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fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 24, 2007 - 09:15pm PT
Hey, we get daily updates from El Cap, how about some news from Facelift?

Just bought a case of wine for the event.


Jody's evil twin.
pc

climber
East of Seattle
Sep 24, 2007 - 09:19pm PT
Man, Please do post up lots of gossip, slander, photos, stories, lies, romances, spats, etc. We who are not able must live through you ;)

Have fun!!
Walleye

climber
The back seat of my 69 Nark Avenger
Sep 24, 2007 - 10:35pm PT
Actually, I heard it through the grapevine that Chicken Skinner can't get that porcelain contraption unstuck from his ass..

EDIT: I just heard that Werner and a highly specialized team from YOSAR are going to attempt a removal with K-Y and crowbars.. Good luck men..
Walleye

climber
The back seat of my 69 Nark Avenger
Sep 24, 2007 - 10:57pm PT
Update

pc

climber
East of Seattle
Sep 24, 2007 - 11:01pm PT
Right on but yikes that's my idea of a heinous squeeze chimney!!
Anastasia

Trad climber
California
Sep 24, 2007 - 11:50pm PT
I heard that climbing is an inherently dangerous sport in which severe injuries or death may occur.
The user formerly known as stzzo

Trad climber
The moon, baby!
Sep 25, 2007 - 12:02am PT
Be wary of slinging knobs.
The user formerly known as stzzo

Trad climber
The moon, baby!
Sep 25, 2007 - 12:04am PT
Shiit. Maybe I'll have to post an update mañana noche.

Note to self: bring the camera USB connector.
Ouch!

climber
Sep 25, 2007 - 12:39am PT
John Moosie

climber
Sep 25, 2007 - 01:03am PT
Awesome Ouch. A supertaco poop powered toilet car. This could save America. Think about all of the commute time you could save in the morning. Poop and drive. Amazing technology. America is saved. We don't need oil. Just supertacos.

20 miles per taco. It will revolutionize commuting.


Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Sep 25, 2007 - 01:07am PT
Ouch,

What was the menu at the Ahwahnee tonight?

Ken
Ouch!

climber
Sep 25, 2007 - 01:35am PT
Chick, don't have a clue. I had BLTs with friends. And blueberry cheesecake.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Sep 25, 2007 - 01:38am PT
I look forward to meeting you in person.

Ken
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Sep 25, 2007 - 08:18am PT
Are you guys serious? Is OUCH going to be there? That'd be AWESOME!
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Sep 25, 2007 - 11:20am PT
HolyShizzle, OUCH! is going to be there?

FRIK-A-ZEE. . . I wonder if I can cram my shee in the Roadtrek and make it anyway?

Responsibilities, be damned!

:-(

eKat
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 25, 2007 - 11:31am PT
I better go buy more wine.


Jody's evil twin.
JesseM

Social climber
Yosemite
Sep 25, 2007 - 12:24pm PT
Redwood creek dropped off several cases of wine at my office for the Sunday Reception! BTW...when does the Sushi Fest kick off?

Jesse
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Sep 25, 2007 - 12:41pm PT
Lemme see now,

I am a wine lover, Yosemite is one of my favorite places (goes without saying), and I'm smitten with all you knuckleheads as well.

I'd be stoked to see some good wine drinking portraits dispatched as the event develops!

Yours,
Tarbaby
The user formerly known as stzzo

Trad climber
The moon, baby!
Sep 25, 2007 - 01:20pm PT
Jesse,

It's tonight. Not sure what time. Yellow Pines (site A? - confirm w/ Ken).
Jay Wood

Trad climber
Fairfax, CA
Sep 25, 2007 - 01:29pm PT
How many of those things have been collected in past years?
Ouch!

climber
Sep 25, 2007 - 02:50pm PT
Ouch!

climber
Sep 25, 2007 - 02:52pm PT
Ouch!

climber
Sep 25, 2007 - 02:54pm PT
Ouch!

climber
Sep 25, 2007 - 03:01pm PT
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Sep 25, 2007 - 03:09pm PT
Ouch, Fatty's expression in the wheelbarrel is priceless!

I like Werner and #46 lurking in that last one too.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 25, 2007 - 05:16pm PT
bump.

Chicken Skinner,

We need a report from the front lines. Has #46 attacked Ouch yet? Have the LEO's scooped up the entire lot of Tacoans?


Jody's evil twin.

khanom

Trad climber
neverneverland
Sep 25, 2007 - 06:01pm PT
We keep forgetting to haul a camera around.

Nature is settin' up at Yellow Pine and there's a bunch of folks, including Bruce & Em and Bear 47/Paganmonkeyboy providing "spritual" support. They might also be helping. George R. is making sure y'all know where to go.

