Trip Report
Hunter's Moon--Battle on the Heights
Saturday October 19, 2013 12:00am
The full moon tonight is known as the Hunter's Moon.

We in Middle Earth believe it is an auspicious time to get things settled in the community.

Vernon and myself disagree: he feels reefer should be smoked any old way; I, on the other hand, not totally, though, feel it's okay, but prefer a pipe to a joint.

He said I'm full of sh#t and called me an old turd.

Well, anything but old. He's older than I, for gosh sakes.

But being called a turd is, as we've all seen, pretty felonious, if not plain bad form.

This is serious sh#t. I'm a gentleman and this was the other night and I challenged him to a duel on this night.

He accepted and invited me up for coffee that night beforehand.

We are nothing if not genteel.

Here is how we did it atop the Tioga Midtown Mountain at sunset.

Credit: mouse from merced

Credit: mouse from merced

Credit: mouse from merced
We trucked on up to the tower's summit only after strenuous exertion. We shook hands on the successful ascent, like dudes do. It was fairly steep, as you can see. We ran it out Class two. Well, I was in flip-flops, so that's not clearly Class I--it might be Class I+.

[Now, friends of the Drivel, that is "drivel."]

Inside the climber's hut, the forces of light and shadow contested for...
Inside the climber's hut, the forces of light and shadow contested for their mistresses' amusement while cake baked in the oven for the celebration for the victor.
Credit: mouse from merced

Selene.
Selene.
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Selene was watching and waiting for her entrance cue.

Baker STreet.
Baker STreet.
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Baker STreet was busy making snacks as well.

Hunter Hocking.
Hunter Hocking.
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A valuable friend of pigeon-haters arrived to watch the contest.

Sol.  A Flame of the highest standing.
Sol. A Flame of the highest standing.
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The sun set and the moon rose.

The Shady Lady.
The Shady Lady.
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"sunshine all around me
don't turn out yer light"--Hunter Hocking's words to us as the contest was imminent

Hey say there.
Hey say there.
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The birds are silent as the moon fills the trees with shadow and light...
The birds are silent as the moon fills the trees with shadow and light. Confusing.
Credit: mouse from merced

Vern, my rival wizard knows no poetry by heart.  Though he has some re...
Vern, my rival wizard knows no poetry by heart. Though he has some renown, he still is an old, old fart.
Credit: mouse from merced

A looser grasp of the orb is more respectful of it's aura.
A looser grasp of the orb is more respectful of it's aura.
Credit: mouse from merced

The duel takes place in a different plane.  Transmission problems prev...
The duel takes place in a different plane. Transmission problems prevent any clearer views of the violence and blood (all cosmic, no messy shit).
Credit: mouse from merced

The trophy.  Not the nice lady in red--that's Vern's spouse, DAWN.  Th...
The trophy. Not the nice lady in red--that's Vern's spouse, DAWN. The skeleton of a hunter remains for the victor. I'm putting up a pipe of quality, since Vernon can't roll worth a darn.
Credit: mouse from merced
There was no clear winner.

We are having a rematch on the solstice.



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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Oct 19, 2013 - 12:09am PT
whoa Mouser, was just outside checkin out that fill mooooonn..

Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Oct 19, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Doooooede! Pretty cool post! Thanks for taking the time to share.
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
  Oct 19, 2013 - 12:16am PT
Very cool, mouse!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Oct 19, 2013 - 10:44am PT
I prefer a pipe as well,
when your goatee matches Vernons
only time will tell.

kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
  Oct 20, 2013 - 01:34pm PT
youve got class using glass. superior to paper, with a more pleasant vapor.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Author's Reply  Oct 20, 2013 - 11:02am PT
And "flavored" papers are just as bourgeois as "flavored" coffee.

I'd rather drink tincture of llama crap than Vanilla Mocha Umpqua Blend or Frangipani Morning! Blecchh!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Oct 20, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
LS led Middle Earth as the Hunter's Moon rose, 3 hours before you, same day.

Seriously.





DMT
Tami

Social climber
Canada
  Oct 20, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
I'm putting up a pipe of quality, since Vernon can't roll worth a darn.

Ya pair of lunatics :-D

Watta great tr. No, seriously. Thanks mouse.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Author's Reply  Oct 20, 2013 - 01:26pm PT
No Middle Earth highball?

That's a high-quality trad lead, looks like, DMT.

Seriously.

Many of us need a break from serious, Tami. It's why we both do what we do. Thanks for the stamp of otayness. Seriously.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Oct 20, 2013 - 01:26pm PT
Seriously?

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Author's Reply  Oct 20, 2013 - 01:47pm PT
I am most definitely serious.

Posilutely.

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
  Oct 20, 2013 - 01:38pm PT
I'm trying my best to get a grip when it comes to the perspective in this picture:
Credit: Mouse from Merced
Is the ladder horisontal?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Author's Reply  Oct 20, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
Ring-a-ding-ding!

I thought about using the butt shot, but that was just too confusing!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Oct 20, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
Yes?

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Author's Reply  Oct 20, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
Of course, stop trying to confuse me.

Mount Diablo usually shows up, when it does, in the space just right o...
Mount Diablo usually shows up, when it does, in the space just right of the penthouse level--the actual summit is posted as a pigeon sanctuary/hawk-feeding ground.
Credit: mouse from merced

Pardon me, Dingus. I just caught on by seeing the Gunks TR...

I like the twirly thing with the camera. And the serious tone of the piece as a whole.

Trouble is, you saw the moonrise four hours before I did.

Must be jet lag.
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