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Uhm...yeah...those must be some highball problems you're doing if people are using the ropey ropes on them. Either way, I understand your plight, and perhaps you could throw some potatos at them or something.


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That made me laugh.(hee,hee,hee)


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That's a major problem on my favorite traverse. It goes around two prominent spires in the Garden of the Gods, and sits right in the middle of the sidewalk, so anytime you climb there, you're a spectacle for the gapers (tourists).

Problem is the routes on the spires are so easy that they see constant action by newer climbers who are not as considerate or understanding to the boulderers on it. Like you Beer, I rarely have a major problem with it, just ask that they let me boulder through once the climber's up a good ways.

Mick


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What, no potatoes ???

Dammit!
rrrADAM


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Nah, my partner always scarfs 'em before we can encounter some of the said climbers.


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I dont know many people that carry grease and also a deep fryer to the crag. But hey, maybe I'm just hanging out with the wrong crowd.


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My chick and I were climbing out in Utah at 'Wall Street' aka 'Potash Road' where you can belay from your car, my kind of approach.

Anyway, while these people were waiting on Karen to finish '30 Seconds Over Potash' they were cooking GREAT Tator-Tots. Karen and I had ketchup on ours, they were generous.

I love climbers, just not crowds. I see the weekend warriors at J-Tree w/ their shiny new draws and rope looking for what few bolted climbs there are comparatively.


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Mmmmmmm, potatoes !!!


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Sep 29, 2001, 10:52 PM
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I live in Idaho and I'm sick of potatoes. They are so yucky!!


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BAH!!!

OUT WITH THE POTATO HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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First time I went to Garden of the Gods I scheduled it for a sunday and was unaware of the "situation" there. I was more than amazed at the number of climbers out there. At least you meet nice people!


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What's wrong with shiny draws and crisp, new rope? Maybe they're Himalayan Hardmen who lost all their gear in a midnight hurricane/blizzard-tossed escape from Cerro Torre (I know it's not in the Himalaya, but those guys climb in Patagonia occasionally too) and on the way down (downclimbing, obviously- rappelling is for the weak) one of them said "Hey, why don't we try sprot climbing next weekend?"
"You mean SPORT climbing?"
"Either one. We can use the money from the lost city of Eldorado that we stumbled upon last week while trekking in the Andes to buy some shiny new gear, seeing as we left our packs up there. I'll borrow my brother's SUX"
"You mean SUV?"
"Either one."
"OK. Sounds good."


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Good reply. Very witty.


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I know exactly which traverse you're talking about at Garden of the Gods!! Its a fantastic problem! I never had too much trouble with the people climbing there because they were all either on "potholes" or they were on the ridge route on the other spire. Because the boulder problem is so long, you can just work the sections in between the routes when people are on them.


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Right on Munckee, just did 7 continuous laps on that very traverse today. Partner had to bail on me, so got an incredible pump on that traverse. It took me 3 months of intensive training to link the entire traverse to be able to do a full 360-degree lap, now I'm knocking back several at a time.

Do you climb out there alot, I'm there nearly everyday, I've probably seen you. There were some newer climbers hogging potholes all day, but they were really cool and let me boulder through every time. That's the worst spot to encounter some jerk climbers as you're just finishing up the second, tougher, crux and burning so bad.

I'll see you out there.
Mick


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Unfortunately, no I'm not at The Garden very often. I am from texas and I live in St. Louis 9 months out of the year for college. My brother and I took a 3 week road trip to CO this past summer and spent about a week of it at the Garden. That traverse made for a ton of entertainment, although neither of us ever linked the whole thing. I made it to the big underclingly flake about 8ft left of potholes. I was having trouble linking the moves from potholes on. You get to the decent ledge system which provides a good rest, but I was having a tough time on the reachy stuff. Hopefully I'll be taking a 2 month road trip this summer; maybe we'll stop by again.


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