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Gene

climber
Aug 21, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
Mouse from Merced,

Thanks for the great fun. Good times! I'll be back in Merced in a week or so. Keep the calendar open.

Best,
Moose from Modesto
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Aug 21, 2013 - 09:43pm PT
Over 2400 posts and not one Topo Gigio Dela Merced-io?

Buon jour!
Buon jour!
Credit: Ricky D
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Aug 21, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
Uh Ricky D - it's here somewhere, just hard to find.

BASEBALL, not Big League
TJ down, but not out. CV looking good (CV 6 - CT 3). My ex-neighbor/friend Karen Kopins (Miss Connecticut, 1977) will not be dancin' with herself or the night rider.




Really a nice person and she had a cool Corvette


The End of August at the Hotel Ozone





or





mouse de Hibbing

Credit: zBrown
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Aug 22, 2013 - 12:09am PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2013 - 04:41am PT
Lord, give me what I want most, or I'll sue...

Lord, give me the strength and the bank account I need to combat feline arrogance.

Lord, let them see life thorugh the eyes of a hungry, but humble, field photographing mouse.

And thanks for getting me out of the house.


Ricky D,
As much as the public used to like Topo Gigio, Supertopo Gigio says he's dead as Opera. Give the little urban poser his funeral and let's move on. Granted, it will be a whing-ding of a funeral, like JFK's or Joe Green's.
When Verdi passed, the sun fell from the sky.
When Verdi passed, the sun fell from the sky.
Credit: mouse from merced







































































I said the sun fell from the sky!
I said the sun fell from the sky!
Credit: mouse from merced
The help is not very good around here. They need more training than I have time to give them. Bear with, please.

http://www.google.com/






mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2013 - 06:15am PT
I have big trouble. I can't approach the union on this one, either. These are scabs from Camp 4 whom I've hired to haul sets. They work cheaply, about all you can say. They know when their breaks are and that's all they know, it seems.
But a bigger moon hit the sky that night in time for the overture.
But a bigger moon hit the sky that night in time for the overture.
Credit: mouse from merced


Leggs told me not to do it...

and now I've gone and broken my cheapo-cheapo tripod, to boot.

I don't buy all my 'biners at Grocery Outlet, just to spend the savings on somebody's laziness. Guys go climb walls and spend so much energy, they look on jobs like this as a form of recreation.

I need a really rich, very stupid producer if this is gonna run much longer.



Guido Contini alla ricossa!

I think not: He's too damned stupid...that was Kate Hudson, ferfergiesakes!

It could be worse, Luisa. Remember that.
Do I need to repeat myself nine times, like I seem to have to do to get work out of these dirtbag scabs? Hell, they managed to put up a video, but the thing is running two times instead of just once! Feck feck feck!!!

zeeBs neebs! What am I gonna do? I've run out of chocolate syrup and my baby's gone to heaven, besides.

And the cows have gone home.

I'll be Lucky if I don't FREAK OUT!

I should wait and talk this over with somebody I can trust.

Gene! Bring yer boots with ya! We need to check out some boulders. Make plans to be home later than normal.

Otay?










mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2013 - 08:31am PT
Supertopo Gigio, solid friend of WBraun, firm believer in stamping out...
Supertopo Gigio, solid friend of WBraun, firm believer in stamping out stupids.
Credit: GI
Here I come to save what's left
And I've just run up and down The Cleeeeeeft.

As Sean Bianco always says on Saturday Night at the Opera,

"Keep opera in your hearts."

http://www.capradio.org/classical/at-the-opera/

I highly prize this guy's great disguise.

He looks like an impresario.

He's a glorified DJ, when you come to it, but his vibe is so mellow.

BIG LIKE! *

This is a Clair Loon I saw last evening out in the hills north of town...
This is a Clair Loon I saw last evening out in the hills north of town, looking for the absolute closest and highest point around town. It had no mate either. So we made love.
Credit: mouse from merced
VICTOR DE SABATA/LA TRAVIATA, Prelude to Act III
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70jPIPSM7Pg

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2013 - 08:43am PT
* What's not to like?

