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Postby Diggler » Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:59 pm

My goal is to be obsessed with climbing-related tattoos.
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Postby rpc » Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:21 pm

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4 years of thinking & obsessing about this chosspile. I'd read & reread the FA article from 1941 (had it memorized pretty much)..always getting that warm feeling in the pit of my stomach...I'd look at it while driving by below on the freeway. Study photos of it. Buy gear for it (not trivial to find a single supplier that will sell you 50+ thin/short knifeblades). I could smell the adventure & the moss. I'd wake up one day & think "what's the big fucking deal?"...but then the next day I'd recall the fatalities & be scared shitless.

Why? I dunno.

Mainly I wanted to see what the fuss was about - I mean, 62 years & <20 ascents while being within spitting distance of Portland & I84. It was the best adventures I've had climbing. Did not disappoint - loved it (esp. when it was done). Nothing has done it for me since.
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Postby rpc » Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:03 pm

Hi Borut - no, there was one older climber who wanted to touch the summit (he's done the research on the climbing history of this thing...guess he too is obsessed with it :) ) so he jugged our fixed ropes
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Postby John Duffield » Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:47 pm

At the age of 19, Steve House was a porter on Nanga Parbat. For the next 15years, he was obsessed with it, until he climbed the previously unclimbed Rupal Face. After that, his life had lost its focus. He seemingly drifts now, in and out of other peoples obsessions.

An objective like that, would seem to require an obsession to "git r done". Otherwise, it's just not going to happen.
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Postby cp0915 » Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:55 pm

rpc wrote:Hi Borut - no, there was one older climber who wanted to touch the summit (he's done the research on the climbing history of this thing...guess he too is obsessed with it :) ) so he jugged our fixed ropes


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Postby Bob Sihler » Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:08 pm

In general, I'm not too interested in roping up to climb mountains-- too lazy to carry and use the gear, prefer to go light and do what my abilities and guts allow-- but this one is an exception.

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Postby John Duffield » Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:41 pm

rpc wrote:Image

4 years of thinking & obsessing about this chosspile. I'd read & reread the FA article from 1941 (had it memorized pretty much)..always getting that warm feeling in the pit of my stomach...I'd look at it while driving by below on the freeway. Study photos of it. Buy gear for it (not trivial to find a single supplier that will sell you 50+ thin/short knifeblades). I could smell the adventure & the moss. I'd wake up one day & think "what's the big fucking deal?"...but then the next day I'd recall the fatalities & be scared shitless.

Why? I dunno.

Mainly I wanted to see what the fuss was about - I mean, 62 years & <20 ascents while being within spitting distance of Portland & I84. It was the best adventures I've had climbing. Did not disappoint - loved it (esp. when it was done). Nothing has done it for me since.


Did I miss something? What is that? I'm getting chills looking at it. Nice clean solid rock makes me feel safe. This loose wet stuff with moss and dirt loaded cracks scares the crap out of me. Get on something and it just starts to slide. Grab at something and it comes away in your hand.
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Postby rhyang » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:01 pm

My obsession is with physical recovery .. getting back as much function as I had before I broke my neck and damaged my spinal cord. I do physical therapy exercises every day, and will probably have to do certain exercises for many years .. don't know.

I know full recovery probably won't happen, but part of the challenge is adapting and working around things that don't work as well as they did before.

I count my lucky stars that I can still walk, hike and climb and that working hard at recovery has yielded results.

Two years ago -

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Today -

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My next goals are leading 5.8 trad and getting back my lead head for ice climbing.
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Postby The Chief » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:09 pm

Hey Rob...

You will be able to get your "lead head for Ice" right over here this season..trust me.
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Postby ksolem » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:14 pm

Rob- seeing those two pictures together like that is nothing less than awesome!

Good job.
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Postby cp0915 » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:20 pm

ksolem wrote:Rob- seeing those two pictures together like that is nothing less than awesome!

Good job.


Indeed. That's awesome, Rob. I'm very happy for you.
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Postby MarthaP » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:24 pm

Goals tend to be looser than obsessions. I have goals to ski the longboard races at Graegle, finish summitting CO's 14ers, ski a trans-Sierra route over Kearsarge Pass (and scramble the Kearsarge Pinnacles), get a bunch more articles and a couple more books published, build the studio Lolli sketched for me, and get to Europe within the year. And that's just for starters.

My obsession? Recently moved from Daniel Day-Lewis to Viggo Mortensen. :lol:
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Postby rpc » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:29 pm

John Duffield wrote:What is that?


St. Peters Dome in Columbia Gorge, OR...."say what??" ...exactly :lol:

http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/401215/St-Peters-Dome.html
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Postby rhyang » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:43 pm

Thanks guys ! Kris, I hope you are doing well these days and looking forward to hanging out with you and the crew some more ..

Rick, a little bird told me that the ice in LVC might be fatter than years past .. :)
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