A Sentimental Journey Off The Couch To Granite Mountain


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Toostoned, AZ
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 3, 2009 - 11:04pm PT
Knowing that The Mountain would be closing for the peregrines a trip up to Prescott was in order.
First stop was Groom Creek, an excellent boulder garden in the pines. I met some dudes working on some hideous new V11 and was stoked that the next generation has found new and harder problems. I also met some beginner guys from Phoenix and gave them a tour of the awesome V0 circuit.
But the harder stuff is quality too- The Moonstone V6

Tomorrows objective...Granite Mountain

A free but cold 20 degree bivy in the Aquarium

My pardner would be none other than my old friend Bob J

I haven't climbed at the Mountain for 12 years. The last time I was there was to spread the ashes of my beloved companion, Kaya, three years ago. Her memorial was still there.
This is the "Heart of the Mountain" where we pause to ask for safe passage.

The new crag dog did splendidly on her first big mission.
Rosebud, the ramblin' rose, Pinetree Ledge.

For the past 12 years I've only climbed once or twice a year, mostly easy bouldering or simo-ing stuff behind a friend, never leading. I really wanted to lead something but I did not want to be gripped.
Bob was relieved that I didn't want him to be the ropegun on something demanding, and I was stoked that a climber of his caliber would actually rope up with me on something that both of us would ordinarily 4th class. Our mission was just a cruiser day paying our respects to The Mountain.
The second pitch of Debut is stellar, and damn, it felt good to be on the sharp end again.
Bob got to follow in his trainers.
Debut is the only route I ever soloed here, and the reason I chose it today was 'cause my old dog Kaya used to meet me at the top wagging her tail. Good memories of climbing with that dog.

A few cool ones of Bob
Somewhere in our bushwackin' mission Rosie introduced herself to some prickly pear. Par for the course, we did some cactus extraction/dog whispering.
Here are all the bitchin' routes we didn't do. Luckily we done did 'em all already(ok most of em). There's dudes up thar!

This little dog is remarkable. A day out at the Mountain is big for anyone or any dog. I'm really proud of her. She will be a worthy successor.
Kaya's beautiful spirit lives on. R.I.P girl.

The next day was Super Bowl Sunday, what better way to celebrate
Bob is a freak and an all around great human. Thanks bro!

"In another time's forgotten space
your eyes look from your mother's face.
Wildflower seed in the sand and stone
may the four winds blow you safely home."


Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Feb 3, 2009 - 11:08pm PT
Great post!

mule city
Feb 3, 2009 - 11:26pm PT
Very nice Jefe, that brings back lots of memories.
Tim Maloney
The Wedge

Boulder climber
Bishop, CA
Feb 4, 2009 - 12:11am PT
Dude, we need to change the name of this thead to, DRL. Going out with our other BROTHER DRL, Dave H. from Tahoe. Dave is sending it. Got Ruckus last trip and today he bagged Bee Keeper Apprentice. Heading to the Druids tomorrow if any of you are interisted. Keep getting the rope up there Brothers. L8er -e
The Wedge

Boulder climber
Bishop, CA
Feb 4, 2009 - 12:13am PT
GO Geofe!

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Feb 4, 2009 - 12:17am PT
Home cooking. Great stuff.


Feb 4, 2009 - 12:31am PT
Nice Jefe! That really was a great time for me as well. Your dog....may it be rented?
Thanks for guiding and I'm an idiot for not getting any shots of you at the park. Lo siento amigo. Next time! The farm is goin and you're always welcome.
See ya soon.
Bob J.

Trad climber
Feb 4, 2009 - 03:20am PT

Feb 4, 2009 - 06:04am PT
Your photos all have something to say. A good story.

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Feb 4, 2009 - 08:05am PT
Very nice!
No day at the Mountain is wasted!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 4, 2009 - 11:24am PT
Even though everybody else might end up that way! LOL

Feb 4, 2009 - 11:50am PT
Jefe, great TR. Where does the time go? Hope all is well, Tex

Toostoned, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2009 - 11:55am PT
Damn, old homies coming out of the woodwork.

Trad climber
Albuquerque, NM
Feb 4, 2009 - 03:20pm PT
2 coool.

What a trip down memory lane, Debut was the first climb I ever did at the Mountain.

Feb 4, 2009 - 06:30pm PT
Bump! for a great couple of dayz.


Social climber
down south
Feb 4, 2009 - 07:15pm PT
great thread.. thanks!
The Wedge

Boulder climber
Bishop, CA
Feb 4, 2009 - 10:52pm PT
Yo, Dave and the tahoe boys crushed it today some of them knocking down 5 v5. Hope to see ya next week. JUST a reminder that Jim E. got his knee scoped Monday the 9th. Make sure to check on him in 4-5 days once his food and smokes run out. L8er brothers -eric

Toostoned, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2009 - 11:03pm PT
We are everywhere.

Trad climber
One Place or Another
Feb 5, 2009 - 11:51pm PT
Bump for the new cragdog and good times!

Toostoned, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 9, 2009 - 03:04pm PT

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