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MH2

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 17, 2008 - 02:54pm PT

Through the forest primeval, bearded in moss,















Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 17, 2008 - 03:08pm PT
Golden! And pink!
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 17, 2008 - 03:51pm PT
Thalassa! Thalassa!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 17, 2008 - 04:49pm PT
By way of encouragement...

Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Nov 17, 2008 - 05:05pm PT
Wow ! Great Photos. Ahhh, to be young again. Maybe we should have a when you looked your greatest in your Bikini thread ? :D
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 17, 2008 - 05:09pm PT
"Maybe we should have a when you looked your greatest in your Bikini thread?"

I'm guessing that many of us may be non-entrants in that particular contest.

Edit: This should not be interpreted as opposition to anyone wishing to pose photos of bikini-clad humans, particularly females. If climbing, so much the better.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 17, 2008 - 05:10pm PT
I'd hope so! But what a fine idea.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2008 - 10:12pm PT

"By way of encouragement..."

No, no, by way of encouraging YOU, Alphonse.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 17, 2008 - 10:30pm PT
Costa Blanca?
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 17, 2008 - 10:43pm PT
WOW!
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 17, 2008 - 10:45pm PT
Except for the first and possibly the last photo (the ladybug!), all the pictures in Andy's first post were taken about ten km from where I am sitting right now.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 17, 2008 - 11:21pm PT
Well, of course! And except for that Peñón.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 17, 2008 - 11:22pm PT
Low-adventure seacliff climbing:

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 18, 2008 - 09:06am PT
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Nov 18, 2008 - 09:07am PT
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2008 - 12:49pm PT

Climbing near the water promotes interesting choices in clothing, even in February:

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2008 - 12:52pm PT

"Costa Blanca?"

Dang, I thought that was Heaven.

The lady bug was on the traverse, Anders.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 18, 2008 - 01:11pm PT
Hi Andy -- long time, no see. Maybe we should rectify that once the sun shines on Squamish again. Or maybe you should come down and check out what we're doing on Zeke's Wall.

As to the seaside stuff, maybe it's just me getting old and forgetting things, but I sure don't remember that woman in the bikini being there when I last traversed those cliffs...

David

Edit: Hmmm. She probably wasn't even born when I last traversed those cliffs.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 18, 2008 - 02:08pm PT
Dang, I thought that was Heaven.

This place is called Paradiset. Felt a little ominous to me.

GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Nov 18, 2008 - 03:29pm PT
Whoops, is this the right way to go?



GO
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2008 - 03:02am PT
David,

Not knowing what to make of this beehive, it was reassuring to find your own contributions to the Squamish-in-the-70s thread.

I hope we do venture out again. Is this Zeke's business as good as rapping through a tangle of wet saplings to scarify the rock and bombs-away adjust the rope to the height of the outcrop?
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2008 - 03:05am PT
Through the forest primeval,



bearded in moss,



to risk my neck on wet rock just for a pose. 18 November 2008

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2008 - 03:13am PT
Chiloe,

Sweden? "a superb area of granite cliffs and boulders set beside the sparkling sea"

sounds on topic

I like to see veins of lighter or darker rock running through the main mass.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 19, 2008 - 07:36am PT
Sweden? "a superb area of granite cliffs and boulders set beside the sparkling sea"

The sunnier photo I posted above was from Kullen, in Sweden.
Not granite, but I had superb times there, and it sparkled some, on my two visits.





Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 19, 2008 - 07:44am PT
The gloomier of the two photos I posted first page, Paradiset, was from Lofoten in Norway.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 19, 2008 - 08:37am PT
Then of course there was the low-adventure shot, climbing the walls of Fort McClary
in Portsmouth Harbor. That's illegal, though it might not have been back when these
photos were taken.

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 19, 2008 - 10:36am PT
Is this Zeke's business as good as rapping through a tangle of wet saplings to scarify the rock and bombs-away adjust the rope to the height of the outcrop?

Oh it's much better. Much better. The saplings are bigger and wetter, there are more of them, and they're much harder to get to, the scarification is on a whole new level, the bombs are bigger, and they fall from much greater heights.

