds like fun!! I take it since you catalogue parts, you guys leave the crash site as is and don't take souvenirs?

Edit to add, really sorry to hear about your pup. When I lost mine, I hadn't seen her in years, as she had been living with my Mom. It still hurt, big time.

Thanks dude. It hurt pretty good last night, but Kobe did his time, and hopefully he's having fun out there somewhere!


I had a good day again today. This afternoon in ot we played some games in the games room i managed to play ping pong without my crutches, but i sucked just as bad as before i hurt myself, and then we played two games of pool without crutches, and i just put one hand down on the table lightly to walk around it!!

My ot suggested i could start climbing again (on toprope) for rehab! He asked my pt and they agreed that when my surgeon cleared me I could start climbing again in the gym!!!!

SO STOKED!! Hopefully we can get my post op checkup done next week!!!!!








WOOOOOOOOOOOO FRICKIN HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Mar 28, 2013 - 03:49pm PT
NIIIICE on getting cleared to top rope! Awesome! I am so stoked every time I read your progress reports. Keep it up!

Yeah, I am very anti removing anything from crash sites. A lot of the ones we visit are close to 50 years old, and some of them have historical significance. Everyone wants to take a "souvenir" and pretty soon there isn't anything left. That's what happened with the SR-71 site - very well known and right next to a road. We found three fragments about the size of a quarter, and the remains of the power lines it hit coming in. Several years back, this guy got the grand idea to go out there and get everything he could find and is still trying to sell the pieces online.

We have visited the site of an F-100 that hit a United airliner here in Vegas, total loss was 49 people. That was the straw that broke the camels back, along with the airliner midair in the Grand Canyon, and caused the formation of the FAA a few months later.

There is another F-100 (yeah they crashed a lot) near here that was flown by a gentleman named Boyd, and the crash almost cost him his Air Force career. He went on to write the book on dogfighting strategies and tactics, many of which are still in use today. The location of that site is a very closely held secret.

Here are a few crash site photos - when jets hit, they usually scatter all over the place. The debris field at this site is almost a mile long, with the engine at the end of it.

F-100 part - the 192 prefix shows that this was an F-100
F-100 part - the 192 prefix shows that this was an F-100
Credit: Vegasclimber

Another F-100 piece, probably a vent tube for one of the fuel bladders...
Another F-100 piece, probably a vent tube for one of the fuel bladders.
Credit: Vegasclimber

Wiring harness
Wiring harness
Credit: Vegasclimber

Oil cooler
Oil cooler
Credit: Vegasclimber

Awesome budding on the plants
Awesome budding on the plants
Credit: Vegasclimber

Budding Joshua tree
Budding Joshua tree
Credit: Vegasclimber
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Mar 28, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
Hey Big Mike (Mr. Hollywood :)

Thanks for keeping the updates coming. Your stoke is contagious. I bet they'll miss you a lot when you leave GF Strong! Great news about the top roping. Keep working at it. I always check this thread. A year from now and you'll be ripping it up again.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 28, 2013 - 08:14pm PT
NIIIICE on getting cleared to top rope! Awesome! I am so stoked every time I read your progress reports. Keep it up!

Almost. Just gotta convince my surgeon when i get to see him. Everything is healing well as far as i can see so i don't know why he wouldn't let me!

Cool crash site photos man! I understand the logic for sure. Too bad everyone else doesn't. Nowadays the faa comes and cleans up the whole mess for analysis no?

Thanks Kulan Shan! Thanks for the donation and the cool book too! I haven't had a chance to dive into it yet, but i'm looking forward to it!!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 28, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
Happy Easter Mike. Sorry to hear about Kobe. Our pets are so fabulous. We love our kitties. Have been busier than a one-legged guy in an ass-kicking competition and hated the first painting I started so painted gesso over it today. :-D

Wishing you & S the best.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 28, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
Tami sez:

Happy Easter Mike

Not being religious, Easter never meant anything to me. And all those stories about some epiphanal bolt-from-the-blue turning some sinner's life around seemed silly.

But the other day, just as Easter was approaching, my work in the garden was interrupted by the arrival of...

Yup, it's the f*#king Easter Bunny.
Yup, it's the f*#king Easter Bunny.
Credit: Ghost

No sh#t. This little guy just suddenly showed up and moved in. He (she?) follows me around, likes to be patted (or at least puts up with being patted), and does his share of the work by eating copious quantities of weeds.

And when I got down on the ground beside him yesterday, he came up nose-to-nose, and said: "Get off your f*#king ass and get that package sent off to Big Mike."

I used to mock people who said they'd seen the face of Jesus in a piece of toast, but not any more. I'm headed to the Post Office tomorrow, before something really ugly happens.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 28, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
Good job David. Git on'er.

