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Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 23, 2007 - 01:14am PT
That's heavy, brother.

Social climber
No Ut
Aug 23, 2007 - 01:37am PT
Thanks, Rok.

John Moosie

Aug 23, 2007 - 01:42am PT
I think you are being too hard on yourself. First off, you aren't the one who rode the bike. Second off, even if you made a sound there is no gaurantee that the person would have heard you. Perhaps they had headphones on or perhaps they were going too fast or perhaps they were stoned. No one seems to know.

As for not helping people in need. Not cool but it seems like you learned your lesson. That is the main thing about making mistakes. Did you learn your lesson? The other thing is the karma you create. One way you can clear that Karma is by helping others.

There is no reason to feel guilty for all eternity. That would be you creating your own hell. Instead, realize the mistake and do something to atone for it and then forgive yourself. Life goes on. You can't change the past and you only hurt yourself by not forgiving yourself. Hurting yourself is just as big of a mistake ( religion would say sin instead of mistake).

My two cents. haha....go and sin no more.

Peace Bro


Social climber
Aug 23, 2007 - 03:58am PT
hey there rokjox....say, one does not realize this sometimes---but---sometimes one is there at a strategic time to have "inside" info, and to PRAY....

if you had NO gut feeling to step in and move to do something... there was an unseen reason...

folks that have been "heroes" say that they do not know why they did such deeds--it happened... therE was some gut-feeling to do it and they succeeded--they were there for that reason...
(like the gal that dove in at santa cruz and saved a kid that fell in at the wharf, years back) YES---there were others there--could you IMAGINE if they all jumped in AT ONCE??? what a mess, and the kid would have been lost among them, or pushed under...

i have learned from 30 years of experience, that when the feeling does NOT come--you are to play a far deeper role than you imagine--to go and pray, is part of this... (NOW-not meaning to neglect doing an emergency phone calls, etc, mind you, or going off on your walk to get help THAT way---but the actuality of diving into that situation with the other most likely would not have helped) the right people were handing it, after you left--if there was more that you could do, your gut-feeling and concience would have TAKEN you THEN to do so....

YET, if you feel guilt now--that means you should have done "check-up" or a phone call, etc... when you got to your you know, and in the future, you will be prepared....

i have seen the results from these kind of things, in my life, and in the lives of many others, and the end was shown from the beginning--later--and the REASON was seen, and: it had worked out as it should have, and all worked for good in the midst of the hurt, or whatever the situation was, etc....

many folks DO have the gut-feeling to help and they dont--in these cases very heavy dissasters have fallen into place that should NOT have happened, sadly....folks know when they have done this, and these type of folks usually become callous and continually live this way... (though, not all folks, please understand)

you can not be perfectly in tune to every detail in life, but to the ones that you ARE entrusted to--to these, be VERY true... YOU may VERY WELL be the one to save someone's life someday---and all because of a GUT feeling that you WILL KNOW, and you will LISTEN too.... then you will understand....

you may also be kept safe, for some reason, listening to this gut-feeling, too...

god bless...

ps--oddly, the worse thing that i ever did in the valle, was not get back enough times... but for now--i belive i did what i was supposed to do, as my concience is clean... i sure loved the valley...

give you guilt for the part that you believe you did wrong, to the good lord and stand tall, okay? you are a better man for what you learned, and you will live up to the call of duty someday... and you will be glad...

folks that want to do good, will always get a re-ride on the ol' bronc of life...

Aug 23, 2007 - 10:28am PT

You and your partner should be shot!

the very nerve!

Gym climber
Aug 23, 2007 - 10:59am PT
I used a cheater stick once.

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Aug 23, 2007 - 11:09am PT
Wild story rox..I'm glad it didn't happen. The worst thing I ever did was hit a raccoon in the head with a baseball sized rock. It rolled off the picnic table and landed, feet up, on the ground where it rolled around for a while. Then it casually got up and loped away.

BTW, this was in 1975 and I was youthful ignoramus. The raccoons had been raiding our camp every night and we were tired of it.

Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Aug 23, 2007 - 11:44am PT
Worst thing I did was throw a meatball in the Cafeteria and hit some poor guy in the head. I still feel bad about it even though it was thirty years ago.


