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Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 20, 2017 - 01:25pm PT

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Mar 20, 2017 - 10:18pm PT


DMT
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 21, 2017 - 11:00am PT
Gotta get a lotion.......................
Cragar

climber
MSLA - MT
Mar 21, 2017 - 11:22am PT
yeah, I am starting to itch now and I am in Montana! Grotto bouldering gave me my worst case; I sawed a couple years on a Shot crew in CA and nothing came close to that one frikkin boulder sesh!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 21, 2017 - 11:39am PT

Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Mar 21, 2017 - 12:07pm PT
Right? This is the rest of the story...

I know this gulch. The gulch is cut from exotic rock that was once deep seafloor. Weird things grow there. None so weird to my eye as this, however:



That, my friends, is a fig tree. Figs are not native to California, or any where else in the Americas for that matter. So that particular fig tree is an exotic species on exotic terrain. Ooo lah lah!

Turns out there are a bunch of fig trees in that gulch. They are all rooted on the bottom of the canyon with their gnarly roots surely cracking their way through the rock to tap the year round water table


Some of the trees are very large and appear quite old. Given they are fruit bearing it is entirely likely that the mother fig tree was planted by a person some time in the late 1800s


And since then they have flourished.

Now I wasn't there to examine the fig trees, I was just happening by. It was the exotic terrain actually, that caught my eye. Weird rocks, you see.
I dig the weird rocks. And flowing water. Here we have running water over weird rocks.


I kept going up the gulch to get more weird rocks. These rocks, called serpentinite, come from the mantle.

They're heavy with metals from the deep and lack some of the more common minerals that your normal plant varieties need to thrive. Serpentinites are native to California geology even though they come from the deep sea. And some of the plants that grow on serpentine soils will grow no where else. So its natural to look at the plant life in conjunction with the rocks.

I also like water falls. :)


So I was working my way up the streambed in the bottom of the canyon, looking at rocks, tuned to plants and enjoying the symphony of water. I'm also a climber and seeing what's round the next bend is an insatiable desire of mine. These rocks, for example; my head said 'unlikely' but my heart sang 'closer look!'


Closer up? Too friable unfortunately, with bad landings to boot.


But I kept hearing this sound, this persistent chorus and the quest for one thing morphed into another. Closer still I could see some movement through the underbrush


Seriously? A Cave? A water fall? A natural bridge? Maybe. But all guarded by a fig tree, my view restricted, no clear path to the objective. I got close but the way was shut and the itchy keep it and they do not suffer the living to scratch


There was no way around save getting in the creek and there the fig tree gnarled up every step. I could not get to the door! But I found the back door!


And Bagged my waterfall, in a Grotto... ??? (huh? HUH?!!!!????)


That flowed under a natural bridge


managed to stay out of the poison oak and saw a super bloom in progress.


Not bad for a rando side of the road exploration in California's gold country, eh?


So yeah, that was the rest of the story (behind the poison oak, literally)


Good day!
DMT






Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 21, 2017 - 12:13pm PT

Great explorative TR!
Cragar

climber
MSLA - MT
Mar 21, 2017 - 12:14pm PT
Good day for sure!!

Thanks for that post man, I'm itchin' with envy up heer...
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 21, 2017 - 02:56pm PT
The rain came in a hard fast squall today!



Credit: survival
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Mar 21, 2017 - 02:56pm PT
Great photo essay Dingus.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Mar 21, 2017 - 03:08pm PT
another one over the fence! the team greets him at the plate and batboy resolves to take up DMT's brand of chew
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Mar 21, 2017 - 11:56pm PT
The Fata Morgana phenom in Puget Sound
The Fata Morgana phenom in Puget Sound
Credit: McHale's Navy
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 23, 2017 - 07:09pm PT
WTF?
WTF?
Credit: Reilly
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Mar 23, 2017 - 07:53pm PT
^^^^ Caption: "I'm on a Mexican, radio. I'm on a Mexican, whoa oh, radio!"

DMT
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Mar 23, 2017 - 07:58pm PT
who doesn't like listening to the sound of the ocean? the short ones i guess
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 23, 2017 - 08:07pm PT
Credit: guido
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 23, 2017 - 08:35pm PT
Yaar! Alan Villiers on the Peking, n'est ce pas? When men were men and would only have
called it a fresh breeze.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 23, 2017 - 08:51pm PT
Credit: Jaybro
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 23, 2017 - 10:54pm PT
Okay so am I the only one here who wondered if that gal had a prosthetic leg with a Valley Giant foot ?

Now that would be odd.


Or interesting.


Love your TR Dingding. Sweet rock; leaflets 3 leave'em be.


Can someone PLEASE explain the upturned pots on the cacti ?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 23, 2017 - 11:17pm PT
Tami, it was explained to me, by somebody that knows, that they provide
frost protection, although there is precious little of that there now.
I suppose one can't be too careful with such wondrous specimens.
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