Reflecting on the past, in the oh so easy present-perhaps we should have named it something like "The Chicken Skin Slide?" or better yet "Goosebumps?"
Ry Cooder produced an album years ago called, "Chicken Skin Music."
Now, the interesting thing about the term "Chicken Skin", is the that it is a Hawaiian colloquialism synonymous for goosebumps. Sweaty fingers, hair rising on the back, goosebumps, sudden need to drop a load at the base of a climb. All perfectly normal manifestations of getting on with the game.
This is the first time that I've seen this. Cool, Ed. I haven't done that route since maybe 1975. It was fun. It would be interesting to do it again. Have you ever done Monday Morning to Patio? That one is way fun too. Thanks Ed.
Did it in July of 1972 with my gf at the time, LIza. Remember it as a lot of fun, I loved the Apron, but I also remember the sentiment that it was for girls...
We did a climb with three different shoes, EB's PA's and RR's. They all worked, but the consensus was that EB's did best. Most of the time if you stood up on your toes the EB's would slide to a halt....
I think JEleazarian has it about right on The Grack’s naming. I think it was Tim Fitzgerald, from Fres-berg, that first told me about The Grack, so I checked it out and then some…
I do remember vividly that Guido used Robbins shoes on the FA, but I’d forgotten the picnic that Mary Bomba had assembled. BTW, she was an excellent climber, very determined, with a GREAT sense of humor and play. She took to climbing with enthusiasm and grace. I think these next two pics are from the Marginal’s first ascent.
Mary Bomba atop The Grack after Marginal's FA.
Mary Bomba rappelling from The Grack after Marginal's FA.
Two more of Mary:
Mary Bomba, Feb., 1970
Actually, last May I was in Perú working with friends trying to help the Q’ero people who live high in the Andes, descendants of the Incas, to improve their diets, access to health care & potable water, and address other issues.