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Title: Craig's List Missed Connections
Post by: Baltoro on July 31, 2014, 12:06:18 pm
We met briefly at Index on a scorching July day. I offered my remaining water to you and the three other guys you were with. You were teaching/tricking them into becoming aid climbers. You somehow tricked one of them to lead City Park and another one of them to belay. This told me you really knew what you were doing.

I attempted to unveil my peacock feathers and strut before you and your subjects by casually mentioning that I had just soloed Snow White (A3) to the shared Princely Ambitions anchor without hammering any pins. I was having a hard time even stumbling over to City Park what with the weight of my giant balls (ego). You mentioned the effectiveness of Ball Nuts on that route, a tool which still terrifies me, and I immediately felt a connection. There weren't just the run of the City Park noobs with useless hexes clanking and tied webbing aiders. These are real live aid climbers!

I admired the home-made Russian Aiders being used by the leader who despite the convenient bolt ladder and superior aiding setup continued to try to free the .10b moves. I said something awkward and dumb like, "Nice Russians. Where'd you get them?" You said one of the most magical thing I've ever heard, "I made them." Now at this point maybe it was the hot July sun filtering through the trees or maybe it was my dehydration but one way or another I swear I heard angels singing, pins being wacked home, shouts of "Off Belay" and friendly dirtbags offering to carry loads for the exercise. Again, maybe none of those things happened but it seemed like it at the time.

I did my best to imply my interest in buying a set (or two). You said you'd be willing but wouldn't likely make them until the fall. I gleefully gave you my info and we parted ways.

Now I'm left wondering if maybe I left a letter out of my email address or miss typed a number for my cell? Truthfully I'm wondering if it happened at all, if it was just a figment of my imagination, a combination of sweat clouding my eyes, my ego clouding my mind after just having lead the hardest thing I'd yet done or just the pure desire for more and cooler gear. I don't know. All I know is that one of my biggest things to do on my "To Do" bigwall planning gear list is to get a set of better Russian Aiders than the POS ones I have. I don't want to let this opportunity slip by so, if you're out there, whoever you are, let me know you're real and that the fall is coming and you are in fact willing to make aiders. I rep for a handful of outdoor brands and will overcompensate beyond your wildest dreams (well maybe not but you get the idea).


Title: Re: Craig's List Missed Connections
Post by: mungeclimber on July 31, 2014, 07:20:36 pm

aider gator! get er done!
Title: Re: Craig's List Missed Connections
Post by: mungeclimber on May 11, 2015, 04:16:14 pm
Two Hexes in the night? Clanging, but not placed?