Here's a start for your education: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=660999&msg=660999#msg660999

And here's something to whet your appetite for a trip to Zeke's:

Mixed climbing, Pacific Northwest style


D
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Nov 19, 2008 - 12:21pm PT


GO
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Nov 19, 2008 - 12:22pm PT
WBraun

climber
Nov 19, 2008 - 12:24pm PT
Sea and Rock

This is a beautiful thread .....
klk

Trad climber
cali
Nov 19, 2008 - 12:51pm PT
A good thread that could only improve if it included on-topic post-traverse shots of The Trawler Pub. They used to open a keg a day of their most popular ale, and it was usually gone by 5.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 19, 2008 - 01:19pm PT
Howe Sound from the top of the Squamish Chief
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Nov 19, 2008 - 02:07pm PT
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Nov 19, 2008 - 02:20pm PT


GO
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 19, 2008 - 02:30pm PT
You've got some great shots from your adventure, GO.
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Nov 19, 2008 - 02:47pm PT
Thanks, Chiloe!

Adventure is the right word. First time online for many of the pics. Want more?

GO
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 19, 2008 - 02:49pm PT
This looks like the place for them.
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Nov 19, 2008 - 03:35pm PT
Well, here's the TR: http://www.rockclimbing.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=1236264 For anyone thinking about a trip to Les Calanques, it may be helpful. And it's a fun story anyway...

And here's two final pics from that trip:





GO
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Nov 19, 2008 - 03:50pm PT
Oh hell, just one more...

The last photo, on the last climb, on the last day of that trip.



And really my last one on this thread, I promise.

GO
duncan

Trad climber
London, UK
Nov 19, 2008 - 04:12pm PT
I love climbing on sea-cliffs. One of several joys is the contrast between the light-hearted holiday atmosphere of many of the locations and the adventure to be had close by. The approach to Moonraker is a fine example. One moment you're in a car park in south Devon with tourists licking ice-cream, a couple of minutes later you're blindly down-soloing vertical 5.4, 90' above the water. Assuming you've got the tide times correct and the swell is minimal, you traverse horizontally just above the waterline for a few hundred feet around the back of a large, black, dripping sea-cave. It's all very atmospheric.



Moonraker is in 'Hard Rock' a Brit. equivalent of 50 classic climbs, so it’s not a surprise to find another team on the route. The first pitch diagonals up to the crack-line, climbs this for a way, before heading back left again following an archetypal line of least resistance.


The rock is limestone, it looks a little weird but is pretty solid. The cave has a bunch of hard-ish climbs that weave through the overhangs and a classic 5.10+ that starts up Moonraker, traverses right on the flutings just above the lip, before heading on up. The gentleman in the photos has written a great tale about his ascent of this route here.



The climbing is 5.8 for a few moves, mostly easier, but is steep and feels committing: it's the easiest way out and if you can't get up the route it might be an eight hour wait for the tide to go back down, hoping the sea stays calm, or you could swim…
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 19, 2008 - 04:17pm PT
COclimb:
The last photo, on the last climb, on the last day of that trip.

Hey, where's the post-bivy shot? That one is a gem, sums up the people
& the story!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 19, 2008 - 04:20pm PT
Duncan, those shots are spectacular. Got more? You've inspired me to dig
out my well-read copy of Hard Rock.

A UK seacliff-climbing holiday is one of those trips I always wanted to make, but
never got 'round to.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2008 - 04:34pm PT

Wow, GOclimb!

On Moonraker, "It's all very atmospheric. "

You step blind round a corner of sheer rock and move carefully down into the vast, dank mouth of the cave. It seems as big as a cathedral: a black, thundering dome, like a lunatic's skull, water boiling along its floor, birds flitting in the dark air.

Al Alvarez in Hard Rock
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2008 - 03:46am PT
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 20, 2008 - 11:11am PT
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Nov 20, 2008 - 01:09pm PT
Chiloe wrote: Hey, where's the post-bivy shot? That one is a gem, sums up the people
& the story!


Hmm, not sure which one you mean?

Here's Julia finishing the traverse, with our bivvy ledge visible over her shoulder:


Or do you mean the shot where she's talking to her mom on the cell phone, and everyone's relaxing for a moment before tackling the last half of the climb:


Or the one taken right when we finished the climb?


