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By Alicia Sokolowski
From Brooklyn, NY
Sep 11, 2013
Hanging out waiting for Die Antwoord to come on stage
I would have totally forgotten those. Thanks!

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By Carol Kotchek
From Louisville, Colorado
Sep 11, 2013
Veedauwoo off width clinic
East Buttress of El Cap
East Buttress of El Cap


East Butt El Cap, Climber Scott Wilson from Cananda <br />Photo Andrew Burr
East Butt El Cap, Climber Scott Wilson from Cananda
Photo Andrew Burr


West Butt El Cap <br />Andrew Burr photographer
West Butt El Cap
Andrew Burr photographer


Hello folks,
This is Carol Kotchek from the AAC. As I write this we are fervently working on getting an e-mail out to all participants.
Cor is correct. There is more food then you could eat. You might walk away gaining weight. The weather can do about anything so bring clothes from shorts to a puffy and something to wear on long climbs if the weather turns bad. It can definitely rain or even snow that time of year and it is possible to go hypothermic on a long climb if your not prepared.
I'm adding some pictures from last year's meet. All photos by Andrew Burr.

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By Carol Kotchek
From Louisville, Colorado
Sep 11, 2013
Veedauwoo off width clinic
Cor sending a 12a sport climb in the Valley
Cor sending a 12a sport climb in the Valley


Cor waking up with his morning cup of Joe.
Cor waking up with his morning cup of Joe.


I've included some cool photos of Cor so you know what your in for when you meet him.
Also, like our ICM Facebook page to see tons of photos from last year.


facebook.com/InternationalClim...

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By Carol Kotchek
From Louisville, Colorado
Sep 11, 2013
Veedauwoo off width clinic
Off Width Clinic <br />Photos Andrew Burr
Off Width Clinic
Photos Andrew Burr


Off Width Clinic <br />Photo Andrew Burr
Off Width Clinic
Photo Andrew Burr


Last year we had an off width clinic. Should we torture people again this year Cor?

By next week I will be posting on Facebook bios and pictures of this year's host climbers.

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By Tim Jones
Sep 11, 2013
I'm heading over from the UK. Really looking forward to meeting everyone.

Cheers

Tim Jones

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By Kurtz
Sep 11, 2013
Mr. P. Marten
Count me in! I'm from Connecticut but often climb in NH and the Gunks. Training hard to avoid being "that guy".

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By Ross Macfarlane
Sep 12, 2013
Greatly looking forward to meeting you all and doing some climbing in October. It has been too many years since I spent time in the valley.

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By Micahisaac
From Longmont, CO
Sep 12, 2013
soloing Boulder Canyon Upper Falls
I'll be joining in as a host. I am looking forward to sharing pitches with you all!

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By focoderek
From Fort Collins, CO
Sep 12, 2013
South Sixshooter
I'm looking forward to an awesome week in the Valley. I took my first trip to Yosemite this time last year with a buddy- we spent 3 days in Tuolomne and 3 days in the Valley- it was an incredible experience, but too short, can't wait to get back! I'm excited to meet good folks and share some fun rock adventures. I'm already slacking at work thinking about this trip...


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By Cor
Sep 12, 2013
black nasty
Make sure to brush up on your trivia skills folks!

(I think we might have some evening trivia rounds...)

:D

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By Carol Kotchek
From Louisville, Colorado
Sep 12, 2013
Veedauwoo off width clinic
If you guys have any particular routes you want to do, this is the place to post that info.

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By slim
Administrator
Sep 12, 2013
tomato, tomotto, kill mike amato.
wyoming sheep ranch! cor, i'll let you lead the pitches!

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By David Gibbs
From Ottawa, ON
Sep 12, 2013
Carol Kotchek wrote:
If you guys have any particular routes you want to do, this is the place to post that info.


There are lots of exciting looking routes, but I'm interested in going after Royal Arches, despite Mike's stories of an epic descent.

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By Alicia Sokolowski
From Brooklyn, NY
Sep 12, 2013
Hanging out waiting for Die Antwoord to come on stage
Royal arches, snake dike and nutcracker all look interesting! Not the most creative list for sure, but they must be classics for a reason, right?

