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MisterE

Social climber
Feb 28, 2013 - 10:10am PT
How do you bolt in that blocky eastern WA stuff?

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justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Feb 28, 2013 - 10:21am PT
Pics from New Jack City this weekend.

Some friends climbed the Crooked Dick Spire (left of the climber) a couple weeks ago and had some incidental toaster-sized footholds crumble out from under them on lead. Gotta keep those lazy belayers on their feet ya know.

Crooked Dick and Hidden Tower
Crooked Dick and Hidden Tower
Credit: justthemaid

I never quite realized the "quality" of choss there until we did some 'splorin' off the well beaten routes. It's amazing the whole place doesn't just fall down BTW.

We TR'd this unclimbed 5.9 with high hopes of new chossaneering, but scuttled the proj. when no solid rock was found and we decided putting up a noob death-route was a waste of time. The dark-colored shell is basically adhered by a talc#m-mustard plaster underlayment. Kinda like climbing your kid's sand and macaroni project.

Credit: justthemaid

Did some hiking on the outer rim. Choss, choss and more choss.


Credit: justthemaid


The hills have eyes.
The hills have eyes.
Credit: justthemaid
Chip C. Chipperson

Sport climber
Chippewall, ME
Feb 28, 2013 - 11:53am PT
Hey there, say...


How does your choss grow? Don't you have to clip the branches of a rose bush to make beautiful flowers?
kpinwalla2

Social climber
WA
Mar 1, 2013 - 01:34am PT
How do you bolt in that blocky eastern WA stuff?

We clean off all the stuff that pulls off easily and then try to find a chunk that sounds reasonably solid when you beat on it with a hammer - but there are no guarantees...
Credit: kpinwalla2
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Mar 1, 2013 - 02:17am PT
On one of the many dirt roads NE of (395) Mammoth there is a hillside of tall crumbly towers, and actually white like chalk-board chalk. I had scoped it out once, but got lost when I went back later. My car is a little more reliable now, so I'm hoping to go out there again if the weather holds.
MisterE

Social climber
Mar 1, 2013 - 10:17am PT
Bring the appropriate tools, B.

Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Mar 1, 2013 - 11:14am PT
New variation on St. Peter's Dome. I call it Plaidman's Fally.
Spelled correctly.....there is a back story
Start of Plaidman's Fally
Start of Plaidman's Fally
Credit: Plaidman
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 1, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
Plaidman,

I look at that and realize I am not worthy.

Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 1, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
The beauty of choss is that it is the great equalizer. Qoute me on that.

Even on 5.1, you can have such an adventure!
kpinwalla2

Social climber
WA
Mar 1, 2013 - 09:37pm PT
The beauty of choss is that it is the great equalizer. Qoute me on that.

Even on 5.1, you can have such an adventure!

That is SO true! I've watched hyper-fit studly types - especially those that spend too much time in the gym, completely freak out on easy choss.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Mar 1, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
Qoute me on that.

Munge. Consider yourself quoted.


Plaid
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Mar 1, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
I look at that and realize I am not worthy.

Yup^^^Plaidman does seem to have cornered the market on the really scary stuff. I'm thinking of sending him some of those Polish grass screws for his birthday.

It rarely rains here, so us desert rats don't really get the opportunity to hone our moss-skills.


Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Mar 1, 2013 - 11:57pm PT
Justthemaid is that Plaidman or Tradman?

If it is the former I could use those Polish Grass Screws before Nov. 4th

I have a project in mind......

Do they look like this? I know some moss. Some of my best friends are moss.
Credit: Plaidman
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Mar 1, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
Typo.. I fixed it. that was at you Plaid.

Edit to add.. it will be interesting to see how well those screws hold in a tuft of grass anchored only in mud and gravel. Those Pollacks are totally nuts BTW.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Mar 2, 2013 - 12:24am PT
Maybe Poles and the Scottish folk are related somehow?

Maybe not.

If I want to get my blood up when climbing choss, ice, or moss
I scream ..... WILLIAM WALLACE!.....at the top of my lungs

It gets the job done! Fight for The Freedom to climb CHOSS!

Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 2, 2013 - 12:26am PT
Plaid, you & I need to visit Leslie Gulch. Bring all the beaky things you can carry. Big, small, bring them all.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Mar 2, 2013 - 12:32am PT
We gonna climb something like this?
Any FA's to be had?
Credit: Plaidman
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 2, 2013 - 12:39am PT
That red screw is what you're going to use for gear? Cool this is a whole area of climbing I don't know much about. I was half joking before, about using ice climbing gear in soft rock. I haven't climbed on the same kind of choss as you guys do. I thought of it in terms of 4th class climbing never did a hard choss route. In fact its hard to imagine climbing harder than 5.8 on holds that might break under body weight.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Mar 2, 2013 - 12:55am PT
Don the above photo is of volcanic tuff similar to Smith Rock. The first time I did a trad route there I almost freaked cause it looked like mud.....
Well it is just PETRIFIED mud!

Then there is the basalt choss in the Columbia River Gorge. Here is another shot of Plaidman's Fally
Credit: Plaidman

Credit: Plaidman
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 2, 2013 - 12:56am PT
Lots of cool FA's there, man. Serious bidness.
I'm game. Oh there's choss. Oh yes.
Bring yer armor, too.

Call me (BK Bland) in boise & leave a message or pm
skullyambroATgmailDOTcom, dig it.
It's just a couple hours from my secret world headquarters. Leslie is.
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