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  1. I am selling an Arcteryx RT45 bought new in 2008 ($200). It has been used once for cragging by my wife. Excellent condition. I am also selling an Alpine Bivy (2008) ($175) used only 4 times. Excellent condition. Message me if you are interested. (Shipping costs not included) Oscar
  2. Thanks guys. Yeah, the route was sandbag for sure. geoff, sorry to hear about your partners. Sucks that you had to go through that.
  3. Trip: Zion National Park, Mountain of the Sun - Eye Shadow Date: 10/18/2009 Trip Report: (The trip occurred in 2008, but the website didn't let me choose 2008, so I had to leave it as 2009) The Obscurists Obscurist: A climber who climbs less traveled climbs. Well at least that is my overall definition of what is an obscurest climber. On October 18th thru the 22nd, Robert (fenderfour), Nate (madeinmontana) and I (Oscar) attempted a route on Zion National Park on the Mountain of the Sun. The name of the route is Eye Shadow, Grade VI 5.9R A2+ 16 pitches. This is a short description of how we worked on the route, the problems that we faced and our eventual retreat. For most of the summer I had wanted to do a big wall. However, I had been very busy with work and had been lazy with my planning. Towards the end of the summer, I finally decided that it was time to try my first big wall. My experience with big wall climbing was very limited. I had never hauled a bag up a wall, had done very little aid climbing and really had no concept for how difficult it was going to be. However, I believe that if a problem is too big, I need to throw myself into it and solve it as I go. Thats how most of my climbs go. I emailed fenderfour and immediately got a reply: "Yes!" Then I emailed Nate, and after several weeks Robert, Nate and I were throwing together a plan. First, we had to decide where. Yosemite offered good opportunities, but we were unsure what the weather would hold so late in the year. Instead we decided to go toward the stable weather of Zion National Park. We chose the easiest Grade VI in the Select Climbs of Utah. We figure that if it was in the book, it was a good route. We drove for a day and a half from Seattle to Zion and we arrived on Sunday afternoon to a spectacular view of the park. Our objective was the following mountain: The route goes up the main headwall The first thing that we needed to do was to register with the park, and find as much beta about our route as possible. The park ranger asked us what we were going to climb and we told him "Eye Shadow." He looked at us quizzically and replied that he had never heard of it. We told him it was on Mountain of the Sun and asked if we could see the folder which contained years of accumulated beta for climbs in the park. He asked us if we were obscurists to which we replied, "No." That was amusing. I do not consider myself an obscurist but I do find something very enjoyable about doing something not too many people have done. It feels original. In any case, the ranger gave us his blessing and off we went to start packing for the next day. It was a little disturbing to see how much water, food and climbing gear we had. We had enough gear for 3 people to live on the mountain for 4 days. The bags were very heavy. The route climbs on the right side of the headwall and traverses to the left. Our strategy involved climbing the first 4 technical pitches including a traverse and drop ropes to begin hauling the bags. On Monday Nate and I climbed the first 4 pitches of the route. Nate had the privilege to climb the 4th class scramble to the start of our crack corner system. I took the second 5.9 C1 pitch. Then we swapped leads and Nate took on the 5.8 C1 pitch. The book topo indicated that were only two rappels necessary to reach the ground from the top of pitch 4. At the top of pitch 3, Nate and I heard Robert yelling from the base of the climb. He had gone back to the ranger station in the morning after sherpa-ing the haul bags to the base (great effort Robert!) and found some more beta showing three sets of rappels, not two. Nate rapped down, retrieved a third rope and jugged back up to the top of 3. Finally I did the 5.7 traverse that put us above the bags. Pitch 1/2 : 4th class, We lead up to the bottom of the offwidth/chimney. Pitch 2: 5.9 C1 Pitch 3: 5.8 C1 Pitch 4: 5.7 Traverse Aiding the chimney/ offwidth. Doing the traverse….(see the small dot stepping across? AIRY!) 5.7 my ass, especially with crumbly rock Nate jumaring up the ropes after getting the much needed third rope... Once we did the traverse, we soon realized that we were about 160+ meters above the bags that we had to haul up the wall. We rapped down from the top of 4 to a set of anchors on the face and set up the next rappel. After Nate rapped another full rope length he couldn't find that 3rd mysterious set of anchors so instead he tied the remaining two ropes together and got to the ground. Robert jumared up the two ropes to the first set of anchors and Robert and I had a go at hauling the bags. The bags were too heavy to haul all at once and it was late in the day so we left the ropes hanging and the bags at the base of the headwall. The next day I jugged up the first two (tied together) ropes and started hauling 1/2 of our gear. That had to be the hardest workout I've had had on a long time. It took a looooong time. After hauling the initial set of bags, Nate and Robert jumared up the two rope lengths to the first anchor. Nate hauled the other 1/2 of the gear while Robert jumared up the next rope and started hauling at the top of 4. In any case we managed to get to the top of our last rope by 4pm ish. Yikes. Robert took the next lead. It was a llllooonnnggg 5.9 A1 pitch which Robert did an awesome job at sending. Pitch 5 5.9 A1. View from the hauling station. Yeah, it was darn hard to haul those bags.!!!!!!!! Robert Leading pitch 5 5.9 A1. Unfortunately nightfall came and we found ourselves jumaring/hauling up the rest of the bags during the night. After setting up the bags on a big ledge we found, we unpacked our bivy gear, ate, talked, joked and finally went to sleep. We discussed what we were going to do the next day given the conditions that we had found on the route. During the day, 2 out of 3 of our ropes had somehow received some bad core shots, and we were already late on our original schedule. Nate and I bivied here while Robert slept in a cave. Robert’s cave….. One of our core shots….. The next morning we decided to bail off the route. We didn't feel like we could risk damaging our last good rope. Doing that would really complicate climbing and retreat. It took us the better part of the day to come down. Robert rapped all the way down, guiding the bags, while Nate and I rapped down a different way in order to recover the ropes that we had set up. Our climbing gear………. FU Mountain of the Sun, maybe next time….. We sure hope that this TR is of benefit to other people trying that route. Even though we are newbies to the big wall experience, we know that that route has chossy rock, lots of drag when hauling a bag and it is NOT a trade route. We believe there haven't been too many ascents of that route. Cheers, keep climbing…… Oscar Gear Notes: Standard big wall gear. Since there are a lot of offwidths and chimmeneys, big gear is recommended. I had a number 6 which I lost since it was stuck in a crack. O well, live and learn. Approach Notes: I don't remember. It is a short hike (30 minutes). But every single plant will attack you bruise you and tell you who is the boss.
  4. [TR] Colchuck Balanced Rock - West Face 8/2/2008