This morning I ran around C4 trying to drum up some support and interest. The good news is that about 50% of the climbers knew about the Facelift. The bad news is that only perhaps 15% I talked to seemed willing to give up some climbing time to help out. It's still gonna be huge!

Right now Anders & Eric the Wolf are running around helping Ken haul wood and other items to the valley. In a bit I'm heading over to the visitors center to join them and jstan, where we will all apply our vast engineering resources to putting together the awnings for the check-in thing.

And then?


Sushi! Hoooh ya!


Edit: Last night two people got pulled over and busted for being stupid. I don't know who you are and I'm sorry you got tooled, but you know you were being stupid. Really really stupid. To repeat what Anders has said before: Certain behaviors should be left elsewhere.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 25, 2007 - 10:26pm PT
How about some play by play? Who's eating what kind of bait, how much sake downed. Where is Ansel Evans, he seems to know how to do this?


Jody's evil twin.
elcap-pics

climber
Crestline CA
Sep 25, 2007 - 10:39pm PT
Ansel Evans has way more than he can handle just shooting and keeping up with ElCap doings... someone else needs to step up on this one... will be around to see what is going on though...
Later ECP
Ouch!

climber
Sep 26, 2007 - 12:07am PT
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Sep 26, 2007 - 03:19am PT
Are we having Friday yet? can't wait!
Hope we can find yellow pines.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 26, 2007 - 11:45am PT
So, where's the recap of last nights debauchery?


Jody's evil twin.
pc

climber
East of Seattle
Sep 26, 2007 - 12:14pm PT
a) It's still going on
or
b) The bears wanted some fish and all hell broke loose
or
c) They're all sleeping off their drunken fish hangovers.
or
d) No Wi-Fi in yellow pines.
or
e) Various combos of the above.
Matt

Trad climber
never ever pissing into the wind
Sep 26, 2007 - 12:29pm PT
while i have long had plans for the weekend the prevented me from being up there, i was hoping to make the weeknights in yellow pines and get a bit of cleaning/climbing done. unfortunately i have gotten a bit busy w/ work (working for yourself can be unpredictable like that) and i can't break away to get up there. =/

last night the wife and i were out surfing down in pacifica, watching the sunset and the incoming waves over one shoulder and the full moon rising over the other, and while that experience was some consolation, i was thinking about SUSHI!








damn...
on the full moon too, how awesome is the valley on the full moon!
spyork

Social climber
A prison of my own creation
Sep 26, 2007 - 12:46pm PT
Well since I am stuck slaving away in subf*#kinburbia, at least you could post some media of drunken debauchery resulting in "don't tase me dude" videos.

Or at least some gratuitous climbing shots
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 26, 2007 - 01:12pm PT
Matt/Steve,

Sorry to hear that you won't be making the gathering, another pity party?


Jody's evil twin.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Sep 26, 2007 - 01:14pm PT
Bummer, Matt, I was looking forward to meeting you and the wife. Oh well, at least your business is doing good!
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Sep 26, 2007 - 01:21pm PT
I followed natures directions to Yellow Pine by Sentinel Beach last night and found no cars, no lights, no people and no noise. What did I do wrong?

Peace

karl
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Sep 26, 2007 - 01:27pm PT
KarlBabaMan. . . you are BAD, BAD, BAD!

Don't tease us like that!

:-)

eKat
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Sep 26, 2007 - 01:28pm PT
"I followed natures directions to Yellow Pine by Sentinel Beach last night and found no cars, no lights, no people and no noise. What did I do wrong?"

sounds perfect!

hahaha

Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Sep 26, 2007 - 01:57pm PT
I have only 24 more hours to be there... :)
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 26, 2007 - 02:05pm PT
Karl,

Did they all forget to tell you that the party was moved from Yellow to North?


Jody's evil twin.
Ouch!

climber
Sep 26, 2007 - 03:52pm PT
Karl, you're lucky you didn't get a ticket.
Matt

Trad climber
never ever pissing into the wind
Sep 26, 2007 - 04:06pm PT
let's have the skinny on the tickets please- y pronto!
Ouch!

climber
Sep 26, 2007 - 04:17pm PT
"I have only 24 more hours to be there... :) "

Crimp, I have it on good authority that Werner has gone into hiding.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Sep 26, 2007 - 04:22pm PT
"KarlBabaMan. . . you are BAD, BAD, BAD!

Don't tease us like that!

:-)

eKat"

Not teasing. I drove all the way down there (just to socialize) and got shut down! Kinda sad about it.

still wondering what went wrong in the communications or my brain

Peace

Karl
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 26, 2007 - 04:59pm PT
Karl,

You just unraveled the sinister plot, there is no facelift, this was an attempt to lure fattrad to an untimely death in the ditch. I'm returning the wine and calling DC, we're closing the ditch down.

