Caver's Route on Tower Rock

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Post by pigsteak » Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:30 pm

come on jeff..all these nice climbers wanting to help out, and you are peeing in the pot.
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Re: Caver's Route on Tower Rock

Post by ahab » Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:03 pm

milspecmark wrote:What kind of trad equipment do I need to do Caver's Route? I normally sport climb but I am going to the gorge with a friend that Trad climbs but I want to make sure he has enough gear.
the same trad gear that you used scrambling around on rocks when you were 8 years old.
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Re: Caver's Route on Tower Rock

Post by dipsi » Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:27 am

milspecmark wrote:What kind of trad equipment do I need to do Caver's Route? I normally sport climb but I am going to the gorge with a friend that Trad climbs but I want to make sure he has enough gear.
What kind of trad climber might not have enough gear?.......I'm just saying......
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Post by DriskellHR » Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:42 am

everytime someone gets on here wanting to know where to take the "noobs" it gives me this feeling of dread.

If you dont know what you are getting in to, do you need to take a bunch of new climbers with you?

I can see the headlines now....... :roll:

oh and its my turn to be the asshole, thank you :twisted:
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Post by L K Day » Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:35 am

The first rock climb I ever did was Caver's. It was dead of winter, 7 degrees, with lots of snow and ice on the route. Leading was sixteen year old Martin Hackworth - phenom kid caver of the Bluegrass Grotto. He'd been showing Frank Becker and I "the ropes". We were accumulating quite a bit of caving experience and, on this day, he figured it was about time to introduce us to rock climbing. I'd brought along a gorgeous girl from my U. K. Geology class. I believe it was our first date.

Much to Martin's amusement, my girl had a hell of a time getting her tits past the squeeze at the top of the chimney pitch. She was terrified the whole way, and pretty much put me in shock by giving me huge bear hugs whenever we weren't actually climbing or rappelling. Finally, I came within a hair of getting us all killed in Stanton, somehow escaping with nothing more than a $35 ticket (a week's pay at my $1 and hour job on campus). It was the most awesome first day of climbing, ever.

No doubt, Caver's has turned into a totally boring route since then. No way it could still be the great experience it was way back when.

ps - I'm pretty sure we had a single gold line rope, a few slings and biners, and nothing else. And yes, I did get the girl, but I'd fallen in love with climbing and my days as a caver were numbered.
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Post by the lurkist » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:48 am

Fuck climbing. We want to hear about the girl!
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Post by krampus » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:15 am

hell yeah Day. She sounds like one hell of a woman to join you on your first day of climbing.
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Post by ReachHigh » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:04 am

Awesome Day, I've always had a blast on cavers, night time accents recommended.
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Post by Clevis Hitch » Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:07 am

nice
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Post by caribe » Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:08 pm

L K Day wrote:Martin Hackworth - phenom kid caver of the Blue Grass Grotto.
That is how I got into climbing. I was caving with the BG Grotto. I remember rope-climbing the 300+ Ft. from the bottom of Frog's Head (backside of princess staircase) on prussic knots just for practice--CRAZY. After I went out climbing with the U. Kentucky Physics students (Krampus et. al.) there was no going back to caving.

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Post by possum2082 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:37 pm

larry,

i would buy a book of your rrg climbing memories in a second.

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Post by milspecmark » Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:51 pm

I agree. and from the info I got on this thread, we have decided not to take them there. That is the reason I posted it, rather than waist time hiking out to it and realizing it is too much.
DriskellHR wrote:everytime someone gets on here wanting to know where to take the "noobs" it gives me this feeling of dread.

If you dont know what you are getting in to, do you need to take a bunch of new climbers with you?

I can see the headlines now....... :roll:

oh and its my turn to be the asshole, thank you :twisted:

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Re: re: cavers

Post by milspecmark » Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:54 pm

JRTrash wrote:If you are looking for something easy and cool, try bedtime for bonzo at fortress wall. SUPER easy 1st pitch, slightly harder 2nd pitch, bolt anchors at the top of each pitch for easy toproping, and a nice view of the red after the top out. protects with a standard rack .5-3 BD bring some slings for the second pitch. lots of shorter fun and easy single pitch stuff there along the main wall too.
I think this sounds better. We could lead it and let the noobs top rope it. Any more feedback on this route would be appreciated.

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Post by DriskellHR » Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:42 pm

Nice dude. Thats the Hallmark of a safe climber. Have fun out there and stay safe!! :mrgreen:

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Post by L K Day » Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:01 pm

possum2082 wrote:larry,

i would buy a book of your rrg climbing memories in a second.
Thanks possum, much appreciated, but I think this forum is as good a venue as any for my tales of old.

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