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Re: The stupid things I did before I knew better...

Postby SeanReedy » Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:55 am

I regularly carried a hammer in case my bat broke. I figured it would be more fun than using my bare hands.

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Re: The stupid things I did before I knew better...

Postby JJBrunner » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:29 am

I have way to many things that come to mind...Can't bring myself to type them up. Great thread idea though! Fortunately now, for the most part, I know better!
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Re: The stupid things I did before I knew better...

Postby Marmaduke » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:38 am

Not bringing DEET or ??? to the Desolation Wilderness in late July. I learned that if walk real fast/run, the squitos don't keep up with you.
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Postby CClaude » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:13 pm

tigerlilly wrote:My husband once climbed Gannett Peak with a license plate strapped to his backpack.

He also likes to carry large cans of Dinty Moore beef stew. Once, he forgot to bring the can opener.

I hiked Mt.Washington in NH, in February, wearing a tennis warm up suit. (pink).

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Years ago I went to do a technical route in the Cascades, but we got onto the mountain and the night we were going to climb it was a total tropics so we just decided to bag the summit via the normal route. Good thing since I stashed a car jack in my partners pack. Man was he hurting when we got back to the trailhead. I even felt bad, even though I laughed my #$$ off when he found it in the bottom. Hey, you never know when you are going to need one.
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Re: The stupid things I did before I knew better...

Postby bluffview » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:14 pm

Sylvania Wilderness, first weekend in August=hot. 3 liters of water for 2 people. Lake(s) full of water but no stove or pot to boil over a fire. Sat on the shore in the evening watching some guys fishing and swore we could see them drinking beer even though they weren't supposed to have aluminum cans. Didn't risk drinking straight from the lake because I've seen it with a green layer on it from some kind of algae bloom. Got back to the boat landing Sunday morning where there was a well, drank close to a gallon. My next camping purchase was a water filter.
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Postby fredzurensick » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:56 pm

Marmaduke wrote:I hiked Mount Hood with a backapck filled with 6 Coronas (bottles), 6 cans of Coors, 2 bottles of wine, 6 cans of soda, 4 botlles of water, one pound of salami, one pound of cheese and 7 pounds of ice to keep it all chilled. Why did I bring the water and the sodas?


Just out of curiousity, were you solo that day? :lol:
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Re: The stupid things I did before I knew better...

Postby MBFN » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:52 pm

My firts real mountaineering trip was Mt. Olympus in the Olympic mountains. I climbed with my brother and one of his friends. We were smart enough to pick up axes and crampons but really didn't think about clothes. We summited in shorts and t-shirts and I didn't even have a jacket or a beenie with me. We all got nice looking burns on our legs between the gaters and our shorts which we later referred to as barber poll burns.
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Re: Re:

Postby Vitaliy M. » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:35 pm

fredzurensick wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:I hiked Mount Hood with a backapck filled with 6 Coronas (bottles), 6 cans of Coors, 2 bottles of wine, 6 cans of soda, 4 botlles of water, one pound of salami, one pound of cheese and 7 pounds of ice to keep it all chilled. Why did I bring the water and the sodas?


Just out of curiousity, were you solo that day? :lol:


He was on Mt. Hood in Bay Area, not in Oregon. Which is not dumb at all to bring that. When I go on local hills I bring healthy fresh food. WTF is the point of eating GU on a little hike! When I do our bay area peaks I pack 5-6 gallons of water up, for training, NOT because I need it.
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Re: Re:

Postby Marmaduke » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:43 pm

fredzurensick wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:I hiked Mount Hood with a backapck filled with 6 Coronas (bottles), 6 cans of Coors, 2 bottles of wine, 6 cans of soda, 4 botlles of water, one pound of salami, one pound of cheese and 7 pounds of ice to keep it all chilled. Why did I bring the water and the sodas?


Just out of curiousity, were you solo that day? :lol:


No, I had my dog and my 16 year old son. :wink:
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Postby Marmaduke » Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:01 pm

Vitaliy M. wrote:
fredzurensick wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:I hiked Mount Hood with a backapck filled with 6 Coronas (bottles), 6 cans of Coors, 2 bottles of wine, 6 cans of soda, 4 botlles of water, one pound of salami, one pound of cheese and 7 pounds of ice to keep it all chilled. Why did I bring the water and the sodas?


Just out of curiousity, were you solo that day? :lol:


He was on Mt. Hood in Bay Area, not in Oregon. Which is not dumb at all to bring that. When I go on local hills I bring healthy fresh food. WTF is the point of eating GU on a little hike! When I do our bay area peaks I pack 5-6 gallons of water up, for training, NOT because I need it.


I like the way you think Vitaliy, a 12 pack of beer and 2 bottles of wine is "healthy fresh food".
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Re: The stupid things I did before I knew better...

Postby Vitaliy M. » Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:14 pm

Yes, better than GU
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Re: The stupid things I did before I knew better...

Postby aran » Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:13 pm

Twoshuzz... yikes!

In high school I went climbing in the Valley in late winter, packed up all our gear, food, everything and when we got there I realized I hadn't brought any shoes other than my rock shoes. :( I had hoped in the car in wool socks and that's all I had. I strapped plastic bags to my feet and my buddy had to carry me through the heavier snow and place me on the rock. From there we were golden!
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Re: The stupid things I did before I knew better...

Postby fatdad » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:39 pm

Geez, too many to list, though a couple spring to mind:

1. Rapping off a single, sideways placed stopper.
2. Setting up a hanging belay off a single, rusty bolt.
Keep in mind the two above were done when I was 14.

3. Not bringing enough gear on Sacherer Cracker (.10a) in the Valley, so I balance myself at a stance with no gear, untie from the rope and lower it to my partner, who raps off a belay ledge 40' up, runs to our packs on the ground, clips in some bigger gear, climbs back to the belay ledge, while I hand over hand the gear back up, tie back in and start leading again. (OK, I was only 16 then).

4. On sight soloing a multipitch route without a typo, thinking the route would be obvious. Did that TWICE, on Snake Dike and E. Face of Whitney. Sadly, when I did both of those, I definitely knew better.
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