Trip Report
TR: Native Son, El Capitan, Yosemite Valley
Sunday October 4, 2009 11:16pm
Erik Erikson with a chopped cord on day one
Erik Erikson with a chopped cord on day one
Credit: Russ Walling

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Russ Walling
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Russ Walling is a gym climber from Poofter's Froth, Wyoming.

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Trad climber
  Aug 28, 2014 - 03:09am PT
How was this missed?

Great recount of a truly epic adventure.

Fun lines in there too:

Erik is getting colder still, so we decide to stay awake and make sure he slips no further. He is getting confused. I try to straighten him out by telling him that if he croaks, I will strip him, use his clothes for my solo to the summit and chuck him off from here. He chuckles, thinking I am kidding.
Just as I was finishing my ghoulish tale the guys on the Sea started yelling again. Unbelievable! They were alive and calling not only for a rescue but for us to put on the Guns and Roses again.

Classic tale of the much sought-after "magnificent failure".



Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
  Aug 28, 2014 - 06:42am PT
This one made me late to work.

Gross Vegas
  Aug 28, 2014 - 06:58am PT
"Survey says, death fall."

One of my favorite stories by Fish..

All of Mussy's Bedtime Stories should be required bigwall reading!!
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
  Aug 28, 2014 - 09:02am PT
Erik Eriksson and John Curtis Holmes - separated at birth.

  Aug 28, 2014 - 10:43am PT

I was just rereading Fishs other tale of buying the used POS car from the Germans just as they must leave the valley this AM. What a great read. The guys a hoot!

Nor Cal
  Aug 28, 2014 - 11:29am PT
nice tales from the dark side. i remember this rescue and everything was melting in the morning with water flowing all about.

Trad climber
  Aug 28, 2014 - 12:04pm PT
Thanks for digging this up.

  Aug 28, 2014 - 12:33pm PT
bump for the Fish. Love your stories and your gear

Trad climber
Oakland Park Florida
  Aug 28, 2014 - 02:03pm PT
Great read

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Aug 28, 2014 - 02:18pm PT
Great story. How did you post this and get no response until today?


climber a single wide......
  Aug 28, 2014 - 02:55pm PT
2009 was the LEB and Roxjox show. No climbing discussions could hang on the front page...

A pile of dirt.
  Aug 28, 2014 - 03:22pm PT
The guys on the Sea are now either quiet, dead, or just

unable to be heard over the din of flapping nylon and demons.

Funny Russ!

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
  Aug 28, 2014 - 06:28pm PT
Sketchy at best . . . thanks for your quality writing.

Trad climber
  Aug 29, 2014 - 02:23pm PT
Sketchy at best

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