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Big Breasted Woman

Trad climber
The Brown Crack
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 27, 2006 - 09:56pm PT
Just was on Yosemite.org checking out the Ahwahnee Meadow webcam and there's either a weird cloud around Half Dome or smoke. Anyone
know what this is?
Big Breasted Woman

Trad climber
The Brown Crack
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2006 - 10:01pm PT
O.K., I must be losing it! Five minutes after I posted this thread I went back to check out the webcam and now things look clear. Rock-fall maybe? Didn't really look like a cloud.
WBraun

climber
Jul 27, 2006 - 10:12pm PT
Rockfall

It just came off a few minutes ago ....... don't know yet from which part.
NeverSurfaced

Trad climber
Someplace F*#ked!
Jul 27, 2006 - 10:15pm PT
ROCK!
John Barleycorn

climber
Jul 27, 2006 - 10:44pm PT
i can't get to the web cam, i keep getting pushed to travelocity. strange...

ok, now it's back
Big Breasted Woman

Trad climber
The Brown Crack
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2006 - 10:50pm PT
Whoa! Glad I wasn't imagining things but I hope no one was caught up in it.
klaus

Big Wall climber
San F*#kincisco
Jul 27, 2006 - 11:44pm PT
No need to be alarmed. It was only the resident hard fellows Cedar and Bullwinkle sparking up a healthy bowl of chronic in the vicinity. The cloud woulda been much bigger had the deported Chongo been present for the plueral volumetric combustible activities.
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Jul 31, 2006 - 05:54am PT
I just got back and there was a huge chunk that came off the left side of Half Dome on Thursday that my friends on Tis-sa-ak said it came off from just left of Bushido and was the size of a house. The slab approach to H.D. is wiped out!! Another chunk came off Friday afternoon as well. The whole gully is filled with shards of pulverized granite and the trees are so filled with rock dust they looked like a fresh snowfall had just ended.

My guess is that all the fixed lines are trashed and it will take a few winters to wash down the debris where it might be safe to go up there again. The size of the debris field is just huge.

My friend Mari & I went up Snake Dike Friday afternoon and we were thinking about going up the slabs and up & out the Bushido gully to approach Snake Dike but we ended up going the regular way thru the Broderick/Liberty Cap notch. Good thing!

I'll be interested to see if any parties use the slabs anytime soon.

Levy
Big Breasted Woman

Trad climber
The Brown Crack
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 31, 2006 - 08:15am PT
Thanks for posting your info Levy. I've been wondering exactly what happened. Sounds like this was pretty extensive. When I saw the questionable "cloud" around Half Dome, on the webcam, I had a feeling it may have been rock-fall just because of the thick cloud rising out of the gully. Saw a rock-fall on Middle Cathedral a few years ago, when I was up on Nutcracker, and it looked like the same deal. This time it was just too difficult to be sure since I was viewing a still shot of it. It was such crazy timing, on my part, to have been checking out the cam when this happened!
MZiebell

Social climber
Prescott, AZ
Jul 31, 2006 - 01:08pm PT
Any more news Werner?
Richard Large

climber
where you least expect
Jul 31, 2006 - 01:22pm PT
I just heard there is only half of it left. We better climb it soon.
Matt

Trad climber
places you shouldn't talk about in polite company
Jul 31, 2006 - 01:32pm PT
you see?
you see!?!


it wasn't glacial activity that created yosemite valley, it was rockfall!


besides, since everyone in their right mind knows that the world is only 6000 yrs old., it follows that this pagan ice age mythology is all full of crap.


who wants to see some flowers?
Blinny

Trad climber
NorthWestMontana
Jul 31, 2006 - 01:36pm PT
* * * * who wants to see some flowers? * * * *

RUN AWAY!

Matt

Trad climber
places you shouldn't talk about in polite company
Jul 31, 2006 - 01:45pm PT
ok seriously, if you can see the scar from the valley i'd love to see some jpegs



blinny- i'll get kicked off of the site sooner or later. chris did send me an email, thanking me for giving him something to do besides scribble topos and go climbing.
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