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By BackCountry
From West Point, UT
Apr 19, 2013
Whaaaat?

I just watched a hilarious Vice video, Monster Trucks... on Acid and afterwards was thinking about Dock Ellis (pitcher whom in 1984 pitched a no hitter game... on acid) then, out of habit, jumped over to MP.com, saw the route of the day and wondered about climbing on acid. I can't imagine it would be anywhere near doable, but oh so wish someone has experiences that prove me wrong. Pretty please?


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By nicelegs
From Denver
Apr 19, 2013

It happens.


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By Mark Mueller
From Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 19, 2013
Great quality rock on this one!

Do everything on acid. Climbing is no exception


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By germsauce
Apr 19, 2013
Hippos kill people


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By John M Ross
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Apr 19, 2013

yes it does happen, more often than you would think, it really was pretty mellow actually.

edit: im not suggesting people do it, drugs suck in the long run, been Clean for some time now


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By Peter D.
Apr 19, 2013

just look at a few of the old aid routes on El Cap - Mescalito, Sea of Dreams, Tangerie Trip and draw your own conclusions.


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By Maurice Chaunders
Apr 19, 2013
Colombian Crack

I climbed up a onto a pier from down on the sand at the beach once and I remember thinking it was the total culmination of my climbing knowledge. As if I was putting my climbing skills to practical use. It felt great to climb, I placed my hands with confidence and purpose. I bet it was like 5.7 or 8. I down climbed it too and it was freegin awesome.


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By Max Supertramp
Apr 19, 2013

i know an old-time hippy from Montrose who claims that his sister was friends with the fellas that put up the dread Hallucinogen wall roundabout the time they did the FA. this sister sez those boys were eating blotter the whole way. wild!

and Doc Ellis pitched the magic game (gracelessly, it seems, like shitty soloist that miraculously sketches by) in 1974

intoxicants and climbing are a bad mix, but it's undeniable that like musicians/artists, climbers are often substance abusers.

most climbers have quaffed at least a beer while doing a little TR. hell, Indian Cove campsite 65 is the spot for wasted TR. I, for one, am far, far bolder with some brews in me for a little challenge on TR.
acid, though...


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By Ethan Henderson
From Silverdale, WA
Apr 19, 2013
aliens

on a low dose its pretty rad.
clears your mind and lets you focus and really get into it.
not suggesting you do it...ymmv.
I did my hardest trad send on acid....


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By MJMobes
From The land of steady habits
Apr 19, 2013
modern man

Ethan Henderson wrote:
on a low dose its pretty rad. clears your mind and lets you focus and really get into it. not suggesting you do it...ymmv. I did my hardest trad send on acid....

Mushrooms, same thing with one of my hardest trad sends. No way was I letting go!


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By Skat B
From Down Rodeo
Apr 22, 2013
St George




btw did many many acid trips. last one was roughly 70 hits. Went to the hospital and never came fully down. Over a decade later I'm still tripping. So I see hallucinations when I climb, drive, hike, etc.


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By AnthonyM
Apr 22, 2013
Maroon Bells-Bell Cord Couloir

Skat B wrote:
Brand new Scarpa Mago Shoes (Mens) Size 41. Will sell for $100. Also have some Like New BD C4 Cams: 3 - #5 (purple) 1 - #6 (sage) A couple of them have been placed but NONE of them have ever been used to climb. $380


Skat, I have seen this three times on different posts in the last ten minutes. Why the incessant need for attention (trolling)?


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By Zach Myers
From Prescott, AZ
Apr 22, 2013

Legend has it that John Yablonski soloed Spiderline (11d) in Joshua Tree while on a large dose. He soloed it less than a month after Bachar managed to get the first free ascent on toprope.


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By Skat B
From Down Rodeo
Apr 23, 2013
St George

Anthony Milano wrote:
Skat, I have seen this three times on different posts in the last ten minutes. Why the incessant need for attention (trolling)?


No, just need cash. Funds exhausted.


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By AnthonyM
Apr 23, 2013
Maroon Bells-Bell Cord Couloir

Skat-Stop hijacking threads and being such a troll.

Acid seems like a bad idea.


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By Skat B
From Down Rodeo
Apr 23, 2013
St George

Anthony Milano wrote:
Skat-Stop hijacking threads and being such a troll. Acid seems like a bad idea.


