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Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 12:40pm PT

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

No explanation necessary!!!...




"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 - 12:50pm 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.



Apr 27, 2013 - 01:15pm 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)


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)

Social climber
the Wastelands
Apr 27, 2013 - 01:22pm 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

Apr 27, 2013 - 01:45pm 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

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 01:54pm 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...)



Apr 27, 2013 - 01:54pm 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!

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Apr 27, 2013 - 02:01pm PT
Does naming my hammer The Jewdriver count?

Trad climber
Apr 27, 2013 - 02:03pm PT
Locker's Lament

Boulder climber
Apr 27, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
^^ These seem a little tame. Whatever happened to names like Hairlip Blowjob Ecstasy and stuff like that?

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 02:11pm PT

"Locker's Lament"...

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

Apr 27, 2013 - 02:48pm 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.

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 27, 2013 - 03:04pm PT

I get the "Handcuffs" part...

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

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



Gold Canyon, AZ
Apr 27, 2013 - 07:30pm 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.


Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Apr 27, 2013 - 07:43pm 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."

Apr 27, 2013 - 07:57pm 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.

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
Because the really sh!tty routes need awesome names.

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:15pm 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.


El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:21pm 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?


Apr 27, 2013 - 08:22pm PT
I'm still waiting to find out about the 'salmon' part...
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