Jody's evil twin.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Sep 26, 2007 - 05:48pm PT
Um, is thia spoof or something? has the campground situation changed? On Friday I have to 'stay after class,' then drive to Auburn (from Concord) pick up my soon to be a grown up, young'n, and then drive to the ditch and look for the legal free spot to crash (Yellow pines?)preferably near mass quantities of Unagi et al.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 26, 2007 - 06:03pm PT
hey there all at face lift...

thanks for the share info...

say, khanom... sorry to hear only 15% of the other climbers you ran into, could spare any time... and here, too, you said LOTS of them had even already heard about it from what i saw in your quoute:
This morning I ran around C4 trying to drum up some support and interest. The good news is that about 50% of the climbers knew about the Facelift. The bad news is that only perhaps 15% I talked to seemed willing to give up some climbing time to help out. It's still gonna be huge!"

have fun... keep sharing...
best of wishes to enjoy your sushi-time...
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Sep 26, 2007 - 09:52pm PT
Hey Matt - when is your b'day?
Matt

Trad climber
never ever pissing into the wind
Sep 26, 2007 - 10:03pm PT
in december, no idea what they are spouting about.
tell that kid nature that i wish i could have made the trip, never was in for the weekend anyway, but i was looking fwd to the sushifest (sigh...)
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Sep 27, 2007 - 12:35am PT
Karl - I don't get it. Was Sushifest a bust?
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Sep 27, 2007 - 01:08am PT
I'm sure it happened. I just couldn't find it. There must be a missing piece of info somewhere

Looking at the map posted on another thread it seems there might have been an early left turn off the sentinal beach road that we missed but it must have been poorly marked and no lights or anything else were visible from the Sentinel beach road or area.'

Dang. I'm headed back down tomorrow so maybe I'll try again

Peace

karl
Brutus of Wyde

climber
Old Climbers' Home, Oakland CA
Sep 27, 2007 - 01:12am PT
Karl... sorry we missed you!

We were there... in the Yellow Pines volunteer camp... rolling sushi (Including Brutus of Wyde's FAMOUS HIGH SIERRA ROLL). ya gotta turn left & go past the sign that says "AUTHORIZED VEHICLES ONLY" "NO ENTRY OR YOU WILL BE TOOLED"

Back at the Old Climbers' Home now, sunburned, having scrubbed and SCOURED El Cap from the Nose to the Butt (East Butt, that is...)

Tooled on the way home because of Elapsed Registration on the Maxipad... and we were doing so well....

#@$sigh&^%
Matt

Trad climber
never ever pissing into the wind
Sep 27, 2007 - 01:21am PT
all would not be right w/ the world if BoW were not getting harrased by the man while in the park!
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Sep 27, 2007 - 02:19am PT
Don't know how you missed it Karl, must have ended in Sentinel Beach. We were all there and it was a fun time. The Chefs were awesome and taught my son how to make sushi which he enjoyed immensely. He didn't want to leave and on the ride home said it was the funnest evening he had ever had.

Today was the first day of the clean-up and we had over 400 people counting children. The evening program was awesome! Tomorrow there will be some media coverage.

Ken
Anastasia

Trad climber
California
Sep 27, 2007 - 03:13am PT
Face lift, this is a scam! It is actually a cover to find the Giants!
Brutus of Wyde

climber
Old Climbers' Home, Oakland CA
Sep 27, 2007 - 06:45pm PT
Actually, we weren't tooled in the Park. It was in Oakdale after we stopped for gas.

Hope you have found the place by now, Karl! I hear there's more sushi tonight.

Brutus
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 27, 2007 - 07:18pm PT
Any Crimpie sightings yet? She should be arriving any minute now/


Jody's evil tein.
Anastasia

Trad climber
California
Sep 27, 2007 - 08:19pm PT
We have a sighting in here!
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=456203
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 27, 2007 - 10:43pm PT
Less than 24 hours until the evil one arrives.


Jody's evil twin.



Anastasia

Trad climber
California
Sep 27, 2007 - 11:31pm PT
I will be there Saturday.
Tomorrow is my launch date for leaving Ventura County. I have been spoiled, I am not going to be use to the colder temps.
AF
Ouch!

climber
Sep 28, 2007 - 12:11am PT
murcy

climber
San Fran Cisco
Sep 28, 2007 - 12:59am PT
my wife and son have pulled out, those scumbags. so i'm solo, meaning:

anyone wanting rides from sf tomorrow afternoon 2pm-ish and/or back Sunday evening let me know.

also, anyone wanting to get a moderate climb in *definitely* *defnitely* let me know!

i'll email ken so he can free up space for others.
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Sep 28, 2007 - 01:13am PT
Crimpie should have NO PROBLEMS breathing due to nasal congestion.


And Karl will not go to sleep hungry.






