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Festus

Social climber
Enron by the Sea
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 17, 2008 - 01:45pm PT
come on, you can't tell me these bastards weren't enhancing placements! At least one of 'em is packing a claw hammer.

TradIsGood

Recently unshackled climber
the Gunks end of the country
Jan 17, 2008 - 01:50pm PT

Wings of Plywood.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Jan 17, 2008 - 01:53pm PT
That would be WoS: Wings of Spruce
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 17, 2008 - 03:13pm PT
They just CALLED it the Spruce Goose.


How about a pic of the DeHavilland Mosquito?
No guns because it was so fast nothing could catch it.
survival

Big Wall climber
arlington, va
Jan 17, 2008 - 03:26pm PT
Dude, I've always wanted to do that route!!
Have you got a topo and a rack list?
Is it true what I heard about groundfall?
nature

climber
Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 17, 2008 - 03:51pm PT
If I recall correctly, the rack is a framing hammer and a pouch full of 16 penny sinkers.
paganmonkeyboy

climber
mars...it's near nevada...
Jan 17, 2008 - 03:53pm PT
wings of bacon....mmmm bacon...
dirtineye

Trad climber
the south
Jan 17, 2008 - 03:54pm PT
Wings of Smoked turkey... that would be good.
survival

Big Wall climber
arlington, va
Jan 17, 2008 - 03:57pm PT
Hey Nature,
Do those 16p require stacking? Are they hard to clean?
hafilax

Trad climber
East Van
Jan 17, 2008 - 04:06pm PT
With constructive scarring it could go free some day.
Festus

Social climber
Enron by the Sea
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2008 - 04:10pm PT
Survival:

Nature is clearly familiar with the route, though I don't think a second ascent has been done yet. By the way, PMB, the original route name was actually Wings of Makin' Bacon, after the constant and longing upward glance of the second. The FA party left the ground with the following:

--Two dozen half-inch eyebolts

--Box of tenpenny nails

--A dozen quarter-inch molly bolts

--Two framing hammers

--Box of Ding Dongs

--Two large bags of Cool Ranch Doritos

--Five pound box of See's candy

--two extra pair of Mervyn's all-cotton briefs

--Half gallon of Yoo-Hoo

--Coupon good for half price drinks at happy hour in the Applebee's in Palmdale, CA (though this climb is actually in nearby Quartz Hill)

--2 pairs of white socks, wing-tips, and Wrangler jeans (for the post climb happy hour??)

Ground fall was apparently not a worry, as each member of the duo inflated their favorite half-dozen vinyl women to serve as spotters.

The climb was actually sponsored by Cig World, largest retailer in the Antelope Valley. T-shirts are still available free with the purchase of two tins of Copenhagen.
Festus

Social climber
Enron by the Sea
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2008 - 04:20pm PT
hafilax:

Johnny Depp attempted to free it during a break in the filming of Edward Scissorhands, but got the wind knocked out of him in a nasty ground fall when a pruning shear blade popped out a knothole.
Gene

climber
Jan 17, 2008 - 04:22pm PT
Wings of Wax

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 17, 2008 - 04:24pm PT
Icarus?
nature

climber
Santa Fe, NM
Jan 17, 2008 - 04:42pm PT
The beta I have is you bring the 16p sinkers in place of the 10p the FA party brought up. They had to stack, but with a little extra elbow grease when swinging that claw hammer the 16p hold body weight and a bit more. They say it makes it a bit more spicy but that's what the inflatable dolls are for.

oh... and rumor has it the 10p were galvanized. The route would have gone a lot faster if they had used nylon coated. A very bold FA without the sinkers I say...
survival

Big Wall climber
arlington, va
Jan 17, 2008 - 05:34pm PT
Yeah a bold move by the FA guys but they took way too much stuff. How long were they up there anyway? Why didn't they just fix lines?
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Jan 18, 2008 - 01:10am PT
Here you go Ron...In all of it's wooden glory!
Jay Wood

Trad climber
Fairfax, CA
Jan 18, 2008 - 02:24am PT
SOP for construction is 16 sinker in 3/16 hole with tie wire stack


Wings of concrete forms?
Festus

Social climber
Enron by the Sea
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 18, 2008 - 01:23pm PT
The original FA guys were forced to stay up there for three days when a riot broke out in the surrounding trailer parks over a change in qualifying requirements for food stamps. Several meth labs were trashed and the violence didn't subside until an Antelope Valley census official pointed out that each of the 500+ rioters was likely related to every other one. At that point, the FA team rapped off the backside of the summit, stole two horses, and rode to Seven-Eleven. Their supplies had dwindled to two molly bolts and a single See's chocolate with a nougat no one could stomach.

In hindsight, their "Steel to Wood" ratio seems reasonable, and compares favorably to the accepted standards of the time for hanging drywall. Indeed, the community ethics of this little-known climbing mecca were respected and largely followed by the FA team, aside from their refusal to sample the wares of the aforementioned labs, and date their own cousins. In fact, the integrity of this climb and it's style is respected to this day, and the only enhanced placements bringing the team notiriety occurred when they tried to change the brands on the horses.

They did thirty days each, and upon their release found to their relief that no one had defecated on their ropes, though someone apparently dropped trou and left a deposit in their Ugg boots--accepted outdoor footwear in Quartz Hill.
dirtineye

Trad climber
the south
Jan 18, 2008 - 01:51pm PT
that's pretty funny festus, BUT, the real question is, did the FA team leave any figurines?

I heard that roofing nails were used when possible to keep the commitment level high.
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