GO
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 20, 2008 - 02:42pm PT
GO, those all are great shots, but the last one's kind of special.
You guys had quite the trip.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2008 - 06:15pm PT

Yes, GO. Always nice to see people clearly having a good time.



Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 23, 2008 - 06:25pm PT
Duncan's Moonraker photos, followed by MH2 quoting Alvarez, reminded me about
Hard Rock, which is one of my all-time favorite armchair mountaineering books.
Armchair because I've not done a single one of the climbs, and yet read it cover to cover.
Highly recommended, for any of you armchair mountaineers who don't have this.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 23, 2008 - 06:28pm PT
One memorable essay by Royal Robbins describes climbing Dream of White Horses.



Churningindawake

Sport climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 23, 2008 - 06:31pm PT
Nice pictures!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 23, 2008 - 07:09pm PT


Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 23, 2008 - 07:15pm PT
The Dream of White Horses chapter wraps up with Leo Dickinson's stunning photo
of the first ascent.



MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2008 - 07:49pm PT

Thanks. The modest image sizes still came out looking good at this end and didn't take fo-evah over the dial-up.

Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Nov 23, 2008 - 09:43pm PT
Great photos, all.

Rappeled into Wen Zawn in 1977 and did a climb called “Quartz Icicle” just left of “Dream of White Horses.” Photo by Candy Muir of Rob Muir and I . Amazing location.


Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 23, 2008 - 11:59pm PT
That rappel into Wen Zawn is a real sac shriveler.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2008 - 06:29pm PT

And some days even a walk around town gets exciting.





scuffy b

climber
On the dock in the dark
Nov 24, 2008 - 08:26pm PT
Great thread here, Andy.

I'll let you know of some hopefully unintended consequences,
just because I've been affected for, what, a week and a half
now.
Every time my eye falls on the thread title, my mind launches
immediately into
"By the Sea, by the Sea, by the beautiful Sea..."
which proves to be quite the catchy tune (as in, Can't Get It
Out of My Head)

But I also can't help thinking, "Wine-dark Sea" and that is
ample compensation.

WWOD?
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 24, 2008 - 08:32pm PT
The odyssey continues...

Some of Andy's shots were taken at a little-known cliff near Vancouver, which provides an entertaining traverse. Probably easy 5.10, and at high tide one to five metres above water. Maybe 100 m long. Very good swimming, lovely spot.

It's in a municipal park, but the authorities don't seem very keen on climbing there, or indeed public use. Quite a wealthy neighbourhood, with all that goes with it. So a very low profile and limited use are good ideas. Luckily the nature of the traverse, and limited parking, discourage many.

The "surf" shots were from the West Vancouver seawall - the traverse would also have been getting a good pounding that day.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2008 - 01:19am PT

WWOD?

What would Oscar do?


Jump in feet first?
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2008 - 09:45am PT

Then take me disappearin down the smoke rings of my mind,






















Let me forget about today










Until tomorrow

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 25, 2008 - 12:17pm PT
Then take me disappearin'
through the smoke rings of my mind,
Down the foggy ruins of time,
far past the frozen leaves,
The haunted, frightened trees,
out to the windy beach,


Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 25, 2008 - 12:29pm PT
Then take me disappearin' through the smoke rings of my mind,


Down the foggy ruins of time,


far past the frozen leaves,


The haunted, frightened trees,


out to the windy beach,
Whoops... no good windy beach shot readily available. I'll add one later (in the meantime, look at the one Chiloe posted directly above)

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 25, 2008 - 12:55pm PT
Looks like Dylan-imprinted great minds think alike, or something....

The windy black beach posted above was near Vic in south Iceland.
Below, the classic Morning Glory on Great Head in Acadia.

perswig

climber
Nov 25, 2008 - 01:17pm PT
I was waiting for a Great Head shot. Nice split lighting and looks like a 'dry' day all the way from the start.
Dale
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 25, 2008 - 01:22pm PT
perswig, here's one more from that fine morning on Great Head.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 25, 2008 - 01:24pm PT
MH2, I just noticed -- is that a sea lion in your photo?
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2008 - 04:09pm PT
Beautiful images.

I think I saw a witch's roost? Or an alien listening post?

And second the excellent handling of high-contrast lighting on the first Great Head shot. Is that the Acadia NP Acadia?