Bloooorfff!
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Sep 28, 2007 - 03:12am PT
It is not gossip, it is happening. After tonights show, it reminded me of the old Deli but, in a bigger way. Of course, we are all a little better behaved now. I think there were a couple of big names there. I will let you know what I see tomorrow.

Ken
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Sep 28, 2007 - 04:02am PT
Just back from round two of Sushi and supertaco friends. Much fun.

"n the Yellow Pines volunteer camp... rolling sushi (Including Brutus of Wyde's FAMOUS HIGH SIERRA ROLL). ya gotta turn left & go past the sign that says "AUTHORIZED VEHICLES ONLY" "NO ENTRY OR YOU WILL BE TOOLED" "

Yup, didn't think to head up the unmarked no entry road but having read this, decided to live dangerously and found everybody no problem

Peace

karl
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Sep 28, 2007 - 11:30am PT
I'll be there tonight. Murcy, you can climb with me and my buddy if you can't hook-up a partner. I'll see y'all tonight. Woo-hoo!!!!!

I hope I don't have problems locating it, Karl's freaking me out. I have directions though, and I'll look for the sign.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Sep 28, 2007 - 11:40am PT
Stress not, You'll just have to overcome your law abiding side and transgress the "Do not enter" sign

PEace

Karl
murcy

climber
San Fran Cisco
Sep 28, 2007 - 11:58am PT
awesome, bluering. see you there!
The user formerly known as stzzo

Trad climber
The moon, baby!
Sep 28, 2007 - 01:12pm PT
Directions: When you turn off of the main road toward Sentinel Beach, stay left. You'll see some dumpsters at a "Do Not Enter", "Authorized Vehicles Only" sign.

Go ahead and enter, and we're on the left about 75 yards down.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 28, 2007 - 02:54pm PT
Well, this has been sorry ass level of reporting. I'll step up to the plate and begin reporting live from Facelift in just a few hours. Any free hotspots or am I going to have to pay at the lodge/ahwahnee?

Jody's evil twin.

Just a teaser, someone's going to have a little birthday party tonight.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Sep 28, 2007 - 02:57pm PT
Fat - the Ahwahnee has free (non-encrypted) Wi-Fi in the spacious, cozy, public lounge.

The user formerly known as stzzo

Trad climber
The moon, baby!
Sep 28, 2007 - 11:21pm PT
Yah, well... All the storytellers must either be out in the woods, without computers, or busy all day long...

I had grand visions of getting some photos to post - but you know what they say about the road to hell.
Zander

Trad climber
Berkeley
Sep 29, 2007 - 08:01pm PT
I had a great time on Tuesday night. Ken's son is a good kid. While he was preparing sushi I'd kind of sidle up to him, "so what's that you making?’ He'd say this is the Tuna or this is the clam, whatever it was. Then he'd slide me over a piece before it was delivered over to the table for general consumption. Like I said, I like this kid.
As the night progressed, those of us who were still standing were gathered around the prep area. Nature just kept it coming. Soft Shell Crab hot off the stove, rolled and eaten. Hamachi with just soy sauce. Other delightfuls.

I met a lot of Supertaco folks who I'd remember better if a gentleman named Jim P. and I hadn't tried to figure out if Safeway's finest was better than Two Buck Chuck Merlot.

The next day Ed and I started in Wawona, cleaning up every turnout for the first four miles. Try to appreciate how nice they're looking next time you’re in the area.

Wish I could have stayed longer.
Zander
Pennsylenvy

Gym climber
Fannie's Crack
Sep 30, 2007 - 02:34am PT
Nobody fear. The doctor and I arrived back in AZ without further tooling. My biggest problem was stopping to pick up trash everywhere. I don't know how to stop. So much trash so little time. This was a GREAT event. Thank you Ken and all the other great folks involved. Wouold love to come back again next year. PE
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2007 - 10:36am PT
Live from facelift is your reporter Walter Fattrad Cronkite, the most trusted man in America:

So I roll in at 6:30 on Friday and no ones in Yellow Pines, they/ve all left for the O'Neil/Huber show, so I drive on over to the VC and sneak in the back door without paying. Timmy's one funny guy and did a great show, I'm standing next to the Huber Bros and I'm thinking...........Hmmm, pumped up Austrians, I'm going to teach my buddy Arnold to climb and we/re going to kick their girly man asses.

The Huber movie was good, but too long and too much I love/hate my bro stuff. Amazing climbers those Hubers. Only one Tacoan spotted at the show, Jay Wood. So I head back to home base and the dirtbags arrive.

The party starts at 10 and goes well into the early morning hours with mass quantities of wine and beer consumed. At midnight Crimpies birthday is celebrated with cake and hugs all around. My best buddy Crowley and I are having a great time sharing bottles of vino over the roaring fire with our hommies Mr.E, Nature, RickyD and charming Dawn,Nita and hubby Andrew, Ed hartouni and what seems like a cast of thousands.

