Love Tahquitz. My favorite routes are" The Vampire" 5.11a and "The Open Book 5.9"
With Tim. Also did -
Jensens Jaunt 5.6 ( 1983 - with my ex wife Chris Hill )
Did this one 3 times. Also -
Frightful Variation of the Trough
The Bat ( 5.7, A2 )
The Vampire (1st aid pitch )
White Maidens Walkaway
I love this route - did it 3 1/2 times! Also did -
The Hoodenett 5.9 - twice ( 8 - 10 - 77 and 9 28 - 80 )
The Consolation 5.9 ( 5 - 16 - 82
The Long Climb 5.7 ( 10 - 15 - 77 )
all were loads of fun!
With 2 guys who never climbed before. Also did -
The North Buttress 5.3
The Error 5.6
Climbed this with my buddy Rik Hafeman. Climbed it again June 25, 1978. I must have liked it!
Fun as I recall. Also did -
5.8 Variation of Toe Bias
El Whampo ( 10 - 16 - 77 )
This was my first experience rock climbing. I was hooked. Nice climb with some good exposure for a newbie.
Fun climb, but too many people on this and nearby routes. Lots of waiting... After the climb we went up the first pitch of Fingertrip, which was also nice. We hung our packs in a tree at the base of the climb and came back to them covered in ants. When all was said and done, though, it was a awesome day. Perfect weather and great company.
Paired up with Dr. John Ewing to prepare for our first Whitney ascent (East Buttress). Short of the exposure on Traitor Horn, the climbing wasn't all that stout as I had anticipated. On the other hand, the second pitch of 'Coffin Nail' had me thinking about it rating....5.4? Other than 'Amphitheater Chute' (backcountry sandbag!) on Michael Minaret, that's one of the hardest 5.4's I've done (an awkward, slopping ramp that wants to initially spit you off into 300 feet of air!)
Did this route with Deb just before snow dumped on Idyllwild the next day. Glad I was able to share the experience with her. May your romance with climbing be always exhilirating. Let the adventures begin....
Here's to Mile High....
Yahoo! This was my first interaction with real rock and the beginning of a love/hate relationship with Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks. And I owe it all to the constant climbing babblings of Dave Daly.
Thanks for the introduction Dave!