Sunday, May 20, 2012

Grand rapids buildering

            Walking around downtown Grand Rapids will give the urban climber a lot of dreams. These photos are from the public library and show two excellent routes. Both are probably 80 feet in length, with excellent foot and hand holds. While some buildering projects
      these just scream out to be climbed. I am not sure i have the nuts to do it, i would expect that arrest is likely...but these are maybe 5.4...easy pickings. Of course a fall would kill you...but that is to be expected from a blog with this title.

Each of these prominent ridges are positive holds...a virtual ladder. 

Start in the the corner and gain the ledge for a no hands rest.  girdle your loins for the next pitch.

From the ledge, proceed up and right taking rests in window ledges, or choosing a single push to the summit.

this inside corner and face climb is probably 60 feet of fun, nice rest at 20 feet.  Summit at the roof.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

1999 Subaru = fun Engine

        Letting this car go was very sad.  It certainly was beat up. Both drivers smashed into things with it, the bumpers had the droop, but it was super fun to drive. Like a go cart that kicks ass in snow.  The radio sucked though..should have mentioned that in the add.

Subaru Impreza Outback sport - $700 (Kalamazoo)

Date: 2012-05-03, 8:52PM EDT
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1999 Subaru , 204,000 miles, 24 mpg, good transmission, 5 speed manual, super fun to drive. If this car didn't need so much work, i would keep it. But because I have two kids..and have to cart my sister in laws kids around too...i....sigh...bought a mini van. This car needs a new gas intake line ( 300 bux including labor) and a brake overhaul ( about 700 bux) and it doesn't carry four kids. This car is rough around the edges, but drives great.

E-mail me and i will send you pictures. Frankly if you are counting on this cars appearance to help you pick up are gonna wait a long time, but it drives great. If you are a skier or a snowboarder- this car is perfect for you- plows through grill high snow drifts with out a problem.

I can't let you test drive it because the brakes are bunk. This is a great project car..and it has a lot of life left in it.

Also comes with an awesome array of bumper stickers, instant street cred with skateboarders, environmentalists and soul music listeners.