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Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Feb 10, 2011 - 11:56pm PT
By the way, Lucander, I love High E. And one of my fondest memories lies up there.

It was a few days after my wedding, I was sitting under the overhang with Julie Lazar in a light drizzle. We were waiting for the rain to let up, when up comes Fritz Wiessner.

"Isn't this a fine day for a climb!" he says to us as he passes by and solos on up the last pitch.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 11, 2011 - 12:00am PT
There ain't too many 5.7's like High E on the left coast.
Rudder

Trad climber
Long Beach, CA
Feb 11, 2011 - 12:06am PT
pretty easy except for the bottom, getting to the second bolt

That's what I remember, the climbing between the first and second bolt takes some focus.
henny

Social climber
The Past
Feb 11, 2011 - 12:21am PT
Sense of humor?

Joking around?

Strictly forbidden.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Feb 11, 2011 - 01:12am PT
Kenny at the bizness portion down low
Kenny at the bizness portion down low
Credit: BrassNuts
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Feb 11, 2011 - 02:02pm PT
Pretty pic BNuts.
It is always curious to me when people with the benefit of inch by inch beta and the knowing a route goes and has been done innumerable times already start to down talk the difficulty of the climbing. "It wasn't that hard", "It was easier than it's reputation", "I crushed it" ! Whatever Yadda yadda tips your canoe. But when you go up first without the knowledge & road map it is a much bigger deal. Putting in the bolts is much harder than clipping them after.
The envisioning is the first creative move followed by the will to carry on.

AND... The greatness of a route is not solely a measure of It's difficulty.
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Feb 11, 2011 - 02:06pm PT
Everybody can see the Vision after the route has been completed

before that, it was just another blank face that everybody walked by
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Feb 11, 2011 - 02:19pm PT
Craig, even though FOAL is a much more lyric and beautiful name it is clearly less apropos than MOMB.

I am sorry for my part in stealing the name from you.
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Feb 11, 2011 - 02:24pm PT
I like the name Figures on a Landscape better, and am cool with the name change

Its only the praise for DE EE and RV for their unbelievable visionary skills, commitment to excellence, and their ability to put up such a great five star route, that gives me a problem

It IS a really cool route.....props to the FA team. F*#k!!!! Ballsy!

Bluering


Thanks Dave and Randy for this kick ass route. The two of you are true visionaries.

Friend

Are they the visionaries??
hashbro

Trad climber
Mental Physics........
Feb 11, 2011 - 09:06pm PT
Randy and Dave are two of the most visionary climbers I have known......


In the case of Figures on a Landscape (for what it's worth), Craig Fry (having found the route and collected the balls to start up the thing), has my vote of one of the most visionary
climbers I have known........

And Craig certainly was the visionary behind Figures on a Landscape!
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Feb 11, 2011 - 09:08pm PT
Thanks Hashbro

we started the route together as a team
the route should have been finished as team effort
that's my only gripe
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Feb 12, 2011 - 12:28am PT
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 25, 2012 - 11:27pm PT
Astro bump

I feel like I did some time travel!
wstmrnclmr

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Mar 28, 2014 - 02:29am PT
Credit: wstmrnclmr
Bump......Sorry for the photo size. Mark Wagner and I,'93. Cool to learn Tar put in new belay but Wagner was old school. I got the crux off the hanger.....Also interesting to learn that Todd Gordon hasn't done the best climb in the park. Must be on his bucket list..........
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Mar 28, 2014 - 04:45am PT

Lol i just started reading this thread & I have to quote this post from way back. A super classic tale & tribute.




zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca

Oct 29, 2007 - 08:15pm PT




The first and only time i climbed this route was with Jeff Perrin, and Walt Shipley as audience, and chief heckler.

Jeff lead the first pitch and i was seconding.

We lost Walt on the hike in, and had no idea where he was.

I start climbing and was immediately aware that Walt has arrived, because he starts heckling me.

I am focused on the moves and i don't look down to see where Walt is, but i am very aware of his presence.

