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Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 16, 2014 - 11:00am PT
A little lightning fire near "The City" appears to not currently be a threat, however another fire 100 miles north went from 7,000 acres to 31,000 acres yesterday. Big Thunderstorms have been ripping it up in South & Central Idaho, with a fair number of fires resulting.

A 30-acre fire ignited about seven miles from the City of Rocks National Reserve campground Tuesday afternoon.

That fire, called the Black Sands fire, was ignited by lightning about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. By about 8 p.m. crews had stopped the progression of the fire and were mopping up as they built a containment line.

The fire is burning in juniper, sagebrush, and grasses. Estimated control time is 6 p.m. Friday and containment is estimated on July 19.

Five engines, a helicopter and a dozer are working the fire. No structures are threatened.
http://magicvalley.com/news/local/preacher-fire-closes-u-s-small-blaze-ignites-at-city/article_345a6a7c-0c8e-11e4-badd-0019bb2963f4.html
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Aug 6, 2014 - 07:58am PT
Bummer Fritz! I hope the fire is under control!

Now where did i leave off?? Sorry about the delay folks... You know.. Life... Lol

I discovered a little program called Lightroom though. It's made my life much easier and i'm quite happy with the results.


Greg following the first pitch of Twin Cracks.


Making the wide positive.


Greg leading P2


Kevin on p2


Kevin and Greg on the summit of Twin Cracks.


We spent awhile on the summit lolly gagging and when we got back to the base, we hid out in whatever meagre shade we could find and had some snacks and liquids. Then we trudged back to camp and had some lunch.

Kevin had his eye on Eagle Crack since the moment he first spotted it from camp. After lunch we all hiked up there and I didn't climb because i tweaked my elbow on Twin Cracks. So i shot some pics instead.

Greg getting started on Eagle Crack 10a


Greg Halfway up Eagle Crack


Almost done!
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Aug 6, 2014 - 08:46am PT
More nice photos, Mike! Just seeing more photos of that wonderful climbing venue makes me want to return now that my back is doing much better.

I was actually pretty bummed out due to some extreme lower back and pelvis issues during the get-together. I had a procedure done after my return that seems to have improved everything tremendously. It took nearly 5 weeks recovery time after the treatment, but I'm now able to have almost complete range of motion activities again.

So...keep these wonderful and inspirations shots coming!
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 6, 2014 - 09:06pm PT
Big Mike!

WOW-OH-WOW------For your photos! Mark & I hiked out to the Twin Cracks area the day after you folks climbed it, and we followed your Eagle Rock ascent from camp----just before the deluge arrived.

Stunning photos!

Greg stopped by for a short visit at my booth at the SLC Outdoor Retailer Show today!

Great to see him again!

You gents are great!
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 6, 2014 - 09:49pm PT
I walked out that road and watched you guys climb the first pitch. That is a real cool area and it is probably good that it doesn't get much pressure. Em hiked out there with her umbrella and all and even walked across that private property there. A bold adventure indeed! Good times.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 7, 2014 - 02:34am PT
Nice results, Big Mike. Both the climb and the shots of it.

As for no-longer BrokeDownClimber, I'm glad to hear you've mended. And the eagles say "Take it easy." Until you need to put it into gear.

Hope all goes supre-taco in Italia, amici.

Is that still in the works?

You said, Rodger, "I know Mouse has more pictures, so he's better post up!"

I confess. There are still a few left.
"Good times."
Wayno hears no evil, speaks just like it is, is tuned in, has dandy ho...
Wayno hears no evil, speaks just like it is, is tuned in, has dandy homemade foil antennae, too...
Credit: mouse from merced
Waitin' for a flame.  Spider Savage's civilized-looking layout in the ...
Waitin' for a flame. Spider Savage's civilized-looking layout in the 'refectory.'
Credit: mouse from merced
MooseDrag.  aka Mister Brewsters.  aka Sir Nofun.  aka Flash Sendit.
MooseDrag. aka Mister Brewsters. aka Sir Nofun. aka Flash Sendit.
Credit: mouse from merced
Boo-coo bucks.  It's never been about cheap thrills.
Boo-coo bucks. It's never been about cheap thrills.
Credit: mouse from merced
Space is where you find it.  Ask Wayno.
Space is where you find it. Ask Wayno.
Credit: mouse from merced
I believe this is Mark.  It's decadent doin's climbing with a pack of ...
I believe this is Mark. It's decadent doin's climbing with a pack of "ruins."
Credit: mouse from merced
Sometimes it's too "Terry-ble" to watch.
Sometimes it's too "Terry-ble" to watch.
Credit: mouse from merced
"I need one more brew and I can send this! <br/>
Hey, Mabel!  Drool me ano...
"I need one more brew and I can send this!
Hey, Mabel! Drool me another MooseDraw!"
"No."
Credit: mouse from merced
MooseMusing on belaywhile Hardly Visible holds the rope.  Mo' hair bet...
MooseMusing on belaywhile Hardly Visible holds the rope. Mo' hair between the two of them than in Sam's suit.
Credit: mouse from merced
Remember donini trying to lead us in that sing-a-long?
Would anybody care for a cup of tea?
Would anybody care for a cup of tea?
Credit: mouse from merced
Is it After Six yet, Jim?
Is it After Six yet, Jim?
Credit: mouse from merced


Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Aug 9, 2014 - 10:03am PT
Thanks Roger! I'm glad to hear your back is feeling better! I could tell you were a little down at cor.. You seemed much happier at camp eating great food, drinking quality vino and conversing with everyone, then you did when we were talking to you in the shade at Breadloaves..

