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Big Wall Forum / Big Wall glove rehab
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:45:51 pm »
It's probably similar for a lot of people: you return from a Wall climb and the gear gets chucked in the corner . . . . neglected for the next however many months. No time for much maintenance.

But I got to wondering the other night about those nasty, crusty Wall gloves that weren't looking too good after our venture up Mideast Crisis last month. They're the classic Metolius fingerless leather ones. Hard to break in. Some would say the leather is a little too thick. After five walls and throwing them back in the drawer each time, they were getting a bit funky.

Curiosity led me to Google "wash leather work glove" and I followed the advice. Unbelievable! For starters, that lukewarm sink water turned darker than coffee for the first few rinses. So nasty. Was that all sweat, snot and dirt in there? They hang dried overnight. After applying some decent quality leather treatment today, these bad boys are totally back in action! They smell like nice leather again. At least one or two more trips left in them. It's like they're finally broken in, too.

Ok--mundane wall rant over.

Non Climbing (if you must) / FS: Haul bags---still time for Fall
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:23:31 am »
Paring down my selection.

Fish Budget Grade VI. Kinda hammered. But these bags hang tough.

A5 North Face Mid-Size, almost new.

Big Wall Forum / Ever give a slideshow about climbing big walls?
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:15:56 pm »
I'm planning to give a presentation to my son's climbing team (and their families) after next month's trip to the Valley. The central theme is to show what happens on a Yosemite Big Wall climbing trip. But I think it would be cool to add some background and history. Things like showing the picture of Werner with a huge rack of pins, or Yvon with his necklace of hexes.

Anyone here ever pull together a set of pictures to use in a slide presentation? I understand it's best to use the most high-resolution photos available for the large screen.

If you've done this before, post up your ideas and suggestions. Thanks.

Non Climbing (if you must) / Then and now, valley dirtbags
« on: April 29, 2009, 04:54:40 pm »
Does anyone recall that story (might have been a Steve Roper or a Galen Rowell piece) where there was a 1960's photo from Camp 4 and a quote "Who let in the riff raff". . . . and then it went on to document how each person had gone on to great things. Scientist, entrepreneur, professor. . .

I need to find a copy of that article!

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