Sat. morning, Crimpie, Ed and I get an alpine start of 8 and head to the cafe for breakfast while the rest of the crew is snoozing. Ed and Callie are off cragging for the day, while I start early garbage pickup. I go solo collecting millions of microscopic scraps of paper around Curry and then head up the Mist Trail following the tourons.

So, on my way down the Mist, so 60 year old woman takes the ankle breaker right in front of me and I'm now YOSAR. I stabilize and try to talk her into walking the 1/4 mile to the trailhead, but she ain't hearing it. Turns out she's an RN and wants the full treatment, so I place the call for Werner. LEO Fazio shows up with the med bag and with the help of touron fireman we spiint and morphine the casualty. SAR shows, but no Werner, he owes me big time for interrupting my trash collection.

The crew drifts in late from trash pickup/climbing so I head over to Caldwell show with Ricky and Dawn. Good show, great climber. Back to camp for more vino with the Tacoans.

Well, the Babameister shows up with his new girlfriend Diane (very nice and stunning) and he tries to get me and my buddy Crowley worked up over politics, but it doesn't work for the C-Man and I are buds. And then Karl drops a political bomb on me that I just can't share, it might ruin his life forever. Great fun was had by all, Jaybro and daughter arrived after a long drive and much climbing was discussed. Nature was again serving sushi will into the night while being entertained by Andrew and PaganMonkeyBoy. Oh, somehow my cooler with wine for Sat. night went missing, I'm going to have to tool someone over that.

And that's the way it is, as of early Sun. morning.

Jody's evil twin.
pc

climber
East of Seattle
Sep 30, 2007 - 11:21am PT
Nice report Fatty! That's what we're hungry for.

Happy belated bday Crimpie!

My "bomb" guess...Karl voted for Reagan twice?

;)

Have more fun and report please,
pc
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Sep 30, 2007 - 01:28pm PT
Great report there, fattrad! Makes me wish I was there. Just some run-of-the-mill Eldo climbing for me this weekend. Can't complain.
spyork

Social climber
A prison of my own creation
Sep 30, 2007 - 02:32pm PT
Nice report Fattrad. Very miserly reporting from the rest of you! For shame! No pics?
davidji

Social climber
CA
Sep 30, 2007 - 04:48pm PT
Steve,
I've got a few pix: Some STers eating sushi; A couple of Hubers on The Nose. The usual.

Spent less time cleaning then I planned. Met lots of STers. Climbed a bit.
khanom

Trad climber
neverneverland
Sep 30, 2007 - 07:25pm PT
I have quite a few pics, including some of the Half Dome cables clean up. But you know what? I'm waaaaay too tired to deal with that now. Besides, the beer is waiting.

Later.
nita

climber
chico ca
Sep 30, 2007 - 11:52pm PT
Just got home, here is the real inside gossip.

Tuesday night, no early Wednesday morning...a couple of tacos got way drunk, and shaved off Pagans chest hair...yikes!

Friday night: nature was seen prancing around in a Bush/Cheney T-shirt... He was still wearing the T- shirt on Sunday..double Yuck!!

Then on Saturday morning- I witness Anders- trying to teach some kids- Scottish highland dancing..triple Yikes!!! It was pretty funny.

Ok, not a trip report ### just pure gossip. ;-0
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Oct 1, 2007 - 04:59am PT
I thought it went pretty well.

Ken
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Oct 1, 2007 - 09:43am PT
Me Too





More to come, I am currently experiencing photo download issues, (what's with this 29 minute, black QT movie? must have bumped the camera in my pocket in the excitement) but this will get straigtened out
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Oct 1, 2007 - 10:11am PT
Just a smackeral before work;

a meeting of the supertopo tri-lateral commision to determine the future of the rest of us;



some guy making dinner;



Some lady enjoying same;



action cleanup shots;








infinite regressions;








Maysho

climber
Truckee, CA
Oct 1, 2007 - 10:18am PT
Ken, You are DA MAN!!

What a great event. I was only able to be there for two days, and as I had to clean up a bunch of my own junk from a friends porch in mariposa, I was only able to clean in the Valley for one day, though a big day it was. I did not realize how impressive the coordinated efforts would be to remove "big infrastructural trash".

As a former park worker it seemed appropriate to join a park service buddy "Steve/aka Chewey", a new buddy, Jim, and a nice DNC guy, jason to remove the power lines running from the generator area down to the old house sites at Cascade Creek. This was actually really dangerous as the telephone poles had to be cut, while still attached to cables up high, making the cut area of the pole prone to violent displacement. Steve did a great job of chainsawing, and seemed to always know just when to stop and step back before the pole jerked ten feet to the side. We then cut and coiled the cables, bucked up the phone poles, and left them for the crew from planet granite to remove the next day. We thrashed through tons of poison oak, and all raced for the showers as soon as we were done. I hope the pick up team were smart about that or there must be some really itchy gym rats right about now.

