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Title: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on June 05, 2006, 04:08:18 pm
Free original A5 big wall hammer (lightly used) to the first person to post two Google Earth images (one from 5 miles up, showing the wall itself, and one from a 500 mile altitude showing the region with the wall location marked), which pinpoint the location of the unclimbed big wall pictured below.

Limit three entires per person.  No clues on this one, save for the wall is over 2000 feet and the fact that I took the photograph.

Good Luck!

(http://www.bigwalls.net/mysterywall.jpg)
Title: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: mungeclimber on June 05, 2006, 05:39:15 pm
I'm disqualifying myself just on the off chance that i get it right and then have an appearance of impropriety.  

we can't have that without at least a few beers, and I'm still at work (tho you'd think i have with my spelling errors- edited).


oh, and there is also another excellent earth viewing site out there too...

http://local.live.com/
Title: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: the_dude on June 07, 2006, 03:05:46 pm
Stumped.. Any other hints for us?
Title: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: syrinx on June 07, 2006, 03:09:21 pm
Which direction does the face face? What time of day is it? What is the altitude at the top?

Syrinx
Title: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: mso4man on June 28, 2006, 08:13:02 am
Hey guys better get crackin' on this one. I am about to devote too much time that I don't have to get me that hammer.

I have been trying to get one for quite a while and I am striking out big time.

So we'll see.

peace
Title: CLUES!
Post by: deuce4 on July 03, 2006, 10:33:07 am
It looks like this contest is too difficult, so here's some more clues--additional pictures of the region:

(http://www.bigwalls.net/webpics/mysterya.jpg)
Another shot of the wall showing local vegetation and architecture.

(http://www.bigwalls.net/webpics/mysteryb.jpg)
Locals crossing a bridge from the nearby village (you can see the wall from the village).

(http://www.bigwalls.net/webpics/mysteryc.jpg)
Another unclimbed wall in the same valley.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Pete on December 14, 2006, 03:51:45 am
I know this is dredging up teh old topic, but I PM'd John and he said that along with the hammer there was beta on teh wall available, which sounds even better :)

So this is my try:

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m111/northtrials/Bigwallscomptry1.jpg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m111/northtrials/Bigwallscomptry1-wide.jpg)

Pete
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on December 14, 2006, 09:25:15 am
Pete, great try.  Lukewarm.  Correct continent.

cheers
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Strider on December 15, 2006, 12:39:43 am
Alright, here is my stab in the dark...well maybe not a stab in the "dark" since I spent the last 6 hours looking around on googleearth and doing reserach trying to figure this out.  But i am pretty sure i am not right so I am hoping for a few clues after this try...hint...hint....

-n

(http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/2884/5milespn3.jpg)


(http://img325.imageshack.us/img325/6099/500milessr6.jpg)
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on December 15, 2006, 10:32:37 am
You're getting warmer!

But no cigar...yet!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Rags on December 15, 2006, 10:44:45 am
I searched for this yesterday. The "your getting warm" hint tells me I may have been very close.
However, I do not have Goofball Earth, and don't want to load it on my computer.
John will you accept an entry from Goofball Maps?

Did you know that India contains 20% of the worlds granite? I didn't till yesterday.
Gives you an idea of the search I've been on :<)
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on December 15, 2006, 11:38:05 am
interesting.

The trouble with Google Maps is it doesn't have the lat/long coordinates, which I will need to verify the location.  But if you can figure a way to give me those, a Google Map might be ok.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Pete on December 15, 2006, 03:39:03 pm
If at first you don't suceed...

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m111/northtrials/Try2.jpg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m111/northtrials/try2w.jpg)

Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on December 16, 2006, 01:28:15 pm
nope.  Good try, looks like an interesting area.

You were within 5 degrees of both latitude and longitude.

cheers
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: mungeclimber on December 17, 2006, 09:47:17 pm
Well, i was going to guess Tien Shans, but I guess not. doh
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Pete on December 19, 2006, 12:28:34 pm
Another effort! This is really tricky!

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m111/northtrials/tryagain.jpg)

(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m111/northtrials/tryagainw.jpg)

I wish I was planning a trip there right now instead of poor and wet! Damn Britain!

Pete
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on December 19, 2006, 06:45:01 pm
getting colder....
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Rags on December 20, 2006, 12:00:21 am
Oh my..... spent a lot of time with this. The google earth is pretty fun, now that I loaded it.

Great geography lesson, However. I should post an image of the 5000ft monster I found.
Anyway, here is my best shot, based on all the little clues I could derive from your pics and previous posts.

Actually, I don't believe this is correct.
It's the pic of the river that throws me off. It appears to run somewhat oriented toward North.
I assume it's the same valley. So....

