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Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Nov 1, 2013 - 05:06pm PT
Tracy Dorton?
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Nov 1, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
I think that there were three of them. I flew by pretty close. It was in broad daylight. My partner had super nice still cameras and made me wait until the Dawn Wall was in full sunshine. I was about to blow a fuse jumping that late in the day. This was the only time that I had jumped in daylight during normal season.
We got this picture, which has been published many times:

Those are my feet. Above is Phil Smith, BASE #1
Those are my feet. Above is Phil Smith, BASE #1
Credit: BASE104
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
And is that the 'carrot' on Tribal Rite?
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:35pm PT
Couldn't you have afforded socks?
fluffy

Trad climber
Colorado
Nov 1, 2013 - 08:14pm PT
this is thinly-veiled boastfulness but who cares? shits bad ass.

lol @ the sock comment
WBraun

climber
Nov 1, 2013 - 08:20pm PT
I don't remember Troy doing Iron Hawk but maybe he did?

But I know he did Native Son with Shipley on the FA.
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Nov 1, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
I was gonna defer to Yogi cuz he has the RAM and the Hard Drive capacity for this stuff, but I don't remember Troy doing Iron Hawk, either. That don't mean he didn't: I just don't remember that he did, and I was around and climbing with him a-bit in 86. Swillnillus J might know for sure...
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:17pm PT
this is thinly-veiled boastfulness but who cares? shits bad ass.

You don't know base.

edit: His post is a true question. He does not boast or throw out bullsh*t

BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:53pm PT
Well, Troy was on something around there. I learned early on not to fly out over the meadow and do lazy 360's for all to see. We would hang a left and hug the wall, swooping in over the last trees at the last second. You are only visible for about thirty seconds.

Troy came up to me when he got down and we had fun talking about it. I yelled hello to them.

I could have sworn it was Iron Hawk.

No boasting, really. I never did anything of much notice. El Cap has been jumped a couple of thousand times by now, so it isn't much.

I have just been curious who else it was. It just occurred to me and I started a thread, which I never do.
cuvvy

Sport climber
arkansas
Nov 1, 2013 - 11:31pm PT
Why are you spilling the beans about best times to base jump. Hush. Hush. Geez.
WBraun

climber
Nov 2, 2013 - 12:47pm PT
Base104 -- "I flew by pretty close."

Well, Troy was on something around there."


From your launch exit point you would have been hundreds of feet away from them if they were on Iron Hawk.

So you wouldn't have been close.

Maybe they were on a different route closer to your launch exit point ......
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 2, 2013 - 01:03pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced

"Hi, I'm Troy McClure! You may remember me from such climbs as Iron Hot and Iron Not (my modest FA using only Clean Climbing Techniques) and A Fish Called Selma.

Oh, by the way, I'm a complete douche-bag."
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Nov 2, 2013 - 01:03pm PT
Don't remember the exact year but Troy, Tracy and Clance did the "Ghostbuster" ascent of Tangerine Trip around then. I.e. first ascent after the Carol Moyer(sp?) incident.
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Nov 2, 2013 - 01:14pm PT
Werner,

I never got caught because I had everything wired.

Most jumpers fly out over the meadow and do 360's for all to see. I had other landing areas. On this one, we hung a left, flew over almost to Zodiac about fifty feet from the wall, and swooped in to land on the sandbar at Devil's Elbow. Nobody on the ground saw us, because you can see the cars coming down the loop road. We flew between the trees and landed in the sandbar. You would have to have been standing right there to even see us.

I flew right by them on the wall. Not close enough to recognize the faces, but a few days later when Troy got down, he looked me up and it was a funny story.

That was the year when I was hiding in the SAR site, always signing in as an alternate for some person who was out for a while, and I entertained BASE royalty in the site when somebody came through. It was great fun being entertained by the Fish and Bill Russell. They were so funny I would double over.

Anyway, I flew by and pedaled my feet to them. I've never actually talked to a climber who saw me jump that summer other than Clark Jacobs who saw me do Half Dome one night.

I wrote an article in an underground BASE newsletter on how to get away with jumping El Cap. I haven't seen it in ages, but it sure did help keep people out of jail.

The old SAR pagers had a switch where you could listen to the LEO channel. I never had one, but I would listen in with the others in the site when something was going down. I got out of some crazy pickles that way.

I got a PM from Bill Russell. Troy did do Iron Hawk with Dorton and Clance. They don't post here, so oh well. If you have an email address, PM me with it. I am trying to write down old stories, and I would like to get their point of view.

Troy told me that a couple of guys had jumped it two days before us, but watching us he could tell that we were "pros." I had El Cap dialed, and if the modern guys would take my advice, fewer would be caught.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 2, 2013 - 06:02pm PT
Ghostbuster ascent? Wow, that's pretty lame. She was a nice young gal from what I remember. She was pushing hard for herself.

We left some water for she and her partner, who were high and dry behind us on the Salathe.

Sorry for the drift.
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Nov 2, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
Clance never climbed the hawk. I will get in touch with Troy for you to get the skinny. Sweet pic in the op!
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Nov 2, 2013 - 06:22pm PT
Survival-

The trip laid stagnant for a long time after her death. They were the first team, and did everything the same way, I. E. fixed to the same anchors, cleaned the pitch without tying in as she did. In their words.. Shook the ghost off the route.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 2, 2013 - 06:30pm PT
Thanks Mucci, still a bad moniker in my opinion.

I know there is a tradition of gallows humor in the valley, but I don't have to dig it.

Sorry, but I helped her on her way, and it was a shitty mistake, but people just make bad jokes sometimes.

For example, I know for a fact that some of that humor is not made in a respectful way, in the least.

We all try to move on.....
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Nov 2, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
Yeah, pretty grim survival.

drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Nov 2, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
Apologies for more drift but...
Is there a thread buried somewhere about that accident, the girl, the rescue, etc?
Sounds fascinating.
That is, if you guys don't want to elaborate here on this one.

Back on topic...
Filth shot there BASE.
NB no socks, standard.


Edit- ok went looking myself and found the ANAM report.
http://publications.americanalpineclub.org/articles/13198402803/Fall-on-Rock-Unroped-California-Yosemite-Valley
amax

Trad climber
san diego
Nov 2, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
Man, your body position sucks :)
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