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Offline Durin

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The big stone in... spring!
« on: February 23, 2010, 09:05:23 am »
I was hoping to go for seconds on El Cap over my spring break, March 19-28.

I was hoping to do a straightforward route with mostly easy aid, c1-c2. Nose or Salathe would be my first choices.

After a few days of good weather in January, most of Zodiac dried up real quick. Only a few pitches were wet. I'm curious, if I do the Nose or Salathe, should I expect every crack to be seeping with water and dirt and goo? Will the Stovelegs be wetter than a 16-year old girl?

This is also of course contingent on good weather. If it's shit, I'll just stay at Red Rocks with all the "normal" sport climbing people who aren't masochists.

Thanks in advance for any advice, you guys are awesome :)

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Re: The big stone in... spring!
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 12:50:57 pm »
Hey, Durin,

I don't think the SL have any seeps worth noting. Salathe has one 10c pitch mid-high as I recall that seeps (still free-able by mortals when wet). I haven't spent a ton of time on the big stone in Spring, but I think aside from the usual spot here or there you're pretty safe. It's not like the whole thing is saturated.

Eek, sport climbing people? Ditch the Gallery and get back to BV Canyon. Free climbing on big walls there, very user friendly.

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Re: The big stone in... spring!
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2010, 06:44:26 pm »
durin-

did you guys lose a pully at the base when you did Zodiac the other month?  It wasn't dropped.  Could it be yours?

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Re: The big stone in... spring!
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2010, 09:36:48 am »
hey hoipolloi,

Yes we did! We had a few extra items(including the pulley, red Petzl Fixe, brand new) at the base and left them in a grocery bag. I had to leave the valley ASAP, and by the time my buddy got to the base it was gone.

Also, thanks mike!
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Re: The big stone in... spring!
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2010, 10:25:45 am »
HAH!

Yeah, we found that grocery bag you left FULL OF FUCKING GARBAGE.


Have some damn respect up there if you are going to be climbing on El Cap.  There was a lot of garbage at the base, not saying all of it was yours, but the grocery bag full of opened up packages of bars, pop tarts, etc. that had been rifled through by critters ,was definitely yours because the pulley was inside it.

Don't leave trash at the base.

We also found the Cam you guys lost from, #2 Camalot, its totally hammered, it cratered head first and got really bent up, doesn't trigger.

If you want the pulley give me an address, also, ask your buddy if he found an orange Thermarest sleeping mat while hiking up/down.  My buddy lost it hiking a bunch of stuff down after crossing paths with your buddy, it was mine though, I would love to trade ya for the pulley.



a shame, a real shame....

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Re: The big stone in... spring!
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2010, 09:43:41 pm »
Ouch.  Littering is a real pet peeve.  I see folks dumping bags of fast food out of their cars while I'm riding my bike and it makes me nearly ballistic.  I mean what kind of person just tosses bags of trash out of their car? 

I'm sure there can be extenuating circumstances but it better involve serious injury . . .

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Re: The big stone in... spring!
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2010, 12:23:11 pm »
Yeah, my buddy and I each owe El Cap a clean-up day around the base.

Hoipolloi, was your buddy Steve Schneider? We didn't cross paths with the guys that were on the Trip. I don't think either my buddy or I got a thermarest.

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Re: The big stone in... spring!
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2010, 01:07:17 pm »
Sad turn for this thread...but it needs to be addressed.

The Column was looking like a dump a couple weeks ago. That's odd for this time of year. It was super obvious people were just walking by trash and minding only their own stuff. If everybody just grabs what's lying around it usually offsets the knuckleheads who drop stuff or assume animals won't make a huge mess of a food bag. Seriously, one good walk through would have done it, but everybody seems okay with a bunch of rubbish lying around. I know it's not the b/c, but come the F on.

If personal standards of cleanliness don't motivate you...Land managers know what the source of the base trash is. Don't add to rationale for regulation.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2010, 01:12:15 pm by Mike. »
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Re: The big stone in... spring!
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2010, 03:06:21 pm »
Word. There's PLENTY of regs now.