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Mark Force

Trad climber
Cave Creek, AZ
Nov 6, 2014 - 05:46am PT
Yeah, West Elden is such a great crag, especially when the summer wildflowers are out. That route's a great one; it does overhang a good bit. Here's a pic of me doing Twilight Zone in '78.

Credit: Mark Force
R.B.

Big Wall climber
47N 122W
Nov 6, 2014 - 07:48pm PT
Twilight Zone was one of my favs. in the early '80's. West Elden is the shred!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 6, 2014 - 08:38pm PT
Twilight Zone was 5.11 when I first did it on a rack of nuggets. Ed Webster had bagged the FFA with one fall and Scott Baxter sent me up to do the first clean ascent not long after that. I remember a long throw to a flared hand jam at the crux to get past the steepest section above the handrail into space that leads you into the Twilight Zone.

No camera around the day that I did that one but your shots of Waugh look properly oriented and are sweet Mark! Do not adjust your set.

Gotta do Megadeath too while you are there...
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Nov 6, 2014 - 09:14pm PT
Credit: drljefe
Mark Force

Trad climber
Cave Creek, AZ
Nov 7, 2014 - 06:18am PT
Twilight Zone, West Elden, Flagstaff, Steve Grossman, ~1978
Twilight Zone, West Elden, Flagstaff, Steve Grossman, ~1978
Credit: Larry Coats

Lookin' good, Steve!

Megadeath is "old school" 5.9 (translation: some suffering will likely be part of the experience).
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 7, 2014 - 09:36am PT
There's one from the vault!

Count on Larry to have a camera. I forgot that one.

Big Ole Teeton on my hip just in case it got wider than a #11 Hex up high.
MisterE

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 7, 2014 - 08:02pm PT
Great shot of Steve!

A couple of tower shots from Brins Mesa Trail area:

Credit: MisterE

Credit: MisterE
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 3, 2014 - 06:01pm PT
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MisterE

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2014 - 09:10pm PT
Bump

Credit: MisterE
pseudalpine

climber
Dec 28, 2014 - 07:37am PT
pseudalpine

climber
Mar 20, 2015 - 06:03pm PT
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 20, 2015 - 06:30pm PT
Credit: drljefe
Josh Nash

Social climber
riverbank ca
Apr 7, 2015 - 10:12pm PT
Sven slab looked really cool from behind a coded electric gate with no parking signs everywhere. The scrambling on some nearby boulders was really cool and the scenery was jaw droppingly amazing. I'm really excited to come back on a few years with better beta.
pseudalpine

climber
Apr 30, 2015 - 05:22am PT
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 30, 2015 - 06:59am PT
Credit: drljefe
overwatch

climber
Apr 30, 2015 - 09:21am PT
no offense but the pictures are much more useful with location captions.
beautiful though.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 30, 2015 - 10:12am PT
The climb just shown is called Thunderhead Spire and it is one of many at Windy Point along the Mt. Lemmon highway. Rich Thompson was really excited about doing this one to get a photo of the free rappel and once we topped out he began drilling out at the lip of the summit block.

I wasn't too keen on the proposed anchor location but Rich wasn't changing his mind so I started considering my options. I could downclimb the reasonably solid 5.7 pitch that we had just done or...I could just jump off!

A reasonable landing spot across the gap presented itself so while Rich was busy drilling I quietly untied and measured the leap of faith and took it! The jangle of gear on my landing startled Rich but he immediately started laughing and giving me crap for being too chicken to face the short but airy rappel.

It all worked out well because I got the shot of Rich in the air and everyone was happy. We were doing a lot of Superfly jumping right at that time in Tucson and I came back several more times to solo the original route and new one in the gap which has since sprouted bolts I hear. I will see if I can find the money shot.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 8, 2015 - 10:36am PT
Bump for a jump...
bob

climber
May 8, 2015 - 11:08am PT
Help Me Mr. Wizard!     Granite Mountain
Help Me Mr. Wizard! Granite Mountain
Credit: bob
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 8, 2015 - 11:14am PT
Yeah bob.

Steve- I contemplated that jump....

That's me and your friend Mrs. Ghost on Thunderhead Spire.
It's an awesome little guy that would get climbed every day if it were in the parking lot like Hitchcock. I'm glad it's not.

I didn't remember that zone at all- hadn't been there since my earliest climbing days.
That's why I wanted to go back, for some easy stars.

We had done Rabbit Tracks and Jambrosia and I was like "Mari, we ain't leavin' without doing that lil spire!" I was happy to lead and enjoyed it but my height challenged partner and her friend found it difficult.

Credit: drljefe

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