Trip Report
Spire 4
Sunday October 24, 2010 11:46pm
Credit: mike m
Cathedral Spires
Cathedral Spires
Credit: mike m
I am showing my son how to post a TR. We will work on it for the next couple of days.
Gill arrow
Gill arrow
Credit: mike m
We went to far up the wrong way, but we still stopped to look at the Gill arrow.
Credit: mike m
This is where we found the Gill arrow at the S.W.buttress.
Freaks foot
Freaks foot
Credit: mike m
I saw the Freaks foot for the first time hiking to the base of spire four.
This is the biggist slab i have ever seen!
This is the biggist slab i have ever seen!
Credit: mike m
Time for bed. I just got home from school and now I will write some more.
After we walked by a huge slab we started climbing. It is very easy at first.
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
We roped up by some giant crystals.
Credit: mike m
The first pitch was hard even though it is only 5.4.
Credit: mike m
We could see the parking lot because we were so high.
Credit: mike m
This was right before a 3 and a half foot step across. It was too long for me to reach the other side so I jumped and fell. It was then easy to the top. It was scary and I did not want to stand up.
Credit: mike m
I signed the notebook at the top.
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
I did my first rappel on the last rappel with my dad backing me up.

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mike m
About the Author
mike m is a trad climber from black hills.

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onarunning

Trad climber
Duluth, MN
  Oct 24, 2010 - 11:56pm PT
I've gotten lost twice trying to find this climb. Next time I'm in the area!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Oct 25, 2010 - 12:29am PT
what's the story on the arrow?
2 l l

Sport climber
Rancho Verga, CA
  Oct 25, 2010 - 03:10am PT
what's the story on the arrow?
Oli will tell you.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Oct 26, 2010 - 08:21pm PT
We finished up today with Jack typing and writing the first half and him having me type the second half as he lost a little steam. He did tell the whole story though. Also Jack says a Gill arrow is a mark that that John Gill put on his climbs a long time ago.
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
  Oct 26, 2010 - 08:28pm PT
Great stuff Jack!

Must have been wild missing the jump across! YIKES! Good on you for finishing it up. Looks like a great day out, hope to see more from you two!

Cheers!
Tom
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
  Oct 26, 2010 - 08:30pm PT
Spire 4 looks pretty cool.
Thanks for the story.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
  Oct 26, 2010 - 08:30pm PT
Wow! Sure wish I could have done stuff like that when I was in school.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Oct 26, 2010 - 09:17pm PT
Hi Tom this is Jack I remeber the climbing comp in Butte.
this is Hidden honeycomb
this is Hidden honeycomb
Credit: mike m
Me and my dad stayed a while longer and my favorite one was Hidden honeycomb. Thanks for reading my story.
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
  Oct 26, 2010 - 09:23pm PT
I remember you at the comp too Jack...it was cool you and your dad came out for it.

Hidden Honeycomb is a fun one...nice picture of it! I'm always keeping an eye out for more faces like that.
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
  Oct 26, 2010 - 09:25pm PT
Nice report Jack!
Keep up the good work.
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
  Oct 26, 2010 - 09:31pm PT
Thanks for the excellent TR. Keep climbing!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Oct 27, 2010 - 09:57am PT
Bump for my 9 year old's TR
Lithuanian

Trad climber
Reno
  Oct 27, 2010 - 10:21am PT
Growing future Super Taco Supreme in action. Good Job!
Zander

climber
  Oct 27, 2010 - 11:30am PT
Oh yeah!
Thanks for the trip report and pics.
And yes, 5.4 can be plenty scary.
Zander
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Oct 27, 2010 - 11:37am PT
Excellent! Way to get the n00b out there for some real adventure!
johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
  Oct 27, 2010 - 11:43am PT
Thanks for the TR Jack. Good job, hope you get to get out with your dad on some more climbs and report on them too.


