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Oct 28, 2011
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The Brotherhood Of the Traveling Stopper.

There are a subset of climbers who climb trad, and a subset of those who seek out adventures in obscurity. And we are the Brotherhood Of the Traveling Stopper.
There are many ways to create adventure. Some by difficulty, some by circumstance, some by new territory, or by whatever means of your making that would please you. In the most recent case for me, I was 2/3 through a timed scrambling run with some friends in the flatirons. Tour De Flatirons
We started at a trailhead, run up to the The Recency , down the back, up the Royal Arch, down the back, then cross country up to the Fifth Flatiron, up the South East Ridge and down the back and then back to our cars. That's a 3-4 miles of running and about 1500' of climbing in an hour, all give or take a little on distance and time

I was bringing up the rear in this race with a few other guys when a hanging sling at the edge of the rock, in no manís land caught my eye. Bringing up the rear in a timed race isnít something I take seriously, but booty is. If I canít outrun my pals, I can at least out booty them! I traversed out over to the edge, panting, and started cleaning the gear. I retrieved a brand new 4í sling, a few biners, a small stopper and a threaded loop of webbing, all in near-mint condition. It was clear that this was bail gear and probably due to weather, as its position was not logical for anything other than escaping a storm.

The stopper was an old-fashioned straight-sided stopper and I knew immediately that this would be the stopper to go on a journey into obscurity. I had been wondering for a week what piece of adventure gear I would launch into cyberspace, and as soon as I extracted this one, I knew.

The traveling stopper shall behave somewhat like the Travelling Biner, but with slightly different rules:

1) Donít ask for it if you are not going to use it.
2) Each recipient, having requested the stopper, shall use it, post a story about how and where, preferably with a link or picture.
3) The route must be an obscure or adventure routeÖ No classics, and nothing pedestrian. There has to be a story beyond ĎI climbed Calypso and I placed it.Ē What kind of fun is that? We are looking for adventure of some sort, not a tick-list.
4) The stopper will go from climber to climber, not in any preconceived order, but to the person next responding after the previous story has been posted.
5) The poster/user shall mail it to the next recipient after they claim the prize, and post to whom they sent it and when.
6) If you have not used it and posted within 4 weeks, expect to be harassed. This ain't the "Brotherhood Of the Sittin-In-The-Closet Stopper."

I already mailed it to the next guy, where the travels begin.

AntinJ wrote:
Just received the traveling stopper tonight from Tony B,....pretty psyched for the adventures that lie ahead! Jason


Indeed! Let the games begin.

Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
23,493 points
Oct 28, 2011
Stabby
Make sure each time it is sent out that who it was sent to is posted so you can keep track. Mike Lane
From Centennial, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
839 points
Oct 28, 2011
Humboldt Bouldering
I have a late 70s Chouinard Hexentric I'd be willing to donate to the cause

In new condition, I want it back beat up with some stories to tell
Josh Kornish
From Missoula, MT
Joined Sep 16, 2009
472 points
Oct 28, 2011
Flaming Pumpkin
Remember everybody, pictures are great, video is better! I do enjoy watching a good adventure. What is the person with the stopper going to do when the season is up? Send it on to someone doing mixed climbing or keep it until warmer weather? Evan Sanders
From Westminster, CO
Joined Dec 10, 2010
145 points
Administrator
Oct 28, 2011
El Chorro
Silly Evan, climbing season never ends. You live in TN, you of all people should know this! Ryan Williams
From London (sort of)
Joined May 10, 2009
1,468 points
Oct 28, 2011
Flaming Pumpkin
I hole up like a groundhog in the cold Ryan. Evan Sanders
From Westminster, CO
Joined Dec 10, 2010
145 points
Oct 28, 2011
Every single day.
Ryan Williams wrote:
climbing season never ends.


+1!!
Kurt Ross
From Boulder, colorado
Joined Apr 8, 2009
302 points
Oct 28, 2011
First morning at Indian Creek!!!
Kurt Ross wrote:
+1!!

