Climbing in the Rain

Posted by: donald perry

Climbing in the Rain - 12/06/13 03:15 AM

What is the hardest climb you have done while the cliff was wet or it was raining?
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 12/06/13 03:22 AM

I tried to get up Birdland for hours in the thick fog, everything was wet, and then I had to back off.

I might have been able to make it, but by the time I found the better gear placements it was dark and started to rain harder, so I chickened out, it was really unpredictable.

When I got up past the first pin doing the first overhang it was completely wet. I made it to that little ledge on the prow and then my belayer gave me tension because he could not understand what the word !!! SLACK !!! meant, so that made it at least 5.10. Ever have that happen?

Then I got past the next pin, and I was trying to get my foot up on that bucket, but the right hand was about to pot and I had to commit to standing on that pebble. It seemed like I was going to loose some skin, or maybe bang my head. So I thought it would be better not to rush this one, after all this is all new to me.

Maybe next time.
Posted by: ianmanger

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 12/06/13 02:15 PM

One from my 'dumb things I wouldn't do again' file.

I once cowered about 2/3 of the way up the 1st pitch of Birdland (after the main difficulty) for about 5-10 minutes in the middle of an insane Wagnerian thunderstorm and then for a further 20 minutes while the rock streamed with water and then dried sufficiently for me get out of there.
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 12/06/13 03:52 PM

mistake: pop, not pot
Posted by: Daniel

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 12/06/13 05:35 PM

Originally Posted By: ianmanger
in the middle of an insane Wagnerian thunderstorm


Yes, those women flying around on horses while signing at the top of their lungs can be quite distracting when one is trying to set some gear!
Posted by: oenophore

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 12/06/13 05:37 PM

Many many years ago when Skytop wasn't off limits, it began to rain when I was there. So we ducked under the Foops roof and did the dry first pitch and rapped down under that "awning." Alas, there are very few such opportunities in the Gunks.
Posted by: phlan

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 12/06/13 06:29 PM

i had a wild outing at Millbrook a few years ago to look at the falcon eggs with the biologist. a huge thunderstorm had been predicted. sure enough we were done with the eggs and the whole sky opened up with torrential rain, thunder and lightning. we had to climb to the top nonetheless. the amazing part was we stayed dry the whole time because Millbrook is so steep. even so there was a solid curtain of rain behind our backs, like climbing on the inside of a waterfall - spooky, weird, and wild.
Posted by: fotovult

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 12/06/13 09:03 PM

Got on star action last sunday. Looked wet from the ground. Got to the crux and it was dripping on me - turns out I was right.
Posted by: rg@ofmc

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 12/06/13 09:56 PM

I've done Fat City Direct in a torrential downpour without getting wet at all until the final moves at the top. As Phlan described at Millbrook, it was like climbing behind a waterfall.
Posted by: Lucander

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 12/08/13 08:51 PM

Was at the cliff today (brr), Star Action looked like a Canadian Rockies ice climb with little drips of icicles everywhere.
Posted by: fotovult

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 12/09/13 03:08 AM

Saw a bunch hanging from Balrog a week or so ago. Would love to shoot someone leading through that - any takers?
Posted by: yorick

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 12/09/13 06:21 AM

Lead Balrog dripping wet once, with Phlan, sans falls or hangs. Birdcage, too, the lower section dripping, soon after Balrog, when I was experimenting with leading things at my limit wet.

Found out that wet is often more a mental thing than a slippery thing.
Posted by: Rockanice

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 12/09/13 02:25 PM


I was among a group including Phlan that had at Never Never Land after a morning downpour, wet and slimy but the rain had stopped.
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/04/14 04:19 PM

After I got back from this climbing a 5.8 in the rain, I realized I got much more of a workout then I should have. A little later I was in my basement stuffing insulation over furniture back toward the outside wall of the house. The air leaks in the basement from there and I had to seal it up with fiberglass. So I needed to stand on my toes and punch it in with the tips of my fingers. I was doing little squares between the beams, I did 60'. On the second day in the bathroom I looked down and I saw this giant bump at the very top of my leg. I went to the Chiropractor and he worked on it, it is a big strain knot and became very painful when he beat on it! I have been rubbing it and using a vibrator on it, it just gets smaller and then gets bigger, but it does hurt less, and now I am wrapping it. On top of that I caught a virus from all the rat shit in the rafters for two weeks.

