Saturday, April 5, 2008
Last night the American Mountaineering Center here in Golden held a slideshow presented by Ed Webster. For those of you that know or don't know Ed Webster ranks right up there with the most hardened of hardmen, old school, brass ball, climbers that the world has seen. Originally from New Hampshire, Ed lived in Colorado Springs during the 70's and 80's and amassed an astounding resume of First Ascents from the Black Canyon to the Desert and pretty much anywhere else he decided to climb. The stories were gripping to say the least and there was more than one occasion where ole Ed's partner would fail to show up for some nail up or FFA of something, so what did Ed do? Solo. No Partner, No Protection, No problem. These adventures are far far from the experiences that I have rock climbing, guys like Ed make my bolt clipping poofness seem trivial. Peek a small list of Ed's FA's. We at pimpin and crimpin neither feel pimpy nor crimpy alongside such climbing royalty, we bow in respect to the Ed Websters, Layton Kors, Royal Robbinses, Steve Hongs, Jim Eriksons, and anyone else who has hauled 25lb brass balls up scary FA's with nothing buy hexes, nuts, and EB's.
After the show Arnold and I adjourned to Derek's house for beers and broohahaing. We decided, or rather Arnold decided, that it was time for an adventure of our own. So, soon, very soon, your very own sissy sport climber boys are going to take their hip hop listening and american apparel asses to the black. Oh boy, stay tuned for that blog, should be full of fun things like adventure slings, setting anchors with cammy things, ticks, and sketchy gulley descents.
Posted by Bronco at 7:25 AM