Mike, to bad about the forest up there. Makes me cry.
Knave

Trad climber
  Oct 27, 2010 - 11:48am PT
Heartening story young man keep the stoke, and what a cool Dad you have. Best TR I've read in a while.
KlimbIn

climber
  Oct 27, 2010 - 12:02pm PT
Excellent trip report -- thank you.
I remember waking up several nights in a row after jumping a chasm; good job for taking the leap.
Keep climbing and writing.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Oct 27, 2010 - 01:18pm PT
Way to go Jack! Great Trip report. You are a great writer and many mountain tops await you! Oh the places you go! (Have you read that book? If not, you should.) Its by a famous Doctor. I forget his name but I think it rhymes with Zeus. Thanks for sharing with us.
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
  Oct 27, 2010 - 01:22pm PT
Cool, that looks like a fun outing and a great place for some "firsts" for you!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
  Oct 27, 2010 - 01:25pm PT
Looks like you and your pops had a great time out there, thanks for the TR and picks.
jogill

climber
Colorado
  Oct 27, 2010 - 09:53pm PT
Amazing that arrow is still there. My problem on the Flying Buttress, perhaps?
Andy Busse

Social climber
SD
  Oct 27, 2010 - 11:48pm PT
Nice work boys. Come down south for a photo for the new book this week?
ab
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Oct 28, 2010 - 12:00am PT
Jack: Dude! You and your dad sound like a great team! Best wishes and climb safe.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Oct 28, 2010 - 12:16am PT
Very, very Cool, Jack! I wasn't that many years older than you, when I climbed spire 4, and I share your enthusiasm!

Get your lazy dad to have you take him up devil's tower! You'll love it, I promise!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Oct 30, 2010 - 02:45pm PT
hey John,yeah that is the flying buttress.
Credit: mike m
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Oct 30, 2010 - 02:55pm PT
great TR there Jack, thanks for sharing man.

I like reading about far away places. Climb on!
wendy borgerd

Trad climber
oregon
  Nov 3, 2010 - 12:11pm PT
Jack, I loved your trip report. It is nice for us older climbers to be reminded there is cool stuff to notice like crystals and the parking lot fom up high. That's what its all about. And having a great partner! More reports! :)..
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
  Nov 3, 2010 - 06:54pm PT
Great stuff. I missed this the first time around, I'm glad it was on the SuperTopo newsletter.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
  Nov 3, 2010 - 09:32pm PT
John did have an arrow on the Flying Buttress. In Mike M's picture, it is the slab or ridge at the left. John's problem went up the face just left of the edge, so it might be in the picture, or else is just out of view to the left.

As I recall, the problem went up to a piton that John placed from a somewhat tenuous stance, just like his problems on the North Face of the Incisor.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
  Nov 3, 2010 - 10:10pm PT
COOL!!!

Daddy is a HARDMAN,
and Jack is a HARDBOY!!!!!
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!


Cosmic
fiddler

Trad climber
North Reading, MA
  Nov 3, 2010 - 10:13pm PT
Gorgeous trip report, that reminds me of the delightful thought technically modest trad climbs we did in the '60s. I remember fondly an afternoon with my ten-year-old son on Casa Emilio in the Gunks, circa 1994. (Rockclimbing.com comments that it's a sandbag at 5.3, and my son would undoubtedly agree!) Today he seems to prefer beaches, though my daughter's a pretty good climber who loves Tahquitz, Suicide, Joshua. Congratulations, Jack!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 4, 2010 - 12:51am PT
Credit: mike m
This is Jack's dad and I think you can see the arrow in this picture. It is just right of the the small rock sticking up at the bottom of the picture and just left of the seam. There are still at least a few of these that have held up well over the years. Always on the steep stuff. Also I had not done that route in ten years and it is certainly a stiff 5.4. I bet there are many areas that will never have a 5.4. Jack had done an 8 and an 8+ at Devils Tower the week before and did not have any problems. Old school Needles grades are hard. I am sure I can do 5.5 or 5.6 at some other areas.
Flying Butress
Flying Butress
Credit: mike m
The Crux pitch
The Crux pitch
Credit: mike m
You have to chimney out of the chimney on his right past a couple of chockstones. There are some long reaches after stemming to huge crystals that he had to do several extra moves to get to. He wanted to stop but after keeping the rope tight and a couple of hangs he relaxed and climbed the rest.
Looking down on the last verticle bit with South Tower the large spire...
Looking down on the last verticle bit with South Tower the large spire directly behind him.
Credit: mike m
We did about 5 roped pitches with two of those being on the approach where there is a 5th class move for a four footer and then a lot of low angle rock to get to the regular first pitch.
Eyetooth and the Spire 5 group is the view off the other side
Eyetooth and the Spire 5 group is the view off the other side
Credit: mike m
You can just see the summit of eyetooth a super classic in the backgro...
You can just see the summit of eyetooth a super classic in the background.
Credit: mike m
We did 3 30 meter rapels with him doing his first rapel on the last one with a antoher rope for back up. I am looking forward to doing a lot more of these with him but we may have to step it down to a 5.2.


