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  1. Since we're talking about France....I might as well join in.

    Grenoble is an awesome small city. Enough culture and nightlife to make it fun, but like Seattle, close proximity to great climbing.

    La Grave- 2hrs (plus lots of good ice routes between Grenoble and La Grave)

    Chamonix- 2hrs (no explanation needed)

    Presles- 45mins (best multipitch rock climbing north of the Verdon Gorge)


    Plus crags accessible by bus/bike in town.

    Mt Blanc and Grenoble seen from the Vercors plateau


  2. So a while back I was watching dosage IV with some friends and during the part in switzerland, dave graham puts on this knee-bar pad (looked like it had stealth rubber on it) to help hold a sketchy knee bar. right off the bat my friend says that's "fucking cheating" and that if it doesn't hold on his own, he should find another way to do the move. One friend was nice enough to point out that climbing shoes aren't that different and if those rules were to be followed, we should all still be in mountain boots.

    Later though, Tommy Caldwell is getting ready to do the Changing Corners pitch on the Nose, but instead of moving straight into it, he climbs up a crack on he left a ways, clips a bolt, then downclimbs and does the crux move on TR. Now, that same friend yells "climbing up easier ground to clip that bolt is cheating".

    So i'm just wondering where folks stand. not necessarily on thses 2 points, but in climbing in general. what constitutes cheating (aside from the obvious things like pulling on gear and claiming a free send)?

    and yes dru, we all know that cheating is aid and the one cheating is probly the one having the most fun.

  3. well, it's not climbing related, so spray seemed the best place to put it.

    also, im not trying to build a "spraysume", but pass on some of the funny french crap i find. i know there are a lot of folks on this board who (claim to) speak french, for whom some of these vids i post could be funny.

    now va te faire enculer, connard.

  4. Driving west on 45th, just before crossing under 99, someone's roadside rockery reads the tag "BEAR SNATCH". Can't help but laugh every time I see it.

    there was one of these on 45th and densmore on the wells fargo building. only, it was right above a bench, so the first time i saw it, there were 2 little old ladies sitting there with a giant bear on its hind legs behind them and those words tagged next to it all.

  5. I spent New Years Eve 2000 at the grasslands and it was packed, and snow was on the ground. It felt like a big shake down street. Random climbers and camper roaming around, everyone being nice and friendly sharing there weed…..uh ….I mean beer with each other. I will never forget that night.

    I'm surprised you remeber it! :toad:

    I've only stayed at skull hollow and it's been fine, but i've heard that when wind picks up, the bivy stays relatively calm, could be a major bonus when cooking.

  6. Oh, and Fred on Air, down by Phoenix at Smith. I've been up the damn thing 2 or 3 times, and always slip at the bottom crux. It's a boulder problem, followed by slightly runnout face climbing, on obnoxiously sharp holds. I just never enjoyed any aspect of climbing it, so I stopped :)

    i really don't like routes like that. reminds me of overboard (aka overbored) on morning glory wall or bust the move at 32.

    i much prefer endurance challenges.

  7. My friend had his Kona CinderCone stolen from outside the UW gym yesterday. If anyone happens to see one pop up on craigslist or around Seattle in the next few weeks, please let me know.

    Thanks in advance, if anyone comes across the bike they will be rewarded with :brew::brew::brew:

  8. do federal porn regulations cover hand holding?

    Only that the age of the holder and holdee are clearly stated pre and post holding.

    what sorry sucker has to do that?

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