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Russ Walling

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Out on the sand.... man.....
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 11, 2007 - 03:35pm PT
(note: movies will probably require QT7 )

TR: Heatwave Baby! Valley, July '07

In standard fashion, it was one of the hottest Julys on record and we were going to the Valley. I'm not sure why we do it, but every year it is the same searing hell for a week or so.
This one would be no different. Trips like this start months beforehand in the planning and logistics. My plan was to sew my ass off for guys like the Pagan Monkey Boy and then still run out of time and have to beg and crawl at his feet for more time with which to fill his order.... I'm begging to go to the heat..... I hate it, but now after close to thirty years in the game, I no longer have a choice. The addiction takes over and suffering will be dealt out in heaping doses. Sooze arrives and does a quick inventory of our gear.... seems someone in the off season has sold their personal wall gear or traded it for beer.... I start to sew again..... aiders are needed... a haul bag is neeeded.... If a wall was in the cards, we would also need some sort of sh#t bag thingy.... I quickly sew up one of these, although I was planning on only eating cheeze and Jerky which will not be available for public viewing for at least a week after the fact if done correctly and in the perfect tube clotting ratios. Ok..... gear is adequate enough to cover any objective. Let's drive!

We stop in Bishop, mostly to feed on the soft money at the local poker game.... that and to see a few friends. Three hours later, I've won my gas money and am informed we will be going to a local crag in the AM.... good enough...... The approach is almost tolerable, but just barely. The illustrious Jingy and Tom (hmmm... no SuperTopo handle on him) are to meet us at the Dike Wall in Mammoth. We find Tom in the parking area waiting on Jingy... seems Jingy has been in the head for 45 minutes. The boy has some funny pipes. We eventually ditch the parking lot and find the cliff and crack off a few routes with a few hangs.... just to make Jingy feel good.

Here we are on something...... I fell off at the top but still downrated it.

Next stop is Tuolumne. We roll in and do what we usually do for the first 3 hours... look at the guide book and wonder why the hell helmet headed N00bs are all over the 5.8 Five Star routes..... on a holiday no less!!!! After a while I get desperate and fussy..... I settle on Hoodwink. Classic 5.10a. Says you need to be a real 5.10 leader to bag this beauty..... sounds like a n00b free zone. Before I can get out of the car, some fit looking metrosexuals quickly prance up the approach trail and I'm sure they are after this coveted prize... drats! I watch as they purposefully march up the trail and walk right past our proposed climb..... super! We gasp our way up the trail (we are in the Death Zone afterall) and scramble to the base...

Sooze takes off on the first pitch....

I lead the next one and since it is late in the day, there is talk of me busting it right over the crux roof and gassing for the summit..... this was not to be. The pro I took was not exactly inspiring, the rope drag was bordering on tremendous, and when I saw the roof I sh#t my pants.

I quickly set up a barely adequate anchor and brought up the Sooze.

The roof pitch is something to behold..... a crappy looking pin, a three finger flake at the lip, and then a view of nothing but air. After pretending it would be casual, I tell the Sooze to watch me close and I cast off right to the lip and do a free hanging thing (no pics.... whaddya, nuts!) to make sure I can actually hang the holds.... oh sh#t, I can hang them..... with my vast experience, I quickly deduce that there must be some righteous holds just over the lip, but out of sight.... only overcrimping severely, I slap up and left over the lip and find something that would usually be called a jug if you climbed 5.12 regularly... so I start some of the most ungraceful pulling of my career as I try to get my bacon over the lip of this roof. Pretty it was not, but the heel hook, hip scum, belly roll did the trick and I clipped the anchor of a very nice 9 foot pitch. Sooze then floated it...... damn! The next pitch has some very nice new 3/8" ASCA bolts and proved to be only mildly exciting for a few pulls.

On the summit while coiling the rope, Sooze got attacked by a hair monster....

OK.... down to the Valley for some heat. These bearable temps up in the Meadows are just too nice. We hook up with our buddy Will and take him to the only cool spot in the Valley on days like these...

the Blow Hole.

Here Will looks up in wonder.... and wonders how this crap will climb.

