Jul07 Graham Crackers - fun, easy lead on a beautiful mid-week day.
So many routes, so many years......
few years ago now, but enjoyed climbing here until, on the last route, I fell down some 5.9 chimney and tore my shoulder muscles (no guide at the time so not sure what route this was). tried climbing in J tree after this, but didn't go well. did find that I could ice climb so we salvaged the road trip by staying in lee vining and climbing !
Took climbers trail to the top. Great views and the air was crisp, a nice break from the valleys.
Nice hike up Deer Creek trail......
Been climbing here for a few years. Good stuff.
I went to high school in Idyllwild from the fall of 1983 until May of 1985. I chose rock climbing for my Phys Ed class. When there wasn't snow we were up there climbing. My first climb ever was Surprise 5.8. First lead, Graham Crackers 5.6, which was no problem. I then led Surprise, which was scary because of the runout. My favorite routes were Flower of High Rank (of course!), Serpentine, The Fiend, Ten Karat Gold, and Cheap Day Return. I climbed there frequently until 1988. I've gone back a few times to see how big the tree in the crack of Flower of High Rank is getting!
I just read Steve Larson's description of his first climb on Suicide with D.Lauria on Root Canal. Bob Lindgren took me and Bill Bragg on the same route in the mid 70s. It was my first time on Suicide as well and his intent was very similar. Have one of us get stuck in it. Bill did and Bob loved every minute of it. This must have been something that the 60s climbers enjoyed. I was not discouraged either, I kind of liked the route.Since that time, I have climbed many routes and visited countless times. Lately, Penelope and I visit about once a week since the approach is less than 10 minutes from our house.
Only fond memories of this wonderful old crag. Favorites: The Flower / Wet Dreams Exit, Etude, Hair Lip, Seasons End, Rebolting, Ten Karat Gold, Insomnia, New Generation, Valhalla, Sundance, and others.
Great day of cimbing and great route done with my friend Thomas. Also climbed a wet Delila on this day which turned into a bit of an epic.
Climbed many routes at Suicide back in my good'ol climbing days
The evil Don Lauria lead his newbie wards up Root Canal and chuckled as they thrashed on the exit moves. I wasn't discouraged, though.
My all-time favorite at Suicide is Serpentine (5.9).
There's a first time for everything! In this case, it was my first climbing session at Suicide. Aside from the heat and annoying bugs, I had a wonderful and memorable time with my beautiful partner Deb. TR'd 'Decapitation' and climbed 'Peer Pressure' in honor of The Lord Mayor Of Partytown. More adventures to continue on The Deb And Dave Show.....
Climbed a few routes on this face (5.7 - 5.9) but didn't have a book so I'm not sure of the names.
We climbed the 2-pitch Graham Crackers route as a team of 3. We started late and hence we topped out a few minutes before sunset. Some pictures here.
Forest Lawn was a fun overhanging A2!
Climbed ( in 1981 ) -
Surprise 5.8, and 5.9 variation
Revelation 5.10, and 5.10+ variation another time
Serpentine 5.9 ( twice )
Goliath 5.7 ( sucks )
The Escalator 5.6
Flake Out 5.7
Also climbed ( in 1982 ) -
The Fiend 5.9
Mickey Mantle 5.8
The Breeze was a nice 5.7.
Also did -
Graham Crackers ( 1978 - with students and friends )
Tabby Treat 5.1 ( with climbing class students from Backpacker Exchange - Glendale )
Led Insomnia when it was still an A3 aid climb.
I've also climbed -
Short Story 5.6
Spring Cleaning 5.6 ( 6 times )
Minor 5.1 ( 3rd class ), taught climbing classes on it for Backpacker Exchange, Glendale.
The Drain Pipe 5.7, A1, with the A3 variation
The First Pitch 5.7+
The Pirate ( when it was 5.8 A2 )
Captain Hook 5.7
The Hernia 5.7
The Plague 5.7
The Shadow 5.7
Etude ( twice, when it was 5.5 A2 )
This was my first Trad lead under the watchful eye of my First Sergeant buddy...Thanks Deb!