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zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 30, 2013 - 11:50am PT
You might have seen this coming, but the last name of those kittens?

Sumatra of course.

"Americanized" names:

Athable, Pothole, Darn It, Error Miss



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 30, 2013 - 12:18pm PT
Mark the Courteous, king of the drivers, left me off at the Four Mile TRail.

I sat and breathed the clean air of nine a.m., re-packed the load--I should have left the tripod at home. I took a half-gallon of H2O and some dried fruit. I thanked the Lord of the Films that I was spared the old school film rolls. I prayed hard for a successful conclusion, open to whatever lay ahead, and for wisdom in choosing my options once I left the trail.
Of course it's dangerous to leave the trail.  It's stupid.  I'm stupid...
Of course it's dangerous to leave the trail. It's stupid. I'm stupid. We all be stupid. Gotta trust to judgement and skill and luck. ADVENTURE!!! Tell 'em, Royal.
Credit: mouse from merced

It behooved me to act my age and reflect my physical infirmities.

1. I'm gonna be 65 shortly.
2. I suffer from acute asthma because of allergy to mold; it interrupts all activities, particularly when I hurry.
3. My knees suffer and it causes me to constantly take time to place my weight correctly to make a more-than-normal movement. In talus this means I need to be very cautious.
4. Lack of oxygen causes an effect like vertigo. Atop a boulder I have to be super-careful, like on a belay ledge.

I had no specific goal in my hike, but a general goal: go as far as I could till I felt like changing direction, with Union Point in mind as the furthest I could possibly get without taking photos. Since that was the primary reason I was in the Park, to take photos, when the time came to ditch the trail, I had Sentinel Creek and Sentinel Falls on my mind.

Along the way, I poked, taking photos and watching the passers passing by.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Don't forget that postcard!
Don't forget that postcard!
Credit: mouse from merced
A very shy young doe, she didn't utter a sound passing.  When I found ...
A very shy young doe, she didn't utter a sound passing. When I found my way back to the trail she was the first person I encountered. A muffled reply, "As far as Glacier Pt."
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Three Gentlemen from Taipei.  Tan, on the right, spoke for his visitin...
Three Gentlemen from Taipei. Tan, on the right, spoke for his visiting friends. He's been living in C4. Jovial doesn't begin to describe this wonderful man. I encountered them on the descent of the Four Mile Trail and later at the shuttle stop at C4.
Credit: mouse from merced
Nurse Margie and Nurse Cheryl, two ladies from Fla. and New England, w...
Nurse Margie and Nurse Cheryl, two ladies from Fla. and New England, who are "travelling nurses" on holiday between jobs. We slowed the pace so we could talk as we leisurely descended the last section of the trail--BIG GIANT BOULDER near the trailhead.
Credit: mouse from merced


I left the Four Mile Trail at the end of a switchback which went left. I took a vague track into the talus on an uphill tack and eventually came to the creek, which was in spate from the snowmelt.
March 28, 2013.
March 28, 2013.
Credit: mouse from merced
April 29, 2013.
April 29, 2013.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
In the lee of the boulder.  It's been here a while.  How many trees ha...
In the lee of the boulder. It's been here a while. How many trees have tried this here? We are seeds ourselves as well as sowers.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Here is a small pool which was at chest height when I knelt, rather like a font. I washed my head and neck and hands and stayed kneeling for a long time meditating with this stone and the water shaping it, the sound of the water driving out non-essentials.

I felt my spirits lift and my confidence in how this would all turn out increased. I'd come to my goal for the day, unplanned and trusting to another's will. I mean, I just cast my fate to the winds, as they say. I loved the freedom this gave me.

Then I took some Tylenol and smoked a bowl. My my my. Bhuddist Passion amid the pines!

Water ouzel. White cabbage butterfly. Deer fly. Then these big guys.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
And this little guy from under the same rock--it got replaced.

What was D'Artagnan's last name?
So stupid.
So stupid.
Credit: Blitzo




mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 30, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
Spring in Yosemite is cranking up and people will be jamming the place in one or two weeks. I'm glad I took the opportunity to be there when I did, before the meadows flood, the bug and tourist population skyrocket, and things become unnatural.

