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ydpl8s

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Apr 3, 2008 - 11:49am PT
Bob Dickerson free solo'd Bridelveil Falls in Telluride at least 3 times that I know of. When recounting the climbs, he was the most animated and detailed about the circuitous routes that he took to circumvent the local constabulary. Unfortunately, he was busted more than once. I think he may be on the Telluride "watch" list.
Pewf

climber
nederland
Apr 3, 2008 - 12:16pm PT
I'd like to hear some Derek Hersey stories from those that knew him.
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Apr 3, 2008 - 01:55pm PT
navblk4 - Well, you kinda look at the OP, what he said and the subsequent posts and you get it. This isn't about aid solos. It's a little bigger than that.

Nothing against Richard, if that's what you're wondering. He's a good friend of mine.

Carry on...

I had the coolest solo experience not too long ago. It was a super easy route I've solo'd a number of times. However, prior to this day, I'd never solo'd with a friend. What a great experience!!! We climbed about 20 feet apart, had a great conversation the entire way up and he showed me yet a different finish to the climb. Previously, I'd always taken a slab exit, which is super cool but a bit heady, by comparison. Anyhow, soloing with a partner is highly recommended.

Let's hear some of the stories about the solo conga lines up Left Ski Track, back in the day!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 3, 2008 - 02:17pm PT
"Soloing with a partner" sure does sound like an oxymoron.
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Apr 3, 2008 - 02:57pm PT
hahaha Sounds like it, doesn't it. Opinions vary, and it depends on how you look at it, I suppose. But if you're both unroped it fits the bill. Unless, of course, Russ and all those folks weren't actually soloing Left Ski Track, back in the day.
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Apr 3, 2008 - 03:13pm PT
I view free soloing as Giving God the Middle Finger.

Juan
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Apr 3, 2008 - 03:31pm PT
Gang or mass soloing is a sport unto itself….

I’d written about this B4 on ST, but the all-time gang-bang in my memory..

’82 ish. DEE and Dave Tapes rally ALL the troops over to Intersection Rock for a jog up Lower Zig Zags to Upper Left Ski Track. Just a fun, airy 5.4ish jaunt. Must have been close to 20 dudes on the train, with DEE and DT summiting while others were just starting to climb.
sawin

Sport climber
Orange, CA.
Apr 3, 2008 - 06:23pm PT
Tahquitz Rock,

Opinion:
Amazing So. California free solo.

Above the Bat Crack 5.10(d) and just before the crux.


At the crux 5.11. I was slow with pro on 5.10 (a-c) Super Pooper to the left. This is out of my league.












Tahoe climber

Trad climber
a dark-green forester out west
Apr 3, 2008 - 07:45pm PT
Great thread. More please!
Would love to hear more Reardon, Bachar, Croft, especially.
Thanks!
Raydog

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Apr 3, 2008 - 09:17pm PT
i wanna hear about the Moratorium...
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
Apr 3, 2008 - 10:03pm PT
to put this in perspective- Gumby and i are on the dike route in Tuolumne and John comes soloing up the route not using his hands but balancing knob to knob
I always liked a big fat rope under me but back in St. Paul there is an ice climbing area- the brick yards.
Maybe 40-50 feet of water ice
The hotties are not roping up so i try and do that and everything is groovy- But then the ante is raised- I see people gently caress the ice with their mittens and they climb with no tools
Well what the hey I go up this lower angle groove and I'm mittening my way up-all's well until i come to this mushroom that is too high to high step over. i have to stick in my front points but there is nothing else. no mitten holds. no nothing, If my points skate out I am looking at a long bounce.
Well they held but i felt pretty dumb about this afterward
pass the rope please

murf
Walleye

climber
Under the dwarf maples near The Same Mansion
Apr 3, 2008 - 10:16pm PT
Oh Hell... Glad I re-remembered this one John, since you started the thread. I want to hear about your on-sight free-solo of the East Buttress of Lower Cathedral Rock. The way I heard it was the "Fissure Beck" pitch caused you a little consternation. I can understand why as I came flying out of that thing on the follow and dangled in space for a brief period. The legend has tantalized my imagination for years, and now it's time to put a small story in the public domain Bro..

Tell it Funky Fother Munker!!!
bachar

Gym climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 3, 2008 - 10:43pm PT
Walleye - Yes I did on-sight solo the East Buttress of Lower Cathedral. It wasn't an amazing solo so there's not much of a story.

The Fissure Beck pitch was a bit of a surprise for sure. The exposure is drawer filling to say the least. I definitely wasn't expecting anything like this to pop up. I chose right side in because I couldn't fathom facing out and doing it left side in - although that appeared to be the easier way to do it. I also thought about laybacking it for a tenth of a second - the barn door off that still gives me weird nightmares.

There was another weird pitch - the left facing 10b/c corner. There's an undercling fingerlock reach at the top of the corner where you stem out against two glassy beads and reach for all your worth to a good fingerlock above. If your feet pop, you're going for a solid 600 foot airball straight to the deck. My cojones have never felt that vulnerable. That was also quite exciting.

