Go West, old man....hope for the best


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Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 25, 2013 - 11:21am PT
Bit of a knarly year so far....had 75 Paladium seeds implanted in my Prostate and needed some serious antibiotics to get rid of a nasty stomach bacterium. Oh well...maybe i should form a "march of dimes" climbing team, a lot of my partners are looking at joint resurfacing/replacement/fusing.....such is the march of time.

No complaints here....I'm heading to Mecca for my first extended pilgrimage to the Valley since 1976.

A lot has changed in 37 years both with me and in Yosemite. Dirt bagging back then required some finesse but you didn't need the skill set of an international jewelry thief.
Also, for me, skulking about in your 20's and 30's is a far different proposition than now.

So...i'm treating myself to the month of May in Yosemite West, just a twenty minute drive from the Valley floor. Climbing followed by a hot shower and a good meal suits me in my present iteration.

I'll certainly visit my old haunt Camp 4.,,,,,,remembering a time when there were a few blades of grass, no bear boxes and people could sleep in their vans in the parking lot.

Nothing stays the same and things don't necessarily get better or worse....just different. Consider the changes i've witnessed in the Fitzroy massif over the last 40 years.

Hope to see some of you there.....let's toast to the climbing life!

Flagstaff/Thousand Oaks
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:25am PT
I'll drink (my coffee) to that! Cheers to the climbing life!
Big Mike

Trad climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:28am PT
Good luck with your quest Jim! My dad had seeds implanted too, and he's doing just fine.. I wish you the best of luck with your nose ascent! I'm sure you'll run up that thing.

I wish i could be there, but alas it will have to wait till fall. Maybe you'll have time to pop in for facelift?


Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:30am PT
Old people.......its gnarly.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:32am PT
Yes, post climbing shower is a fitting technological leap for a mature and gentlemanly climber, and far superior to stinking up the tent...blecchhh!

Make sure to go to the Mountain Room for a swill, and to impress the maidens with chalk stained knuckles, before departing for the shower though.

Once you've made that commute to the hills, you'll never make it back down for sh#t talking that night.

A man's got to tend to his stables, nawmean?

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:36am PT
Have a great time down there. At least the rock stays the same for the most part.

I'm 20 years behind you and it seems like yesterday when I was in my 20's and my only concern was where I would be climbing next in my VW bus. I'm sure you feel the same about the passage of time.

Luckily you have stayed fit so reminiscing is not your only option.Genetics and luck probably had a bit to do with your longevity but I'm sure the biggest factor is your drive and love of the climbing lifestyle.
On another note how about a post with a collection of pics throughout your long and illustrious climbing career.

Best of luck down there.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:40am PT
I'll keep my eye out for you... though I doubt you'll be heading for the obscure places...

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Appreciate your perspective of the change of years, Jim. All the best to you with your trip and health. I aspire to have the level of activity you have at your season of life and to be as thoughtful (and be a thoughtful) a gadfly. Ha ha!

Yes, my wife taught me many moons ago that there's nothing like a good bed with a fluffy down comforter to come back to after a day out and about. Somehow the out and about gives you a greater appreciation for those comforts.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:42am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
OMG! Donini's comin' back!

Credit: mouse from merced
There's lots of grass in C4, Jim.

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:49am PT
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You old dudez rock.

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:51am PT
Jim, this is No Country for Old Men, but glad to see that we are still hanging around.
Best of luck to you. I'm sure you, and George will get it done.
Might try, and get up there to watch

Social climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:52am PT
hey there say, donini!!! this is so very wonderful! i will surely be in
your corner rooting and praying for you!!

may new and speical things grow out of this trip...

* i keep getting a 'new and special' FEEL for no only me, but for
all my buddies! and you are one, here, so:

new and special to you!!!!


Apr 25, 2013 - 11:54am PT
Consider the changes i've witnessed in the Fitzroy massif over the last 40 years.

It's hard to wrap the noggin around that, but it looks like you still find good things there, and will in The Valley, too.

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:06pm PT
What day are you climbing the Nose?

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:11pm PT
If you keep heading west, you will end up east.

A long way from where I started
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
I implanted a bunch of seeds in my garden, and the result was a feast for the local rabbits. So my advice to you, if you value your junk, is carry a gun and shoot any rabbit you see.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
Next thing you know, donini is going to be wandering the valley followed by a caddy with his nuts.

"Hand me the blue one, Jeeves."

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:25pm PT
I implanted a bunch of seeds in my garden, and the result was a feast for the local rabbits. So my advice to you, if you value your junk, is carry a gun and shoot any rabbit you see.



Apr 25, 2013 - 12:28pm PT
A lot has changed in 37 years


It's the same dirt on the ground as ever.

The river still flows thru it.

The blades of grass in the meadows are still green in spring.

You can still fall off any cliff at any time and hit the ground. (splat)

The tourists still ask the same stooopid questions.

The tourists still stop in the middle of the road staring at a coyote thinking it's going to do something.

On and on and on .... :-)


Trad climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
Way to get after it ! Make it happen. You are no doubt an inspiration to us middle aged folks that life can still be enjoyable as we age !

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Apr 25, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
Jim, are you going to revisit this ground near Overhang Overpass?


Mountain climber
there and back again
Apr 25, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
If there is any knarly's out there that can do its you and George. It will be worth the day away from climbing just to watch the show. I bet you guys get it by the third try if not the first try.

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 25, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
Have fun senior citizen, maybe I'll see you up there. Should be hanging around myself for a couple weeks around end of May.

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Apr 25, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
Add me to the list of wanna be there's. I'm guessing that you will give it a go midweek though to avoid traffic, which is a no go for me. If you go on a weekend I plan to be there. Send that rig!
Alan Rubin

Apr 25, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
Go for it Jim--and George. Keep carrying the torch for us old'uns. I'll be in SoCal for a few days in mid-May but unfortunately won't be able to get up to the Valley to cheer you on. I still have fond memories of dirt-bagging with you, Dill, Pete Barton and others in C4 BITD. Alan

Mountain climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 05:53pm PT
Go get it!

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Apr 25, 2013 - 05:54pm PT
May is such a beautiful time to be in the Valley - and what a great way to enjoy it with the comfy bivy. Have a great trip!

Trad climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
Climb on and don't look back, the best isn't necessarily behind you.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 25, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
The best is never behind you (that's over and done and fades with the years) nor is it ahead of you (you might only look one way when you step off of the curb). The best is the present, only there do you think, feel, smell, see, love, strive, succeed, fail......live!

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 25, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
^^^^^^ +1

Betty Uno

Mountain climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 07:45pm PT

"Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst; Life is a play, we're unrehearsed."

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 25, 2013 - 09:01pm PT

The Knowse in a day, I hear!!!!

Trad climber
100% Canadian
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:18pm PT
Wishing you safe journeys and successful outcomes Captain
Captain...or Skully

Apr 25, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
Jim ain't no captain. He's like a Colonel, at least.

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
May 19, 2013 - 04:34pm PT

See you in CoR at our Geezer Get Together! ;)

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