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Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 14, 2006 - 06:06pm PT
Taken December 1977.

Mike racking up at Dead Bird Ledge.


Clowning around.


The Circle.


Racking up at a typical anchor.


Chuck glad to be at the anchor.


Belay duty.


Ken
up2top

Big Wall climber
Phoenix, AZ
Jul 14, 2006 - 07:00pm PT
Nice. Hard to believe the gear you guys used to use. I don't see any portaledges -- what did you guys use?

Ed
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2006 - 07:12pm PT
My own modified Forrest hammock. State of the art at that time.
We had Foambacks and wool sweaters. Two days after we topped out it stormed for a month and so I took a job at Badger Pass.

Ken
Richard Large

climber
where you least expect
Jul 14, 2006 - 07:32pm PT
Note that in '77, the Zod was still a serious big stone route -- not the "trade" route that it is today. Nice send.
elcap-pics

climber
Crestline CA
Jul 25, 2006 - 11:20am PT
Trade route? mmmmmm seems like it kicks more climbers off than reach the top!! This spring it ran about a 70% failure rate... not bad for a Trade route!!!
Irisharehere

Trad climber
Gunks
Jul 25, 2006 - 11:32am PT
Is there a particular pitch that most of the bailers bail from? Or is it just generally first-wall snail-eye that gets them?

I have aspirations to head to Yos and get on something if I ever finish this mofo Ph.D.........
scuffy b

climber
Chalet Neva-Care
Jul 25, 2006 - 11:45am PT
Nice nice pictures.
I have a Zodiac question. I was on DNB in May 1975.
There were two big rockfalls that day. The 2nd happened
when we were 6 or 7 pitches up. There was so much dust we
couldn't see Sentinel. Some rocks made it clear to the road,
and almost wiped out an occupied porta-potty.
Where did the rockfall occur? Was it from the Circle?
Thanks
sm
snakefoot

climber
cali
Jul 25, 2006 - 11:50am PT
nice reversal of the circle
elcap-pics

climber
Crestline CA
Jul 25, 2006 - 01:54pm PT
Yo... most bail from the top of pitch two, next is the black tower pitch...
I see them all... the good, bad, and the ugly..
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Jul 25, 2006 - 02:20pm PT
What a way to go...on the can moaning the pipes and get wiped out by rockfall...
Roger Breedlove

Trad climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Jul 25, 2006 - 08:58pm PT
Cool pics, Ken. Sort of have a museum quality to them. He, he.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 1, 2006 - 02:58pm PT
Found some more photos.

At the base with a pilfered Housekeeping Camp submarine bunk. We ended up not bringing it on the route because the wind was creating havoc.





Nipple Pitch.


Chuck Goldman.



Peanut Ledge.


Pitch above Peanut Ledge. Our rack of big stuff had mysteriously fallen off the haul bag and only had two or three large pieces and resorted to pin stacking. Thirty feet from the anchor I tried several times to get a quadrupal stack to hold and decided to lieback the rest of the way in my Robbins boots on wet rock. I barely made it. The pitch was cleaned without a hammer.


Chuck topping out.


Summit photo.


Ken
Richard Large

climber
where you least expect
Aug 1, 2006 - 03:58pm PT
Ahhhh, a housekeeping camp portaledge -- comfy!!
426

Sport climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Aug 1, 2006 - 04:11pm PT
Nice pix, SCA style...
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
Aug 1, 2006 - 04:13pm PT
Nice shots, thank you for posting. Good lunch time trip.
Guy
Robb

Social climber
Under a Big Sky
Aug 1, 2006 - 06:18pm PT
What ever happened to Chuck Goldsmith?
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 4, 2006 - 06:09pm PT
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 6, 2006 - 08:06pm PT
Robb,

Last time I saw Chuck Goldman he was living in Wyoming and racing cars. I heard he may have moved to L.A. or Southern California though this is unverified.

Ken
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 6, 2006 - 08:38pm PT
Here is a few Goldman photos.




Ken
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 6, 2006 - 09:59pm PT
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