Best posts made by The Gnome
RE: Bachar celebration
THE 5TH OF YOU LIE
Will Always be Bachar Day
I save one fountain firecracker
To set off at my Private mountain
To remember how my generation of climbers
Were inspired by the archetype rock climber
A tip-o-the hat to the master
For all of it
The sending the gnar on nobs
To Sending - just sendin' it
We are All Forever Grateful
Taking that first step up - tied to a rope , (@)B+D!
The story with both my kids is similar, similar in that I could always count on the family to get out and climb in the local woods,
Over time, things changed, to where now they are rarely up for a "road trip" to the Gunks.
smiles for miles
Smiles for miles, the only goal for a day on the rope
That I had spoiled them by taking them to all sorts of short fun locations; small rock heaven, as I describe it, is my own fault.
The beautiful Rural Route 299, Rt 44/55 intersection that marks the 200-foot high white escarpment of the Gunks is at most a very short 1-hour drive from our home.
When the kiddos were young we went almost once a month, then as they became teenagers, they found other interests, now we go once a year if that.
welcome to the Garble Base, an oft-times hard to read & comprehend style or type of communication that I excel at ("at which I excel", is better structure, technically )
In the closet, I've got a pile of climbing sacks. Each one in a different state of worn glory, a few chew'd past usable (those dang varmints!)
but most, 5 at least, are just old.
There was a moment, it seems like just a few years ago when the 30-year-old bag I was using brought a few smiles from painful jibes:
~ "Hey look, mom, the same pack grandma has on in that picture of you & her~ from back when you were 14, too !" !
The day led to a gig; 4 weekends worth of top roping and some climbing to get the funhog family ready to visit Yosemite.
I used the promise of more; ~Getting paid to do what I love~ to buy a new version of the same trusty design of pack I have mostly used.
A Black Diamond "Stone45".("rope bag" not a "duffle" style)
That I use for 'shoulder' & winter season climbing, when I want to have a full shell & food/water/(stove)
As you see
a black, small. The color is a drawback, one of 5 or 6 that are minor.
I recommend you do the modifications before you use the pack.
I remember the nervous moments when I stripped the Stone45 down to its 'fighting weight'.
I had some concerns about whether if, once taken apart,
would I be able to put it back together or if I was about to wreck it?
One need not worry about removing the 4.5-inch wide, pre-curved load-transferring hip stabilizer 'belt'.
This 'pvc-type' flexible plastic 'stiffener' is slotted through the bottom of the sack.
Then, held in place by a generous patch of velcro & the just under 2inch wide web belt, so it takes some force to remove.
Going for it, then right away, putting it back, gave me a heads-up; I got to know how it worked, & a feel for the limits of the Stones construction.
Beyond the color, It is now available in a stone grey called "Nickle" as well as red.
The biggest draw 'back'(pun intended) is the seam across the back at the bottom of the bag.
That seam will, over time, wear out. It is prone to collecting dirt & grit.
Also, due to the location where it rubs against your back, it absorbs sweat, exacerbating the problem.
I found that a Neoprene/nylon cloth knee strap fit perfectly. Have it professionally sewn on 1st, before you do anything else.
While this creates 2 new seams, the move in the location & redundancy (protecting the structural seam),
should add years of protection to the original structural seam & so more years of fun-ction.
The pack has a short extendable collar with a one-hand adjustable, draw-string sinch-top,
that I know better than to trust and take care not to yard on.
The drawcord is only held in place by one flimsy 'tack'.
The cut of the pack, narrow at the bottom, combined with 4 compression straps,
allows it to ride high enough above a harness to be able to climb while wearing it.
There is a 5/8th's long side zipper, adjustable sternum strap with a dual density foam back-
that is paired with a very stiff removable back panel that is responsible for providing a great carry when fully loaded.
The complete pack weighs in at a very reasonable 1.45 kg / 3.3 ozs pounds. on average
Because my world is not flat, & I spend some of my time ascending steep gullies
up small rugged mountainsides,
where I & the pack need to be able to be clipped-in:
& I did not trust the ribbons, that are used for grab loops(Blue Loop)
I found that I needed to build a harness system for the pack.
I did this by threading cord thru tubular webbing & then passing this doubled-up 'harness' through every slot
and around the shoulder yoke arriving -finally- with a bit of a 'Frankenstein'.