"That rabbit is dynamite" ( Monty Python & the Holy Grail )
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Mar 29, 2013 - 01:53am PT
Ghost born again??

Big Mike, sorry about Kobe. I feel for u there dude, I love my pooch so much but when u get them you know what ur signing up for. Chances are if he grew up with you he probably lived the best life a dog could ever wish for......

As for you tho, sounds like ur kicking some serious ass! Way to go dude, have a great weekend sleeping in your own bed, you are a lucky guy to be bouncing back so quick & it's really cool to see!
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Mar 29, 2013 - 07:19am PT
So great to read about your progress, Mike! Wishing you and Baby Doll a fantastic weekend!
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Mar 29, 2013 - 08:11am PT
a hero's tale,
unfolding right here.

good stuff mike.

thank you for
the reassurance
that we behold within us
a dormant valiance that
that erupts from
the heart when
the feet falter.


ps dude you gotta get a shade and bulb
for the lance, i mean lamp.

mike's got enough on his plate,
could one of you locals pick up
some cheap earth-tone lamp shade
at the thrift shop
(there's probably one write next to the pub)
and a 60 watt (how do canadians quantify illuminance?)incandescent bulb (don't get one of those flourescent jobs they quill the mood.)

please.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 29, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
Have been busier than a one-legged guy in an ass-kicking competition and hated the first painting I started so painted gesso over it today. :-D

Awesome tami!! i love that line!!

No sh#t. This little guy just suddenly showed up and moved in. He (she?) follows me around, likes to be patted (or at least puts up with being patted), and does his share of the work by eating copious quantities of weeds.

LOL!! That's awesome Dave!! Where did you get that acid that made him talk to you?? LOL!!

Too funny man. I needed a laugh. You're sending me a package?? Stoked!!! Thanks!!


Big Mike, sorry about Kobe. I feel for u there dude, I love my pooch so much but when u get them you know what ur signing up for. Chances are if he grew up with you he probably lived the best life a dog could ever wish for......

Thanks Ryan. I miss him, but he's gone to a better place now. He was so cute, last time i was home, he couldn't see, but once he caught a whiff of me he was so stoked. Barking and wriggling around, wagging his tail like hell.. That's how i'll always remember him for sure.

I'm stoked i'm doing so well too. A lot of people are. That just spurs me on even more.

Wishing you and Baby Doll a fantastic weekend!

Thanks Wayne. I still don't know how she ended up with that avatar... Oh well.. It's fitting ;)

a hero's tale,
unfolding right here.

Weege!! Your writing is truly inspiring dude!! I still have that gravity quote on my whiteboard.

Sandra tried to find a shade at the re-use it center, but was unsuccessful in her mission. She simply hasn't had time to look for one anywhere else. As you say, i am pretty busy. If i could just jump in my truck, and go shopping, i would have it done by now. I will have a wheelchair accessible bus pass soon, so it will be easier then, but anything extra is quite a bit of work, and i'm usually super exhausted after a big day of working out.

So, if anyone would like to fulfil Weege's request, i would be quite obliged, and we can get that lance rocking!!!

I am currently writing this from my nice comfy bed, which i got an excellent sleep in last night. I feel more rested than i have been in the past five weeks!!

Whoo hoooo!!

Thanks to everyone especially my lovely girlfriend who got my butt home for the weekend!!
Gian

Sport climber
Lapu Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Mar 29, 2013 - 05:08pm PT
Hi Big Mike,

How are you? Sheila and I hope you're feeling okay now.

The crag's waiting for ya!

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 30, 2013 - 08:15am PT
Hi Gian, I am doing pretty darn good. I had a fantastic day of relaxing yesterday. I did an hdr edit;

Early spring in vancouver;


Caught up on some of my tv shows, and hung out with my friends Kyle, Nina and Heather when they stopped by and made dinner for me and Sandra! My buddy Rick came over too!

Then a nice HOT shower unlike any i have had since i left VGH which was super sweet, and a restful sleep in my bed, although i guess i still woke up too many times for Sandra...

Today should be fun too, a bunch of friends are coming over tonight to say hi. All are welcome but it's a pretty small venue so it should be interesting. I think we are going to have to hold my official welcome home shindig at the pub in squamish or something as there will be more room there.. Dunno, tba.
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Mar 30, 2013 - 08:22am PT
Sounds like yer doin' well Mike.Sounding full of positivity too!Positive Eastside vibes in yer direction!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 30, 2013 - 08:52am PT
guess i still woke up too many times for Sandra

TMI, young man, wink, wink, ; )

Susan
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Mar 30, 2013 - 09:11am PT
This whole thread is tmi!! Oops!!

Thanks cap! ;)
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Mar 30, 2013 - 09:20am PT
Plus-Hey,I live a whole two blocks from Palmas and I know how you hate that place so make sure and look me up next time yer in town.
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