Just out of curiosity, is the pole dancer of Chinese origin?
I don't think so, no.
Is that a Porta pole?
Yes, and apparently a very good one.
After a few people walked over there and let the second and the leader know that they were setting themselves up for a dangerous situation, he attempted to fix it. Here’s a pic of how he started.
Surprised he didn't pop, swing, and take out the legitimate climber leading bearded cabbage. :O
Is Josh just a hang out on the weekends now.
It sure looked like it. People peddling around bikes, jogging, wearing dresses and high heels, boom boxes blasting music, solar panels, you name it.
Christy's flying out from DC next week.
We'll be at hvcg 19th - 24th with a few friends.
Come on out if you can.
Sounds like fun! Although Christy is still mad at me for Scott leaving his keys in my car and me leaving my cell phone at HD and not knowing about said keys. Somehow it was my fault that Scott couldn't be responsible for his keys or something. haha
I have nothing against pole dancing per se, but WTF?
Right? haha I started climbing here in the 70's and things have changed a little. For the worse, but really they haven't changed an extreme amount. You can still find plenty of great areas where there are no people. That's pretty hard in, say, Yosemite.
Also, despite south Wonderland parking being full, the place was empty.
Right. I used to see people climbing on the astro domes all the time. Never anymore. Best routes in the monument, eh park, too. :)
God I miss Josh. Have to make some time to get out there this winter.
that pole base looks solid- looks like it weighs a ton.
..and yes- nobody really climbs any more.
You can witness that Toe Jam scenario on any given weekend BTW.
A couple nutty Josh stories of noobosity:
Climbing at Ryan Campground rock. We have our rope up on something to TR. Pack of beginners in the next site are all hym'in and hawin trying to get up the nerve to lead something. Totally random shirtless Dophin-short wearing climber dude offers to put up thier rope for them , does so... then bails.
We are TR-ing- they are TR-ing. I go up to clean our anchor and... dophin dude has clipped ONE biner into ONE nut of MY anchor for thier TR. WTF? I have to sit up on the ledge for 15 minutes waiting for one of the noobs to get up there so I can explain that as soon as he's on the ground I'm dropping his rope and the follies of trusting some random desert rat to set up an anchor.
A guide friend related an incident where some newbies accidentally cleaned the WRONG anchor off Capp Rock... they tossed the rope off the top of "Catch a Falling Star"... while someone was following it. Poor guy was more than half way up - basically had to free solo the ending- not sure if he was able to re-clip some pieces. Terrifying.