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Radish

Trad climber
SeKi, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 29, 2009 - 04:56pm PT
Thought I'd post one before the year ended to pay for all my lurking. Its kind of a quiz I guess, This crag has lots of hard climbs and some of the best stuff is out of the picture, which I took a long time ago. Climbs with names like "Raptors of the Steep" and "Some Assembly Required" may give away this frontcountry crag. "Its hard to get to" is the first reply you usually get when asking anyone who knows. I'd like to hear some stories too if
Credit: Radish
anyone has any..............................
aldude

climber
Monument Manor
Dec 29, 2009 - 05:04pm PT
Patterson Bluffs.....?
G_Gnome

Trad climber
In the mountains... somewhere...
Dec 29, 2009 - 05:33pm PT
That would be my guess too Al.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 29, 2009 - 05:43pm PT
That was what jumped into my mind.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Dec 29, 2009 - 05:48pm PT
That's what it is. I've been climbing on the cliff on the lower right hand side, but not on the upper left, whose approach deterred me. I can see the farther left portion of the cliff from my house many days.

John
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 29, 2009 - 05:53pm PT
So, you guys that have been there wanna cut in a new trail to PB, right, to the flake for some frolic in February?
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Dec 29, 2009 - 05:56pm PT
I could certainly be talked into it, Jaybro. By the way, there is a trail, complete with built-up switchbacks, on the left side of the lower cliff, but the lower 100 feet or so are obscured by vegetation. i assume PG&E/Southern Cal Edison had something to do with its construction, probably in the 1920's when my father was working up there.

John
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 29, 2009 - 06:06pm PT
This is worth talking further about..

Check your Email, John
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Dec 29, 2009 - 07:25pm PT
I did a bunch of routes there late 80's with Herb Laeger. There had been a fire, and the approach was clear. Herb went on to establish several remarkable long routes on the main face in the 5.10-5.12 range by approaching from the top and rapping in. One of these routes is ten pitches of 5.10 and is named, simply, "Ten."

Radish

Trad climber
SeKi, California
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 29, 2009 - 07:35pm PT
This Topo was originally made by Richard Leversee and I got it via Paul Martzen. I'm sure more routes have been added...........


Credit: Radish
ec

climber
ca
Dec 29, 2009 - 09:03pm PT
Jaybro,
Let's see the 'money shot' from JA's Wide World (forgot the exact name, sorry) that Leversee took.

 ec
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 29, 2009 - 09:14pm PT
Credit: Jaybro

I met Brutus because of this photo.
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Dec 29, 2009 - 09:44pm PT
Never been to Patterson Bluffs, but I always wondered where Jaybro's WWOS was located--looks like a cool place!
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Dec 29, 2009 - 09:58pm PT
Hey Jaybro-

I have seen that photo before but I thought it was the Balch Camp OW thingy. Am I wrong?

That looks gorgeous, sure like to get on that someday.

Patterson Bluffs looks like a terrific area for those who can climb hard stuff.
I've heard things about the place for many years and wanted to check it out, but the Sierra's have so much great rock that it's hard to head off to the relatively unknown when you have such godly attractions nearby.

Anyone got any additional pictures?
Radish

Trad climber
SeKi, California
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 29, 2009 - 10:09pm PT
I got these pictures from Paul....Don't know who took them..........

Patterson Left.......
Patterson Left.......
Credit: Radish
Far Right...........
Far Right...........
Credit: Radish
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
Sprocketville
Dec 29, 2009 - 11:42pm PT
that first pic is a mirror image,

if this is the same patterson bluffs on the kings, near garlic falls,

looks like balch camp in the right rear but i lost my contacts in the soup.

thats a kodachrome slide in backwards, or i'm a hippo on crack.


Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
Sprocketville
Dec 29, 2009 - 11:57pm PT
yeah, no, i'm rite on top of the PG now, see here>

you park under the penstock and hope no smartass trundles your car into the N. Fk. Kings.

great cayonerring down there,

Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Dec 30, 2009 - 12:16am PT
bump... interesting
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Dec 30, 2009 - 12:46am PT
Dr. Spock, those pics from Radish are correctly oriented. I can see most of the top picture from my bedroom window on a clear day. I've always assumed that the big flake in the second picture is the Balch Camp Flake that Mark Powell climbed in the mid-1950's. Those cracks on it always intrigued me, but with binoculars, they looked more like very wide chimneys (which might explain why the first ascent involved some rope throws).

I've done several chimneys and offwidths on the lower, Eastern bluff over the years.

Jaybro,

I'm certainly interested, although I will be in the process of moving in early February, Lord and lender willing. Email me if you need info, a partner, or a place to stay.

John
Radish

Trad climber
SeKi, California
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2009 - 01:07am PT
Credit: Radish
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