r/videos Dec 08 '21 Wholesome 2

The Yosemite Marijuana Plane Crash - My favorite story about mountain climbers ever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5YGQjh7MyQ
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u/Letho72 Dec 08 '21

This entire documentary, Valley Uprising, is an absolute treat. Even if you're not into climbing I'd highly recommend it.

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u/TheChrono Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

There's SO many great climbing docs. And they appeal to non-climbers just as well. Just to name a few ontop of Valley Uprising which is in my top 3:

  1. Meru. It's such a beautiful story and you WILL cry at the end. Probably the best climbing doc out there.

  2. Free Solo. Your hands will be sweaty, come prepared.

  3. The Dawn Wall. Just a man with a project that happens to be a massive rock wall.

  4. A series of short docs called Reel Rock (free on Redbull.tv which is actually a great streaming platform). Tons of seasons of absolutely amazing content and covers every aspect of different types of climbing and its history. A few TOP tier episodes are Dura Dura (first one), Obe and Ashima, The Sensei, King's Line, Showdown at Horseshoe Hell (a personal favorite), Jumbo Love, Dodo's Delight(another fav and super good for non-climbers), Young Guns, Above the Sea, Age of Ondra, and more but I haven't seen the newer seasons multiple times.

  5. Cliffhanger ft. Sylvester Stallone, watch this one last and you will have a good laugh.

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u/MelGibsonIsKingAlpha Dec 08 '21

Also, touching the void. It's a docudrama, but is an incredible story.

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u/rub_a_dub-dub Dec 08 '21

that one is unbelievable.

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u/MelGibsonIsKingAlpha Dec 08 '21

So many crazy decisions those dudes had to make.

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u/TheChrono Dec 08 '21

Hmm I haven’t seen that one.

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u/MelGibsonIsKingAlpha Dec 08 '21

Man, do your self a favor and check it out. Im not even a climber but the story is insane.

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u/zipzapbloop Dec 08 '21

That song still creeps into my head from time to time!

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u/xenophon57 Dec 09 '21

was about to suggest this, dat shit nuts.

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u/gerryn Dec 09 '21

Touching the Void is sick, I get tears in my eyes just thinking about the experience of even Watching it.

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u/slashthepowder Dec 08 '21

The alpinist which just came out is also incredible (Netflix in the USA, prime in Canada) and 14 peaks (also Netflix) are well worth watching.

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u/USAyyy Dec 09 '21

I have watched both films this week. 14 Peaks motivated me to start getting back into shape. I watched Alpinist last night and had an emotional cry at the end. My oldest daughter is dating a young man that does some serious climbing and at times he will free climb what he considers "safe." It scares the shit out of me.

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u/doswell Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

Add on the new Netflix doc 14 Peaks: Nothing is impossible. It's about the Nepalese team who climbed all the 8,000 meters + tall mountains in the world in record time.

edit: Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey is great too.

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u/bbucksjoe Dec 08 '21

I would add a 5th to your list as well, The Dawn Wall. No spoilers but it follows Tommy Caldwell climbing in Yosemite. The beginning goes into a crazy and pretty intense story that sets up the rest of the documentary while following Tommy.

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u/Sykotik Dec 09 '21

The idea that... SPOILER!!!

He did that shit with half of one of the most important fingers missing is absolutely insane.

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u/TheChrono Dec 08 '21

I knew I was missing a big one. Adding that as well.

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u/hanzuna Dec 08 '21

Cliffhanger ft. Sylvester Stallone, watch this one last and you will have a good laugh.

That clips not gonna hold!

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u/SafetyCube920 Dec 08 '21

The Aplinist is wonderful to see, too. It's on Netflix now. Imagine Free Solo, but climbing up ice interspersed and freezing cold rock. A beautiful documentary.

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u/pureblood69420 Dec 09 '21

Add The Alpinist. If your hands get sweaty from Free Solo they will be abosultye drenched during The Alpinist. Even Alex Honnald from Free Solo says the guy in The Alpinist is insane.

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u/Letho72 Dec 08 '21

Shoutout to the Janja Garnbret ReelRock as well. All those docs are good recommendations.

