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john hansen

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 11, 2007 - 01:25am PT
Who drew the original lighting bolt ,and how has it been maintained thru the years. Yabo saw the route , Kauk climbed it. ..whats the story on the lighting bolt.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:31am PT
Probably Mike Graham. I remember him drawing those bolts all over the place at that time. Maybe Bachar or RK.
WBraun

climber
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:35am PT
Yabo drew it
Jude Bischoff

Ice climber
Palm Springs
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:35am PT
My daughter and I saw Lynn Hills first female ascent and on the same day a European climber did the first downclimb of Midnight Lightning.
john hansen

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2007 - 01:39am PT
I'm glad Yabo drew it. If werner says it is so,, it is so.

He was there.
WBraun

climber
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:49am PT
Not that it's gospel truth that Yabo drew it John.

Could have been the others too.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:51am PT
First down climb? Unlikely....

I go with Yabo or MG.
Jude Bischoff

Ice climber
Palm Springs
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:58am PT
I saw the downclimb in action, the guy sent it and then downclimbed it. Poetry in motion I might add.
Chaz

Trad climber
So. Cal.
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:59am PT
I had heard you were supposed to draw over the image with chalk after you failed to climb it.

Anyway, that's what I did after I *tried* it.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:01am PT
Not to split the thread... but Lynne did the thing eons after it was originally done and what makes you think a Euro downclimb was the first? I've seen plenty of guys down climb the thing from the mantle.... so it is not much of a reach to believe it was downclimbed years before Lynne was there.
Jude Bischoff

Ice climber
Palm Springs
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:06am PT
Lynne made an announcement it was the first downclimb, but you could be perfectly correct. He did it from the top. And yes time wise, this was maybe 6 or 7 years ago.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:09am PT
Hey Jude.... (killing myself with that one... sorry!)

Was this when Lynne was on a top rope? Or am I just mixing up an ascent or two...? The first time she did it is what you saw? Got any pics? That'd be cool....

As for the downclimb... I'm 98.587% positive she was mistaken about the Euro.
Jude Bischoff

Ice climber
Palm Springs
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:14am PT
Forgot my camera that day. Ron Kauk was taking the photo's from a ladder. I guess she practiced on top rope earlier in the day, but sent it after two falls.

Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:16am PT
Crowley. Please try to control yourself. I know it is hard for you. You are not adding anything, once again, to this discussion between Jude and myself. So kindly, step back, relax, and fuk off.

Timeframe edit: I think Lynne did it in 1998 the first time.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:23am PT
I've always wondered why the Park Service allows that obvious "graffiti" to stay??
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:27am PT
I'd guess that the Rangers viewed it as "removable", and it fell into that grey area--my .02.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:54am PT
It's not graffiti, it's a pictograph. A historic and cultural icon. Just like Camp 4 is a national historic site or whatever.
rlf

Trad climber
Josh, CA
Jun 11, 2007 - 08:21am PT
If that's the case then half the routes in Joshua Tree would have my initials spray painted all over them.
bachar

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Jun 11, 2007 - 10:03am PT
Werner has smoked too much hippie lettuce...

I drew the original bolt on Midnight Lightning....

Yabo indeed "found" the line first and had the vision to see that the problem was possible. He showed it to me and Ron - we thought there was about as much chance of doing it as there was the chance that a lightning bolt could strike at midnight (like in the Hendrix song 'Midnight Lightning") - so I drew a bolt on it in chalk....

That's it - pretty stupid huh?

Cheers, JB
Tahoe climber

Trad climber
a dark-green forester out west
Jun 11, 2007 - 10:54am PT
That's crazy John!
Thanks for that!
Wow!
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