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Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 1, 2012 - 11:53pm PT
My apologies if this has been previously posted, but I did search the forum under likely topics.

This youtube video had a HUGE-CHUNK of a mountain-top falling away.

Sunnybeaches! (I thought!)


Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 1, 2012 - 11:54pm PT
Hey Fritz - I couldn't click on it, so I made it a little easier - impressive rock fall.


The syntax looks like this {youtube=y33STLSFjkE} but replace the {} with []

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2012 - 11:58pm PT
Thanks ZBrown! I'm still suffering with the embedding instructions!

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:05am PT


Boulder climber
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:07am PT

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2012 - 12:10am PT
Let me be the first to explain the common theme of these videos!

If you go off to climb in the mountains.

Yere gonna die!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:28am PT
So what if there was someone's line up there and not it fell off. Can someone else go climb it and claim a FA? lol

Social climber
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:31am PT

Trad climber
The rock doesn't care what I think
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:52am PT


Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 2, 2012 - 09:50am PT
These vids definately get your attention

Here is the scariest one I've seen on Vid.


Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 2, 2012 - 10:01am PT
Oh my


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 2, 2012 - 10:10am PT

Let's hope nobody was below them. . .

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Dec 2, 2012 - 10:48am PT

Amazing that they were there with vidcam focused on the mountain at the time of those mass wastings.

Midvale School for the Gifted
Dec 2, 2012 - 10:53am PT
Damn trundlers.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 2, 2012 - 10:59am PT

Trad climber
Nevada City
Dec 2, 2012 - 11:37am PT
wow. the sheer power of nature can be fascinating to watch in action.
Stewart Johnson

lake forest
Dec 2, 2012 - 11:40am PT
the lands were shaped by rain.

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Dec 2, 2012 - 11:44am PT
That rockfall on Rainier was impressive.
I wonder what side of the mountin that was on?

Trad climber
Lander, WY
Dec 3, 2012 - 11:10am PT
I've seen that vid of the Rainier avalanche on U tube...they said it was part of the Nisqually Cleaver that

Dec 3, 2012 - 11:17am PT
That's why I always wear my helmet in the hills.


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 3, 2012 - 12:11pm PT
What, Mt Rainier has bad rock?

Credit: Reilly

Almost bought a farm in that same spot as the Nisqually vid except it was
a serac collapse. Nobody in their right mind climbs there.

Come to think of it I think I still have some booty from two guys who did
buy the farm right there* in a rockfall. We found their high camp long after
the fact; like 8 months as I recall so we didn't feel guilty cleaning up
the mountain.

*Fuhrer Finger

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Dec 3, 2012 - 12:13pm PT
Mass wasting. It's a beautiful thing.

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Dec 3, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
MASS WASTING, like when the Altar-boy accidentally switches the communion wafers for blotter acid (tastes the same after all) and the whole congregation goes on a communal trip?

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Dec 3, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
A big one on El Cap a few years back:
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Dec 3, 2012 - 02:43pm PT
Nice video there and through this thread!

Back in the early 70s me and some buddies were rapping off a climb across from Elephant Rock. I was in the middle of a rappel and heard a crack of sound like thunder & lightning.....I figured that's what it since the clouds were low and it was misting, but I happened to turn around to see a huge ceiling (at least small house size) in mid-air coming off the Elephant. Earlier that day we had been looking at the clean scars from the earlier rockfall, imagining climbing around the new ceiling. This one washed a wall of water up from the Merced and over the hwy and brought debris back down and closed the road.

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Dec 3, 2012 - 05:01pm PT
Gene, LOL!!!

Maybe if name is etched into plastic of helmet, it will be decipherable in a few centuries when the helmet is the only remains found ;)

Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
Dec 3, 2012 - 05:25pm PT
Recent geology is so cool...Thanx for sharing........


Gym climber
South of Heaven
Apr 4, 2013 - 01:02pm PT
This is an awesome thread.

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Apr 4, 2013 - 01:35pm PT
The greywacke rock in the Mt Cook area of NZ is truly some of the most unstable rock I have ever encountered. It consists of a combination of hard grey sandstone and darker coloured mudstone (argillite). These generally form alternating sequences with the sandstone being predominant, and together the sandstone and mudstone are often referred to jointly as "greywacke".