The one evening program I attended was great, RR and Tom Frost presenting the classic "West Face of Sentinel". A number of us "kind of old schoolers" used to see this film twice a week in the late 70's and grew sick of it then, but it was cool to view it 25 years later and with the stars present.

Sushi fest was over the top in terms of quality, and I as well took advantage of Ken's son Guy who had endless enthusiasm to create the perfect hand roll. Great to meet some ST folks for the first time, and see some old friends like Nita and Andy. Only disapointment was to miss the influx of friends who came for the weekend, and to not get to meet the famous Crimpergirl.

Definately plan to schedule time for the whole thing next year.

Thanks to Ken, hope you get to sleep for a few days now!

Peter
Anastasia

Trad climber
California
Oct 1, 2007 - 12:51pm PT
I visited on Saturday and was impressed with the effort. I was especially impressed when I noticed climbers coming off routes with trash bags.

I had the joy of bumping into Katie while having lunch in the meadow. She was busy hauling for her latest project. I always seam to find Katie in the most interesting places.
We also bumped into the Huber brothers as the were walking back from El Cap. I thought they were very nice, plus I did like watching their video.

In the afternoon John went climbing with Wayne. I could tell they had a good time for they came back with big smiles.
Besides that, we saw John's friend Lucy during the Huber film, she is always her classic beautiful self.

We didn't see bear 46.

Sending Smiles,
Anastasia


Prod

Social climber
Charlevoix, MI
Oct 1, 2007 - 01:14pm PT
Had a great time and will post some Sushifest photos this evening.

Hey Ken,

What were the totals; miles of road? and pounds of trash?

Prod.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 1, 2007 - 02:00pm PT
And now for the rest of the slander! Reporting for you, Walter Fattrad Cronkite, the most trusted man in America:

The Taco ghetto awoke Sunday morning to frosty temperatures and got re-charged with a scrumptious breakfast of pancakes, bacon and coffee all served up by Tim and his fine crew, thanks Tim!

We were joined at breakfast by Anders and John Stannard, it was my great pleasure to meet both of those legends, later in the day I told stzzo to think of of John as the Royal Robbins of the east. A real treat for me.

Back to the action, Many Tacoans went out and did combo climb/trash projects, they all came back with their blue bags full of nastiness. As for me, I was determined to defeat the Curry slime and spent five hours in the apple orchard and Curry parking gathering butts, juice box straw wrappers and the stickers from store apples. Facelift wrapped up early and the bags were in by 3.

The Tacos regrouped at Y Pines for R&R and then headed over to the VC for the grand finale party. We arrived early and a good thing for the food/beer/wine was already out and the starving dirtbags were feasting. The food was great, meatballs. chicken/veggie kabobs, salads, fruit, cake and ample adult beverages.

Chicken Skinner took the stage about 7 and passed out the thank yous to the sponsors, donors, dirtbags and NPS. Ken deserved and received the loudest applause, the event was a complete success. Met JoBee and had a nice chat, tried to dig up a partner to climb with Crimper on Mon. The raffle was held and a few Tacos won, Khanom won a helmet, Dawn a gift bag, stzzo won something and I won a backpack which I gave to a Tacoan. Unfortunately I had to head home at 9, the trading pit had to be manned on Mon., gave my hugs and handshakes to Crimpie, Dawn, Nita, Rick, GeorgeR, Nature, Anders and Ken.

Halfway down the Priest Grade, momma and Bambi decided to cross the road, not wanting to do a rhyang, I went between the two. Bambi bumped the right rear panel, but no dent or blood was found. Hoping that no damage was done to the prancer.

I had so much fun meating many of you for the first time and reconnecting with some of the bay area folks.


And that's the way it was. Now back to politics.


Jody's evil twin.
The user formerly known as stzzo

Trad climber
The moon, baby!
Oct 1, 2007 - 02:28pm PT
Wowza. The Old Priest Grade is not the place I'd want to swerve to miss a deer...

I won Bishop and Mammoth area climbing guides. Cool beans!
Ouch!

climber
Oct 1, 2007 - 02:46pm PT
"gave my hugs and handshakes to Crimpie, Dawn, Nita, Rick, GeorgeR, Nature, Anders and Ken."

What? No hug for Crowley?
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Oct 1, 2007 - 02:47pm PT
I posted some pics here;
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=457799

Nice meeting all in attendance. Great crowd. I had a blast.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 1, 2007 - 02:59pm PT
Ouch,

Stop drooling all over yourself, Baba has the photos of me and Crowley in the friendly embrace. You;re next on the list!


