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locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 26, 2013 - 09:43pm PT

Why did you name the route what you did???...

We recently managed a few FA's in the past couple of weeks (Location undisclosed)...

The formation is named "Mark Hamills Face" because years back mark Hammil was in an accident requiring some facial reconstruction and the formation resembles his face...

Route #1 is called "Jims Myrtle Splurge" because some dude named Jim recently told us about the plant, "Myrtle Splurge"...

Route #2 is called, "Jack Palances Pushup's" because after doing it, I was bouldering around the base of the climb and came off, landing in a perfect pushup position...

Years back Jack Palance did that drop down one arm pushup stint, thus, "Jack Palances Pushups"...

The third remains nameless until something hits in the same vain...




Anyone have any route name BS they'd like to post, so I don't feel too much like an idiot with this thread???...

LOL!!!...
Evel

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Apr 26, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
"Caesars Palace" an aid route I so named because if you blow it you'll be worse off than Evel.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 26, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
"Route of the 23rd Party Congress" because it was largely an exercise in
dialectical materialism.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Apr 26, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
We just did one a few weeks ago called Mama tooted....
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Apr 26, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
Because it was really Golden, Like Grahams.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Apr 26, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
Just did a 450 ft 5.4 corner and named it Noob Dimensions.
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Apr 26, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
My kind of climbing!
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Apr 27, 2013 - 12:11am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#300731
Two hours ago I finished pitches one and two of a new tower, with mah dog and mah Schlitz in the creek and mah self.
I've not yet topped out, some ropelengths 'til then, but some names came to mind as I regained the 500 feet out the canyon. The moon was rising bright and full and the lack of a headlamp (or an allen key for my feckin hand drill) rendered me quite full of thought as I made the miles to the truck.

Shall it be:
One Handed Man
or
All the Beautiful Strangers Who Held Me for a Night
or
Wet Brett Berdette's Cannabis Cornucopia Crack on the Lakshmi Ananda Tower
or
Schlitznspliff Tower via the Eurojoint crack
or
nothingpublished or uttered hereafter?

TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Apr 27, 2013 - 01:59am PT

Because it was thin and nicely overhung. I knew I was going to have to aid it, so I decided to:
"Save it for a rainy Day"
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Apr 27, 2013 - 05:11am PT
Did an FA with Rick Sumner a few weeks ago. Didn't even think of naming it. Are we supposed to?
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Apr 27, 2013 - 05:52am PT
Chocolate Decadence, because the rock was a dark chocolate color and that was what was for desert that night!
Gilroy

Social climber
Bolderado
Apr 27, 2013 - 05:58am PT
What is in a name? A rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.

Nonetheless. Levered a loose 4' block off a ledge from 30' feet up and watched the other boulders in the sandy creek bottom sway as successive waves in the soil rolled by them. Seismic Effects.
rick d

climber
ol pueblo, az
Apr 27, 2013 - 06:00am PT
Did a route years ago w/ Rob Jacobson who named it "Yer sister" because it was wide and easy.
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Apr 27, 2013 - 06:31am PT
My last two routes this year were "Raven Song", named for the raven's nest nearby and the strange popping call that we thought was a woodpecker at first, but later proved to be the raven, and then "The Route Vultures", named for the turkey vulture circling overhead during the FA and for the fact that we were picking the cliff's carcase clean of potential lines.

"It's a Good Day to Die" climbs up and over a 20' x 2' x 6' loose block which makes a roof; the whole thing resonates when you hit it with your palm.

It's a Good Day to Die
It's a Good Day to Die
Credit: Edge

I put up a total of about 18 lines on the left side of the new crag, mostly with Native American themed names. We called that section the "Indigenous Wall" because of the plethora of NA inspired names and because it also tells of the work of the local population of climbers who developed it.

Does this lichen dust make me look fat?
Does this lichen dust make me look fat?
Credit: Edge
MisterE

Social climber
Apr 27, 2013 - 06:44am PT
Because it was a type of rock rarely found in the state, it was "like finding a Unicorn"...
So the wall was named "The Wall of Mythical Creatures", and the first route is "Chupacabra".
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 27, 2013 - 06:48am PT
'Seven after Quasimodo'
Is a climb we (myself, scary Larry, rich shoup, with pat Putnam, chris pomeroy and 2 others providing technical and spiritual support) did in Payson Az, the day after a Phoenix bouldering contest. '93? '94? The Sunday we did it was two weeks after Easter Sunday, thus one weekaka seven days after Quasimodo Sunday, The Sunday after Easter. The day the priests found the young hunchback of Norte dame at their door step and why they named him Quasimodo.

