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Comments by michael (93)


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Woohoo! An absolute classic!

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Right on. Great climb, great climb!

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Warren definitely has an eye for taking great action photos. It's great to see him get the recognition he deserves. Of course the truth is that he was waiting for me to fly off and cash in some frequent flyer miles!

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Probably the best true crack out at Joshua Tree, and Ronnie's expression says it all!

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The more I look at this, the more I want to be there. Amazing shot.

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Awesome - Having gone through an off-width fetish last year I'm still drooling at the prospect of getting on that piece of work. Thanks for the up close look!

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Great shot. Finally a shot that shows what trad is about!

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Awesome climbing! Still can't believe the way you dyno that pocket - keep up the good work brotha man!

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Rope in action, Belayer intent, spotter to catch the nugget if you blow the clip attached to a spinner bolt - damn that photographer is good - lol! Awesome as always brother!

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Everyone chant - PULL PULL PULL PULL!

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Awesome climb - awesome shot - gets a 10 from me! However, not to argue, but I have two questions, where's the rest of the gear for the climb (I only see quickdraws and I don't remember there being bolts for the rest of the climb), and why is he wearing shorts with no shirt for the rest of the off-width? Did he finish the climb without any scrapes or placing any more gear? If so, you got some big ones!

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Prana, no smoke blowing from the engine, doubled up crash pads - sheesh - methinks the adam of old has disappeared forever!

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A shame that the shot doesn't show exactly how committing that move is. He's at least two windmills off the deck and standing on nothing. Been there, never want to do it again! Great shot! Great climb!

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Definitely a lot of fun!

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It went, but the left undercling was crumbling, so the latest variant is definitely harder.

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Yup! Signed sealed, delivered!

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Nice joke JM! And yes there is some easier stuff, but you have to look around. The rain and complete ethics regarding tools and such make it difficult to find the stuff. For those interested, this problem is also in quicktime format at www.megalithusa.com

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Actually, I never use photoshop. It's either a good shot or it's not. I still have the negs if you want a copy. See you next week.

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Comments here should be about the photo. Take the arguments to the forum.

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Nothing like solid gear!

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Wow, I definitely need to slow down on the ice cream, because I am wearing a g-string :p

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Finally got the send, but only because I knew Adam would be coming back to spot me if I didn't get it!

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Woohoo!

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So there's a new route? I'm going to have to go back hehe. Nice job Art!

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Cig was on the ground, two more puffs and he got the thing like it was a warm-up.

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Woohoo - hope she falls so we can "catch" her :)

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No smoke?

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Great climb! Nice job - and great to see you used the right beta - i.e. rope drag....

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Gotta love eppi!

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Looks like the backside of bvb based on "Life in Lodge..." http://www.rockclimbing.com/photos.php?Action=Show&PhotoID=11996. But hey, I guess bvb and Jocelyn (spelling?) were into hair dye and perms back in the day (bouncing back and forth between blonde and dark hair, curly and straight more than Jose Eber).

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I was never a "stonemaster" but I did have to lead this one in Vertical Classics and led "Insomnia" with only nuts for protection. Made the knees quiver!

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Last November I finally got the slab on the left side that finishes where the notch is at the top. 11+ (V3/4?). Definitely had a bit of Elvis Legs when I got there. Going back to work "So High" next year (begins just right of the climber and goes straight up a "crack" to an open handed flare crux abou 20+ feet off the deck.

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It's a total sucker bet that I'm going to whine (5.4-5.13, I whine with the best - sounding like a cross between a puppy whimper and a young girl crying). My favorite part was the massive group of Koreans learning how to rappel behind us. They clapped at every little thing until I started climbing/whining. Suddenly there was silence, then a few moments after I got the 11b part clean, I blew out of the upper 5.10 section (f'in hand-jams!) and took a 10 footer. I noticed the class left shortly after....

Gonna' be a fun summer if that was the start of it :)

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Wow, the rock looks so huge and stout - oh wait - Short people got, no reason....

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Feet on nothing, blindly-placed piece guaranteed to swing me into the rock if it even holds, but at least it was muggy out!

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It's 13a from beginning to end, with no aid moves needed. Speaking of aiding - what is up with the iron kilt? Looks like he's about to tackle The Nose :) Nice pic!

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Nice job you little Eastwood wannabe :)

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No photoshop, no special equipment, just basic SLR and the most perfect setting to take photos. Like most climbing photos, the composition and stuff take second place to being in the right position at the right time.

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It's all just so sad. I can't believe that something broke there. Maybe if you lay off the beer you'll stop tearing everything off the wall.

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Four guys, one naked, standing and leaning on a phallic symbol - West Hollywood Represent!

