Eldo prankster


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Brian Boyd · · Kowloon, Hong Kong · Joined Oct 2005 · Points: 2,905

We climbed yellow spur Tuesday afternoon. When we got down, someone stuffed a bunch of rocks in one of our packs, then added a bunch of dirt to one of the pockets. Is that a thing here? Just curious.

John mac · · Boulder, CO · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 105

Ha! Hope it did not damage anything.

Reminds me of the time my father in law was hiking the grand canyon rim to rim with his wife. They did not bring enough water and when the were in the bottom the wife got really dehydrated so he ran ahead to get water to bring back from a couple miles ahead. Got her hydrated no problem and continued on to the top. When they got to the top, he opened his pack and found that she had filled it with rocks she thought were pretty while he was out getting her water!

gregsmiller · · Louisville · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 120

LOLz

Mike McHugh · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 450

Very out of Eldo character. People seem super respectful here - apart from MalKor 9000 and the occasional kind Christmas presents, it doesn't seem like a pranky kind of place to me.

vincent L. · · Redwood City · Joined Jan 2005 · Points: 545

The ole' rock-in-the-backpack trick is pretty old. My dad used to hide large (5-10lb.) rocks in our packs when he took us kids backpacking. Who's the joke really on, we'd just get tired quicker and he'd end up carrying all our gear lol....

Mike McHugh · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 450

And since no one asked, I'll tell an anecdote.

A few years ago, I got to help lower a bad, rotten block off of upper Ruper. As the block was being lifted away from its perch, I noticed a whole bunch of debris behind the block, loaded it in my pack, and lowered it.

I got down to the upper ramp, didn't think, and loaded my pack with gear and two static ropes. On the walk down the ramp, I thought I must have been getting sick. On the little fourth class up to the bottom of the Naked Edge, I thought something was seriously wrong with me.

Just as I got up the scramble, it turned out that one of the three climbers simul-climbing the Edge that day had blown an epic, silly-string Jackson Pollock fecal art project in the area climber's left of the start of P1. Later, after giving the trio the most fearsome stink-eye I could muster, I found the offending rocks in my pack.

Long story short, I've pranked myself in Eldo. And so it goes.

mountainhick · · Black Hawk, CO · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 120
Mike McHugh wrote:And since no one asked, I'll tell an anecdote. A few years ago, I got to help lower a bad, rotten block off of upper Ruper. As the block was being lifted away from its perch, I noticed a whole bunch of debris behind the block, loaded it in my pack, and lowered it. I got down to the upper ramp, didn't think, and loaded my pack with gear and two static ropes. On the walk down the ramp, I thought I must have been getting sick. On the little fourth class up to the bottom of the Naked Edge, I thought something was seriously wrong with me. Just as I got up the scramble, it turned out that one of the three climbers simul-climbing the Edge that day had blown an epic, silly-string Jackson Pollock fecal art project in the area climber's left of the start of P1. Later, after giving the trio the most fearsome stink-eye I could muster, I found the offending rocks in my pack. Long story short, I've pranked myself in Eldo. And so it goes.
Self pranking and just a shitty day!

Funny story.
Aleks Zebastian · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 175

climbing friend,

This is not as enjoyable as hiding in the bushes by midnight lightning until some poor sap they struggle on the climbing rock, and then you come casually chuck a lap with minimal effort and no shirt, while they look on trying to conceal their amazement.

John Byrnes · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 451
Mike McHugh wrote:And since no one asked, I'll tell an anecdote.
Me too!

"Two months later Keithbag and I are bivying at the base of the Diamond (5 miles and 3000' verts). He pulls out his sleeping bag and CLANG! CLANG! I look over and he's holding a 7 pound brass candelabra. Of course it's his candelabra so he can't just chuck it down a hole."
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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