jshamster Posted August 1, 2003 Share Posted August 1, 2003 It all started innocently enough... Went out on Wednesday to climb Dreamer with maryk & neversummer. Kinda warm for 10 pitches of mostly slab, but oh well. We met in Darrington around 7:30 am, and proceeded up the wonderfully maintained road to Dreamer trailhead. I have driven this road plenty of times with no problem, but this time the Subaru had a flat tire by the time we parked at the end of the road. No big deal. We'll just go climb and fix tire when we get back. We left the car about 8:30am, and got to the base of Green Giant Butt' at 10am. The rock is hot, but a good breeze is keepin' the air temp managable. I hadn't tried anything quite this big with party of three, but with Reverso & double ropes it seems doable. Neversummer & I swapped leads, with maryk following. The climbing is excellent & sustained & even a little scary at the hollow flakes below Blue Crack. The rope system worked well and definately saved some time. Even so, we topped out around 5:30pm. I always love running up the last pitch and popping out on the knife-edge ridge. Great views. Nice scar from big rockfall on last pitch too. Now time for many rappels. Almost got rope very badly stuck, but got it free without any cutting, whew. Three hours of rappels later we reach the backpacks and start down the slabs. Fun butt sliding down to the trail as the darkness settles in. Oh yeah, we're all pretty thirsty by now, but there is enough water running down the slab waterfalls to slake our thirst. At this point it is turning into a very long day, but everyone is good spirits. The rest of the way down the trail is easy, even though all our feet are burned from hot slab. Now comes the fun. We get back to the car at 11pm ready to change a tire and get on down the road. Unfortunately I undid the lug nuts only to find that the wheel was frozen to the car. Shit!! Never encountered this before. WTF!! We try anything we can to pry wheel off, but to no avail. Now it is 2am and we're out of ideas. Good thing for semi-cold beer & the 420 feelgood. The new plan is to crash out and walk the 11 miles to D-town in the morning for help. Neversummer & maryk get all of my extra clothes and the car to sleep in. I get sleeping bag and ground. No problem, and everyone is taking the whole thing in stride. Oh yeah, freakin' incredible stars!!! Skip to 8am Thursday. Pack up car, lock up & start hoofin' it on down the road. Only about 1/2 mile down the road there is someone sleepin' it the dirt next to his car . Look, it's my buddy boonecounty and his friend from Missouri. They hike back to my car with us with their jack in tow. Manage to put jack against frame of car and wheel and pry the fucker off. My wheel looked as if it had 10 tiny spot welds holding it on the drum!?! Never seen anything like it. Anyway, we are basically saved. Put spare on, drive slowly down to D-town, grab some breakfast at the Burger Barn, and head on home at around 11:30am. All in all a pretty entertaining trip. Seriously owe boonecounty & his buddy many . The end. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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