This has been posted already also but it's unbelievable.

Social climber
Apr 5, 2013 - 12:15am PT
hey there say, all...

oh my... (think susan said that too)... :O

i love the rocks and mts... dont' like rock slided of course, but
seeig them on film, is really powerful stuff to make you think
how such a huge mt, can, and is--so precarious in many ways...

cna't do youtube, or some of this, i'd like to see...
though--not the ones with folks in the midst of it-- :O

it just is really something the way these rocks set loose and move...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 5, 2013 - 03:26am PT
Six feet below ground,
witness the last avalanche/rockfall
that you'll ever see.
--Lily Rocketts

God loves gravity,
especially. His rainbows
recall mankind's fall.
--T. Rundle

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Apr 5, 2013 - 03:42am PT
That's it! I've had it with this planet... the whole freakin' place is falling apart! I'm outa here!

Yes, this is a great thread. From a distance.... big distance in space and time!

Batshit crazy stuff!


Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Apr 27, 2013 - 03:19am PT
Holy smokes! Get a cup of coffee, sit back, put the sucker in full screen mode and prepare to have your mind blown.

When Mountains Fall Down:

Check out the "ooh-la-la's" from one of the climbers. Better than sex? YOU be the judge!


Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Apr 27, 2013 - 04:28am PT

Mother Nature dictates the conditions. And she can be pissy sometimes!

Good videos.

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Apr 27, 2013 - 12:28pm PT
Big momma avalanche bump... see my previous post.
lars johansen

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Apr 27, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
Great share. I get kind of sweaty palms when I see that kind of thing now.


Mountain climber
Apr 27, 2013 - 01:05pm PT
another biggie in norway..

wonder what's the biggest ever captured on film?

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Apr 27, 2013 - 02:29pm PT
All beautiful and terrifying at the same time!

Trad climber
Apr 27, 2013 - 03:09pm PT
Here's one from Cornwall.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Apr 27, 2013 - 04:31pm PT
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Boulder climber
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:48pm PT
wonder what's the biggest ever captured on film?

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 27, 2013 - 08:57pm PT
Biotch, you goon, that was a rockfly! ;-)

It was so crazy to be playing futbol at Green Lake and watching that mushroom cloud go straight up to 40,000' and then have the jet stream bend it 90 degrees to the east.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Apr 27, 2013 - 09:18pm PT
Who here has climbed that huge block that made up the first couple of pitches of the East Face of Bugaboo Spire before it fell away?


Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Apr 28, 2013 - 12:10am PT
That Cornwall drop into the sea was pretty amazing.


Grey Matter
Oct 16, 2017 - 06:58pm PT
at least they wash up afterwards.

Bondo 2017 Piz Cengalo Rockfall that Eric W blindclimber describes in his TR.


Trad climber
Cascade Mountains and Monterey Bay
Oct 17, 2017 - 12:52am PT
Krakatoa volcano in 1883 propelled eleven cubic miles of rock into the upper atmosphere, covering 70% of the planet with dust clouds, turning the sky red, and producing tsunamis over 150 feet high. And yes it was photographed. It is still very active and growing in height about 15 feet each year.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 17, 2017 - 04:26am PT
There are even bigger ones, the farther back you go....
Some of the familiar / large ones:
1991 VEI-6 Pinatubo 10 km^3 ejecta
1980 VEI-5 St. Helens 1 km^3
1883 VEI-6 Krakatoa 25 km^3 36,000 deaths mostly from tsunamis
1815 VEI-7 Tambora 160 km^3 71,000+ deaths "The Year without Summer"
-1610 VEI-6/7 Santorini 60 km^3 "Minoan eruption"
-5677 VEI-7 Mazama 100 km^3 "Crater Lake, Oregon"
-24500 VEI-8 Taupo 1170 km^3 "Oranui eruption"
-630000 VEI-8 Yellowstone 1000 km^3 "Lava Creek Tuff"
-765000 VEI-7 Long Valley 100? km^3 "Bishop Tuff"
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