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crøtch

climber
Whale's Vagina
Nov 5, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
Thanks, Jaybro! I'll pick up a spare or two just in case.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 5, 2013 - 01:48pm PT
Matches are ineffective; use:



But, it's best not to post photos of the actual pruning work - people don't like to see that.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 5, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
I agree Clint.

Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Nov 5, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
if it is manzanita, all you need is a pair of work gloves,

heat strained branches will snap like a dry twig in a stiff desert wind,

plus, the rangers won't catch you with implements of destruction,

and gloves make it easy to grab cougars by the tongue and swing them around,

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 5, 2013 - 02:52pm PT

We need those guys from mid 50th who made controlled burn there.
JayBro could you call them up?

I believe the main one was at Oakdale the other weekend....

Hey Scuffy! You could come up after your sesh and I promise I could find you something your side in, to climb ( this time) on Sunday!
chill

climber
between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Nov 5, 2013 - 05:20pm PT
Alexey - you need to take a rack full of these:
Credit: chill
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 5, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
Donutnational,

I sent you an email about Saturday. We could really use your help.
Did you get it?

Scott
doughnutnational

Gym climber
its nice here in the spring
Nov 6, 2013 - 06:30am PT
That is a defunct email. Call me at 417-2583 or I'll call Paul before Saturday.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 6, 2013 - 08:01am PT
roger that
doughnutnational

Gym climber
its nice here in the spring
Nov 7, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
Before I commit to working on the trail i want to be assured that I wont be flamed like Joe Kinder if I cut some old growth poison oak. Barring that I plan to meet Paul and others at Trimmer on Saturday, tentatively at 7:30 am. I'm pretty sure it's not an exclusive party if others want to join.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 7, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
How "old growth" could the PO be?
The area was burned in the late 50s by the match folks,
and then it burned again in the late 80s / early 90s (before the later round of FAs).
To some people, the age of the plant doesn't matter, though....
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Nov 8, 2013 - 12:15am PT
don't shower for a few days before the hike so you get your skin oiled up a bit, plants will probably not have leaves this time of year, stems are more dangerous than leaves, carry water to rinse off if you brush up against a sprig,


there is also canyoneering in the same area if you are into that,
NF Kings should be low,

http://www.dankat.com/swhikes/nkings.htm

Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Nov 8, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
Hey Dr. Sprock, you mention it periodically, so you must like the Jump Trip. Crazy stuff, hey?

I pioneered most of the canyoneering trips in that area, starting with the Jump Trip in 1985. Had no idea what I was getting into. Barry, of Barry's Resoles was a caving partner and natural partner for my first trips. We also canyoneered Dinkey Creek, before Phil Martin and I first kayaked the Dinkey Creek Waterfalls section. That is a very good canyoneering trip. Several sections of Dinkey are very interesting. Recently, I have been dropping down some of the side creeks into the NF Kings. Patterson Creek is worth doing.

After I introduced Leversee to canyoneering he went through from Wishon to Black Rock in the early 1990's, I think. About that time Leversee got his butt kicked in the Marble Fork of the Kaweah when the water was a bit too high. I finally went through the Marble Fork this summer at very low flows and highly recommend it. Super beautiful. But you need really low flows.

I am just spraying, but I am pretty proud of figuring that stuff out. It pleases me that these trips have become popular and that other people share my tastes.
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Nov 8, 2013 - 12:54pm PT
Old Growth Poison Oak

I do pretty well with poison oak these days, as I always clean up thoroughly after I am near it. I get a little bit most years, but not enough to drive me nuts. As long as the break out is a small enough area I can mentally ignore it.

About 1982, I got interested in a crack on the backside of a boulder on the Tollhouse Rd. There was a tree in the way, but I only had to remove one branch, maybe 4 inches in diameter. I forget how big the trunk was, but it was a full on tree, so maybe a foot in diameter. Somebody could go check and see how much I am exaggerating. I could not identify the tree, but it had a milky sap as I cut through it. I kept looking at the leaves wondering what kind of tree was similar to Poison Oak. I did not think it could be poison oak, because it was a tree.

I forget how the climbing was, but I sure remember the worst case of poison oak I ever had!
Rudbud

Gym climber
Grover Beach, CA
Nov 8, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
might go? im about 49% in.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 10, 2013 - 04:05pm PT
Nice recon trip with Macronut, Donutnational and Paul Martzen. Paul and Kevin made it to the flake via a new bushwhak route up the falls and along the entire base, full on assault style while Adam and I cleaned up Jaybro's route a good bit following green tape till about the halfway point. We had four kids in the 6-10 year old range in tow so we stopped with plenty of daylight to spare.

We checked out the kirch Flat campsites and I'll be getting the large group site dialed in this week.

Here's some shots from the day to whet yall's whistles. The Fest is gonna rock. Sooooo much stone up there!

Credit: micronut
Credit: micronut

Credit: micronut

Credit: micronut
Credit: micronut
Credit: micronut

Credit: micronut
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Nov 10, 2013 - 05:28pm PT
Looks like fun!

Except of hours of bushwacking ;)

Have fun!
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Nov 10, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
Bummed I can't make it bump!

Looking forward to the pics, there better be lots!
AlexC

climber
Bay Area, CA
Nov 10, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
Linda Jarit and I and __ come on, you know who you are, speak up! (He took photos at zanderland once works for Nikon in the South Bay and whose name slips my mind. Sorry, man.) hiked in that way and it took as long as alexey's epic just to get to the top of the rappells- talk about overgrown!

That would have been me... and quite the bushwhack it was! I'll post a picture or two when I have access to my pictures on Tuesday evening.

Unfortunately I'm not in climbing shape, but I'd like to come out for the day on Saturday, to heckle if nothing else :)

Alex
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 10, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
Alex! Ok I knew you were out here somewhere! That was a fun trip!!
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