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Yosemite Valley, California USA


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Skull Queen - Washington Column - Happy Birthday to Me
Thursday May 17, 2012 5:01am
Skull Queen 5.8 C2
Skull Queen 5.8 C2
Credit: JSpencerV

Below is an entry in my blog about climbing skull queen on my birthday with my good friend Lea:

http://jspencerv.blogspot.com/2012/05/skull-queen-happy-birthday-to-me-may-12.html

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JSpencerV
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JSpencerV is a trad climber from Santa Monica, CA.

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eKat

Trad climber
  May 17, 2012 - 08:09am PT
VERY NICE!

TFPU!
jfailing

Trad climber
PDX, North Slope, The Open Road
  May 17, 2012 - 10:00am PT
Nice dude - good send! Dinner ledge would be a great place to spend a birthday...
Morgan

Trad climber
East Coast
  May 17, 2012 - 10:07am PT
Cool adventure. That would be my favorite way to spend my Birthday.

RE: differentiating Metolius Master Cams from Metolius Offset cams (And I do the same with hybrid ALIENS). I rack all standard cams normally like you would for free climbing. I rack the offsets with a single biner in the cable loop. That way it is easier for me to see the color coding. Even more important with hybrid aliens, since mine all have the same silver sling color.

Alternatively, you could always just keep the offsets in a dedicated place on your racking sling, somehow separate from the normal cams, so you always know where they are.
kc

Trad climber
the cats
  May 17, 2012 - 10:09am PT
Wow--looks good! And the TR was pretty nice too! ;)
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  May 17, 2012 - 11:40pm PT
Looks like a great birthday, thanks!
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  May 18, 2012 - 12:51am PT
I liked your TR, man. I climbed the Skull Queen once upon a time. Looks like you had more fun. You shared it with a friend.
You took better pics, too. I do think you could've relaxed a bit about the descent, though. It's all there. But...to each his own in that respect.
Thanks. Big Fat TFPU!, over here, boss.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  May 18, 2012 - 01:04am PT
Poop Tubes are nice

well, there's a first.


hahaha, cool TR


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  May 18, 2012 - 08:16am PT
hey there say, jspencer v....


wow, thansk for the share...

also, say:
happy birthday!


Credit: neebee
Dos XX

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
  May 18, 2012 - 08:17am PT
Cool send, and write-up!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  May 18, 2012 - 09:48am PT
That sounded great, birthday Boy. Glad to see a guy and a gal can get along so well on a wall.

The photo of W.C. is super. I don't recall seeing it from the angle you present it. There is more grandeur, some how. The photo helps reveal its size.
The profile, from which the W.C.'s derived is so over-used (and so are a lot of others) that it is refreshing to see it like this. Also, the photo with Half Dome rates, too. I like the skewed angle--it's more real that way.
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