Here is a selection of springtime shots, EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU! And Capt. Tom. And the spirit of ST. Galen.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Tourist shot at river!  Film as situation develops.
Tourist shot at river! Film as situation develops.
Credit: mouse from merced
Huge water flow increase expected to increase then decrease!  NPS blam...
Huge water flow increase expected to increase then decrease! NPS blames spring and summer.
Credit: mouse from merced
I can't apologize for this shot. I love dogwood and the Dodge is for many a part of life in C4.
I had to catch the bus or I'd have gotten some dogwood closeups.
I had to catch the bus or I'd have gotten some dogwood closeups.
Credit: mouse from merced

It's past time for my coffee.
I'll be back with climbing content. Here's a teaser.
Mark M. had a story to tell about climbing this one winter.
Mark M. had a story to tell about climbing this one winter.
Credit: mouse from merced
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 30, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
More nice stories mouse.

I never booed and I never walked out, though I did wonder about a guy who titled his first book based on a Sumatran spider.



A little bit of Richard





zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 30, 2013 - 05:48pm PT
I'll sea that and raise one.

Buy Bob Dylanís Former Malibu Ranch And Recording Studio For $3.2 Million

Some people call it Shangri La, others don't call it anything, said Mr. Lee with a smile.







I would like to know who all the people are in those photos on the wall. I was wondering if maybe Gypsy has some on display in there. Ol' bob always did have a thing about Gypsy.


I went back to see the gypsy
It was nearly early dawn
The gypsy's door was open wide
But the gypsy was gone
And that pretty dancing girl
She could not be found
So I watched that sun come rising
From that little Minnesota town





http://au.businessinsider.com/bob-dylans-former-malibu-ranch-and-recording-studio-now-on-sale-for-41-million-2011-6#view-of-the-ranch-style-kitchen-1
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Apr 30, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
hey there say, mouse... wow, a chapman pt, to be reckoned with, :)

i will share with my family, :)


never had heard of this, before...

say, my oldest son's name is santiago, and, when i named him, i
never KNEW he had a 'grotto' :))
yep, there is a 'santiago's grotto' somwhere... (forgot where) but
i did see a photo of it in a magazine once, have not ever been
able to find it on the net, though, :(


also, thank you for the great yosemite pics, sadly, only the top half
showed, but know the other halves are just as good, and some did not
even show yet, ... so i can' comment on all ...

loved the trail!


say, lilabiene, did you get a package yet :)
if not, keep an eye out, so it won't get left if you plan to go for
anywhere for the weekend, :O


ooops, forgot, mouse:
very NICE climbing pics, there, too!
love the rock face/walls
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 30, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
"1. I'm gonna be 65 shortly."


Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, Wasting Away
Give me your answer, fill in a form


Of course we will.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 1, 2013 - 12:23am PT
6T-5 sounds like some Jerry Gallwas piton steel.
Or aluminum for a backpack frame.
Or an Army Air Corps trainer.
Or a football play.
Or the same old new fifty-one. LI.
Credit: mouse from merced
Wm. Dylan Zimmerman, born James Joseph McGuinn III on July 13, 1942. aka, RR Bill, aka Alan Lefcourt.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
May 1, 2013 - 12:50am PT

Not an ode to Billy Joe, but kinda fits here.


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 1, 2013 - 11:46am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
http://www.last.fm/music/John+Fahey/_/Je+Ne+Me+Suis+Reveillais+Matin+Pas+En+May
May Day May Day May Day May Day

Credit: mouse from merced
The last May procession I was part of was in 1960 in Sacramento.

