Trip Report
vertical year with some camping pics thrown in
Tuesday December 3, 2013 12:00am
just a few random pics of my vertical year so far with work/friends/family. i believe it all started this year with this.
bouldering near rosemond california. should be a cool spot to climb bu...
bouldering near rosemond california. should be a cool spot to climb but no signs anywhere of climbing
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then there was a trip to New Jack City. some work in Oregon on wind turbines. a trip to Wishon. a trip to pinnacles. a trip to yosemite. New Jack again i believe followed by pinnacles then yosemite. then work in utah followed by work in minnesota followed by me bored waiting for my train to arrive in another 40 something hours to get back to california. would just like to thank everyone i went with on such good times. my beautiful GF natalie and my son Bear. my friends Vince, Jerod, Andrew, Ben, Carson, and new people i met along the way like lawrence, steven, dante, kenny, and anyone else for whom ive forgotten names for.Id also like to thank certain people i worked with like austin, jay, Brian, mike, jeff, and wade. had good times working with each even if i scared some of them on accident.
Mt Hoffman, yosemite
Mt Hoffman, yosemite
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local camping with sprocket
local camping with sprocket
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hanging out at pinnacles with ben, Natalie and andrew
hanging out at pinnacles with ben, Natalie and andrew
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to much hiking
to much hiking
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found solitude.. before being chased off by a UFO... not joking
found solitude.. before being chased off by a UFO... not joking
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climbing at wishon. DR Suess wall i believe
climbing at wishon. DR Suess wall i believe
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300 ft tower at work in Coalinga CA
300 ft tower at work in Coalinga CA
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freezing cold in Minnesota
freezing cold in Minnesota
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Vince cranking it on practice rock, Wishon
Vince cranking it on practice rock, Wishon
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mid rappel, Wishon campground
mid rappel, Wishon campground
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Ben at wishon. crazy good looking crack
Ben at wishon. crazy good looking crack
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me at the pinnacles
me at the pinnacles
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pinnacles NP
pinnacles NP
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Pinnacles NP resting spot
Pinnacles NP resting spot
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carson at the Pinns
carson at the Pinns
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Ben leading on the monolith. Pinns NP
Ben leading on the monolith. Pinns NP
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Ben on monolith
Ben on monolith
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author on top of fourth sister. Pinns NP
author on top of fourth sister. Pinns NP
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Hiking around with Tirbicios X in back ground
Hiking around with Tirbicios X in back ground
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Jerod with Tib's X
Jerod with Tib's X
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Bear Gulch cave, Pinns NP, I sugguest a name change to Indiana Jones C...
Bear Gulch cave, Pinns NP, I sugguest a name change to Indiana Jones Cave but thats just my opinion.
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Jerod and I on a cold Pinns night
Jerod and I on a cold Pinns night
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NJC
NJC
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Jerod at NJC, where am i at?
Jerod at NJC, where am i at?
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Jerod at NJC
Jerod at NJC
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Lawrence at NJC
Lawrence at NJC
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NJC with lawrence
NJC with lawrence
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Lawrence getting high at NJC
Lawrence getting high at NJC
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Natalie and I about to climb near Morro Bay Ca
Natalie and I about to climb near Morro Bay Ca
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My son Bear getting ready to get his climb on right next to Morrow Roc...
My son Bear getting ready to get his climb on right next to Morrow Rock
Credit: skamoto
a Bear sighting near the merced river
a Bear sighting near the merced river
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Natalie climbing on the Glacier Point apron
Natalie climbing on the Glacier Point apron
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family pic at Yosemite falls
family pic at Yosemite falls
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Natalie climbing on the swan slabs Yosemite
Natalie climbing on the swan slabs Yosemite
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Natalie on the swan
Natalie on the swan
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getting my friction in at swan slabs
getting my friction in at swan slabs
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my son and GF natalie practicing for the future
my son and GF natalie practicing for the future
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best pic of them all
best pic of them all
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columbia river with wade on top of the turbines
columbia river with wade on top of the turbines
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from the top
from the top
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top of the turbine with the necelle open. wheres my hard hat?
top of the turbine with the necelle open. wheres my hard hat?
Credit: skamoto
wade working on the turbine. we didnt believe in PPE
wade working on the turbine. we didnt believe in PPE
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Loooooooooonggg way down
Loooooooooonggg way down
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exhausted after exploring the wishon area
exhausted after exploring the wishon area
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making funny faces
making funny faces
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nice chimney climb on the way to wishon
nice chimney climb on the way to wishon
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carson climbing at the Pinns
carson climbing at the Pinns
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tourist trap wall at the Pinns
tourist trap wall at the Pinns
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Natalie's first accent at our secret spot
Natalie's first accent at our secret spot
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working in Utah
working in Utah
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Bear lake Utah site
Bear lake Utah site
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climbing up in Minnesota, 8 degrees with a 10+ mph wind. sooo cold
climbing up in Minnesota, 8 degrees with a 10+ mph wind. sooo cold
Credit: skamoto
roof top site in minnesota. was cold but amazing view
roof top site in minnesota. was cold but amazing view
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Ben getting high on crack at wishon
Ben getting high on crack at wishon
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I have so many more pics of different climbs at different places and climbing at different tower sites but i think this is good for now lol. Ive had a good year climbing this year. I cant wait to see what next year brings. Half dome and whitney maybe?????

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skamoto
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skamoto is a mountain climber from coalinga ca.

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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Dec 3, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Way to get after it! Cute kid.

