A run on the Matrix (NC) in November (short TR)


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St. Looney
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 28, 2007 - 06:40pm PT
The last of November, Arno and I drove to Whitesides to do the Matrix. This climb is 8 or 9 pitches and mixed. The top several pitches are on the headwall. The thing never lets up and was fun fun fun!

Here are a few photos from that day. Though it was the end of November, we were baking hot. It was awesome!

Having a great time! We are the most fortunate people to be able to climb.

I like this shot because you can see the headwall coming up. It's a lot further to the top than it looks from here. See all the dried vegetation on the wall? The thing hadn't been done in a long time. I have all sorts of lichen or whatever that is in my hair and all over! Think I consumed a fair amount as well. :)

Cool photo of Arno as he is preparing to take off. I like the effect that this picture has. Plus, for once, it's not a butt shot of him. :)

We got to the top just in time to see the sunset. Beautiful day, beautiful climb and fantastic fun.

I can't wait to get back out to Whitesides and do some of the other climbs like Little Miss Dangerous and the OR.

Jan 28, 2007 - 06:43pm PT
That's a girl, keep passing the ball, and shoot to score.

Just see, it's a great game ..........

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St. Looney
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 28, 2007 - 06:48pm PT
Near the top, I encountered this enormous roof. At least it felt enormous by that time. Ha!


Jan 28, 2007 - 06:49pm PT
Great shot!
goatboy smellz

boulder county
Jan 28, 2007 - 06:51pm PT
The Crimp in action.

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 28, 2007 - 07:36pm PT
thanks for the TR, I don't know to be happy or sad that there are so many places to climb that I haven't climbed yet...

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No Ut
Jan 28, 2007 - 09:11pm PT
Good-looking climb - good-looking climber(s)! Nice trip report and photos, Crimpie. Thanks! Say hey to Arno for me, next time you see him, will you?

The City of Lost Angels
Jan 28, 2007 - 10:43pm PT
Beautiful photos Crimpy. Thanks for this great post.

By the way, where in St. Louis do you live?

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Durango, CO
Jan 28, 2007 - 11:36pm PT
That looks OUTSTANDING! But where the heck is that? I imagine it is nowhere near St. Louis.

EDIT: I found it in another thread - the 'bump yer thread" thread: NC. Looks like lots of fun!
john hansen

Jan 28, 2007 - 11:39pm PT
I've never seen a picture of crimpie when she dosen't have a big grin on her face.

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The West
Jan 28, 2007 - 11:51pm PT
Great photos/report and yup, another place to get to.

Trad climber
Jan 29, 2007 - 12:14am PT
Great pics Crimp. These kinds of pictures, the places, the people, I swear, it makes me want (more) to become a climbing bum.

Whitesides looks like a great place to climb and I know Arno has put up some bold routes there. I have been listening to his book on CD (Highly recommended folks!) and he talks about Whitesides a bit.

It's cold now in Memphis and the itch to climb is growing stronger. Gotta get out West or East, somewhere out of this flat river bottom.

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St. Looney
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 29, 2007 - 07:30am PT
You can actually see Whitesides (it's near Highlands, North Carolina) if you go to Google earth and 'fly' there. Really cool. I am looking forward to getting back.

L asked where in STL I live - I live in Pasadena Hills near UMSL. One mile south of 70. Easy to get into and out of town. And oh, do I dream of getting out of town!

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thats what she said...
Mar 10, 2009 - 11:00pm PT
that looks righteous! i am heading down there in May for a hot minute. I hope it's not intolerably hot...as of this moment I am just a little more inspired than previously!

Trad climber
Mar 10, 2009 - 11:16pm PT
Great TR Crimper!
You look rather casual on that "roof". The benefit of global warming- shirt sleeves forever. Thanks for reporting in.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Mar 10, 2009 - 11:22pm PT
nice, keep the TRs comin'!

looks like a fun route.

Trad climber
Mar 11, 2009 - 12:08am PT
I always enjoy your posts.
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