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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.
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