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#26744 - 01/16/07 11:21 PM Invitation to come hack up my trees
Mike Rawdon Offline

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Registered: 11/29/99
Posts: 4276
Loc: Poughkeepsie
Calling any and all frustrated ice climbers in the Mid Hudson Valley. Come to my house this Friday (anytime 3-6 PM) for the 1st Annual Great Poughkeepsie Bark Bash. We will whack, kick, and scratch our way up a few select trees. It's like ice climbing...except if you overdrive the tools, they get stuck much worse. Better tricep training this way you see.

There will be 4 "climbs" set up, each 20-30' tall. One is leadable (5 "bolts") while the others are top ropes. The grade runs from not-quite vertical (with easy stable feet, so it's pretty mellow) to a 15 degree overhanging trunk. That's the Pump-Master. Actually counting variations, there's 7 or 8 different things to do.

Bring your own crampons, tools and headlamp. Ropes are here. Helmet optional Fermented beverages may be provided...

PM me to confirm, so I can give you directions and just generally keep tabs on who's coming.

Rain or shine. Or snow...

For those who haven't seen the photos:
top rope
on lead

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#26745 - 01/17/07 01:05 AM Re: Invitation to come hack up my trees [Re: Mike Rawdon]
irisharehere Offline
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Registered: 12/06/01
Posts: 1658
Loc: Danbury CT
anyone from NYC heading up there?
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#26746 - 01/17/07 02:40 AM Re: Invitation to come hack up my trees [Re: Mike Rawdon]
RAF Offline
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Registered: 04/12/02
Posts: 793
Loc: Colorado (!)
This is a serious sickness. There must be a 12-step program.

But what am I but a helpless iron filing drawn by a huge magnet? So I'm sitting here trying to figure out a pretext to get out of work early on Friday or summon up the gall to go MIA (Rule of Thumb: No crisis ever erupts at work before 4 p.m.). OMG I've got this illness.

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#26747 - 01/17/07 02:45 AM Re: Invitation to come hack up my trees [Re: RAF]
empicard Offline
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Registered: 08/29/01
Posts: 2954
Loc: LI, NY
you people are pathetic.
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#26748 - 01/17/07 03:08 AM Re: Invitation to come hack up my trees [Re: empicard]
Mike Rawdon Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/29/99
Posts: 4276
Loc: Poughkeepsie
Quote:

you people are pathetic.




Expression of those who haven't tried the tree nonsense

but 15-20 feet off the ground, with their front points buried, tools overhead they're

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#26749 - 01/17/07 04:19 AM Re: Invitation to come hack up my trees [Re: Mike Rawdon]
pitfall Offline
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Registered: 11/01/00
Posts: 1165
Loc: Albany
I love it. You plan tree climbing after the cold finally arrives. I'm surprised you aren't hitting Moores with a headlamp instead. I bet you'd be able to TR something there by friday. Most would probably wait but you...
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#26750 - 01/17/07 04:47 AM Re: Invitation to come hack up my trees [Re: Mike Rawdon]
Smike Offline
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Registered: 05/01/01
Posts: 3143
Loc: in your backyard
Mikey, stop acting like a dam monkey and get outta that tree and get up north... have you not noticed the *slight* drop in temps to say ohh minus something...

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#26751 - 01/17/07 05:10 AM Re: Invitation to come hack up my trees [Re: Mike Rawdon]
MarcC Offline
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Registered: 07/10/00
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This is just so profoundly sad and desperate. Pack up your gear and buy an airline ticket to somewhere.
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#26752 - 01/17/07 10:52 AM Re: Invitation to come hack up my trees [Re: MarcC]
Mike Rawdon Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/29/99
Posts: 4276
Loc: Poughkeepsie
Quote:

This is just so profoundly sad and desperate. Pack up your gear and buy an airline ticket to somewhere.




Why? Utah doesn't have big trees.

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#26753 - 01/17/07 02:14 PM Re: Invitation to come hack up my trees [Re: MarcC]
learningtolead Offline
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Registered: 04/16/02
Posts: 981
Loc: a wanna be kerhonkson-er
Quote:

This is just so profoundly sad and desperate. Pack up your gear and buy an airline ticket to somewhere.




That's my plan. I'm off to CO today. Woohooo! Have fun climbing trees boys!

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