I was also really upset when we heard about Dave kicking it off. I had done it in '83 and it was fine. LOL. When we asked him that day in the C4 lot why he did it, he said it was dangerous and it was time for it to go. 'Someone could get killed on that thing.' He picked some of the pieces up that fell the distance and supposedly stashed them in a storage locker. He wouldn't give any of it away. Too bad it's all gone.
It would great if it could be replaced. That was an awesome mandatory feature on that fun route.
PTPP seems to have his hauling techniques dialed - maybe he could help. A form of penance, too. Although it might be easier to lower a suitable log from above. Either way, there are obstacles which would have to be circumvented, both physical and bureaucratic.
Wood the NPS let it happen? We could make a case for restoring and protecting natural features, that the log is entirely natural and belongs there, do an EIS for the actual project, etc. (It is nominally in a wilderness, even if in close proximity to the Ahwahnee.) And the NPS says it doesn't manage climbing anchors...
This thread seems to be teetering on the brink of the absurd.. I think I will go back and ram a small tree into the crack on Lazy Bum just so somebody else can have the experience of using it to break their fall when they whip off on the free-solo..
"consider that" (upthread) was the great lesson of the rotten log, one every party should have learned. had the log gone with a climber on it, properly protected to something other than the log, i doubt it would have been fatal.
dave s. certainly left his mark in the valley. i'd hate to think he'd be remembered mainly for this, but he might. he seems to have been a noob guide at the time. they can get so custodial.
the evil tree gone as well. pussification. oh, the humanity ...
The poor evil tree was broken to pieces in place by clumsy climbers who couldn't move around it. It was a sharp spike of a stump by the time we got to it.
Yes, that is an interesting take on Dave's attitude at the time. I'd have to say I agree from my conversation with him that day. It will not likely be what he's remembered for, that's for sure. It merely adds to his notoriety. It was going to get knocked down eventually. I also don't believe it would've killed anyone while on it. We protected it by using a long sling around the tree at its start. It would've been a clean fall onto the slab. Maybe not so clean...
You may not have died when it finally went but the potential was certainly there. It probably would have spun with you holding on to it. Not only would the slab have hurt but the log could easily have landed on top of you. Ugly!