Sunday, June 10, 2007

With a little help from friends.



Phillip Benningfield waiting for a freak cold-front to climb the first ascent of "Dawn" at Penitente Canyon. "Dawn" climbs a serious of brilliant small pockets up a bullet 20 foot gently overhung face (from a sds down and right of the spotters) over a leg-breaking boulder that could (a) send you and your spotters over another 15 foot drop or (b) wedge you between the 10 foot deep, 2 foot wide cravas straight below. Phil chose (c) and it was the correct one.

15 comments:

chuffer said...

looks like a good line.

sneeldog said...

For a better line, just start from the obvious "Eye".

Dropknee said...

"A thoughtful mind, when it sees a sds, sees not the sds only, but the line itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly into the honor of our sport, the principles, the truths, and the history which belongs to the proper start that sets it forth."

Henry Ward Beecher, 19th century, reflecting on Sneeldog's copped-out, first ascent, stand start to this problem.

sneeldog said...

All I am saying is that added moves does not necessarily mean added stars. Does "Here Comes Sickness" get more stars than "Germ Free"? In this case, the sds only adds a funky move which in turn forces you to dodge the large boulder to the left, and in my mind, takes away from the beauty of the rest of the line. But what do I know...

Dropknee said...

quick, let me rub this here choss lamp and when JJ geniue comes out, he will answer our question.......................................wait.............................wait.......

chuffer said...

wait ...

Alden said...

Kahuna was not a legit problem until the classic 4 star sit start was added.

chuffer said...

left field comment from alden hits nail on head ...nice! I agree that the majority of sit starts add nothing in quality. some do though.

Dropknee said...

neither one of you are the choss geniue......wait............

sock hands said...

YOU DUMB BISHES HOW DARE YOU AWAKEN ME FROM MY NOT DOING WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!111111111111


SIT STARTS CAN DETRACT STARS FROM PROBLEMS, BUT SOMETIMES THEY ARE THEN ONLY MOVES THAT JUSTIFY THE EXISTANCE OF THE STAND START !!!!!!!!!!!1111111


BOTH PARTIES MUST SUBMIT AMICUS BRIEFS TO ME IN ORDER TO DETERMINE WHICH INSTANCE THIS HAPPENS TO BE.


now, DON'T PISS ME OFF OR I WILL DOLE OUT JUSTICE WITH MY BOOT OF DOOM

sock hands said...

oh, and update this shit at least as often as you check your email.

current state of affairs is pathetic.

lives are in danger.

UPDATE !!!!!

chuffer said...

hey foolface, constant updating of this rig is required to keep me satisfied.

chuffer said...

this movie is really getting in the way of my entertainment.

sort of a long-run vs. short-run deal, I guess.

Dropknee said...

and you won't be sorry

chuffer said...

if you have time to comment, TAKE TIME TO POST.

don't you have any Hueco, Ibex, Joe's or Rocklands photos?