(http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/7769/walllocff7.jpg)

(http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/1079/wallloc2cd7.jpg)
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on December 20, 2006, 03:36:54 pm
no, but it looks nice.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: zippyslug on April 10, 2007, 03:51:59 pm
Hey, is it too late to play?  The thread is damn near a year old but I never saw it solved so I'd like to take a crack.

over-all area:
(http://www.bigwalls.com/forum2/gallery/uploaded_files/fivehundred.JPG)

close-up view of the wall:
(http://www.bigwalls.com/forum2/gallery/uploaded_files/705five.JPG)

How close am I ???
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: caribouman on April 13, 2007, 06:22:50 am
John,

I just figured out a very large piece of this puzzle, but I'm  not inclined to put all the neccessary pieces together (upgrading RAM etc.) to put my own entry in here.  So, my question:  May I put out a generalized hint or two?
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on May 04, 2007, 01:17:20 pm
Zippyslug-  Close, but no cigar.  It is to the East of where you spotted.

Caribouman-By all means, hint away.  The hammer I have is just itching to be used again on the big stones!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: splitchard on May 09, 2007, 07:10:18 am
I thought I'd join in on this thing.  I've been having a grand time looking around this region, first time really using Google Earth.  It's a great tool!

(http://www.bigwalls.com/forum2/gallery/uploaded_files/Unknown_Wall_-_1st_guess_-_5_miles.jpg)


(http://www.bigwalls.com/forum2/gallery/uploaded_files/Unknown_Wall_-_1st_guess_-_500_miles.jpg)

Close?  Any hints??
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: zippyslug on May 09, 2007, 09:19:33 am
" first time really using Google Earth.  It's a great tool! "

Meant to say something to this effect, too.  I had never heard of it until this thread but now use it a fair amount.  Now only if they could give a 3D look to my neighborhood.... ;)
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on May 09, 2007, 10:16:34 am
spritchard-  Nope, not the right region.  I've never been in that area, but it looks like it would be spectacular!  I did once hike around Mt. Kailas in Tibet, but it's not around there either.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: caribouman on May 18, 2007, 03:45:10 pm
out on a bit of limb here...

- the wall is in the Karakoram, the western part of the Himalaya, no?
- Look at the photo... that face is either West, South or East, and it's sunny (given Deuce's responses to other attempts, it's in the Northern Hemisphere)
- Look at how close that wall appears to be, and the angle to which the camera is tilted... low angle.  Thus I'd say we're looking at a minor peak, not 7 or 8 thousand meters.  Maybe 6, 6 and a half.
- Look at the tree line.  The tree line alititude is different in different places, probably pretty high at that latitude, but not below the 9,600 of the Sierra Nevada.  That might give a rough clue to the overall peak height.
- Also, I might go out on a bit more of a limb and say that the photo was taken mid day... something about the foreground shadows maybe.  So that would narrow the face direction to South.
- Big stretch.  The rock itself;  the overall shapes and color look either Karakoram or Patagonia, and given other respones, t'aint Patagonia.

So Deuce, any of  those ideas correct?

Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: mungeclimber on May 18, 2007, 05:51:03 pm
well reasoned it seems.


whatever happened to the new hammer thread on the Taco?
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on May 20, 2007, 11:09:24 am
Pretty good, Caribouman.  All good, but not in the Karakoram....
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: ice ravines on June 27, 2007, 07:45:13 am
 Looks like the Spiti Valley - Manali area , Himachal Pradesh . I will try to load up the earth with your requirements .http://www.bigwalls.com/forum2/gallery/core/action.php?action=personal&file=Spiti_valley_-Manali_area.jpg
http://www.bigwalls.com/forum2/gallery/core/action.php?action=personal&file=Area_of_big_wall.jpg
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Baltoro on July 25, 2007, 09:20:16 pm
Was there ever any feedback on IceRavines answer? That one looks pretty promising.
~R
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on July 27, 2007, 04:10:28 pm
Ice Ravines was very close, but not the right spot.  Looks like it would be worth investigating, though.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Raaf on May 21, 2009, 03:41:40 pm
Is this contest officially over? Or merely dormant? Never found out where the mystery wall was!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Mike. on May 21, 2009, 04:46:18 pm
Everyone's holding out for a virgin deuce5 hammer...