Anyway, the moral of the story is NEVER STOP CLIMBING! And if you take off, better start really really slow and carefully for AT LEAST A MONTH. And if that does not work, maybe you need to stop eating the poison from Shop Rite, like soda with appertain or coffee in liquid Styrofoam, or water with Fluoride. A very little fluoride is good, but you guys are probably OD-ing on it and doesn't even know it because you don't know how or don't care to test for it. And then there is the gluten and the plastic and the hormones, it all accumulates until you are ____________. You can fill in the blank.

Anyway, if I die from this giant knot on my leg the size of a burrito don't forget what I told you. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. If you have been sitting around for 6 weeks START SLOW!
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/04/14 04:20 PM

Bridland UPDATE: After I got back from this climbing a 5.8 in the rain, I realized I got much more of a workout then I should have. A little later I was in my basement stuffing insulation over furniture back toward the outside wall of the house. The air leaks in the basement from there and I had to seal it up with fiberglass. So I needed to stand on my toes and punch it in with the tips of my fingers. I was doing little squares between the beams, I did 60'. On the second day in the bathroom I looked down and I saw this giant bump at the very top of my leg. I went to the Chiropractor and he worked on it, it is a big strain knot and became very painful when he beat on it! I have been rubbing it and using a vibrator on it, it just gets smaller and then gets bigger, but it does hurt less, and now I am wrapping it. On top of that I caught a virus from all the rat shit in the rafters for two weeks.

Anyway, the moral of the story is NEVER STOP CLIMBING! And if you take off, better start really really slow and carefully for AT LEAST A MONTH. And if that does not work, maybe you need to stop eating the poison from Shop Rite, like soda with appertain or coffee in liquid Styrofoam, or water with Fluoride. A very little fluoride is good, but you guys are probably OD-ing on it and doesn't even know it because you don't know how or don't care to test for it. And then there is the gluten and the plastic and the hormones, it all accumulates until you are ____________. You can fill in the blank.

Anyway, if I die from this giant knot on my leg the size of a burrito don't forget what I told you. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. If you have been sitting around for 6 weeks START SLOW!
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/04/14 04:22 PM

After I got back from this climbing a 5.8 in the rain, I realized I got much more of a workout then I should have. A little later I was in my basement stuffing insulation over furniture back toward the outside wall of the house. The air leaks in the basement from there and I had to seal it up with fiberglass. So I needed to stand on my toes and punch it in with the tips of my fingers. I was doing little squares between the beams, I did 60'. On the second day in the bathroom I looked down and I saw this giant bump at the very top of my leg. I went to the Chiropractor and he worked on it, it is a big strain knot and became very painful when he beat on it! I have been rubbing it and using a vibrator on it, it just gets smaller and then gets bigger, but it does hurt less, and now I am wrapping it. On top of that I caught a virus from all the rat shit in the rafters for two weeks.

Anyway, the moral of the story is NEVER STOP CLIMBING! And if you take off, better start really really slow and carefully for AT LEAST A MONTH. And if that does not work, maybe you need to stop eating the poison from Shop Rite, like soda with appertain or coffee in liquid Styrofoam, or water with Fluoride. A very little fluoride is good, but you guys are probably OD-ing on it and doesn't even know it because you don't know how or don't care to test for it. And then there is the gluten and the plastic and the hormones, it all accumulates until you are ____________. You can fill in the blank.

Anyway, if I die from this giant knot on my leg the size of a burrito don't forget what I told you. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. If you have been sitting around for 6 weeks START SLOW.
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/04/14 04:22 PM

this thing is not working
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/04/14 04:25 PM

After I got back from this climbing a 5.8 in the rain, I realized I got much more of a workout then I should have. A little later I was in my basement stuffing insulation over furniture back toward the outside wall of the house. The air leaks in the basement from there and I had to seal it up with fiberglass. So I needed to stand on my toes and punch it in with the tips of my fingers. I was doing little squares between the beams, I did 60'. On the second day in the bathroom I looked down and I saw this giant bump at the very top of my leg. I went to the Chiropractor and he worked on it, it is a big strain knot and became very painful when he beat on it! I have been rubbing it and using a vibrator on it, it just gets smaller and then gets bigger, but it does hurt less, and now I am wrapping it. On top of that I caught a virus from all the rat shit in the rafters for two weeks.

