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Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 15, 2010 - 01:20am PT
what is it about trundling rock?
love the camera operator "he,he,he,he,..."

or this one
"now we've got an offwidth, great..."


Trad climber
Bishop, CA
May 15, 2010 - 01:32am PT
posted up on top of Olancha Peak as a fire lookout, summer of 03. Getting bored, nothing to see.. my bossman and i took to trundling rocks down the 8000 foot east face of olancha peak. He got some big blocks going, I got some big blocks going, it was in great fun. Then I spied a refridgerator sized rock poised just so at the edge. I was able to worm behind it and brace my back against another rock. With all of my leg strength, I got this thing to budge. Then begin to tilt, and slide, and off the edge it went. I immediately jumped to my feet to see my fridge dropping through the air, aimed right at another ledge where lay in wait an even larger block, volkswagen sized this one was. Well so my refridgerator missile did strike its target with sufficient force, and low and behold the volkswagen sized block tipped, slid, and went over the edge too. I couldnt f*#king believe my eyes. It bounced once, twice, covering more hundreds of yards with each bounce, before it exploded into thousands of tiny rocks, The whole east face of Olancha was sliding, gravel, stones, boulders of all shapes and sizes raining thousands of feet down towards the owens valley.

This was the day that I quit trundling.

Social climber
Apr 23, 2011 - 09:07pm PT
Bump on a cloudy day

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Apr 23, 2011 - 09:29pm PT
So funny, missed this one the first time around.

I was on a fire in Idaho, we were mopping up way up above one of the forks of the Salmon. We came across a massive snag, teetering right on the edge of a long steep slope. So I fired up the saw and dropped the thing. It hit the ground and all the limbs broke off. The tree slid like a missle, flying off a cliff and just destroying everything in its path. All the way to the river. Freaking terrified me- I thought for sure it would kill someone.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Apr 23, 2011 - 09:48pm PT
Sentinel Spire
Sentinel Spire
Credit: guido

Circa 1960 ......

"Climbed this with Roper and Baldinger, who was a ranger at the time. Got in a bit of trouble with the Park Service on this one. Appears there were major complaints about "excessive and prolonged rock fall emanating from the area".

With our backs against the wall, the three of us were able to launch a VW Bus size block into the canyon.

Having clambered over numerous terrains with Roper on many occasions I can well appreciate your fascination with the remote and obscure. I remember one hilarious time when we were lost in an area we had been numerous times. He wrote the friggin guide and we were lost."


Way out there....
Apr 23, 2011 - 09:50pm PT
This one time...I killed 4 mountain goats, a gopher and a field biologist with one VW sized trundle. It was sooooo raaaad!
Drunk, will stop posting now....

Gym climber
A dingy corner in your refrigerator
Apr 23, 2011 - 09:55pm PT
Silver, that's funny about your Dad. A recent memorable trundling session was off a ridge down a prickly pear forested slope. Without thinking I launched a washing machined sized bowling ball. It proceded to blast to smitherines about four extra large prickly pear clumps. These things exploded and blew up in a thirty foot skyward show! I kind of felt guilty about the success, until a couple weeks later a scientist friend does invasive species mapping told me those prickly pears were cause by over grazing.......

Trad climber
Bay Area
Apr 23, 2011 - 10:00pm PT
Finishing the first pitch (the slab) on the South Face of the Column, my first attempt BITD. Belayed my partner up and suddenly there was a lot of rockfall coming down around us. We ducked against the wall, breathing rock smoke. Fortunately none of the chunks was bigger than a dinner plate. After the dust clears and my partner's about ready to lead, down come rapp ropes and three Brits arrive on the sloping ledge. "Right-O, now it's safe!" We told him we weren't amused. If it had been 5 minutes later, my partner would have been leading the steep jamcrack in the rockfall. They didn't even apologize. Why I've never trundled since.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 11, 2012 - 10:26pm PT
In the spirit of late, to reconcile bad behavior on the internet as opposed to the good in climbing, here's another trundle:

DS, JW and I were on a mission to Winter climb the West Lion. We were shut down early by leering, smirking crap snow. Back down the trail we went. Huh, these things just present themselves every year opined DS.

We set to.

Yet another rubble filled steep creek was set in motion by the offending boulders at our feet. Trees shook and broke, big rocks flew whizzing into who knows where.

We laughed robustly...

Good thing the expensive houses on the hill were built later !
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 11, 2012 - 11:39pm PT
Thought I chopped off my foot;.....