+2!!!
J Antin
From Golden, CO
Joined May 13, 2009
881 points
Oct 28, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
+ (n+1)! Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,090 points
Oct 28, 2011
First summit of First Flatiron
These ideas are awesome! I hope it doesn't get lost in the shuffle. Derek W
Joined Jun 27, 2008
38 points
Oct 29, 2011
Roadtrip!
This sounds awesome! Please sign me up! ssimonson09
From Tacoma, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2010
10 points
Oct 29, 2011
Me scaring years off my mom's life
I'm as in as...I can't think of a good analogy but I'm totally in. Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
Joined Apr 26, 2009
101 points
Oct 29, 2011
Humboldt Bouldering
Enough of the talk. I am going to climb this weekend and snap a video of my hex along with a biner in Blodgett.

I like the idea of when a video or picture is posted that the next comment after the post receives the the gear.

I am going to keep my yellow tape marker around the wire. Once you receive the gear either place your colored tape on the hex or the biner. Cover half of my tape.

Video will be up Sunday.

It's officially on
Josh Kornish
From Missoula, MT
Joined Sep 16, 2009
472 points
Oct 29, 2011
Great idea Tony!!!!
I will be requesting this when Canada thaws out next summer and I go back to the Valhallas.
Bill Ballace
From Pullman,WA
Joined May 26, 2005
577 points
Oct 29, 2011
Awesome, count me in. Jonathan Steitzer
From midcoast, maine
Joined Feb 21, 2010
1,425 points
Oct 30, 2011
Flaming Pumpkin
Shiho wrote:
But no one thought that your 'the Brotherhood of the traveling stopper' idea may offend someone. Or even if someone did, no one voiced his/her opinion. Hence, they are all equally quilty in my opinion.


Because it shouldn't be offensive.
Evan Sanders
From Westminster, CO
Joined Dec 10, 2010
145 points
Oct 30, 2011
Flaming Pumpkin
Shiho wrote:
'the brotherhood'? Aren't there female climbers out there who seek adventures?


It's just a name which is supposed to symbolize unity (I'm assuming). Like how people on earth are "mankind", not "mankind and womankind".

But back on topic, I'm excited to see all the adventures the stopper will go on!
Evan Sanders
From Westminster, CO
Joined Dec 10, 2010
145 points
Oct 30, 2011
Mathematical!
Shiho wrote:
But no one thought that your 'the Brotherhood of the traveling stopper' idea may offend someone. Or even if someone did, no one voiced his/her opinion. Hence, they are all equally quilty in my opinion.


Quilty?

Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Joined Jul 11, 2008
123 points
Nov 13, 2011
Me and Holden at the "Matterhorn"
Tony B wrote:
Anyone looking to be offended is welcome to be. There was a Fellowship of the Ring, there was the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The latter was a movie that I was actually playing with the name of because it provides context here. You are welcome to be our 'bro' if you want. We always teased Joseffa and told her "You da' man!" after a hard lead. Gender has never been a big issue for me, so perhaps that's why I don't make a big deal out of it. But if gender is a big deal for you, or if you are looking for a PC cause to make trouble out of, I will be willing to both oblige in that provision and then to ignore your responses there-after, other than to say, if it pleases your cause: "No wonder why dudes don't like having chicks around sometimes..."

+10
Robbie Mackley
From Tucson, AZ
Joined May 6, 2010
90 points
Nov 13, 2011
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Has this stopper seen any action yet, or is this train still sitting in the station? Get on wit it! Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,494 points
Administrator
Nov 13, 2011
Pure bliss..
yeah Tony, whoever you sent the stopper to needs to put the bong down, do some climbing, photo/video it and puff puff PASS that stopper!!! Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
589 points
Nov 13, 2011
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Hank Caylor wrote:
yeah Tony, whoever you sent the stopper to needs to put the bong down, do some climbing, photo/video it and puff puff PASS that stopper!!!



That needs to be said more often:

"Put the bong down and climb."
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,494 points
Nov 13, 2011
Batman Pinnacle
Pass it! Scott O
From California
Joined Mar 30, 2010
25 points
Nov 21, 2011
First morning at Indian Creek!!!
OK!

Who wants it next!
J Antin
From Golden, CO
Joined May 13, 2009
881 points
Nov 21, 2011
Me scaring years off my mom's life
Dibs!! Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
Joined Apr 26, 2009
101 points
Nov 23, 2011
First morning at Indian Creek!!!
Austin Baird wrote:
Dibs!!


@ Austin: You should receive it by Saturday!
J Antin
From Golden, CO
Joined May 13, 2009
881 points


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