"Up rope I'm not moving!" First ascent of Basketcase

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donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2009 - 09:20pm PT
I should post more often. Roger Breedlove, Phil Gleason, and Ray Brooks- how are you guys? Roger, do you remember Overhang Overpass?
Double D

climber
Apr 2, 2009 - 09:24pm PT
Nice!

MisterE

Trad climber
One Step Beyond!
Apr 2, 2009 - 09:29pm PT
Did anyone mention how powerful the art of understatement is?

Just sayin'
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 2, 2009 - 09:37pm PT
Great story Jim!

I can just hear TM calling for tension! Too funny.

Have you told the tale of Fallout with Steve Wunsch in 72. The dark line up behind Camp 4?
chappy

Social climber
ventura
Apr 2, 2009 - 09:42pm PT
Hey Jim,
Great story. And by the way how are you? I think about our days together back in the Valley a lot. Some good memories. You taught me a lot. I can't help but think your belay tactics changed sometime after Basket Case. Remember that time on Gripper when I was calling for tension and you yelled down, "You don't get any tension!" and fed me a bunch of slack instead and I hurtled off into space. Pretty funny! No pulling me up. I always thought your FA of Overhang Overpass was proud. Did I show you that?...I believe I did. It was on my hit list that spring for a FA. I tried it once early in the year with Charlie Porter. I backed off leaving a 2" bong? in the crack. (I think). It was early in the year and it looked hard up there and I wasn't quite fit. A parallel crack with--hard to get pro (thats what I remember. That was the spring I tweaked my finger and missed out on so many ascents! Damn. Anyway good to hear from you. Write some more!
Chappy
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 2, 2009 - 10:00pm PT
I recall Werner saying something about wanting to repeat O O on a rack of nuggets!
Mike.

climber
Apr 2, 2009 - 10:40pm PT
A fun read, donini--thanks. SuperTopo gold.
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Apr 2, 2009 - 10:50pm PT
Good story, Jim! Now let's hear that Overhang Overpass tale...?

JelloRemembersAScaryAssSoloOutOfAPakistaniGorgeLookingUpAtDonini'sSkinnyButtAndHopingHeDoesn'tFall
WBraun

climber
Apr 2, 2009 - 10:55pm PT
Overhang Overpass

I believe Jim probably lead it with nuts and EB's. A lot tougher to do than with fires and friends, and now with modern gear and shoes.
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Apr 2, 2009 - 10:55pm PT
Thanks Jim. And this is from someone who first heard yer stories & watched yer slides in that tavern in Leavenworth in '79. I watched from beneath a table c'os I was 2 yrs underage then & myself and another friend - she was 20 - kept getting kicked out. So we snuck in the back door and hung out under the table while friends passed beers to us. Two memorable slides were the one of Egger's boot and another one taken in Pakistan of a just-butchered goat.

Also another.........a bloated and very dead cow - also in Pakistan. Your words ran something along these lines " I had hoped to get some pictures of wildlife but this one is of something neither wild ........nor alive.........so.........."

Yah. Many thanks.
Huge Freakin' Grin.
Cheers, Tami Knight
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 2, 2009 - 10:59pm PT
thanks Jim! great story which illustrates what an FA adventure is all about...

WBraun

climber
Apr 2, 2009 - 11:01pm PT
On Basketcase approach.

Me Shipley and Coz hiked in from porcupine flat also but got caught in a rain storm after the first or second rappel down. We had to bail.

I still believe it's probably faster and easier to do the approach from the bottom.
scuffy b

climber
4 to 8
Apr 3, 2009 - 08:27am PT
Hey, thanks for telling this great story.
Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Apr 3, 2009 - 09:15am PT
There was one season when I did a bunch of wide cracks and I always wanted to do Basket Case but never did. Sound's like a fantastic climb.

JL
Barry Bates

Boulder climber
smith river Ca.
Apr 3, 2009 - 10:42am PT
What a great story Jim, the back cleaning makes my hands sweat just thinking about it. I never tried basket case it was beyond the limits of my approach-o-meter aka the lazy ometer, although truth be told the real reason is the thing scared the s#@t out of me,from all the stories I'd heard. Phil Gleason introduced me to the generator crack in 68 I failed miserably the first few trips but eventually started to get the hang of off widths after a few months in the valley. I've often wondered if it were not for generator to train on if I would ever had had the technique or confidence to tackle the other valley off widths. great to hear your still climbing hard as ever, your truly an inspiration.

Barry Bates




Russ Walling

Social climber
Upper Fupa, North Dakota
Apr 3, 2009 - 10:49am PT

Barry Bates! The legends are rolling in! For the Bates Problem on Columbia Boulder alone, a modest shrine to you sir. Welcome.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 3, 2009 - 11:06am PT
I just want the climbing world to know, as if it doesn't know already, That Wunsch and I were always in awe of Barry. Never before , and probably never again, have I seen or will I see someone look so naturally at ease on rock. Barry, you were sooooo smooth!
Pate

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Apr 3, 2009 - 11:30am PT
awesome.
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Apr 3, 2009 - 11:56am PT
This thread is what its all about! What a joy to read. Thanks!
scuffy b

climber
Frigate Matilda
Apr 3, 2009 - 06:42pm PT
Say, is the topo in the guide book accurate or are there
5 or 6 approach pitches or some other trickery?
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