Tomaz Humar Pays Chongo for Pete's Copy of the Book
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This is page 15 of my presentation.
As I've mentioned, Tomaz had a helluva time getting information and beta. I truly felt sorry for the guy, and took him under my wing.
Since he had never soloed a big wall before, I gave him a mini big wall tutorial where I taught him a few of the big wall basics.
He sure as heck knew how to climb - but what he needed help with were the systems. I taught him how to build a 2:1 Hauling Ratchet so he could haul his hundred kilos of supplies up the wall, and I taught him how to make a docking tether and thence how to tie a load release knot so he'd be able to release said hundred kilos from his anchor.
When I showed him my copy of Chongo's book, he told me he really wanted a copy of his own. So off we walked from Camp 4 over to the Yosemite Lodge Cafeteria, where this picture was taken, to find Chongo and buy a book.
Predictably, Chongo was out of stock. [This should come as no surprise.]
Now, remember back on page 2 how I said when I was looking around at home for a copy of the book to scan for RC.com, I couldn't find the edition that said I was the Editor?
Anyway, sometime after turning my house upside-down looking for the thing, I suddenly realized, "Oh, RIGHT! I gave my copy of Chongo's book to Tomaz Humar!"
Now, imagine my delight when in the middle of this attack on my identity and credibility that happened a year ago, I realized I even had this photo of the transaction?
Heh heh heh.....
So check it out - Tomaz is paying Chongo for my frickin' book! [You know, the book whose existence I stated as fact, yet could not prove when asked to do so?] You may be surprised to learn that even around this place, the existence of Chongo's book is generally, but not universally, accepted as fact.
And do you know what? I never DID get another copy of the book from Chuck!
And that is the story of how my Chongo book ended up in the hands of Tomaz Humar.
But this story has a funny epilogue, which you can read by clicking here to continue with my presentation, and see the actual annotated topo of Reticent Wall that I gave to Tomaz when nobody else would help him.
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