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Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Topic Author's Reply - May 11, 2013 - 01:37am PT
choss descents?...

MisterE

Social climber
May 11, 2013 - 01:39am PT
Poles are aid.

Plaidman, the ushering-in of the next generation of thick-headed masochists is a wonderful ritual.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
May 11, 2013 - 10:54am PT
My son came up with a couple of lame excuses.
I will not relent. He will climb choss.
It is in his blood. he is destined or fated to climb the crumbly stuff.

fated
Web definitions
doomed: (usually followed by `to') determined by tragic fate; "doomed to unhappiness"; "fated to be... a glorious choss monster.

Plaid
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
May 11, 2013 - 11:11am PT
CHOSS RATING

there might be some consensus.

Choss II 5.6P2 BD 4

something like this refers to choss rubble factor, grade of climbing , Pucker factor for leader and Belayer Death factor
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
May 11, 2013 - 11:22am PT
Lucky Pink your Choss Rating may have some merit.
There is a chimney that I would like to put up a route in.
I have been musing about how to protect my belayer. I may just have to rope solo it.

A Death Factor 4 seems stiff. I doubt that many sane climbers would even be willing to do it. That's OK I know some really crazy folks. There is always somebody!

But getting back to my previous dilemma:
Searching for the next Choss Monster. Maybe my daughter. She may be THE ONE.

Plaid
Credit: Plaidman
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
May 11, 2013 - 11:31am PT
sweet, Plaid! as you can see I bloat the belayer death factor.. as I am USUALLY the belayer for choss.. or the one holding the phone to call rescue,
Look askance and suggest a mouth guard.

Harrison Hood and Ken Stanton 4/19/2013

choss obscurity
choss obscurity
Credit: LuckyPink

best thing about choss is you can take some of the route home with you, as Ken says, souvenir holds.
T H

climber
May 11, 2013 - 11:40am PT
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
May 12, 2013 - 12:50am PT
We climbed Pillars of Hercules and Rooster Rock. Super fun day. It's solid choss.

Plaid
Credit: Plaidman
hillrat

Trad climber
reno, nv
May 14, 2013 - 02:47pm PT
if the pin you,re driving busts the rock before it could hold body weight, are you just chipping?
MisterE

Social climber
Jun 11, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
Benton Crags!!!!

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2158102/Benton-Crags


Go git sum.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:53am PT
Yo Ho Ho!
Yo Ho Ho!
Credit: Reilly
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Jun 12, 2013 - 03:54am PT
Choss is better served cold.

Plaid
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Jun 13, 2013 - 12:55am PT
i like my choss hot and sweaty, wondering if that droplet of sweat off yer brow will be the straw that breaks the camel's (and yer own) back. i like it sandy and loose and exposed. i like it solo. i like it with a partner - though not many a choss-o-phile phiner than Sal Paradise be found.

i like it sedimentary and i just moved to a more volcanic environ. wish me luck as i string some lines and figure some cracks for what they are. new routes abound here, just a matter of some love for the loose.
MisterE

Social climber
Jun 13, 2013 - 12:57am PT
Into The Great Loose Yonder

A variation on a classic from the crumbly-minded.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2013 - 01:15am PT
Into the choss called pooo.

A climber without a clue.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jun 13, 2013 - 01:54am PT
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jun 24, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
Well, I can't compete with Mike's mud tower there^^ but we got our claws into some super fun choss this weekend... although when you enjoy it as much as we did it sort of gets some demerits.

First time climbing at "The Fortress" in Sespe Gorge. At first the sandstone seemed too good of quality to report, but P2 of the first arete climb of the day offered up a nice guillotine flake (that fell directly on the belay when I cleaned it) and a good 20 feet of creaking, teetering blocks to climb up at the summit so we knew we'd struck gold. This is So Cal's best kept super-secret choss-pile. The Fortress won't be winning most people's popularity vote, but me and E are in LOVE!

Loose approach gully to The Fortress
Loose approach gully to The Fortress
Credit: justthemaid

Mr.E
Mr.E
Credit: justthemaid

This is about where the conversation about the creaking death-flake ha...
This is about where the conversation about the creaking death-flake happened. Keep climbing honey and don't pull that goddamn thing down on me.. I haven't signed the life insurance policy FYI
Credit: justthemaid

Arete #2.  180 feet of pure choss bliss.  Copious amount of large ants...
Arete #2. 180 feet of pure choss bliss. Copious amount of large ants just to keep you on your toes.
Credit: justthemaid

Other climbers on the first arete we did.
Other climbers on the first arete we did.
Credit: justthemaid

Mr.E heading up a classic with an ever evolving grade.  Each year on M...
Mr.E heading up a classic with an ever evolving grade. Each year on Mountain Project the grade keeps getting harder.
Credit: justthemaid

OK.. it's not choss... it's just pretty.  Love those matilija poppies ...
OK.. it's not choss... it's just pretty. Love those matilija poppies and they were everywhere.
Credit: justthemaid


T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Sep 24, 2013 - 01:16am PT
Chossua Tree
surfstar

climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Sep 24, 2013 - 01:26am PT
First time climbing at "The Fortress" in Sespe Gorge.

Ah, yes, the Fortress of Choss
I haven't been back since sampling it once, but apparently we didn't do the 'better rock' routes.

Sure, that's what they all say to get you to give it another try...
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 24, 2013 - 09:45am PT
Beach Choss

Credit: StahlBro
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