Who misses the propaganda photos of the Red Army May Day parades?

http://www.marxists.org/subject/mayday/articles/tracht.html

Gypsy

Social climber
NC
May 1, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
about to go on the air with a special tribute to the mad, crazy musician of the Santa Cruz mountains, Bob Brozman

listen live or in the archive

Musical Migrations
ashevillefm.org
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 1, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
hey there say, gypsy, thanks for sharing...

hope someday my ol' computer will get youtube or better yet, radio, :))

oddly, years back, and WITH dial up, my old one DID... though,
there was far less complex site, then...

i got a neat station for greece, with neat dance music...
i got tex-mex, and cumbia, tejano, from south texas, and
i got country, from somewhere, forgot now...

odd it never works on this one... it all gets a sentence of song and
stops... :(
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 1, 2013 - 05:07pm PT
Sentinel West.  View fromthe creek.
Sentinel West. View fromthe creek.
Credit: mouse from merced
This looks like Yellow Pines campground's entry road, if I am any judg...
This looks like Yellow Pines campground's entry road, if I am any judge.
Credit: mouse from merced
Upper Sentinel Falls.
Upper Sentinel Falls.
Credit: mouse from merced
Base of the Flying Buttress.
Base of the Flying Buttress.
Credit: mouse from merced
Flying Buttress.
Flying Buttress.
Credit: mouse from merced
Top of the Flying Buttress.
Top of the Flying Buttress.
Credit: mouse from merced
And higher.
And higher.
Credit: mouse from merced
Magnifico!
Magnifico!
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 1, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
Eagle Peak, Higher Brother.
Eagle Peak, Higher Brother.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Da Rim.
Da Rim.
Credit: mouse from merced
Rixon's Pinnacle.
Rixon's Pinnacle.
Credit: mouse from merced
Whew!  Close one!
Whew! Close one!
Credit: mouse from merced
It's the ten o'clock from Dallas/Ft. Worth!
It's the ten o'clock from Dallas/Ft. Worth!
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Extreme telephoto of Eagle Creek.
Extreme telephoto of Eagle Creek.
Credit: mouse from merced
The Old Schnozzola.
The Old Schnozzola.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 1, 2013 - 06:01pm PT
A man's got to eat, out in the wilderness. It means a lot to have a quiet beauty spot in which to dine out.
Garden Oaks Restaurant.  ***  Miners' Lettuce Punch $4.50, Pine Nut Sa...
Garden Oaks Restaurant. *** Miners' Lettuce Punch $4.50, Pine Nut Salad, $7.50.
Credit: mouse from merced
Seal of natural goodness.
Seal of natural goodness.
Credit: mouse from merced
I spotted the grotto on the balcony.
I spotted the grotto on the balcony.
Credit: mouse from merced
The seating.  Plush.
The seating. Plush.
Credit: mouse from merced
Various comestibles on offer, as well as the salad, there was this lov...
Various comestibles on offer, as well as the salad, there was this lovely domestic legume, prepared in the Canadian manner. I still had to drink Merced water, though.
Credit: mouse from merced
The view from my table.  Adequate.
The view from my table. Adequate.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Dining companions.  All local folk.
Dining companions. All local folk.
Credit: mouse from merced
The old oak just sat there, not eating.
The old oak just sat there, not eating.
Credit: mouse from merced
The ferns were colorful and witty beyond belief.
The ferns were colorful and witty beyond belief.
Credit: mouse from merced
These guys had the kids' meal.
These guys had the kids' meal.
Credit: mouse from merced
The wait staff were on top of their game.
The wait staff were on top of their game.
Credit: mouse from merced
I caught the bus at 6:00 at the Dodge.  This is at the Ferguson Slide ...
I caught the bus at 6:00 at the Dodge. This is at the Ferguson Slide Bridge, awaiting the signal change.
Credit: mouse from merced
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
May 1, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
Thanks for taking us with you on your trip Mouse,
great pics, watch out for that tree!
Lets find your thumb in June.
Be in touch soon.
Tad
LilaBiene

Trad climber
May 1, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
Mouse, I'm really enjoying your photo journeys, too. ")

Especially enjoying how happy you are to be where you love to be.

Aud
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 1, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
hey there say, lilabiene:

i love that part:

happy to hear someone HAPPY at where they are!


wow, and T hocking is on a thumb hunt, :)


say, mouse, i can't wait to the see the 'lunch brochure'
but will come back later and wait for the pics to load...
:)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 1, 2013 - 09:48pm PT
Audrey, that's cool of you--thanks. Plaudits are nice for all things and mice.

