dropped my wedding ring off el cap (accidentally)


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Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 22, 2005 - 10:08pm PT
so... to add to the shame of being schooled on the nose last summer, I dropped my wedding ring while bailing from the stovelegs. (I know i should have lefte it in the car)

Since the imitation silver replacement that I bought in reno has already worn out, i thought i might post to see if any gear scavengers found it. It dropped from the nose rap route ath the 3rd or 4th anchor, and should still be clipped to a bd neutrino biner

(don't worry, not only is my wife still with me, I'm having another go at the nose this summer)

Jun 22, 2005 - 10:29pm PT
Bummer, Gha. Keep hope.

Mine was lost for 9 months. Long story short: found it. I have a new appreciation for it now, and leave it at home when heading out. Hindsight for you at this point, I realize.

I'm sure yours will be found or has been; I think it would likely stay on the biner.


San Diego
Jun 22, 2005 - 10:46pm PT
i just tie mine around my neck with some 3mil or so... really no chance of losing it, and id rather not leave it at home..
Dingus Milktoast

Jun 22, 2005 - 10:49pm PT
I lost mine nearly 15 years ago up on Shuteye Ridge. So if you find yourself in the neighborhood of Gray Eagle Dome and come across a gold wedding band... its mine.


Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jun 23, 2005 - 12:23am PT
Bummer. Its probably been used in a bear wedding ceremony by now. Time to recharge your tranquilizer gun.

Years ago, I threw down my car keys to someone from the top of a 150 foot spire in the Needles (in S.D.) The keys landed in the dirt and low scrub near the designated catcher. As far as I know, they've never been found. The car stayed on the roadway while a new set was ordered from the dealer. I searched a whole lot that year and again every year for several more years; the area in which they landed isn't all that big.

I figure the mountain goats got 'em; fortunately, they don't drive.

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jun 23, 2005 - 02:40am PT
I lost a $30 green plastic and metal watch with brown canvas strap on first pitch of RA last weekend. Anyone find it?
Dragon with Matches

Bamboo Grove
Jun 23, 2005 - 02:54am PT
Chucked a full backpack off the summit of Pyramid Peak in 1996. Goretex, fleece, food, water, helmet, axe, car keys, wallet, license, cash, credit cards, girls' phone numbers, etc etc etc. Thought I'd drop it onto a ledge to make a little downclimb easier. Rolled off the ledge, slowly, out of view, into view, out of view, smaller and smaller, down a huge scree slope with cliff bands, 4,000 feet down into some river valley I don't even know how to approach. Minutes went by and I still could see a tiny dot bounding occasionally into view as it continued down. Made me feel pretty alone, won't soon forget that. Hitchhiked into Aspen wet, cold, with a raging hunger, thirst, and about 75 cents in my pocket. Somewhere there's a marmot wearing my jacket and running up bar bills on my Visa.

Hope all you find your wedding rings.

Trad climber
South East PA
Jun 23, 2005 - 07:27am PT
My wife knocked the diamond out of her ring while working at the barn. Called me frantic. I told her to sweep up all of the dirt in the area and bring it home. Being a dirt floored barn, she brought home two muck tubs filled to the rim, about 50 gallons worth of dirt.
I made a sift out of screen and wood and sat down in the basement for 2 hours. Found the diamond at the bottom of tub #1. A diamond never looked better than that moment.
Had her 4 prong Tiffany setting replaced with a bezel setting the next day.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jun 23, 2005 - 11:14am PT
Climbing West Crack in Tuolumne about 10 years ago I was reaching into the cracks on the overhang section above the first belay bolts and the altimeter/watch I was wearing went airborne. Somehow I was watching its trajectory and saw the area at the terminus... we came back to the base to collect some stuff after the climb and I searched the landing area... found it. However I had written that watch off never believing I'd recover it. I don't wear watches since then.

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jun 23, 2005 - 12:09pm PT
I hate having anything at all on my hands - watches or rings. But I particularly despise the feel of rings and can't even imagine climbing with one on; gives me the willies just thinking about it. Fortunately I have an understanding wife who loves rings and wears enough of them for both of us. I have had a bunch of watches over the years, but would always take them off and rub my wrist whenever I sat down anywhere and so pretty much every single one of them ended up as tips in one restaraunt or another before I quit buying them. I just use my cell phone for the time these days.

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Jun 23, 2005 - 12:22pm PT
I am the same way, Healyje, except about the watch part. We had a single ring ceremony because I would literally never have worn one.


Trad climber
Westboro, MA
Jun 23, 2005 - 12:43pm PT
Most of us don't resort to chopping off our fingers to get out of it though Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Jun 23, 2005 - 12:46pm PT
That actually happened on the day of my third wedding anniversary; freaky, huh? But it was only the middle finger tip. The ring fingers remain intact.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jun 23, 2005 - 01:16pm PT
I pawned my wedding ring in Toronto last summer. They weighed it and gave me the price for "scrap gold". Best damn fourteen bucks I ever got.

Jun 23, 2005 - 02:27pm PT
My first one was lost water skiing. I still have the second one. Fortunately my wife was at a bachelorette party and was really drunk when I told her. Good thing I didnít lose her.

Social climber
.....in a single wide......
Jun 23, 2005 - 02:32pm PT
1988. Camping up at Boulder Basin/ Black Mtn w/ my Daddy and 3 year old son....... ...I always take the ring off... put it on my chalk bag perlon while I boulder (ring avulsion is nasty... ever seen pics? eeeeewwwww

...long story short.. chalk bag loop came unted, i guess? ring became history, i guess? me and my son pawed through the dirt the next day, but no cigar

i never did replace the ring (tho I remain married... . ) was not replacing the ring a bad idea?

Jun 23, 2005 - 03:54pm PT
I don't think so, Sewellymon. You still have a wedding ring, albeit not in your possession at the moment. = ] In some ways it's better to not replace it, IMO. Like your marriage, your ring and what it represents will endure--even if thr ring's molecules are re-distributed. I didn't want to get a new one for sentimental reasons like that. Ultimately, though, I would have eventually for other sentimental reasons.

Trad climber
emporium, pa
Jun 24, 2005 - 01:05am PT
My partner dropped my point and shoot Olympus off the 3rd pitch of the Rostrum last summer. What do all you ladies do with your engagement rings while climbing (going on a long roadtrip with my soon to be fiance). I think I would feel nervous leaving it in the car as my family has had a couple of cars stolen, I am poor, and the ring was expensive.

Trad climber
New to Las Vegas
Jun 24, 2005 - 02:28am PT
Two Words:

Boooo teeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!
Mountain Man

Trad climber
Outer space
Jun 24, 2005 - 02:45am PT
It was the best move, as he had no future either.
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