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Jim Dockery
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PostFri Jul 03, 2009 4:55 am 
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This is a tale of dichotomies: Ambition vs. reality, youth vs. age, adventure vs. beta, trails vs. bushwhacking, alpine high vs soul crushing drudgery, getting in shape vs. breaking down, and finally dreams vs. defeat. The details are too much to divulge so I'll let the pictures tell the story, suffice it to say Shred and I found some alpine solitude and interesting climbing, but got our asses (and feet) whooped and now need extended rehab.
And so it begins
And so it begins
Innovative axe technique
Innovative axe technique
Waterfall bouldering
Waterfall bouldering
Walkin' da waterfall
Walkin' da waterfall
Pure Cascade goodness
Pure Cascade goodness
Liberty Mt. from Big Bear
Liberty Mt. from Big Bear
Glacier Pk.
Glacier Pk.
Squire Creek Wall
Squire Creek Wall
Descending Big Bear
Descending Big Bear
Climbing [i:2127e21b8f]The Thumb[/i:2127e21b8f]
Climbing The Thumb
Top of [i:2127e21b8f]The Thumb[/i:2127e21b8f]
Top of The Thumb
Descending the W face of [i:2127e21b8f]The Thumb[/i:2127e21b8f]
Descending the W face of The Thumb
Traverse to S Finger
Traverse to S Finger
Traverse to S Finger
Traverse to S Finger
Climbing S Finger
Climbing S Finger
Sunset from S finger
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Sunset from S finger
Mt. Baker
Mt. Baker
Chopper circles the peak
Chopper circles the peak
Sunrise
Sunrise
Steep hard morning snow
Steep hard morning snow
Descending S finger
Descending S finger
Traverse to Middle Finger
Traverse to Middle Finger
Descending Middle
Descending Middle
Traverse to trail
Traverse to trail
On the way to Goat Flats
On the way to Goat Flats
Starting the road
Starting the road
14 miles later
14 miles later
Still Buddies
Still Buddies

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Magellan
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PostFri Jul 03, 2009 9:47 am 
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Holy bleep!  That is some adventure.  Fantastic pictures as usual!  up.gif  up.gif
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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 3:10 pm 
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I get nervous just looking at those photos!  Great pictures.  Cant wait to get there myself.  Great job.
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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 3:27 pm 
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Was that approach up Copper Creek?
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Tom_Sjolseth
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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 3:42 pm 
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Really nice photos, thanks for the writeup!
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Jim Dockery
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PostMon Jul 06, 2009 8:10 am 
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Schroder, yes we came up Copper, but went down the 3 Fingers trail (not the original plan), then had to walk the whole damn road to get out (we thought we'd only have to go about 6 miles to a washout, but the FS blocked it off way back)!

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PostMon Jul 06, 2009 8:14 am 
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Jim Dockery wrote:
then had to walk the whole damn road to get out (we thought we'd only have to go about 6 miles to a washout, but the FS blocked it off way back)!

I'll bet that was the hardest part of the trip.

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The Angry Hiker
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PostMon Jul 06, 2009 4:56 pm 
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Isn't there a lookout up there? I wonder what kind of shape its in with the road being closed the past couple years.
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PostSat Jul 11, 2009 8:10 pm 
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Great pictures Jim!
Can't wait to get back and finish the project!
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PostSat Jul 11, 2009 8:33 pm 
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How the heck did I miss this?

where are the skis?  winksmile.gif

Good stuff you two!
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PostSat Jul 11, 2009 8:48 pm 
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Well Tazz, I had big plans to ski that week... However I was indebted to Jim for skiing Rainier a few days prior. Guess its time to hang the boards up and get out some of those snaplink thinges wink.gif
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PostSat Jul 11, 2009 9:20 pm 
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Oooo i like those snaplink thinges!!!
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