Jody's evil twin.
Ouch!

climber
Oct 1, 2007 - 03:05pm PT
Fat, you gotta buy my vote. Big bucks. Hugs are cheap.
The user formerly known as stzzo

Trad climber
The moon, baby!
Oct 1, 2007 - 03:37pm PT

Another shot of The Entertainers



The Bear formerly known as Bear 46



Another birthday shot



T-minus 10..9..8..



Lift off!



Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Oct 1, 2007 - 04:42pm PT
Anyone know the time/network for the TV coverage?
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 1, 2007 - 05:47pm PT
Jaybro,

It was channel 7, don't know the time.


Jody's evil twin.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Oct 1, 2007 - 06:52pm PT
Gracias, Jeffe!
nature

climber
Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 1, 2007 - 10:47pm PT
I made it home safe and sound. yippie!

I think I had around 35 for sushi on Tuesday and around 30 for sushi on Thursday. The rumor regarding the sushi spread fast.

On saturday I was down to not a lot of fish so I threw out a tip jar. I split half of what was in the jar with YCA - a total of $150.

Fun fun fun... now it's time to plan JTree in a month!

It was great to meet many more Tacoers!

Thanks again for the shirts Fatty!
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Oct 1, 2007 - 11:09pm PT
Good job Nature - glad you made back to base camp in one piece.

Just so you guys know - these three people in this photo do not sleep ... and Paganmonkeyboy knows TOO MANY SONGS!!!



Just kidding - it was the greatest...my TR will follow soon.



neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 2, 2007 - 12:47am PT
hey there fattrad and chicken skinner... say, great that you all had such fun! ... say, chicken skinner, did the handmade dream catcher and earrings ever make it in time for the raffle....???

thought, they would.. so very sorry, if not.. i had wanted to share, as i could not be there....
nature

climber
Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 2, 2007 - 12:50am PT
A gift from fatty:






BTW, it could be pointed out that Andy is the latest member of Burning Barn.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Oct 2, 2007 - 12:53am PT
Nature - is this the guy?

nature

climber
Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 2, 2007 - 01:09am PT
YUP! Newest member of Burning Barn (which will rise from the ashes!).
paganmonkeyboy

Trad climber
the blighted lands of hatu
Oct 2, 2007 - 01:30am PT
oh man that was one amazing week - incredible place, incredible people...
thanks again tim for the breakfast, nature for dinner, ken and anders for the whole thing and the chance to actually come out there...hat's off to you guys, big time...
now must sleep...
nita

climber
chico ca
Oct 2, 2007 - 01:35am PT
Ahh-ha...photo evidence- who gave that guy a cigarette?
Majid_S

Mountain climber
Bay Area
Oct 2, 2007 - 01:54am PT
Guys
Is that werner climbing El Cap ?
jstan

climber
Oct 2, 2007 - 03:55am PT
While I find myself almost always in agreement with my friend Jeff, I do have to disclaim any relationship, climbing-wise, with Royal Robbins. To say a prune is the eastern version of a California peach – is stretching things. Just a bit. Facelift was, however, my first opportunity to meet both Royal and Tom Frost and I am moved to make my own comment, unseemly as it may be.

After the showing of the West Face of Sentinel, as one might expect, both of these gentlemen found themselves surrounded ten deep by youngsters, many of whom had traveled from the other side of the globe. I had a decision to make. The three of us, Doug Robinson, and many thousands of equally serious people had stood shoulder to shoulder through the dark days before the onset of Clean Climbing. Then everyone simply decided the costs to us of having racks that clanked on falling to the ground- were simply too great to bear. Following that revolution the relationship between all of us was and is yet secure. We had gone through the wars together. Wednesday night I decided my trying to push aside some of the youngsters in hopes of making an already strong relationship stronger, was not justified. Fortunately, Anders and Ken would have none of it. I was more affected by the meeting than I would have ever thought possible.

Here, I only restate what one sees simply by reading the posts in this forum. Ultimately the value one receives from climbing comes not from the routes and other accomplishments on the rock.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Oct 2, 2007 - 11:02am PT
Hello Everyone,

The Yosemite visit by ABC's network television crew from New York last Wednesday through Saturday to cover the "Yosemite Facelift" volunteer cleanup effort will yield a nice piece on the evening of Monday, October 8th on ABC World News with Charles Gibson under their "Keys to Success" segment which typically airs near the end of the program.

This is significant, positive press for Yosemite that will air nationally in millions of homes.

We gathered over 42,000 lbs of trash. The major weight came from old infra-structure projects that NPS is not able to get funding for. Over 100 miles of roadway were cleaned up. The Merced River corridor was cleaned from Happy Isles to Briceburg. In addition close to 100 miles of trails were cleaned along with campgrounds and lodging areas.

