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June 24, 2004
I headed over to the Echo Roof area with a friend last Friday.
The plan was to climb something like Lady's and Gentlemen or Bulletproof,
then to Echo and on to the big ledge just left of the Echo Roof.
When we got there we noticed a large and very obvious light-brown
of mud and small rocks on the face just right of Bulletproof.
It looked like someone had taken a humongous brush and painted
a stripe down the cliff. What in the world could it be, we wondered?
We decided to do Bulletproof so my partner headed up. When he
got up to the place where the old tree used to be, he called down
that I would simply be amazed by what he was seeing. I kept asking
what he was talking about, but he kept mum. When I got up there
I was just as surprised as he was. Here's what
I saw. Amazingly there was a 6'-8' deep hole
in the rock with a
little bit of water in the bottom. A candy bar wrapper floated
in the water and there were a couple of used pipe-cleaners laying
on the ledge. I personally don't think that there is any way this
was a natural occurrence. The best theory we could come up with
was that a pipe-smoking miner who is also a climber was up there
digging for crystals or the like and just shoveled the dirt from
the old tree hole over the side. There are some quartz crystals
embedded in the rock and perhaps they thought there were more under
the dirt. So where is Sherlock Holmes when you need him?
On another note, while we've had some occasional rain over the
past 5-7 days, overall it's been pretty damn nice. When there's
a little breeze, like on Wednesday, the bugs are actually tolerable.
Days like these and the ones in the fall are why I live here. <grin> I
was out on the Whitehorse slabs with a group from IMCS working
on stuff like knot-passes, belayed rappels and the like all day.
This is what it was like out there at about 2PM Wednesday - a picture-perfect
day... Pretty nice-a, nice-a.
The two old bolts on the second pitch of Children's Crusade have
now been replaced. Both were spinner button
heads. One came out
fairly easily, but the other was much
tougher in spite of its
age and the hanger spinning around. And, yes I know, the holes from
the old bolts are still there - unpatched. Sorry 'bout that!
I didn't have any epoxy to fill them in so I'll have to get back
up there later this summer to take care of it. In the meantime
enjoy the new level of safe-climbing.
Instead of climbing last weekend on Father's Day I opted for doing
the family thing. (Smart move, aye?) We decided to paddle from
Glen down to First Bridge in our new canoe. While taking a short
break on a rocky beach at about halfway I noticed a view of Cathedral
and Whitehorse that I've never seen before. From where I stood
it looked like the two
cliffs were actually one.
You may know Anne Skidmore as one of the folks behind the counter
at IME, but she is quite a bit more. Actually she is a very good
climber and excellent photographer, who won several awards in
this year's Photography special-edition of Climbing Magazine.
This is a great slideshow celebrating women climbers, splitter
cracks, hard granite, and soft sandstone. What more could one
ask for? How about seeing women from the east to the west climbing,
motivating and inspiring one another? Sit back and witness five
strong women from New Hampshire road tripping to Indian Creek
and Yosemite. See clips of women playing on the beautiful boulders
of the Sierra’s, to the mysterious boulder filled forest
of Fontainbleau in France.
For more information contact IME at 603-356-7064. Hope to see
When I was out climbing with IMCS guide Brad White recently, I
set up an anchor with a cordelette around a tree. I'd been mostly
using the old girth-hitch for this kind of thing it for years,
but Brad showed me an AMGA-approved way to do it that's definitely
a lot better. Here are the steps:
1 - Put the cordelette around the tree with the knot at the back.
2 - Tie an overhand in the the cordelette and cinch it against
the tree, making sure to even the two ends of the cordelette.
3 - In the middle of the remaining 2 loops, tie a overhand figure
4 - Clip into both loops.
That's it... Nice, easy, quick and totally bomber. A picture
tells a thousand words ,
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North Conway, New Hampshire
|This is a group of people I used to go walking with. (long pause) That's me on the left. (even longer pause) On the right is the woman I married, Audrey. (very long pause, speaker looks at shoes) Which just goes to show that danger lurks where you least expect it.|
|Don Whillans commenting on a B&W slide showing a group of smiling hikers|