This is pretty funny. A friend of mine just e-mailed this to me, he said he found it on cascade climbers.com
I ‘m not sure which crag it was taken at, but apparantly somewhere in WA. It almost looks like the Basalt down in the lower canyon at Smith Rock. Either way, it’s funny as hell. I especially enjoy the arrow, as if the artist is leaving a shelf for the removed bolts to sit upon, but most likely is refering to the climb above. I suppose it may have some history, who knows, it’s just funny. Actually, let me take that back, it’s really sad that we as a climbing community can’t support and respect each other. On the Path-etic post below, Dave McLoed wrote me a letter telling me that the same issues are going on in Scotland and the rest of U.K. It’s like a war or something. What is the difference between people slinging mud and countries slinging bombs. Besides the obvious fact that people die, it’s such a shame that something as selfish and poitless as climbing still gets people’s panties up in a bunch. I think they just love to hear themselves talk is all. Why not climb instead?
Although the discussion on Gripped is riveting ‘n’ all, and I would not want to disrupt the fun people are having, especially when they spew the same quotes, the same defective facts and the same regurgitating dribble over and over, (that means you too “Jenny” wink, wink) – still, I have many justifiable reasons why the climb was restored and to the discontentment of many I would like to invite anyone who has a question about why I decided to remove the bolts on that particular climb to e-mail me at…
or if that doesn’t work, try…
Here is an un-interesting fact, those bolts were the first bolts I’ve ever chopped in my whole life. It actually felt pretty good, kinda like therapy. At first I didn’t know how to do it properly, I tried cutting them with a hacksaw, under the watchful eyes of Marc Piche and Topher Donahue, but in the end, a hammer works better. Just remove the hanger and washer and then whack the thing up and down until it bends in half, it will usually break right where the metal meets the stone, perfectly flush. Ideally you’d follow up on this with a bit of paint. Actually it was a tad bit scary to see how fast they just sheared in half and I have skinny girl arms, a few years ago my best friend tried to replace a bolt at Metcalf rock and broke it with a simple twist of a wrench. kinda scary.
Well, my coffee is getting cold now and I should probably get off this compoooter before I get a headache. To all those that are getting outside dispite the cold weather, HELL YA, you rule. If anyone is interested in buildering, there is a pretty sick chimney over by the hospital, off Bow Valley Trail – just try not to fall, the face doesn’t like concrete very much.