So here is my TR as promised! As a forward I'd like to say that aid climbing is the shizzle! We did a grade 5 in PTPP style. Enjoy. Hopefully the video links work if not I'll put em up again tomorrow.
Our plan Beer, Whiskey, and Wet Denim Day Dream....My First wall with and first time climbing with Mucci - another dirtbag. I met Mucci in the parking lot in TM over beers we hatched a plan to do a wall. 1-2 months later we jumped on the Leaning Tower.
Racking up at the parking lot...Wow that's a lot of gear - I may like this aid thing. Were gonna need to have a few beers before the load humpin begins.
Myself, Bones our mascot, the pig, and the beer bucket. Unfortunately I didn't have time to repaint the beer bucket so I added some tape. Some of you have prolly seen its companion the UN helmet.
Two taco goers say us on the approach and wanted to snap a shot. It turns out that one of them was Studly and he emailed me this pic. Thanks Brah!
We started out the day with beers and humped in the first load. We then returned to the deli, drank more and humped in the last load. Apple juice containers work really well for Jack and Coke.
Bones hanging out at the base of the climb.
This is looking out from the start of the West Face (same first 4 pitches as Wet Denim). What you see is the Leaning Tower Traverse. A super fun slightly loose PG protected route I did earlier this year - Wahooo 2 trips up the tower this year, one free and one aid!
Mucci cruising up the P1 Bolt ladder. Dude is FAST on ladders. I had so much fun swinging off the bolts. Mucci was kind enough only to clip every 4th or 5th bolt for me to give me a fun ride.
Bones dug it too!
Styling for a photo on P3 or 4 I think.
Bones feeling a little scared. Note the quality duct tape job on him.
Awahnee ledge means beer time. We met Kevin (not me another one) who was soloing Jesus Built My Hot Rod. Unfortunately a large chunk of the route fell off and Kevin was bailing (he'd take a couple of 20-30 footers earlier) and hooked us up with his left over water. Anyhow he had done Wet Denim a few months ago and he felt it was pretty stout. So after a few beers we figured the West Face might be a better idea for my first wall.
My first night on a wall was here and was full value with the good old morning poop tube.
Me leading out on P5.
Super fun P5 traverse.
Mucci cleaning P5.
Me following P6.
It's getting close to beer time.
Cobras at the bivy. My first night in a ledge which was borrowed from drc. He still hasn't used the homemade ledge he bought this year. Hope it doesn't rain on him when he does and hopefully he'll shrink to 5'6" cause the ledge is a kinda small.
Thanks for the ledge dude - it's got the kev seal of approval now!
It's beer thirty!!!!!
Mucci chillin out on his giant A5 ledge. Lucky Bastard!
Mmmmm, morning smoke. I had kinda quit smoking but took a sabbatical from my non-smoking ways for the tower.