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Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Idaho, also. Sorta, kinda mostly, Yeah.
Oct 18, 2009 - 04:30pm PT
Master Stacker.
Yowza.
That's pretty frickin' cool.
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Oct 18, 2009 - 05:14pm PT
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About to stack! Our first ascent of "Fringe of Life." 5.12, four long ...
About to stack! Our first ascent of "Fringe of Life." 5.12, four long pitches to the rim, no bolts, two cams. Indian Creek has really changed!
Credit: Allen Hill
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Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Oct 18, 2009 - 05:15pm PT
Pete Gallagher, me, Chuck, Bryan Becker. He often brings a guitar alon...
Pete Gallagher, me, Chuck, Bryan Becker. He often brings a guitar along for the walk. This past summer he was partial to a ukulele for the approach's. It's wonderful.
Credit: Julie Carey
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Oct 18, 2009 - 05:16pm PT
Bare footed and in his underwear
Bare footed and in his underwear
Credit: Allen Hill
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Oct 18, 2009 - 05:17pm PT
He's always been stylish
He's always been stylish
Credit: Allen Hill
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Oct 18, 2009 - 06:41pm PT
Hardmen both, John Catto and Chuck
Hardmen both, John Catto and Chuck
Credit: Allen Hill
Hankster

Trad climber
Eldorado Springs, CO
Oct 18, 2009 - 07:44pm PT
Sweeeet, love ya' Chuck!

Caylor
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Oct 18, 2009 - 08:23pm PT
My best memory of Escalante Canyon and Charles, (Becker only addresses Chuck as Charles) was the "Blow Out Cracks." He flawlessly led what turned out to be a stiff 12 offwidth. No cams no bolts, just the stacks. He climbed till the rope was all used up, put a stacked hex belay together and brought me up. This was in January, it was getting cold and there was beer to drink and a campfire to sit around and play music, so we elected to bail. We fixed the rope to one of his more creative anchors and rappelled, leaving the rope fixed so we could jug up it the next day and finish the route. That night the wind was out of control. I mean serious wind. After a breakfast of beer and eggs we walked up to the route and found the hexs and rope on the ground, the wind had blown the anchor out!
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 19, 2009 - 10:06am PT
Credit: philo

The fairly over vertical second pitch of Angels Away.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 19, 2009 - 10:27am PT
Ya just gotta luv those racks--Hexes rule!!!!!
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Oct 19, 2009 - 10:47am PT
Hey Allen, in that photo of Chuck on Fringe, up at the top of the rack, is that a totally drilled out giant Forrest Titon?....shudder....
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Oct 19, 2009 - 10:58am PT
Scott, that's what it is. I actually think that's how Forrest built them, with the holes. Chuck also had these blue t shaped things that I believe Paul Sibley made. He somehow made it all work. Climbing with Chuck was an adventure. Him driving was even more so.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Oct 19, 2009 - 11:02am PT
The only time I ever placed one of those was as an anchor at the top of steep cramponed snow pitch - sort of a mini "deadman".
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 19, 2009 - 03:52pm PT
Not a bad use MossMan.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 28, 2009 - 08:34pm PT
Twin sons of different mothers and a nutmaster after my own heart!
Pate

Trad climber
The Lost Highway
Nov 30, 2009 - 12:17pm PT
Historical USE of gear bump.
homemade salsa

Trad climber
west tetons
Nov 30, 2009 - 01:11pm PT
Fringe of Death.... you know, I was there with a load of the Gunny-masters the day you guys did that. All kinds of strange noises emanating from the crack system, if I recall correctly. Then stories afterwards of loose boulders ready to eject from the crack and behead you, or at least chop your rope. Seems like it was right after Thanksgiving 1984...
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nov 30, 2009 - 03:17pm PT
Holy Toledo! I've never seen so many nut and hex stacks. I stacked two nuts on lead once. Once. Yeargh!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 18, 2010 - 08:47pm PT
Grossman Bump!
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Sep 18, 2010 - 09:20pm PT
It's true about the rocks in the crack. At one point on the third pitch Chuck was kinda doing these weird chimney moves when all of a sudden the rock his back was pressing on flaked off in the form of a six foot by three foot slab, maybe eight inches thick. He screams to me to get small, so I stuffed the pack into the crack above me and hunkered down. That said if that thing had come down the crack I would have certainly been killed. Chuck knowing this starts to break the thing into smallish pieces that he could throw out beyond me into the talus. The whole time holding it in place with his back. This took at least an hour of struggle, screams, moans, and actual crying. God we were scared. But we pushed on and I finished the last pitch in the dark. The descent was just as bad as the climb. I don't recall anyone else out there. But it was around Thanksgiving but I think in 86.
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