It's a seven inch offwidth, so it makes a reasonable double entendre as well. About .11c, still looking for a second ascent as far as I know, so get after it!!
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Apr 27, 2013 - 07:25am PT
couldn't think of anything else
Magic Ed

Trad climber
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Apr 27, 2013 - 07:38am PT
I named a route Yankee Clipper in honor of Joe DiMaggio who died the day we finished the first pitch (of 15), Seemed a cool name for a bolted route in Mexico.
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Apr 27, 2013 - 07:40am PT
the dark half .11b 4 bolts and gear
the dark half .11b 4 bolts and gear
Credit: kennyt
the dark half
the dark half
Credit: kennyt
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:34am PT
Oh I could tell you but then you'd have to kill me.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 09:40am PT



"We just did one a few weeks ago called Mama tooted..."...

No explanation necessary!!!...

LOL!!!...




EDITED:

LMAO!!!...

"Did a route years ago w/ Rob Jacobson who named it "Yer sister" because it was wide and easy."...

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Apr 27, 2013 - 09:50am PT
"A2 Brutus?" Hmmmm, I can't remember why we called it that. Ides have to march back in time to conjure it up, I'm sure.

"A Four Dollar Hammer" - my Chouinard wall hammer was stolen out of the back of my jeep, and the Strawberry General Store (the one with the Big Foot sighting map... come on yall know the one) had exactly one hammer for sale (and one block of chalk, courtesy of the aforementioned Brutus who convinced the store owner to carry chalk hahah). The head kept coming off the hammer, had to tap it against the rock about every 10th swing to keep it on the shaft.



DMT

ec

climber
ca
Apr 27, 2013 - 10:15am PT
Hmmm...off the top of my head...

Stems Indeeds (play on words: stems & seeds, or stems and deeds)

Momma Told Me Not to Come (my partner's actual woes, ailing our trip)

Carpet Crawl (a moss covered POS climb)

Tombstone Shadow (for the death block I had to pitch towards my belayer)

Saturday Night Special (an on purpose FA at night, had cams of blue and gold, weren't good for nuthin', runnout 60 feet on a rope)

Sheer Bolt Surprise (an aid route on a 15' + horizontal roof entirely on bolts that weren't made for that...shearing off at any moment)

Pretzel Logic (a figure-4 affair)

Addited:

Cosmo the Cosmic Crow (we found on our approach, this ridiculous packaging from a Boy Scout neckerchief slide kit named, 'Cosmo the Comic Crow')

(He's Got) Marty Feldman Eyes (the expression of my second, following the friction)
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Apr 27, 2013 - 10:22am PT
I never named a route

but my favorite name for a route place is The Glowering Spot on El Cap

1958, First Ascent:
Wayne Merry came up to see a filthy and sweat dripping Harding crouched in a "hole", angry that he had just dropped his hammer

Harding, with his usual erudite humor, immediately called it The Glowering Spot

love that
ct

climber
CO
Apr 27, 2013 - 10:45am PT
I named a route Eating Bitterness. At the time, I was recovering from the break-down of a 6+ year relationship, an appendectomy, and facing some tough choices.

The route has two gear placements in 50+ feet, including a runout to and through the upper crux, and I took the big whip from the top several times before psyching myself up to pull it off.

The term is a translation of a Chinese maxim for enduring hardship. It encompasses themes of working hard and tolerating some agony in order to acquire what one hopes to achieve. The expression is often used in a martial arts sense to mean practicing very hard, enduring both the mental and physical hardships to excel. Without such hardship and bitterness, there can be no sweetness in success.

To reach the mental state for the send, I had to deal with the fear of failure and potential for injury. To reach the next stage of my life, I had to face and confront all the baggage and fear holding me back. Thus, eating bitterness.

Eating Bitterness
Eating Bitterness
Credit: ct
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 10:54am PT

I love the responses!!!...

Some fun and interesting stuff here...



And does one NEED to name a route???...

FUK NO!!!...

You also don't NEED to be climbing...


It's ALL just fun...(Until it isn't...)

;-)

ec

climber
ca
Apr 27, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Nice, ct!

The Glowering Spot is where my partner, Ed Sampson was zapped by the voltage from a lighting strike on top of The Captain while clipping a fixed pin. BAM!
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Apr 27, 2013 - 11:01am PT
Does naming my hammer The Jewdriver count?
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Apr 27, 2013 - 11:03am PT
Locker's Lament
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Apr 27, 2013 - 11:11am PT
^^ These seem a little tame. Whatever happened to names like Hairlip Blowjob Ecstasy and stuff like that?
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 11:11am PT

"Locker's Lament"...


Rated 4.2- FUKING A!!!, I take it???...
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Apr 27, 2013 - 11:48am PT
This is a cool thread. I always wonder about route names & their stories.


I named a route "salmon handcuffs" because my friend who was supposed to climb it with me kept getting shut down by the wife, every time we we made plans to go up there he would bail last minute with the Home Depot/going for a walk excuse. Finally, I enlisted a new belayer & we did the first & second ascent. Fun climb.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 12:04pm PT

I get the "Handcuffs" part...

What about the "Salmon"???...



