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Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 1, 2006 - 12:08pm PT
Around 1988-1990

Ort Wall







Main Wall










Some are first ascents, some are second ascents.

Ken
caughtinside

Social climber
Davis, CA
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:25pm PT
Cool. I didn't venture in there until last fall. I'd heard there used to be trees in there... what happened to them?
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:27pm PT
Excuse my ignorance but where is The Grotto? Is that somewhere along highway 108/120 around the 120/108 split? That rock looks chossy, what's it like?
caughtinside

Social climber
Davis, CA
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:30pm PT
yeah. 108 near sonora. And if by chossy you mean super sweet, then yes.

It's a popular area, so if it was chossy to begin with, it's sure cleaned up. Columnular basalt.
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Bodega, CA
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:38pm PT
The trees disappeared with the choss. Falling refigerators and household appliance sized rocks are more effective than chainsaws. That was a beautiful dogwood, or was it a buckeye? Can't remember. I started climbing there in '93 I think. McClannahan was always lurking around asking for belays. The climbing is better than it looks.
caughtinside

Social climber
Davis, CA
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:42pm PT
The climbing is outstanding!
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Bodega, CA
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:48pm PT
Yep, and great training for the other place. You know where I mean. Been a while since I spent time up there.
caughtinside

Social climber
Davis, CA
Aug 1, 2006 - 01:09pm PT
I was surprised to see that a photo of the other place made it into R&I this month!
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Bodega, CA
Aug 1, 2006 - 01:18pm PT
REally? Shame Shame Shame. Was it captioned specifically? Whose photo?
DavisGunkie

Trad climber
Davis, CA
Aug 1, 2006 - 01:23pm PT
whats the weather like there about now, i am starting to jones for a climbing fix, and i have not been there yet
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 1, 2006 - 01:24pm PT
Sketch,

I beleive the shoes were Dolomites. I had gotten a couple of free pairs. You might ask Mr. Large I think he was trying them out.

Ken
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Aug 1, 2006 - 03:23pm PT
I always looked at the rock when I travelled from the East Bay to Columbia, Cedar Ridge, Sonora Pass in the mid-1970s, but it always looked dirty and chossy and I figured there was enough good rock around not to bother. I guess I should have expored a bit closer.
Richard Large

climber
where you least expect
Aug 1, 2006 - 03:48pm PT
"You might ask Mr. Large"...

Sorry. I remember I was wearing my pink lace panties and silk stockings that day, but don't remember what shoes I used.
Xela

climber
Aug 1, 2006 - 05:05pm PT
The photo was a Tim Kemple shot of Justin, fully referenced as JH. Probably could have been a little more discrete.

The shoes in the first few shots are Scarpa Le Menstrels (sp?). Those were super stiff and would edge like mad but had no sensitivity.

Dave
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