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mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 19, 2017 - 07:23pm PT
Two pics by DMT I liked from another thread, Merced River Photography Plan.
Merced R. bridge near Hilmar during heavy runoff.
Merced R. bridge near Hilmar during heavy runoff.
Credit: Dingus Milktoast

Same spot.
Same spot.
Credit: The Inimitable Dingus Milktoast

Merced R. bridge at Merced Falls Road & Hornitos Road.  This quiet mil...
Merced R. bridge at Merced Falls Road & Hornitos Road. This quiet millpond was where the Yosemite Sugar Pine Lumber Co. sawmill was located.
Credit: mouse from merced
Click on "Merced Falls."
http://yosemitevalleyrailroad.com/LOGGING.COMPANIES/YosemiteLumber.html

These are utilitarian bridges, lacking much in the way of cool but for the fact that they are on the Merced River.

The original bridge, built with the local product.
The original bridge, built with the local product.
Credit: mouse from merced
Now this one's got some old school cool. Photo taken from the downstream side of the bridge on the south bank.
T H

Boulder climber
ne'erdowell
May 19, 2017 - 08:24pm PT
Dingus Milktoast

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Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2017 - 09:10pm PT
I know that bridge Biotch! :) great shot

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 20, 2017 - 06:20am PT
Btw Mouse that Merced Falls pile bridge is cool. Didn't recall that bit about the sawmill. Good light that afternoon.

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 20, 2017 - 06:21am PT
Almost heaven...


DMT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 20, 2017 - 10:15am PT
Credit: Reilly

The Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon River near Bristol, England. Originally planned to be built in 1831 by Isambard Brunel, the engineering genius of the century, the Bristol Riots caused a lengthy postponement further lengthened by Brunel's death and design changes. Finished in 1864 the original structural elements are still extant and for a quid you can drive across it, just not in yer lorry. ;-)

In 1885, a 22-year-old woman named Sarah Ann Henley survived a suicide attempt off the bridge when her billowing skirts acted as a parachute and she landed in the thick mud banks of the tidal River Avon at low tide; she subsequently lived into her eighties.

In 1957 a Filton-based RAF Vampire jet from 501 Squadron piloted by Flying officer John Greenwood flew under the deck while performing a victory roll before crashing in Leigh Woods, killing the pilot. The accident caused a landslip that led to the temporary closure of the nearby Bristol to Portishead railway line.

On 12 February 2014 the bridge was closed to traffic due to wind for the first time in living memory.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 20, 2017 - 02:41pm PT
For about a decade and a half following the end of the
Second World War, British rock climbing was dominated by Joe
Brown and Don Whillans and their compatriots in the
Manchester Rock and Ice Club. Such was the unprecedented
severity of this group's climbs, and especially those of
Brown, that they immediately took on an aura of
impregnability. But, in the late 1950s, Hugh Banner
spearheaded a new generation which came to sweep away the
mythical reputation of the Rock and Ice Club and begin a
surge forward to even harder climbs. "There were few
climbers who were quite as daring as Banner," thought the
climbing historian Trevor Jones.

Banner, like Brown and the Rock and Ice men, was a
Lancastrian, but began his outstanding climbing career while
studying chemistry at Bristol University in the early 1950s.
Here he was one of the pioneers of the strenuous, fingery
climbing on the forbiddingly steep limestone of Avon Gorge.
Bold, extreme climbs such as Great Central Route and the
aptly named Desperation, climbed in 1953, epitomised
Banner's vision in opening up lines on a formidable cliff
few had dared to consider seriously as a climbing ground.
--The Independent / 05 May 2007 / Colin Wells
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2017 - 08:52pm PT


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Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2017 - 08:52pm PT


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