Edit: When I saved this post the top picture has the edges cut off and you can not see it. You definately can see it in the origional picture.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Nov 7, 2010 - 11:06am PT
A great family outing!
thanks!
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Nov 7, 2010 - 11:11am PT
Serious Rope gun in training.
Diggin' it, in a BIG way. Thanks.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Mar 26, 2011 - 04:27pm PT
jack here, i did some backcountry skiing and ice climbing this winter might try for the top of devils tower this summer.
hiking up bearlodge
hiking up bearlodge
Credit: mike m
skiing down bearlodge
skiing down bearlodge
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
dfinnecy

Social climber
'stralia
  Mar 26, 2011 - 07:16pm PT
Hi Jack and Mike, Thanks for your reports!
This is just so stinkin cool. I can't wait until my boy is old enough so I can take him out for some adventures like you guys have. (a few years to go)
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Mar 31, 2011 - 05:19pm PT
Go for it (Deto) Jack, you'll love it!

My daughter, niece and nephew all did!
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
  Mar 26, 2011 - 07:21pm PT
awesome dudes, you guys rock!!!
FeelioBabar

Trad climber
One drink ahead of my past.
  Mar 26, 2011 - 08:49pm PT
way cool...thanks for sharing.
hoipolloi

climber
A friends backyard with the neighbors wifi
  Mar 27, 2011 - 01:56pm PT
awesome. Jack, did you rope gun the whole route?


Best TR I have seen in a while.


Pictures and a careful selection of words.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Mar 27, 2011 - 03:51pm PT
No, my dad led, and I belayed
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Mar 27, 2011 - 04:23pm PT
Solid TR!
BriGuy

climber
black hills, south dakota
  Mar 31, 2011 - 05:17pm PT
Nice work! Spire 4 is a great summit and looks like you guys had a wonderful time.

Spire 1 better be on your list if you have not done it already. Spectacular climb!

Cheers and and a great TR!!!
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
  Mar 31, 2011 - 05:28pm PT
Nice Jack!

Good to see you're getting out!

Tom
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Apr 16, 2011 - 10:35pm PT
bump to the top of the list for my tr

Jack m.
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
  Apr 16, 2011 - 10:59pm PT
OK Jack,
Very nice TR. You must be the youngest poster on Supertopo. Now you'll have to ask your dad to teach you the arts of trolling and starting controversial threads about God, evolution and nuclear energy. lol

thanks for the great TR
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
  Apr 16, 2011 - 11:00pm PT
jogill: Amazing that arrow is still there. My problem on the Flying Buttress, perhaps?

More, please! That's not nearly enough for a curious eight year old. If you can't remember exactly, be creative.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
  Apr 17, 2011 - 07:50pm PT
Too Cool!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Jul 16, 2011 - 02:17pm PT
hi
jogill

climber
Colorado
  Jul 16, 2011 - 04:41pm PT
Hi Mike and Jack. The needles are really something, aren't they? The history of climbing there goes back at least to the 1930s. One time I was climbing a spire in the 1950s (can't recall which one) and I pulled out an ancient, rusted and pitted long piton, which I treasured for years, until it disappeared. Probably was placed by Fritz Wiessner, maybe in the 1930s. It looked it.

Happy climbing!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Jul 22, 2011 - 12:46am PT
jump to the top of the list for my TR, Jack.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Jul 22, 2011 - 12:55am PT
John, this is Jack's dad. Where does the route indicated by the arrow on the Flying Buttress go. Did you do a boulder problem on the seam and then down climb, or did it go all of the way up the route. Did you ever put arrows on roped climbs?