The rest of the climb was pretty fun and had a couple moments but nothing like those previous two sections. When I got down to the Valley, the first guy I ran into was TM Herbert in Camp 4. He asked me what I did that day and I told him I on-sight soloed the East Butt of Lower. He turned white, then he laughed cuz he thought I was joking. Then he looked at me in the eyes and realized I wasn't. We talked about the 10b dihedral pitch - he thought it was a solid 10d. I agreed. We sat silent and looked at each other for a while. Then he asked me if I wanted a beer....

Edit: I was actually going to on-sight solo a route on each of the Cathedrals that day. After the East Butt of Lower I lost my steam.
Raydog

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Apr 3, 2008 - 10:47pm PT
great story!
bachar

Gym climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 3, 2008 - 10:56pm PT
sawin, thanks for those pics - That picture of Reardon on the face traverse on the Vampire is amazing and makes my huevos shrivel. He soloed that thing many times - that was his strength, thin face.

He also free soled the Pirate, 12d. He loved that thin stuff.

RIP buddy.
bachar

Gym climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 3, 2008 - 11:58pm PT
We've all heard this one but in the spirit of the JT reunion I'll recount it again....

One day after an early morning bouldering session, me and Yabo were beat. We decided to call it quits and take a rest day. We sparked a doobious cigarette and started yapping. Yabo told me he wanted to solo Spiderline (which at the time had only been top roped, never lead).

I told him he should wait until he got it "really wired". Then he told me he was meditating on the ledge below Spiderline the night before and all of a sudden there was a spider dangling in front of him. It had lowered from the crack above. He then said it was an omen letting him know he could solo Spiderline.

I tried to keep a poker face. I really thought he was getting too lost in this "omen" stuff but I couldn't tell him. I tried talking him into waiting again and he seemed OK with that. I split for camp and told my friend Buck Norden (sp?) about what just happened. He thought Yabo was losing it too.

Our conversation was interrupted by a whooping high pitched, "yay yay yay yay".
What the fuk was that? We looked up and there he was, a third the way up Spiderline.

I grabbed my camera and we ran up to the base to take a picture. Before we got going, Yabo's feet popped out of the crack and his body took a wicked swing outwards. Amazingly enough, he hung on!

I thought, "Cool, he can still downclimb from there". That's not what happened - he kept going.


John Yablonski on the first free solo (and lead) of Spiderline, 11c/d.

The he got near the last move - a funky roll over onto a dicey slab move. It was hot out and Yabo was sweating and shaking fiercely. So he takes his shirt off for the last move!



He was shaking like a leaf in a hundred mile per hour wind and he rolled into the slab move and climbed away. Norden was facing in the other direction - he couldn't watch.

Me and Norden went over to the Scatterbrain boulder and were talking about what we just saw. We both thought we should tell Yabo to cool it or he was going to get killed. Just then Yabo popped up on a boulder above us and said,"Who are you guys to tell me anything. I just soloed Spiderline!". Then he spirited away. He obviously overheard our conversation

When I ran into him later he had cooled off a bit. I did notice the largest hand jam gobie I have ever seen - on the back of Yabo's right hand. It was as round and almost as thick as a half dollar...the dude hung on hard.
Walleye

climber
Under the dwarf maples near The Same Mansion
Apr 4, 2008 - 12:56am PT
"The Fissure Beck pitch was a bit of a surprise for sure. The exposure is drawer filling to say the least. I definitely wasn't expecting anything like this to pop up. I chose right side in because I couldn't fathom facing out and doing it left side in - although that appeared to be the easier way to do it. I also thought about laybacking it for a tenth of a second - the barn door off that still gives me weird nightmares. "

Thanks John for the "Amazing Solo Stories"... This is what Super Topo is all about for me.... By the way: I did it right side in also but lobbed off anyway!
AndySan Diego

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Apr 4, 2008 - 12:58am PT
Thanks for posting that JB. I only knew bits & pieces. Frikin incredible experience, story & pics!
harihari

Trad climber
Squampton
Apr 4, 2008 - 03:23pm PT
Ok here's a gumby-vs-harman story:

So two friends from Calgary, AB drove out to crack paradise Squamish. They were amazed at the amazing Chief and also by how good (and cheap) the bomb chronic was.

So the next day they fire up the Squamish Buttress and at the top of the 10c pitch-- with one pitch of very wandery 5.8 left-- they see the beginnings of an amazing sunset and they bust out the chronic. One massive doobie and superb sunset later, very happy, they decide to proceed to cold beers in camp.

But, it being a moonless night, and they gumbies, they have no headlamps, and so can't see a damn thing. After an hour of baked stumbling around ledges, holding up an ever-weakening lighter, to try to find the 5.8 pitch, they realise they they are going to be spooning.

So they spend the night huddling on the ledge and the next day just as there is light, they hear voices chattering, and here come Hamish Fraser and Peter Croft, free simul-soloing the warm-up lap (of 17 pitches) of their massive link-up day. Croft apparently told them hwere the best place for breakfast in Squamish was ;-)
Tahoe climber

Trad climber
a dark-green forester out west
Apr 4, 2008 - 04:31pm PT
Awesome stories & sweaty palms.

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