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micronut

Trad climber
Oct 26, 2012 - 04:11pm PT
Adam and I are gonna be rollin in mid afternoon on Saturday. We'll be there till dark, hang out for a while and win all the booty from the raffles. Then we'll downgrade a couple new routes and head on home.

See yall there.

Credit: micronut
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Oct 26, 2012 - 04:16pm PT
I finally got off the disabled list on Wednesday. For the first time in 9 months, I have permission to climb. I'm booked elsewhere for Sunday, but I hope to get up there Saturday, if my (much deteriorated and massively weighted down) physical condition permits. A jaunt up the Traverse might be just what the doctor ordered, so to speak.

Thanks for all your effort, Dwight.

John
this just in

climber
north fork
Oct 29, 2012 - 12:42pm PT
Had a great time Saturday. Thanks Dwight for organizing it, big turn out and some awesome gear at the raffle. Love the shirts too. Thanks to all that helped.

Justin Ross
crazy horse

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Oct 29, 2012 - 10:25pm PT
I had a great time too y'all!! Anyone else going to post some shots of the action? It was a great turn out and the schwagfest was out of control sweet. Won myself a 60 M bluewater rope, a brush, a 6'er of draws, and some custom blend coffee. My buddy pictured below won a rope and a BD cam. Saw a few costumes, not nearly enough though.

Daryl on 2nd pitch of Hang 'em high!!
Daryl on 2nd pitch of Hang 'em high!!
Credit: crazy horse

more butt shots
more butt shots
Credit: crazy horse

sweet paraglider shot. So awesome to see this guy rock the wind!!
sweet paraglider shot. So awesome to see this guy rock the wind!!
Credit: crazy horse
Captain...or Skully

climber
Oct 29, 2012 - 10:29pm PT
Tollhouse!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Oct 29, 2012 - 10:31pm PT
Toll House!!!
As soon as my Shoulder heals, I'M THERE!!!
tiki-jer

Trad climber
fresno/clovis
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:09pm PT
Saturday was a great event! Thanks all for putting it on!
Mark, always a pleasure to climb with you Sir!!
Matt, thank you! You do not owe me a beer.....however, Justin is another story. JK! LOl! I'm thinking third beer went to Cam??? Hmmmm?
A Torpedo on top of the Cap Rocks is special!
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:14pm PT
Bummed I missed it! Made other climbing plans before I realized the conflict. Won't happen again next year.

More pictures while we wait for the micronut TR anyone?
micronut

Trad climber
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:54pm PT
Raise yer hand if yer in this photo!

I count 13 climbers, including Blaine maybe up in the Cap Rocks.

Great day out, TR to come soon. Please e-mail me if you have any photos. Include captions and I'll make ya famous.

-Scott

Credit: micronut
Credit: micronut
Credit: micronut



LuckyNeck

Trad climber
the basement of Lou's Tavern
Oct 30, 2012 - 12:48am PT
Raisin' my hand right here Micronut. All done climbing and chillin' out on top of cap rocks waaaaaaaay up in the corner in my super green bowling shirt there.

Thanks Matt for the schweet photos and route choice.

Super thanks to the people and companies that donated the prizes (winning a rope and cam in one day is way cooler than anything else I did in October that's for sure).

And to all those who put in so much effort to make this happen, thanks again to you. I'll be there every year I'm allowed.

Edit: and micronut just use Crazy Horse's photos of me for the TR if you want, those were on the second pitch of "Hang 'Em High, 5.8R"
The Chief

climber
Climber from the Land Mongols under the Whites
Oct 30, 2012 - 12:57am PT
How are all them anchor and many of them lead bolts (TG, TT, HH, Balls etc) holding up? Most of what them folks in them photos are on I replaced solo (many by hand drill) some 12 years ago.... glad to see folks putting em to use.

Damn.... I forgot all about that deal.
LuckyNeck

Trad climber
the basement of Lou's Tavern
Oct 30, 2012 - 01:10am PT
tiki-jer i think that third torpedo went to me. THANKS! btw
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 30, 2012 - 01:47am PT
Looks like it was an awesome and worthy event. One of these days gotta get me out there, kids willing. My bro-in-law lives in Clovis, so my excuses for not going are getting weak.

Eric
Byran

climber
Yosemite Valley, CA
Oct 30, 2012 - 11:09am PT
Raise yer hand if yer in this photo!

Credit: Byran

I'm sitting on the ledge above the black lichen, and belaying Megan up the final pitch of what I think is Parental Guidance. I didn't take many photos that trip, but I did get one of my buddy Kia circling the cliff in his paraglider.

