Salathe Wall 5.13b or 5.9 C2

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El Capitan

Yosemite Valley, California USA

Trip Report
2013 Yosemite/Patagonia Trip Report
Sunday December 29, 2013 6:05pm
Lucky Monkey is a short film that illustrates a the vibrant events throughout the past year of my life spent in Patagonia and Yosemite National Park. I tried my absolute hardest to capture my experiences while operating at my physical, mental, and emotional limit during the climbs and rescues. Though, during these difficult times, it felt pointless, inappropriate, and greatly inconvenient to pull out my camera. After the fact, I can't express how thankful I am to have captured such unique moments. I'm unbelievably lucky to be continually surrounded by incredible people in such inspiring places. Creating the film was a great learning experience, as I poured every ounce of energy and creativity into it.

I'm posting this from Bangkok, Thailand, where I purposefully chose to be as far away from big mountains as possible!!!! See you in the valley this spring!!!
Credit: Cheyne

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About the Author
Cheyne is a climber from CO.

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Trad climber
Mountain View, CA/Boulder, CO
  Dec 29, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
I am guessing this is a really cool video, but, unlike YouTube, I can't get a steady video stream from Vimeo. What's up with that? Too bad.

Edit: Thanks 'ionlyski'. Turned off HD and got the vid! Very cool! Thanks to Cheyne for all his service to Yosemite.

Trad climber
  Dec 29, 2013 - 11:43pm PT
Worked for me.


Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
  Dec 29, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
Try turning HD off, bottom right corner. It worked for me.

Nice video.


  Dec 29, 2013 - 06:43pm PT
This is a good little movie.

Things have really changed since I lived in the dirt, that's for sure! (You guys have it made back there with those bitchen tent cabins!)


Mountain climber
coalinga ca
  Dec 29, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
Awesome video. Your living life

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
  Dec 29, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
Nicely done Cheyne. Great adventure and high quality video.

Trad climber
Washington DC
  Dec 29, 2013 - 11:43pm PT
Thanks for the clip, I enjoyed it. The camera shots of the Valley had beautiful colors. Thanks again.

  Dec 30, 2013 - 01:04am PT
a thoughtful short film -keep up the good work!

  Dec 30, 2013 - 02:04am PT
Thanks for the video!

Enjoyed it !!!

Reminds me when I guided on the "New" and "Gauley" in W.V. We lived in tents, learned to kayak, etc just whitewater but climbed our brains out and made a lot of friends.

Keep doing it...


Trad climber
part Texas, part Oman
  Dec 30, 2013 - 02:37am PT
Way cool! Great footage. Maximum stoke level achieved.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Dec 30, 2013 - 02:47am PT
Summer in Patagonia. Summer in the Ditch.
Jeez, what a bitcjz. You should eat a lot more, Cheyne.

I loved the iron, and the bonfire!

Congratulations on the solo achievement on the Salathe. Dy-no-mite!

Mas cumbres para usted!

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Dec 30, 2013 - 11:22am PT
Way to capture the magic of the Valley, Cheyne. You were able to go beyond the rocks and the routes and let us into what really makes the place what it is. The people, the laughter, the community of a bunch of like minded souls living under the stars chasing the same endless summer. I hope you and Jessica soak up a lifetime of memories on your trip through Thailand and that you stay healthy and stoked the whole trip. Enjoy some time on the beach. You've earned it. Sport climbing tufas on the beach may make you re-think ever suffering in Patagonia again. Just make sure you don't go soft on us. See you around next summer.


Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
  Dec 30, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
I couldn't get it to play continuously but did it in chunks... Nice stuff Cheyne!!

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Dec 30, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
Cheyne...that was just wonderful! Looking forward to seeing you in the spring, young man!

Double D

  Dec 30, 2013 - 01:28pm PT
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
  Dec 30, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
NICE one, Cheyne!!
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
  Dec 30, 2013 - 02:46pm PT
Good one! Thanks

  Dec 30, 2013 - 02:49pm PT
Lucky monkey is right! Cool stuff!

