Do you remember your first lead?

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TwistedCrank

climber
Released into general population, Idaho
Oct 11, 2018 - 06:51pm PT
After Six. Duh.
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 11, 2018 - 06:51pm PT
Either the first pitch of Jamcrack on sunnyside or something on Harry Daley.
Iamjus10

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 11, 2018 - 07:01pm PT
Seeing a lot of first pitch of Jamcracks on here. Makes me happy.
I put my friend on the first pitch of Jamcrack as his first trad lead. He knocked it out of the water.
He TR'd it first too.
jbaker

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Oct 11, 2018 - 07:02pm PT
Don Paul - I was climbing at Annapolis Rocks in Maryland when a couple local boys showed up to climb. They had a chain saw, just in case. So your machete might have looked a bit weak to the locals. One of them was top-roping, swinging back and forth, whooping, while his belayer was holding the rope end heading into the belay device. He wasn't open to advice that it might be better to hold the other end.
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Oct 11, 2018 - 07:07pm PT
Horseman at the Gunks.

Cool. Mine was Grey Face, at the Gunks.

Curt
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Oct 11, 2018 - 08:18pm PT
skywalker1

Trad climber
co
Oct 11, 2018 - 09:27pm PT
^^^^ Where do you get these pictures from? Is that you???? LOL

S.....
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Oct 11, 2018 - 09:46pm PT
skywalker... That's Cosmic .... on his first lead... Luckily he doesn't have any pics of me...
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 12, 2018 - 05:09am PT
I forgot to mention that there is a calotype of my first lead somewhere in the archives of the Smithsonian, not sure where, seems to have been misfiled by an intern.
skywalker1

Trad climber
co
Oct 12, 2018 - 06:56am PT
Jim I believe your first lead was well documented in the Old Testament. I remember something with a goat. I may be mistaken.

S...

JerryA

Mountain climber
Sacramento,CA
Oct 12, 2018 - 07:05am PT
1976 P.S.O.M. Third Lake Camp , Kim Schmitz belaying , TM Herbert observing .
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Oct 12, 2018 - 08:04am PT
Jim did you guide Moses up and down the mountain?
Sula

Trad climber
Pennsylvania
Oct 12, 2018 - 10:33am PT
Shockley's Ceiling at the Gunks.

Abject ignorance of the concept of rope drag makes this route a bit harder than it should be.


tradryan

Big Wall climber
San Diego
Oct 12, 2018 - 10:44am PT
Speaking of abject ignorance... did anyone else whip on their first lead?? I was a relatively experienced seconder but my first lead was the first pitch of a multipitch route. First pitch 5.8, second 5.10c, with the crux right off the belay as it happened. Apparently, I didn't really conceptualize that when leading... one must determine where to stop. I cruised the first pitch to a nice ledge. Looking up at the next section of slightly overhanging layback thin fingers I thought "that looks really hard for 5.8." Ultimately, I whipped, smacking the helmet on the rock behind me. At that point, I decided I should probably belay from the comfortable ledge DOH!
Tom Bruskotter

Trad climber
Seattle
Oct 12, 2018 - 11:15am PT
It's fun reading all your stories about your first time.
My first lead was The Eye on Cyclops Rock at Joshua Tree in 1982 and I was 16. I remember it feeling like a long pitch and not thinking much of the occasional stoppers I was putting in. It was easy enough climbing but still pretty exhilarating. It was rated 5.0 then, but has been upgraded to 5.4. You know, I remember thinking it felt like at least a 3+.
madbolter1

Big Wall climber
Denver, CO
Oct 12, 2018 - 11:33am PT
The Trough at Big Rock. Gold Line rope. Tennis shoes. I was GRIPPED like I was gonna die!!! At about 14 years old, my whole life flashed before my eyes.
Risk

Mountain climber
Marooned, 855 miles from Tuolumne Meadows
Oct 12, 2018 - 01:03pm PT
Sunnyside Bench about 1971. I fell!
madbolter1

Big Wall climber
Denver, CO
Oct 12, 2018 - 01:16pm PT
Hey, Tom, the Cyclops Eye sure felt like the real deal back then. Solidly 5.3+ R. Real exposure for a noob.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Oct 12, 2018 - 02:38pm PT
5.9, a short one, at Grouse Slabs on Donner. My buddy who watched me lead said it was a good thing I didnít fall, cause the placements were marginal.
Iamjus10

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2018 - 03:18pm PT
The Eye! That was my first ever free solo (I think it is for many) I love running up The Eye to watch the sunrise in the morning.
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