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Dr. F.

Trad climber
Mar 28, 2014 - 12:00pm PT
Me, Randy, De EE, and Hashbro are planning on a celebratory 40 Anniversary climb.

I'm in shape and only getting better with age!, I hope the rest of you guys are ready (in 4 years that is).

So much great stuff in this thread.
Such a rich History.


El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 28, 2014 - 12:08pm PT
Great route, and a great thread- made truly historic by the pure fact that Craig actually posted on a climbing thread!
Nice vision there Dr.F!
My fave story is Spencer's about the joint smoking Yabo bug.
So classic.

Trad climber
Mar 28, 2014 - 01:34pm PT
The Gunslinger is a four pitch route about fifty feet left of Figures, it's a great ride and has a couple two or three pitches of 12a. It's a fun one as well, and doesn't get much traffic.

50 feet to the right actually. Amazing looking route, but I never got on it.

Climbed Figures though, in like 95 with hamslice. He let me lead the first pitch.

Still smitten by the route, I need to get back there and do it again and try Such a Savage while I'm at it.

Those domes...can't imagine finding them and getting to FA there. wow.

Trad climber
Costa Mesa, CA
Mar 28, 2014 - 05:15pm PT
Still scared thinking about when I did it. haha

The rock is so great over there, and the position. 20' into it you're like 60' off the deck and a fly on the wall. It was awesome! :)

When I did Solid Gold around 80-81' there was a group doing Figures. The guys were doing the route and the girls were sun bathing nude at the base. Very distracting while I was leading the first pitch of SG. lol

Trad climber
Mar 28, 2014 - 07:24pm PT
I had not seen this thread before. Great pics and great stories.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Mar 28, 2014 - 07:46pm PT
Me, Randy, De EE, and Hashbro are planning on a celebratory 40 Anniversary climb.

Can I watch? I'll bring the beer.

Hashbro recently e-mailed me for info on climbing areas in Siskiyou Co.,
said he was wanting to get back on the rock but is dealing with a foot injury. Training for this maybe?
Was good connecting with him again, we used to bump into each other at the SoCal hangs bitd. Offered to belay slave for him.


Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 28, 2014 - 08:10pm PT
Was hoping the foot was healed up by now. I will help T H carry the beer and herbs, and help provide the appropriate amount of heckling.

Trad climber
47N 122W
Mar 30, 2014 - 02:06am PT
I belong to the club of being able to climb it as "flash" when I was younger ('85?) and then taking multiple way penji whippers ('90) trying it again near the finish of the first pitch. Either something broke off or it was just a lot harder ... either way ... I took the way 30' sideways penji whipper twice, and each time, I lost my glasses down to the talus! And then I bailed off.

Great climb, but you'd better be on your "A" game. Enjoy!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Mar 30, 2014 - 02:33am PT
Figures was one of the best JT climbs I ever had fun with a more than equal partner.

Everything that went on was ON SIGHT, (falls on the mantle included) as it should be. The hanging belay was interesting but it made for good fun watching the second pitch mantle...

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!

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!

Social climber
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

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

Photo from last weekend in the Wonderland.


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

sitting at work and burying meself
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