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Must have forgotten the cigs

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Note the fact the wind is blowing my hair perfectly, while Monkey boy climbs. Go monkey boy, go!

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It looks like something I dreamed about once. Let me think.... long, mushroom head.... ;) Nice shot!

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Very nice. Almost makes me want to get on the thing :)

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Nice shoes :) So was this a highball?

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The rope is in case his calcium-depleted bones can't handle the fall.

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Years ago I got stuck in Kansas for a wedding. The folks heard I liked to climb and sent me out to several "rocks". The one above looks like one of them. Yup, it was climbed. And the downclimb was a mofo. Basically dropped down low and fell to the ground before I could get under the roof if this is the same rock.

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Nice to see this picture from another angle. Definitely brings back memories of topping it out in the "old" days. Really nice shot!

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Nice shot, I like the draws, they show more of the perspective.

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This is the last hold, then mantel up.

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Easy (up to V3), Moderate (V4-V7), Hard (V8-V11), What the F--k? (V12+). This one goes Moderate, but only on crisp dry days (hot days, might as well be unrepeated IMHO). It's a bit reachy, but short folks like myself manage to highstep our way up.

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Finally tore through the tips, but am slapping that final edge like a pimp on a dollar!

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Something about slopers on a crisp day. You'll send it next time!

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Most problems at Stoney were TR at one point or another (Crowd Pleaser was the classic for a long time). This one has the tree to tie off which makes it an easy set up. Of course, take away both pads and Tom, and I wonder how loud you'd be saying to "relax"! Hehehe. Got a few more for you now that this one's off the ticklist....

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You grow into those feet, you're gonna become pretty tall.

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Once upon a time there were a few of us who climbed this thing after a few tequila's, and in our tennis shoes no less.

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Unfortunately I wish I could have got the shot for the next move. Twenty feet up and Adam tossed for a sloper that held - to our collective surprise. Adam's eyes were dinner plates, but the shade and angle made it look like Adam was laying down. Next time heheh. C'mon Adam, you know you want to do it again....

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Actually, it looks like the second clip. Looks like he might deck from 4 feet up!

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That's a lot of shiny stuff. And what's the funny stringy thing she's dragging behind her? Congrats! Great climb, looks like you had fun!

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Fouth trad lead and you chose Double Cross? Woohoo! Very cool. Now move that foot around that rope....

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Woohoo! Did EZ have the reach for those last moves? Gotta' have a serious ape for that thing.

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Nice job SB!!

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Always a fun problem. Once you get the traverse, then go for the straight up. After that, the dreaded double dyno!! Nice job.

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This is definitely becoming one of my favorite shots!

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What a great shot!

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Um, you live on another coast....

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Nice shot!

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Photoshop? What's that? The blood just drained out my body....

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The crux was getting out of this stupid position, I hate when someone double-dog dares these bets!

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put a band-aid on it and quit complaining.

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Nice send. By the way, what's with the hair? F---ing long haired pinko hippie....

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Aqua Net and Vaseline - the title of my next movie. Now all I need are three lesbians, an Ewok suit, and a trampoline.... What's the gear/rating for the line on the left?

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Damn these golden locks all those who are follically challenged wish they had :)

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Stunning line. Looks really nice.

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Hands down one of the best climbs to work the mental physics. However, beware the rope behind the leg, not that I'm speaking from experience or anything ;)

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woohoo!

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Clip the four bolts! Oh wait, this isn't New Jack.... Nice job!

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Definitely one of the best 5.10s in the monument!

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Dude, there are like muscles and stuff. But what's that funny blue cord doing in the picture? :)

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That's not my umbilical :)

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I was merely resting, after all, I had to do the 5.9 section to get to that spot and deserved the rest. If you look closely, you'll see that I had one eye open (sort of) :)

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Tom was all sweaty doing this, always makes me excited.

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Tom is my 900 number :)

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nice job brotha!

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Rope? I knew I forgot something....

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It's the one left of that actually. Note the bush "spotting" me, that's where the other line starts.

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David Lee Roth and the Jamaican Bobsled Team have always been my heroes.

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A very fun crack. Great photo with the contrast on the colors of the shirt.

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How do you find the holds underneath all that white stuff? :)

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Actually, I have a long standing tradition (starting sometime in the early 80's) with my friends of leaving panties and the occasional sexual device (with lube) on every summit we bag, not to mention the occasional slandering of friends in the summit register.

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Woohoo! Next up, fame, sponsors and enough money to buy a plate of waffles!

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Mark was with me this day (temple/galey/sill) and left his panties on Galey, from there we did Sill "commando" :)

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Nice shot, great climb, but man that's a bit of gear. Can only imagine what you would need for The Nose :)