Jim Dover is in the Partner Finder
and is open to climbing with new people. Best times to climb: Any time
Personal: Lives in Idyllwild, CA, 57 years old, Male
Favorite Climbs: Flower of High Rank, Mechanic's Route, Open Book, Angel's Fright, Snake Dike, Graham Crackers
Other Interests: Cycling, mountain biking, motorcycling, the opposite sex
Likes to climb: Trad, Sport, TR, Gym climbs
|Trad: ||Leads 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b ||Follows 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Sport: ||Leads 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c ||Follows 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|Boulders: || V2 5+ |
|Aid: ||Leads C2 ||Follows C2|
I am a certified AMGA single pitch instructor--as of November 2015. My primary employer is Vertical Adventures but I work for others from time to time.
I started climbing during the summer of 2010.
First climb was Little Murderers at Suicide Rock, July 2010. I stood at the base, belaying my friend John (who taught me how to belay at the base of the route 5 minutes before casting off on lead) hoping he had a good climb because there was no way I was following this insanity. The longer he took the more I changed my mind--"Come on, finish so I can get at this thing." For the first 3 years I would get to the base of EVERY climb and think to myself, "I can't wait until we finish today so I can sell all this shit on eBay with I get home." I got over it.
First trad lead was on the eve of my 53rd birthday, Left Ski Track.
First really big climb/lead was Snake Dike a few weeks later.
First "I really can't believe I'm leading this" lead was The Open Book, 5.9, pitches 1 (into part of 2) and 3.
First fall on lead, Peer Pressure, 10a. Got sloppy and reached for a bomber hold without getting better feet first. Lesson learned and the fall wasn't that bad.
First climb I bailed off of--Flower of High Rank. Did it on top rope but...it's different on the sharp end! So, still a goal.
Proudest lead--Mechanic's Route. After bailing off of it the week before.
Route I'm glad I led so I don't ever have to lead it again--Guillotine, Suicide Rock.
Best Trip Report, supertopo.com/tr/Half-Dome-cab...
Photo Albums by Jim Dover