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mt10910

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 26, 2013 - 07:56am PT
Which climbing area has the oldest rocks?
(magmatic age)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jul 26, 2013 - 07:57am PT
ask ,,,,DONINI!



baaadaBUMP!
BuddhaStalin

climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 26, 2013 - 08:36am PT
I know there is precambrian sandstone in westwater canyon, cant imagine it gets older than that? Dunno if it gets climbed ever or if its even fit for it...
WyoRockMan

climber
Flank of the Bighorns
Jul 26, 2013 - 08:45am PT
The Beartooths in Montana are on the order of 3.3 GA.
Alan Rubin

climber
Amherst,MA.
Jul 26, 2013 - 08:48am PT
I believe that the rocks of the Canadian Shield up in the Laurentians in Quebec and Ontario are some of the oldest, if not THE oldest, exposed rocks on the continent. There are a number of climbing areas up there, though I don't know their specific geologic history.

Good one, Ron.
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Jul 26, 2013 - 08:52am PT
I recently climbed in Aussenkehr, Namibia. The rocks there are 2 billion years old!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 26, 2013 - 09:01am PT
I have heard the same as Alan.
Klimmer

Mountain climber
Jul 26, 2013 - 09:45am PT
I would say when the "Moon Walkers " our NASA Apollo astronauts walked, drove the rover around, ascended Lunar Highlands, and "bouldered" massive Lunar rocks (bet you didn't know about that did you? It was a Top Secret first ascent program), all on 4.5 B year old Lunar petrology then than is the oldest.

Don't get me started on the ascents of an ancient Mothership on the backside of the Moon near "Isak D" crater. That would qualify as the oldest "buildering."
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jul 26, 2013 - 10:27am PT
Oldest Rock Climbing Area

or

Rock Climbing Area With The Oldest Rocks

?

I'm confused.


I think Stoney Point might be one of the oldest climbing areas in the USA.
Alan Rubin

climber
Amherst,MA.
Jul 26, 2013 - 10:43am PT
Whatever the wording of the title the post itself specifies the "oldest rocks", but the oldest, in terms of years being climbed on, is also interesting. Though Donini will say--with considerable justification, as well as personal knowledge--that wherever the Anasazi lived will win. In terms of more modern climbing "for sport" you've got Anderson's climb of Half Dome or the "cowboys" on Devil's Tower--should they count? After that I think that the Boulder Flatirons are the most likely candidates.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jul 26, 2013 - 10:47am PT
400 BC: Chinese watercolors that depict men climbing rocks.
yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
Jul 26, 2013 - 10:55am PT
I don't know tech stuff (geology) but they say the rocks here are some of the oldest (more than 2 billion years old). From what I can tell, there are basically two kinds of rock: a gneiss (looks like flakey granite to me) and a wonderful quartz-sandstone. I don't know if one of these types is supposed to be older and I would be interested if anyone has anything intelligent to say about this. At any rate, here's a geology reference for someone who reads Spanish and wants a look:

http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1666-94792006000100002

It is worth mentioning that, while the gneiss offers some limited climbing potential, the quartzitic sandstone provides for outstanding bouldering (and some excellent short crag climbing as well).


Boulders in Balcarce
Boulders in Balcarce
Credit: yanqui

Working the moves on Reanimator
Working the moves on Reanimator
Credit: yanqui

Bouldering in Balcarce
Bouldering in Balcarce
Credit: yanqui


pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jul 26, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
I'm with savage stoney pretty damn old.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 26, 2013 - 01:02pm PT
The Anasazi were punching it in the Four Corners area a millennium ago.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 26, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
Isn't it profound and amazing that we conduct our sport on things that are so old?

I mean, they've been here essentially forever,and we found recreational use for them.

Makes you think.
Alan Rubin

climber
Amherst,MA.
Jul 26, 2013 - 01:07pm PT
Jim, I beat you to it. You must be getting old!!!! Happy birthday a few days late. Alan
RP3

Big Wall climber
El Portal/Chapel Hill
Jul 27, 2013 - 08:04am PT
Great question! There must be climbing on some of the super-old craton rocks of northeast/north-central Canada....

What about the youngest? Owens River Gorge is 750,000 years old.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 27, 2013 - 08:25am PT
Gotta be either the stromatolites bearing Canadian Shield rocks or similar in australia
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jul 27, 2013 - 08:28am PT
The sandstone I used to boulder on in central Pennsylvania is 390 million years old, or so I've been told.

Credit: Randisi
cintune

climber
The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Jul 27, 2013 - 09:12am PT
All the beige areas:

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