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u/GeronimoRay Dec 08 '21

Cliffhanger is one of the best films ever - And the original idea for the script came from this incident.

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u/ViolinistFriendly Dec 08 '21

Reel Rock is amazing. (they're all fantastic, but reel rock keeps bringing content). Hope there's some new stuff soon.

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u/HarryGateau Dec 08 '21

I’d say Touching the Void is easily the best climbing documentary for non-climbers.

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u/tometrist Dec 09 '21

Add on The Alpinist and 14 Peaks and that’s a perfect list.

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u/counterfeit_coin Dec 09 '21

Re: Cliffhanger. If you like Hollywood style film pertaining to mountain climbing, I recommend K2: The Ultimate High

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u/iseeharvey Dec 09 '21

Just watched 14 Peaks on Netflix. Another great one about a group of Sherpas attempting a grand climbing feat and gaining some attention they deserve.

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u/gerryn Dec 09 '21

The new one on Netflix at the moment - 14 Peaks - is very good as well.

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u/itsfish20 Dec 08 '21

Just watching it and it was amazing!

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u/GeronimoRay Dec 08 '21

Absolutely!

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u/Enali Dec 08 '21

In the game Riders Republic that recently released you can find a downed jet in one of the Yosemite lakes in order to unlock a jetpack.... I'm just now realizing that this was probably a reference to this event! Pretty cool, thanks for posting the story

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u/collinch Dec 08 '21

The jetpack gets you high.

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u/darkhunt3r Dec 08 '21

So did they just loot the plane with the two dead bodies still inside?

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u/GeronimoRay Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

Thankfully - No. I can't remember if this has been edited down, but this story is also in a book on climbers in the Yosemite Valley and the FBI removed the bodies shortly after the plane went down. They just left everything else.

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u/darkhunt3r Dec 08 '21

They removed the bodies but not the weed?

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u/GeronimoRay Dec 08 '21

Further information, from what I recall: The person listening to the radio picked up the FBI's transmissions about the location and them removing the bodies. When the bodies were removed a winter storm moved in and blocked the FBI's access off to the lake. The only people who could get there were the Yosemite valley climbers and thus they went up there and got all the weed for themselves over several months of winter.

There was so much weed that some of these people became millionaires and started climbing companies. It could very well be the reason that climbing became mainstream, because of the profits from the weed.

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u/thejournaloflosttime Dec 08 '21

Which companies?

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u/GeronimoRay Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

Google pointed me to this article - Much more researched than the book I originally read the story in (After watching Valley Uprising). I should warn anyone who wants to click this link that the real story is not as exciting or romantic as it's been told throughout the decades: https://www.mensjournal.com/adventure/the-legend-of-yosemites-dope-lake-w209503/

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u/rub_a_dub-dub Dec 08 '21

On his last night in Yosemite, he noticed a fire burning in a campground nearby. He lit up some Thai stick and sauntered toward the trees. He found about a dozen young campers around a fire, so he passed his joint. Without revealing who he was, he told them a fantastic story about an airplane full of dope.

“I knew Jon Glisky and Jeff Nelson were dead,” Steinborn remembers. “I just had this romantic notion that someone should smoke that beautiful weed those guys were bringing back from Mexico.”

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When Schloss began to tell her about what went on in Yosemite in the months following the crash, she couldn’t help but laugh. It was her husband’s kind of scene.

“The climbers got a chance to push the limits of their sport. Jon would have loved that.

That actually was p romantic and exciting

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u/GeronimoRay Dec 08 '21

"John Bachar, the Stonemaster and famous solo climber, was rumored to have used cash from his haul to help fund a successful climbing gear company."

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u/Budget_Inevitable721 Dec 09 '21

One of the YouTube comments mentions Patagonia lmao I'd believe it

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u/GeronimoRay Dec 08 '21

Yeah, it's in the middle of nowhere - literally. You'd need a team of 100 or so climbers to get it all out of there...

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u/ElGatoPorfavor Dec 09 '21

In winter the lake with the plane crash is about 9 miles from the nearest trailhead and really non-trivial to get to. Source: I've skied past the lake in winter.

