West Face of Gibraltar Rock Comments
[ Post a Comment ]
|Thank you for putting up some good info. How about some more.|
|Posted Feb 11, 2009 11:12 pm|
Believe me, I'm trying.
Working on another page on the South Face, and The Nose-an overhanging crack- of Gibraltar now.
|Posted Feb 11, 2009 11:22 pm|
|Marcsoltan||Re: Great rock!|
|hahaha...LOL Borut. You suggest that may be I could make a million on that rock. Tell you what, if you figure out how to make a million on that rock, let me know and I'll split the million with you.|
Well, as far the one photo that I was asking "No need to vote" I had already used that photo before, and for my page I cropped it a bit to show more of the rock and less of the brush.
As for my friend Van's photo without leg loops, he just doesn't like them, and I'm sure he would not have come out of the harness had he fallen. In fact, long before the invention of harnesses, with leg loops and padding and every kind of comfort, I used to tie directly tie into the climbing rope.
That tells you something about my age, but it also tells you something about how long I've been messing around on the rocks.
I just remembered a little story that I like to share with you.
My very first harness with leg loops was a Chiounard harness with a 2 inch nylon webbing waistband, and one inch webbing for legloops. One crazy night I got together with three buddies
and climbed up a highway bridge over a gorge. We tied our climbing ropes to underneath of the bridge and took turns to jump 150 feet into the gaping mouth of darkness. We knew we would not hit the bottom. After the jump, the other three would just pull you back up. No, Van wasn't there, but two who were there are the ones you see on my TR "Late Season Fools on Liberty Ridge."
Go figure, 2 inch webbing for the waist, and 11 mm dynamic climbing rope to jump with. Dick jumped too but he was balck and blue around the waist for a couple weeks. I was, let me see,
40ish. Trust me, I promissed to never do it again, and I haven't.
|Posted Feb 12, 2009 6:50 pm|
|Bubba Suess||Good Stuff|
|You might attach this to your Gibraltar Rock page.|
|Posted Feb 13, 2009 4:53 pm|
|Marcsoltan||Re: Good Stuff|
|Thank you, I totally forgot. It will be done.|
Thanks for the visit and the comment,
|Posted Feb 13, 2009 5:03 pm|
|brutus of wyde||GREAT!!!|
|Thanks, this really brings back memories of the late '70s when I was living in Santa Barbara, teaching gymnastics at City College, and climbing locally. |
Leading T-crack was one of my best accomplishments of that period, a time when I refined the concept (for myself) of leading with a skeleton rack, racked exactly in the order the pieces were to be used.
One of the few climbs where I racked a #7 Forrest Titon for the perfect protection, at the top of the T.
|Posted Feb 16, 2009 1:12 pm|
|You lead T-crack with that horrible, unprotected mantle? I am short and always had a hard time reaching the short ceiling after the mantle. That move, originally rated at 5.8 was harder that any 5.11s I've ever done. I have seen friends solo T-crack, and The Nose, but never seen any of them do the mantle solo.|
By the way, I called the Forest Service and found out that the rules have changed, and you do not need a pass to park along Gibraltar Rd. I have already corrected the information in my page. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.
|Posted Feb 19, 2009 6:55 pm|
|brutus of wyde||Re: GREAT!!!|
|Tha mantle wasn't bad, pro at your feet (toe-level, literally) when you start, and of course I didn't on-sight it.|
As I said, I was teaching gymnastics at the time, and was in really good shape, upper body-wise.
Good news about the parking pass thing. Glad to help!
|Posted Feb 19, 2009 9:29 pm|
|happy to see a santa barbara page on the front page!|
|Posted Feb 19, 2009 11:45 am|
|Marcsoltan||Re: front page|
|Thank you erykmynn. I think it was about time too. I have several more pages on Santa Barbara climbing in the pipeline.|
|Posted Feb 19, 2009 1:16 pm|