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mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 17, 2017 - 01:24pm PT
Damn, it's been almost 15 years since I had last been to Courtright Reservoir, an old stomping ground when I used to live in Fresno. There was a time when going there every weekend wasn't enough. I would create "soft lies" for sneaking out of work to head there to climb throughout the weekdays! If you've ever been, Courtright is like the Lost Sister to Tuolumne Meadows......beautiful domes on bullet white granite, polished by glaciers long gone. I fell in love with Courtright.....and I still am! This past LONG weekend was just as amazing as it was nearly 15 years ago. I simply wasn't ready to leave. Memory after memory flooded in as I recounted routes I had done out there or simply scouting around. Equally awesome was running into Scott "Loomey" Loomis. He and a host of greats (Herb Laeger, Kris Solem, Ron Carson, Vaino Kodas, Stephen McCabe....to name a few) made Courtright what its is. Routes like 'The Cross And The Switchblade', Carson-Kodas Arete, Wild West, The Gold Standard.....classic testpieces of Courtright, set upon a majestic granite landscape. Scott and I could have pow-wow'd the entire day recounting memories, hatching plans and painting descriptors of places near and obscure. Good seeing you Scott! Well, 4 days just wasn't enough but we got in what could as a reintroduction (like getting yourself acquainted with an 'old flame'). Here's a taste of the "magic". I encourage fans of Courtright to post up favorite memories and pix from your times at this western Sierra gem.

Tiki-Ger getting in some 'fore-play' at The Sex Wall
Tiki-Ger &#40;GerrY Jessuran&#41; on The Sex Wall
Tiki-Ger (GerrY Jessuran) on The Sex Wall
Credit: mooch

Ger teases the friction addition
Credit: mooch

Linda Jarit sensually saunters up The Sex Wall
Credit: mooch

Linda Lou
Credit: mooch

Bela Logan gets in a 'Quickie (5.9), The Sex Wall
Credit: mooch

Bela on 'This Pussy Eats You' (.10b), Tiger Cage. Yummy!
Credit: mooch
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jul 17, 2017 - 01:30pm PT
Courtright is Awesome!
Sadly I haven't been there since about 1991.
Before that I went there quite frequently.
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
Jul 17, 2017 - 01:49pm PT
Couldn't help chiming in. Courtright was and is one of my favorites places, period. First went after the Vermin Guide was published in '93 and I have tried to go there every year since.Last year was no exception.included here is a pic of climbrunride as we were bailing in the middle of a torrential shower on Duzy Dome a few years back. Most of my climbing shots are in a box at my studio, on film no less. Will try to post some later.-lars

Credit: lars johansen

Duzy Dome
Duzy Dome
Credit: lars johansen

Credit: lars johansen

Credit: lars johansen
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 17, 2017 - 02:01pm PT
My last trip was 2007. Why has it been so long?

Wish'd I could have gone. Finally starting to feel more normal.

Stoked you got to reconnect with the stone out there. Nothing quite like it.

mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 17, 2017 - 03:40pm PT
Michele Beaty on 'Anyone Got A Cigarette' (.10b)
Credit: mooch

Yours truly leading the first pitch of 'A Little Nukey', Power Dome. Forgot my climbing shoes at home! Uggg!
Credit: mooch
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Jul 17, 2017 - 03:52pm PT
Credit: Ksolem

From Spread Eagle...

That's Power Dome, with the long prow, just below the south end of the lake.
msiddens

Trad climber
Jul 17, 2017 - 06:57pm PT

Jul 17, 2017 - 02:01pm PT
My last trip was 2007. Why has it been so long?

Wish'd I could have gone. Finally starting to feel more normal.

Stoked you got to reconnect with the stone out there. Nothing quite like it.

Munge when were you ever normal....LOL

Agreed it's been too long- 4 years
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
Jul 17, 2017 - 08:19pm PT
Munge-

PM me if you want to go this summer-lars
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Jul 17, 2017 - 08:36pm PT
I. LOVE. COURTRIGHT. AND. WISHON!!!!!

Too bad we missed each other this weekend. I'll post some pics and memories when I'm on my computer.

PS- Courtright is better than Tuolumne :)
Inner City

Trad climber
Portland, OR
Jul 17, 2017 - 09:39pm PT
Limping along...'Courtright is better than Tuolumne'.

I love that quote. Courtright is awesome...And Dogtooth too

But I mean only one road cuts through the heart of Yosemite...
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Jul 17, 2017 - 10:46pm PT
I climbed at Courtright for the first time last year.

Going again this Wednesday, for a week!

Moose
this just in

climber
Justin Ross from North Fork
Jul 18, 2017 - 07:33am PT
Nice Dave. My first time tying in was at Trapper, by the time I got back to the ground, I was hooked. Thanks for the pics.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Jul 18, 2017 - 07:54am PT
Courtright.....the best of times......


Credit: micronut
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 18, 2017 - 09:54am PT
PS- Courtright is better than Tuolumne :)

You had me at "better". :) Minimal tooling, no "racing" to the classics, no headaches when looking for places to camp, no park entrance fee......shall I go on?
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 18, 2017 - 11:08am PT
Looks like great rock.....but where are the cracks and holds?
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Cali
Jul 18, 2017 - 11:18am PT
Right here Jim.

Credit: G_Gnome

Oh, but you do need to know how to climb 12b thin edging to get to it.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 18, 2017 - 11:28am PT
Jan -

Face Of A Blue Eyed Dog??
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Jul 18, 2017 - 11:39am PT
That would be me drilling the third bolt on SeamStress in about 1989...
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Jul 18, 2017 - 11:44am PT
My first lead was Drill Instructor.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 18, 2017 - 04:27pm PT
Thanks for setting me straight, Kris!

BTW, is the shindig for Courtright for August 4th thru the 6th still on? I know DaveyTree was the driving force to get it going. I've been spreading the word. Yes, yes.....it'll be warm. Get over it! Let's go have a good time!

FlyDude? You on board? I've got a few that are committed.
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