Tollhouse Face-Off 2012
Tollhouse Face-Off 2012
Credit: Byran
this just in

climber
north fork
Oct 30, 2012 - 11:27am PT
Tiki- beers on me next time. Thanks, dem torpedos are good.
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Oct 30, 2012 - 01:50pm PT
Had a great time at Tollhouse this year. There are so many things to love about climbing there and meeting so many old and new friends. It was super cool to holler and talk to Kia as he floated back and forth on the updrafts in front of the rock. Bongo drums awoke me at 2 am, as celebration for the midnight Tollhouse Traverse ascent. Good to hear that tradition continuing. Many ate the great food that Holly provided. I saw a few costumes, but heard that more appeared for the midnight climb. Some trash left by unknowns was picked up and a new shadier trail was cut to the cap rocks. Authorities appeared to see if there was a special use permit and if money was being charged. Since it is a traditional impromptu event and no money is charged, they went on their way in search of other miscreants, but there may be some coordination with the forest service next year.
SafetyFirst!

Trad climber
Fresno, CA
Oct 30, 2012 - 06:36pm PT
Thanks to all the kitchen schlepping slaves! Figuring out what to bring is always an evolving process, and kudos to the brave souls who ascended the sketchy road up to get our stuff up there, would not have been the food party without it. The bongos were cool. More costumes next year! Thanks also to Paul for the belay which swung me OUT on Hang Left when I came off and not INTO the corner wall, think we decided it was the better of the two choices-and Randy, did you not say your 7 year old did Hang Left 20 years ago? Oh, well, I guess I set the bar for myself where it is appropriate. Free and Easy was lovely, and I am happy about the rapping I did. Onward to New Year's Day/Super Bowl climbs!
rockklimber

Trad climber
South Bend, IN
May 21, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
Figured this is probably the best place to notify climbers who frequent Tollhouse.

Large ROCKFALL event above Tollhouse Traverse pitch 3 and pitch 4 (4th class crack up to the large tree). Dangerous area that you won't realize until you reach the upper pitches.

We were there on Saturday morning. We were most likely the first one's on the route since the rock fall. Looks like it happened very recently.

A huge boulder broke loose from high above the last pitches of the Tollhouse Traverse and left a path of destruction.

View from above where the large boulder fell.  Original resting place ...
View from above where the large boulder fell. Original resting place of the large boulder is the left sandy area.
Credit: rockklimber

Credit: rockklimber

Credit: rockklimber


Upper half of Pitch 2 crack is filled with large sandy gravel several inches thick. Nearly impossible not to knock sandy gravel down on followers. Wish I had taken pictures here, but was trying not to knock down more gravel on my partner. Even #3 cams were completely covered by the waterfall of sandy gravel being knocked down by the rope. Pitch 2 belay crack is full of this small gravel too.

The thin traverse on pitch 3 is covered with small gravel and the thin crack requires extensive digging to place any pro.

The ledges around the belay anchor bolts were covered with huge head size boulders and fist size rocks and the ledge was covered completely with small gravel. I had to move most of the large rocks to prevent the rope from knocking them down on my partner.

The bush to the left of the belay anchor at the base of the 4th class crack on the 4th pitch was almost completely taken out by rockfall (I will have to check old pictures).

Used to be a much larger bush here.
Used to be a much larger bush here.
Credit: rockklimber

Credit: rockklimber

The 4th pitch 4th class hand crack is completely filled with rock debris, large boulders and gravel. Pretty much impossible to use and dangerous for followers. I freesoloed that section trailing my ropes on my right side and placed a directional about 75ft up to keep the ropes away from the crack and then climbed up to the tree.

Credit: rockklimber


The slabs above and below pitch three have countless scars where large boulders bounced down the wall and it is a possibility that some of the bolt hangers on routes below could have been compromised.

Credit: rockklimber

Once we reached the top we could clearly tell where the large boulder was originally resting on a slight downhill slope and apparently just broke free, slid or rolled down a little way and hit some other large boulders and broke into large chunks and appeared to just tumble and break into smaller and smaller boulders as it took out anything in its path. There are still several large chunks at rest above.

Credit: rockklimber

Credit: rockklimber

Credit: rockklimber

Credit: rockklimber

Just a word of warning to anybody who heads up there. I think a major cleanup effort may be needed to make that climb "safe" for the unsuspecting. Those upper pitches could be pretty scary for a beginner leader.


Sent emails to Tom Slater and Dwight, but haven't heard back from them so thought I'd try this forum.

Side not: I met Dwight Kroll and Mark Haymond a few years back on Tollhouse Traverse when I helped them get one of their friends who was puking off the route.
LuckyNeck

Trad climber
the basement of Lou's Tavern
May 21, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
This rockfall info deserves its own thread. The loose rocks on top in that area of tollhouse are going to create a hazard for some time to come. May need to org a cleanin effort?
crazy horse

Trad climber
fresno, ca
May 21, 2013 - 03:51pm PT
I rebolted parts of elephant walk years ago because a few of the hangers had obviously been hit at least once if not multiple times with rockfall. I would suspect it's happened again given the size of this one.
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