slab city(not that kind) ever heard of it?

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S.Leeper

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somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 12, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slab_City
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vVCSUafFVI
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Feb 12, 2013 - 03:59pm PT
Looks interesting. Would probably be fun to spend a bit of time there getting to know the local denizens. Excellent opportunity for a writer, to capture some colorful stories.

There are big abandoned military bases on the drive from San Francisco to Boise that look like they could be repurposed for cheap retirement spots like this. Pretty barren landscape.
frog (the real frog)

Trad climber
San Diego
Feb 12, 2013 - 04:04pm PT
My mom and dad stayed there a couple times while passing through (Denver to San Diego)in the late 80's/early 90's ... as I recall the procedure was to dig a hole and stick the grey water/black water hoses in the hole ... lot's of interesting folks there ... price was right ...
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Feb 12, 2013 - 04:04pm PT
Wasn't this place described in the book Into the Wild?
Bullwinkle

Boulder climber
Feb 12, 2013 - 04:10pm PT
Salathé Used to spend his winters there.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Feb 12, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
Slab City and the neighboring Salvation Mountain was depicted in the move Into the Wild (likely in the book as well, although I haven't read it.)

I've been in the area a couple of times but never in the area where RVs are congregated. Never actually camped there.

We did visit Salvation Mountain and was fortunate enough to meet Leonard once. Sadly, he is in poor health and does not live there anymore:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-salvation-20120226,0,4744945.story

It was a special experience for my kids and I think they will never forget it.

Salvation Mountain, near the Salton Sea, CA
Salvation Mountain, near the Salton Sea, CA
Credit: Dave Kos
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
yes it was Brandon.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Feb 12, 2013 - 04:16pm PT
I thought so, thanks.

I really like staying in itinerant places, you get to meet some of the most interesting people.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 12, 2013 - 05:20pm PT
I watched that documentary recently. Classic twackers and weirdos.

Start digging through those VICE documentaries and you'll find some weird-ass sh!t !!!!

I just watched one about a guy that's been injecting himself with snake venom for 20 years, one about a dude that went to trip on poisonous frog jelly in the Amazon, and one about a chick that lived in an LSD/MDMA factory in an underground missile silo in the midwest.

Vice rules! People are strange!
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Feb 12, 2013 - 05:56pm PT
It used to be respectable, I have heard that it has gone downhill. Snowbirds were high level dirtbags. questionable characters now. That area was quite the destination many decades ago.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Feb 12, 2013 - 08:14pm PT
Slab City seems to have its good neighborhoods and its bad neighborhoods.



Salvation Mountain is very interesting.



















First time I was there, Mr Knight ran up to me and handed me a Salvation Mountain jigsaw puzzle and a DVD. Next time I visited, I had some aerial photos for him. And a half-dozen half-empty cans of leftover paint.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Feb 13, 2013 - 09:27am PT
Chaz, cool shots as usual.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Feb 13, 2013 - 09:57am PT
THE SNAKE DUDE AT MINUTE 5 OF THE ORIGINAL VIDEO IS THE SPLEEN!!!

Compare the voices. I have finally found him.....


Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Feb 13, 2013 - 10:49am PT
This is what Easterners think California's all about.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Feb 13, 2013 - 10:52am PT
People are gonna miss that place when it's a piece of old history.

Freeness+weirdness+BITD= Freireedness!!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Feb 13, 2013 - 10:56am PT
All the freaky people make the beauty of the world.

Michelle

Social climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Feb 13, 2013 - 12:59pm PT
I've always wanted to go there!
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Wow salvation mountain looks like something worth checking out!
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Feb 13, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
Spent a few weeks there a couple of years ago while traveling in our motorhome. Great stuff. Salt of the Earth, etc....Leonard is the sh#t.

Guard shack turned welcome post:


Improvised skatepark at the Olympic sized Slab City swimming pool:



Performing at the Slab City open mic with the house band:


The Grasshopper(our motorhome) in front of Salvation Mountain:


Leonard giving us the grand tour:







It used to be respectable, I have heard that it has gone downhill. Snowbirds were high level dirtbags. questionable characters now. That area was quite the destination many decades ago.

EXACTlY what was so cool about it. No fuddy duddies there! I know, met them all in Quartzite...
I smoked pot with a guy old enough to be my great grandfather outside of the outdoor improvised library at slab city. Wonderful people, for the most part.
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