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Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Feb 11, 2012 - 10:47pm 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 11, 2012 - 11:12pm 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 11, 2012 - 11:14pm 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.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
Feb 12, 2012 - 12:12am PT
nothing wrong with a good trundle as long as you are cool about the run out,

speaking of which, I'm not sure if this technically is a "trundle" but....

We were descendling the west Buttress of Denali, just below motorcycle hill, on skiis and towing those stupid little kid T-boggans which were of course bashing into our heels in the most annoying way. At one point Paul and I looked at each other and said "Damn these things - lets just cut em loose!" The coast appeared to be clear of potential targets for a good kilometer or so to the big bend so.... why not? The second we set them loose they acelerated alarmingly and soon disappeared from sight. Gleefully, we skiied after them and it soon became clear that they had attained terminal velocity as judging by the tracks they were often completely air borne for up to 20 meters between skips. All seemed well until it became clear that they were plotting a perfect arcing trajectory for the only crevasse on the whole glacier! Sure enough in they went to what was thankfully a perfect wind cirque where they had both settled to an upright landing after a couple of half pipe moves.

we strapped them back on and continued down cursing again to the top of the final hill. Here we sat for a while debating the merits of another missile launch but due to the inability to spot the runout over the hump of the long convex roll we regretfully continued to wrestle the sleds down, the whole time cursing the wasted good skiing. soon it looked like we could finally see the runout where at last we could.....

There at the bottom of the hill scattered across the fall line was a veritable tent city. We stood gawking first down the hill then at each other as we silently pondered what the out come could have been if we had been a bit more reckless in our decision making back at the top of the hill.
down we went and seeing no need to inform the residents of their close call with armegeddon, carried on to the airstrip.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 12, 2012 - 01:43am 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 - 01:51am 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 - 01:59am PT

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

Trad climber
Chamonix, France
Feb 12, 2012 - 02:18am PT
Craig, the voice of reason says,

Just as an aside, that wouldn't be a reference to Craig Reason, would it?

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Feb 12, 2012 - 02:39am PT
seems like a reasonable guess,

Sierra Ledge Rat

Social climber
Retired to Appalachia
Feb 12, 2012 - 05:01am PT
So------what is the odor from a freshly trundled boulder after impact???

We always thought it was ozone???

Fresh, sharp, and stimulating------and it is not sulphur.

I call it the smell of death.

My wildest trundle:

We were sitting on a kife-edge ridge composed of very large flakes, all heaped on top of one-another in a big jumble.

We kicked off a big rock and as it fell it struck another flake that was sticking out from the ridge.

Apparently this flake was the key to holding the entire ridge together, because when this flake was hit and knocked out, the entire mass of jumbled rocks that we were sitting upon started falling away beneath us in a massive avalanche.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Feb 12, 2012 - 05:28am PT
"The zenith of Boulder Trundling is attained if it now meets solid rock in full force: the crash does one good to hear; the rock breaks into shivers, while part of it is ground absolutely into smoke. Favourable winds bring the scent of this smoke to you... and what an indescribably beautiful scent it is. Cherterson must have known of this delectable odour when he wrote of:
'The brilliant smell of water, the brave smell of stone.' "

From Games Climbs Play, Boulder Trundling by S. F. Forrester

Is there a statute of limitations on trundling? Leave it to say I and my fellow boy scouts of the early sixties likely caused some 10,000 or more years of geologic ware in places I best not mention.

Great fun, the smell of flint still makes me smile.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Social climber
Retired to Appalachia
Feb 12, 2012 - 05:30am PT
Hey, you can't tell half a story!! :-)
What happened next? Anyone hurt bad or were you all lucky?

We were sitting on our butts and kicking off rocks. So when the ridge started collapsing, we scrambled backwards on our butts to solid ground. We were in quite a panic, I might add.