Or is it real obvious and I am just an IDIOT???...

LOL!!!...

Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Apr 27, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
In Joshua Tree, I named:

"Save The Last Stance For Me"

...because Herb and Vaino had me go up and place the last bolt before the anchors.

Curt
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Apr 27, 2013 - 04:43pm PT
I named one "In bed with T-Fish" So babes can climb in bed with me.

In another spot I named one "A Day without a Mexican" Cuz the place is trashed and all spray painted, but it's closed so it's empty now."
jogill

climber
Colorado
Apr 27, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
El Mokanna, Black Hills Needles
El Mokanna, Black Hills Needles
Credit: jogill

Almost 50 years ago Pete Cleveland and I did the FA of this Needles' spire. I named it El Mokanna because I had been reading a The Mask of Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer. It means the veiled prophet.

I led the bulge at the top using a little momentum off small holds and a blind reach around a corner which Pete criticized as being too risky. But he did the same as he came up.
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Apr 27, 2013 - 05:02pm PT
Because the really sh!tty routes need awesome names.
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Apr 27, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
"Save The Last Stance For Me"

That's the one over by Split Rock, right of Isles In The Sky? I always though that was a great name for a route.

Names are fun. A few...

Despairadoes. Gorge of Despair.

Seamstress. Courtright. Stressfull (runout 5.12) seam.

Hang 'em High. Josh-Future Games. 5.12 crux at top.

Gold Standard. Courtright. Beautiful gold patina. Hard, but we climbed up as high as we could, then it steepens. Obviously the crux lies above...

Siezure. Josh, next to Rubicon. That name was prescient in a scary way.

Speaking of Herb, we did a thing at Courtright which we called By Jupiter, There's Rings Around Uranus. I wanted to call it S&L Crisis, which was timely, but Herb wouldn't go for it as it put my initial first (despite the fact that I picked the line and led the crux..:-)

From Afar. Gorge of Despair. It was far.

The Route of all Evil. Josh, Hell Rock. Train for this one by campusing on razor blades.

Save the Wails. Dome Rock. Again with Herb. Great line, his name.



drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 27, 2013 - 05:21pm PT
All the recent ones have dog themed names.

Rosie Palm- named after my dog, the crux palm press, and, well...

Choke Chain- If you're going to pump out, it's at the top.

Cats and Dogs- Named after my partner, Catherine, and the thunderstorm that forced retreat on the first pitch.

Moist-n-Meaty- Dog food. Climbed after above thunderstorm passed. The lichen behind the meaty jugs was still moist.

High Pro Glow- Dog food. Neon lichen and spaced gear.

Sonoran Dog- Human food. You can see clear to Mexico.

Lost Dog- Wandering ground up voyage.

The season's on now, we'll see what's next! Kennel Cough?


ec

climber
ca
Apr 27, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
I'm still waiting to find out about the 'salmon' part...
yosemite 5.9

climber
santa cruz
Apr 27, 2013 - 05:27pm PT
Dan McDivitt was being nice and offered to let me name a bolt route that we put up in Tuolumne to the right of The Yawn. I called it "A League of Their Own" as alternative to Golfers Route on the other side of the road. Dan McDivitt gave it a better name as it was really his route. I was only helping. I wish I knew the name.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Apr 27, 2013 - 05:43pm PT
The term salmon handcuffs came out of this old Irish slang dictionary that used to reside behind a bar I once worked at, the definition as written there: A lad who is hopelessly p*ssywhipped.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
RyanD...

had no idea...

NEVER heard the saying...

It's even in the Urban Dictionary...


"Salmon handcuffs


The domination of the male by the female in a relationship by use of sexual starvation if her demands are not met

f*#king hell shes even dressing him these days. Its sad shes really got the salmon handcuffs on him"
...


RyanD

climber
Squamish
Apr 27, 2013 - 06:08pm PT
That's it Locker, use when required please........















Still doesn't explain the salmon part.....

Lol!!
BASE1361

climber
Yosemite Valley National Park
Apr 27, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
"Way Homo Sperm Burpers from Fresno"

and

"Crome Plated semi-automatic enema syringe"

Why and Who named these 2??

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Apr 27, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
Flanders and I put up a tandem solo first ascent of a couloir on Carson Peak. We started the route at dusk, on a full moon night, which happened to be Cinco de Mayo.

With the route being on the northwest face, we climbed in pitch blackness, following the bobbing sphere of our headlamp beams...swinging ice tools for 3,800 feet.

Gaining the summit ridge, we were bathed in the awesome glow of the rising full moon's light....nearly blinding, in comparison to the utter darkness while on the face.

With a bit of play on words, we named the route....Light on the Mayo

:D
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 27, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Andy Cox loved these and they had them at the Village STore. He died shortly, before his time, having eaten as many as he ever would (sniff) and leaving some for the rest of us. One day he ate ten of these in front of me!

