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Post by Josephine » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:36 am

lurkest or lander should tell the tale behind "there goes the neighborhood" :-)
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Post by ahab » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:47 am

i've always been curious about headstone surfer...i know a boulder came off during the FA, but what are the details?
on lead?
did you really surf the bastard?
is it the giant boulder at the base?
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Post by pkananen » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:58 am

I just want to know how the belayer didn't die.

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Post by Josephine » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:12 pm

i know that the giant boulder at the base is the boulder that was trundled. i can't remember the whole thing though.
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Post by TradMike » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:37 pm

Not in the Red but...

Lauren's Arete in the Black Canyon is named after the belayer that got hit by a loose rock on the first ascent.

Russian Arete also in the Black is named after Russian Roulette based on all the loose rock encountered on the route.

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Post by rjackson » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:43 pm

ahab wrote:i've always been curious about headstone surfer...
Hamsco, Hamsco! Come out, come out wherever you are!

(I got the scoop one afternoon while sitting on the boulder, but I know I won't do the story justice.)
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Post by Toy » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:41 pm

Rocket Dog. What was behind that one, Toy? hahahahaha
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Since you called me out Lurk, how about recounting the story of BBBB?

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Post by The Sherpa » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:33 pm

I don't know if this is the reason why BOHICA was named but there is a commonly used military saying.
B= bend
O= over
H= here
I = it
C= comes
A= Again
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Post by the lurkist » Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:37 pm

BWAHAHAHA. Touche, der Toy. Porter offered to me the other day to change the name of BBBB. I told him not on your life. That is one of my prouder moments.
Speaking of Porter- Neal was getting busy up at FRC back in the day and the place was still basically under the radar with all the routes for the taking. Then one day Porter shows up in the throes of his frenetic rabid conquest of the Red.
Thus Neal's route name, "There Goes The Neighborhood", and Porter's route name, "The Infidel".
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Post by the lurkist » Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:44 pm

The Trundle of my life is the story behind HeadStone Surfer. That boulder that sits at the base of the route (which is only half exposed- the rest being under the ground) used to sit precariously posed on the ledge above the first half of the route. It sat there on the flat ever so slightly sloping ledge with a three inch shim stone under the back of it, tipping it over the edge, threatening anyone at the base with a painless out go the lights death if it ever went.
I recognized this and knew my duty. I MUST trundle this stone. HA! So I did the route and lowered back down on TR with the belayer well around the corner, and with a back up ancher built in the crack above it with a long leash, and then got on the thing and started rocking it, back and forth. Making that massive thing rock and start to tip over the edge gave me wood. It took several minutes to get her to go. It slipped over the edge and road it over the side until my leash caught me.
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Post by Spragwa » Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:50 pm

Obvious but my favorite route name is "Blue-eyed Honkey Jesus." I just love it.
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Post by Jeff » Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:09 pm

Sorry, can't let that one go into oblivion.
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Post by Ascentionist » Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:34 pm

I always loved the story behind Headstone Surfer. Hugh?
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Post by bcombs » Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:50 pm

Ascentionist wrote:I always loved the story behind Headstone Surfer. Hugh?
Dude, seriously? It was 2 posts ago.

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Post by Ascentionist » Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:22 pm

Hmm...must not have read the whole thread...weird.
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