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u/43556_96753 Dec 08 '21

I listened to a podcast about it at least one of the bodies definitely was there the whole time but mostly underwater.

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u/catchierlight Dec 08 '21

Reminds me of all the "square groupers" folks have been finding off the Florida keys for years 😉🤣

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u/ProfessorZhirinovsky Dec 09 '21

Down in Nicaragua, where the currents tend to wash up cocaine that's been dumped the Gulf of Mexico, they call it "the White Lobster."

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u/GeronimoRay Dec 08 '21

It should be mentioned that this real life story is what inspired the film Cliffhanger.

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u/andGalactus Dec 08 '21

We are so lucky now, Imagine being that excited about dirty water and plane fuel soaked weed.

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u/iamamuttonhead Dec 08 '21

That one guy is still totally baked ("we made a lot of money...a LOT of money <heh><heh>"

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u/Sykotik Dec 09 '21

I've never once met an ex pot smoker.

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u/EthanWS6 Dec 08 '21

Haha amazing

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u/teenmins Dec 08 '21

Classic story!

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u/zhua89 Dec 08 '21

Oh i think NPR or maybe radiolab had an episode about this?

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u/leonryan Dec 08 '21

the Dollop podcast did a great episode about this

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u/Knight_of_the_Lepus Dec 09 '21

What is that song?

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u/auddbot Dec 09 '21

Run To Your Mama by Goat (00:14; matched: 100%)

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u/auddbot Dec 09 '21

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u/Knight_of_the_Lepus Dec 09 '21

Run To Your Mama by Goat

There's another song. Probably by Goat, but it comes in later.

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u/BurrardOTOBOKEBeaver Dec 09 '21

Yep, even from those potato quality pictures I could make out the typical 70s Era ditch-weed your dad loved to brag about like it was something incredible.

I bet a pound of today's weed would get you more bombed then whatever that stuff in the photos was.

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u/geeksrpeeps2 Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

They thought they were too high to crash

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u/xXPumbaXx Dec 08 '21

Can't they still get in trouble for admiting selling weed illegally?

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u/GeronimoRay Dec 08 '21

Nah, they're safe

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u/ProfessorZhirinovsky Dec 09 '21

I'm guessing the Statute of Limitations has long since been passed.

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u/william-o Dec 09 '21

Crime needs evidence....you can't get charged for having previously possessed or sold drugs if you don't have any on you. or police witnesses the act

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u/nadmaximus Dec 09 '21

I would think the IRS would be more interested than the DEA at this point.

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u/TheDongerNeedsFood Dec 08 '21

I’ve literally never heard of this! Must have been millions of dollars worth of weed that got looted!

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u/shawster Dec 08 '21

Nothing like smoking some benzene with your weed.

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u/SquidCap0 Dec 09 '21

That sounds like a movie plot to me..

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u/Fit-Cardiologist2065 Dec 17 '21

So did they ever find out who the pilots were? Where they were headed? Anything about them or the haul?

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u/GeronimoRay Dec 08 '21

I'm sorry, but it isn't bullshit. They bought houses and cars and lived lavish lives - for a time. 1977 was a very different time.

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u/tech_hundredaire Dec 08 '21

Total redditor moment, nothing ever happens. We're supposed to take your speculation that this is bullshit at face value, but you wont do the smallest bit of research that would show you multiple corroborating articles and stories about this event.

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u/scoat21 Dec 09 '21

what about different times of '77 makes soaked/frozen weed flammable and or capable of exploding? it's the the explosion factor that wreaks so much bullshit for me.

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u/HerpToxic Dec 08 '21

You could buy a middle class house for 50 grand in the 70s.

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u/Budget_Inevitable721 Dec 09 '21

Tbf weed wasn't up to $400/o back then either.

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u/Pity_Boner Dec 09 '21

There was an estimated 6000lbs of it though.

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u/Budget_Inevitable721 Dec 09 '21

I'm not saying they didn't make a lot.

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u/poopoojohns Dec 09 '21

A sudden cash injection would make other purchases they may have been considering much easier.

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u/scoat21 Dec 09 '21

idk why you're getting downvoted.

soaked/frozen sacks of weed that explodes when you light it? bullshit.