Later we named this at the toe of Lowered Bro for his cleanliness, when it came to climbing anyway.

Stigma is all hard aid. Was all aid. Next to Enigma. Ma told me to.

Lenna's Lieback cuz o' my sister's birthday that date. I forget the exact date. October. Nothin' wide or easy about her, you bet.

Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Apr 27, 2013 - 07:15pm PT
Last year I found a line through an improbable looking roof that I thought for sure would go at mid-high 5.10. I rapped over it with a wire brush to clean off the forest of lichen, and found an improbable line of holds that allowed it to go at only 5.6, very reminiscent of a Gunks route but on granite.

After cleaning it the sun sank below the horizon and I lead it in a slight drizzle as coyotes howled in the valley below. The route, which I named "Coyote Rain," is now the most popular line on the cliff and gets rave reviews from even the hardest of hard men who love to run solo laps on it.

Coyote Rain  5.6, 125'
Coyote Rain 5.6, 125'
Credit: Edge
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Apr 27, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
redneck on a rope
redneck on a rope
Credit: wilbeer
hurry up i hear banjos,near seneca rocks ,wv
i seen jerry move,jack straw wall,dacks
redneck on a rope,snowy mt,dacks
all fun trad climbs.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 07:36pm PT


"Still doesn't explain the salmon part.....

Lol!!"
...



I noticed that...

We're right back where we started from!!!...


LOL!!!...
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 07:52pm PT


Two TR routes I did last year (NOT worth bolting!)...


1. Goiter Boi


2. the n00bs Goiter


Each got their name because Blitzo had an odd growth on his chest that resembled a Goiter (the odd growth turned out to be attached to his current cancer issues)...




locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 07:56pm PT
A route Steve Powers and I did some few years back...

Route name: IASFRAYASMF

What it stands for:

I= it's
A= a
S= stupid
F= F-cking
R= route
A= and
Y= you're
A= a
S= stupid
M= mother
F= F-ker

as spoken to each other when putting it up...

I said to Steve...

"It's a stupid fuking route"...

his response...

"and you're a stupid mother fuker"...
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:10pm PT
wOne and only route established by me and my daughter (yes, on top rope).

I give you...












Moosolini!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#256859


Edit: This is NOT bouldering. We are short!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
Keeping the memories alive......probably in the 70's Dan put up a short free climb at Pirates Cove, Corona Del Mar and named it Caleb's Promise honoring the man Caleb in the bible. LL

Edit: I was there when he put it up. We had a fun day.....kidless, adults only:D
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
Locker, here's a few...

Angry Natives - we met em on the 3rd pitch

The Path of Tree resistance - You'll see on P3

Big Whiskey and the Barking Chicken - has to do with the night before
and the heinous (now fixed with a bolt I think) traverse for the follower (yup I was the barking chicken)

The loose stool - WE rename our route to this after we came back and trundled a 500ish lb death block.

Poultry in motion - Kinda described us that day.

Physics of death - The initial P1 and P2 anchors where 7 ish pieces of choss tied togetther. Now has bolts but still

The Titanic - It felt like we were on a sinking ship.

Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
Russ called himself a cerified snapper magnet, which is true
and so funny

"Snapper Magnet"
someone must name a route that
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 08:38pm PT


Corny, mushy time...


"Ashbug" = my Daughters nick name...


"D&D" = Doug and Dad for my son and I...


Each are also Tattooed on yours truly...




EDITED:

Side note...

Often people think the D&D means Dumb and Dumber...

It also means, "Deaf and Dumb"...

They're all close enough!!!...

MisterE

Social climber
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:39pm PT
Because at the top of the route there is a huge quartzite crystal imbedded by the anchors and I was jamming to the album Vegas at the time, it had to be:

"The Crystal Method"

locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 08:41pm PT

Listing the ratings changes the FLOW of this thread that is ONLY about route names and how those names came about...

Oh well!!!...

GUDbye FLOW!!!...



EDITED:

Reworded as I see you are NOT the first...
Gobi

Trad climber
Orange CA
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
The Coat Hanger at the Pregnant Woman Wall in Indian Creek...
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:48pm PT
"Spider's Line" because, uh, I climbed it.

Although the others wanted to call it "Chili-Beer Soloist" for some reason.

MisterE

Social climber
Apr 27, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
Edited, Locker.

Because they were in the Doctor's Office:

BP Cuff
Cool Reception
Scrubs
Brain Salad Surgery
Melonoma (also finished on melonish slopers)
No Appointment Necessary
The Short Assistant
Free Refills
Timed Release
Pharm Boy
Herbal Remedies
Gilroy

Social climber
Bolderado
Apr 27, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Locker - salmon = pink, eh. Nuff said.