Jstan was incredible as he worked long and hard everyday. Thanks to Nature for the sushi and and Mighty Hiker and George R for your extra effort. It would take me all day to list everyone that contributed beyond the call of duty. Crimpie thanks for throwing me around on the dance floor. I danced so hard that night that my knees were a bit painful.

Thank you for making this so successful,

Ken
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 2, 2007 - 11:28am PT
Thanks Ken for your vision, leadership and positive energy!
I truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with everyone on its succcessful outcome. Sorry I couldn't stay for the dance, hoping to have many more chances in the future.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Oct 2, 2007 - 11:51am PT
Yeah, Great job Ken, thanks for the whole thing! special thanks for the tool-free-zone.

Great seeing you again and meeting your family!
MisterE

Social climber
Across town from Easy Street
Oct 2, 2007 - 01:03pm PT
My trip report:

Showed up on Monday and got an opportunity to help Ken, Anders and Eric #1 moves stuff from Ken's Monday and Tuesday. I gotta say, Ken has amazing stamina, as his house is being remodeled during all of this. Tuesday night Nature showed up and we feasted on sushi, and played some music around the campfire.

Wednesday I picked up 65 pounds of trash in 3 hours out of Camp 4 overflow and the bus parking areas. That night, I got a chance to meet Royal, got him to sign my Denny Book, and he told me a bit about my Dad, Mike Borghoff. He then sat next to me during the whole movie! What an honor! Note: If anyone happened to get a picture of us sitting together, I would VERY MUCH like a copy. He was all smiles and patted me on the shoulder a few times. I also got Tom Frost's signature in my book. I hadn't seen Tom in over 10 years. An interesting story about Tom: When I ran into him in '95, we both realized it had been 30 years, almost to the month, since either of us had been in the valley!
Their movie was fantastic! We all gathered around th Yellow Pines Campfire "B" again for sessions of real-time spray and disjointed spurts of music.

Thursday I had the pleasure of picking up trash with Harrison Hood, a really great guy and fellow tradesman around LaConte Boulder and beyond, we gathered over 200 pounds of trash that day and had a great time hanging out and talking. That night was the Sharma movie - that was amazing, as well. Then, back to the campfire for more sushi and a bit too much sake. Late that night, I decided to stay at K-Man's house in Yosemite West and help him move a fridge in the morning. He went out the Yellow Pines driveway and took a right!!!! Jeez, that woke me right up!

The next morning I woke up in his beautiful home, glimpsing Cookie Cliff through the kitchen deck. What a place! We moved the fridge, I cooked some breakfast for us and he gave me a ride back to the Valley. He offered me a place to stay anytime I was in the area! w00t!
That day I found 200 pounds of garbage, (185 of it in an old concrete-filled tire used for tetherball). I went back to the Face-lift booth to see if I could find a truck to move this beast, but no-one had a truck available, but I spotted a shopping cart someone had picked up. I did a little spatial calculation, and rolled off with the cart clattering, feeling a little foolish as I got looks from tourons. I loaded the tire on and muled it back to the weigh-in. Phew!
Later that day, five of us had a fun adventure on the river...

Saturday I was tired from walking, so I worked the weigh-in and trash sorting area, thinking it would be easier. NOT! I did the pick-up circuit for a while with Ken's truck and riding shotgun with Grant, who smelled awful, having recieved a liquid-lettuce shower cleaning out a bear-box. Grant's a great guy, we hung out a bit in the Meadows earlier this summer.

I left Sunday morning, wanting to hit Vegas when it was cooler.

Thanks to Ken for an amazing effort in all of this. Also, for use of his tent (I lost mine driving off with it on the top of my car Monday), the gas card that saved me much time, and the post-cleanup beers. Great to meet you, Ken!

It was a real honor to meet all you folks, and a special shout out to Rick Cashner, who collected around 4000 pounds of stuff.

Ed Hartouni, you are one cool dude!

My total for the week was one abused liver, one dirty and sore body, not much climbing, and 350 pounds of trash.

Also, this year was the 45th anniversary of my visiting the valley!

See you next year! Erik
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 2, 2007 - 06:28pm PT
jstan,

You're far too modest, you and your contemporaries set worthy standards for those like myself that have climbed in your footsteps.


Jody's evil twin.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Oct 2, 2007 - 07:57pm PT
How come I didn't get a Bush Cheney T shirt Fatty?!!

It could almost serve as a "get out of jail free card" or Halloween costume in some circles.

Great meeting some new supertaco folks.

Peace

Karl
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 3, 2007 - 02:06pm PT
Karl,

I'm going to get you an autographed version, now that I know your real voting pattern.


Jody's evil twin.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Oct 3, 2007 - 07:10pm PT
Nice job everybody!
Quite impressive and very beneficial.

(Got any wine drinking pics?)
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 4, 2007 - 11:07pm PT
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nature

climber
Tucson, AZ
Jun 13, 2009 - 06:43pm PT
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