Trip Report
Overcoming Depression--5.1 X
Wednesday August 13, 2014 12:50pm
I'm sick of TRs all decked out with photographs.

I made a statement last week in the Ditch with a silent partner (who shall remain fameless).

We climbed in wet clothes. We GOT SOAKED CROSSING THE DANG CREEK!

Nothing went write.

It's an "instant classic."

I'm hoping Big Mike can meet me and we can go do the second ascent this fall.

Maybe we'll get some pics then.

Meanwhile, suffer.

August, 2014.
August, 2014.
Credit: mouse from merced

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mouse from merced is a tard climber from merced, california.

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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Aug 13, 2014 - 12:57pm PT
i need a topo..
snakefoot

climber
Nor Cal
  Aug 13, 2014 - 12:58pm PT
truly an amazing adventure. never before has the taco seen or heard of such a tale. keep getting after it and don't stop till you drop or run out of liquid courage.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Aug 13, 2014 - 01:16pm PT
I love it, Mouse!

John
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
  Aug 13, 2014 - 01:38pm PT
Last week these two guys did Overhanging Tower in the Cirque in between major waves of mist and rain. That thing is 1000ft tall and sharp as a pencil on top but goes at a whopping 5.2(probably old school 4th class). Mouse you need to put it on your list.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Aug 13, 2014 - 03:21pm PT
The approach is a deal breaker for me. ;-)
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
  Aug 13, 2014 - 04:59pm PT
Finally some climbing content that doesn't revolve around some old fart talking about the past.
this just in

climber
north fork
  Aug 13, 2014 - 05:16pm PT
Sorry dude, I downrated it to 5.1-
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
  Aug 13, 2014 - 09:14pm PT
Stoked for you mfm.
Looking forward to the pics.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Aug 13, 2014 - 09:19pm PT
historific & terriffic & 2 times terrifying.
Credit: Fritz
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
  Aug 13, 2014 - 11:26pm PT
Mouse!! I'm down! Let's send this thing! Lol
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  Aug 14, 2014 - 12:00am PT
hey there say, mouse...

awwww, :)

this looks like a 'note home to mom' from camp... :)


keep being a good mouse...
thanks for the trip report...
we loved you note home to supertopo... :)



still, though, we CAN miss the pics, and hope for seeing
some, when you are able... :)
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
  Aug 14, 2014 - 04:18am PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Author's Reply  Aug 14, 2014 - 06:18am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
A Corolla, not a Corona.
A Corolla, not a Corona.
Credit: mouse from merced
The only shots I have.

O.D. is to be found in the middle of the pic.

It's a little hard to tell, but the death lieback starts in the distance there somewhere.

This was taken on the approach, which began in the early seventies as you can infer from the vehicle.

Some might call into question the Grade, but there are three pitches, so I feel it qualifies as a Grade II. This is not negotiable.

How can you down-rate a 5.1? That's just silly.
snakefoot

climber
Nor Cal
  Aug 14, 2014 - 07:06am PT
so this thing needs a reliable party to do the second/ third ascent as justin is known for sand bagging and such. who would have imagined such a fine line awaited you to pluck and post about such a grand adventure
MH2

climber
  Aug 14, 2014 - 09:26am PT
TFPU. Please tell me the barometric pressure.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Aug 14, 2014 - 10:06am PT
5.1.....that's the ultimate sandbag grade!
but
at
least
the X means you won't have to carry much gear.
Branscomb

Trad climber
Lander, WY
  Aug 14, 2014 - 11:43am PT
Truly inspiring epic...exemplary courage and perseverance in the face of overwhelming and imminently fatal odds...candidate for the Croix d'Guerre...I feel better about the future of mankind all ready knowing that such of our species still walk the Earth, as Titans, as Gods as it were...
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
  Aug 14, 2014 - 12:24pm PT
Yes, this is truly an exceptional TR, humble and with an admirable economy among words. In the OP, there's even words out that there's photo documentation from the struggles. If the summiting can be documented, I'll support the candidacy...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Author's Reply  Aug 14, 2014 - 01:04pm PT
For Grossman: All natural pro. No cams. No pitons. No aliens. Just me and one friend. And a rack of stoppers, which were useless, BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

One-inch tubular slings and biners ought to be plenty...unless you'd care to try to free solo it. Wait till it's dry, at least. It's a long fall into some burly oaks and boulders. It's in a remote spot, like I said. No cell reception, either. U could be S.O.L. if U fell.

My partner/porter and I gave hip belays.

For music we had the sough of the wind, the pitter-patter of dripping clothes, and in my old Walkman I had a cassette of U2's Rattle and Hum. But the battery died in the middle of "Freedom For My People."
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Aug 14, 2014 - 01:19pm PT
No topo? that depresses me a little. Cant blame you for wishing to hide a classic or three in this day and age.
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
  Aug 14, 2014 - 03:12pm PT
Yes, topo!
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
  Aug 14, 2014 - 03:22pm PT
who needs a topo when we have a great picture with the route clearly off in the distance.

TFPU
thebravecowboy

climber
hold on tight boys
  Aug 14, 2014 - 08:13pm PT
man sometimes the urban approach to the 5.1X Depression is just the wo...
man sometimes the urban approach to the 5.1X Depression is just the worst
Credit: thebravecowboy
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Author's Reply  Aug 15, 2014 - 10:04am PT
If that is a crack cocaine vial, that's truly vile.

We found no pin scars.

Not a trace of Ed "Obscurity Knocks" Hartouni.

Just a lot of weird liebacking that ran on for yards at a time.

It was so mellow. But It Don't Need No Stinkin' Topo.

It would ruin the ambience of nature like a Boobs Thread once rocked the Taco.

PEEPS would invade. TOURONS might follow.

See?

NO TOPO.

Big Mike, are you still accicted, cuz it won't matter.

I just wondered. There's some other things, ya know?

I mean, "Nawmean?"





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