Great to here from you and see you surface here. I might have missed it if you hadnít sent the email.
Here is a shot of you leading. I have never seen a more impressive set of calves on anyone since.
Great stories and memories you have of those days. I had totally forgotten Tobinís upside down stuff. He really clowned around when we all took bouldering too seriously. Too funny!
The greatest thing to come out of using those old shoes were the lessons in footwork they gave. Itís the ace up the sleeve today and allows us old-timers to pull off the improbable. Funny though the really hard stuff still today at Suicide needs a good edge.
You flushed out a lot of stuff there thanks. I was always wondering where you went off to next.
Suicide is really becoming a backwater-climbing place.
The weather was perfect for hard slabbin, about 60 degrees, and the stone was clean with no traces of chalk.
The friction was there, the rock was holding your hands.
I counted about eight people climbing; one old dad was wearing a swami belt!
I bet they were lined up, fighting to get on climbs at Josh.
I just love Suicide, the forest, the views, the friends and all the memories I have of the place makes me feel like I am at home.
But itís all fun and games in till somebody pokes out an eye.
Serpentine claimed another one yesterday. Russell from Hemet, slid down a ways and hurt his ankle, I hope itís not broken. It was the size of a cantaloupe and I could see the pain on his face as he crawled up the stairs to get to his car.
And Mike, congratulation on Emilyís engagement, does the new ďsonĒ climb?
Great story Mike,
Very cool repeating those classics with your son!!!
Great thread as well, The memories of those people and climbs from BITD
all come rushing back to me. I was one of the B-list climbers during the early to mid 70's that spent time in the shadows of the Stonemasters.
Jim Wilson was a friend and climbing mentor that I played belay slave/
second for up many of those routes.