Speaking of finding cool things in the Needles. My first climb in the Cathedral Spires I went to do Spire 4. All we had was the poor man's guide and the beta in the book said climb the highest spire basically. We walked into the meadow below the spires and from there Khayyam of course looks the biggest. So that is what we climbed. We were surprised to see that it obviously wasn't the highest and could not prononce the name of the spire or the first ascentionist. A lady in the shop told us about Wiessner and that route on Khayyam(I believe the route we did is part of the Wild Man Traverse) continues to be one of my favorites. 300 feet of great crack climbing. I will keep my eye out for one of those old pitons I might know where one is. Hope you are doing well. Mike
Credit: mike m

The list of First ascentioist of routes on Khayyam spire is quite impressive for such a small objective. They include Fritz Wiessner, Bill House, Lawrence Covney, Fred Beckey, Bob Kamps, Mark Powell, the Conns, Jim Kanzler, Paul Piana, and Bob Archbold, among others.

jogill

climber
Colorado
  Jul 22, 2011 - 01:38pm PT
I did the boulder problem first pitch of the FB route, then a few days later brought Pete Cleveland over to squirm up the chimneys above since he thought he would like to finish the route doing the grunt stuff. I stayed on the ground watching and ate a tuna sandwich.

I may have put a few arrows on one-pitch climbs, but I don't remember.
Prod

Trad climber
  Jul 30, 2011 - 02:00pm PT
Fun TR. What is a freaks foot?

Prod.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Aug 17, 2011 - 11:45pm PT
A freaks foot is a big rock that looks like
It has a lot of toes
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Aug 18, 2011 - 02:08am PT
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Took the family to the tower where I put jack on the start of the bowling alley to start to get used to the wide that it will take to get up the tower. Ruby wanted no part.
John Moosie

climber
Beautiful California
  Aug 18, 2011 - 10:20pm PT
Bump to see what happens..
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
  Aug 19, 2011 - 01:43pm PT
Bump for Mike M's kid.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Aug 19, 2011 - 01:46pm PT
Hey! Might he be available to rope gun some routes for us! That little guy gots game!!!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Aug 19, 2011 - 02:22pm PT
I see I missed some excellent add-ons later!!

Nice work Mike M!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 2, 2011 - 03:22pm PT
after bumping up enough stuff over the last week to give myself carpal tunal(spelling?) I thought I would bump up my son's TR. Planned to take him up Devils Tower this fall with my brother but he couldn't get out of Colorado due to work. Jack is fairly short so I think he would sruggle a little with the exposed stemming on Durrance. Anybody got any suggestions for a good alternate summit route for someone 4'5". I was pssoibly thinking solar, (not fun hanging belay) or Walt. He has pretty good hand crack technique.

YoungGun

climber
North
  Nov 2, 2011 - 03:52pm PT
Nice job bumping the TRs. I enjoyed some of the ones you bumped as well. It helps water down the political nonsense that tends to fill up the first page. Good work!

Bump for Jack and Mike!!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 2, 2011 - 04:33pm PT
He would love to show me video games but I don't want to waste my time staring into a screen doing nothing, just sitting there like a bump on a log. Opps kinda like ST
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 11, 2011 - 09:48pm PT
went up to Nemo today and went bouldering
went up to Nemo today and went bouldering
Credit: mike m
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 11, 2011 - 09:54pm PT
the river at the nemo campground was completely frozen!,Jack
the river at the nemo campground was completely frozen!,Jack
Credit: mike m
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 11, 2011 - 09:58pm PT
nemo disc golf, sponsored by mountain dew.,Jack
nemo disc golf, sponsored by mountain dew.,Jack
Credit: mike m
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 11, 2011 - 10:04pm PT
this is part of the river!,Jack
this is part of the river!,Jack
Credit: mike m
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
  Nov 11, 2011 - 10:02pm PT
Way to go Jack, you did a great job!
We'll be expecting big things from you in the future :)
Stewart Johnson

