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The Trough at Big Rock--Was it your first climb/first lead/first free solo?
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By Shawn Mitchell
From Broomfield
Jul 14, 2014
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Just curious. It was all of those for me.

By TacoDelRio
From All up in yo bidniss.
Jul 17, 2014
We don't kick it with bustas in khaki g-strangs.
First lead, first lead solo on a Silent Partner, first slab fall. Wouldn't freesolo that thing, grodey!

By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Jul 17, 2014
Hi Shawn. Long time since we've heard from you.

It was my first multipitch climb, and on my second day of learning to climb (we climbed at Rubidoux the day before). I was 13 and initially being kind of spooked when leaning back on the anchors at the top of the first pitch. It was pretty glassy then (late 70s) so I can't imagine what it's like now. Perhaps the current closure will let it shed those decades of grease and chalk.

I haven't been back there in a long time. The last time may have been with Eric Held after getting rained out at Idyllwild.

By C Miller
Jul 23, 2014
Sugar Pine (Pinus lambertiana), Black Mountain
First lead climb ever.


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