A shady spot with a consistent wind was just the ticket and we actually thought it was a nice day... even though it was probably 101 degrees down on the Valley floor. Looks like crap, climbs okay..... bolted sport type stuff with a lot of traffic noise and some vegetation....

Sooze on what is probably the best route on the crag... maybe

Sooze ready for less belaying and more Margaritas

Next stop on the tour between peeks at various walls that have sweating flailers on them, is some aid practice for Sooze. We go over to Controlled Burn and she does that aid thing up and down the monster. The heat at this point could probably be called "oppressive".

Next day we dig up our pal Will again and I have a new plan. Since this day will be the hottest day of the heatwave, up to 108 degrees some say, I thought it would be a good day for some wide stuff. I suggest we go to 1096 and then Bad Ass Momma for a warmdown. Will recruits some fresh meat in the form of "Young Strong Local", an 18 year old waif with plenty of pull left in him. He don't know it yet, but he is going to lead the 1096. Ah, youth..... they are up for anything! We get over there and prep the YSL on just what the deal is.... fist in the back, left side in, pimp into a layback at the top..... bad slings for an anchor. YSL proved to be a real gamer and was pimping hard right up until the moment he popped..... see the video here:

He got back on the thing and started pimping again, with copious moans and wriggling he eventually made it to the top... and to quote, "I'll need a minute here before I set up the anchor...... I'm pretty dehydrated and I think I might puke".

Some pics of the YSL in action:

Will and I both were glad to have a top rope. We both pitched out of the maw before gasping and bleeding our way to the anchors. Damn..... This thing never used to feel this hard... must be the new sticky rubber.

Now that we are fully beat down, what better time to go over to Bad Ass Momma. I set up the TR and notice the tree is much bigger since the last time I was here.... must have been a while.

I give the kids pointers on how I did it back in the day.....

My Dark Art tips didn't seem to help much and any upward success was hard fought for Will and the YSL.

Here is Will punching away on the thing.... looks kinda hot, huh?

I broke out my secret weapon..... taped down cuffs on some Jordache jeans.

Will and I gave it a couple of valiant and sweaty tries (video here: ) before I needed help to untie my knot after leaving some nice DNA samples in the crack.

Due to blood loss, no water, and general lack of fitness, the walk back to the car was a long one... but man that beer was cold when we got there.

Next day was yet another scorcher.... what better to do than go to Short Circuit! (another bad idea!)

I set it up and a bikini clad and already sweaty Sooze gives it a few pulls:

To say it was greased would not do it justice.... There would be no summits today. We quickly switched modes and went to the river and floated around for a while, then returned to pack our junk and get the hell out of there.

In a condensed and out of order timeframe, we also talked to EpicEd and had a mini shittalkers fest in the Camp 4 lot, partied with the El Portal crew (you know who you are..... all hail Yngwie Malmsteen!) made margaritas in El Cap Meadow a few times, blabbed with various illuminaries, ate our wall food which gave me a mild bout of butt-water (note to self: do not take that Curry Dream stuff up on a wall) had a Werner sighting at the Deli, went back to Bishop for more poker, and then hoped the fire closed 395 would open so we could get home.


Crestline CA
Jul 11, 2007 - 03:46pm PT
Yo... Nice report and great pics... nice to see people making good climbs in the heat... thanks

San Fran Cisco
Jul 11, 2007 - 03:48pm PT
awesome tr. i'm getting the sense that it was a bit warm.

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Jul 11, 2007 - 03:52pm PT

Social climber
The West
Jul 11, 2007 - 03:54pm PT
For a bit there, I thought you had it!

Cool chalkbag!
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 11, 2007 - 03:55pm PT
A nice TR - thanks!

That first picture looks somewhat like a bolted crack?

33 in Squamish today, so far - it's usually hottest in late afternoon. It was 36 yesterday = 97 Fahrenheit.

East of Seattle
Jul 11, 2007 - 04:01pm PT
Thanks for the great TR and for reminding me why I don't like offwidths though you almost tricked me into believing you were floating it.