I was thinking of you when I put this together. As you are so new to the scene, I thought you and many dozens like you may get some insight into the realm of the "approach" to a climb, many of which here in Grizz Gulch trek through oak talus. Approaches are an integral part of many ascents, along with the descent.

It's an A, C, D way to see the sport. Approach, climb, descent.

Knowledge of all three is critical to the success of alpine adventure, certainly. It also prevents wandering around in the forested talus after dark when you are tired and thinking of things you had better wait for. Make WBraun's job easier by trying to figure out the route in advance. Or just go on an adventure. You are free to choose. The truth is what fits your personality and your partner's needs as well, one hopes, because in fact, there are two of you. So the truth, or the best way, the optimal approach, is somewhere in that range between tight-assed, no-compromising, I call the shots and "OH FUCHIT! Have it your way, butthead."

An even pace, the ability to speak comfortably, and finding landmarks are what is called for. Observe, learn, stay in the moment, breath. Don't think about the climb. Keep an eye out for the others in your party
and don't get too far away.

If you feel you must pre-plan everything, I won't be in your team.

In my experience, going up a talus with no pack is among the most liberating of joys of being young.

But with a partner, til you're sure enough to do what you love--
'on your own alone.'

And that means abandoning fretfulness over 'what could happen.'

Not the way.

Make it known where you'll be, when to expect you back, etc.

I had no instructions when I was young, only the cub and boy scout leaders who were not very good at their jobs, to say the least, but were generous enough with their time.

In my journeys I hope to share observations with the Gang Taco, as well. I hope I'm able to entertain as well. As always.

Stirring the pot--
One thing I think I have found is that there seems to be a difference between the size of the boulders in the Sentinel talus field, where behemoths abound, in comparison to the talus found at the base of Camp Four Wall (above Camp 4) and along Sunnyside Bench. :)

It's a stock question, I realize. Others may have seen this. The Rev said so, too, once upon a time, so it must be observable, but that don't make it true fact, for once. Believe It or Not!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 1, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
I'll clarify that question, which it is in my roundabout way, about relative size.

There are more Large Boulders in the Sentinel talus field. You cannot fail to notice such Monstros.
A hard lever up with a pack.  Schittski.  I came down it; on the way b...
A hard lever up with a pack. Schittski. I came down it; on the way back I had to drop down twenty yards and around the dang prodigion instead. I'm no dead Hero.
Credit: mouse from merced
This one I encountered soon after leaving the trail, heading for the creek. It has a roof, and twenty feet above that is a 'talus garden' with dead branches and other windfall and a few shards of itself spalling off, maybe. If ya can find a route...
Gravity always wins.
Gravity always wins.
Credit: mouse from merced
This was in a really open spot, so quiet away from the creek, too.  On...
This was in a really open spot, so quiet away from the creek, too. On the way back to the trail in the late afternoon.
Credit: mouse from merced
Granite or concrete?  LostInShanghai or LostInSin?
Granite or concrete? LostInShanghai or LostInSin?
Credit: mouse from merced
When will the hundred summers die,
And thought and time be born again,
And newer knowledge, drawing nigh,
Bring truth that sways the soul of men?
Here all things in their place remain,
As all were orderíd, ages since.--Alfred Lord Tennyson
Looking the opposite way from the Eagle Boulder.
Looking the opposite way from the Eagle Boulder.
Credit: mouse from merced
In the creek there are some goodies, too.
In the creek there are some goodies, too.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
It's a full-blown affair.  Do not underestimate Sentinel Creek.  I fea...
It's a full-blown affair. Do not underestimate Sentinel Creek. I feared to cross it and didn't really have time or energy to go further.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
A bold oak bole: not a boulderer, totally trad.
A bold oak bole: not a boulderer, totally trad.
Credit: mouse from merced

My question is WHY are there more Large Boulders, if it is indeed the fact?

I propose it has something to do with geology. :)

Specifically, glaciology, a sub-game of geology.



Pluck if I know why it is so.
It would seem it's not for mice
To understand the ways of ice.
Seems somethin's missin.'
Bowdlerized agin.


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