Surprised there's not more mention of lyrics in naming climbs when it is so common. Named one My Tears after the line in George Jones' The Race Is On. My tears holding back, trying not to fall.
hamie

Social climber
Thekoots
Apr 27, 2013 - 11:27pm PT
We did a new line next to one with the strange name of "Smells Like Pine". Wishing to retain the sensory theme, and the rhyming aspect, I suggested "Tastes Like Mine", but my partner thought this was too gross. Instead we settled for "Tastes Like Saffron", as there were other climbs nearby with an Oriental theme. I still think my original suggestion was better.












Re salmon. "Smells like fish, tastes like chicken".
MisterE

Social climber
Apr 28, 2013 - 05:46am PT
Because it is at Smith Rock: Snuffy Smith.

Because it is on the Fourth Horseman: Equineimity

Because it is between Zebra Zion and Lion's Chair: Lion Zion

Because it is on Welded Tuff: Tuff It Out
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2013 - 07:34am PT


MisterE...

THANKS!!!...

You brought the "FLOW" back!!!...

and in GUD style...

;-)

locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2013 - 07:40am PT

This one should be obvious...


n00b arête...





EDITED:

Blitzo and I have at least a few routes with the name "n00b" included...


The lockn00b Monster...

Something borrowed, something n00b"...

Two n00bs...




It all started here (I think)???...

STFU n00b (Todd Gordon Tucker Tech, Rev Bill Blitzo and yours truly)...
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2013 - 07:49am PT


"Nicole Kidman"...(FA Todd Gordon, Tucker Tech, locker)

I THINK it got that name because of my fascination with Nicole Kidman and all the times I posted and commented about her on Todd's site...




Edited:


back on the "D&D" theme...

I have five routes named D&D...(Doug and Dad)...

Doug is my son and when my second left, she took my daughter, left my son, Doug and I then of course were on our own, thus the D&D was born...

One is up at the Alabama Hills, one in JTree, one at New Jack, one here in CO, and one is at Ghost Rocks/Bodick Rd area...

Scole

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 29, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
While guiding a family in Joshua Tree one little girl, Colleen (6yo) did the FA of a nice 5.6 finger crack. I informed her of her right to name the route, but also told her how important a good name was, as you will be judged for life by your route names.

We climbed for several more hours before the light came on: She said "It's called Angry Bunny". The name stuck, so be warned, even six year olds can come up with better route names than some I have heard on here.
Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
Apr 29, 2013 - 09:37pm PT
"Tales of Weakness 5.8+" at Silver Lake, New York in the early-1980's because we were sick and tired of seeing the Tales of Power pics while we climbed through a summer and fall of bugs and near-constant rain.

On a rare dry late fall day Meschenelli and I topped out covered with lichen and laughed like crazy as the name popped into our minds. The name "Lichenstorm" had already been used at Poko by Bullet Allen...
rick sumner

Trad climber
reno, nevada/ wasilla alaska
Apr 29, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
Well it was right next to Axe of God, seemed obvious- Ass of Dog.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Apr 29, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
Intraoral Bolus Rolling, v4. Named after Mary Roach's visit to the Daily Show.

Nazi Yoga, v7. Because that's the move.

Sunkist, v8. Cuz I was high.

Pseudofed, v8. Cuz I was hungry.

Sleep Well and Dream of Large Women, v8. Andre the Giant.

Styrofoam Death Roof, variations. Because it was as awesome as it sounds.
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Apr 29, 2013 - 11:16pm PT
"Crouching Tiger" there were streaks of black and orange granite and the slab climb made you crouch through most of it.

"Munge Bob" because it was dirty

"Starburst" and "Peals" on a crag called Tangerine Chip, because it is orange colored and a big chip of rock. And because of the obvious play on words of tangerine trip.

All found in the new (and almost out!) Climber's Guide to the Sonora Pass Highway
rick sumner

Trad climber
reno, nevada/ wasilla alaska
Apr 29, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
Time Traveler-up the center of the hourglass formation at Calaveras

And then there's all those drug themed names from the 70's that Chris Mac complained of in one of his guidebooks
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 30, 2013 - 07:34am PT
Well we walked through what became known as the Baghdad Boulders and came across the Sunni Slabs. To the left of the slabs we did the FA of The Chemical Ali Memorial Route. It was sort of too easy, maybe a move of 5.2 or so at the top. The high point of the route is squeezing through Saddam's Spiderhole.

From the top of that we scoped out and established Tough Shiites, a 5.6 slab route.

Any guesses as to what was happening at that time?
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Apr 30, 2013 - 07:44am PT
Fun thread.