Trad climber
the ville, colorado
Aug 23, 2007 - 11:51am PT
I walked into a group of 4 rutting bucks after too many beers & grabbed it by the antlers. Well sh#t went down hill from there. We ended up on the ground together & he was kicking the sh#t out of me; & for some reason I kept holding on to the antlers.I somehow got his back & was about to choke him out when his buddies tried head butt the bucks antlers & got me instead.We all ran off so the rangers wouldn't lock us up.rg

Luxury rehabilitation treatment facility in Boise
Aug 23, 2007 - 12:35pm PT
I didn't climb nearly as much or as hard as I should have and I spent way too much time swilling beer, trying to score some weed, harassing tourists and trying to get laid. Yeah, I was one of those.

I did lose my virginity to some young lass from San Fran during my first month in the valley - so all was not in vain. It was almost like a fairy tale really.
Scared Silly

Trad climber
Aug 23, 2007 - 12:51pm PT
I stole a few showers at Curry ...

Gym climber
San Fernando Lamas
Aug 23, 2007 - 01:58pm PT
I'll burn in hell for this one . . .

. . . I placed a chicken rivet.

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Aug 23, 2007 - 02:00pm PT
One time I went into the park late and left late so I wouldn't have to pay. Well, maybe more than one time...

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 23, 2007 - 02:03pm PT

We had a copy of the key to the Curry company shower house ...very handy.

We yelled wildley at a some European tourists pulling branches off trees and cutting switch backs on the Home Dome trail. It scared the crap out of them, since we were scarey looking ourselves.


Trad climber
Bend, OR
Aug 23, 2007 - 02:03pm PT
Stealing showers
Sleeping with ugly Curry girls just to get out of C4 on a rainy night
Re arranging the carpet tiles in the old lodge to say stuff
Lurking for tourist chicks in the old Mountain Room Bar
Scarfing leftovers in the cafeteria
Bivying in the woods
Hanging around bailers to get their retreat gear
Raiding tourist coolers for beer

Aug 23, 2007 - 02:11pm PT
I masturbated in front of a bus full of nuns.

Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 23, 2007 - 02:16pm PT
I drove in last week with the intent of buying the interagency pass. But they don't accept credit cards at the Tioga gate so they gave me a piece of paper that said to pay on the way out.

On the way out I told the guy at the gate that I didn't pay going in. He responded with "I'll just pretend you didn't tell me that" and waved me through. So I kept my $20.

Oh... and once I enhanced a hook placement on a Walt Shipley route.

Gym climber
Aug 23, 2007 - 03:00pm PT
I confess to thoughts of Monkey Wrenching.

Rox, you couldn't have stopped the accident, but stopping to help those hurt would have given you a pretty good excuse for being late. That'da been Win-Win.

Aug 23, 2007 - 03:13pm PT
Did what Mal did to a squirell. Lil f*#ker was coming out of my tent as I approached, (I had a gerry yearround with a vestibule) I looked inside to see my backpack, which had no food in it, chewed up. I pulled out of the tent, grabbed a rock and nailed the lil f*#ker who was standing off a bit.

Then the damn thing is laying on it's back with all 4 legs sticking up in the air just sort of ...vibrating. I look around hoping no one saw me...they didn't, I walk over, flip it onto it's belly and it just takes off like nothing had happened.


Sex in the middle of a road, no more than a 1/4 mile from the campsite. It was night, and dark, but right out in the open air in public. But I don't really consider this bad. I was young once.


Free showers.

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Aug 23, 2007 - 03:16pm PT
emptied our Prow poop tube in the Awhannee lobby trash can.

I still get a little chuckle about that one...

Trad climber
Aug 23, 2007 - 03:29pm PT
Raided a housekeeping cart at the Lodge and stole a whole stack of Curry towels... still have a few in my garage as rags. Laugh every time I see them... not very bad-ass, but we had soap and towels all summer long!

Frog Man Junior

Social climber
Aug 23, 2007 - 03:36pm PT
Dropped a full gallon jug of water from few hundred feet off the deck. I yelled rock but not with real Enthusiasm cause I was embarrassed. Turns out it almost nailed a guy.


Gym climber
Aug 23, 2007 - 03:46pm PT
My first climbing trip to the valley I was 15 and my friend and I climbed the Caverns. We decided to celebrate by having someone buy us Bud Talls. I decided to exit the shuttle bus rip roaring drunk on about 1/2 can carrying the rest in my hand. A ranger was waiting and took me in. They called my parents collect. My mom was actually kinda happy as her first assumption was that I was either dead or horribly maimed. I received a fine and community service for underage possession of an alcoholic beverage. And much to my parents credit myy parents allowed me to continue my unsupervised climbing trips.