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By Mike Grainger
From Waterloo, ON Canada
Sep 12, 2013
I don't think the Royal Arches epic descent is mandatory! I'd be up for Snake Dike, nothing like a little pre and post climb hiking.

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By Andrey Romaniuk
From Curitiba, PR
Sep 13, 2013
Profile
Will be great to see last year's friends, and meet new fellows.

See you guys in the valley!

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By Carol Kotchek
From Louisville, Colorado
Sep 13, 2013
Veedauwoo off width clinic
One of our hosts, Joe Lemay, told me he knows of a lot of routes in the Valley that are moderate, 5 star, and not crowded. Hit him up for information when you get there.

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By Tim Jones
Sep 13, 2013
I'd certainly be keen for Snake Dike, it looks like a proper day out ;)

However if anyone can offer some pointers to similar but quieter outings it will be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Tim

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By Paul R W
Sep 14, 2013
Mike Grainger wrote:
Will anyone else be in California a bit ahead of the ICM? I will be in the Bay area starting Friday Sept 27, and would like to partner with someone for that weekend. I'll have a rental car and full gear. We could do day trips around the Bay area, or do a weekend road trip. I'm up for pretty well anything, trad, sport, top roping or bouldering, as long as it's fun! I lead sport to 5.10, well protected trad to 5.8.


Hi Mike,

I am flying into SanFrancisco on Thu 03 Oct so will be there earlier also before making my way to Sacramento. I'm going there to do a little sightseeing beforehand but would be quite happy to meet up for a day to do some bouldering or similar that's nearby.

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By Cor
Sep 14, 2013
black nasty
Slim, is this the payment you expect for me borrowing your Valley Giants & Big Bros?!?!

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By Nogah
From Israel
Sep 15, 2013
Cor wrote:
Hey Alicia, For gear & clothing: - A standard (Double if you can) rack is good, and a single (60 or 70m) rope.


Hey Cory,
thanks for the gear list, it's particularly useful for us first-timers in Yosemite...

I wanted to ask regarding the rope, because I usually climb multi-pitch routes with a double rope and I would love to climb some long routes in the Valley. So having long routes in mind, would you still recommend a single rope?

Looking forward to meeting you in the camp!
Nogah

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By David Gibbs
From Ottawa, ON
Sep 15, 2013
Nogah wrote:
Hey Cory, thanks for the gear list, it's particularly useful for us first-timers in Yosemite... I wanted to ask regarding the rope, because I usually climb multi-pitch routes with a double rope and I would love to climb some long routes in the Valley. So having long routes in mind, would you still recommend a single rope? Looking forward to meeting you in the camp! Nogah


Most Americans climb single-rope style, while doubles are a lot more common in Europe. From reading a lot of the descent notes in the Supertopo guide, and from reading a lot of the route descriptions, it sounds like doubles would be great to have.

What you may find, though, is not quite as many climbers familiar with double-rope belay techniques, and especially, rope-management techniques on multi-pitch belays.

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By Cor
Sep 15, 2013
black nasty
Nogah,

Americans do use double ropes (half ropes) and they would be useful in the Valley.
For sure if you are going to focus on long day routes with people.
They would not be as good (as you probably know) for cragging (single pitch.)

I have and use doubles often. Will I bring them? No. I will end up bringing a single durable lead line. I think it is more versatile overall. If I have room in the bag after everything, then I will add a half rope (7 to 8m) as a tag line for descents.

Hope this helps, as I guess there is no right answer. :)

C

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By Carol Kotchek
From Louisville, Colorado
Sep 15, 2013
Veedauwoo off width clinic
Cor wrote:
Slim, is this the payment you expect for me borrowing your Valley Giants & Big Bros?!?!


Who is slim? That picture is from Burning Mont.

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By Kurtz
Sep 16, 2013
Mr. P. Marten
Carol: It's a bit early but is there an established way for everyone to post their pictures? Speaking for myself, my photography skills stink and whatever decent shots I get are of other people.

It would be cool to sit around the campfire and see what other folks climbed that day.

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