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Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jul 22, 2013 - 01:00pm PT

Ryan! Yes, the Howe Sound staff were quite accommodating with my slurpee.. Lol. Not to worry, i had a couple of rail ales too.

Dinner was a great time and many a fine tale was told. It was very nice to see everybody, and a rare treat to have them all in town at the same time!

I took a few snaps but mostly enjoyed myself.

Tami (giving me the evil eye) and Dave Harris


Wayne Merry and Glenn Woodsworth


Impromtu group photo


The show was quite entertaining. Tami demonstrated the fine art of shoving a halibut up one's buttocks and then whipped everyone's bottoms with her circus skills.

Craig De Martino's presentation was very inspiring, especially for someone like myself who can relate to his tragic injuries. It made me feel lucky to be where i'm at and we had a great chat after.

What a great weekend! Hope to do it again next year!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 22, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
OK, so here's Ivan, who's been a if not the main organizer of SMF for some years now, not to mention other events around here.
Credit: Mighty Hiker

But before the evening's festivities, Tricouni and I went searching for p'terodactyl eggs, and buried treasure. In 1961, he'd done the first ascent of South South Gully, with Arnold Shives, Tony Ellis, and Frank deBruyn. It was his first FA at Squamish, and the 1967 guide says "This short and easy route is one of the most popular at Squamish". It's in the guidebook - it must be true. It was a good route choice for a hot day, though, as it is oriented anything but south.
Tricouni, racking up.
Tricouni, racking up.
Credit: Mighty Hiker
Later Glenn tied in with a bowline on a coil.
The approach - somewhere here he dropped his helmet, which bounced qui...
The approach - somewhere here he dropped his helmet, which bounced quite nicely.
Credit: Mighty Hiker
There were some tattered old lines at the various 'steps' in the gully, which apparently are used to approach a few climbs out on the arÍte to the side.
Peter Winter, chair of the Access Society, en route to some desperate,...
Peter Winter, chair of the Access Society, en route to some desperate, after the morning's Adopt-a-Crag.
Credit: Mighty Hiker
Somewhere around here we saw a troll, in his natural habitat.
Credit: Tricouni
They're quite shy, and he attempted to retreat to a nearby cave. (The original route climbs a broken area well to the right, then traverses left above what is a rather large chockstone.)
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Some people nearby, apparently on Cerberus, or Kerberus if you like the new old Greek (Anastasia?).
Credit: Mighty Hiker
The treasure hunt succeeds - we found a fixed vertical piton from 1961, at the base of a steep and apparently stout bit. At this point we had to retreat due to lack of time, but will return. Still, we were able to remove some of the old pin, using a rock as a hammer.
Remnants of fixed pin from 1961.
Remnants of fixed pin from 1961.
Credit: Mighty Hiker
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 22, 2013 - 08:41pm PT
Great pix & hilarious commentary Anders !

I too greatly enjoyed Craig's talk.

Thanks fer da pix Big Mike!
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 22, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
How did I miss this?? :-\
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 23, 2013 - 12:30am PT
How did I miss this?? :-

Uh... cuz you're a foreigner? Everybody knows Canadians don't invite foreigners to their parties. Even if you'd found out about it, you'd almost certainly have been turned away at the border.

Hmmm. Wait a minute. This morning's climbing was a veritable united nations. So... Oh, I understand. The French and Swedes, and whatever that other guy was probably didn't enter the country through the US.

But it's okay Tom. If you'd like to go to Squamish, I know the password and can get you across the border.
hamie

Social climber
Thekoots
Jul 23, 2013 - 12:47am PT
Good strategy for MH and Nails to wear helmets while battling that fearsome Squish bush.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 23, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
Uh... cuz you're a foreigner?

I so desperately want to learn the ways of the Canadian. They are so mysterious. And yes, please...help me cross the border again so that I can learn the ways of the Canadian climber, too.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 23, 2013 - 09:37pm PT
Oh, dear.

Okay, Tom, heerz some tips.

1. It's "root" not "rowt"

2. A woolen winter hat is a "toque" ( "tooke" )

3. Taxes are due 30 April. Not the fifteenth.

4. Set off fireworks on Halloween. Not some random day in early July.

5. Canada has two official languages; typically our Prime Minister speaks neither.

6. Speakin' of Halloween, best costume to wear for trick or treating is a polar explorer ... unless you live on the Left Coast, in which case it's a jellyfish.

7. Cdn navy vessels carry booze legally. Yers don't. Guffaw.

mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 24, 2013 - 08:08am PT
That's very helpful, Tami. Thank you. It's like it's another country, or something!

BTW, I picked up Alpinist yesterday, and am loving your article!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 24, 2013 - 11:25am PT
Grin & thanks!
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