Trad climber
Aug 23, 2007 - 03:49pm PT
I didn't go climbing!!!
Besides that, slept beneath a rock outcrop and other various "illegal" places.
(I still don't get why it is bad to be outside a camping ground.)


Gym climber
Aug 23, 2007 - 03:55pm PT
Rox, I thought you were gonna say you knocked the kid off the bike and took it so you wouldn't be late to work.

But yeah, I see how you'd feel bad.

It's funny how fast, when it happens, things go wrong.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 23, 2007 - 04:26pm PT
I threw a rock at a skwirrrl that was rummaging in my things, by Columbia Boulder, and got a lecture from a ranger. Apparently they're "wild" life.

And I heard that some climbers figured out that the small blade on a Swiss army knife worked just fine to open the shower door, across the road from Camp 4. It was possible to go into the (open) washroom side, then climb over the divider into the showers, although that might have left an odd impression with any showerers. The bladekey trick was less conspicuous. A few showerers, hearing the appearance of the authorities, climbed from showers to bathroom and nonchalantly escaped.

Ice climber
Aug 23, 2007 - 04:39pm PT
Hiking along the base of the cliff on our way to Reed's Direct (which, BTW, I thought was quite the burly 5.9!!), I dislodged a large rock, which promptly started to roll down the wooded slope. I didn't think much of it until a short time later I heard the sound of an impact and the sharp tinkle of glass, and a vehicle braking to a stop. Never thought it would reach the road.... I hurried up and got on the climb, figuring if the driver wanted to get at me bad enough, he'd have to be good on hand cracks...

My partner and I threw our sleeping bags down at the base of a large tree and slept in El Cap meadow after doing the Zodiac. OOoooo, rebels.

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 23, 2007 - 05:50pm PT
So LEB HAS stayed in the Valley, and HAS been apprehended for a misdemeanour, while there. Mysteriouser and mysteriouser. She's probably also made at least one ascent in the Valley. Anyone else here had those experiences?
John Moosie

Aug 23, 2007 - 06:04pm PT
" I then gave him this long song and a dance as to why I had done so."

Loisification of a police officer. AND IT WORKED !!!

Boulder climber
Alamo, CA
Aug 23, 2007 - 06:14pm PT
sexist leo's..

always letting chicks off tickets..

Trad climber
Denver, CO
Aug 23, 2007 - 06:34pm PT
what goes down in the valley, stays down in the valley.

I've made sure to force partners to delete the incriminating digital picture evidence.

An Oil Field
Aug 23, 2007 - 08:27pm PT
I think that I went six months without washing my painters pants one year.


Aug 23, 2007 - 08:36pm PT
this feels a bit like a thought crime, but when I saw Curry Village, I couldn't help but compare it to a concentration camp... not to the extent of like Auschwitz... more like Manzanar (with all due respect to Japanese-Americans), only dirtier & more crowded.

as for real crimes in the Valley, I'll plead the 5th til I get out of YNP.

hee hee!


Trad climber
Durango, CO
Aug 23, 2007 - 08:57pm PT
So now the BIG question is:

Which TacoStanders bonked LEB in the Valley all those years ago?

This could be interesting...

Trad climber
Durango, CO
Aug 23, 2007 - 08:58pm PT
The worst thing I ever did in the Valley was the first two pitches of Super Slide. ;-)

Social climber
Aug 23, 2007 - 11:09pm PT
2 DUI's
Both in the Valley.
One I deserved, 1973.
Blew tequilla chunks in ranger car.

Not #2. 1997.
friggin tail light out, the state had just gone
from .08 to .10 legal limit that year
and I was .10.

Maybe that's "The most embarassing thing you've done in the Valley"

Cheers, Joe

This thread could get really long.......
Donny... the OHHH!- Riginal

Sport climber
...the wrong side of the integral.
Aug 23, 2007 - 11:19pm PT
Well...there was this one time....and I'm quite embarassed to even admit it. Back in Camp 4 about 12 years ago....I took a hit off this doobie this dude passed around. Yeah I know I's freakin' NATIONAL PARK!! don't have to tell me! I sincerely doubt that anyone else has tempted fate in that way like I did that night. Now I've always had respect for the law of the it's pretty much been eatin' away at me ever sure feels good to talk about it. I immediately went to confession the very next day after the indicent...but you what?...It didn't do me any good. In fact God and I have sort of been on the outs since then.
john hansen

Aug 23, 2007 - 11:30pm PT
It wasn't me but I was in the car, so that makes me an accessory.

