a place where a half blind idiot can ramble away about stuff he likes
a few beers is all it takes…….after some sweet IPA’s anything seems like a good idea. I’ve been wanting to get up to the sierra for some climbing for the last few weeks and thought it was about time to go. After a few calls to some friends to see if they were up for some fun and only hearing comments like “what…….you want to go where? tommorow? leave at 2am? wtf are you nuts” I gave up trying to find a partner and decided the east face of mt. whitney would be a good solo.
the chief gave me the ok so off to the garage I go to put a rack together…….should never put a rack together when the beers are tasting so good……or maybe always rack-up with a buzz on, it will definatly be on the light side.
CLIMBING GEAR LIST:
30m 9mm rope
6 slings (4 reg & 2 long)
4 leaver biners
harness (no leg loops)
short ice axe
sm day pack
lt. wt. guide pants cut into knickers
patagonia R1 pullover
OR insulated lt wt jacket
sm first aid kit
almonds, banana, bratwurst (mmmmmm), a few gels
1/2 lt water (lots of streams up there)
To be continued……
Three girls, two nights, one portaledge. Madaleine Sorkin, Lorna Illingworth and Emily Stifler climb Lurking Fear, a route on the left side of El Capitan. Over the course of three days, they get their systems dialed and free climb as much as possible. Fun times on the wall bode well for the adventures to come on Mount Proboscis.
Pretty funny story worth the read. what a awesome route, some sweet old school trad climbing
BD athlete Brittany Griffith writes about climbing Primrose Dihedrals on Moses in Canyonlands National Park – Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd..
got this from a buddy……..classic!!
my fav lines
“It was like bottomlesspowcoldsmoketotalfaceshotsthewholeway.”
“drop a knee, squat to pee”
the classic “free your heel, free your mind”
“you paramarked, and you hate women”
and the uber classic “chicks dig tele”
with a beer in one hand and a finger on the other I was surfing the internets and came across this post over at supertopo I have some work in the early am in Indio and if 10 am is the early start for the tram I could be in. Plus, havent been up in that area since bobby c. and I hiked to the tram station from humber park over in Idyllwild in flip flops because
we I forgot the climbing rope.
I was able to catch the 10:40 tram to the top. felt a bit like a tool waiting for the tram, everyone’s wearing there best palm springs winter outfits (short sleeves and fashionable sandles) and me with ski pants, long sleeves and big ass boots; felt like a star at the top station when everyone’s going outside at 8300′ and freezing their asses off.
off the tram, down the path, throw the skis on and started skinning towards the peak. after a bit it was time to throw the skis on my back and start booting it up. thanks the gods there was a nice beat down path to follow, hiking with teleboots can be a real bitch. up top it was super windy and cold so I did’nt hang around to long. snapped a few shots and headed down the south-east face. with the cold the snow was a little hard but the turns were great. all I could think about was coming back a little later and getting in some sellar spring skiing. this place is going to be perfect.
thought this was kinda cool. some pics from a wired article on the brooks saddle factory. i ride a brooks, sweet old school leather.
Gallery: A Tour Inside the Brooks Saddle Factory | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.