After all, he's got a BIG MIKE!
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Aug 22, 2013 - 10:34am PT
super
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Aug 22, 2013 - 11:10am PT
Credit: zBrown

KRISTEN CAVALLARI PINCHES TACOS ON THE HILLS

http://www.justjared.com/photo-gallery/1950431/kristin-cavallari-pinches-tacos-on-the-hills-19/
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2013 - 11:31am PT
6:32 a.m. ce matin.
6:32 a.m. ce matin.
Credit: mouse from merced
6:42 a.m. ce matin.
6:42 a.m. ce matin.
Credit: mouse from merced
Baby!  Same time & phase next month?  7:06 ce matin.
Baby! Same time & phase next month? 7:06 ce matin.
Credit: mouse from merced
The back of the law offices on 18th STreet, around the corner from Mid...
The back of the law offices on 18th STreet, around the corner from Middle Earth. The resident rodent regulator! Ack! Put a bell on that thing.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Seven no ate a.m.  Where's the BBQed chicken, guys?  I can smell it.
Seven no ate a.m. Where's the BBQed chicken, guys? I can smell it.
Credit: mouse from merced
7:33 a.m.  Un chat ne peut faire que ce qu'il fait.
7:33 a.m. Un chat ne peut faire que ce qu'il fait.
Credit: mouse from merced
Most cats do not get enough fiber in their diets.  Mice never seem to ...
Most cats do not get enough fiber in their diets. Mice never seem to have this problem. We eat more sensibly. F-Factor works as well as anything, but melons and berries are best this time of year.
Credit: mouse from merced
Is this fudge brownie treat interesting enough to entice you to get of...
Is this fudge brownie treat interesting enough to entice you to get off your lazy feline butt?
Credit: mouse from merced
I thought not.  Worth a try, if only to devil the cat.
I thought not. Worth a try, if only to devil the cat.
Credit: mouse from merced
Arrogance in the first degree!
Arrogance in the first degree!
Credit: mouse from merced
Wake up, Tigger!  Yer giving the set hands a terrible example.
Wake up, Tigger! Yer giving the set hands a terrible example.
Credit: mouse from merced
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Aug 22, 2013 - 11:33am PT
That's a badass cat.

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2013 - 11:36am PT
His parents were, as well. His grandpappy was Rufus the Red Climber, who hung out here for years...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
If you want to know what I climbed yesterday, I have lowered expectations now I'm 65 and asthmatic. I've been content lately getting out and stretching my legs and piddling on top of these cone-like objects out north of town.

It turned out that I was wrong in my a*#essment of which point of land is the HPCT hereabouts. I made it good with another two forays out there.

Early in the afternoon, around two, I went out to snap some photos of the Rim Fire's cumulus. I noticed that the hill further east from the first one I climbed and the one I climbed after that, which I thought was the highest, were not the closest. The one I ascended today around sunset was furthest south, hence closest to town.

How we worship numbers in our lives! What day of the month? What time of the day? Who's older? Who's a ten and who's a one? Just go do SOMETHING, it doesn't need to be the best, the highest, the hardest, or the prettiest, as long as you feel it's right, it's solid.

La Paloma Road, the road to nowhere, from nowhere, if the gate is lock...
La Paloma Road, the road to nowhere, from nowhere, if the gate is locked. Lower end.
Credit: mouse from merced
No respect.
No respect.
Credit: mouse from merced
All those opposed to the landowners' decision to close off access to C...
All those opposed to the landowners' decision to close off access to China Hat, raise your chosen firearms. Pick your targets. Fire!
Credit: mouse from merced
The top end of La Paloma Road at Hornitos Road.
The top end of La Paloma Road at Hornitos Road.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
That says 1.6 miles, not 16 miles.
That says 1.6 miles, not 16 miles.
Credit: mouse from merced
The hill on the right is the goal, the potential new HPCT/Merced, high...
The hill on the right is the goal, the potential new HPCT/Merced, highest point closest to town.
Credit: mouse from merced
This is the skyline as I strode up the face.  I decided to go further ...
This is the skyline as I strode up the face. I decided to go further east to see what was around that way, maybe a view of the China Hat monolith?
Credit: mouse from merced
Coming round the east side of this monotonous climb, I spy one more, b...
Coming round the east side of this monotonous climb, I spy one more, but it's lower and not as close, being too far east. Close, but not worthy of a panetella. I'll need to go back soon and lookee more To The East of this little Eden-in-the-sticks.
Credit: mouse from merced
Twin summits.  It turned out there was another summit to be gained beh...
Twin summits. It turned out there was another summit to be gained behind this hill.
Credit: mouse from merced
This is the one, and I had time to go there.  I returned to the car vi...
This is the one, and I had time to go there. I returned to the car via the draw with the pond, as shown from earlier this week.
Credit: mouse from merced
My next conic-shaped objective.
My next conic-shaped objective.
Credit: mouse from merced
Hill number two.  There is a distinct saddle, one side dropping into t...
Hill number two. There is a distinct saddle, one side dropping into the western draw, the other side dipping into the one heading to the next hill east, which presents the obstacle of a fence. Hmmm...so?
Credit: mouse from merced
YCA rules!!!!  Summit number two.  This is four summits in one three-d...
YCA rules!!!! Summit number two. This is four summits in one three-day span, involving not one placement, a single porter (me), and NO GODDAMNED GUIDE OR GUIDEBOOK! This, my fellow travelers, is ADVENTURE, the heart and soul of mountaineering.
Credit: mouse from merced
Good Night, All.
Good Night, All.
Credit: mouse from merced
photo not found
Missing photo ID#317245
It's available, but it costs!
The pond, the moon, the saddle.
The pond, the moon, the saddle.
Credit: mouse from merced
Looking directly at Mt. Bullion in Mariposa Co.  The Rim Fire's glow i...
Looking directly at Mt. Bullion in Mariposa Co. The Rim Fire's glow is at the left. God help them folks!
Credit: mouse from merced