A wet rainy febuary day with six inches of slush rapidly melting along the roads.

My buddy was driving his little MG past the Le conte Memorial.

Some unlucky soul just was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

My "friend" intentionally barrels thru this huge puddle totally drenching this innocent victim.

He was laughing his ass off and I just said "Jeeze man what an as#@&%e"

Truckee, CA
Aug 23, 2007 - 11:56pm PT
Rokjox, I must know you from bitd.

I dined and dashed once, maybe twice, at the Four Seasons. Then I started dating a waitress and learned about the huge hassles they would be put through whenever this happened. Always felt bad about that.



Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Aug 30, 2007 - 01:23am PT
topped out at 75 mph on 120 once or twice. I don't no more.

could be clipping a deer really f*#ks with yer water pump, and that thing in front of it, a radiator. lucky it was small.

my uncle got out of a speeding ticket this weekend in the Meadows. I guess Rangers are cool to lots of folks, not just climbers.

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Aug 30, 2007 - 01:38am PT
I'd love to share it with this forum, but I don't think the statute of limitations has run out yet!


Aug 30, 2007 - 01:48am PT
Worst thing I've done is gone there to this "Valley".

I could have been an astronaut instead ......

Social climber
The West
Aug 30, 2007 - 09:51am PT
But what would your sound bite have been when you stepped on to the 'moon'?

Trad climber
Aug 30, 2007 - 10:57am PT
"If Space is a vacum why is the flag fluttering?"

Gym climber
the ground up
Aug 30, 2007 - 11:54am PT
Worst thing: Hiked to the base of Leaning Tower to solo my first wall (with very little previous experience). I needed help to stand up with the pig on my back.
Best thing: dumped a few gallons of water when I saw the queue and walked back down.

Worst thing: hung on gear while "free climbing"
Best thing: hung on gear while aid climbing, free climbs.

Worst thing: bought a "used only once" harness from a guy
Best thing: saved money on safety equipment.

Worst thing: left my tent roof unzipped at Camp 4.
Best thing: practiced solo aid all afternoon on a very dry right leaning dihedral/roof on elephant rock (sorry for the fixed wire near your tick mark).

Worst thing: slept in the back of my truck.
Best thing: slept in the back of my truck.

or vice versa?

Worst thing: left

the last bivy
Aug 30, 2007 - 02:14pm PT
worst thing was take a married guy from the midwest for his first time to the Valley,first time climbing, which totally blew out all his sensibilities , had great sex just because he had a gorgeous big wang and then encouraged him to go home to his wife refreshed..but .... he was all blown out with the possibilities opening up so he left the wife/life and last I heard was living in a half built dome on some muddy forested slope in Oregon. Seemed like it ruined his previous life but I hope what grew out of that was something better in some way., I still feel at least somewhat interest in affairs ever again.. it was like striking a match at a fuel spill.


Mountain climber
Minkler, CA
Sep 2, 2007 - 03:05pm PT
Back in the summer of 1977, a bunch of us frequented the Curry Village Terrace Bar in the evening most every day. We would swill till night’s end with whoever showed up; it was a great time and we knew it. Airplane crash rounds were happening, and altogether things were good. One night Chuck Goldman had an awful toothache and summoned those present to perform “emergency extraction” over yonder from the Terrace bar at the men’s restroom behind the Curry lounge. After administration of a sedative (at least 4 stiff drinks), we led the patient to the “dental office” (the restroom). Here, sophisticated instruments (pliers) were used to perform the procedure. I believe it was A. Crowley who held the patient’s head as he sat in a chair. I will never forget turning away and hearing Chuck’s soft but primordial and guttural “aaahhughllleaghhllahhh” when the procedure was finally carried out.

Now for “worst thing” story that I just recalled this week. It was from this same Curry Terrace bar that A. Crowley and I contrived our stunt. Goldman’s dental office was also a place where perverts would carve peepholes in the partitions to spy unsuspecting tourists. The urinal peephole was obvious to us since we stumbled and traipsed back and forth between the Terrace and the head 3 or 4 times a night. We inadvertently took notice of an “occupant” one night inhabiting this stall for hours. The peephole would be blocked by an eyeball each time the urinal was used. Upon our request, the bartender (Riley?) gave us a 5-gallon bucket filled with ice and water, and we proceeded to the bathroom, where upon we promptly doused the peeper with the cold slush from over the stall partition. We heard a “HEY, WHAT THE . . . .” as we dashed out the door. A drenched and sorry-looking middle-aged night-auditor type emerged a few moments later and disappeared quietly into the Curry tent area nearby. We were successful, but I have always felt bad for doing this to the guy. What was supposed to be funny turned out sad. Poor Senator Larry Craig. . . .