What was the procedure? I know a few things about broken backs unfortunately being fused from t-12 to l4.

Fritz- Thanks!! We did get a little wet that day didn't we.... Nothing major though, and we still got out the next day!

You are awesome Fritz! Thank you for such a warm welcome, your hospitality, and the effort to put this all together!! It really made it an amazing experience!

Yeah Wayno. Real cool area. A little more rustic out there. Twin cracks was a little dusty... Nothing by Squamish standards though! Lol

Em has ovaries for that!! I wish i had of got a photo of her doing it!

Mouse, my friend. Thanks! We still need to get you going with raw. Do you have at least windows 7? This is a free product from Canon that they just totally revamped!!
http://support-nz.canon.co.nz/contents/NZ/EN/0200372802.html

If not, here's an older version. http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Canon-Digital-Photo-Professional-Download-78921.html

That should get you started..

Ok. I got a couple more photos done from camp that night.


My camp spot under the sisters.


Spider making jokes again with beer packaging again... :)


Fritz and Greg on the prowl while the group pow wows.


A few gents hanging out at the truck.


Chatting after dinner.


These next three images are all very similar but i really like them all because you can see different people's faces in each shot.. Scroll fast it'll be like a sequence.







Some of the boys and I wandered off to our camp for a bit.

Greg Gavin photo

Back at the group site, we got a little rain, but Phylp had a solution...


She didn't skip a beat...


Kevin and a beautiful sun set.
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
Aug 9, 2014 - 11:15am PT
Thank you Mike and Mouse for the pics!. Most excellent!

Moose
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Aug 9, 2014 - 12:15pm PT
Thanks Moose! It was a pleasure to get to know you better buddy!! This one is just for you!!

The inconceivable, indisputable, humorous, generous,

Moosedrool!
Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 9, 2014 - 06:22pm PT
AHHHH YES!!!

Mike these shots are pure GOLD. You are a great photog, and editor of my sub par click. haha

Fritz - glad to see you at OR the other day. I know you guys were busy as hell, and am psyched I swung by during a lull in the flurry of activity that is Fritz!

Man o man those shots of us on Twin Cracks brings back the memories like it was yesterday...
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Aug 9, 2014 - 07:16pm PT
Thanks Greg! I really like your click tho! Mainly because i'm in the shot! ;)

Twin cracks was fun. There's more where that came from, but i'm saving the bangers for a tr! :)
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Aug 9, 2014 - 07:40pm PT
I think I look quite natty with the blue plate on my head. It could start a trend. Plus it was my dirty dinner plate so I was cleaning it at the same time.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2014 - 09:09pm PT
Much fun here!

I got home from the Outdoor Retailer show this evening, & Heidi & I just looked at the latest photos & posts.

Great photos from Big Mike & Mouse, and great fun from all------but the cleaning the plate quip from Phylp-------is the best fun!

and the weather was warm & dry.

A warm & dry afternoon with just a little rain, wind, & cold.  Left to...
A warm & dry afternoon with just a little rain, wind, & cold. Left to right: Mouse, Mark, Angela's head??, Big Mike, & Terry.
Credit: Fritz
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Aug 10, 2014 - 09:50am PT
Wow! What an awesome group of fun loving friends! This should become an annual event!

Mike- I had a very extreme prolotherapy procedure on some ligaments deep inside my pelvis--ones which maintain correct alignment of the pelvis with the spine, as well as holding the sacrum in place so the SI joints "stay put." It required an injection deep into the ligaments using a 4" long fine gauge needle to inject powdered pumice in normal saline plus lidocaine to accomplish. I could barely walk for nearly 2 weeks afterwards, but am really feeling great for now. The cause of the problem was when I fell from one of my farm implements over year ago, and landed far too hard on my left leg which tore and stretched the ligament on the left side. Ugh! At least it's semi-permanently fixed (for now).

Check out: http://www.prolotherapy.com. The article on "The Biochemistry of Prolotherapy" in the menu was written by one of my old climbing partners from Boulder.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Aug 11, 2014 - 07:55am PT
Back to the main topic: let's get a few more pictures posted up! I know Mouse took tons of pictures---more than he's posted here!

Best "people shot:" Phyl with the blue plate perched atop her head!
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Aug 31, 2014 - 06:20am PT
Just finished showing these photos to some friends in Wolkenstein/Selva Italy. This had to be the climbing/climbers event of the year!
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