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deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 26, 2009 - 09:20pm PT































































ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Jan 26, 2009 - 09:24pm PT
Really cool John, thanks for the post. Love this kinda stuff.
Peace
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
North of the Owyhees
Jan 26, 2009 - 09:27pm PT
Super pics, John.....That's a great wall, eh?
One of the best locations on the Captain.
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Jan 26, 2009 - 09:30pm PT
Sweeeet!! Nice pick of the late Muggs Stump and Lyyn Ramano.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jan 26, 2009 - 09:32pm PT
outstanding!
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:05pm PT
Definitely a favourite route. You guys got some stormy weather up there too, eh? Love the shots of Half Dome with the snow on top.

May I suggest you rescan or re-photoshop, and adjust the colour hue to cut down on the magenta [purple]? You could also adjust the contrast a bit, and increase the brightness so they're not so dark. Plus if you put the photos in order, and put captions on each photo, it will be a lot more fun and interesting.

Thanks, John.
J. Werlin

climber
Cedaredge
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:37pm PT
Less talk, more pictures.

Thanks John.
wtfd

climber
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:52pm PT
great photos, that one with half dome in the background is a postcard waiting to happen.
Conrad

climber
Jan 26, 2009 - 11:02pm PT
Gotta groove on Quinlan with a Mullet. He still is as smiling as ever and is sans mullet (as of last summer). thx
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 26, 2009 - 11:26pm PT
The finest of company for the mystery route!!!!

A cat's meow and a cow's moo, I can recite 'em all,
Just tell me where it hurts yuh, honey,
And I'll tell you who to call.
Nobody can get no sleep,
There's someone on ev'ryone's toes
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here,
Ev'rybody's gonna wanna doze.
Come all without, come all within,
You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn.

Bruce Perschbacher

climber
Carbonale,Ill. 62901.
Jan 26, 2009 - 11:47pm PT
Hey John,
Thanks for more great photos.
Cheers,
Bruce.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jan 26, 2009 - 11:50pm PT
Huge Wow ! Great Pics, Climbs and Dudes !!! Peace and Joy for Life and the Rock..
Thorgon

Big Wall climber
Sedro Woolley, WA
Jan 26, 2009 - 11:59pm PT
Digging those old V-Dub's!!

And those wall gloves are awesome!

Definitely a time-capsule!

Keep up the great work,
Thor
hoipolloi

climber
A friends backyard with the neighbors wifi
Jan 27, 2009 - 12:00pm PT
get it to the top.


Thanks John, really awesome and inspiring to see those photos.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 27, 2009 - 12:56pm PT
Whoo Hooo!!!! Thanks!!!!
hoipolloi

climber
A friends backyard with the neighbors wifi
Jan 27, 2009 - 07:47pm PT
bump, bad ass climbing
noshoesnoshirt

climber
I don't even know anymore
Jan 27, 2009 - 08:22pm PT
holy crap this is sweet
klaus

Big Wall climber
San F*#kincisco
Jan 27, 2009 - 09:14pm PT
was this the route that Steve got a splinter of a piton stuck in his eye from cleaning without eye protection?

I remember he waited more than a day to go to the clinic to avoid the weekend rate.
Moof

Big Wall climber
A cube at my soul sucking job in Oregon
Jan 27, 2009 - 10:46pm PT
Nice!

Thanks Duece!
Mr_T

Trad climber
Somewhere, CA
Jan 27, 2009 - 11:05pm PT
old skool awesome bump
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
North of the Owyhees
Jan 27, 2009 - 11:15pm PT
We(Minerals & I) climbed it in '99, I think it was....Still a glorious Wall.
Amazing Place........We fixed all the Belays, then, too.
Jingy

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Jan 27, 2009 - 11:16pm PT
Bad ess!
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jan 28, 2009 - 01:20am PT
Thanks John,

