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Offline T Moses

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Ever Dream of Climbing a Big Wall?
« on: November 21, 2009, 01:41:45 pm »
I don't mean day dreaming I'm talking night dreaming. 

I dreamed a dream last night that I was preping to do Mescalito with Nanook and Mike. .  To clarify that I am not some random stalker or internet junkie, I have climbed with Nanook and have talked with Mike. and met him in person.

On with the dream.  It started with meeting up with Nanook and Mike.  I drove into The Valley and went looking.  The Valley was packed.  Some school group had mobbed the place.  The intersections were wacked and the traffic was heinous .  There was a round-about inbetween Curry and Yosemite Village.  I think the planners must have been dropping acid. 

So I finally meet up and we head for the Big E.C. .   Nanook's got this cool ride (i don't remember exactly, but it was cool).  He says he's looking for something more fuel efficient.  Whatever.  The commute to The Captain must have been killing his budget (but the car was COOL!).

We arrive at the Big Stone and there are multiple roads going though the meadow.  It's organized into these blocks just like a city except there aren't any buildings.  Like they are planning some development but they haven't built yet.  Ghost town with out the town.   Huh, what is up with that?  The planners must have been doing acid again. 

Mike. and Nanook decide they need some practice.  Practice?  I think it's me who needs the practice!  They head over to the south side.  It might have been The Sentinel .  My dream was a little hazy.  I get left to pack the bags.  After a while I decide to go check on them.  I find them among what looks like ten thousand High Schoolers on the rock.  The rock looks a lot like Point Dume.  What do Point Dume and The Sentinel have in common?  Nothing except you climb on them.  Point Dume has a nice sandy beach, Socal waves, and beachgoers (nice looking beachgoers).  The dreamscape has the Dume rock, the sandy beach minus the ocean, and no beachgoers.

Ok, back to the climbing part.  When I go to check on them they are doing some strange stuff.  Nanook has already lead it, speed aiding or something, and is far end hauling.   Don't ask me why he is hauling.  We're not even doing this climb.  Who wants to practice hauling?  Mike is cleaning the climb.  Meanwhile all around us are TONS of high school kids climbing everything.  Mike. and Nanook have the only open space on the wall.

Ok, enough practice.  I get the haul bag and commence humping loads into the base of the climb.  The walk was pretty routine and the weather was perfect!  Then I woke up with a sore back.  DAMN IT!  I didn't even get to climb!

I think I might be jonesin' to do a wall a little to bad. Anybody else have a climbing dream?

Edited for something resembling clarity.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2009, 03:31:09 pm by T Moses »

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Re: Ever Dream of Climbing a Big Wall?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2009, 08:48:53 am »
I've definitely had dreams about climbing, but nothing as detailed or involved as what you've described! The couple that I can remember involve climbing up at Tahquitz, but mostly just general climbing (surroundings, movements, etc.). Haven't been up any big walls yet, but I'm sure once I do that my future climbing dreams will probably shift that direction. Mostly I dream about climbing if I haven't been in a little while.

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Re: Ever Dream of Climbing a Big Wall?
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2009, 01:27:44 pm »
That is pretty funny, Theron. I'm not so sure it didn't really happen. Or, did I have that one too?...


Damn, if I bagged endorphins for every big wall dream I've had, I wouldn't ever need to go out for realz. Some mysterious EC route I keep doing the overhanging first pitch of...the houses--some half built--that I climb up and through all over EC...the massive highway that nobody knows about which snakes up the back...Never distressing. Always a little spooky with overtones of adventure, but never a horror show. I don't recall my usual crew involved. It's sometimes older partners who are now out of the game, or solo.

That's one way to wake up with a smile...or scratching your head wondering where that weirdness came from.

Crazy stuff in those dark hallways...


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Re: Ever Dream of Climbing a Big Wall?
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2009, 10:33:47 am »
Pretty funny topic!  I've had lots of dreams at night about being on walls, most of the time it is much easier than the wall itself. A little while back I had a dream about beaking and heading up some small corner and as I got higher in the corner the rock quickly turned rotten.  I started stuggling to get pieces to stick but slowly crept upwards, then there was a loose flake pasted to the wall that I thought for sure was gonna rip off, I couldn't see what was attaching it to the wall. Carefully I tapped a beak into it down low so it didn't come sailing onto my head. All this followed by some thin steep hook moves, while looking at some huge whipper onto a little slab where the corner started.  Luckly I snagged a rivet at the end of the hooks!  Don't remember if the dream went on...

I think dreams tell us something about are current lives.  The last two weeks I couldn't sleep and was having nightmares (non-climbing).  Most the time people I loved were getting raped, hurt, killed, and even I had to kill some people.  Well this last weekend as I was on my way to my parents house I got a call from my dad.  He told me that our dog, who was pretty much my best friend, was in renal failure.  So we put her down the next morning.  I have slept well since with no nightmares.  It was like my dreams were telling me I was going to lose something special to me.  So anyways I think dreams about climbing are saying something along the lines of... well who really knows!

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Re: Ever Dream of Climbing a Big Wall?
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2009, 02:39:34 pm »
Ya know, on my first night above Dinner Ledge on Skull Queen, I dreamed I was climbing & hauling,Climbing & hauling. Woke up exhausted.
But then, I went to sleep exhausted, too.

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Re: Ever Dream of Climbing a Big Wall?
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2009, 12:35:53 am »
What about when you are on a wall sleeping in a comatose state and you wake up with your eyes closed as your senses start kicking in. You are laying there forgetful about where you are. You are so relaxed you think you are in you bed at home cozy and warm. You search the cobwebs to remember where you really are and dimly remember dreaming about being on a big wall. Then your fingers start to throb. The first move you make sends sheering pain down your back. You feel a cold wind on your face and it hits you... You are not home in bed safe and warm but hanging in a portaledge 1500 feet up. Two days from the ground, two days from the top,.... totally in it. It wasn't a dream, you are on El Cap and you better get moving... after a couple Advil of course.

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Re: Ever Dream of Climbing a Big Wall?
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2009, 10:45:03 am »
What about when you are on a wall sleeping in a comatose state and you wake up with your eyes closed as your senses start kicking in. You are laying there forgetful about where you are. You are so relaxed you think you are in you bed at home cozy and warm. You search the cobwebs to remember where you really are and dimly remember dreaming about being on a big wall. Then your fingers start to throb. The first move you make sends sheering pain down your back. You feel a cold wind on your face and it hits you... You are not home in bed safe and warm but hanging in a portaledge 1500 feet up. Two days from the ground, two days from the top,.... totally in it. It wasn't a dream, you are on El Cap and you better get moving... after a couple Advil of course.


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