A new carrot...you gotta have some 'Beaks laying around, John. Cough em up.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: skully on May 21, 2009, 08:30:47 pm
It seems the thing was left unsolved. How 'bout it, Deuce4?
Are we still on for virtual wall shoppin'? (Dumb question, huh?)
Where'd your hammer end up?
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: KevinW on May 22, 2009, 01:43:28 am
I'm just waiting.. is it on, is it off, did anyone win? are you throwing in beaks to sweeten the pot?
Been googling until my eyes are crossed.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: KevinW on May 22, 2009, 06:07:42 pm
Well ? hammer still up for grabs? beaks?
(amazing what a guy will do for free gear)
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: skully on May 22, 2009, 07:08:23 pm
We may never know.....Apparently, Deucey has lost interest.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: KevinW on May 22, 2009, 10:30:58 pm
Damn, I'm always a day late and a dollar short for the good deals !
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on May 23, 2009, 06:10:07 am
The contest is still on, though it may be some delays in checking the answers.

one mint A5 hammer up for grabs for just picking a point on the map....
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: KevinW on May 23, 2009, 08:38:36 am
WooHoo !!!

Thanks deuce count me in

(now to go back through the thread and check answers against my saved GoogleEarth searches)
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: skully on May 24, 2009, 08:04:12 am
I must be a doofus....I can't figure out how to transfer Google Earth images onto this board.
Dammit! Got a good guess, too. Arrrggh.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Raaf on May 24, 2009, 10:09:29 am
Hmmmmm........gotta do some searchin' soon. Cool!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: KevinW on May 24, 2009, 12:37:19 pm
Figure it out yet skully ? They're just screen captures, that have been uploaded to photobucket (or where ever) and then posted here.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: skully on May 24, 2009, 02:10:24 pm
Ok, Here goes!
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii230/skullyambro/MysteryWall5miles-1.jpg)

And Farther...
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii230/skullyambro/MysteryWall500miles.jpg)

Cheers!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: skully on May 25, 2009, 07:33:46 am
Venture a guess, Kevin? This is pretty damn fun.......
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: KevinW on May 25, 2009, 08:29:56 am
Well.. I've probably spent 10 hours so far on Google Earth,  and think I'm pretty damn close, but... with a limit of 3 guesses, I'm trying to narrow it down a little more, because not only have a found a lot of very interesting unnamed peaks that appear to have little or no history, but.. I really do want that hammer!!!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Caz on May 25, 2009, 03:18:55 pm
Just downloaded google earth... I'll be searching through out the week while I'm off work.

Zac
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: skully on May 25, 2009, 05:23:52 pm
Dammit! More contestants! I think my first guess is pretty good, but just in case, I have another.............
That hammer is MINE! Hahahaha!
(wanted to give a bit of incentive....)
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Caz on May 25, 2009, 11:38:15 pm
I think I've put in 3 hours today so far and my eye's are killing me...

You better post up your findings Skully before I find it!

Zac
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: KevinW on May 26, 2009, 07:05:07 am
I think I have the right valley, but everytime I fly up one of the side valleys, I find something that *could* be it as well,
then starts the comparison game.. still narrowing it down,.. 1/2 million Google Earth Miles later.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: skully on May 30, 2009, 02:09:28 pm
I've got a guess posted, waiting for Deucey to shoot it down before tryin' again.
I think it looks like a good guess.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Zombi on May 30, 2009, 09:54:09 pm
I want to jump in to the mix too.

I like what Skully has right now.

Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: skully on May 31, 2009, 08:25:20 pm
Well, Podner, don't let that stop ya......
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: mungeclimber on June 02, 2009, 02:20:22 pm

How does your Pira compare to say your barong in terms of performance?


barong?  Filipino wedding happening?  I better go back and read the thread.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: KevinW on June 06, 2009, 02:04:49 pm
A Barong..

Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: skully on June 22, 2009, 11:02:27 pm
It's like he uses his own private language, loosely rooted in English.
Right on, Barong!
Still got a guess up, Deucey!
I just keep bumpin' it up so you'll (maybe) notice. Groove on.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on June 23, 2009, 03:52:21 am
Skully--You're too far west!

ps when youse guys post here with a guess, let me know also by email.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: scottydo on June 25, 2009, 03:07:17 am
I've been checking this out and now that I have a bunch of down time at work I'm gonna give this a go. Let me know if I'm close cause I know I'm not spot on...yet.

(http://i475.photobucket.com/albums/rr119/crossman04/ScottydoGuess15mile.jpg)

(http://i475.photobucket.com/albums/rr119/crossman04/ScottydoGuess1500mile.jpg)
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: goatboy on July 06, 2009, 09:48:47 am
Okay I?ll play?it?s in the Sangla Valley by the Baspa River between Batseri village and Banjara camp.
Here?s another view of the wall from the intertubez;
http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/30092/size/big/ppuser/32747

The second peak looks like Kinner Kailash, this is what tipped me off to the area since I have seen this peak before online and squirreled it away as a place I?d like to visit whenever I get to India.