Trad climber
A cube at my soul sucking job in Oregon
Jul 11, 2007 - 04:06pm PT
Wow... I think I need to stretch more...
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Jul 11, 2007 - 04:15pm PT
Hey Russ,

I had hoped to run into you in El Portal when you were here, but your vehicle was gone after I had run some errands.It got to be 116 degrees that day. The Blowhole is the only place to climb when it is that hot, good choice. I did 15 different pitches up there and the further left you go the harder and steeper they get. Did you do the 200' pitch above the picture? It is classic (Redheads with jugs is the name).I think the Blowhole is some of the more enjoyable face climbing in the Valley.


Social climber
A prison of my own creation
Jul 11, 2007 - 04:25pm PT
Great TR, Russ.

Gym climber
Jul 11, 2007 - 04:26pm PT
So sorry I missed y'all. But DANG it was too hot to [fill in the blank, a la Charles Bukowski].

the slick
Jul 11, 2007 - 04:29pm PT
Here's a tip to avoid the heat:
Brought to you by shade, the summer alternative to the sun.

beneath the valley of ultravegans
Jul 11, 2007 - 04:31pm PT
After 30 years in the game you should have known that anything above the car IS the death zone. Good onya Mussy!

Happy and Healthy climber
the Gunks end of the country
Jul 11, 2007 - 04:38pm PT
OK. The 1096 vid was ok.

Nice whimpers!

But the half meter whipper disappointed!

BAM - Crazy! Looks like all ya needed was a pair of size 15 feet!

mountain view, ca
Jul 11, 2007 - 04:49pm PT

All I remember about your trip was very tasteless wack'a'mole jokes that had Frenchy cryin' with laughter. Oh, and mini going on about Xanax.

Don't forget to Netflix Grey Gardens.....fantastic!

BTY, I got nothin' to show for 2 hours of Google searching for the deocumentary you described.

the Fet

Knackered climber
A bivy sack in the secret campground
Jul 11, 2007 - 04:57pm PT
Good stuff.

Maybe next time put margaritas in the nalgene on your harness?

Social climber
St. Looney
Jul 11, 2007 - 05:03pm PT
Looks like fun as usual. And looks like Sooze is crushing as usual.

A tent in the redwoods
Jul 11, 2007 - 05:09pm PT
When are you gonna show me how to width weasel?

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jul 11, 2007 - 05:12pm PT
Sweet TR, Russ. That 1096 OW looks awesome...and hard. You look pretty hot in those Jordache Jeans, I'll have to score me some of those.

The Land of the Big Stone
Jul 11, 2007 - 05:15pm PT
Nice TR Musskelunge. Yosemite Phew Hot and Pot Phew....

Sorry we didn't cross paths, better for you though, headlock and dutch rub non withstanding.... Seeing those bad ass mama shots reminded me of the day we had a big bike race from Camp 4 to the boulders after scarfing breakfast at the Four Seasons. Remember when our seat collapsed under our massive weight in the lobby sending you and I to the deck?

Well, maybe next year. I gotta say though that the way your lollygaggin in those photos you'd think it was 120 degrees here in Yosemite. It couldn't have been more than 114........


Trad climber
Jul 11, 2007 - 05:58pm PT
Nice "sweatin like cheap pork" TR Russ. All I could do in the valley a week ago was dunk the Captain and two Neils in the Merced, kill green labels with amazing speed, and whine my way back to the meadows complaining of heat stroke.

cheers to you guys!


The chairman was envious of my capitalist green demon luggage.

Jul 11, 2007 - 06:41pm PT
sweet TR, what's the gear in badass momma?

Big Wall climber
Reno NV
Jul 11, 2007 - 07:26pm PT
Apparently the Blow Hole has rotated 90 degrees since I was there last?

Sounds like a Miracle Whip™™™ filled sweat fest of a good time!

Social climber
The West
Jul 11, 2007 - 07:49pm PT
Tradis, I think he DOES have size 15 feet.

Trad climber
Knob Central
Jul 11, 2007 - 09:44pm PT
Ho Man Russ, you guys are serious gluttons for punishment. Not only do you GO to the valley when it is 110, but then you leave DNA (is that what you call it?) all over the routes. I'm surprised your skin wasn't soooooo wet and slimey that skin wouldn't stick to rock and yet somehow you left a pile there.

Here's looking forward to cooler temps and good friends!!!

Gym climber
Jul 11, 2007 - 10:14pm PT
"If you think you're going through Hell, keep going!"