What great memories. Lesher, Lepton and I did it in 81, and we had a gas up there. We got a little storm too! Wonderful pix. Much better than the scraps I have..............
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 28, 2009 - 02:21am PT
Survival- What's your real name? We must have met. I got to know Lesher fairly well when he was on the rescue team, but I never got to know the Lepton man, only by reputation. I do recall seeing the Lepton man in the cafe parking lot one time, I think he had just been rescued? He kind of snarled at me as I walked by, I must have been staring at the iconic big wall climber dude in full regalia, curious as to why he looked so worked. Around '80 or '81?
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jan 28, 2009 - 11:38am PT
John,
Yes we have met numerous times. I'm Bruce Birchell, a forgettable fixture from 78-82 when I joined the military. Semi fixture from 82-86 when I was there on leave for El Cap climbs, then went to Saudi. Almost wanna be fixture from 90-96 dropping in for the occasional wall.

My primary wall partners were Lesher and Royster with a few others scattered in including Bob Williams, John Dale, Lepton, Doug MacDonald and Scott Burk.

Coming out of the woods after Tribal Rite 3rd ascent.



Organ Mts. Jan 2009



Sure hope to see you again someday....facelift?
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 28, 2009 - 02:37pm PT
Great to hear from you Bruce. perhaps we will bump into eachother once again in Yosemite!

cheers
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jan 28, 2009 - 02:46pm PT
I'll see you there!
Thanks for the pix.
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Jan 29, 2009 - 08:41pm PT
Awesome pics and accompanying history. It is certainly located on a special part of El Cap - front and center - a wall I will never forget!

Cheers,
Doug
Thorgon

Big Wall climber
Sedro Woolley, WA
Jan 30, 2009 - 02:19am PT
Anymore pictures from anyone
that has done this one?


Thor
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2009 - 04:00am PT
Quick note--ours was the last "Topo-free" ascent, I believe. I think our ascent, in 1992, was somewhere less than the 10th ascent, but I really have no idea. We climbed the right side of El Cap tower start--a real grunt, but way cooler than hauling big bags up the Nose.

It was one of those routes with an "aura", mostly due to the lack of Topo. Like today, climbers generally go where there's info, and tend to put off the more exploratory missions.

I drew up a topo after our ascent. But then I broke the unwritten rule about the topoless Tribal Rite, and shared the topo with Mark Blanchard, who was going up for the first solo ascent. When he got down, he told me my topo was wrong, because I apparently forgot about a pitch somewhere in the final stretch where it joins WEML.

Not having a topo made the route a lot more cool, almost like a first ascent, but without having to establish anchors after a long hard pitch of climbing. Really a stellar route, even though it stormed on us each and every of the seven days we were up there.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jan 30, 2009 - 11:07am PT
Thor,

I will see if I can scare up my raggy pix from up there. Have a few decent ones someplace.

John,

We also did the right side of the towers to start!!
Stayed on Lay Lady, even though we got there pretty early in the day and Bob Williams was shouting at us to keep going.
It was just too sweet to pass up.

I agree about the topo free ascent. It really felt adventurous casting off from Boot Flake. We only had to sit for one whole day in a storm. Luckily, we had plenty of "supplies".

The long copperhead corner had nothing fixed in it and took me a long time even though Lesher was making a lot of noise about the time. I told him that if I came zippering down at him, it was going to take a lot longer than just getting it right the first time so "Shut yer piehole"!!

That upper wall was so spectacular that it remains my most treasured memory of El Cap, even over some very special places I've been up there.
Ezra

Social climber
WA, NC, Idaho Falls
Feb 7, 2009 - 03:47pm PT
Thank you!
-e
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
North of the Owyhees
Feb 7, 2009 - 05:04pm PT
Ditto, Survival.
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Apr 2, 2009 - 08:40pm PT
Ditto Survival and Captain...or Skully

Doug
Hoots

climber
Tacoma, Toyota
Apr 6, 2009 - 11:52am PT
HolyShitGonnaDieRhodoRhouterWantsToKillMeBUMP.
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