DMT
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Dec 3, 2013 - 12:15am PT
Nice! Love the pics of the little dude!
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Author's Reply  Dec 3, 2013 - 12:16am PT
Thanks DMT. if your ever around coalinga i found a good spot to climb, check out my previous post, " first accent rocks" I know youve been all over this area, clear creek, new idrea, its not far from coalinga if you ever pass by again
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Author's Reply  Dec 3, 2013 - 12:17am PT
thanks limpingcrab. he loves the outdoors! he's going to be an adventerous kid
Trad is Rad

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo California
  Dec 3, 2013 - 12:26am PT
Off topic as all hell....but would you mind informing me about your job, its requirements, schooling etc? Cute kid, cool report, TFPU!
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Author's Reply  Dec 3, 2013 - 12:32am PT
what exactly do you want to know? wind turbines you have to go to some kind of training course/school. i went to Wind systems AV though there no longer in busniess as the owner took another job elsewhere. there are other schools though for around 10,000. cell towers you need to be COMTRAIN certified. cost around 900$ but some companies will hire you with no experiece and train you. are you interested in cell tower work or wind work? any other questions just ask im always willing to help.. btw i see your from SLO? ever go to wagon caves?
Trad is Rad

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo California
  Dec 3, 2013 - 01:09am PT
I went to the wagon caves once, not really what I was into when I went, more of a camping trip. In general im interested in work on wind turbines as I feel its a trade that wont go dead like many others.I could digg cell towers too. I was just curious if you attended any length of college straight out of highschool. I was aware you had to attend some sort of school to work on turbines, I just wasnt sure how much school it involved, as well as the work availibility. Cell towers seem like a stepping block of sort to get into turbines, Im pretty sick of school already so once im out of Highschool I have no desire to go do another few years. (at least for a year or two until I figure things out).
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Author's Reply  Dec 3, 2013 - 01:14am PT
it requires at least a month of training/schooling. there are college things you can do that would probably help and be better but i never wanted to waist 2-6 years of my life. there is a school in tehachapi ca called " air streams" that does training but its expensive. I switched to cell towers because its alot easier to get a job and pays better, currently making 30$hr and the work is stupid easy. Id rather do wind turbines but ive found it really hard to find a full time wind turbine job. i have experience and qualifications and nothing bad on my record and ive been denied like 30+ wind jobs this year alone, idk why or what im doing wrong lol. its a good field though but dont expect to get rich, its usually around 22-24$ hr and tops out around 28$hr. you could look up rope access work. ropepartner.com is a good site to check out. they rappel down and repair the blades and do all kinds of other stuff. if interested in cell stuff check out wirelessestimator.com i find that site pretty useful
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
  Dec 3, 2013 - 01:15am PT
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Author's Reply  Dec 3, 2013 - 04:10am PT
Im not exactly sure what your post should mean BIOTCH. Is that a pirate saluting me?
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
  Dec 3, 2013 - 04:47am PT
I dig the dog, and I didn't even realize it till just now but I kinda miss The Pinnacles. That place is fun!
Trad is Rad

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo California
  Dec 3, 2013 - 11:54am PT
SO then what would be the right direction to go in for cell tower work?
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Dec 3, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
Very nice, and thoroughly enjoyable. I still stumble, though, when I read about Pinnacles National Park.

Thanks for posting this.

John
RyanD

climber
Squamish
  Dec 3, 2013 - 05:03pm PT
Heinous blister. Killer TR.

skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Author's Reply  Dec 3, 2013 - 05:38pm PT
Trad I if I were going to give any advice at all on the right direction to go... it would be go to college for 8 years,( university of Oregon has a sweet climbing wall) become a Dr or a Lawyer, maybe even a park ranger lol. I regret not finishing college. cell tower work is fun, but you work with alot of people who barely finished high school, they could double as a carnival worker, its hard to get along with everyone in this industry because there are tons of idiots in it since its good money and you dont have to have an degree to do it. I'd still prefer wind turbine work because its more mechanical and takes alot more thought process on what your doing. I dont plan on working on cell towers forever thats for sure. your still in highschool right? you have alot of time to figure out whats best for you. tower work would be great for a year or two but i would never recommend it as a full on career. especially if you ever plan on getting married or having kids, its alot of time away from home, ALOT.
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Author's Reply  Dec 3, 2013 - 05:45pm PT

JEleazarian what makes you stumble? I love the pinnacles. its different climbing thats for sure but its beautiful there and local and never to crowded. Did you know Chris Sharma put up a first accent there on the monolith when he was like 13? I believe. i dont have the guide book with me here in minnesota but i believe it was a 5.13 thats pretty cool to me.

Ryan D, that was a painful blister. had one on each heel too! got it the night i abandoned camp due to a UFO, some wierd strange light that was low in the sky hovering and pulsing and making no sounds at all, it couldnt have been more than a few miles away, id like to say it was no farther than a few hundred yards away from me but i know light can play tricks, it also moved and was not stationary then just went away after about 3 mins. took me about 6-7 hrs to hike to where i planned on camping and about 2hrs total to pack up my stuff and hike out to the road, i was able to cut out 4-5 hrs of hiking time just due to straight up fear.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Dec 3, 2013 - 07:05pm PT
pinns, check
wishon, check
obscure choss piles, check



All TR requirements met. Carry on.
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Author's Reply  Dec 3, 2013 - 07:08pm PT
munge are you saying you have climbed at my local secret spot?
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