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BJ

climber
Apr 5, 2013 - 11:17am PT
I wonder if it's the same rock climbing location that Ira Spring's daughter wrote about almost thirty years ago?
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 5, 2013 - 11:33am PT
how about not leaving your stuff out at the crags?

I agree with Mr. Squishy.
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Apr 5, 2013 - 11:56am PT
Grow op was also my first thought. Shawn Bent stumbled across the remains of a good sized grow at his new area in Porteau. He thinks the perps abandoned it during the Sea to Sky expansion.
Be careful out there Ghost.
Grizzly

Big Wall climber
Apr 5, 2013 - 11:58am PT
Sucks you got your gear stolen. I guess I don't think only a few people know about this area if its 30 min from Seattle. Judging by some of your pics it looks to be north of highway 2, possibly reiter road or west of there. I don't have to tell you that there is a ton of tweakers, crazy Motor bikers and stupid hillbillies up there. My advise to you is to let more people know about your little "secret" and to let them help out or at least watch your back going in there. Now that someone has stolen your gear I'd be nervous about going in there without at least a few good friends. Be safe Bro!
Grizzly

Big Wall climber
Apr 5, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
And "grow op" 30 min outside of Seattle.... Hmmmm doubtful!!!!
Darryl Cramer

Social climber
Apr 5, 2013 - 05:43pm PT
Ghost - from the pics it seems possible the your crag is on DNR land in the recreational area. There has been a concerted effort to catalog all the trails in the area. Was the flagging visible from the road? I am guessing your rope would be hard to see from a distance but a flagged trail might have attracted some of the volunteers that have been roaming the region.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 5, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
Big foot, tweakers or mountain dope heads.

You should read a book called Vortex......
Russ S.

climber
was Seattle, now Spokane
Apr 5, 2013 - 06:22pm PT
how about not leaving your stuff out at the crags?

I agree with Mr. Squishy.

It's not a crag until it's been cleaned, until then it's one of a gazillion vegetation covered hunks of rock with potential...
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
Man, leave the forum for a couple of days and all kinds of weird sh#t pops up.

First things first: as much as I appreciate the nice comment from Off White, I am not outraged at what happened. I didn't post about this to whine, or complain, or bitch about thievery (although thievery is pretty low). Nope, I posted more out of amazement than anything. As in, there might be a harder place in the world to find a rope to steal, but this was about as invisible as it's possible to be. And yet the rope is gone. All that's left behind are a couple of neatly sliced slings.

To all those who waggle their fingers and say "fixed ropes at the crag are disgraceful and open for booty," all I can reply is that you have no idea where this place is. It's not even a crag. We weren't adding routes to a crag, we were attempting to put the very first routes in on an unclimbed little cliff.

And no, there was no visual pollution. You can't see the ropes, or the crag, or even the trail to the crag, from any place you can get to in a car, or easily from a car. The start of the trail is on the far edge of a small clearing reachable only by some disused logging roads on which cars are not permitted. So the only thing we could think of was that someone from the logging company had gone in to check the old grown-over clearing, spotted the first bit of flagging, and bashed his way in out of curiousity, eventually finding the clifftop and the rope, and stealing it in a moment absent of morality.

But that doesn't seem likely.

I suppose it's possible that some fixed-rope jihadist happened to read my old TR (it's had a couple of thousand hits) and got all bug-eyed and went on a mission to find the place and rid the world of sin. Anybody heard of someone in the northwest who's into that kind of thing? Taking fixed lines and biners, and leaving behind neatly cut slings?

But really, there's a lot of sin in this world that's easier to get to, so that doesn't make a whole lot of sense either.

Oh well. Probably just one more mystery that will never be solved. "Aliens took my rope!"


Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Apr 5, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
thats Puyallup Tribal land out there,

your lucky your scalp ain't hangin off a jeep cherokee bumper,

or the rear view of a Pontiac Firebird.

You Entering Indian, You Beware!


you see any copper creek salmon on the way in?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 5, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
Sprock, HahaHaHa! Long ways from Puyallup land. But not so far from
Zeke's I'm thinking. Maybe they sensed an interloper fixing to put in
a cragside burger joint.
BJ

climber
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:37pm PT
. So the only thing we could think of was that someone from the logging company had gone in to check the old grown-over clearing, spotted the first bit of flagging, and bashed his way in out of curiousity, eventually finding the clifftop and the rope, and stealing it in a moment absent of morality.

But that doesn't seem likely.


No, it is actually very likely.
Peter Gruenwoldt

climber
pnw
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:48pm PT
0lney falls?
BirdDog44

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 5, 2013 - 10:03pm PT
only accessable by log truck. hmmm... log trucks only go to loging areas, which have choke setters - last months meth heads. hey..hey man...i mean come dude this ropes worth like $300, come on man give me $20 for it..ok just one hit then....

sincerely sorry about the loss of your rope.
crock

Mountain climber
The Library Window
Apr 6, 2013 - 12:00am PT
Ignoring for the moment the impenetrable mystery of new flagging, did you look below the tree at the bottom of the crag?

Especially during this part of the year, demand for nesting materials might be the reason the slings were cut.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Apr 6, 2013 - 12:05am PT
Be careful about them bug eyed Jihadists.

You may have solicited more sport climbin' adherents than what you bargained for:

Credit: Jim Brennan

Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Apr 20, 2013 - 06:46am PT
I like the logging company surverier therory myself. those guys go every where and are always flagging stuff..

Plaid

By the way the reason I am posting at this crazy hour is cause I have Alaska on rhe brain and can't sleep.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Apr 20, 2013 - 08:29am PT
A friend of mine had a bunch of gear stolen - and a few days later the missing gear showed up at the local Play It Again Sports shop.

The thief was easily identified.
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Apr 20, 2013 - 08:35am PT
Alaska
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