Social climber
The West
Sep 2, 2007 - 05:23pm PT
Thanks for the Candor LPink, there are single climbers out there, you know ;-) I think we all start things and never know how they will turn out.

Jesse, don't feel too bad, could have been much worse. Though I would feel sorry for him, too.

Social climber
Sep 2, 2007 - 05:29pm PT
You may not be astronaut but you are an Astroman...

Social climber
The West
Sep 2, 2007 - 07:10pm PT
Not in the valley, but still potentially bad; once upon a time ('03? It was the day before they reported that guy cutting his arm off) I was camped on the ground in one of the pullout campgrounds on the river road east of Moab. In the middle of the night I was awakened by a huge, loud, rockfall, it went on for a long time. I had woken abruptly, taking it all in, not knowing which way was which. The sound was so loud, that it occured to me that the highway, where ever it lay, might have been covered in boulders, it also occured to me that I should warn someone.
Then I heard cars. "Where's the road?" I thought in a panic. But instead of jumping up to be a boxer clad nightmare on the road I just grimaced.
The cars sped by, on what seemed to be the wrong side, in the wrong direction.

No collisions, or even brakes screeching.

I went back to sleep.

Got up the next morning and drove to the crackhouse, never could see where the landslide was.

The bad part? I didn't pay for the site, that money was earmarked for a quad mocha, after all!
lars johansen

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Sep 2, 2007 - 10:07pm PT
Steve Bosque and I made some rivet hangers out of aluminum angle iron and actually placed them on the 9 o'clock wall. I'm sorry.
Ricardo Carlos

Trad climber
Off center, CO.
Sep 2, 2007 - 11:30pm PT
Worst? In my eyes? Climbers, Curry’s, Park Rangers?

I had wicked addiction to Curry Maids and Free sweetshop Ice Cream.
Never worked for Curry but had name tag on my rucksack that was sorta free pass to employee showers and discount food.
I ate out of 4 seasons salad bowls for twenty plus years.
Master key to tent showers across from C4 was better (but you needed to dress up). Coed showering was safer at employee showers. Unless with a tourist as that pissed off the Curry gals.
Tipping big for small check at 4 seasons?
But hey I was one of the few who walked back in the night lighting blew the power ($75.00 tip). Boy after the lights came back on the place was empty.

I never helped make the stamp for deposits cans out of a potato or the next one from a rubber eraser. The guy in the green 240z got greedy and did not wait for the ink to dry one time dumb sh#t. He should have gone and hit golf balls a little longer.
What’s a ranger suppose to do as he is counting the cans and purple marks start showing up his hands? Mark,Marks
I never D&D (dined and dashed)
As I grew up a good Catholic boy I feel so much better now.
pimp daddy wayne

The Bat Caves
Sep 3, 2007 - 09:08am PT
I can catch squirrels in big potato chip bags. I wait untill that little f*#ker gets in there and I grab that little f*#ker and shake him hard.

Catch and release

Penn's Woods
Sep 3, 2007 - 12:19pm PT
Paranoia strikes deep,
Into your life it will creep.

Mountain climber
Minkler, CA
Sep 3, 2007 - 01:08pm PT
Not the worst thin I ever did in the valley, but close, was when I was once horribly disturbed trying to sleep in a Curry tent with the neighbor snoring very loudly. I locked him in by hooking the outside latch. There was probably minor commotion in the morning, but I was long gone. I remain unrepentant for this deed. The guy really messed up my night’s sleep.

Penn's Woods
Sep 3, 2007 - 02:57pm PT
I love the Jim Morrison vs. Dr. Drew interpretations of this event.

See and be seen. Pitch black roads call for either preternatural senses OR flashlights. If you don't have one, you'd better have the other or all bets are off. Feral onlookers have nothing to do with what happened.

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Sep 3, 2007 - 03:02pm PT
what's the worst thing i've done in the valley? i'd have to say it was some chosspile about halfway between serenity crack and the arches apron. two pitches of grass, grain, dirt, and dust. we probably did the second ascent. had to dig out every placement. jesus, what a pile.

uhhh...this was a climbing thread, right??