Our two routes at the Corpse Wall are Xeno Dance because you have to do a delicate traverse on small pebbles, and Last Dance which has a double meaning.. 1)It's the last climb on the wall and 2) It alludes to the fact that some guy jumped off the top and killed himself at that crag.
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Apr 30, 2013 - 07:48am PT
So Blob was suffering from marital problems in the early 90's. He put up a route called The Separated Reality. The marriage ended, Blob then had a girlfriend named Helen. After they broke up Blob named a new route Helen Damnation
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Apr 30, 2013 - 07:49am PT
On the "Indigenous Wall" on Longstack Precipice I put up Earth and Sky, named for the view from the top. Sacred Fire was named for the brilliant red sunset as I pulled the crux. A Toltec Dream was named for the book I was reading at the time and the resulting dream I woke up from which suggested its existence; An Aztec Nightmare was the next route over and somewhat less than stellar.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior climbs a beautiful face to a solitary crux bulge, and Sweat Lodge was put up on a humid, hot NH day. Hanta Yo (Lakota Sioux for "clear the way") was named for the scrubbing of lichen and because during the FA I peeled off the initial slab and knocked my belayer backwards off the ledge and into a tree which prevented sure tragedy.
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Pebble Wrestling.... Badly lately.
Apr 30, 2013 - 09:13am PT
A few that are obvious at Josh:

Chalk up Another One - because we were cranking routes out at the time and it was otherwise not very remarkable.

EBGBs because it was scary as hell in EBs and the top out gave us the heebee geebees.

Good to the last drop - it's a long way to the last bolt!

Some that aren't as obvious:

Loose Lady - a classic that got that way only after we knocked huge amounts of loose crap off during the FA.

Lead us not into temptation - a line Hauser and I had found and were going to do in a couple weeks but Leager talked me into doing it with him.

An Eye for an Eye, a Route for a Route - the next week Hauser and I stole a Leager line in repayment. Somehow I never got blamed for any of this.
Hoboclimber

Trad climber
cali
Apr 30, 2013 - 11:48am PT
I once named a route the marmadouche-dickskin route in honor of the glacier it was on, the marmaduke dickson glacier.

I was just a young punk at the time.
clode

Trad climber
portland, or
Apr 30, 2013 - 12:28pm PT
Back in '73 when I was 18, I tried to climb the south face of Prussik Peak in the Enchantments. The day before, I took my first two leader falls, which resulted in an injured finger. It hurt so much the next day, I was unable to send the climb. I was going to call it "Tank Top Wall" because I was wearing a tan top on the attempt.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2013 - 01:05pm PT

New route...

"Tim's Stupid Hat"...(FA Tim and his stupid hat)

ec

climber
ca
Apr 30, 2013 - 01:23pm PT
'Yesterday's Hangover" sumthin' we finished the next day and...it and us were overhanging/hungover...
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
May 1, 2013 - 11:29am PT
Last year, influenced by the circumstances that would lead to the route name, I put up one of the most obscure routes on Cathedral Ledge after cleaning it of lichen on the lead with a forked stick.

"Effects of Kind Bud on an Abnormal Brain"
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 1, 2013 - 11:53am PT
I named a route "Freedom Fries" once to pay hommage to the ridiculous sentiment that was floating around the U.S. back in the 90s when the French wouldn't allow us to fly over their airspace to conduct the Gulf War.

Hey, Freedom fries aint free my friend.
alannamal

climber
B.C.
May 1, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Did an FA in front of a crowd, the type of crowd that heckles and was going to name it after the best heckle, but there wasn't one that stood out so I just called it "the best heckle". It quickly faded into obscurity.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
May 1, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
What Is And What Should Never Be- The longest cave roof climb I ever did, because I was way into Zeppelin.

The Crunge- Like I said, Zeppelin.

If Six Were Nine- My Hendrix phase "Fall mountains, just don't fall on me."

Jam Exam- Roof crack that took everything from tips to fists.

Ten Years Gone- Because it seemed like that's how long it took...Zeppelin.

Key Chain- Lots of intricate face moves and a "Key" hold. I heard Mark Wilford did it on his second try, bastard.

Battlescar Gallactica- Roof crack with many sharp painful gobie jams.

Zortex Thrux- Because we liked making up words!

Batchain Puller- Scott was in his Captain Beefheart phase!
greyghost

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV
May 1, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
Recent names:

Coyote Bar...cause there was a coyote marking spot under a juniper tree at the crag and I had just watched the movie.
Route names: Sliding off the Bar, Drink till he's Nice, Have another, I'll look better
I don't often do "theme crags" but this one was fun. My female climbing partners suggested some of these.
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Naughty Sheba...don't know where that came from; just popped into my head.

Book of Changes at Childhood's End...seemed apocalyptic for the best 5.10 corner route at the end of a big moderate slab

Nice and Easy...a friend picked the line and named it

Ours Goes to Nine... a play on an old rock tune

HumpusPumpus...couldn't resist; it's adjacent to Ours Goes to Nine

Heart of Stone...a serious mixed line at solid 5.10 with a very cool gear protected exit over the final overhang...came from a blues song


One day friends and I were working on a new line and discussing what to name it. My friends looked down the scree at the 2 red Toyota's parked below: "Little Red Trucks" Turned out very quality. where the fingers are good the feet are marginal; where the feet are good the handholds are marginal.

