Snake Dike approach rock fall...recent??

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Jim Hornibrook

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 11, 2018 - 09:10am PT
Hey, all.
I went up to do Snake Dike yesterday (14th time I think, not sure, brain is growing slower) and the scruffy corner one hikes up before heading left on slabs on when underneath the South Face had been hit by a rather large rock fall. It appears to be very recent as the "tick marks" were still dusty and there were rocks suspended in tree branches. Since there was a huge rainstorm last Tuesday (9/4/18), I'm guessing it occurred more recently than that since the "tick marks" should have been washed away.

Besides the possibility of more rock fall, it actually made the appraoch easier as the dense oak and manzanita have been largely pulverized.

Does anyone know about the timing of this rock fall?
approximate area of rock fall release and path of travel
approximate area of rock fall release and path of travel
Credit: Jim Hornibrook
closer view of approximate release zone and path of devestation.  The ...
closer view of approximate release zone and path of devestation. The forested gully/shoulder has had much of its foliage destroyed
Credit: Jim Hornibrook
Last Tuesday's storm clouds (9/4/18) over Mt Starr King.  This...
Last Tuesday's storm clouds (9/4/18) over Mt Starr King. This was a very intense storm. The photo is taken from pitch seven of Lost Arrow Direct. An hour after this photo was taken we were hit by high winds, rain and snow! Crazy storm!!
Credit: Jim Hornibrook
fresh "tick mark" in the rock fall zone
fresh "tick mark" in the rock fall zone
Credit: Jim Hornibrook
This area used to have trees
This area used to have trees
Credit: Jim Hornibrook
damaged trees
damaged trees
Credit: Jim Hornibrook
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
The fake McCoy from nevernever land.
Sep 11, 2018 - 09:12am PT
The rocks were there early June on the fool moon, and I heard from another local that saw them several weeks before that. They looked pretty fresh at that time, but beyond that I am not sure.

Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Sep 11, 2018 - 09:19am PT
Its been a while since that rock fall, as in at least a month or two. I saw a report on MP about the rock fall and that the person writing the report said the trail to the start was wiped out and he had to bail on the climb. I thought it was a little dramatic that he had to bail and couldn't find a work around.
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Sep 11, 2018 - 09:21am PT
WOW! Thanks for the update.
Jim Hornibrook

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 11, 2018 - 09:57am PT
Thanks for the corrections, guys. It's hard to tell how fresh rock fall is, but I thought I'd let the group know as it felt fresh.

Happy and safe climbing to all.
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Sep 11, 2018 - 10:56am PT
Great post and pics.

There could have been two rockfalls this summer.

There was a post in the beta section about the rockfall too.

http://www.supertopo.com/rock-climbing/beta/Yosemite-Valley-Half-Dome-Snake-Dike

I suggest you post that excellent close up photo of the approach area that was hit there.
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
The fake McCoy from nevernever land.
Sep 11, 2018 - 05:39pm PT
Yeah, likely that there was more than one event? I will say that a number of the pictures you posted looked exactly like what I recall.

And then there was that one tent, directly below the fall line on the west end of the lake...

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Plaidman

Trad climber
West Slope of Powell Butte, Portland, Oregon, USA
Sep 11, 2018 - 11:58pm PT
I think it happened precisely at 11:38 am on September 9th.

Plaid
Mr_T

Trad climber
Northern California
Sep 12, 2018 - 03:36pm PT
I updated the beta here: http://www.supertopo.com/rock_climbing/route_beta.php?r=yohasnak

We were using Snake Dike approach as our descent from Porcelain Wall. If there is an alternate approach on the left side (avoiding the rockfall zone) please post up.
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
The fake McCoy from nevernever land.
Sep 12, 2018 - 04:47pm PT
We just went through the fall zone and didnt stop while there. Shrug. I have used the trail that avoids this part of the approach before... and I wont be doing that again. Perhaps we were just as dumb as the people illegally camped in the fall zone?
Jim Hornibrook

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 12, 2018 - 05:27pm PT
Mr. T.
Great job doing the Porcelain Wall!
Oh that descent with a haul bag would be tough. And the false ducks. No fun.
Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Oct 16, 2018 - 05:25pm PT
Those photos are great.

Both times I've done Snake Dike, we hiked the base of the South Face arch (someday, someday, someday) and then headed left on the horizontal ledge from there.

I am guessing that approach route was not affected?

big wall paul

Trad climber
tahoe, CA
Oct 17, 2018 - 07:30pm PT
Jim
14 ascemt of snake dike, awesome man and posting pictures.
i gotta be your friend
Paul. Keep killing it.
south lake Tahoe, ca.
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