Fw: Catra ultrarunner/ultraclimber...........
- I've never met anyone for whom, I think, I might possibly
predict that HRH is a "gimme."
Of course, I haven't met Catra yet.
(I just want to touch the hem of her garment...
...and be heeled.)
Rich "Firestorm" Limacher
Yankee Folly of the Day:
----- Original Message -----
From: catra corbett <catrarunner@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2002 1:58 AM
Subject: Catra ultrarunner/ultraclimber...........
> Hi Listers-
> I did something so amazing this past weekend!!!!
> It all started back in May when i met and ran with Leo
> Lutz at Massanutten for 74 miles. We talked about
> everything. He mentioned he rock climbed. That stuck
> in my head.
> I had been training on my days off in Yosemite Valley
> the past month. I encountered and met many climbers.
> They remind me alot of us ultrarunners very cool nice
> and friendly people.
> I had been hanging out at what is called Camp 5. This
> is my home when I'm chillin in the valley. Camp 4 the
> climbers camp is way to packed so you can't even get a
> site there. This is how camp 5 started just a group
> of climbers who camp out together. I can't tell you
> where it is kind of a secret, plus i don't want to get
> anyone in trouble.
> The climbers in the valley who i have met the past few
> weeks thought i was crazy. They can't belive i go out
> and run 40 miles in training in the valley then go out
> and run the next day 25 miles.
> It's funny they think I'm so amazing running and
> training for 100 mile races.
> They to me are the most amazing athletes.
> There sport is very dangerous you can be seriously
> injured or die doing what they do.
> You must trust each other climbing. That is what it
> is all about trust.
> So, after meeting Leo at Massanutten he decided he
> would come out for a visit in California. He really
> wanted to go to Yosemite to see all the places his
> idols have climbed.
> I told myself a month ago i would become a Rock
> climber in a year. Well little did i know i would
> become one three weeks later.
> Leo decided i would be totally capable climbing the
> Southwest face of Half Dome The Snake Dike route.
> He knew and read everything about climbing that route.
> I agreed to do it. He was very confident i could do
> I was at camp 5 telling all the climbers i was going
> to be climbing Snake Dike as my first climb, they to
> thought if anyone could do it as a first climb the
> crazy 100 mile girl could do it. I trusted what they
> Leo e-mailed info about the route. At no time did i
> ever think i could not do it. It is like running 100
> miles you just do it and have the most fun you can.
> Last Tuesday i walked into a place called Sunrise
> mountaineering. I told the sales guy Scott. I needed
> a harness, helmet, shoes and a chalk bag.
> He thought i was just getting new gear. I told him no
> i didn't have any gear. I was planing on climbing the
> Snake dike route for my very first climb. His jaw
> dropped. I then told him i ran 100 mile races. He
> was in shock! He then said that of course i would
> have no problem climbing.
> He set me up with the perfect gear for my climb.
> Leo arrived on Wed. night we would leave Thursday.
> He told me he would wait until Friday night after our
> 31 mile run in Yosemite, to let me know what i needed
> to know for the climb.
> We had a great run did the double HD-CR back to the
> Friday night-
> Leo showed me how to operate the belay device and told
> me the most important thing never let go of the break
> hand. At this point it was all clear i would have to
> responsible for his life out there. We would have to
> trust each other.
> We hung out with our buddies at camp 5. Everyone was
> really excited for me. I told only a few friends at
> home and i think they thought i was crazy.
> Saturday- "Climb" "climbing"..........
> The hardest part was getting to the location of the
> climb. We got lost and were bush wacking up class 4
> slopes. This is where i was really scared. I thought
> oh shit, if I'm scarred now how the hell am i going
> to climb up the mountain.
> We finally made it 4 hours 10 min. To the climbing
> area. We had two parties in front and one behind us.
> I told the party ahead it was my first climb she gave
> me a few pointers. The guy with the party behind me,
> his name was Rich also sheared some advise with me on
> my first climb. Everyone seemed so impressed by what
> i was about to do as a first climb.
> Leo taught me the basic signals like "on belay" the
> question a climber ask before he proceeds.
> "Belay on" , slack, uprope, watch me, belay off and
> off belay.
> Leo headed up to place pro along the way. Finally it
> was my turn the first and the third were the
> cruxes:the hard parts. I made it up ok to the first
> pitch and was surprised i was not afraid.
> The thing with climbing you must always pay attention.
> On the second pitch i dropped the most important
> device the belay. Oops.....
> Rich the guy behind us had an extra. Thank god.
> The third pitch was the crux. I felt stuck. I was
> afraid to move to far from bolt hold. This part was a
> 5.7 friction move I had to do what is called smearing.
> It is pushing your foot against rock to increase
> friction. I finally made it through that move. i was
> never once afraid i would die out there.
> I trusted my leader and myself. I also learned to
> trust the shoes.
> We finally made it to the top. I felt that same high
> you get after running 100 miles. Well actually it was
> more intense. Maybe because it was my first climb.
> Or maybe it is a new addiction for me.
> We finally made it back to camp 5 14.5 hours later
> what a long day. It was a climbing ultra.
> I think i found a new drug.
> Thanks to Leo for putting The Snake Dike climb in my
> brain and believing in me to do it.
> Thanks to the camp 5 guys for thinking I'm wacky and
> know i could do it.
> Next big Climb Royal Arches Route in Yosemite after
> That was my taper for WST can anyone top that????
> Look for me at Squaw Valley, i will be the chick on
> the climbing wall at the resort on Thursday and
> Luv, Catra
> ultra climber
Footnote: Chumpin' Cheezesiss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Add'l. Footnote: I can't wait to start shopping for all the
mountain climbing jewelry that Catra's bound to promote for
some climbing shoe company!
Consider the possibilities... ???
Sorry, won't see you next month, Steve. Now I guess I have
to keep up my herculean training regime for another whole
*Actually, on second glance, there's 4 possible
1) "heeled" = kicked for fondling her garment
2) "healed" = cured, as Jesus is said to have done
3) "well-heeled" = made rich (which, of course, I already
4) "well-heeled" = kicked by her high-priced Montrails
----- Original Message -----
From: Stevan Pattillo <spat@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2002 11:33 AM
Subject: Re: [hr100] Fw: Catra
> Healed or well heeled?