Farewell Horizontal. From a J.W. Jeeter scifi novel and crosses an old mixed line which traverses right at Taquitz.

Librarian's Excitement; a steep unrelenting plumb line route up a limestone wall on gym sized holds. Ever seen an excited librarian?

The Dirty Librarian...from a titty bar in Las Vegas and you guessed it ...not far from the excitement
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
May 1, 2013 - 02:47pm PT
Fun/nice thread!

Here's a few of mine-


Australopithecus: Big wall route on the Keeler Needle. It is a latin word meaning “Southern Monkey”. He was the first to start using “tools”, although very crude. I was living in Southern California and was banned from the Valley. My partner Kevin Conti came up with the name.

A reconstruction of a female
A reconstruction of a female
Credit: ElCapPirate
Australopithecus
Australopithecus
Credit: ElCapPirate

Known Offender: This is a line near the Rostrum, Super Nova Wall. A known thief working on SAR rapped in and tried to work the free moves. He ended up getting fired from SAR for theft. We started ground up, free’d some but mostly aided with Jenifer Kelly.

Known Offender
Known Offender
Credit: ElCapPirate

High line: This is also near the Rostrum, SNW, as Cedar Wright and I climbed there were tons of monkeys walking high line’s above us.

High Line
High Line
Credit: ElCapPirate

Hurling Chunks: A one pitch route at Mecca. Bryan Law had a hangover and was hurling chunks of different degrees as he was climbing.

South of Heaven: A big wall route on Angel’s Landing, we named the first ledge; Purgatory Ledge with Brian McCray and Kurt Arend. We didn't see any angels and it felt like we were in HELL.

South of Heaven
South of Heaven
Credit: ElCapPirate

Full Steam Ahead: A route on West Temple in Zion, locals call it, The Steamboat. I was going to climb it with my brother, Gabe, but he ran out of time. I continued solo but ran out of food and water three pitches from the top. I ran out of “steam” and had to bail onto another route. I rated the first pitch A3+. It’s actually true A5 and is a death pitch, it needs another bolt or it will never get repeated.

Jose Memorial Variation: A variation on El Cap that my brother Gabe and son Austin (when he was 11) climbed in honor of two fallen brothers, Jose Pereyra and Jose Crow.

Jose Memorial
Jose Memorial
Credit: ElCapPirate

Medieval Wall: Big wall route on Spearhead Mountain in Zion. Because we had to get medieval with that sh#t and it looked like we were climbing a castle, with Brian McCray.

Medieval Wall
Medieval Wall
Credit: ElCapPirate
Captain...or Skully

climber
May 1, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
We called our Wall on Angel Wings "The Lorax" because he was all about the trees. Sequoia is pretty much about the Trees. Hmm?

BTW, Hi, Ammon, you scoundrel you!;-)
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 1, 2013 - 02:54pm PT
Crackistan and Fatcrackistan... I can't remember why.

DMT
coz

Gym climber
Belmont
May 1, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
Nice Ammon, You are one of the unsung hero's of the sport.

I have a thought to see how smart and well read you all are...

We named the route on the South Astro Dome, in JT... The Gunslinger, can you guess why?

How about the Father Figure?????

The answer may surprise you.

locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - May 1, 2013 - 04:18pm PT

Mumbling Bee (FA: Woody Stark, locker, Rev Bill Blitzo)...


Because Woody was wearing a striped shirt that resembled a Bee and he was mumbling when he did the route...
ec

climber
ca
May 1, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
If 60's were 90's: on the summit (90's) we discovered a register that had the last (only) ascent by another route done in the 60's

Waiting to Exhale: for my well stoked partners.

Digitally Remastered: a fine, difficult finger crack
D'Wolf

climber
May 1, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
The One Drop Stop Top

An aid route in JT. First aid ever; an onsight FA. Gordo is leading another FA about 15 ft to my left. He's hanging on two equalized RURP's about 15 ft off the ground. I'm hanging from a tipped-out pecker also about 15 ft off the ground directly above a pile of boulders.

Without warning, a RURP pops, Todd drops, the other RURP pops and Todd decks. He stands up with a face full of blood, the result of the first RURP glancing off his upper cheek.

I stop and look at the tipped-out pecker, the boulders below, Todd's killer zombie impersonation, and consider bailing after what I just saw. My partner and I decide to continue to the top.

Todd returns a couple hours later with 6 stitches and watches us finish the route (yeah, we were still on it). We call it A2, tied-off blades and all; Todd does the 2nd a few weeks later and says we were nuts - the route was more like A3+ and way scary. What did we know, it was our first aid climb, sheeze.

Todd carries the scar proudly to this day.

Thom

guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 1, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
From Afar Its in the Gorge of Despair.... the first time we went into the Gorge, it had been a 3 day death march. We were waiting out a afternoon T-storm at the base of the Silver Turret and across the valley, on the Cobra's wet golden granite, the thin black line was clear to see. - from afar

It took all day to hike over to that side, but we found a crack climb that was fabulous.


