Thinking back it must have been 2004 when I received my Mad-Choss crash pad. In 2005 I was really syked my douchedom had slowed but only temporally (*more on that later). One day at work (*Nicros) a guy named Josh Helke came in and showed me some Chalk-Pots and Crash pads he was doing. I thought it was cool and all the cool kids had it so I need to be cool. I asked josh to make me something special... Something that fit me..
PINK AND BLACK CRASH PAD! MATCHING CHALK POT! MATCHING CHALK BAG!
I WAS SO FLY!
Not. But his stuff was.
I believe I own the 3rd Organic 1/2 pad ever made and the 6th Organic Crash Pad.. This pad is famous like wHOA, Daniel Woods fell on it once... maybe even twice.. I think Brian Had sex on it, then I slept on it not knowing that disgusting fact..
Here is some information you need to know,
Full Pad- I have used this pad more than any other PAD I own. I climbed the Cave Traverse for the first time with only this pad and my half pad. Out of the 2 plastic buckles it has 1 has broken and it finally broke 2 years ago because I closed my tailgate on it. This one had awesome velcro so you could strap the half pad onto it (*Organic now uses a better metal buckle instead of Velcro). I climbed my first v7,v8, v9, v10, and v11 Over this guy.. The foam finally "flattened" out last year. I am now making plans to have it DE-stuffed and turned into a rug.
Half Pad- The half pad has one hole, the hole is from a rodent that decided soy foam was tasty. I still use this half pad anytime I climb. The foam is not flat.. For real, feels like brand new... It has not taken as many falls but you would thin it would flatten out.. nope. still good.
This pad may not be as nice as the newer organics but the foam is bomb the design is sick and the colors as cute... I think that is why Organic is on top..
Twas the Christmas of 2004 or 5? I had just begun climbing and was in full douche form. I had 6 ear piercings and a Mohawk that was blond. I was/am a douche.
After meeting my climbing mentors (Jim Merlie, Brian Camp) I quickly realized a few things, Earings are not cool, prana is for posers, hueco is the best bouldering in the world, and most importantly BOULDERING is the only way to climb.. oh, and climbing hard gets you chicks..
I quickly decided I needed a "crash pad" and asked my moms for a crash pad as a gift..
-ORGANIC WAS NOT YET MAKING PADS..
xmas came and there it was...
a MAD-CHOSS crash pad
at first this pad was awesome, It even worked as a couch! I was very happy at the time but looking back it was a terrible decision..
here are a few facts (*use picture above to follow along).
1. One of my first trips to SAWMILL someone fell and landed on my pad... only they STOPPED A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PAD... NOT ON THE FOLD BUT WHERE THE FOAM IS..
2. Mad-CHOSS had this idea that you and your friends could Velcro pads together to create a supper landing surface, what they forgot is that if you land on the pad it will tear leaving another hole in your pad.
3. After the holes started forming I thought it would be cool to glue carpet to the pad.. still a good idea to this day.
4. CHEAP PLASTIC BUCKLES. 3 of the 4 broke withing a month.
5. CHEAP METAL BUCKLES. 3 of 3 have bent or broke.. 1 of which broke when I used it as a couch.
6. More holes.
I now use this pad as a bottom feeder (large pit that needs to be filled with shitty pads so nice pad can provide good landing). This was one of the best Christmas presents I have ever received and I am very thankful, this pad will always holds a special place in my garage because it was my first.