Yosemite: Spray Paint in the Gunsight (!)

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Paul

Trad climber
Muir Beach, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 9, 2006 - 10:08pm PT
Just got back from the Yo. We came down the Gunsight (between Lower & Middle Cathedral), and WHAT THE F*CK! Someone had spray painted bright orange dots marking the way down, on the rock face. There were about 15 "dots" mostly in the middle section. I came down the Gunsight in July, and there were not dots, so this is a recent job. Forgive me if I am an old stoggy back-country trad climber, but I did not know it was okay to spray paint the rock. Any one out there know what's going on?

Thanks,
Paul

PS - there was a rattle snake at the lower sling (tree) anchor. Of course, next to a spray painted dot.
Matt

Trad climber
places you shouldn't talk about in polite company
Sep 9, 2006 - 10:11pm PT
weak sauce
Mimi

climber
Sep 9, 2006 - 10:12pm PT
This should be interesting. Unless it was a rescue.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Sep 9, 2006 - 10:15pm PT
Looks like another Facelift project.

Ken
Mimi

climber
Sep 9, 2006 - 10:17pm PT
Maybe it's temporary paint.
JOEY.F

Social climber
sebastopol
Sep 9, 2006 - 10:22pm PT
Orange dots on the talus on the way to Dana, too.
Mimi

climber
Sep 9, 2006 - 10:24pm PT
The plot thickens. Must be rescue. If not, Ultrabiker, get the rope.
Matt

Trad climber
places you shouldn't talk about in polite company
Sep 9, 2006 - 10:24pm PT
it sounds like the trail markings you see at squamish, up to the grand wall, or at many trails off the carriage road at the gunks. in those cases it's more to keep people on trail and decrease the "social trail" affect from wandering climbers.

good thing someone made that descent "safe", lordy only knows what all these climbers did before 2006!
Paul

Trad climber
Muir Beach, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2006 - 10:45pm PT
Nothing was temporary about this paint. I'm still finding it hard to beleive that someone drags a can of bright orange spray paint up/down a gully to mark the way. Feck, go to the gym if you want to mark the place up. After scratching around on a couple new and old school routes, the last thing I want to come across is some pee-pee face weenie marking the way.
Errrrrr...
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Sep 9, 2006 - 11:06pm PT
I only use day glow orange, so it was not me.

Juan
Ouch!

climber
Sep 9, 2006 - 11:08pm PT
Maybe it was directing you to the rattlesnake.
WBraun

climber
Sep 10, 2006 - 12:02am PT
No rescue occurred in the Gunsight, we never paint markings, we use flagging and at night cyalume lightsticks if we need.

Strange .........
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Sep 10, 2006 - 12:46am PT
I think the snake did it.


yeah.
That's the ticket.
john hansen

climber
Sep 10, 2006 - 12:51am PT
It is totally bogus. Pretty soon they,ll have passing lanes on the Nose.
WBraun

climber
Sep 10, 2006 - 12:57am PT
Good idea john. I will design big wall traffic lights.

LED's of course, to conserve power ..........
john hansen

climber
Sep 10, 2006 - 01:27am PT
Perhaps you could set up small solar panels on dolt tower or mammoth ledges for the season and light up the routes with fiber optic cables .

LuckyPink

Mountain climber
north bay today/someplace else tomorrow
Sep 10, 2006 - 01:59am PT
I've seen this type of trail marking in other areas outside USA, ie Russia, Italy, Mexico.. hope someone gets it off. I'm sure that's a bureaucratic mess to use an actual solvent chemical in an environment managed by the feds. May have to be covert.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Sep 10, 2006 - 03:10am PT
It's totally wrong and out of line.

But just for a little tidbit from the past, the ledge trail used to be marked with paint.

Peace

Karl
Chaz

Trad climber
So. Cal.
Sep 10, 2006 - 03:14am PT
I knew YOSAR wasn't behind it.

If Werner and his Crew were painting up their rescues there would be orange spots all over The Valley.
JohnRoe

Trad climber
State College, PA
Sep 10, 2006 - 08:21am PT
wbraun wrote

> Good idea john. I will design big wall traffic lights.

This was done once on "Traffic Jam Chimney" at Seneca.
I think a generator was hauled up to power the traffic signals.

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