climber
lake forest
  Nov 11, 2011 - 10:07pm PT
a proper trip report!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 11, 2011 - 10:09pm PT
this is me on a 5.8 crack easy. belivie it or not, my 5 year old siste...
this is me on a 5.8 crack easy. belivie it or not, my 5 year old sister took this picture.
Credit: mike m
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 11, 2011 - 10:12pm PT
this is my sister that took that last picture.
this is my sister that took that last picture.
Credit: mike m
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 11, 2011 - 10:14pm PT
this is a fun little heel hook.,Jack
this is a fun little heel hook.,Jack
Credit: mike m
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 11, 2011 - 10:16pm PT
this is another angle of that problem.,Jack
this is another angle of that problem.,Jack
Credit: mike m
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 11, 2011 - 10:20pm PT
we went to the sugar shack afterwards. they had GIGANTOR burgurs!
we went to the sugar shack afterwards. they had GIGANTOR burgurs!
Credit: mike m
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 11, 2011 - 10:24pm PT
mabe you didnt belive me they were big in the last picture. but now do...
mabe you didnt belive me they were big in the last picture. but now do you?
Credit: mike m
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
  Nov 12, 2011 - 03:55am PT
Nice work Jack! Cool kid Mike.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 21, 2011 - 09:46am PT
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Took Jack out for an early season run up Bridaveil last night. He got his first taste of the screaming barfies.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 25, 2011 - 07:12pm PT
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Took Jack out to Spearfish Canyon where he did a route named after his grandfather. We went to boulder in the Maze with his gradparents today where it was around 60+ degress. He climbed a really nice little corner and is getting stroger by the day. He maybe even scared me a little for the first instead of him getting scared and coming down. I guess you should watch what you ask for. But it was a great Thanksgiving.
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Feb 12, 2013 - 10:32am PT
Happy birthday Jack! Twelve years ago my life got a whole lot better. Dad
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Feb 12, 2013 - 02:24pm PT
Love the whole thread, thank you for posting
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
  Feb 12, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
Missed this the first time...great stuff...made my day ;)
briham89

Big Wall climber
santa cruz, ca
  Feb 12, 2013 - 04:23pm PT
Very very cool! TFPU!
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Feb 12, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
What a wonderful thread!

John
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
  Feb 12, 2013 - 04:40pm PT

Parent child bonding doesn't get any better (not any!!!)


bumpity bump ;)
brotherbbock

Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
  Feb 12, 2013 - 05:25pm PT
Awesome. As a soon to be Dad, this pumps me up.
jogill

climber
Colorado
  Feb 12, 2013 - 07:56pm PT
Flying Buttress, Needles 1967
Flying Buttress, Needles 1967
Credit: jogill

Here's my bouldering start to Flying Buttress ca 1967


;>)
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Feb 12, 2013 - 08:47pm PT
John, that is an awesome picture. I have walked by that problem so many times and have never seen someone on it. Did you down climb after doing the problem? It is another 100 ft to the top from there. Most of your problems I can not get off the ground on, but I always thought I could make a few moves on this one. Sounds like good TR possibility. Also I think you would be sad to see the state of the forest up there right now. Almost all of the large tress have been cut up. It ollks like a different place. Another vectom of the beatles. This is Mike btw.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Feb 12, 2013 - 09:59pm PT
Aaaaaaaaand... Awesome. I'm right there with brotherbock, my first kid (son) is due May 20th and I'm looking forward to times like you guys had!

Good job doing what dads should do, and I hope your son is enjoying it!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Feb 12, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
Happy Birthday Jack!!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Feb 24, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Jack raised $350 today for special olympics by doing the polar plunge
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
  Feb 24, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
That Municipal pool in Deadwood looks familiar.
Great posts
HD
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Mar 16, 2013 - 10:57am PT
Credit: mike m
Jack on his first lead.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Mar 16, 2013 - 11:34am PT
The kid is badass!
Tad
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Mar 21, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
Credit: mike m
I helped Jack put up his first new route Sunday one day after his first Spearfish Canyon but we had a lot of fun doing it. Weather was crap, on and off snow all day, but we never got cold.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Jun 1, 2013 - 11:17am PT
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
I was checking through our pictures a couple nights ago and found these sweet pictures of me on this moderately overhanging, totally splitter, 10 foot crack. I got FA, Dad got the second. It was just a wee bit wider than my hands, but not quite an offwidth for me, so it wasn't that easy. Definetaly was hardest problem I had done at the time. we found the problem in a place called Grace Basin down by Hermosa. Named it Jack's Crack, but looking at it, I think it should be Little Indian Creek.
Johnny K.