Trad climber
Knob Central
Jul 12, 2007 - 05:35pm PT
Wow, a climbing thread....

Sport climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Jul 12, 2007 - 07:49pm PT
Warm down on 1096 and Bad Ass, classic!

Nice TR, I was all bundled up with my idiot crown™™™ having a Kentucky bourbon right coast shittalkers fest at 3rd Lake.

Trad climber
Jul 13, 2007 - 12:17pm PT
Nice TR Russ! You been working out or do you get guns like that from hauling around rolls of vinyl? Classic Mussy writing anyway, loved it! Hope all is well!

Sport climber
Lexington, KY
Jul 13, 2007 - 12:43pm PT

This is what we in the south call "aggrosheen".

Sport climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Jul 13, 2007 - 02:33pm PT
Hey snyd,

aggrosheen™™™, hehe.

You sure yer in "da south"? According to rc.noob, KY is in "da midwest" ;) ;)

PS-ROCS rocks...u know what I mean...

Sport climber
Lexington, KY
Jul 13, 2007 - 02:46pm PT
If you think that Kentucky ain't in the south, walk into any watering hole in Lee County, KY wearing prana capri length shorts and rainbow tank top...
scuffy b

Bates Creek
Jul 13, 2007 - 03:00pm PT
Aggrosheen and Miracle Whipp must make a formidable combination.

Great report. Feel free to post up another 15 or 20 like it.

Was a temporary fear of heights the driving force behind your
interesting route selection in the Valley?

Social climber
Camp 4, Site 10
Jul 13, 2007 - 03:11pm PT
110F is the best time for wide climbing, keeps your muscles loose and flexible.
But sometimes it's just best to wait for shade

And sometimes you just realize you'd rather be right here, cold drink in hand


Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Jul 14, 2007 - 01:43pm PT
Nice trip report Russ. Love the inclusion of the videos. Nice style on the that crack that tore up your arms.

The Sooze in a bakini? Where the hell was I?

Sounds like you two had yet another blast, per usual fare.

See ya soon

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 14, 2007 - 03:23pm PT
wow, what's a bakini, the mind boggles...

jingy, are you saying that The Sooze caused the heat wave!
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2007 - 04:20pm PT

Now *that* is a classic!

Fried brain edit: wow... I forgot all about the New Deviations day.... must have been the heat. Good pics Will.

the "Bring Ya'll up to Speed edit: Re: the Miracle Whip thingy..... from a 2001 TR on the Valley posted to rec.climbing.

Russ Walling
Jul 11 2001, 11:59 pm
Journal entry for the week of July 4th, 2001
Condensed time frame ahead: beware:

I haven't been on a rope in a while... maybe it was years? Went to the
Valley, first time in years. Woke up, got javanated, went to Goldrush,
strung a TR, in full sun. I was to go first, and after I remembered how
to tie the knot shimmied under the initial roof..... sunk a deep fist
jam and then cast off over the roof on w i d e fists.... so far so
good. The top out was less than graceful, but effective enough to get
me on the summit. Half a pitch and full block of chalk. With such a
sofa success, the Deli was mandatory. Way too many Olde E's later, went
to El Cap meadow to freshen up. Found some old friends, and got
rehydrated on some Bigfoot Ale.... then some more Olde E to bring
reality back.

Went to Lovers Leap:
Got the early start at about noon so I arrived at the base in full
sun.... Temps in the 80's? Felt like mid-100's. Cursed the guidebook
trying to find the Psychodelic Tree or some such named route. Finally
figured it out and started up.... routefinding was a bit of a problem
and quasi giant runouts were probably my fault. The sweat and chalk mix
made mayo on the critical jamming surfaces of my hands and arms. Yuk!
Seemed like most of the pro was suspect and there was plenty of loose
rocks wedged in the cracks. The top-out was spectacular for the grade.
Walked down in bare feet because my climbing shoes were killing me. The
hot rocks getting back to the base tried to do a number on my delicate
arches. Two pitches, one block of chalk, but needed more. No water.
Thirst was a problem. Moved over to the Line.... some sort of classic
for the grade. A very hot and greasy start led to some quasi giant
runouts, probably my fault. Pretty nice climbing on some good rock.
Used a lot of heels in the crack because my feet are really killing me
now. Was very lucky to actually have some large cams left for the belay
under the roof at the top. Not sure why I had them, but they sure came
in handy right there. Nice top-out over the roof. Two pitches plus a
few feet, and ran out of chalk again, but had plenty of mayo. Once
again walked down in bare feet. Yep, now they are tender. Left the
area to find a bar and some adult water substitute.