Trad climber
The Rock Monkey Ranch
Sep 3, 2007 - 03:11pm PT
That's easy... I lived there, and got involved with SAR! It totaly blew my cover!

Social climber
The West
Sep 3, 2007 - 04:36pm PT
"My take on it is that you were either stoned out of your mind and/or drunk to the point where your perceptions of time, speed and spacial relations were warped."

I think you are obsessed with a minor tangent to the story he is telling. One that makes no sense and has no importance, imho. I don't think his state really enters into the story. Is it in some way, telling, that you keep insisting on the importance you (and only you) put on this?

Having myself ridden a bike with no light, at night, more times than anyone should, between the ahwhanee and camp four, I'm guessing you can't imagine how dark (and unnerving) it really is, in some of those spots. Not talking somewhere with street lights.

When you travel in the dark, with no light, your other senses really do, dial up. A fractal comparison is how much more you see travelling a given road , in broad daylight, on a bike than when you're in a car.

When we were kids, if you'd have taken me up on those pedaling with no lights dares, this would make a lot more sense, now.

I'm with you on the possible analysis of what happened, though.

Social climber
The West
Sep 3, 2007 - 05:27pm PT
I think you're still missing the point. He is bearing witness. He feels bad. He is second guessing. (I'm not inclined to find him culpable either; not by the facts he states or the the conditions you need to add to the situtation.) still don't know why you need the stoned/drunk explanation, or what that exonerates.

"The fault rests entirely with the man who chose to ride a bicycle with zero visability." -yup!

I guess my point is, don't write off his heightened senses as a naive, druggy, interpretation. When some senses are comprimised others compensate, to a degree you can't imagine without experiencing it. Climbing is all about that.

Try it tonight, walk around your fields without supplementary light, you Will be aware of things you never knew about.

Just caught your insightful highway 31 post. Isn't that kinda what I'm saying about your assumptions?

'prolly was a boy, though.
Ricardo Carlos

Trad climber
Off center, CO.
Sep 3, 2007 - 11:19pm PT
(Sex in the middle of a road, no more than a 1/4 mile from the campsite. It was night, and dark, but right out in the open air in public. But I don't really consider this bad. I was young once.)

The bench at Y Falls was safer no cars, the force of the falls in spring was like being at the beach with no sand.

The moon bow was better than a puppy.

Funny but I fell asleep in the El Cap Meadows and in the back of my Datsun pickup with the back open in the lodge parking lot. Waking with a start knowing it was a fast ticket out.
If I had done it on purpose I would have been busted for sure.

Once driving back from an all nighter at Casa Diablo hot springs (Mammoth Hot Spring pre 81-82 earthquakes) The tourist I had taken asked why I was driving on the wrong side of the road. I lied that I was bored, really I was dreaming. So So fing lucky she was awake. She got to finish her bike ride to NY
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Apr 26, 2012 - 12:59am PT
Kind of miss Rox

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
Apr 26, 2012 - 01:13am PT
Rox had a way of keeping things fresh and interesting...

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 26, 2012 - 01:14am PT
Let the dirtbags use the shower in my suite at the Lodge.
Fukkers damn near plugged up the drain. There was so much traffic
I was afraid the Rangers were gonna think I was dealin'.
Captain...or Skully

Apr 26, 2012 - 01:19am PT
Not real...let it go.
Talk is cheap.

Apr 26, 2012 - 01:33am PT
Talk is cheap?

Rocky wasn't talking. He's was writing.

You missed the boat and the oars ....
Captain...or Skully

Apr 26, 2012 - 01:35am PT
True that.
Don't matter, anyway. Not much really does.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 26, 2012 - 07:31am PT
Camp! One of the worst hangs in Estados Unidos. Pretty good granite though.

Trad climber
Apr 26, 2012 - 07:48am PT
The all-you-can-eat-buffet. Sometimes the fantasy is better than the reality.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Social climber
Retired in Appalachia
Apr 26, 2012 - 10:19am PT
What is the worst thing you've done in the Valley?

Worst? Well, according to some father in Lower Pines Campground, the worst thing that I ever did was pick up his 16-year old daughter (I was 18) and take her down the base of the Lower Yosemite Falls for some wet T-shirt action, and then up to the Bathtubs on the Arches.