He is critiquing my every move, and yelling up suggestions.

"Dyno, lieback, smear, edge, mantle"

The climbing is not very difficult, and i am not having any trouble with the moves. Walt is just entertaining himself by trying to make me fall.

I get up to the traverse section of the first pitch, and i get a little gripped looking at the possible penji that i am going to take if i fall.

This route is well within my ability, but at that time i was a little light in the nerves department.

I have found that as i get older, i am a lot more cautious, and lot less bold than i was twenty years and twenty pounds ago, but that is another story.

As I start off on the traverse, Walt launches in to a new tirade.
"You're blowing the sequence, you're gonna fall, you're gonna die"

I am slowly inching across the traverse and trying to count how many moves i have left to the belay.

Walt doesn't let up, "if you die, can i have your car?"

I finally tell Walt to shut the f@#k up, and he does.

I am one move away from the slings and in my haste to get there, i have actually messed up the sequence. I want to do this clean, but it would be so easy to grab the anchor. I am trying to find a way to reverse the move, and i hear Walt yell, "Grab the sling ya poser!"

I am able to reverse the move and finish the pitch cleanly. I clip in to the anchor, and immediately look down at Walt.

I was not prepared for what i saw.

Walt is semi crouched, and leaning against a rock in the sun.

He is naked, and holding a beer.

I look at Jeff, shake my head, and then look back at Walt and ask him, "what in the F#@K are you doing?"

He does not respond, and he is just staring out in to The Wonderland.

I again call out to him, "Walt, what are you doing?"

Without looking up, he finally responds: "I am coping some rays, taking a sh#t, drinking a beer, and laughing at you. I am enjoying life, man"

I miss you Walt, and will never forget all the good times that we had on and off the stone, and our great conversations.

Zip
10b4me

Sport climber
www.tenbeephotography.com
Mar 28, 2014 - 10:41am PT
^^^good stuff
Wish I had climbed this when I was younger. Don't think I have the skill anymore.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Mar 28, 2014 - 10:43am PT
Such fine memories of a truly classic route.

1981.....Tim Wagner and I had just climbed Such A Savage, a route that I still consider to be one of the finest lines in the Monument. As we sit on the summit, we look over and watch a leader whip on the traverse...and he gets banged up and bails.

Bolstered by our success on SAS, and our brand new Fires, we head to Figures the next day and freeze our way up it....and immediately claim it to be THE finest line ever.

I've done the route two more times since then, and though I no longer feel it is THE finest route in the Monument, it still ranks with me as in the top 5.

I always thought it would be great to do mid-summer....as I have not had the pleasure of being on it without the cold factor.

I appreciate the re-counting of the history here, and hold complete MAD respect for ALL involved.

Cheers,
DR
Tan Slacks

climber
Joshua Tree
Mar 28, 2014 - 10:58am PT
Posted before,but still painful to look at.
Posted before,but still painful to look at.
Credit: Tan Slacks

I have only done the route a few times. It was the cover of Mountain Magazine that got me there the first time. Not sure I will ever get back on it, but the memories are all there.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Mar 28, 2014 - 11:34am PT
Bump......Sorry for the photo size. Mark Wagner and I,'93. Cool to learn Tar put in new belay but Wagner was old school. I got the crux off the hanger.....Also interesting to learn that Todd Gordon hasn't done the best climb in the park. Must be on his bucket list..........

Correction;.....I HAVE done the best climb in the Park.......(Figures on a Landscape)..the FIRST attempt I fell at the crux and bailed....just after the FA.....but a couple years later (early 80s), I went back with Kelly Vaught and led all the pitches.........cruised it....
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Mar 28, 2014 - 11:55am PT
Definitely a climb that will not fade from memory. We did it in 1989. I led the first pitch and we planned on swapping leads. My partner bailed on the 2nd pitch lead so I took it. I offered him the third pitch and he said no way, you might as well lead the whole thing. Great partner, he had a history of avoiding leads :)
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