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BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Apr 29, 2017 - 10:01am PT
rincon

climber
Coarsegold
Apr 29, 2017 - 10:50am PT
Is there a record for the number occupants at one time? I've been up there when it was crowded on a few occassions.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Lassitude 33
Apr 29, 2017 - 12:14pm PT
The Space Station is a classic hang, many climbers have great stories to tell about this hang. No doubt that Kevin was the first to bestow the "Space Station" name and certainly put it "on the map" for climbers. But, it is none too difficult to reach, so it is likely that someone ventured up there previously.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Apr 30, 2017 - 08:07pm PT
Cosmic...I've got some slides of Don Okelly following Okelly crack somewhere.. Might have to go digging..Don's father did the Eiger...rj
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Apr 30, 2017 - 08:49pm PT
Anybody remember Lou Bartlett? He was one of E's sidekicks.

One morning, late 70s, E and Lou and I dropped and Lou took us on a merry jaunt he called "the observatory tour".

It started in The Outback IIRC, and went deep into the Wonderland, linking up a series of hollowed out rock formations much like the space station. The first was like a Flintstone house. Hollow on the inside with an actual window you could peer out of. The second was shaped like a giant mushroom and had a hole in the top you could stick your head out of. The third was all the way out by Uncle Willie's.

This picture of BVB might be of the last one, although I recall it was bigger.

Photo credit BVB or maybe Off White.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Apr 30, 2017 - 08:58pm PT
I think the old orange Wolfe guide has a picture of Don O'Kelly hanging in front of his namesake climb from the end of a rope, either from a bowline on a coil or a one-inch tubular swami. He looks uncomfortable!

Actually went out there one day with Mooney and Mr. O'Kelly. Neither of us could get up the route at the time, but it was fun to be there with Don holding the rope for us!
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
May 1, 2017 - 03:51pm PT
That's the one Roy, you could crawl way back up in there until you were out of sight. I can date that photo to 1975 because I'm using the Hot Line Bong. Mike Paul and I got a hold of a bunch of really good Oaxacan reefer one spring, and climbing took a backseat to making bongs and doing bonghits for the next few days. We had all this perfectly cured bamboo in different diameters, a few fine woodworking tools and widgets, and smoking hardware we bought at The Black in OB. For the Hot Line Bong, we snipped the photo from Mountain Magazine showing Kauk and Bachar's line from the FFA, put several coats of varnish over it, waterproofed and waxed the interior, and it made for one hell of a great little crag bong. I eventually traded it to Alan Nelson for a bunch of Acid. Good Times!

Kyle's first trip to the Space Station, guided by Middendorf!


Rager T-Day feast in the site right below the Space Staion

Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
May 1, 2017 - 05:33pm PT
Great picture Brassnuts!

I have never been in the Space Station.... Though I have ever gone up close to look at the way, and I have never seen anyone actually climbing in or out(they just always seem to BE in there), that bit going towards the opening makes me afraid. Worse is the idea that maybe I would do it and be scared, but get in, and then be too scared to try getting back out!

Craig Fry

Trad climber
So Cal.
May 1, 2017 - 05:50pm PT
There was only one Iron Door Cave

The history of the IDC has not been accurately documented
many conspiracy theories exist, is there any consensus ...
maybe some one knows.

Is there a bolt still there to hang your lantern?
I heard some folks slept inside for fun during a rainstorm?
but the rain seeped in the cracks in the sides,
the state of sound sleeping is definitely not guaranteed while inside the IDC
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 1, 2017 - 07:01pm PT
IDC had a weird vibe. It was cool in small doses. I preferred the Hobbit Hole and Peyote Cracks area. Every time you emerged from the HH, it seemed like you had been born again.

And then the Wonderland beckoned.

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 1, 2017 - 07:14pm PT
I hear that. The Grey Giant was my initial cactus experience, whoa Nelly!
chefer

Trad climber
Altadena, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 1, 2017 - 07:58pm PT
What is this iron door cave? I'm familiar with the hobbit hole and I know about the peyote cracks but have never heard of the off. Can someone expand upon that for a bonafide n00b like myself?
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 1, 2017 - 08:06pm PT
iDC is several hundred yards north of the main loop of Hidden Valley CC. It is a hollow boulder with an iron door on the right side as you approach it. It is not that obvious. No one is sure why the door was put there.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 1, 2017 - 08:40pm PT
I have heard 1 and 3 Cosmic ;-)
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
May 1, 2017 - 09:01pm PT
I'm surprised that chefer hasn't heard of Iron Door Cave. Last time I was there we walked past a big line of tourists streaming out of HVCG asking where it was. Some one flapping their lips and photos on social media no doubt.
chefer

Trad climber
Altadena, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 1, 2017 - 10:11pm PT
Fat Dad (it feels strange to adress someone in such a way), im not too "in the loop" on social media so I havent come across any mention of it in that realm. I was first shown the space station by a climbing partner i met in the HV parking lot earlier in the day. He wanted to go smoke a joint in there and i tagged along for the view. Im slightly disiappointed the iron door cave seems to see regular traffic. I guess the best way to find a cool seclueded spot like that is just to go out and explore..
chefer

Trad climber
Altadena, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 1, 2017 - 10:37pm PT
Cosmic, that sounds like a trip! Whereabouts is this chasm?
chefer

Trad climber
Altadena, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 1, 2017 - 11:45pm PT
A chasm guide? It cant be too hard to navigate alone can it?
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
May 2, 2017 - 01:10am PT
chefer, the chasm is strictly a night-time affair, and at night it's still possible to get disoriented, if you've done it a gazillion times. the entrance can be really hard to find in the dark. it's easier to do the chasm on shrooms, or acid. i've tried both and i think shrooms are the better vision enhancers -- those blown out, dinner-plate pupils are like military grade night goggles! flashlights are artificial aid, and regarded as poor form and lacking in style.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 2, 2017 - 08:07am PT
If you do the chasm, you have to try the Oven. Not good if you are claustrophobic. You definitley need a guide for that one, because it is good to have some one drag you out by the feet if you get stuck.
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