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Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Jan 15, 2014 - 10:57am PT
So that would have been an earlier basaltic injection than the Black Dyke, correct?

Are there any age samples from the xenoliths?
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 15, 2014 - 11:05am PT
Thanks for the info guys.

I agree, those big blobs are some of the more interesting features on the chief. Neat stuff.
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jan 15, 2014 - 11:31am PT
No, no dates from the black blobs, and probably hard to get. But much older than the Black Dyke. Years ago I got a not-very-good date of about 35 million years for the Black Dyke (going from memory here), compared with something like 94 to 98 million years for the main granite of the Chief (again, going from memory).

The 35 Ma date is about the same as dates from the basalt/andesite at Queen Elizabeth Park (Little Mountain) in Vancouver and Sentinel Hill (West Vancouver).

You may have noticed several black dyes along the highway about 5 km north of Horseshoe Bay. These are about 90 million years (not a great date, analytically), in the same ballpark as the Chief granite.
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Jan 15, 2014 - 12:13pm PT
Thanks for the date info Glenn.

Speaking of xenoliths, here's an odd-looking one from Slesse.
Xenolith from Slesse
Xenolith from Slesse
Credit: Oplopanax
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jan 15, 2014 - 12:24pm PT
That one does look like some sort of partly digested wall rock. Curious elliptical weathering, though....
hamie

Social climber
Thekoots
Jan 15, 2014 - 04:47pm PT
Cataract Crags?













Yer gunna die!!!!!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 15, 2014 - 06:52pm PT
What's the recommended rack Hamie, sounds like you know something??
Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
Jan 15, 2014 - 06:55pm PT
... a crime in some areas, basalt and attery...
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 15, 2014 - 06:59pm PT
You want weird sh#t embedded in the rock? We've got you covered. It's not Squamish, but not that far away. And sh#t howdy, it is weird to the max.

Alien pod
Alien pod
Credit: Ghost

We gave Glenn a piece of the rock, and told him about the alien pod embedded in it, but I don't remember what he concluded. I think that when I touched it the alien seed took over my mind.

(The ascender is quite close to the camera. The pod is almost a meter high)
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 15, 2014 - 07:03pm PT
your asking Hamish Mutch for a rack recommendation for Caramba crags? You know how donini likes a blue Camalot? Well a Hamie rack is a 2" Bong!

Hey I just tried to find Caramba crags in Bourdons select guide. No luck. Whats the story with that one again?

RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 15, 2014 - 07:34pm PT
Caramba crags? I think that's the jungle right of the badge with a slab underneath it that finishes up by the acrophobes.

Safe to say that any multipitch at Squamish with the word "crags" in the name will likely be adventurous.

I only ask Hamie his rack recommend for historical perspective Bruce, trying to work on my trolling remember. Cataract crags seems like a good place for trolls it would seem: dark, deep, vegetated & seldom visited it rarely sees the light of day. Prime habitat IMO.
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jan 15, 2014 - 07:56pm PT
Never done Cataract Crags. But I think Caramba might be worth a bit of an adventure. It's on the slabs under the Acrophobes. Probably 5.8 today. My brother, Bob, recalls it as being very pleasant.

Go for it!
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jan 15, 2014 - 07:57pm PT
Ghost, I vaguely remember that I thought that the main rock was some sort of volcanic breccia. The alien looks like a piece of limestone.
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Jan 15, 2014 - 09:14pm PT
I remember an article in Gripped about 10 years ago wherein someone, Colin Moorehead or Kai Hirvonen, described Caramba Crags as "a classic moderate route, great moderate climbing, never crowded".

Think that was the best troll Gripped ever prnted, moreso because at that time none of the Ontario-based editorial team had any idea how much they were getting bent over and lubed by printing those comments.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 15, 2014 - 09:28pm PT
OK.... I knew it started with a C and was as obscure as it gets. You know, Crap Crags like. No sign of Cataract crags in the select either. The standard Rack ( old guy version) does mention a 2 inch bong however.

But that might not be the Hamie sort of Bong.
hamie

Social climber
Thekoots
Jan 15, 2014 - 10:18pm PT
Ryan
The best rack imo is ribs. You mentioned 'prime habitat'. Did you perhaps mean 'primal habitat'?

Hey BK.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 15, 2014 - 10:24pm PT
Hamie, you'll need to be more specific.

From the back or the side? If we are dealing with swine it's obvious but if there is a heifer involved you will need to clarify before I get short, if you know what I mean :-)


Something about old Squam routes with the word "crag" in the name that created the deepest esoterica.
hamie

Social climber
Thekoots
Jan 15, 2014 - 10:31pm PT
Little or no resemblance to today's 'cragging'---fortunately!
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Jan 17, 2014 - 03:49pm PT
I also have a sneaking suspicion that "Amazon Slabs" next to Echelon (and partly climbed by the present Ultimate Everything) was named after a famous rainforest rather than a woman warrior.
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Jan 17, 2014 - 03:51pm PT
And so I would expect a modern route called "Carmanah Crags" to be one I would stay far away from.

Unless the turf was frozen that is.
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