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nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Jan 24, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
What's even better than choss? Offwidth and squeeze chimney choss!

There's a great place up to the left of Upper Yosemite Falls that has a chimney slightly wider than heel-toe, full-on granite ball bearings spraying off everything and granite plates filling up your underwear.
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jan 24, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
Nice Nutjob-that's cool you were in AZ climbing with Manny-looks like camelback choss to me, am I correct?
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jan 24, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
If you climb in Eldo long enough you'll perhaps realize you've negotiated quite a bit of choss in outstanding locations mixed in with mostly stellar rock. That's when the Rotwand begins to feel approachable, desirable, COMPELLING even. Having navigated four routes on that gem I can say it's a little bit like climbing FROM position of relative safety TO position of relative safety (mix/match & repeat), without much reliable protection along the way. Not that there's anything wrong with that ... See, the choss, BE ... the choss ... Just don't let it "set you free".
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jan 24, 2013 - 09:11pm PT
The Fenn @ Echo Cliffs
The Fenn @ Echo Cliffs
Credit: justthemaid




Manny is THE choss-master BTW.





Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Jan 24, 2013 - 09:15pm PT
Your mother wears socks that smell!!!
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Jan 24, 2013 - 09:24pm PT
Gal, yep that's Camelback right in the middle of Phoenix. I only had an afternoon after a training class in Phoenix a few years ago, and Manny gave me a gracious tour of fun stuff including his own creations. Or are they simply revelations of what hath been created already?
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Jan 24, 2013 - 09:26pm PT
The imposing north arete of Mt Lewis via the quartz band traverse:

North Face of Mt Lewis from the southwest slopes of Mt Gibbs
North Face of Mt Lewis from the southwest slopes of Mt Gibbs
Credit: Bruce Morris

Still awaiting its FA.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jan 24, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
must....climb.....choss.....

It is in the genes

Credit: StahlBro
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jan 24, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
Chossapalooza 2013!!!!! Be there or be smart!!! Just say no to solid holds!


No choss thread is complete without a nod to Top Hat BTW. Definitely a choice morsel not to be missed by the choss connoisseur.



Top Hat
Top Hat
Credit: justthemaid
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jan 24, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
that looks chosstastic, JTM. (...be there or be smart-love it!)

Nutjob-well you definitely got out with the right person to show you around, yes he was showing you his creations... those climbs are great for a half day in town when you can't get away for too long-great routes and ever shifting/crumbling rock ;-)

Tarbuster-haha, good to keep in mind-don't let it "set you free", words of wisdom...

MisterE

Social climber
Jan 24, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
What the hell is wrong with us?
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 24, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
I will now bomb your chossy blahblah with verbal choss.


Boo, Forever



Spinning like a ghost
on the bottom of a
top,
I'm haunted by all
the space that I
will live without
you.


Richard Brautigan
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jan 24, 2013 - 11:11pm PT
North face of Mt. Dana
First ascent, north rib of Mt Dana 5/24/82
First ascent, north rib of Mt Dana 5/24/82
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Volcanic rock in Iceland
Winter ascent of Mt. Esja, Iceland, 2002
Winter ascent of Mt. Esja, Iceland, 2002
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Lichen-covered conglomerate in New England BITD
New England 1970s
New England 1970s
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
New England 1970s
New England 1970s
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Does this qualify? Denali
Attempt on new route on Denali, 1983
Attempt on new route on Denali, 1983
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Jan 24, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
There is the other side of the coin too - where the rock is so slick and dense, that nobody wants a part of it. At least with choss, you figure to have good grip and alot of surface contact.
Hardly Visible

Social climber
Llatikcuf WA
Jan 24, 2013 - 11:41pm PT
If you live on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington you learn to love choss, because it keeps you in shape for everywhere else, increases your overall climbing mileage, plus it only takes 30 minutes or less to get there from the homestead and it is fun to climb once scrubbed and suitably sanitized.

10b hands and fingers on water laid tuff
10b hands and fingers on water laid tuff
Credit: Hardly Visible


here's a corner in water laid tuff that can be done as a 5.8 layback, ...
here's a corner in water laid tuff that can be done as a 5.8 layback, a 5.9 right side in offwidth squeeze, a 10a/b stem with fingers and some steep hands or a straight up 11a fingers/hands splitter
Credit: Hardly Visible


roofy sandstone choss
roofy sandstone choss
Credit: Hardly Visible





Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jan 24, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
Yes, BIOTCH-that is a true statement.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jan 24, 2013 - 11:45pm PT
Like climbing on hard brown sugar

Wadi Rum, Jordan, 2012
Wadi Rum, Jordan, 2012
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Wadi Rum, Jordan, 2012
Wadi Rum, Jordan, 2012
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 24, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
Hardly, where's that Oly choss?

Mt Constance choss...
Ulf's Arete, Mt Constance.  It's a sad commentary that it hasn't been ...
Ulf's Arete, Mt Constance. It's a sad commentary that it hasn't been repeated, as far as I know, since it went up in '79. It ain't exactly hard and it has some quality choss!
Credit: Reilly

I know it isn't much of a line...
And that steep face to the left could be verrrry interesting.
And that steep face to the left could be verrrry interesting.
Credit: Reilly
Hardly Visible

Social climber
Llatikcuf WA
Jan 25, 2013 - 12:24am PT
Reilly,

I'd tell ya but I'd hafta kill ya. Sandstone just downstream of lower Elwha dam site the tuff is west of Pt. Angeles along the straits.

P.S. I'd like to repeat yer line on Constance just can't walk that far anymore. Even tho it's only 5.9 I do not think any harder alpine free line has gone up in the Olympics since you did it.

Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2013 - 12:29am PT
Who is this Manny, and where are these conglo beeyoots!
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