rope/gear stolen: Pat and Jack Pinnacle

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JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
May 7, 2014 - 04:35pm PT
This thread deserves a bump. It needs to stay on the front page a while longer to warn others of the dangers of "two-legged bears" in the Valley and, sad to say, many other beautiful places.

I guess that one of the advantages of pitons and old oval carabiners was the ability to stamp my initials in them. We did that to help sort gear BITD, but it would be a bit of a theft deterrent as well.

Of course, it also helps me establish the value of two of my prize possessions -- two old Chouinard Bugaboos with "CP" -- as in Chuck Pratt -- stamped in them. I got them from Pratt in the early 1970's.

John
Alexey

climber
San Jose, CA
May 7, 2014 - 05:39pm PT
Tahoe523, I am sure I did see you that morning even briefly talk to your partner at parking lot. You just parked on left side of my car, while I was waiting for my wife. I did not know that you are Tahoe523.
This day I was waiting my wife too long, went to swim in Merced, forget my watch on the bolder.
When return 4 hours later the watch is gone...
skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
May 7, 2014 - 06:40pm PT
:( bad karma for the theives bump
mcd

Trad climber
May 7, 2014 - 06:47pm PT
just walked to the base of el cap today and a gal told me gear is being stolen from the base while guys are fixing pitches. heads up!
The Hawk

climber
May 7, 2014 - 07:03pm PT
All kidding aside, we had a box of at least 8 more cookies from Panera sitting on the filing cabinet. I went to the bathroom, came back - gone.

I feel like it's spreading.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
May 7, 2014 - 08:16pm PT
Sux.
Can't imagine climbing with stolen gear.
Thanks for posting.
whitemeat

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
May 7, 2014 - 09:13pm PT
god damn... that sucks! I got my haul bag stolen while cragging once too...

I feel your pain bro!

my eyes will be peeled for eternity!!!!

mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
May 7, 2014 - 10:33pm PT
If caught, death by #3 beaks.
QITNL

climber
May 7, 2014 - 10:46pm PT
Sorry to hear your rope got pinched, that stinks.

Last Friday, I left a fizzy drink and an empty plastic bottle in a bear locker by Tenaya Lake. When I got back Sunday, the fizzy drink was gone and the empty plastic bottle was sitting out.

Bastards! The same thieves must be hitting Tioga Road, heads up.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 7, 2014 - 10:52pm PT
I agree that some legit locals/regulars need to set up a sting op. Send 2 people out for beers/bowls in the woods to chill while the climbing party heads out on a route.

Leave a pack with some visible cams/rope on it at the base. And wait. Charge them from 2 angles as they grab the gear. This can be implemented with a couple of others at the escape routes too. Catch them in the act!

Let the thieves know that the word is out and "many of us" are doing this now to catch the thieves.

This must be stopped. A video-cam from the woods would be legally actionable against the thieves.
Chuckcar

climber
CityByTheBay
May 7, 2014 - 10:57pm PT
GoPros can be set to take a pic every 30 seconds or so. Set up one away from your stuff to monitor the area. Could disguise it in a dog bowl or something.
QITNL

climber
May 7, 2014 - 11:04pm PT
Too much work. I'm just gonna drop 10 tabs of acid in the bottle next time I leave a fizzy drink.
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
May 7, 2014 - 11:49pm PT
Im so sorry tahoe523 and all who have been victims of theft. I hope the perpetrators get caught. It sucks to think another climber may be responsible. A few bad apples but they ruin the camaraderie of the mountains for all of us.
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
May 7, 2014 - 11:53pm PT
Sorry but take some solace in all the love people are sending you
tahoe523

Trad climber
Station Wagon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - May 9, 2014 - 09:47pm PT
Thanks for the bumping sympathies! As they say, resentment is like chugging down rat poison thinking that it'll hurt the other person. Theft sucks, but you can't let such bitterness fester. It does you no good by letting a perp unnecessarily hurt you any further than they already have. Be careful with your gear, but remember that most climbers are nice, honest human beings. A few shitty apples be damned!

On a more sunny note, it has been amusing to see all the targeted advertising. So many ads for grigris and 60m pull cords! The online world knows all!

Sorry I never got to meet you and say hi, Alexey. I'm sure you eventually climbed something wide, hard and scary. :) Have a great weekend, everyone.
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
sawatch choss
May 9, 2014 - 10:34pm PT
This isn't the tahoe523 TR I was looking for. That sucks. Crank something out and tell us all about it sometime!
elcap-pics

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
May 10, 2014 - 12:57am PT
Sadly this happens All The Time in Yosemite... so just expect that it will happen to you and take precautions. If you leave a fixed line or drop a line to be picked up by a friend later, there is a pretty good chance that someone will steal it... many climbers are honorable but it only takes a few to rip you off.
whitemeat

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
May 10, 2014 - 09:44am PT
GoPros can be set to take a pic every 30 seconds or so. Set up one away from your stuff to monitor the area. Could disguise it in a dog bowl or something.


I think they actually make motion sensors for your gopro, so when someone starts to steal your gear, the camera will turn on and bam, got em!

hope you find your gear!
namascar

Trad climber
Pasadena, CA
May 10, 2014 - 10:03am PT
That is really too bad. bump
OR

Trad climber
May 10, 2014 - 11:28am PT
I have posted my similar experience here before. What a bummer. Even more of a bummer is it could be other local climbers. Sad. Good luck on retrieving your gear.
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