Feb 12, 2012 - 05:55am PT
pryed a 4 foot square flake off the local quarry and it cartwheeled down the skree and hit my trucks bumper

Jim Henson's Basement
Feb 12, 2012 - 09:02am PT
I recently witnessed a HUGE one down at Potrero Chico. Some guys cleaning up around the 3rd pitch of a new route. First they trundled a fridge-sized block which stopped at the base, then they kicked off a couple of enormous round plates. They hit the slope below, picked up velocity and kept going for-ev-er. Those whirling giganto- frisbees o' death bounced right across the climbers trail and almost made it to the valley floor below (1/4 mile?) Red = trundle line, White = climber trail.

Fortunately, most of the sport-ies are too lazy to walk up hill, so no one was on the trail.

Credit: justthemaid

This thread is worthless without a nod to Tucker BTW:

Tucker Tech
Tucker Tech
Credit: justthemaid


The Granite State.
Feb 12, 2012 - 09:10am PT
Scared the sh#t out of me. I then spent the next half of the day telling my dad to stop trying to trundle every rock he saw.


I got a motorcycle sized block going while traversing the Palisade ridge at Sugar Bowl. That sucker took out (vaporized) a couple of small trees before self destructing about 1k feet below me.

Gotta love the smell.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 12, 2012 - 09:28am PT
Tucker's using bad form. He needs to get lower and keep his back straighter.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Feb 12, 2012 - 09:33am PT
A hooligan friend and i were riding single track 200 feet above a narrow road next to the owens where it exits the crowley dam...We stopped to do some trail clearing which then turned into a frenzied trundle session as we tried to out do each other...The stove sized boulders were landing on the narrow road below ..The fun came to a screeching halt we saw a Fish and Game truck approaching from the dead-end side of the river road...Like a couple of scared kids , we hopped on our bikes and sprinted for the safety of home wondering how the fish and game officer was going to escape the landslide...

Boulder climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 10:27am PT
Back in 1972 I was climbing with a partner in Applecross Scotland on the Cioch Nose(Skoor a koorichan). This was a tall(about 1200 feet) remote granite climb with little use by the locals. At about an 800 foot height I was leading up a crack to a long ledge jutting out over vertical about three feet wide and as I began to mantle up on it it moved under my weight....very frightening! I had my left fist jammed in a crack and I yelled, "ROCK" to my partner below that there was a large ledge coming his way. This thing(about 31/2 feet wide, 2 feet thick and thirty feet long was just sitting there waiting for someone or thing to give it a little shove. My partner swung to my left with his and my weight on my left jammed fist as this 'ledge' passed him just missing him and exploding on a buttress near the bottom of the face.The indentation that the 'ledge' fell from gave me ample room to move up and place anchor protection immediately as there wasn't any time to catch my breath. My partner on his swing had anchored himself as well so I didn't have to bear both our weights for too long. Fortunately my fist jam was with my fist facing out so the scrapes were on the sides of my hand and not the fingers. A "WHEW" moment for the both of us.
We finished out that day higher up on the mountain goat paths that actually had well placed fence posts and barbed wire. The Scots goat herders placed these posts without even a thought of being properly roped in we found out later. These guys were true highlanders with balls of granite!
Once we got back to Kyle we hoisted a couple of pints of Stout at the local pub to smooth out our 'frayed' experiences of the day.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Nov 17, 2012 - 03:58pm PT
Jesse Beck and I tossed more than a few while climbing Cirque Pk. in the southern Sierra. We were working our way up the long NE Ridge and pushed every single chunk we could. Most were in the micro-wave to television size range, one or two were 1/2 fridges. It was mid week and we just couldn't stop! We probably dislodged 40 or 50 by end of day.

In '75 on the way up to the East Face of Whitney, Angione and Sean Curtis and I watched a spontaneous piece the size of a mobile home cut loose off of the ridge below Day Needle. I've never seen anything like that since.

Nov 17, 2012 - 07:19pm PT
tick, tock
tick, tock
Credit: hellcyon
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