Trad climber
Las Vegas
  Dec 30, 2013 - 03:05pm PT

Great Vid !
Tough to make a vid that good (basically) all by your self.
Great story, good footage... well done ~ Kudos


Social climber
  Dec 30, 2013 - 03:17pm PT
hey there say, cheyne... nice share... i can't see videos, etc,
but i sure can imagine...

thanks so much! i really liked the intro, too!

Trad climber
Fresno, Ca
  Dec 30, 2013 - 03:25pm PT
Great work on the video! You had me at hello. Making me jealous of the life style thanks for all your work. Enjoy your time off, recharge and can't wait to follow along to see what life has store for 2014. See you in the valley sometime or Balchfest 2014.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Dec 30, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
Thank you,
you are a lucky man, to live your dreams!!!
this just in

Justin Ross from North Fork
  Dec 30, 2013 - 09:52pm PT
Great footage. Salathe Solo Record, woohoo. Good job man.
Crazy Bat

Sport climber
Birmingham, AL & Seweanee, TN
  Dec 31, 2013 - 12:14pm PT
More, more, more.

Trad climber
Marcus McCoy from somewhere over the rainbow...
  Dec 31, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
very nice. lucky monkey, indeed.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Dec 31, 2013 - 01:43pm PT
Great footage to show off Yosemite. Hope to never meet you while you are on duty!
Stay healthy and excited to climb in 2014, would love to see more footage from Patagonia..or Pakistan!

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Dec 31, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
excellent video, Cheyne!!

Hope 2014 allows you to climb and publish more!


Social climber
An Oil Field
  Jan 1, 2014 - 08:57am PT
Wow. That was very well done.
Matt Thomsen

Big Wall climber
  Jan 1, 2014 - 09:29am PT
I got it to play fine, and it was really cool. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on a great year!

Trad climber
  Jan 1, 2014 - 10:36am PT
Very cool and thanks for sharing the spirit

  Jan 4, 2014 - 10:03pm PT

  Jan 4, 2014 - 11:29pm PT
Great share, keep charging!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Jan 5, 2014 - 05:37pm PT
Wow, just finally saw it. Nice work, congrats on those ascents, hats off on the rescues and great work on the film!
J Wells

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
  Jan 5, 2014 - 06:10pm PT
Nice work! I like how you brought it all together.
That spot where you filmed after your Salathe top out sure is amazing. Burly solo! Wow!


Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
  Jan 5, 2014 - 09:00pm PT
Exceptional vid Cheyne. Trippy seeing the Yos stuff.. Was hangin with Dave in the meadow the day b4 your octopussy send. Such a cool positive psyched guy.

Talked to you as you got pulled into Mason's recovery on the Muir on a day off. Was worried about ya cause it was a bad scene and that stuff can stay with you.

Cheyne's one of the rare ones. Focuses on the important things. Hope you keep making more vids, your focus shines through.

  Jan 6, 2014 - 02:47pm PT
Thanks for this - non commercial is like icing on a cake.

Big Wall climber
Author's Reply  Jan 8, 2014 - 01:34am PT
Thanks for the love and support everyone!

Hah! Earlier someone mentioned the possibility that I support myself through family money. That would be RAD! I'm just thinking of how many incredible trips, expeditions, and all new camera gear that I would have at my fingertips! It is honestly a bit of a blow that someone would make that type of assumption. The truth is that I simply work extremely hard to make this life work..

My Dad DID give me a few extra dollars so I could take my little brother to a movie on Christmas though.. That was a nice and uncommon thing for him to do.

Sending good vibes from a hostel Northern Thailand! Peace.

Trad climber
Mountain View
  Jan 8, 2014 - 07:18pm PT
Bump for some sick climbing footage!

Big Mike

Trad climber
  Jan 15, 2014 - 03:27pm PT
Don't worry about that sh!t Cheyne! They are just super jealous.

Trad climber
  Jan 20, 2014 - 04:23pm PT
Great footage! We all should be so lucky in our own way!

great vids man



Gym climber
  Jan 20, 2014 - 07:41pm PT
Well done in every way.
David Wilson

  Jan 20, 2014 - 08:42pm PT
Congrats on a great year Cheyne !

Trad climber
  Jan 20, 2014 - 10:08pm PT
I wonder what the statute of limitations is on the party at the site?
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