Another 39 Dead Idiots This is at the "North County Line Crags" by Ridgecrest. A short climb, when we got done and back to the car we were camped out, drinking beer and watching the comet, when the news about the 39 Heaven's Gate members, who all checked out at the same time, was broadcast. I felt that we needed to create a lasting memorial to these 39.

MisterE

Social climber
May 1, 2013 - 06:22pm PT
Great stuff, Ammon!

The Devil's Club because after the two day bushwhack in, this particular plant was hurting us good. Also, after 20+ pitches of free climbing, ground-up into the unknown on questionable rock, we felt like we had cheated the devil when we got back down after another two days on the wall.

Plan 9 from Outer Space When we got to the Southern Pickets, surveyed and discarded our "Plan A" and "Plan B" FA's, things started to get strange on this 16-pitch FA. It all started with the "Alien Dirt Ridge" and culminated with the frightening "Bela Lugosi Traverse" before easing off.

Great thread, Locker!
rockanice

climber
new york
May 2, 2013 - 10:09am PT

In the late 70's I finally had my Driver's License and at long last I was able to get up to the Gunks under my own steam. I was lucky I had someone from my hometown who had squired me up there sporadically over the years to climb, but now I was master of my own destiny: 16 years old and a full tank of gas. Oh, the joy, what a prescription for adventure !

Three of us headed out one late Friday night for the hour and a half drive up with the cheapest beer we could find and vague directions to a campground near an old ski area we could call basecamp. (That campground is now a climbing area called Peterskill/ Ski Minnie) Since I was driving, of course, we sailed right past the campground and on down the dark road until we suddenly came upon a turnoff up on the left. Not yet admitting defeat, I turned in on the road to see what the possibilities could be, but quickly came to the conclusion we were not on the right track. A desolate stretch of road loomed ahead and no sign of any campground presented itself.

It was midnight and we debated just camping on the spot since no one was around, but we decided to back track and see if we could find the missing campground. Newly minted driver that I was, I felt confident I could execute the necessary three-point turn that would put us back on the main road. It wasn't until the second point, however, that I felt and heard the back end of that massive station wagon sink down into the ditch on the side of the road. My right rear tire was way down in the ditch, and the left front tire was hovering about a foot and a half off the ground ! Holy S--- ! We didn't have enough beer to fuel the proper formulation of a plan to save ourselves, but we had an axe in the back and resolved to scout up some kind of branch to try and get something under the wheel for traction.

I had stumbled only a short way into the woods, axe in hand, when I heard some boisterous laughing and hooting from somewhere just ahead and off to the left. What the hell... who could be out in these woods this time of night? Suddenly a horde of reveling partiers came sauntering out of the woods and their laughter exploded when they saw this big long station wagon canti-levered into a ditch with the front wheel hanging out over the road impotently. Without so much as a "Hey, who are you?" they attacked the station wagon en-masse and pretty much threw it back on the road!
It was unbeleivable, it happened so fast, and such was our transfornation from total despair to the heights of elation. We were saved! We were back on the road by some wonderful miracle. Incredible. Our saviors smoked a meagre offering of reward and told us to head just a short way back to the real campground. As they all ambled off to wherever they were going I yelled after them, "Hey, where the hell are we ? "

" WILDMERE ! " came the chorused reply.

Wildmere! It became our mantra for adventure that weekend. We came back in the morning and realized they had all been partying at the top of Awosting Falls which was off the road leading up to one of two old hotels that once stood on Lake Minnewaska. Cliff House was gone, but Wildmere was still standing- only to burn down later in the 80's. We swam under Awosting Falls, but now as a part of Minnewaska State Park you can't swim there anymore.

The excitement and highs felt by a kid just engineering those TRs to scrapping through those first leads is inextricably bound into those Wildmere days and I can still conjure up that feeling knowing there's a route by that name in the Nears
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
May 2, 2013 - 12:56pm PT
"Chronological Disorder" cuz of the chronic we were smoking
"Short term Memory lane" cuz um I forgot why.
"Eye of The Turtle" cuz I like turtles and it was the FA of Turtlehead Tower
"Your Mom" cuz I like hawt moms.

To name a few.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
May 2, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
40 Days of Rain, because the water would be up to the roof-line after the torrent.
Nate D

climber
San Francisco
May 2, 2013 - 02:48pm PT
"Fill in the Blank" 'cause the p1 crack lead to a blank slab above that had to be crossed before connecting with a corner. If I had fallen while bolting the blank slab, I would have called it "Spill in the Blank". It also took me a frustratingly long while to think of a name, so the name was appropriate in that regard as well.

"Requisite Blindfold" 'cause the route is at a place called Hidden Eagle, and we always joked about making newcomers wear blindfolds so they couldn't later give directions out. The crux also involves a somewhat blind pro placement behind a flake/fold.
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