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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 14, 2014 - 01:00pm PT
'Mosscapades', indeed! Used to drive by what you so cavalierly call 'crags' BITD and I
believe I am unanimous in asserting that I never once casted a sideways glance at that 'stuff'.
But you are to be commended for getting out on yer weekends away from the nuthouse!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 16, 2014 - 02:46pm PT
This set goes out to MisterE and Chossed, the Maid.

I spent several years in SoCal. I'm not just a local Yosemite climber. The Ventura area was my home base in the eighties. I got over to the Valley quite a lot and liked it more than the climbing in the Sespe.
View of SFV from the top of the cliffs in back of Jim's, which is just...
View of SFV from the top of the cliffs in back of Jim's, which is just below. The abandoned reservoir is apparent.
Credit: mouse from merced
When I think of Box Canyon, I'm reminded of how much water it took to erode the rock which formed the sediment and came to be the Chatsworth Choss as we know it.

Too bad that dam didn't work out, boys: It's a nice hang for the geese on their yearly migration, though. Honk!

Jim Shirley photographs here, even if my name is on them. I scanned his slides.
Jim and his wife Maureen Shirley on the Tuolumne River in the Meadows ...
Jim and his wife Maureen Shirley on the Tuolumne River in the Meadows around the time they married.
Credit: mouse from merced
Jim and another Maureen back in the Gay Eighties.  Jim was always a ca...
Jim and another Maureen back in the Gay Eighties. Jim was always a casual dresser.
Credit: mouse from merced
He lived in Box Canyon much of his life (he's over in Simi Valley now) and had "chossed the best old times" by inviting friends to accompany him on his efforts to get to know the routology of the area. I was one. Tony Bird was another. Maureen (pictured) was another. The rest were probably RCS members, as was he for a time.

These hillsides are burned over regularly and flocks of wild goats have grazed here for decades, unmolested by the residents, some of whom are cool satanists, the ex-wives of celebrities, and other SoCal types, but no Hare Krishnas.
I ALMOST don't wanna call this big guy "choss."  We all have our own d...
I ALMOST don't wanna call this big guy "choss." We all have our own definition of that term.
Credit: mouse from merced
Yours truly.
Yours truly.
Credit: mouse from merced
Sewn up.
Sewn up.
Credit: mouse from merced
Here's looking at you, baby.
Here's looking at you, baby.
Credit: mouse from merced
Jim on the sharp end.
Jim on the sharp end.
Credit: mouse from merced
"El topo-ropo."
"El topo-ropo."
Credit: mouse from merced
Admiring the view.  &#40;Voguing, actually--you remember.&#41;
Admiring the view. (Voguing, actually--you remember.)
Credit: mouse from merced
And my turn.
And my turn.
Credit: mouse from merced
We've actually led this once.  Dipshits!
We've actually led this once. Dipshits!
Credit: mouse from merced
A typical short outcrop in the area.
A typical short outcrop in the area.
Credit: mouse from merced
A longer section of cliff.
A longer section of cliff.
Credit: mouse from merced

The famous "Movie Ranch" is around here, above the old abandoned reservoir.
We must have climbed some of these "natural sets" in our wandering about out there, but mostly hung about just in the steeper cliff areas on its periphery. Nice views from up there.

They were trad and top-rope routes, not bouldering, that we sought out. Jim bouldered some in his back yard, but did more trail running in his spare time.
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
May 16, 2014 - 02:54pm PT
Good choss right there Mouse.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 16, 2014 - 04:21pm PT
My local choss on the county line.
Lower Mariposa choss, overlooking the SJV.
Lower Mariposa choss, overlooking the SJV.
Credit: mouse from merced
Chossy Bossie and friends.
Chossy Bossie and friends.
Credit: mouse from merced
No approach is too long hereabouts.  Just mostly fenced!
No approach is too long hereabouts. Just mostly fenced!
Credit: mouse from merced
Kinda like the beach at sunset, ya know?
Kinda like the beach at sunset, ya know?
Credit: mouse from merced
Merced Falls mini-mesa.
Merced Falls mini-mesa.
Credit: mouse from merced
Lurking choss.
Lurking choss.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 23, 2014 - 11:27am PT
Oh, Brother!
Oh, Brother!
Credit: mouse from merced
Big Brother is looking the other way.
Big Brother is looking the other way.
Credit: mouse from merced
Photos taken while conducting a safety meeting with Mig Bike and Sandra and crew at Facelift.

