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Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Oct 1, 2007 - 08:09pm 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 TR will follow soon.


Social climber
Oct 1, 2007 - 09:47pm 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....

Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 1, 2007 - 09:50pm 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 1, 2007 - 09:53pm PT
Nature - is this the guy?


Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 1, 2007 - 10:09pm PT
YUP! Newest member of Burning Barn (which will rise from the ashes!).

Trad climber
the blighted lands of hatu
Oct 1, 2007 - 10:30pm 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...

chico ca
Oct 1, 2007 - 10:35pm PT evidence- who gave that guy a cigarette?

Mountain climber
Bay Area
Oct 1, 2007 - 10:54pm PT
Is that werner climbing El Cap ?

Oct 2, 2007 - 12:55am 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
Oct 2, 2007 - 08:02am 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,

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 2, 2007 - 08:28am 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.

Social climber
The West
Oct 2, 2007 - 08:51am 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!

Social climber
Across town from Easy Street
Oct 2, 2007 - 10:03am 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

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 2, 2007 - 03:28pm PT

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 - 04:57pm 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.



Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 3, 2007 - 11:06am PT

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

Jody's evil twin.

right here, right now
Oct 3, 2007 - 04:10pm PT
Nice job everybody!
Quite impressive and very beneficial.

(Got any wine drinking pics?)
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 4, 2007 - 08:07pm PT

Tucson, AZ
Jun 13, 2009 - 03:43pm PT
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