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Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 7, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
Looks like one to me.
Credit: Chicken Skinner

Scary!

Ken
Salamanizer

Trad climber
The land of Fruits & Nuts!
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
Just think, you could do the First and Last accent!
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
Credit: snowhazed
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 7, 2013 - 11:07pm PT
Intriguing isn't it? It is all yours Salamanizer. Really nice shot Snowhazed.

Ken
Salamanizer

Trad climber
The land of Fruits & Nuts!
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:09pm PT
Oh dude!!!

I've been on both ends of that photo... Yikes!
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:09pm PT
Scary!
Even the tree died of fright.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
I think I just shart myself.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:31am PT
the Gong Flake that fell off from Lower Cathedral Rock after Kor and I climbed the second ascent and Eric Beck and Bridwell did the third ascent...not to mention the pile of rocks that Layton knocked down on me in the chimney behind the flake

and the El Cap Tree Direct route that fell off after Sacherer and i climbed the third (?) ascent (Erick Beck also made a subsequent ascent before it fell off)

and The Gendarme at Seneca that fell down a week or two after our ascent

and the Robbins/Taylor route on Middle Teton that fell off

and the car-sized block that fell down near me from the top of the Grand Teton North Face

and the house-sized boulder that fell down the Middle Teton West Face

and the large boulder that started rolling downhill from my weight as I started climbing up it while soloing Pigeon Spire in the Bugaboos...Margaret Young and Jim Richardson had a ringside seat from Bugaboo Spire as I managed to scramble over the top of the rolling boulder, which then went crashing on down to the glacier

and the loose flake that blocked Kim Schmitz and me from the FA of the route just left of the Steck/Salathe

and the big rappel block that Kim Schmitz and i pulled off the first pitch of Rixon's South Face Route

and the car-sized block pulled off past me by Joe Faint's belay anchors, while catching my 100+ plus lead fall on Tepee's Pillar East Face

and the several tons of rocks that fell down past Claire Mearnz and me while sitting atop Dolt Tower in 1985

and the big rock fall down the Grand Teton North Face that chased Julie Tull and me running off down the upper glacier

and the December avalanche that scoured the North Face of Mt Temple in the Wind Rivers during the night following Margaret Young, Jim Richardson and i escaping it

oh, and there was this frozen waterfall in Connecticut that fell down while I was about a pitch up it soloing in the middle of the night...managed to leap from the falling ice onto a snow covered ledge off to the side

and this other frozen waterfall in the Delaware Gap, that melted and fell off not long after John Mattox and I made it to the summit

you may post to the religion thread any speculations as to why i am still alive

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:33am PT
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/203132/Last-and-First-Ascents

Somewhere there's a good rotten log thread, too.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:39am PT
Werner sent one of my favorites off the ledge at the bottom of Windfall's third pitch. It was about 8 ft high a foot thick by four feet. Climbing it was invigorating.

Now that I think of it, he sent a big one off Beggars Buttress that you had to chimney behind too. Or maybe that was layback around. It was stuck in a squeeze chimney and only in contact by about one square inch on each side.

Fricken Werner - always trying to save people's lives
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:26am PT
Did anyone else besides me have issues with death blocks directly above Camp 4 on the Nose? Between Camp 4 and the base of the Great Roof?

Seems to me that black diorite had a lot of loose blocks. I used half of my runners tying off blocks to protect my belayer, and I was afraid to put in any protection for fear of dislodging something!

That was ~30 years ago, maybe all the loose stuff has been trundled.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jan 8, 2013 - 09:57am PT
Didn't one of Werners entire FA climbs fall off the wall and dissappear? I forget the name, above Mirror Lake?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:04am PT
Meat Grinder looses a little of it's own skin this time.
Meat Grinder looses a little of it's own skin this time.
Credit: Salamanizer
Salamanizer speaks truly.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 11:16am PT

This one is BIG! But, luckily, off route.
Credit: Reilly
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
Wow, Tom. I just made a mental note: Do not attempt to climb a route after Tom does!

I think the El Cap Tree Direct route's disappearance is the one that truly surprised me. We had a refrigerator-sized block come crashing between us on the A4 traverse pitch on Koko Continuation, but the rockfall possibilities on that face were well known. Despite the talus field and lack of vegetaion under the SE face of El Cap, I never expected to lose, in essence, the whole route!

I still miss the Rotten Log on the Arches and the "Killer Death Flake" above the Hog Trough on Overhang Bypass.

John
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:57pm PT
For all the talk of the death block in the Monster ow, I'm surprised no one else was freaked out by these guys poised over the Alcove. At lease by the time we saw them, our bacon was behind them. I would have loved to have moved them, but without being able to trundle them, I worried that I might make matters worse. If they sat there that long...

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nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
I don't know about the killer death flake on hog trough, but about a pitch up there is a VW-bug sized boulder that leaned out about a foot when le_bruce stemmed onto it a few years ago. And somewhere in no-man's land between Return to Stone Age and Overhang Bypass there is a stack of three rocks that you must climb over and they all teeter back and forth as you climb them... definitely pull-down-not-out climbing style there.

Tom Cochrane, even if you were a cat you've used up your lives!
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:44pm PT
Nutjob, I think that VW-sized block was what I was referring to as the killer death flake. When I said "above the Hog Trough," I was meaning on the next pitch.

I last did the route while it was there in 1976, so my memory of it faded a bit. I just remember an easy fifth class move or two. I did the route again in 2000, with the block gone, and the move was in the 5.10 range for me (my partner thought it was reachy 5.8, but I couldn't make the reach, so it was much harder for me).

John
murcy

Gym climber
sanfrancisco
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:46pm PT
http://blog.sfgate.com/stienstra/2013/01/08/stunning-marin-beach-landslide-caught-on-camera-two-galleries/
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