The Saga of the Triple Lever---A Trippy Report

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MH2

climber
Nov 26, 2009 - 03:36am PT
Writing is the activity for which Goldstone has the least native talent.

Oh? I didn't see him at the Gunks a lot but did get an impression of power, drive, intelligence, and attention to detail, or call it thorougness or call it finesse. Denny Merritt said that he and someone else were having difficulty on the start to Double Clutch. RG came along and showed them how to do it. Then he showed them how to do it using the other arm.

He once gave me a spot on a boulder problem on the Carriage Road. It was the lightest touch possible yet made the move safe and offered unobtrusive direction at the same time. It was only much later I heard he had a gymnastics background.

I wish him and his other native talents a happy birthday, if the poster above has it aright.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 26, 2009 - 06:13pm PT
Rich- Flying colors in all categories from where I am sitting!

As Ringo would say, you are a born Lever Puller! MANY happy returns (of undamaged merchandise!).

Cheers
jstan

climber
Nov 26, 2009 - 07:15pm PT
MH2:
I hope I did not mislead you. Rich's writing is so obviously exceptional I figured I could, put a little english on the ball. The message is, "You think his writing is good. That is just the start of it."
MH2

climber
Nov 27, 2009 - 04:02am PT
You did not mislead me but perhaps I did not do as well.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 27, 2009 - 09:59am PT
My friends, you are too kind. Hope everyone's thanksgiving was joyful, and I wish I could see you again soon.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 6, 2010 - 09:50pm PT
Triple Bump!
jstan

climber
Sep 6, 2010 - 10:39pm PT
We need to put a spreadsheet together so threads like this one can be raised on a schedule.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 6, 2010 - 10:48pm PT
I do my best...
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Sep 6, 2010 - 10:56pm PT
so threads like this one can be raised.........


Thread viagra ?


:-D
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 6, 2010 - 11:04pm PT
One raised thread going up...

richross

Trad climber
Sep 6, 2010 - 11:04pm PT
Kevin on the first pitch of Country Club Crack.

Credit: richross
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 11, 2010 - 12:31pm PT
Any details, Rich?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 11, 2010 - 03:13pm PT
Is this you, Rich?


From North American Climber Winter 77.
richross

Trad climber
Sep 11, 2010 - 09:56pm PT
Kevin with Mike Sawicky(belaying)on Athletes Feat.



lucander

Trad climber
New England
Sep 13, 2010 - 01:35pm PT
I heard an extension of this story reporting that McCarthy, Bein, and Goldstone's antics were being rehearsed in preparation of performing a triple lever on the Mother's Day roof - an validation?

In context: I'm a ripe 30, in pretty good shape, climb 100-200 days a year and I can barely make it up that route...and these lunatics were proposing a triple lever on it.

DL
Bad Acronym

climber
Little Death Hollow
Sep 13, 2010 - 04:06pm PT
I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.

Thanks, great prose!
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2010 - 10:32pm PT
Well Dave, you don't have to climb it to do a triple lever on it, now do you?

The plan was to perform said stunt on the Birdie Party ceiling.

The events I described suggested that the old bong that was up there at the time might be called on to hold a three-man leader fall, a prospect that made the bumpy trip down Scheuer's basement steps look almost appealing.

Realizing that we had already set a new standard for optimism untempered by reality, we decided to rest on our rather badly crushed laurels and forgo the glory of a cliffside performance.

I might add that McCarthy was so disappointed in our reluctance to embrace this challenge that he went off and set the Olympic record in the standing backward broadjump.

The record was, sadly, ultimately disallowed, since it was claimed that by dousing his entire back yard with gasoline and then igniting it while standing in the midst of the treated area, he had provided himself with an unfair advantage, there being, at the time, some rather quaint regulations about the allowable intensity of jump-abetting shock waves.
Bad Climber

climber
Sep 13, 2010 - 11:47pm PT
Fan-rippin'-tastic. Keep bumpin' this baby.

Well penned!

BAd
Barry Bates

Boulder climber
Smith River CA
Sep 14, 2010 - 10:10am PT
Rich,

Only a few days ago I was talking to a friend who started climbing in the Gunks, I mentioned some of the gunk climbers I had climbed with over the years and Kevin's name came up. I was lucky enough to climb quite a bit with Keven in Elderado and Yosemite. He was probably one of my all time favorite climbing partners, not just a great climber but a wonderful person to be around. He had a nack for always making the climbing fun even if we were having a desperate time with the route we were attempting. I had forgotten all about the triple lever story, Kevin was the one who told me about it. We did a double lever on his rings he had set up in C4 to my surprise it was easier to hold the lever with him hanging on my shoulders.

Thanks, Barry
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 14, 2010 - 02:22pm PT
Barry, it sounds like Kevin just had to be on the bottom...

Yes, the counterbalancing effect does make the lever easier. But whoever is on top has to hold up the entire show.
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