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i197/sunpowerpack/A5_4.jpg)


close up view

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i197/sunpowerpack/A5_1.jpg)

5 miles high

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i197/sunpowerpack/A5_2.jpg)

500 miles high

(http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i197/sunpowerpack/A5_3.jpg)

I?m a little high and hungover from this weekend when I figured all this out so in case I?m delusional and imagining all of this please forgive me.

coordinates 31degrees 26'39.27"N - 78 degrees 18'50.80"E
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on July 06, 2009, 10:35:30 am
GOATBOY WINS!!!


CONGRATULATIONS!!!


I will be in sending you a hammer in August!  Please send my your address to my email at deuce4  at bigwalls.net
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: mungeclimber on July 06, 2009, 11:12:10 am
WOOT!!!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: goatboy on July 06, 2009, 01:11:37 pm
Woot indeed!
Thanks John, I look forward to swinging that hammer on the sharp and high wild.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: KevinW on July 07, 2009, 11:30:05 am
CONGRATS goatboy!

I've had connection issues for a month now, so I haven't been able to play along, as much as I wanted to.
I was in the right area, wrong valley, but would have not guessed that peak from the GoogleEarth images
I looked at. The area just seemed way to flat looking, even when I was doing low altitude fly-bys up and down
the valleys.

Thanks Deuce, it was a great contest!
(You wouldn't happen to have any more spare hardware laying around would you?) (http://www.rockclimbing.com/images/forum/wink.gif)
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: goatboy on July 07, 2009, 11:58:47 am
C'mon out to the Black and I'll let you use the hammer any time Kevin...I'm too big for anything over A3 anyhoo, you like decomposing pegmatite right?
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: Caz on July 07, 2009, 02:13:22 pm
Good Job Goatboy!

I was no where close...
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: scottydo on July 07, 2009, 11:32:14 pm
Dang! Good job Goatboy :)
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: KevinW on July 08, 2009, 04:14:29 pm
C'mon out to the Black and I'll let you use the hammer any time Kevin...I'm too big for anything over A3 anyhoo, you like decomposing pegmatite right?

Hey that sounds great goatboy!
Now this peg-ma-tite stuff, that is sort of granite.. right?
I'm used to chossy limestone, so it can't be that bad.. can it?
But with regards to anything above A3..
I'm not too big, rather too small, (in the testicle region) for any sustained A4'ish kind of stuff.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: goatboy on July 08, 2009, 09:49:05 pm
You'll be fine, did I say the pitch was A4?oh no that can?t be right, looks like easy A2, I think I see a bolt up there, you?ll be fine, here?s the rack.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on September 10, 2009, 01:09:12 am
Congrats again Goatboy.  I am posting your images here just in case they get lost on some other server like some of the other posts on this thread:

The photo from the website: http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/30092/size/big/ppuser/32747

(http://www.deuce4.net/web/GoatboyHammer/IndiaWallFromWebsite.jpeg)

Goatboy's pics:

(http://www.deuce4.net/web/GoatboyHammer/A5_1.jpg)
(http://www.deuce4.net/web/GoatboyHammer/A5_2.jpg)
(http://www.deuce4.net/web/GoatboyHammer/A5_3.jpg)
(http://www.deuce4.net/web/GoatboyHammer/A5_4.jpg)

Let us know how go the adventures of the ol' hammer!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: goatboy on September 10, 2009, 07:46:08 pm
Thanks again John!
I've owned three of these hammers in my life and have always ended up selling them for beer or gas money on the camp 4 board. This one is for keeps; it?s already replaced a couple anchors in the south Platte and will soon be heading out to Utah.

As for Sangla Valley it?s $1,250 for a roundtrip from Denver to New Delhi then maybe another grand or two for the trek out to Batseri village and live like a king.
This hammer will see that valley eventually? whoohoo!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: skully on September 10, 2009, 07:59:51 pm
Right on, Goatboy, You're MY kinda monkey......Let me know when you go, , cuz I wanta go, too.
Best contest ever, Big John. That was great fun.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: deuce4 on October 11, 2010, 03:52:05 pm
Newsflash.  This wall just got climbed by Silvia Vidal, the amazing Spanish big wall climber...

Hopefully she will send details soon.
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: goatboy on October 13, 2010, 09:13:17 am
Awsome, looking forward to some close up pictures of that wall!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: jake on October 15, 2010, 12:39:47 pm
http://rockandice.com/news/1199-bold-is-not-dead (http://rockandice.com/news/1199-bold-is-not-dead)

Here is something I found about her climbing the wall... what a rad chick! Some misinformation in that article tho, she didn't solo the Reticent but did it with Pep Masip for the 3rd ascent.  It also doesn't mention her route Sol Solet which was A5 and she used lead heads in some open corner over the course of 2 days!  That route took a little over a month to put up... GNAR!!
Title: Re: Free A5 Big Wall Hammer contest
Post by: mungeclimber on October 17, 2010, 07:12:44 pm
thx Jake. That's an amazing thing.  High Commitment.