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survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 5, 2017 - 08:37am PT
We're all inspired by giant peaks, incredible ridges, steep big walls, and soaring pinnacles.

But I think I'm not alone in my love of more humble stone features. Anyone? Beuhler?
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survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2017 - 08:42am PT
This is the kind of thread I expect to draw Mouse and DMT into at least!

Maybe even Sesh Lord Jefe if he can take a picture of something besides giant boulders!

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drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 5, 2017 - 09:01am PT
Sorry Bruce.

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thebravecowboy

climber
The Good Places
Jan 5, 2017 - 09:04am PT
my first boulder, prior to any formal technical climbing, was an 8m diameter rounded glacial erratic in a central MI forest. The big granite Candy Rock was at the edge of rolling fallow fields woth no development in sight. A fine place for my father to induce affinity for the rock, after the dastardly act of moving us away from the Alabama
Hills. I dig the lone small fieldstone.
































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T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jan 5, 2017 - 09:07am PT
Anyone see a vulture head/skull?

Vulture Skull?
Vulture Skull?
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Meet Choss Pyle

Choss Pyle
Choss Pyle
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Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jan 5, 2017 - 09:51am PT
One of the joys of our rocky 5-acre ranchette is the thousands of humble basalt field stones, although I'll admit to elevating some above their original humble beginnings.

Heidi's Lingam garden.
Heidi's Lingam garden.
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Cat Rock.
Cat Rock.
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driveway rocks.
driveway rocks.
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The Inukshuks are elevated stones.
The Inukshuks are elevated stones.
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Up our "crick" the humble stones are abundant.

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Harley (the cat) keeps track of the rest of the humble field stones.

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hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 5, 2017 - 11:08am PT
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Cragar

climber
MSLA - MT
Jan 5, 2017 - 11:21am PT
Emmaline lake boulder
Emmaline lake boulder
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Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Jan 5, 2017 - 11:32am PT
One man's talus is another dog's pillow
One man's talus is another dog's pillow
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clode

Trad climber
portland, or
Jan 5, 2017 - 12:52pm PT
Bouldering wall literally right outside my tent, Chimney Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness.
Bouldering wall, Chimney Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness. Note my light col...
Bouldering wall, Chimney Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness. Note my light colored REI Trail Dome tent near the left edge of the photo.
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Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 5, 2017 - 03:36pm PT
I like the thread. I can still picture the first rocks that poke up from the grass lands just East of Oakdale (I think) on the drive from the Bay Area to the Valley. I think there are similar ones on 140 and down east of Clovis, too. I always thought of the Barrow Downs in the Fellowship of the Ring, give the Valley fog that can occur there.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jan 5, 2017 - 03:49pm PT
hey there say, survival...

wow, i really love these... thanks for sharing...


*neat puppy pillow, happygirrrl... :)
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2017 - 04:36pm PT
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hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 5, 2017 - 10:47pm PT
this chunk called me in, it had a story that slowly unfolded.
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serious scars, and a kind of solitude but with signs of resistance.
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this remnant almost made me jump. a bygone battle, over what?
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taking stock of the bigger picture ... an excavation site, the scene of a clash near old route 66.
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relinquished iron at the foot of the stalwart, sharing a donor site and a settlement, nine decades in
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but the real story runs way deeper than that
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 7, 2017 - 07:16pm PT

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 9, 2017 - 08:03am PT
NOT humble field stones.
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Possibly among the world's top field stone models, these beauties grace
the north side of Hwy 140 just outside the picturesque and sleepy hamlet of Catheys Valley.
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Let's be clear about true field stones.

First, though, I'd like to say that in my opinion, WC Fields had stones as big as any man. Did you see the stunts? My god!
Build with me and they will come.
Build with me and they will come.
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Also, not all stones found in fields are field stones. You may have your opinion, but mine is based on observation in the field(s) of field stones and cobbles, which are commonly found in the same places.
Build with me and the neighbors may throw stones.
Build with me and the neighbors may throw stones.
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The difference is night and day...cobbles are rounded and smoothed, while field stones, good for building, are angular and roughly-shaped. Both may have lichens or moss attached.
This is the kind of place field stones are found.  The objects in the ...
This is the kind of place field stones are found. The objects in the foreground are not field stones. That road leads to field stone alley.
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Cobbles are used by folks here in the valley, where they are abundant, especially out in the dredge tailings by Snelling and Merced Falls; but frankly, the style is not appealing--all that cement that is used is not beautiful, it's a waste. It just looks tacky. All those plant borders and porches and facings...tsk-tsk, you shoulda used brick.
Nature's quarry.
Nature's quarry.
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Might even find some fun bouldering up there.  Watch for snakes.
Might even find some fun bouldering up there. Watch for snakes.
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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 9, 2017 - 08:11am PT
Humble ain't a werd in Texas, hombre!

Might need some help with this 'un.
Might need some help with this 'un.
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Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Jan 9, 2017 - 08:38am PT
I like the thread. I can still picture the first rocks that poke up from the grass lands just East of Oakdale (I think) on the drive from the Bay Area to the Valley. I think there are similar ones on 140 and down east of Clovis, too. I always thought of the Barrow Downs in the Fellowship of the Ring, give the Valley fog that can occur there.

"Mariposa Slate". The 49ers called them Tombstone rocks, gravestone slate, gravestone shist.

Your comparison to Barrow Downs is apt but you probably knew that :)

DMT
Cragar

climber
MSLA - MT
Jan 9, 2017 - 09:17am PT
Tombstone topography sure is coo. Dingus seems to take quite a bit of notice of his surroundings and I think has posted pics of other tombstone zones..? Like the fields a bit further north than Mariposa..
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Jan 9, 2017 - 09:47am PT
Near New Hogan reservoir, a nice little grotto


Its Mariposa slate and a sound draws our attention


Wow!


The eponymous slate, water worn and stripped of covering lichens (mostly). Same type rocks as at Knights Ferry


The little water fall will warm your heart


Just a nice spot to be, even in the rain :)


DMT
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