Days later? Back to the Valley:
Went to Reeds to do the Direct. Had a nice late start and high
humidity. Perhaps some rain? The first pitch was uneventful, but was a
fine indicator of just how warm it was going to be on the next pitch.
Found out that cams really don't fit in Reeds, and managed to move past
some sketch cams over the next 120ft or so.... the combo of chalk and
sweat and humidity made a really cool mayo like substance all over my
hands and forearms. It was decided later that to call the vile
substance mayo was to do it an injustice. From now on it will be known
as Miracle Whip, as in it is a miracle if you don't whip with this stuff
on your hands. Never seen anything slicker save for Astroglide.....
tends to make overjamming mandatory. One pitch plus, one block of
chalk, ran out. Back to El Cap meadow for copius amounts of booze and
'tater chips. BTW, there is only one party on El Cap.... hard to
believe for a holiday week. (July 4th)

Next day? Wanted to do Central Pillar of Frenzy.... the only frenzy was
two parties on the route. I had my usual late start going (4pm) and
figured I would get flamed on rec.climbing if I butted into the lineup.
Moved down to the Cookie and went up to Outer Limits. Nice and warm
here with a small drizzle coming down. Launched up the thing at speed,
trying to beat the Miracle Whip to the top.... no dice. I was
completely covered in sweat and gagging heavy within 20 feet. The MW
had a firm grip on me and the going was tough.... every jam was
spooge-ing and sweat made vision a problem. Topped out with one eye.
Nice courtesy clips at the top of the first pitch made for an easy rap
and TR later, just to get in some mileage. One pitch.... one block of
chalk, lost 30lbs in water weight. Went directly to the Steamboat
swimming area and launced off the big boulder into the river... once
feet first to see if my heart could take the shock, and then added full
front flip to see if I still had "it".... I didn't, and landed out of
my tuck and disoriented. I should work on that..... Back to El Cap
meadow for a replay of the previous night. Looks like the guys up there
are on Wino Tower now... standard progress. Fully hydrated, off to the
Lodge to see the "stars"...... ran into Chongo and talked physics while
checking out his new book on "Quantum Mechanics and the Peasant Mindset"
or something. Not sure if it was him or the Olde E, but I had to
go...... back to Bishop.


Social climber
The West
Jul 14, 2007 - 08:51pm PT
Bump, esp for that retro report of times on my 45th? birthday, wtf was I doing then? I think I was wildly in love in Vail, but taking care of llamas, that day, hard to remember...

Social climber
The West
Jul 14, 2007 - 08:52pm PT
Today I had an epic just approaching a hard phattie!
John Moosie

Jul 16, 2007 - 04:20pm PT
I vote for a trip report section. These are too good to have them disappear after just a few days. All trip reports, all the time. Pages and pages of them. Reading for a rainy day.

Three sections.

1. Main section just like now but without trip reports.

2. Trip reports.

3. Best of supertopo, much like craigslist except the thread would be in two places. It would start out on the main page, and if it recieved enough votes, then staff could add it in the best of section while leaving it in the main section. This would mean it was permanently archived in the best of section but was still active in the main section. Then everytime it was posted to from either the best of or the main section it would go to the head of the line in the main section like any other thread. AND... it would stay in the best of.

This would retain the flavor of supertopo's free for all while helping keep the gems in a place easier to find.

Just my thoughts. It would keep things simple. Adding to the "best of" could happen just a few times a year. Little work and still a free for all.

Trad climber
Jul 16, 2007 - 04:39pm PT
Thanks Russ!
Two trip reports. I need to go drink some whater now, or maybe a beer.
Feeling hot...