Once we were safely wasted, we all thought, "Such a waste."
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jun 3, 2014 - 09:52am PT
My brother just found some old photos of a serious choss route we did back in the 1990s, the south face of Cabezon Peak in New Mexico. At the time, we were both living in Albuquerque. Looks like we accidentally followed the same line as the 1974 ascent by the UNM Mountaineering Club.

Volcanic plugs are a bit chossy by nature, but the final death pitch (5.7x) was on vertical ash conglomerate. My brother trailed a rope when he led the final death pitch, but there was no one watching the other end of the rope. There was no belay at the bottom and no protection on the pitch. We huddled under small overhangs and tried to stay out the avalanche of rocks that he was sending down from the ash.

The summit was a steep scree slope without any solid rocks for a belay. My brother made a useless scree bollard for a belay anchor, and gave us a psychological top rope, which we didn't realize until we, too, reached the summit.

You're looking directly at the west face of Cabezon. The south face th...
You're looking directly at the west face of Cabezon. The south face that we climbed is on the right, on this side of the right skyline. The regular class 3 route is behind the right skyline, on the other side of the mountain.
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
The lower part of the route, easy class 5
The lower part of the route, easy class 5
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Easy 4th class stuff
Easy 4th class stuff
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
The final summit pitch &#40;5.7x&#41;. My brother about the leave the ...
The final summit pitch (5.7x). My brother about the leave the "security" of "solid" volcanic basalt, and head up onto the vertical ash conglomerate. No protection was possible.
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
MisterE

climber
Jun 24, 2014 - 07:12am PT
Convict Lake choss bump!

Credit: MisterE

Credit: MisterE

Git sum.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jun 24, 2014 - 11:57pm PT
Ah, Laurel Mountain... I love heading up onto that face and wandering around. Quite a geology lesson.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jun 25, 2014 - 09:40pm PT
Credit: pyro
Credit: pyro
have been able to hang off this Pinnacle out in Malibu!
hence "Malibu pinnacle"!

total! choss!
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Jun 25, 2014 - 10:22pm PT
Anybody here been up or down the gulley (indicated) on the left?
Credit: T H
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Aurora Colorado
Jul 3, 2014 - 04:37pm PT
Mega Boulders at Lincoln Lake, CO

Credit: Don Paul

Credit: Don Paul

Credit: Don Paul

Credit: Don Paul

Credit: Don Paul
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Jul 3, 2014 - 07:33pm PT
Choss scrambling
Choss scrambling
Credit: NutAgain!
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Aurora Colorado
Jul 10, 2014 - 07:13pm PT
OK I guess bouldering is bouldering. Here's another choss pile I was scoping out around Glacier Gorge, RMNP Colorado.

Nameless Choss Tower
Nameless Choss Tower
Credit: Don Paul
MisterE

climber
Jul 10, 2014 - 08:14pm PT
Major, horrifying Choss:

dave729

Trad climber
Western America
Jul 10, 2014 - 09:19pm PT
kind of solid looking choss there MisterE? ^^^
Maybe its pre-choss?
In need of a million years more weathering?
MisterE

climber
Jul 10, 2014 - 10:13pm PT
Not according to most, dave:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_Wall
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2014 - 12:19am PT
TROLL!
MisterE

climber
Jul 11, 2014 - 12:28am PT
^^Please, oh please don't report me to the Grossman thread!?!
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Aurora Colorado
Jul 12, 2014 - 09:47pm PT
Choss wall on Mt Evans
Choss wall on Mt Evans
Credit: Don Paul
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Aurora Colorado
Jul 12, 2014 - 09:54pm PT
Credit: Don Paul
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