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Rock Climbing Photo: NA Wall, 1974, Notice plumes of water far up and w...
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By Chris N
From: Loveland, Co
Jul 18, 2015
Larry Bruce and I started up the route, we got up a couple of pitches and fixed them for the next day. Larry was allergic to water at that time (after taking a bath on the upper third of the Nose)and we decided that if the route had any water on it we would bail and write it off to "just fooling around". What we didn't know was Jack Roberts had sniffed us out and and was determined to go with us on El Cap the next day. That night he cornered us and cried, wheedled & invited himself in. We were up nice and early the next day and when we got there the route was just pouring water, you could tell that we weren't going to be climbing this today or in the next week. So after we rapped back to the bottom Jack started a conversation about how dry the Zodiac was and how Larry and I should drag our gear over there. This turned into a huge argument between Larry and Jack with me looking on.
Right at that moment something strange started happening, I wasn't sure what it was; it was more like I sensed something and those two guys were oblivious to it. I quickly looked around, then looked up. My first impression was that they were the size of a house and a car and they were getting louder and closer quickly. I yelled "ROCK!!!" and ran straight uphill to a little overhang. Their landing was surprisingly quiet "thump, thump". I looked around and didn't see Larry or Jack. "Holy Shit, they are under the ROCKS!!! But a few seconds later I looked far down into the woods and there was Larry & Jack peeking out from behind the trees. When they got back up to where I was at and we were talking about the size of the rocks (they were just the size of a recliner and a sofa) I started laughing and they asked me what I was laughing at and I told them "Look at the front of Jack's T shirt". There was a perfect impression of Larry's tennis shoe right in the middle of Jacks chest. And no we didn't go climb the Zodiac.
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NA Wall, 1974, Notice plumes of water far up and water running down the wall. We bailed. Larry Bruce, Chris Nelson & Jack Roberts.

Submitted By: Chris N on Jul 18, 2015
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North America Wall (5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C3 )
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