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mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Mar 30, 2014 - 10:54am PT
I first did that route before the belay was moved up. I led the first pitch. My partner was a 6'5" guy who weighed correspondingly. Even though he was solid at the grade, I talked him into letting me lead the second pitch, too, because the thought of him possibly taking a factor 2 fall onto the belay was too terrifying!
wstmrnclmr

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Mar 30, 2014 - 04:16pm PT
Yay Todd! It would have been hard to believe if you hadn't. But is still suprises me how many haven't. Such a great climb and almost guaranteed to be empty when you show at the base. some of the best granite quality in the park, Bonzai like pines and the quiet. And the best view when you top out.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 22, 2014 - 06:55pm PT
Wow, I hadn't read this in years, HILARIOUS!
crunch

Social climber
CO
Jun 22, 2014 - 07:09pm PT
Fantastic climb! One of the best!

From winter 1982/3. Kevin Normoyle following.
From winter 1982/3. Kevin Normoyle following.
Credit: crunch

Me, leading start of pitch 2. I think later the entire belay was moved...
Me, leading start of pitch 2. I think later the entire belay was moved up and right, beyond here (?). Photo by Kevin Normoyle
Credit: crunch
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Jun 22, 2014 - 07:21pm PT
It's over there somewhere...

Photo from last weekend in the Wonderland.

johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jun 23, 2014 - 07:58am PT
just for fun bumpers.

sitting at work and burying meself
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 20, 2014 - 07:10am PT
For historical as well as sentimental reasons, this was a personal favorite among threads I've started. But I see its historical zing has been gutted now by the admin's erasure of Dr. F.

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Oct 20, 2014 - 07:15am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

FA party; Randy vogel, Dave Evans (minus Dr. F. and specer )...
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Oct 20, 2014 - 11:54am PT
Thanks for the bump on the fabulous thread, a real entertaining time suck! The removal of Craig's posts really makes for some gaps, but there are just so many stories and remembrances here that it is still a fascinating read, and the interpersonal toll is evident even without Dr. F's posts.

I liked all the spontaneous confessions of misdeeds too, I think to have climbed a long time ensures you've done something you're less than proud of. Reminds me of the scene in Eastwood's "Unforgiven" when the young guy tentatively declares to the old man that the man he'd killed had it coming, and Clint responds in a tired voice, "We all got it coming kid."

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 20, 2014 - 02:32pm PT
The removal of Craig's posts really makes for some gaps, but there are just so many stories and remembrances here that it is still a fascinating read, and the interpersonal toll is evident even without Dr. F's posts.

True enough but it was Dr. F's entrance on page 3 that really brought out feelings and ignited the thread, not just with his viewpoint but the others he drew in.
IFO did not know about that history but it was fascinating to see it come out, and learn something about the personalities too.

Now starting on page 3 there are many invisible gaps, you have to read other posts to guess at what's been erased.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Lassitude 33
Oct 20, 2014 - 03:01pm PT
I must agree that is unfortunate that Craig's comments in this thread (and some of the context) have have been lost as part of the "Dr.F" purge.

Still, this is a favorite thread -- thanks Chiloe for starting it. It is a good example of how this forum has brought out climbing history, ideas and divergent viewpoints in ways not previously possible.

little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 28, 2015 - 06:38pm PT
climbing bump

Only lead the first pitch. My second got freaked out at the belay (after the 1st pitch traverse? looking at 2nd pitch?) and we bailed. I can only imagine the rest of the route. What a beauty.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Nov 18, 2015 - 09:06am PT
Bump for the article in Alpinist
Five15Factor2

climber
Nov 18, 2015 - 09:28am PT
I tried to lead this about 2 years ago on a very windy day...

There was a couple of parties ahead of us so we waited in the cold shade at the bottom for a half hour or so.

I traversed over to the ledge at the first bolt, which as I recall is a wee bit off the deck.

At this point the Joshua Tree winds had come in FIERCE. Windy in Joshua Tree you say? I know, weird right....

I reached up to clip the first bolt and WOOOOOSH, a HUGE gust of wind catches the big hoody wrapped around my 145lb frame and I'm windmilling my arms to stay on the cliff, the rope uselessly running from my harness to my belayer with nary a piece nor bolt between.

I windmilled my hands back onto solid rock, and promptly retrated to the welcome safety of solid ground.

Maybe we can climb something else today?

It's still on the list.

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Nov 18, 2015 - 11:07am PT
Definitely fodder for discussions ;-) Supertopo gets an "honorable" mention.
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Nov 18, 2015 - 11:11am PT
Five15: great story. Damn.
brotherbbock

Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
Nov 18, 2015 - 12:23pm PT
Good memories from that day Chiloe!

I had no hair!
PotatoHead

Trad climber
Nunya,ID
Nov 18, 2015 - 03:02pm PT
It's no doubt a Repub conspiracy against Dr.F. So many injustices levied against Dr.F. No doubt he'll chime in soon to set the record straight. Derp-on
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 18, 2015 - 03:15pm PT
o many injustices levied against Dr.F. No doubt he'll chime in soon to set the record straight. Derp-on




He'll just blame it on the Christian and Republicans
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Nov 19, 2015 - 02:29pm PT
Grand Theft Avocado? Ohh, a story!



Dr. F's story about Figures sounds pretty darn believable--I mean, I know I'd remember putting in that first bolt!
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