I mostly do full days & remove the fancy pre-curved Hip support & large double pocket "Brain";
Stripped to fighting weight.
The working result,!
while not as streamline as it could be, had I had it professionally modified,
it's fine for my uses.
It can be found at very affordable prices online, on sale ,
& from Black Diamond
RE: HFD to all you Wonderful Dads this Sunday!
A definition I that I go with is;
where the confluence of conflicting emotions meet
is where the instigation of passion lies
and once stired by humor or pathos, thruth ignites,
embelishing the passion bringing it to life.
@L-Aura, So poignant, THANX
He Gave me this
He gave me a crooked smile
He gave me a Roman nose
He gave me good teeth
in that crooked smile
He Gave Me all the rocks,
Sky Lakes, parking-lot ponds & dirt
instead of velvet benches, prayer books
Filled with poetry & false hope
He gave me frozen hillsides
He gave me a love for blind speed
He gave me the go-for-it attitude
And the will to endeavor
He gave me the inquisitive mind
He gave me his addiction
He gave me the understanding to need
He gave me the vision to find balance
He gave me the love of the solitary pursuit
He gave me the ability to survive camaraderie
He gave me a sense of humor that few understand
He gave me this and so much more
Thanx Alfred Maurice Taylor
Your daughter & son, your family still
I got this, I got it now
And it is better than a basketball
RE: What I really need. Someone to take my book and help me put it into digital format.
@steelmonkey Steelmonkey, you have already helped immensley and are so apprecited!!
Hm. . . ?It was a proof read/edit & I'm Glad that got sorted out! !
I know . . .no more nitpicking
I was excited to hear about this project; I wanted to offer to help in any way & still do.
I checked with the person I know in publishing, she is old?! how could that be?
I told my wife that you guys were the old-time, old school climber folk,
The great ones, who we once skied with & lived in the dirt with. The last of the flower children, who remembered the summer of love vibe.
Who would & did give us the shirt off their backs, the last gallon of gas - The utopian-ists
She said "oh, you mean the ruthless sand-baggers?"
We were discussing poetry & quotes and such.
As for the issues that will arise when looking for & working WITH (& not for) a Publisher,
1st, get a Literary Agent? (Like Insurance, Before you talk to any publisher)
or designate someone to be the one who you delegate the task of receiving mail;
That sort of at least declares that you have one.
RE: Random Photo Thread
@pggreen ? !
An up-side-down Slice of Sunlit Summit Rocktip pie ? ?!
Was the above photograph from taken from a Swiss rail road train, passing along/through a mountain pass where the tracks are blasted through the mountainside ?
Playin' around with a 'ghosted' 'script' watermark
on a so low res it hurts picture
still, a cool fox - yo!
RE: Random Photo Thread
A small Garter Snake
Size changed in the "custom size" from, 4608x3456, to>2000/1500
ah so thats how big looks?
If it was hungry the White Spider wasn't on the menu
Enhanced by using the auto-correct in the "Filters" feature & again re-sized 4608x3456 _ to_ 880x739
RE: Random Photo Thread
@The-Gnome Clean up appreciated. Have mercy!! First efforts literally did hurt my eyes...
P.S.; I do dig foxes though so up vote from Toby
It is hard to know how things will look till they're posted
Glad that you see that I'm trying
COLD DUCK TIME
RE: Random Photo Thread
if that's is what you call "out of focus"
I apologize for every picture that I've posted or ever will post,
I guess that adds some perspective to your feelings about downloadable pix...
RE: 1st Smiles
After writing that fluff, I went to share the gist of it with the 2 most important beings in my life.
And do know what that produced? No not tears and loving comments of gratitude.
They nearing 6 foot tall almost 17 teen year old said
"DaDDY-O, I ASKED YOU TO TAKE ME CLIMBING 3 YEARS AGO"
This led to my near fainting, When I could stop crying, I asked the other tortured now bovine-like creature who bore them & shares the 1200 sqft space, was she aware of any such request? And What the Blank,?
Well, it's Tuesday, they are Mentors/Camp Counselors at the Public Library all this week & next. You can be sure that I will be working off the spring 50 and the wife will try to lose something even if it is just her aches & pains, and we will go in the worst humid summer heat into the tick-infested woods and dispell any remaining need to find enjoyment that they imagine exists in flinging themselves against rocks