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Lurking Fear TR
« on: May 03, 2009, 12:11:03 pm »
This one is a little old, but I saw Munge's request for a LF TR, and figgered I better step outta the shadows, stop LURKING, and actually help the dood out! 


Lurking Fear
aka Fern Gully
aka Seeing a Man about a Horse


Me and Scott met up in early June to redeem ourselves on the Captain after getting spat off the Nose in a storm a couple of weeks prior. In the meantime we had cruised Skull Queen, I had stayed in the Valley and done a bunch of free climbing while Scott went to So-Cal to find a job, and I had also gone through a staff training trip in the Sierra for Outward Bound. With the help of my friends Drew and Mandy, I hiked a bunch of water, my portaledge and gear up to the base of Lurking Fear (VI 5.10 C2+). This was just the carrot I needed to hold in front of Scott! So he drove up, we racked up, and hiked up to the base again with a big load intent on blasting the next day.




While not a total gimme-wall, Lurking Fear is one of the more moderate aid intensive routes on El Cap, so Scott and I planned on 3 days and 2 nights on the wall, taking a relaxed pace, and not fixing any pitches. We blasted in the morning, and got through the bolt intensive first pitches quickly. I led pitch 4 and ended up taking a 25 foot winger after blowing a brassy placement above a section I had just backcleaned. Stupid.
Anyway, we keeping cruising and make it to belay 7 right at dusk, set up the ledge, and rock out to Cypress Hill and the Beavis and Butthead soundtrack on Scott's Ipod/speaker combo. All is well...


Until we wake up in the morning, and Scott drops the haulbag for the ledge, AND the poop tube! Shit! Luckily no one is below when it hits and creates instant bio-hazard. There is nothing for us to do except rap down. The route isn't steep enough for us to flag the ledge without destroying it in one haul. So we tie 30 liters of water to the anchor, and bail, fixing ropes down from pitch 3. Scott cleans the BIO-hazard, and I find the bag.
The next day is a rest day, after which we come back up, without the portaledge, and blast. We take the pitches we already have led and know, and make it to pitch 11's natural ledge bivy (cramped for 2) just after dark. We are moving. The next day finds me leading awesome hooking and free climbing pitches, as well as some nasty junk. I yell to Scott that I propose a new route name: LURKING FERN!





After getting to Thanksgiving Ledge, we decided to just hang out and enjoy ourselves instead of pushing for the top. We drank booty water, watched people top out on the Salathe Headwall, and cranked up the tunes in celebration.





Topped out the next day and ran into Pass the Pitons Pete, who had just began burning 15 days worth of poo bags... Less than optimal odors! It seems that there was a common theme here...
Life back on the ground was full of cold beer and ice cream, until the next plans began to get hatched......


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Re: Lurking Fear TR
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2009, 01:51:00 pm »
Nice TR, Hoots! Ya may have shrunk the pics a bit much, but cool, anyhow.

Try to stop droppin' stuff, eh? ;-)

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Re: Lurking Fear TR
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2009, 02:19:26 pm »
yah i had a bit of a problem sizing the pics.  they were either HUGE or the size they are now.

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Re: Lurking Fear TR
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2009, 01:09:50 pm »
Nice, good job cleaning it all up and not just stuffing the ledge into the bag and continuing.

Looks like a nice place on the captain.

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Re: Lurking Fear TR
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2009, 01:30:14 pm »
You'd enjoy it, Mucci!

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Re: Lurking Fear TR
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2009, 06:45:10 pm »
awesome, thx mang!!

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Re: Lurking Fear TR
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2009, 08:13:48 pm »
Good job hoots!
I've always wanted to bump into some of the people I've known online, pete being one of the (get a 1st hand explanation of some of his more complicated systems),  when I do I really hope that he's not burning poop at the time.

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Re: Lurking Fear TR
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2009, 09:00:53 pm »
I think Pete was burnin' on top, so hazards are minimal at the base. He'll be there......It's what he does.
Huh, Pete?