History of the lightning bolt on midnight lighting


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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 26, 2008 - 11:06am PT
Once upon a time, Columbia Boulder wasn't covered with campfire soot along the base. Mead Hargis posted this shot presumably after the first soot streak showed up back in the early seventies.

It would be a great project to restore it even though the contrast would disappear for the famous bolt!

Boulder climber
Bishop, CA
Nov 26, 2008 - 11:59am PT
tope roping it first is shameful

Putting things in some perspective though, pre-early 90's ascents probably did not involve a dozen XXL pads and a posse of cheering spotters ready to catch yer fall, ala the modern bring-the-gym-outdoors style.

I'd at least hope some old timers could appreciate this distinction, as I've watched highballs of the past become trivial, with stacked pads and gang spotting.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
Feb 7, 2010 - 02:22pm PT
top roping, stack o' pads=same thing bump

edit:In years of daily bouldering around Camp I only touched ML once. Walked up to it in my tennies and put my unchalked hands on the starting holds and Schultz preparing for a lap, yells "DON'T TOUCH THOSE F*#KING HOLDS"(It was probably hot).All four million residents of camp were staring at me. Dave laughs, "spot me man" and fires it. I never touched it again, since he told me not to.


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Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Sep 20, 2012 - 11:19pm PT
lightning bolt, bump...
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