If I'm "trolling" then I'm not consciously doing it dude. Acid, for certain personality types, can be bad cuz it brings to light all your problems and shows them all to everyone including yourself. It gave me Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder. If you're gonna climb in acid then I find it best to throw in some ecstasy in with it so you're tripping and rolling - back then we called it trolling. But it's best known as candy flipping. Hey, if I hadn't been detained in the ER all night, I would have jumped out the window or off a building. It just has that effect on people in high doses.

I'm not a hater guys,

Skat


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By Kyle Blase
From Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 23, 2013
hardcore unicycle!

That video is awesome germsauce. Ha

Maybe go bouldering instead for a less sketchy alternative. Bet you could send a grade or two harder.


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By Keith Earley
From Boulder, Colorado
Apr 23, 2013
Unknown at Golden Cliffs

Legend has it that the Devils Tower legend Frank Sanders solo aided "Blotter is my Spotter"(www.mountainproject.com/v/blotter-is-my-spotter/106042017) on acid for the first ascent.


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By Clifton Santiago
Apr 23, 2013

Skat B wrote:
btw did many many acid trips. last one was roughly 70 hits. Went to the hospital and never came fully down. Over a decade later I'm still tripping. So I see hallucinations when I climb, drive, hike, etc.

Wow, Skat, that's a grip of acid to drop at one time.
I don't think you're all that scattered, though. Just breathe a bit, and try to walk the razor's edge of moderation, in all things. Sometimes trying to post up for positive feedback online gets jumbled and static-y, like it's not really YOU that's coming through, so it's not even worth the effort, y'know?
Remember that almost everyone here is trying to slam something for some reason so that somebody quotes it and gets +1 bullshit. You don't need that, don't give the gapers the satisfaction.
Be well, and if you're gonna be "trolling", don't mention it here, unless you got some :)


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By Woodchuck ATC
Apr 23, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Peter D. wrote:
just look at a few of the old aid routes on El Cap - Mescalito, Sea of Dreams, Tangerie Trip and draw your own conclusions.


Yup, several members of the famed 'DLFA' climbed Yosemite walls on acid back in the late 70's, early 80's. Hell they probably climbed most days at Devils Lake that way too as far as I could tell.


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By Ryan N
From Lone Tree, Colorado
Apr 23, 2013
RJN

Been there done that. Climbed about 60ft into a cave, then tripped my ballz off embracing my surroundings. This time it was definetly more of an organic trip. In anticipation of not wanting/being able to climb/rappel back out, I fixed ropes and had harness with ascenders rigged for my escape. Probably spent about 5 hours there. Great time. I was solo in the cave and had a lot of thinking time. Consequently, this started my uphill battle to get clean of all drugs(including alcohol). Today I'm quite proud to have 3 years clean and ALOT less problems in my life. Though the trip was great, as anyone who's done acid can tell you, I was able to step out of my mind and body and take a look at my life and how I was living it. I'd like to say one could do this without the influence of drugs, but I have yet to figure out how. Good times, and sometimes bad, not forgotten or regretted.


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By Daryl Allan
From Sierra Vista, AZ
Apr 23, 2013
Me and my Fetish I guess.. ;)

Is acid making a comeback?


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By The Phoenix
Apr 23, 2013
The Phoenix

Unfortunately, I've only climbed on boomers and it was bouldering. There was a lot of laughing and not that much climbing. I couldn't imagine having to deal with the technical aspect of placing gear and climbing on ropes etc in that state. Now you all got me contemplating busting out the liquid for a phun climbing tripp...


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By Daryl Allan
From Sierra Vista, AZ
Apr 23, 2013
Me and my Fetish I guess.. ;)

I remember hearing about an enormous bust around 12 years ago at a place [family?] where a good deal of it was being made. Seemed like after that there was almost no mention of it. That is, compared to it being very accessible and talked about in the early nineties.


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By The Stoned Master
From Millerstown, PA
Apr 23, 2013
Day Lily.

Tons, tons, tons of yosemite climbs were put up in the mid 60s-70s on acid. Plenty of people do it, I have not. it amazes me how 30+ pitches can be climbed on acid!


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By APBT1976
Apr 23, 2013
Black Dike 12/25/11

I often wonder if kids still do LSD. Be a real shame if they did not. Well not that i support kids doing drugs. However if they are gonna do them i would say LSD is one not to miss.

In the early to mid 90's i agree LSD was easily obtained and being used by many...

Great great times with LSD... IT was all the other drugs that ended up not being such a good thing.


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