In reality, the worst thing that I think I did was place a few bolts where I probably shouldn't have. Ain't sayin' where, I'm drawing the line there with my confession.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 26, 2012 - 10:59am PT
"Everybody suffers from my big mouth now." Once and former werd...
Stewart Johnson

lake forest
Apr 26, 2012 - 11:25am PT
hung around the valley for two days with a pound looking for e.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
Apr 26, 2012 - 11:32am PT
Leave it...
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Apr 26, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
i put a potato in someones tail pipe once.
got in trouble..
named a new route potato masher in josh after this episode.


Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Apr 26, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
Our poop Tube broke high on the Tripple Direct and sent about 10 poop bags right down on the Nose.


Apr 26, 2012 - 12:42pm PT
LOL ^^^^^

Trad climber
Apr 26, 2012 - 01:03pm PT
In 2005, I left my girlfriend (at the time) alone in camp 4. Nothing could possibly go wrong during that ten minute period as I fetched our gear from the parking lot back to camp. Upon returning, I had to spend the next 20 minutes trying to get one of the Huber brothers out of my camp. It went something like, ", thats actually my f*#king beer you are drinking and my girlfriend you're trying to nab."

The scavengers move In quickly for the scraps in those parts...
Wade Icey

Trad climber
Apr 26, 2012 - 02:47pm PT
"i put a potato in someones tail pipe once.
got in trouble..

And the getaway driver for the infamous "Mr Potatoe Head" incident is now an NPS Law enforcemnet officer, heh heh..


Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Apr 26, 2012 - 02:48pm PT
I used the bathroom in Camp IV.

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Apr 26, 2012 - 02:57pm PT
My ex.
bit'er ol' guy

the past
Apr 26, 2012 - 03:59pm PT
camped next to hippie drummers the night before a big route. I guess if you come to the valley to

smoke weed, slack line, boulder and play drums and "bluegrass" then it doesn't matter if you

keep everyone up all night in the "climbers" campground. When we got up at 3:30am I left a corn-

backed rattler in there cook pot, smoke that jerry!

Also talking to Mt shop lifers who haven't climbed in a decade is pretty lame.

Sport climber
Apr 26, 2012 - 04:01pm PT
Nothing worse than drum poundin hippies thinkin the rest of the climbers around them actually enjoy that sh#t...

Especially after hours.

What the f*#k is this sh#t, Burning Man?

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 26, 2012 - 04:12pm PT

I can't remember....

Boulder climber
the woods
Apr 26, 2012 - 05:10pm PT
poached a shower, ate at the deli, didn't climb anything and went back to Tuolumne.

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 26, 2012 - 05:20pm PT
Nothing worse than drum poundin hippies thinkin the rest of the climbers around them actually enjoy that sh#t...


When we got up at 3:30am I left a corn-backed rattler in there cook pot, smoke that jerry!

Awesome. Justice is served!
bit'er ol' guy

the past
Apr 27, 2012 - 05:13pm PT
bump-you know who you are,

how many hippies own drums?

and they all take them EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME, so why do they play that same lame-ass beat all day and all night and all day and all night and all day.....

.... ba-ba-BA-ba Really?

Your fore fathers were busy stopping the Vietnam war!

you could at least take a drum class.

Mountain climber
San Diego
Apr 27, 2012 - 05:34pm PT
Slept illegally, in the wrong spot. Got semi-tooled.

What's the world coming too?

I sure miss Rokjox. Chris Mac, please let him back into the ST community. Thank you.


Trad climber
East Coast US
Apr 27, 2012 - 07:05pm PT
I put those cameras in the Curry Village showers back in 2001. Got nothing good, just a bunch of dirty climbers poaching showers.

I'll name names!
Heloise Pendagrast

Trad climber
Tahoe City
May 4, 2012 - 09:43pm PT
I've always had a thing for taking baths, even living as a dirt bag for many seasons in Camp IV in the eighties. I don't mean the kind of bath available at the Devil's Bathtubs; I mean long, luxurious, hot soaks--bubble bath and all. For several seasons, I was a regular at the Annex dorms women's bathtub, especially after long climbs. I don't think any of the residents even used it. Perhaps they came to fear the tub because of the condition in which I'd leave it as I hurried off after my soak to meet fiends for beers at the Mtn. room. The thick and gritty ring of filth I'd deposit as my calling card was always proud.

May 5, 2012 - 12:17am PT
i got tooled trying to ride a bicycle past the pizza deck while a beer fight was going on amongst a bunch of curry employees. apparently a sober bicyclist w/out a headlamp is more dangerous than a bunch of drunken employees flinging beers and annoying the tourons.