    Wow. I have to agree. I have done the Prusik chimney and it was easier to get established on that thing than it was for CBR. Getting into the chimney was really hard. But just my opinion
  5. Mount Buckner Conditions

    Thanks guys!!! I don't think I will have high tolerance for rock fall anytime soon.
  6. Mount Buckner Conditions

    Anyone has beta about Mount Buckner right now? How is the North face holding right now? Any help pleaseeee....
  7. [TR] Colchuck Balanced Rock - West Face 8/2/2008

    Cool TR . Although just a quick fact check, I did french free the wet part of the 5.11a. The other thing is the offwidth/chimmeney pitch was done by french freeing certain sections. And I don't remember driving off the road while watching the video. I will agree that the video is very stupid, I consider it being something like Borat except take the foreign aspect away from it. Although the knock knock did cheer me up on the last pitch of the route.
  8. atlanta and dallas

    If you end up going to Dallas and maybe Austin, there is some sport climbing (limestone) near downtown. It is pretty cool as a side trip and to visit Austin. http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/North_America/United_States/Texas/South_Central_Texas/Barton_Creek_Greenbelt/
  9. Stuart WR - conditions?

    Anyone knows what are the conditions on the Cascadian Couloir? Plenty of snow??
  10. [TR] Mount Rainier - Liberty Ridge 5/12/2008

    impressive. Way to stick to it. Glad you guys were not hurt.
  11. The brothers (Olympics)

    Anyone been up to the brothers yet? Any special conditions? access? Any help would be appreciated.
  12. [TR] Washington Pass - 5/10/2008

    Thanks to fenderfour the ratio of puke vs. snow just went from 75% to 50%. The ratio of bananas in pictures went from 25% to 16%. And the ratio of skiing went from 0% to 16%. Hadn't seen a TR like this in a loooooong time.
  13. I don't think the panties are still anymore. Just like a rope, they can only last so long.
  14. Impressive climb guys. Way to go!!! That must have been really tiring. How was snowboarding down the road. I have snowboarded down that road and it sucked, it is not steep enough for the top half.
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