6-Feb-2005, Lee Vining...

6-Feb-2005, Lee Vining...

6-Feb-2005, Lee Vining Canyon: Me seconding my first-ever pitch of WI4, cleaning screws and starting to suffer (could have sworn my heels were lower :) while K. Chaltikian belays from bolts. From there he traversed left, placing rock gear, then led the flow in the upper left corner. After topping out we came back and did some toproping practice a little to the right. Pic courtesy of J. Jameson.
on Mar 28, 2005 3:34 pm
Image Type(s): Ice Climbing
Image ID: 97550


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Dragger - Mar 28, 2005 4:31 pm - Hasn't voted


Lookin' good! I have that same problem with bending my knees too much -- I was amazed when I saw the pictures. My knees were too bent in every single picture! :^P Anyway, you look like a pro.


rhyang - Mar 28, 2005 4:46 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Sweet!

Thanks for the kind words Carolyn. I look like a gumby in this pic - knees bent, heels up, complete with huge frickin' pack for a climb of less than two pitches ... there must be some mistake dammit :)

david  stewart

david stewart - Nov 19, 2006 3:36 am - Hasn't voted


How long does it take you to climb something like that?


rhyang - Nov 20, 2006 6:48 am - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

That particular wall is about a pitch and a half. With that partner we probably knock it out in 60-90 minutes (he leads and I follow ... slowly).


pcirani@tiscali.it - Mar 22, 2007 11:25 pm - Voted 10/10


good one! Cheers! Paolo


rhyang - Mar 22, 2007 11:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Terrific!

Thanks Paolo. Looking at this pic, it's hard for me to believe I just led my first WI4 pitch a week ago. Well, I'm convinced it was only WI3+ :)

Ice Man Jerry Van

Ice Man Jerry Van - Jun 6, 2007 10:51 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Terrific!

I have only made it there once in my travels to Calif. I could not find anybody to climb with so I soloed it it was on my way back to Colo. from a job I did in Fresno. By the way how did you bang your ankle up.


rhyang - Jun 6, 2007 11:08 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Terrific!

Thanks for stopping by !

Regarding my foot: carelessness & stupidity - some more info here.

Patrick B

Patrick B - May 18, 2008 8:10 pm - Hasn't voted


Amazing shot. Looks like fun!

Patrick B.

Big Benn

Big Benn - Apr 22, 2009 5:42 pm - Voted 10/10


So wonderful. Words fail me.


rhyang - Apr 23, 2009 9:33 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Fabulous

Thanks for the vote Bryan. Four years later, here I am on this same pitch -

Big Benn

Big Benn - Apr 23, 2009 1:59 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Fabulous

Just as good. Don't think my vertigo would let me even stand at the bottom of that cliff and look up at it, let alone anything else!


rhyang - Apr 23, 2009 3:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Fabulous

It's something you get used to over time. People who have a 'fear of heights' often can learn how to channel that fear when climbing.. it's natural to be scared at first.

Sometimes when I take time off climbing, and then come back to it, I get a little scared. Probably if I climbed a lot more I would be a much bolder and stronger climber.

Never say never :)


SKI - Mar 10, 2010 5:58 pm - Voted 10/10

Oh man, that Ice looks


Great picture dude, props on your leads! Ice isn't easy at all. I personally grip my damn tools too hard!


rhyang - Mar 11, 2010 11:09 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Oh man, that Ice looks

Thanks dude.

I like to wear thin gloves while climbing and shake out periodically -- thicker gloves tend to make me overgrip. When not climbing I put my climbing gloves inside my belay jacket to keep them warm and belay in mittens.

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