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Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 15, 2013 - 10:03pm PT
^^^^YEAH! WTF! Where are those guys?
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 15, 2013 - 10:05pm PT
StahlBro those pics are awesome. The first one looks like there are ticking time bombs in layers just ready to cut loose!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 15, 2013 - 11:55pm PT
Here is a link to a choss climb called The West Chimney of Crown Point:

http://video-embed.oregonlive.com/services/player/bcpid619326654001?bctid=635610601001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAAMEmGiYE~,1EavPvrrEXPD6BH9blwxQxI6DDdjlFMo
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Feb 16, 2013 - 11:09am PT
Crown Point.. yee haw. Good candidate for the next issue of Moss and Choss. You know it's the good stuff when you're wishing you'd brought along your battery-powered weed-wacker.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 16, 2013 - 12:07pm PT
I think the weeds are what's holding it together. I'd leave um ;-)
abrams

Sport climber
Feb 17, 2013 - 01:07am PT
Its so f'd up when choss comes to visit you rather than the other way around
Credit: abrams

Credit: abrams

Credit: abrams




MisterE

Social climber
Feb 17, 2013 - 01:15am PT
But on a more positive note:

Credit: MisterE

Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 17, 2013 - 11:52am PT
Yeah justthemaid Crown Point could have it's own issue featuring it in Moss and Choss. Some of the ledges are only made up of moss. A little scary the first time I did the West Chimney. Some would wonder why I have climbed it 3x. Cause it's fun.
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Feb 17, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
StahlBro your first pic is disqualified. This sport is called rock climbing not sediment climbing. Rock has lithified.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 17, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
Bouldering on Thumb Rock, Liberty Ridge, Mt. Rainier. I forget the name of this intrepid climber, but he was the founder of Pipestone Mountaineering in Missoula, MT.

Credit: McHale's Navy
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 17, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
Too bad. The Chosswidth on the right side rules. It gets wider every time you climb it.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 17, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
McHales! Re your mention:
I forget the name of this intrepid climber, but he was the founder of Pipestone Mountaineering in Missoula, MT.


Is that the near-legendary Jim Wilson?

Speaking of Thumb-Rock on Liberty Ridge. By the time I finally got around to climbing the route in the early 1980's, every other turkey in the NW had figured out they could do the route in June.

We barely had room to camp at the flat-bivy under Thumb-Rock. We were forced to bivy right-up against the thumb and 15' above us was a huge detached flake, just hanging there like an axe-head. It stayed put, but I had nightmares.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 17, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
We had the total ridge to ourselves in 1995! It was approximately June. We camped on the summit for 2 days in a storm and saw nobody, then descended the Emmons to the Emmons ranger hut and saw nobody - and used the radio there to let everyone know we were OK. I guess that was pretty weird looking back on it - shows you how bad the weather was!

I climbed the Emmons Glacier route with Dave Gotlieb about the same time and we snowboarded off the summit. Again, the weather was bad, but it was also Memorial Weekend and the road had just opened. We hiked in while it rained and snowed and climbed the mountain with not another soul there. Had to plow through waste deep snow almost all the way up - and got there just before sunset with just enough time to fly down!


You mean the Stoney Point Jim Wilson? That's not him and his name was not Jim Wilson. I mean Jim Wilson's name was Jim Wilson, but not this guy. I forget this guy's name, but it wasn't Jim Wilson. If it was Jim Wilson he would have recognized me as a Stoney Point guy but he didn't.

This shows the true power of the choss - let the choss be with you. 2nd video is better, plus there are more links when it's over;

http://www.justgetout.net/wenatchee/22554
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 18, 2013 - 12:50am PT
This shows the true power of the choss - let the choss be with you.

That second video was wild!
WOW! Revenge of the CHOSS! That was is certainly an eye opener. Don't get in the way of the CHOSS! Let the CHOSS have it's way. Cause it will make a way where there was none before.

Plaid
kpinwalla2

Social climber
WA
Feb 18, 2013 - 02:03am PT
As several other folks have pointed out - the Northwest is truly the land of choss, and the voluminous basalt flows of eastern Washington are truly choss-Mecca. If you're climbing without the knowledge that any (or every) handhold, foothold, or "fixed" anchor could suddenly fail under body weight at any moment, where's the thrill?
Basalt choss at it's finest - Wallula Gap, WA.
Basalt choss at it's finest - Wallula Gap, WA.
Credit: kpinwalla2
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 18, 2013 - 02:15am PT
If you're climbing without the knowledge that any (or every) handhold, foothold, or "fixed" anchor could suddenly fail under body weight at any moment, where's the thrill?

That's what I say. It adds to the fun as long as you don't hurt anyone else. Belayer's beware! Always wear a helmet...and shoulder pads and a shield may not be a bad idea.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 18, 2013 - 02:29am PT
Very nice.....very nice choss. I have a gong I could put to use as a shield.
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Feb 18, 2013 - 03:59am PT
Honopu beach on Kauai
There seems to have been some sort of rockslide that opened up ... and there are huge boulders strewn on the beach.
MisterE

Social climber
Feb 18, 2013 - 10:11am PT
No choss thread is complete without Texas Canyon pictures:





kpinwalla2

Social climber
WA
Feb 18, 2013 - 11:22am PT
That's what I say. It adds to the fun as long as you don't hurt anyone else. Belayer's beware! Always wear a helmet...and shoulder pads and a shield may not be a bad idea.

I agree. You know you've encountered authentic choss when the belayer is at greater risk of injury than the climber. Someone should come up with a line of protective gear for the choss belayer - as suggested above. Choss climbing might really take off if belayers resembled gladiators....
Credit: kpinwalla2
Credit: kpinwalla2
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