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Mimi

climber
Nov 7, 2013 - 09:53pm PT
Free park entry is actually Saturday through Monday. And you're right about the campsites being full except for the outlier areas. Plenty of cheap motels in YV too.

We'll see you in the morning H. We were headed to Echo Rock and will grab breakfast at the cafe by the turn off in case you're there first.

The weather is great!
CynthiaL

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Nov 7, 2013 - 10:18pm PT
Mimi is correct. I should have posted the DAYS, not just the dates. Saturday-Monday is FREE. As I said, NOT our choice. I know the other campgrounds are not preferred, but still an option. And just so everyone is aware, the entrance will be open late on Friday night, as usual, so we will have to collect fees. But we will be there to help people know what their options are for camping.

Zip, not possible to do an 'after-party' at my place this time, but I'll be there in spirit!
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 7, 2013 - 10:39pm PT
I went down to the fire station in joshua tree today, and got a burn permit for a campfire;.......so hopefully we can have a legal campfire;......if anyone has fire wood and can bring some, that would be cool...for I have little to none........it's not gonna be a Guy Falks bonfire or something you can see from skylab;...just a campfire to be outside under the stars.
So;...if you wish to bring stuff, it's
1) more beer,
2) snacks, desserts,and/or finger food
3) fire wood

I will be home friday and sat.
We do need set-up help. Setting up tables, tidying up yard, moving sh#t around, putting up X-mas light so the drunks don't fall down the stairs in the dark, cleaning up stuff inside, ....lots of stuff we need help on. I've tried to get organized......I'm getting there......
The weather is fantastic;.....it should be an awesome weekend....See you all soon, and those who wish to help w/the set up;....anytime on Friday or Sat AM would be awesome thanks....
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 7, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
Cynthia, thanks for updating us and clarifying the free weekend along with the kind words of our tribute.

Lots of love coming through emails, calls and offers to help. Super great bunch of people we have and know that Blitzo would be so proud.

Mimi, we got your voicemail, using this public response is we're crazy busy plus (me, not poor Russ) is trying to fit in a little climbing with friends that arrived earlier this week. We'll see you and Steve at the Memorial.

Ran into Locker today in Indian Cove. This is a bitter sweet weekend for us, the memorial of our friend - someone who is deeply missed and knowing he is gone forever saddens us greatly. Still yet a wonderful opportunity to gather with other friends so many of you who donated love, money and support during his fight. I believe people call it closure but we're still stuck on loss.

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 7, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
It is a deep loss, Susan...closure can be hard, if not impossible, to come by.

I've learned through painful experience that the best we can do for those loved and lost is to remain faithful to their memory....lift them up....raise a glass.....climb a pitch.....whatever it takes to remind us that our lives were so much better for having them in it.

I'm starting early for Billy.....a Crown rocks going down presently....

Russ and Sooze....I'll be out to see you soon...likely with Cosmic in tow.


EDIT: Leggs....RIGHT??? I am SO bummed I'm missing this event!!!!!!!!!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Nov 7, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
Todd,

I will stop by and help with the set up. I will bring lights and more beer. DEE and I are coming out early tomorrow.

Cheers,

Rob
Mimi

climber
Nov 7, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
Todd, we'll be there with wood and ready to help on Saturday. PM us if you need us sooner.

Suze, no sweat. Glad you were able to get out. We know how tough this weekend will be despite the celebration. We had a great time today too.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 7, 2013 - 11:04pm PT
Susan, Russ, Locker, Beth, Steve S. and all of Billy's Posse....

Grief and Loss sticks around for awhile. Closure sometimes comes after a bit of time and when you least expect it. Thinking of you all, lynne.
Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin OC
Nov 8, 2013 - 11:19am PT
We are going to TR at Voice's Crag tomorrow...not the best formation, but close to the entrance and road. Sun in the morning with shade a little later when it'll be needed.

If anyone wants to stop by, come on over! We are bringing at least (2) ropes. My silver Tundra will be parked at Boy Scout TH (aka "North Wonderland Parking Area").

And of course here's a pic by The Mack - BLITZO:

http://mountainproject.com/v/voices-crag/105843142
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Nov 8, 2013 - 11:28am PT
Thanks for the update Roots and H. We will try and find you guys when we get to the park. We have extra ropes as well.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 8, 2013 - 11:52am PT
New weather forecast;.....73 degrees;...just keeps getting warmer and warmer. Still 41 in the evening......so bring a jacket........see you all soon.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 8, 2013 - 02:02pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
Ethan Felges, owner of Coyote Corner in Joshua Tree, just dropped off a truck load of firewood;........thanx for the support. If you get a chance, stop and say thanks and support this awesome local business. We look after each other in this community;...it's fantastic...
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 8, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
Beautiful, Todd!

Five apple pies just finished baking. Got to watch 180 South for the first time last night while peeling and slicing a bizillion apples. :)

Todd, shall I throw in a few x-tra chairs? Will be leaving in @ an hour. Let me know if you need anything else. Will check ST before I depart.

Cheers, Lynne
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Nov 8, 2013 - 03:17pm PT
Just passed through lovely Lucerne, will be there soon to help get stuff ready

James
MisterE

climber
Nov 8, 2013 - 03:51pm PT
Hey Roots - Skip and I are thinking about joining you tomorrow at Voices - also wondering what H and Mo are up to tomorrow morning...
Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin OC
Nov 8, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
^Sounds great! See you all soon.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 01:13am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

the porti-potties are HERE!....
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 01:15am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

My son Lake was the first one to use the porti-pottie...........(He was psyched...)..
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 01:17am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

James Barnett and Beck Gordon on early clean up and prep............
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 9, 2013 - 01:22am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Jay Anderson on the early work crew.....
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