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doughnutnational

Gym climber
its nice here in the spring
Dec 2, 2013 - 06:18pm PT
I do remember and I still want to go. I called the BLM office in October and was told it was not legal to go there. Maybe I'll just head out there and risk it (not driving in) and take my mountain bike in for a visit.
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
thats wierd. i wonder why it would be illegal? i was in the area not to long ago on BLM land with permission and everything to see something called birdwells rock. a sacred idian rock with petro's on it. im going no matter what its on blm land and they have no posted signs saying its closed and theres no reason for it to be closed.
cragnshag

Social climber
san joser
Dec 2, 2013 - 07:11pm PT
RE: Joaquin Rocks

We parked at the gate and road mtn bikes along the EZ dirt road. Lots of ticks in the grass in the winter so check your socks/ shoes after walking between the road and the rock. Very cool looking sandstone rock out there.

I posted these pics a couple years ago here on the taco-

big Doug with big balls
big Doug with big balls
Credit: cragnshag

solo ball nearby
solo ball nearby
Credit: cragnshag

such a nice big ball!
such a nice big ball!
Credit: cragnshag




skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
cragnshag thats pretty sweet. i live sooo close and still havent been. did they look climbable at all? i know they have nice steep faces on them. is the sandstone like that down in clear creek area? super soft and useless
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Dec 2, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
cragnshag you may win the Really Reilly award for largest testicular concretions.

cragnshag

Social climber
san joser
Dec 2, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
Whose got the biggest balls of them all?

The best rock is actually the balls themselves- some sort of patina that makes them.. uh.. harder than the surrounding rock. The rock there is OK in some places, crappy in others, however I'd say it's worth bringing a rope and some gear to set up a TR on a face or for some easy gear leads.

We included target shooting (not near the rocks) and mtn. biking when we went for a fun weekend.
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2013 - 09:27pm PT
sounds like a fun weekend. been thinking about hiking up to them from my house but Mt bike would probably be funner. you can shoot for days up there and no one seems to care. well in the clear creek area idk about by the rocks,but then again whos going to hear you? did you happen to feel any ghostly spirits passing by you up there? lol research mariana la loca if your bored. crazy interesting 3 rocks history
doughnutnational

Gym climber
its nice here in the spring
Dec 3, 2013 - 06:00am PT
The closure had to d with asbestos.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 3, 2013 - 08:55am PT

Thanks for the mineralogy photos. I had not heard of silica carbonate and so searched and found: http://nrs.ucdavis.edu/mcl/natural/geology/region/region2.htm
The above link is interesting to me because they talk about the area where my dad did mercury mining before WWII ( Red Elephant mine above Lake Berryessa).

There are a few mineralogy/geology threads on ST, if you're interested. A quick search finds:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1048215
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1315520
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1237985
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1170971
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=907853
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1533091
and last but not least, your thread:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1910518
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
Donut i know they closed the OHV park due to the white stuff they claim causes cancer, from what ive heard though clear creek has the longfiber type of asbestos which does not cause cancer, only the short fiber does. anyway you look at it is should never be closed for hiking/exploring blah blah blah, if we can choose to buy cigerettes on our own we should be able to choose if we wana explore in asbestos areas on our own. I do understand closing it to OHV though as that puts the asbestos dust in the air which gets into canals and rivers and does damage, However i know for a fact the main roads through clearcreek are county roads and are open to all on road registered vehicles. that includes the road to the gate at wright MT, from there on its hiking on BLM land to 3rocks though i dont know why there would ever close access on that BLM land, I have friends who go up there hunting this year and have never ran into any trouble.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Dec 3, 2013 - 02:56pm PT
Just dont be diggin those swallow nests off that rock..;-) They made their claim already..
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2013 - 03:01pm PT
Ron Anderson, those nests are high up on a wall soooo smooth and feature less i dont think chris sharma could climb up there and knock them off if you bet him 100,000$ to do it. i might be wrong but i think its safe to say there staying there for a long time to come. birds have nothing to worry about, atleast not from me.
klaus

Big Wall climber
Pacif*#ka Muthaf*#ka
Dec 3, 2013 - 03:06pm PT
looks cool, I wish I had that nearby!
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2013 - 01:48pm PT
Klaus it isnt the greatest place but it is pretty fun. Around 5 easy to get to volcanic plugs. Some you could belay from your tailgate if you wanted to.
jstan

climber
Dec 14, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
Ticks may carry serious diseases such as Lyme disease, which is transferred in only 3 to 5% of
the tick bites in Southern California. One of the fascinating aspects of the Lyme disease tick, the
Western Black legged Tick (Ixodes Pacificus), is that in the subadult stage it can be detoxified if it
bites a Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) or a Northern or Southern Aligator Lizard
(Elgaria coeruled and E. multicarinata, respectively) and then drops off. These lizards contain
proteins in their blood that destroy the spirochaetes of the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which
causes Lyme disease. In other words if you are bitten by a subadult or adult tick, either of which has
been cleansed by biting one of these lizards, you will not contract Lyme disease.

p206 A Naturalist's Guide to the Santa Barbara Region-Joan Easton Lentz
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 14, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
I've made lots of first accents out at the rocks, but climbers don't seem to understand me.
rmuir

Social climber
From the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Dec 14, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
Do accent rocks come in designer colors?
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Dec 14, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
no one has ever climbed here before except me and a few people

what a great attitude!
MisterE

climber
Dec 14, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
I really like rhinestones - they are my go-to first accent.
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 15, 2013 - 03:49pm PT
( ascent) sorry my spelling and english skills are horrible. We were always pushed to learn more spanish then anything in school. They said it would help us out more in life.....
Its not a attitude either cowboy im just saying. Would love for more people to climb here. Especially with a bolt kit.
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