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TR: March 1, 2008 Showing JT the Best
« on: March 03, 2008, 01:35:01 PM »


JT is a friend of mine whom I met at Lynn Hill Climbing Camp three years ago. Ever since then, we have kept in touch. He became a close friend of Lynn. Over the past couple of decades, he has climbed all over the place such as New/Owens/Red River Gorges, Veadauwoo, Eldo, Red Rocks, J Tree, England, Canada, and Italy just to name a few. So, this time, when he told me that he would be visiting the Bay Area and had Saturday free, I decided to show him the crown jewel of climbing -- Pinnacles.

We picked him up at 7 from his hotel. We had thrown in an extra backpack from him. I'm glad we did because otherwise, he would have had to carry his laptop bag to the crag. On the drive down, we chatted and caught up with things.


JT is "madly in love" (his own words) with his wife. Of course, so am I with my husband. So, nobody should be jealous with this photo right?

After consulting with him, we thought some Pinnacles classic would suit him well. We first got on Portent. The top out moves seemed to have impressed JT. After that, we moved on to Ordeal. He came up amazingly fast.
JT loved the no hands rest on Ordeal


After those climbs, JT called for a siesta, so we moved to the Monolith, and Mud got on his nemesis. Well, what can I say. Today ain't his day.



Many hikers passed by when Mud worked on the route. One particularly big and noisy family lingered for quite a while.  What was funny was later when a small group of climbers we met at Discovery Wall walked by, JT acted out the chaotic scene to them leaving everyone rolling on the ground laughing. Til today, I can still hear him impersonate the father shouting in a strong Spanish accent, "Kid, come over here. We'll go to the lake! Where is the lake? How am I supposed to know?! We'll just go this way. We might get to the lake. Oh, look, see those holds on the wall? Oh, wow, there is a rope on the wall too! Oh, gee, see that?! There is man on the rope! Kid, don't run that way! I said DO NOT run that way! It might not lead to the lake!..."  I knew JT was one a geeky computer engineer and now a successful lawyer, and I did not expect him to have the talent to act so well. Learned something new about my friend.

On our way out, we stopped at the entrance because JT wanted to take a picture of the entrance sign. I just realized that all these years coming here, we had never bothered stopping here.

There is JT posing behind the sign

Mud's first photo taken at the sign
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Re: TR: March 1, 2008 Showing JT the Best
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2008, 02:15:46 PM »
Nice TR Mudword. Funny how easy it is to take things for granted. (remember that when you think of Mr Mud).I've driven by that sign countless times and never stopped. That's the only difference between us and tourists;-)
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Re: TR: March 1, 2008 Showing JT the Best
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2008, 03:26:57 PM »
The one of Mr Mud sitting on the sign is good. It would be better to take the picture in the morning when the light is hitting him.
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Re: TR: March 1, 2008 Showing JT the Best
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2008, 05:01:19 PM »
Quote from: F4?
It would be better to take the picture in the morning when the light is hitting him.
Glowing light -- is that what it will take for you to join the cult?

Quote from: squiddo
Funny how easy it is to take things for granted. (remember that when you think of Mr Mud).
I agree, not just when I think of him -- I keep reminding him too.

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