Trad climber
Feb 12, 2012 - 12:18am PT
Hiking down from Thunder and Lighting Peak in the Baker Creek drainage years ago we found a great slope with some huge blocks just asking for it. My buddy and I started off with what we could move by hand and were having a great time watching the sparks and dust fly when we saw a VW Bug jutting out of the side of the hill that looked like it was just asking for a little help to be free. I climbed on top to survey the situation and come up with a incident action plan while my friend began prying on the block with his ice axe. I gave a few good hops just to get a feel for it and on the third hop the bug let loose. I felt like a cartoon character running uphill but not going anywhere. Realizing that heading up was not working I dove off the side of it into a jumble of nasty and cut the crap out of my leg and hand. I didnt give rip, it was beautiful, bloodied hands in the air like I just didnt care. That bug got wheels and rolled. It was awesome.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 12, 2012 - 01:14am PT
I've discovered that one's trundling activity is directly related to one's
testosterone level and inversely proportional to the CSI - Common Sense Index.
The reason I don't do it any more is I'm a pacifist now.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
nick farley

Feb 12, 2012 - 01:16am PT
Me and my friend Don Holmes (actual name) were trying to climb the D.N.B. This is where I launched a giant trundle without really wanting or trying to.

At pitch nine or ten, I was leading and got way off-route, or in over my head, or just lost it. The result was a pretty decent lead fall for me. I fell a long, slabby, pendulum type of survivable but messed up fall.

I regain myself, yell up to Don, (I am now directly below the belay) " you need to help me bro, I am hurt!" He states," get the HE// up here NOW! Your fall ripped out the belay!"

Don was just barely, with only his newly broken foot, holding a big block against the wall. His belay was exceptional, complete with heroic effort. My screamer of a lead fall had caused the anchor to rip a T.V. sized block clean off the wall.

Although hurt, I made it back up to the belay surprisingly quickly. We did not know what to do with this big as/ block! We finally figure that there is no other option but to release it. We yell and scream repeatedly to anyone below, "Death from Above"! "Look Out Below! Run Away Now and you might Live!"

After a seemingly never ending period of a few minutes, we cast off the block of a 1/2 ton or so. Seemed like it fell down that big slabby face for days.

This trundle finally made contact with the wall some 600-800 feet below. It looked like a thousand baseballs made of granite were shot out of a cannon againat the wall. It smelled like the forth of July at the tri-county times 100.

Well, after that, there's nothing much left to do besides rap off, survey the damage, and hope for the best. Lucky for everyone, there was nobody below.

Trad climber
Starlite, California
Feb 12, 2012 - 01:37am PT
Trundling should be Illegal!!

It certainly is immoral, IMO

That's why all these references are "BITD" postdated.

Today, we do it Green.

Spent most of a week down on the White Rim, mostly checking out Monument Basin towers. Traveling over that kind of country with a family, gear, and plenty of water (since the nearest is a full day's jeep ride away) in a Cherokee can get to feeling crowded fast. And I have no idea why my wife insisted we pack a full watermelon with us to boot.

And so boot it we did...hucked it right off the Rim into the abyss. Very satisfying sound and deep atmospheric sensation, sort of like chucking off a live pig.

'whizzz z z.... ( ( ( (splat) ) )'

Speaking of WBITD, (and/or "splat") I remember perusing some early Valley literature (at Berkeley's Barcroft Library, to cite my sources). Evidently, 19th century tourists, usually lodging at Hutching's, commonly made great sport of carrying chickens up to Glacier Point and setting fowl to wing off the lip.

According to the read, most of them actually made it down the Apron in fine fettle, although I did not discover whether bets made, nor book kept. Victorian morals, then.

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Feb 12, 2012 - 01:47am PT
nothing wrong with a good trundle as long as you are cool about the run out,

kids with the play stations nowdays, pencil necks, limp wrists,

they should be out trundling the landscape, doing what is gonna happen in a few million years anyway,

way back when we used to trundle for kicks, builds muscles, increases reaction time,

heck, there is a trundling club in norway, or was that back in 1850?

take away the firefall, whats next? the holy trundle?

just put me in a wheelchair i wanna be sedated in sedonn~a

Louis Prima used to be a trundler, so wtf, over?

there should be a law, no trundling while drunk,

Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Feb 12, 2012 - 02:12am PT
I have my eyes on Ancient Art. Looks like it's about ready to go.

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Feb 12, 2012 - 02:14am PT
i'm gonna crow bar the texas flake this weekend with PTPP,

stay away from the el cap bridge if ya know whats...

finish the sentence yourself unless your too drunk.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 12, 2012 - 04:43am PT
Gawd, I love this thread.

"I don't post to Supertopo for the climbing content alone. Trundling is a big part of my outdoor conceptualizations."

Fleem Quidmire

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Feb 12, 2012 - 04:51am PT
has anybody nailed a PG and E truck?

i nailed a freight train one time along the feather river corridor,
but that whole canyon is loose cheese so how do they know it was me?

have you ever broke into a new pickup truck that was on a rail car?

now thats freight hoppin in style, radio, heater,

they have to drive em off so the keys are in them already, gassed up and ready to go,

the only thing is if you happen to be facing backwards, you start to puke after a while,


Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 12, 2012 - 04:59am PT

I'm going to have weird dreams tonight. Thanks, Sprock.
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