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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
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