1999. last summer i spent in the ditch. miss the rock but not the scene. at all.

May 5, 2012 - 12:26am PT
The worst thing you can do in the Valley is leave and never come back .......

Trad climber
May 5, 2012 - 12:30am PT
Took more rest days than needed. I should be shot.

Trad climber
Bay Area
May 5, 2012 - 05:47pm PT
I'm such a Polyanna.
Had a habit of sleeping under the rocks and hidden depressions up above C4. Got a better night's sleep that way. Oh yea, saved a few $$ as well.
Spent many nights under the stars in the meadow behind the old employee residences.
Scammed showers in the Curry employees area.

Fed a bear. Paid the price
At the old Tenaya Lake campground. Awoke in the night to the sound of breaking glass. Chuckled to my g/f that some dyamned fool had left food in his car. A few minutes later, breaking glass again.
In the morning I went out to the parking area to get something from my old Toyota Land Cruiser. After a climb, had accidentally left my daypack in the back. Driver's door peeled open, glass broken, the seats and rear of the LC full of dirt and sticks and leaves and my daypack gone. OH Yeah......I'd forgotten there were the day's orange peels still in that pack. Fortunately nothing else in the pack.

Quiet, muffled sex in Ahwahnee meadow in the moonlight 100 yards from the path within earshot of the residences, loudly on the top of Unnamed Dome on a quiet autumn evening.

Took more rest days than needed.
oh yeah

Social climber
Greensboro, North Carolina
May 5, 2012 - 07:22pm PT
Making beds in Curry Village for a few weeks.

May 5, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
Left it.

Trad climber
Salt Lake City
May 5, 2012 - 11:06pm PT
I don't want to talk about it. 25 years of therapy hasn't helped.
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
May 6, 2012 - 02:55am PT
The worst thing you can do in the Valley is leave and never come back .......
<< sort of a variation of Sharsmith being asked what he would do if he only had a day to see Yosemite. "I'd sit by the river and cry." lol

lawrence kansas
May 6, 2012 - 07:33am PT
Rox was a broken record.

Sport climber
Redlands Ca
May 6, 2012 - 08:57am PT
said I knew skitz
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 6, 2012 - 09:15am PT
Some folks might now think it's a bad thing, but to me one of the worst places to hang out when the weather turns bad is Yosemite. In the spring of 83 (one of the wettest on record) it rained almost every freakin day. What I did wrong was to not bail and come back when the weather was better. I stuck it out, day after rainy f*#kin day. IMO the Valley, when it rains and the tent's all mildewy after weeks of unrelenting rain and the only recourse is either the Mtn. Room Bar is THE worst place to be. But that's me.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 6, 2012 - 09:21am PT
breaking more than two laws at one time
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 6, 2012 - 10:06am PT
BTW can't say, having basically grown up near Pasadena way back when rain was something that always put a damper on things. I never got any thing done when it rained until I moved to Oregon. Those big loop hikes up, out and back down into the ditch are great on rainy days. That said a couple or three days of that is about my limit, not to mention the bar.

Habakkuk 3:19 Sozo
May 6, 2012 - 10:13am PT
My first time in the Valley in the early 70's, was after we backpacked in from Mammoth. Then we found a perfect place to pitch our tent with no fees and no one next to us, right in the middle of the Ahwahnee Meadow! We had consumed all our food but I still happened to have a dirty mess kit in my backpack from our hike and a bear thought he found the mother load and took off with the whole kit and caboodle! Next thing you know a Park Ranger is going to give us a ticket for illegal camping, but he felt sorry for me because the bear had my pack and told us to pack up and go! I found my pack with a few claw marks but still usable!
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 6, 2012 - 11:51am PT
Charlie, after living in the Bavarian Alps for close to five years, I understand what bad weather and good pub cultures sow in a person. The one thing I never left home without when I lived in Garmisch was my umbrella. It always gives a person a dry place to spark a bowl;). The Mountain Room bar is a poor substitute for a German Gasthaus.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Jun 4, 2012 - 12:34pm PT
can't say, you deserve a bump for surviving the damp of the '83 Feb-March deluges, especially in the ditch!

I recommend the Muir sketch Yosemite Valley in Flood in comparison.

I don't recall ever hearing the term "El Nino" prior to this 'weather event' of 1983. TV jumped on the floods here in California and El Nino became a trademark, an icon. I do recall a lot of things about that spring, but so do we all.
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