Favorite world famous choss piles you love to hate

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justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Dec 30, 2012 - 11:52am 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 - 12:33pm 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 - 12:43pm 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 - 12:44pm PT
Sounds like a lovely vacation destination. :)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 30, 2012 - 12:45pm 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 - 02:19pm PT
Sedona!
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Dec 30, 2012 - 02:38pm PT
What about Camelback Mountain in Phoenix?

That's not even good choss.

Curt
weezy

climber
Dec 30, 2012 - 02:47pm 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 - 02:49pm 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 - 03:38pm 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 - 05:22pm PT
Anything in the Superstitions, Phoenix, or The San Juans.

Roadie

Trad climber
Bishop, Ca
Dec 30, 2012 - 05:45pm PT
Arches NP
Josh
Alabama Hills
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Dec 30, 2012 - 05:49pm PT
Pictures of world famous choss piles PLEASE???!!
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 05:54pm 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 - 05:57pm 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 - 07:47pm PT
Sedona!

The other elephant in the room.

John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Dec 30, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
Canadian Rockies - but i dont hate it i just love it

Yup. Nearly ate it on MT Edith Cavell 4 years ago.

MT Edith Cavell
MT Edith Cavell
Credit: John Duffield
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Dec 31, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
Canadian Rockies are loads of fun IF you make the right decision on which route to climb. At least there are good guidebooks around now to help you make the right choices. It is still a good idea for first time visitors to talk to the locals.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Dec 31, 2012 - 12:43pm PT
Fisher towers is pretty chossy but I kinda like it.

Credit: The Larry

Credit: The Larry

Credit: The Larry

Credit: The Larry
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