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Gilroy

Social climber
Boulderado
Dec 30, 2012 - 07:37am PT
Good thing there's not a scene there.

can't you just hear the blaring musica
can't you just hear the blaring musica
Credit: Hankster
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Dec 30, 2012 - 08:52am PT
I CAN hear the musica blaring.. ;)

Oh.. Not exactly "world famous" but I'll throw Echo Cliffs in the mix as favorite local choss-pile.

If it's not a whole new climb (from holds breaking off) every time you climb it.. it's not quality choss.

"The Fenn"- Echo Cliffs.
"The Fenn"- Echo Cliffs.
Credit: justthemaid
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Dec 30, 2012 - 09:33am PT
If it's not a whole new climb (from holds breaking off) every time you climb it.. it's not quality choss.

Most excellent assessment.

For "quality Choss" may I recommend most anything in the West Elk Mountains of Colorado.
Just ask Paul Ryan I am sure he will regale you with foot notes from his World Class ass-sents.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 30, 2012 - 09:43am PT
I learned to climb on a railroad cut in NH. Well, Rumney really, but this cut is ten minutes from my house as opposed to an hour for Rumney.

Really bad climbing. There would be tons of positive edges if you flipped the whole crag upside down. As it is, there are lots of slopey holds and funky angles that are always trying to push you off.

It gets no direct sun and is infested with mosquitos and poison ivy.

But, I cut my teeth climbing there.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Dec 30, 2012 - 09:44am PT
Sounds like a lovely vacation destination. :)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 30, 2012 - 09:45am PT
Free camping!!!

Edit; it's WAY better than the slag heap that is the Seward Highway road cut. We make wicked good road cuts 'round here.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 30, 2012 - 11:19am PT
Sedona!
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Dec 30, 2012 - 11:27am PT
Canadian Rockies - but i dont hate it i just love it
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Dec 30, 2012 - 11:38am PT
What about Camelback Mountain in Phoenix?

That's not even good choss.

Curt
weezy

climber
Dec 30, 2012 - 11:47am PT
indian creek

"hey bro i need to borrow fifty cams so i can do the same move over and over for 150 feet"

heh, just kidding. but really if i never had to lead Supercrack again i wouldn't shed a single tear.
grover

climber
Northern Mexico
Dec 30, 2012 - 11:49am PT
You said it Riley.

I've yet to find consistent choss like the Rockies has anywhere else.

Pitch 6 Windtower north-east face, you couldn't pay me enough to re-lead it.

Only time I've had all 4 holds slump at the same time.

Started smoking (again) on that climb......
DanaB

climber
CT
Dec 30, 2012 - 12:38pm PT
The old guide to the Canadian Rockies had something written (can't remember the exact words) that was " . . . the great majority of the routes in the Canadian Rockies are piles of crap with no redeeming qualities."

El Portrero, I agree. That place is like a shopping mall or the Jersey shore, but it just happens to have bolts.
Bowser

Social climber
Durango CO
Dec 30, 2012 - 02:22pm PT
Anything in the Superstitions, Phoenix, or The San Juans.

Roadie

Trad climber
Bishop, Ca
Dec 30, 2012 - 02:45pm PT
Arches NP
Josh
Alabama Hills
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Dec 30, 2012 - 02:49pm PT
Pictures of world famous choss piles PLEASE???!!
toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Dec 30, 2012 - 02:54pm PT
.

whats this bs about Joshua Tree being crapp?

there are 8,000 routes there and probably 7,000 are not worth doing


of the 1,000, there are probably 250 great routes, many world class



do the routes there worth doing...it's a beautiful place!



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mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 02:54pm PT
Every single time I went back to Font it just seemed to get chossier and chossier and chossier.

Should be ultra chossy this spring. You in? I'll teach you how to climb.
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 30, 2012 - 02:57pm PT
The Superstitions, AZ ... or, that is, "The Odyssey" scared me bad...


haha, just saw your post Bowser, YES agree...

and Philo, Camelback... that is a mud pile choss fest, helmet required... climb fast & light as the foot and handholds are ever flexing ;-)

Camelback Choss...
Camelback Choss...
Credit: Taken by W. Yazzie

Then I must add my beloved Courthouse Rock in the Eagletails to this list of exfoliating, crumbly beauties!

I suppose these aren't world famous, but ultra chossy indeed...

DanaB... that was funny... yes, perhaps ;-)
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Dec 30, 2012 - 04:47pm PT
Sedona!

The other elephant in the room.

Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Dec 30, 2012 - 05:06pm PT
Pitch 6 Windtower north-east face, you couldn't pay me enough to re-lead it.

There are loads of great routes in the Rockies but you really have to know what you are doing if ya get off the beaten path.

I took my sister up some obscure thing on Table Mountain, above Banff, a few summers ago - some really great pitches - but whole stretches of run out climbing with out a solid hold to be had anywhere.

Took my wife up Wixwaxy - that was pretty bad! She has scars on her legs to remember that climb -nothing is lose like Canadian Rockies Quartzite.

But Windtower! If my memory serves there have been recent deaths on that climb and the description in one of the guides - 10x or something - didnt give me a lot of psych to climb the thing...lol Sure is a cool looking face though!

maybe that is why I have always found other supposed loose climbing areas like Sedona, Potrero, Pinnacles, Josh and The Fishers to be pretty bomber climbing...lol
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