climber
  Jul 16, 2013 - 07:01pm PT
up :)
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Sep 22, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Just before the business on the first pitch of Tulgey Wood
Just before the business on the first pitch of Tulgey Wood
Credit: mike m
Short fist pitch of Mr. Clean
Short fist pitch of Mr. Clean
Credit: mike m
Jack followed the 10a First Pitch of Tulgey Wood today and then led the 5.6 first pitch of Mr. Clean placing a 6 down to a .75 Camalot looked super smooth. Not much longer now and I won't have to lead anymore.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Nov 24, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
Did Bonn Homme Variation today. Jack got a little spanked on the wide.
Credit: mike m
thebravecowboy

climber
in the face of the fury of the funk
  Nov 24, 2013 - 08:37pm PT
what fun! you are a great father, mike!

so jealous of your dry weather!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Feb 12, 2014 - 05:51pm PT
Leading Bridalveil photos from above were by Will Buckman who was on t...
Leading Bridalveil photos from above were by Will Buckman who was on the route when we got there.
Credit: mike m
Leading Bridalveil Falls in Spearfish Canyon
Leading Bridalveil Falls in Spearfish Canyon
Credit: mike m
Here are a couple of photos of Jack's first ice lead. He styled it putting 3 screws in the fat 100 foot WI3. He has followed most of the classic flows in the Black Hills and has soloed some approach ice and led this route. Might be time to goto Cody.
Harney Flow or "Nelson Creek?"
Harney Flow or "Nelson Creek?"
Credit: mike m
Honeybear which is by the "Sex Cave" by Sylvan Lake
Honeybear which is by the "Sex Cave" by Sylvan Lake
Credit: mike m
Happy Birthday Jack!
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
  Feb 12, 2014 - 05:55pm PT
Awesom!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Feb 14, 2014 - 08:58am PT
Needles bump
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  May 27, 2014 - 09:50pm PT
Jack dropping into the Rock Creek Headwall on Beartooth Pass yesterday. This is some of the most continuously steep skiing I have done, which isn't saying much but pretty good for 13 year old.
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
  May 27, 2014 - 11:29pm PT
So sick Mike and Jack!! You guys rule!
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
  May 27, 2014 - 11:41pm PT
You go Jack!!
You too Mike
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  May 28, 2014 - 12:06am PT
I said it a year ago,
and I'll say it again,
Jack is a Badass
Nice parenting Mike!
Tad
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  May 28, 2014 - 12:23am PT
Not only is Jack badass, he's a great kid, too.
Hi you guys. Woot!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
  May 28, 2014 - 12:27am PT
I think it's high time Mini Me starts growing his beard.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  May 28, 2014 - 12:47am PT
Doing my best to put some hair on his chest/chin but it just doesn't seem to be taking. Actually he is putting hair on my chest not that I need anymore.
Hiking to the Gardner Headwall at 6am.  He got up early to hang with m...
Hiking to the Gardner Headwall at 6am. He got up early to hang with me for my BDay.
Credit: mike m
Entry to the Rock Creek Headwall we did.
Entry to the Rock Creek Headwall we did.
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  May 28, 2014 - 01:27am PT
quite nice
dkny

Trad climber
Irvine, CA
  May 28, 2014 - 01:34am PT
Great post Jack! TFPU
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  May 28, 2014 - 08:20am PT
Great thread, Jack you are a lucky kid!!! Loved seeing the Rock Springs Head Wall shot, skied it a couple years ago with my son on Father's Day when he was living in Red Lodge.......heading back up to Montana this Father's Day for a visit with both my boys and this time I'll see my grand son!!!
martygarrison

Trad climber
Washington DC
  May 28, 2014 - 09:52am PT
Really fun TR. Thanks!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  May 28, 2014 - 11:42am PT
Charlie D. take your skis. Everyone up there is saying it is an epic year. We saw some guy from AK sking off the headwall with a todler on his back.
skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
  May 28, 2014 - 11:50am PT
Always have loved this thread and the fact that you (both) keep adding to it. Badass cool bump!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Author's Reply  Jun 22, 2014 - 11:50am PT
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Downloaded pictures off of Jack's camera and found a couple of good shots of us in Cody in March this year. I think the first one is Broken Hearts and the second two on Bozos Revenge. Can't wait for it to get cold again. Might even find some cold next week.

Credit: mike m
Maybe Jack can drive.
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