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Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 19, 2015 - 01:00pm PT
Ya! Kyle says it was the last pitch of the calling. He says parallel passages took a hit. Most of that stuff would be pretty wet, so unless someone was cleaning around there..

I think there are some popular boulders around that area though. Hopefully no pad people were in the line of fire.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Apr 19, 2015 - 01:17pm PT
WOW,
hope no one was hurt up there!
Tad
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 19, 2015 - 01:45pm PT
For reference.

Toby Foord-Kelsey photo
Toby Foord-Kelsey photo
Credit: Toby Foord Kelsey.
Toby Foord Kelsey photo


From Marc Bourdon's Squamish select


The roof to the right of the last pitch of the calling is the offender. Any one familiar with "Chilkoot pass"??

AerialElf

Trad climber
Squamish, BC
Apr 19, 2015 - 02:51pm PT
Here is a photo I took from my balcony in downtown Squamish. I didn't see the rock falling, but heard it and it sounded like an explosion and then saw the dust afterward (was down near the brew pub.
Missing chunk of the Chief.
Missing chunk of the Chief.
Credit: AerialElf
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 19, 2015 - 03:09pm PT
2nd hand info indicates, sar confirms there were no boulderer's in the slide path. They still have yet to confirm if there was any parties on the affected routes or angel's crest trail.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Apr 19, 2015 - 05:39pm PT
If that had happened on a summer weekend...

Glad to hear nobody was in the line of fire.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Apr 19, 2015 - 06:21pm PT
Watching that from Angels Crest would have been sick.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Apr 19, 2015 - 06:34pm PT
We get so used to thinking about the Chief as a safe and stable chunk of rock, and forget that the boulders, those monstrous huge blocks at the base, didn't just grow there.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 19, 2015 - 06:37pm PT
I bet there is a new problem or two down there now...
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Apr 19, 2015 - 07:10pm PT
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/stawamus-chief-rock-slide-4-climbers-found-safe-1.3039889

Even the CBC says it's "near the route NOrthern Lights". Haha. Names a Squamish climbing route name. Hahah.

1000 cubic meters of granite. OY !

I really hope everyone winds up accounted for in the next few days.
kaiser

Trad climber
squamish
Apr 19, 2015 - 07:42pm PT
Anders you are a treasure trove of information, thanks.
Does anyone have an idea of when the sheriffs badge scar saw the light of day?
That must have been unbelievable to witness.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Apr 19, 2015 - 07:55pm PT
My Dad talked about being bounced outta bed in PA during that quake. Said he saw ground waves. Zoiks!

Oh, and , wasn't that the quake that brought down the old northernmost summit of Mt Col. Foster ???
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 19, 2015 - 07:57pm PT
2nd hand info indicates, sar confirms there were no boulderer's in the slide path. They still have yet to confirm if there was any parties on the affected routes or angel's crest trail.


I so hope this is true. ... and what ghost said.

For me it was such a disillusionment when granite in Yosemite had catastrophic failures (having started pretty much in caving-> (Yosemite/Indian Rock-/Pinnacles/Yosemite)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 19, 2015 - 09:04pm PT
Rockfall happens.. It's just so rare..

Sandra and i made it down to Squamish this evening..

The damage was quite apparent...
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Apr 19, 2015 - 09:12pm PT
Heard the noise and turned just in time to see the whole mess go cascading down the wall from the safety of the front yard.
Fairly calamitous but still way smaller than the one I watched come of El Cap from Middle.
Now that was a ripper!
MisterE

Gym climber
Being In Sierra Happy Of Place
Apr 19, 2015 - 09:29pm PT
If that had happened on a summer weekend...

Glad to hear nobody was in the line of fire.

Exactly what I was thinking. I saw some blue in the sky of the after pictures, and thought "Uh-oh".

That is a huge chunk of rock.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 19, 2015 - 10:16pm PT
Apparently there was a party at p6 on Angel's??? Anders??

Chris Small reports this on facebook: "I had a friend who was bouldering in the forest below when it happened. She crouched behind a boulder and watched and heard the rock shrapnel whiz all around her. She was fairly ashen faced describing it."
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Apr 20, 2015 - 05:56am PT
Woe that is gonzo!!

Chris Small reports this on facebook: "I had a friend who was bouldering in the forest below when it happened. She crouched behind a boulder and watched and heard the rock shrapnel whiz all around her. She was fairly ashen faced describing it."
Scrubber

climber
Straight outta Squampton
Apr 20, 2015 - 07:26am PT
One news source said that there were at least two parties on Angel's Crest. The lowest party actually got bombarded with debris, but escaped any serious harm and completed the route.

Emergency services' biggest concern was that there may have been parties at the base of Angel's Crest or in the forest approaching the route. By the looks of the destruction at the base, it would have been extremely unlikely to escape harm at any of the three starts to the route. It was fortunate that the release took place close to noon and not earlier when parties are often stacked at the base.

We watched the whole thing from the bluffs and it was terrifying. Everyone's nerves were quite jittery for a while afterwards.

I initially thought that the top pitch of The Calling / Northern Lights had fallen off, but it looks as if the rockfall was just to the right of that area. The second to last pitch was pummeled however. Most of the Chilcoot Pass variation finish to The Calling is completely gone, as is the walk-off ledge from the top of both routes!

K
gstock

climber
Yosemite Valley
Apr 20, 2015 - 07:40am PT

Chris Small reports this on facebook: "I had a friend who was bouldering in the forest below when it happened. She crouched behind a boulder and watched and heard the rock shrapnel whiz all around her. She was fairly ashen faced describing it."

That is exactly the right thing to do, by the way. Many people in Yosemite have survived rockfalls even close to the impact area by sheltering behind large boulders. Only in the rarest cases - basically on flat ground at the edge of the talus slope - would you have any hope of outrunning the oncoming debris.
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