posts from Fritz

posts from Fritz

pat
pat

April 11th, 2012, 2:46 am #1

The links below lead to posts from Fritz at Supertopo.com. Fritz is an old guy from southern Idaho who
comes up with some interesting material.

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... msg1665217

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... msg1599813

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... msg1592030

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... msg1554584
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Ray Brooks
Ray Brooks

May 12th, 2012, 10:06 pm #2

Glad you are amused by some of my SuperTopo posting.

Let me make it easier: by titling those links you posted and adding another few story links.
I do like amusing you youngsters----that is anyone younger than my current age.

Somehow, I am still getting out to the hills, leading 5.7s and following 5.9s in my dotage. I do seem to have developed old-age allergies to snow & rotten rock.
Best Wishes,
Fritz!



Some photos & remarks for my old climbing buddy Jim Donini about Terra Incognita in Idaho.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... msg1665217

2011 Sawtooth Mtns. Choss Adventure----The Grand Aiguille
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... msg1599813

A direct start on The North Ridge Goat Perch with Bruce & Jesus
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... msg1592030

A brief remark and a photo of Idaho Alpha Males.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... msg1554584

Here some more stories:

Climbing at City of Rocks with Donini 2010 http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Donini-at-T ... 0740n.html

High Mountain mine exploring & Via Ferrata, Idaho StyleAugust 2010http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum ... daho-Style

The five stages of backing off climbs.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum ... off-climbs

Owyhee adventures: rock, cows, ticks, guns, Prehistoric women, & secret Air Force bombing sites. July 4th 2011. http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Owyhee-adve ... 1055n.html





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Dave
Dave

May 12th, 2012, 11:21 pm #3

I hear it has a pretty exclusive membership.
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Ray Brooks
Ray Brooks

May 13th, 2012, 12:02 am #4

Yes!

Exclusive indeed!

You have to go suffer in the Idaho mountains with one or more DFC&FC members.

Dragging one or more DFC&FC members up a technical route qualifies you to be an officer in the club.

The organization was founded during a 1970 trip up Mt. Reagan in the Sawtooths. I happened to be along on that jaunt.

Here is a link to some photos of the original trip on Supertopo.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... s8NT06KSEq
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pat
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May 14th, 2012, 2:28 am #5

Glad you are amused by some of my SuperTopo posting.

Let me make it easier: by titling those links you posted and adding another few story links.
I do like amusing you youngsters----that is anyone younger than my current age.

Somehow, I am still getting out to the hills, leading 5.7s and following 5.9s in my dotage. I do seem to have developed old-age allergies to snow & rotten rock.
Best Wishes,
Fritz!



Some photos & remarks for my old climbing buddy Jim Donini about Terra Incognita in Idaho.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... msg1665217

2011 Sawtooth Mtns. Choss Adventure----The Grand Aiguille
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... msg1599813

A direct start on The North Ridge Goat Perch with Bruce & Jesus
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... msg1592030

A brief remark and a photo of Idaho Alpha Males.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/threa ... msg1554584

Here some more stories:

Climbing at City of Rocks with Donini 2010 http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Donini-at-T ... 0740n.html

High Mountain mine exploring & Via Ferrata, Idaho StyleAugust 2010http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum ... daho-Style

The five stages of backing off climbs.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum ... off-climbs

Owyhee adventures: rock, cows, ticks, guns, Prehistoric women, & secret Air Force bombing sites. July 4th 2011. http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Owyhee-adve ... 1055n.html




Ray,

I enjoy your posts on Supertopo.com. They bring back memories. As an 18 year old, I traveled to the Sawtooths in 1972 with a some teenage friends from Colorado. We had heard rumors of obscure summits and perfect rock. In a little over a week, we climbed Grand Mogul, Heyburn, Warbonnet, Finger of Fate, Eagles Beak, Packrat, Cramer, and a few others. There was no guidebook. We used a rope on just about everything and rappelled from most summits. We wrote nothing down, took few pictures, and went home. The lonely routes and obscure summits were impressive.

That was 40 years ago and I never imagined living nearby. It seems like little has changed. It's as if a time warp has occurred. The roads and trails are more traveled, but the summits are mostly empty. A lot of adventuring remains to be done. Keep at it!

Pat
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Ray Brooks
Ray Brooks

May 21st, 2012, 8:20 pm #6

I guess we were the Decker Flat Climbing & Frisbee Club before anyone knew. The little guy in the back of my mind liked the way the words fit together. However, that fateful morning in the mountains of Idaho, adversity transformed us from a nameless, ragged band of hippies; into an organization that would accomplish endless deeds of climbing derring-do.

Pursued by evil, we four hurried up the dusty trail on the way to a Sawtooth peak with the unlikely name of Regan. Our packs were heavy with climbing & camping gear on this hot, humid, windless morning in July. We were sweating hard and being chased mercilessly by a full strength squadron of horseflies.

Flies dive-bombed us incessantly: trying to break through the curtain of insect repellent we had drenched ourselves with. They grew in numbers, until it was difficult to see the sun through the voracious fly swarm above our heads. Frenzied buzzing horseflies became noisily trapped in our long hair- spurring frantic, insane, self-inflicted head slaps that threatened to become self-inflicted knockouts. Select kamikaze flies would creep between our sweaty-fingers to inflict amazingly painful bites.

It was staring to look like we might become the first known case of climbers eaten by flies; when suddenly all horseflies dipped their wings, did a double roll & turned tail. They flew off down canyon: a roaring cloud of instant misery. The reason for their sudden retreat stood by the trail: snarling evilly, shovel in hand. Even horseflies don't screw with SMOKY THE BEAR!!

We had arrived at the Wilderness Boundary!! There beside the plywood Smoky was an eight-foot tall, solid redwood sign proclaiming:


ENTERING SAWTOOTH WILDERNESS AREA

CHALLIS NATIONAL FOREST

PLEASE REGISTER FOR YOUR OWN

PROTECTION!


After dropping our packs, we stood there speculating on how much further we had to go, and what had possessed the U.S. Forest Service to erect such a strange monument so far from a road. When we looked at the register; we found it had little sheets of paper with questions and blanks to fill in such as: Number in Party?, Length of Stay?, Destination?, Religion?, Method of travel?, Are you currently wanted by the F.B.I.?

Those questions: we answered creatively, and at length. In addition, there was a list of various reasons why one might be visiting the area: Recreation, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Scientific Research, Wilderness Enjoyment, Climbing, or Escaping From Justice. We, of course, checked them all.

Then came a problem. No-one wanted to put his name & address on the register after all our smart-assed responses. If apprehended: the penalties could easily have earned the guilty a haircut, and 90 days of hard labor dumping garbage, cleaning outhouses, and advising aged Californians on the best camp spots to put their travel trailers.

"Very well," said I: "Let's sign it: THE DECKER FLAT CLIMBING & FRISBEE CLUB, and since I thought of the name I get to be manager."

The club name was unanimously approved. We had elections on the spot with each of us picking the office we thought ourselves most suited for.



Ray Brooks - manager

Gordon Williams - social chairman

Harry Bowron - treasurer

Jim Fox- - member at large



The rest is history, and we did climb Mt. Regan the next day.

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Gordon doing Tyrolian Traverse on Regan. Note the Goldline rope.


Ray Brooks-1973
(I hope you didn't believe every work of the above story;)

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