Trip Report
The Crags of Summer: A TR
Sunday August 10, 2014 1:04pm
Dearest Supertopians: I've been threatening to post a TR for some time, and I think posting one is part of being a legit Taco. So I hereby make good on that threat. Not a lot of text on this one, and you'll need to make the jump at the link, but some of the pics should get the blood moving. I've been inspired so much by the other TR's--Vitaly, you dog!--so I needed to add my little efforts to the mix.

Be well, climb on, check your knots, beware the choss...

The Crags of Summer

Credit: Bad Climber

On the hike into Cathedral
On the hike into Cathedral
Credit: Bad Climber


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Bad Climber
About the Author
Bad Climber is a climber from The People's Republic of Tehachistan

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Jebus H Bomz

Sacramento, CA
  Aug 10, 2014 - 06:47pm PT
Bad ass!

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Aug 10, 2014 - 06:52pm PT
looks good
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Aug 10, 2014 - 07:25pm PT
Seems like you had fun at LL and everywhere else. Did you really climb the line 36 years ago?
this just in

Justin Ross from North Fork
  Aug 10, 2014 - 08:28pm PT
What a great summer. Thanks for all the pics bAd, my favorite was your dog enjoying the snow. Mine does the same thing.

Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
  Aug 10, 2014 - 10:07pm PT
Rad! Thanks for posting up, Clark Canyon is so fun. Climbing for guidebook stars there is so fun, and at super moderate/easy grades, too! Again, thanks for taking the time to post...
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Author's Reply  Aug 11, 2014 - 05:56am PT
Thanks for the comments, folks.

Yeah, Vitaly, I was 16 at the time and totally under the sway of the old skool Colorado climber Jim Erickson, so I did it without chalk, too! It wasn't long before peer pressure--"Hey, everyone's doing it. What's a matter, you chicken?" caught up with me, and I purchased my very first chalk bag, which I still own, from Dick Cilley (sp?). Actually, I started falling off problems, not because I was pumped, but I was greasing, and slowly, the beauty of the addictive white powder became clear to me. Actually, at the Leap, I first climbed the year before--37 yrs ago--when I followed another old skooler, Chris Vandiver up Bear's Reach. I now have a loose goal of trying to get up there and do it every year. Haven't always made it, but bagged it this year. I'm kind of shooting for 40th and--Lord Donini style--50th anniversary ascents. Since I'll only be 65 for that 50th, it seems doable, so long as I stay fit and into the sport.

Climb on, Vitaly, you have many decades of vertical hooliganism ahead!


Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
  Aug 11, 2014 - 06:16am PT
Enjoyed the pics and read.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Aug 11, 2014 - 01:05pm PT
Thanks. I had to spend the last week away from the mountains (and away from ST), so I really appreciate your TR and excellent pics.


Social climber
New York, NY
  Aug 11, 2014 - 01:38pm PT
Inspirational. Time to get my @rs& out of this dark office and out on a trip!!!!

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Aug 11, 2014 - 02:41pm PT
Yaay! TR time!!

  Aug 11, 2014 - 03:16pm PT
keep up the good work.
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