Trad climber
the blighted lands of hatu
Jul 16, 2007 - 05:08pm PT
a climbing thread ! woo ! and sweeet pics ! looks a tad on the warm side though...;)

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Aug 1, 2007 - 11:27pm PT
Ed Hartouni - Not like I'm a perv or something, but.... Yeah, The Sooze is a hotty.

Climbs stronger than me and don't take shit! Plays poker with the best of them. Can certainly throw down with the best of them when it comes time to dish some surprisingly vicious and perfectly timed and delivered One Liners!!! "Pretty chunky for a guy on a starvation diet..." comes to mind! I may never let that one go.

Not to mention her contributions to the climbing community via Fish Products.


Trad climber
Apple Valley, California
Aug 2, 2007 - 01:50am PT
GREAT TR Russ!!!

Told in the true FISH Style.
I always enjoy your TRs.

In fact, I and a few Friends put up a route
in your honor back in the early 90s, called,
"Sitting around the campfire telling FISH stories"


Trad climber
Aug 2, 2007 - 02:36am PT
5.8 helmet-wearers... LOVE IT!

Love the meatcarving shots, man. Makes me 'almost' want to get back on the generator crack....
Russ Walling

Social climber
Upper Fupa, North Dakota
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 25, 2009 - 09:06pm PT
wide and sweaty bump

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Feb 25, 2009 - 09:19pm PT
What's with the sudden bout of blatant self promotion?

Fish Finder

Social climber
Feb 25, 2009 - 09:24pm PT

Hey Jingy

Back Off
scuffy b

just below the San Andreas
Feb 25, 2009 - 10:09pm PT
Hot Stuff,

two trip reports in one.

If you avoid looking at the video, YSL makes the 1096 look
so reasonable.

I wonder how many backs have smacked into that Oak at the Mama.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Upper Fupa, North Dakota
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 25, 2009 - 10:28pm PT
It's a "favorite TR" bump day Jingy..... those were of course my favorites.

C'mon, give us a treat.... write a TR about your masturbation routine in the cubicle. Omit nothing.

oh... did this just bump it?
J. Werlin

Feb 25, 2009 - 11:24pm PT
hey, can some one bump that TR where Russ gets shot? The man was dead as a haddock.

That was a good one, too.

Edit: it's already up--never mind.

Social climber
Aug 17, 2009 - 08:11pm PT
hey there say, russ...

well, i reckoned this bump was for ME then...

i dont think i had ever seen this trip report...

say, this was great stuff... thanks for the share... (well, the old share)---but then, quality is ALWAYS quality, even years later...


*nice pics, too....
god bless...

*say, hope you find what you were looking for... :)

Social climber
Aug 17, 2009 - 08:53pm PT

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Aug 17, 2009 - 09:28pm PT
me too...
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Aug 17, 2009 - 09:34pm PT
Ya know, on, we have a TR section(thanks, Deucey).
I like it a lot.
Of course, we don't tolerate polititards, either.
Yaaarrr. I found me eyepatch, AND me parrot!
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Aug 17, 2009 - 10:20pm PT
Thanks Bro. Sorry I didn't see you. Always enjoy your writing immensely.

Sorry I don't have anything mean to say, guess that's no fun but

nice tr



Aug 17, 2009 - 10:54pm PT
Wow, what a Groove TR. Maybe you all should come out to Wyoming to Cool off a bit. Eh?


Trad climber
Aug 18, 2009 - 01:29am PT
Fun. Fun. Fun!

Social climber
Aug 18, 2009 - 12:05pm PT
Wish I was sweatin in the ditch right now. This whole work-a-day sh#t is getting old.
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 18, 2009 - 12:07pm PT
EcapAzz + Valley = Aggrosheen!!!!

Tucson, AZ
Aug 18, 2009 - 12:15pm PT
I'd love to see your little tribe of leg_humpers™ all get together and try and get a little action....

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 15, 2009 - 01:33pm PT
Bump for a classic
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 15, 2009 - 01:53pm PT
missed this first time around (or my fading memory just lost it). Hoodwink! must be the most humbling 10a on the planet... nice report

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Dec 15, 2009 - 01:56pm PT
Nice one Russ! Missed this one, that was a burner summer no doubt!

Looks like big fun was had.


Edit: Downgrading a route after a fall is a lost art! Great Style!
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