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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 19, 2013 - 04:14am PT
I was just in the Deep Cleft today and took a talus hike up one of the watercourses leading out and up, up, up from the C4 parking lot all the way to where it intersected with the trail.

I took this shot way before I started, earlier in the morning.
Step off of the trail, sir, or I'll dump all over you like in the eart...
Step off of the trail, sir, or I'll dump all over you like in the earthquake.
Credit: mouse from merced
Wanda Verboten.

Dawdling and taking the obscurest photos in the labyrinth of oak and kin, TAKING MY OWN SWEET TIME, I arrived at a good place to sit for a few hours till I had to descend.

But as topological fate would have it, I was only about fifty yards from the switchbacks that come down from the top of Selaginella. Little did it occur to me that I was that high. But the photos prove it. Well, I had had a safety meeting with my alter ego, Hans Napoleon Solo, so it's little wonder I was very happy to have come across the trail, because by this time, my knees were not happy at all, and my asthma has been racking me today, too...yesterday and today...

There's a fall and a watercouse on the trail a bit higher than where I intersected it. These shots are of the fall which you won't see from that section of trail, due to trees out in the switchbacks, obviously. Nor do you have any perspective from the base of the falls.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Two fellows from Fishcamp, working for Camp Green Meadows.  They did S...
Two fellows from Fishcamp, working for Camp Green Meadows. They did Selaginella.
Credit: mouse from merced
A fellow I'd seen in the Village in the morning was coming down from t...
A fellow I'd seen in the Village in the morning was coming down from the top of the falls. His name is Gary. He's about a mover, too!
Credit: mouse from merced

Today was gorgeous in the Valley but real cold this morning...yesterday morning...
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 19, 2013 - 05:23am PT
I found a nest of baby Mountain King Snakes near the base of that route, 8 or 10 pencil sized guys.

Kevin, that's cool, especially since Mountain King Snakes love to eat rattlers.

Yeah, I did Seaside with Claude Fiddler 1975, it is a cool route, when I said little roof, it really is more of sort of a bulge, okay tiny roof, but fun.

The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Apr 21, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
Credit: Walleye
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 21, 2013 - 07:42pm PT
Walleye, your fly's open.

Z-cellent shot!

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Apr 21, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
Great stuff... these kinds of threads are amongst my favorites.


Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Apr 21, 2013 - 08:10pm PT
Agreed. If I had one place only to climb, this would be it.

Social climber
Apr 21, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
hey there, say, walleye! wow, i have BEEN WANTING to see what it looks like up there, above the falls and along the falls, for the longest time...

just the other day, i was thinking to post and ask you all...
VERY SURPRISED and glad to see this!!

can folks post some more, pics too, perhaps of just before that high, and/or, of the other side, too, ?

thanks, this is sooo neat!
thank you again...

Social climber
Apr 21, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
hey there say, mouse... just saw your neat share! too...
oh i love seeing all this rock...

thanks guys!

walleye, am waiting for your other picture to load,
hope folks share more, as i said... with how the areas connect
along the falls, etc, and all that...


say, seeing that there is a name for the trail, i did this search and
found this neat site:


pictures have not loaded yet, but there is QUITE a lot, :)

Social climber
Apr 21, 2013 - 09:46pm PT
hey there say, walleye, mouse, fletcher and all...

this link, DID show me what i wanted to see...

though walleye's z'trail was clearer in his pics...

THIS at the end of all the pics, scrolled to as far down to end:

there is a picture of the WHOLE falls, showing in between, etc, of
the two falls (upper and lower) and, i had see the surrounding rock
from the other photos...

i really enjoyed seeing the lined-map, at the very top!

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Apr 21, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
just wear granite camo, top out if you loosen some stuff,

if you hear hikers moaning down below, roll more stuff til the moaning stops,

the moaning never stops over here, we gots ho's and bitches, and they ain't leavin til 6 in the morning, gin and juice bi-otch! i got a pocket full of rubbers and my homies do too,


May 9, 2013 - 04:47pm PT
Sheets wrote:
5 open books -> Salgenella-> Diversions would be a hell of day in the park.

Hell yes!! I've done the Commitment / Selaginella link up a couple of times (it's one of my favourites longer moderates in the Valley) and always wondered whether it could be extended up that third tier at around the same grade (say, 5.8-5.10a). That would be an awesome big day out!

May 9, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
Once did Werner's Ant trees to Surprise, to Indica Point which ended by slinging the rail at one of the trail overlooks. Sh#t f*#king scary route. Indica Point at least. (Barton/Shipley) Breathing stone of a huge proportion. Then said stone had to be used as anchor. F*#KED!!!!!!!!!!! Get some. Great last pitch. I remember Jake W's feet hanging over as he waited for us to finish. Its such a line from the windows of Res. 4. Really. Also....


Bob J.

Trad climber
Northern California
Feb 13, 2014 - 03:33pm PT
I was thinking of heading up to the third tier this weekend. From what I understand, Seaside and Galloping Consumption are ok to climb. Has anyone been up either Seaside or Galloping Consumption recently? Are the Seaside rap anchors remotely safe?

Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Feb 13, 2014 - 04:21pm PT
The only bolts on the Seaside topo are the two at the top,
and there is a bush/tree just below them which you might be able to rap from if the bolts look scary.
It would be wise to bring extra tied slings and spare nuts to use in rap anchors.

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Mar 2, 2015 - 08:03pm PT
Is this the Forbidden Wall?
Is this the Forbidden Wall?
Credit: karodrinker

Can anyone draw in known routes on this wall?
c wilmot

Mar 2, 2015 - 08:34pm PT
I personally have had rockfall from that wall land in my workzone on the falls trail. Also I believe that wall was the source of a rockslide in the 80's that killed several people hiking the trail. With all the areas in the valley it seems to be a poor idea

Boulder climber
Mar 2, 2015 - 09:04pm PT
klaus (for one) has put up stuff there.
The fatalities from rockfall were an act of God, not climbers.
c wilmot

Mar 2, 2015 - 09:08pm PT
For perspective anyone climbing the rock walls to cut switchbacks is yelled at by trail crew to get off as they can knock rocks on hikers below. That wall is directly above the trail and it is questionable as to the legality of going up there. Personally for the hike involved and the danger to others- it seems pointless and selfish
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