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Title: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: cclarke on May 24, 2010, 04:42:41 pm
http://yosemite-2010.blogspot.com/2010/05/trip-report.html

Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: Mike. on May 24, 2010, 05:42:00 pm
Nice run down, Chris.

I particularly enjoyed the mental gnashing on the Prow. That is such a part of soloing as I've found it--conditions being mostly mental.

Bravo on racking up some great ticks, esp after the hard events in recent months. Looks like a way successful trip.
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: skully on May 24, 2010, 06:32:04 pm
Right on, cclarke! WooHoo!
I've always wanted to get up on the Gold Wall. Looks stellar up there.
I wouldn't fret the other thing so much, bro.....I bailed on my first couple of solo attempts.
You'll get up there, & then you'll know that Your Will got you up that Wall.
Diggin' & groovin'. Out.
diggin & groovin'                        just diggin' & groovin'                                  diggin' & groovin', woohoo!     diggin' & groovin'
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: *Mucci* on May 24, 2010, 10:41:51 pm
I dig that camo ledge clarke.

Thanks for the TR, sounds like a full trip of fun.

Mucci
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: mhudon on May 25, 2010, 09:20:31 am
Cool camo ledge.

I'm going up on my first solo this weekend, it's interesting to read your thoughts about bailing with no real reason.
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: Habanero on May 25, 2010, 10:01:22 am
Thanks for posting-up.
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: johnmac on May 25, 2010, 01:19:24 pm
Thanks for posting up and sharing your trip on the prow.

I've bailed for no reason as well. Happens from time to time and it seems to me that I haven't made up my mind before starting up that I really want to do it. Then the sore hands or a stuck bag, or slower than normal progress starts the eventual descent.

On my last solo, everything was going fine and I was one pitch down from my goal of the day and had about 6 hours of daylight left. I sorted out the gear, got everything set up ready to lead and just felt tired and worn out, so I made a quick decision to thread the ropes and rapp.

I should have just stayed where I was and had some food and given it half an hour before making a decision. Need to remember that next time.
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: cclarke on May 25, 2010, 05:50:33 pm
Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone.

This forum is like an oasis in the desert of the internet climbing sites because it doesn't have all the politics and other off-topic BS that plague the other sites.  It's real nice that way.

I'll probably get down the North Carolina this summer and I'll let you know how it goes.

If anyone has some beta for the Scott Fisher Memorial Route, I'd like to hear it.

 
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: YetAnotherDave on May 25, 2010, 10:10:06 pm
I'm going up on my first solo this weekend, it's interesting to read your thoughts about bailing with no real reason.

Just remember:  you're Mark Hudon, and you're badass!

Also take lotsa pictures, and time to enjoy watching the birds flying below you...
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: mungeclimber on May 26, 2010, 12:11:49 am
Don't forget to have fun too Mark!! 

mission critical objective is fun!
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: Mike. on May 26, 2010, 08:05:05 am
I was thinking about "bailing for no reason"...

More like bailing for a non-apparent reason. People are not supposed to wall climb. Every natural instinct tells you it's a bad idea, not helping propagate the species. You go with a partner and play a little dare game; keep each other in it. By yourself there is no game, just you and the instinct. You try to use the gear, supplies and time in place of a partner and of course it doesn't work. If you can't tap into your suicidal tendencies, your antisocial madness...your ascent is doomed. That mindset is as key as the rock and the gear is to your solo. No sense in continuing without it. Pretty much not possible. And we've all been there...

Best hope of recovery is to stop climbing. On my first solo bivi wall I tossed in the towel halfway up after the first day. I was low on water, but that's not really what I was low on. Instead of threading the rap, I just sat there. Waiting for something? Something happened during that time--the madness reanimated itself. Baby sips to the summit the next day, and on to grade sixes and more grappling with the madness...

Cheers.
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: johnmac on May 26, 2010, 08:15:42 am
Mike,

You point about "waiting" before bailing I think is the key... often the decision making isn't that logical, until you take time and think about it.

Cheers
John
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: Mike. on May 27, 2010, 08:56:10 am
Aye, jmac. And as well as I know it, I sometimes still try to scram pronto before I realize how much time and money I just wasted. On an early bail I couldn't wait to get the F away from the Valley. I got stopped at the base by some other wouldabeen soloist who invited me to join him--just what I needed, a way back in. Soloing has to be the biggest mind fuck ever. Probably worse than girlfriends.


Hey, cc, hope you don't mind the forking focus here. I'm sure some of us are attempting to pacify the spring jones here. Posting here is way easier on the soft tissue than the gym.
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: cclarke on May 27, 2010, 02:34:15 pm
No worries here Mike.  It's great to hear about other experiences.  I'm still sort of digesting my whole thought process and the sequence of events that led to it.  But I do know that the older I get, the less focused on summit at all costs I am and the more important it is to have a good time, even if it involves lots of hard work and scary climbing, when the mind is right.
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: mungeclimber on May 27, 2010, 05:23:34 pm
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have a good time, even if it involves lots of hard work and scary climbing, when the mind is right.


I think that's the thing, right there. Least it is for me, but lots of folks recognize that same thing as a defining principle.
Title: Re: Gold Wall Etc. TR Link
Post by: skully on May 27, 2010, 10:09:51 pm
I agree that if your mind ain't right, then you're going nowhere....However, soloing IS a serious mindfuck. I messed it up pretty badly the first few tries, but I HAD to know I could do this, ya know? 
Still love that solo mind space. Weird, but cool.