I talk with Richard back in 2010 when I was going out there again. He gave me some beta.( a project, shhh!) and was aware of the interest then. He sounded the same to me as always though he has moved on to other things than climbing.
Yerian wasn't buying it though, " Leversee is a lifer, he'll be back!"
What Coz said! Both about Richard's spiritual path and the way he brought me, like he did Scott, in to pick some amazing plums. Maybe Hanuman and the golden pears is a better metaphor.
Those two routes on Balch camp flake, Wide world and The Passionate Life, are two of the coolest wide climbs I've ever done, let alone put up. and he took me right up to meet them!
Between Richard's photo overlay and AAJ reports, and Dave's topos, map and beta, all the stuff on Patterson Left is easy to locate and ready to climb (in season).
I suppose there are a couple of missing topos for Under the Knife, Eleven and Millenium Falcon, but people can just climb them and make new topos, no big deal.
So there's no urgent need to "shake down" Richard for more beta. :-)
So many climbs there already with good topos/beta and ready to do.
Of course there are a few things that would be nice to have:
old or new climbing shots like the ones Scott mentioned (P.S. Ed has offered to help scan slides and I can scan prints, so if you are really in Belmont you should contact me). For new ones, just wait for this summer/fall. :-)
a few cliff shots taken with a little better camera (tripod and maybe telephoto). Then I could translate Richard's black & white overlay to a big color version. Ditto for the right side. David's ipad/smartphone photos were taken with good lighting, but are too blurry to see fine details on the farther away cliffs.
more details on Herb Laeger's routes. Kris said in one post that he did about 15 climbs there with Herb. It's not urgent, though, since the poison oak grew back to overhead height, so the climbs are not very accessible now. But it would be good to have this info available in case there is another fire or if there are some better access options.
a line on the main satellite view showing roughly where the old road goes to the top of Patterson Left
a line on the main satellite view showing there the 2010 trail goes in from below to Balch Camp Flake
Interesting about Big selling his gear. I wouldn't think he could stay away for ever. I still would pay to see that binder.
Clint I agree. Next time I will take a good camera. And there is way more good beta in one spot than ever before. Heating up quick now so I may be waiting until fall to go again unless it cools down. That place just calls to you once you go. So many FAs up there still to do.
For example. There is a smaller bluff below and left of wedding wall. Haven't given it a name but O am sure someone has. Seems like approach is not too bad but its in PO territory. I would think it has to hold a few ink FAs. Anyone?