n.b., edit, whatever: That's too bad--that last photo doesn't show the eerie glow off to the left like my original.

Meh, ya get the picature, Boo-Boo?

Smokey did, even just casually observing. What a nose! The place is a tinderbox.

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 22, 2013 - 12:31pm PT
Possibly the grand finale of some Verdi opera...
Possibly the grand finale of some Verdi opera...
Credit: funsubstance

The Topo Gigio Dela Merced-io: For a while I thought that was the real deal, the all a-Merican Mouse.


Edited: Mouse - you say "cat that sh#t out". Ok, I'll cut the sh#t. I'll not post that "sh#t-out cat"... Lol...
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Aug 22, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Ok Mouse...

your monolith pictures...



the humps in the ground... those oval mounds that dot that particular landscape..., like what, 10 feet long, 5 feet wide, a foot or two tall...

what's your explanation of their formation?

Got theory? Its something Angus and I have pondered aloud many times on the road from Merced Falls to Hornitos, looking right (west and south). We have our theories, what's yours?

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Aug 22, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
BTW that last shot of the fire.. awesome in a chilling way.

Fire freaks us humans OUT! Our grassy plain heritate, both here and from the depths of time.

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2013 - 12:50pm PT
Beautiful decay.

The cones themselves all seem to be eroded from meltwater passing through the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada to begin with, from the large glaciers of the SN, and it took some force, of course. Mammoth melting and flow created by them started the erosion, then the rains came and have been finishing off the job for longer than Donini has been alive.

The cobbles are washed out long before that, along with auriferous (gold-bearing) goodies and they form the layer under the top of the relatively hard layer of solid rock below the summits of these cones. You should see the depth of this solid layer, which is very well-exposed on the south bank of the Merced near my bro's place in Merced Falls. It's substantial and continues up and down the valley.
Credit: mouse from merced
There are younger cobbles sitting atop a layer of harder stone, and under the stone are older cobbles, as well. The younger cobbles lying about on the hills are part of this layer, but haven't any gold to speak of, or small amounts. Remember the dredge piles from earlier? That guy was working basically the same layer as the dredges out at my Mike's. He likely found enough to keep him going, and not much more, if any, I would think. the larger dredges kept money rolling in and some folks made some good money there.

As for the little hummocks, they have counterparts in the flat spots where the stones gather in low spots.
photo not found
Missing photo ID#317314

Let's hear the real story, though...I'm as in the dark as you and Angus concerning this. It is a weird pattern. Like I indicated earlier, back in the thread, I believe the hummocks are caused when one cobble gets exposed, slowly, and the slope of the cobble determines the directional aspect of the erosion of the rest of the slope.

The turth is, this is and has been my best guess since the 2000 Census, when a co-worker, Twila Stout, asked me if I knew. She's a librarian, you'd think she'd be able to look sh#t up instead of asking a doofus.

And thanks, Prof D, it's nice to hear you're interested.

Marlow, cat that sh#t out! It's Verdi impolite to show the climax before the fat lady sings.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
Cat shit! GROOOOOSSSSS!!!!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Aug 22, 2013 - 01:11pm PT
One theory Angus floated having heard it from a co-worker - the hummocks are 2ndary placer dumps from dredging the nearby Merced river, the big wastelands east of Snelling being the source.

Wagon loads of placer deposits were dumped out there, to disperse the impact and possibly mine them a 2nd time for smaller grains of gold. I never bought into that theory though.

But they are clearly placer deposits, yes.

Yes, erosional, and cobble-influenced as you suggest, imo; but....

there is also Bovine Influence at work?

I read some interesting work online from a geology prof at Turkey Tech, discussing the Merced formation blah blah blah which included roadside geology lessons and I'm pretty sure he addressed those hummocks but alas its been a while and internet geology searches take some time.

DMT

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