Anyway, the moral of the story is NEVER STOP CLIMBING! And if you take off, better start really really slow and carefully for AT LEAST A MONTH. And if that does not work, maybe you need to stop eating the poison from Shop Rite, like soda with appertain or coffee in liquid Styrofoam, or water with Fluoride. A very little fluoride is good, but you guys are probably OD-ing on it and doesn't even know it because you don't know how or don't care to test for it. And then there is the gluten and the plastic and the hormones, it all accumulates until you are ____________. You can fill in the blank.

Anyway, if I die from this giant knot on my leg the size of a burrito don't forget what I told you. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. If you have been sitting around for 6 weeks START SLOW.
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/04/14 04:27 PM

I give up, I post and I can see nothing. I tried with two different browsers. I will wait till tomorrow and try again. Grumble grumble grumble. But it says I posted 55 seconds ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: oenophore

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/05/14 02:32 PM

Don, I suppose you didn't realize you posted in quadruplicate.
Posted by: SethG

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/06/14 04:26 AM

There is something weird going on. I see some posts in the active topics list but when I go to the actual threads they don't appear. This is true of Don's post as well as Oenephore's response. I also observed this problem in the Erect Direction thread.
Posted by: Doug

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/06/14 02:43 PM

A number of threads are listed with negative replies too...
Posted by: oenophore

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/06/14 08:20 PM

Did UBB threads also do the Affordable Care website?
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/08/14 02:50 PM

test
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/08/14 08:02 PM

test
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/08/14 08:18 PM

No, there is a delay on the posts now which gives the person posting even less control.

What do you think of this movie, do you think my diet has anything to do with my lack of ability to climb hard in the rain without strains?

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2315431/What-do-you-think-of-this-movie-Is-good-or-bad
Posted by: curmudgeon

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/08/14 08:42 PM

Quote:
I have been rubbing it and using a vibrator on it, it just gets smaller and then gets bigger, but it does hurt less, and now I am wrapping it.


More information than I need to know X 4. eek
Posted by: retroscree

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/10/14 06:17 PM

Jeezus Don, use a word processor or something to edit your posts and when you're happy, paste the post into a SINGLE post here. Remember not to use any kind of special characters or the quote marks because the shitty forum software (that was going to be changed 2 years ago) can't handle them.

If you don't see it immediately, the solution isn't to post it again.....and again.....and again.....and again.
Posted by: retroscree

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/12/14 12:02 AM

Something is super whacked about this thread. I posted and it shows in the post list, but not in the actual thread. Also had the unread flag show as having new posts several times but there were no new posts.

Guess it has something to do with the webmaster no longer giving a shit about the site.
Posted by: oenophore

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/12/14 10:48 AM

Is it the webmaster or his software?
Posted by: curmudgeon

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/17/14 04:29 AM

Testing 1,2,3,4 to see if site working correctly
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/18/14 03:31 AM

can not post sometimes. I think gunks . com is broken on my end.
Posted by: oenophore

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/18/14 09:03 PM

As much as I respect the webmaster and admire his devotion to his cause, I can't but guess he is helpless to solve this problem or (I hope not) indifferent to it.
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/30/14 02:52 AM

can I post yet?
Posted by: oenophore

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/30/14 10:25 AM

Originally Posted By: donald perry
can I post yet?
But you just did.
Posted by: retroscree

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 01/30/14 04:01 PM

Originally Posted By: oenophore
Is it the webmaster or his software?

Same difference. He doesn't give a shit about the site falling apart, so he certainly doesn't give a shit about the fucked up software he's using.

He owns a web development service, doesn't he? This site is a great business card for him.
Posted by: retroscree

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 02/01/14 06:12 PM

Originally Posted By: oenophore
As much as I respect the webmaster and admire his devotion to his cause, I can't but guess he is helpless to solve this problem or (I hope not) indifferent to it.

What devotion? He's totally indifferent to the site and no longer gives two shits about it. Why would anyone respect the webmaster at this point? He sure as hell doesn't care about anyone here or the site. Gunks.com is dead - it just hasn't had its plug pulled or is buried yet.
Posted by: donald perry

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 02/03/14 07:36 PM

i can not post
Posted by: Doug

Re: Climbing in the Rain - 02/04/14 03:43 PM

Originally Posted By: donald perry
i can not post

sometimes you can?