If it was a sea lion it was a small one. I saw it as a little seal. Possibly a midget.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 27, 2008 - 05:53pm PT
A fine John Cleare survey of early seacliff climbing from Ascent 1972.















The right half of image above.


MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 27, 2008 - 06:25pm PT

"The first essential is to persuade a climbing team to climb for the main purpose of being photographed"

John Cleare in Rock Climbers in Action in Snowdonia
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2008 - 03:07am PT

























Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 28, 2008 - 12:30pm PT
Some of those pictures look like they oughtta have stories.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2008 - 02:38pm PT

It's an old story, abridged here.

Sound track by Ravel in one version.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 28, 2008 - 09:10pm PT
Pot O' Goldfish at the very minimum!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 29, 2008 - 11:17am PT
One of my unrealized life goals was to go UK seacliff-climbing.

Back in reality, took the new SD 880 out for a walk on Thanksgiving. Nothing fancy,
just snapshots.





Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 29, 2008 - 12:12pm PT
Plenty of seaside thrillers that I would love to sample myself!


Andy Meyers belaying Mick Fowler on the FA of Caveman, Berry Head E4,6a. Ian Parker photo.

From Mountain Jan/Feb 1983. A little taste of the Fowler side of life....



duncan

Trad climber
London, UK
Nov 29, 2008 - 04:04pm PT


Out today on Exposure Explosion, Ogmore (South Wales).
Damp rock, milky sunshine, 5°C: cold fingers and numb toes.

This one even made the cover of 'Climbing' a while back.



Steve, I would be delighted to take you on a sea-cliff tour some time. You'd be on the sharp-end for the two routes you've chosen there though!
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2008 - 05:35pm PT

good stuff

just snapshots?

I see colors and atmospheric improbabilities not currently available to local markets.







just mossy bearding today

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 29, 2008 - 10:59pm PT
Nice shot Duncan! Better than the cover photo. I would love to take you up on the seaside adventure promotion! In the meantime armchair love ----> will just have to do.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 30, 2008 - 11:06am PT
The UK stuff looks so cool.

My one experience there was a stormy day at Boulder Ruckle -- gale-force winds,
we learned later. Fortunately, Pete Debbage was game to climb anyway.

Naitch

Trad climber
Seneca area
Nov 30, 2008 - 02:16pm PT






Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 30, 2008 - 02:18pm PT
Where are we Naitch?
Naitch

Trad climber
Seneca area
Nov 30, 2008 - 03:43pm PT
Dingle peninsula Ireland. I was there last year for 5 weeks of work and my wife came to visit the last week during which we sampled some of the climbing.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 30, 2008 - 04:02pm PT
Naitch, your Ireland climbing looks beautiful and wild. The sloping-grass clifftops especially.

At Boulder Ruckle there's a trail. Very civilized, but even so I recall thinking that if
the wind knocked me over, I'd be dead.

You rap to a partly-dry talus pile at the base.

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2008 - 04:07pm PT

Those really sing, Naitch. Nice eye.
Naitch

Trad climber
Seneca area
Nov 30, 2008 - 05:27pm PT
Thanks! It's hard not to take a beautiful photo with landscape like that. I only had my little Fuji F30 along. Really wish I'd had my Nikon then.

Access was via hiking/down-climbing/rapping. Most places on the cliff I was scared shitless to get close to the sloping grass edge. That's probably why there isn't more climbing along there. If one had 2 - 60m ropes you could probably set up an anchor with some long heavy duty steel stakes driven in the ground substantially back from the edge, then running webbing from it to the edge.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 30, 2008 - 07:28pm PT
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 1, 2008 - 09:14am PT
So, my introduction to British seacliff climbing was to belay Pete Debbage leading
the first pitch of Vortices (E2/5c). Damp, sandy holds, small pro arranged carefully
behind fragile features, gale-force winds howling and waves thumping around me,
it felt more atmospheric than your average belay.

It was kind of what I'd imagined British seacliffs must be like.



Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 1, 2008 - 10:06am PT
I had anchored my belay, in hopes of not getting washed out to sea if a rogue wave hit.
Which seemed very possible. The huge boulder I was leaning against vibrated with
each strike, and occasionally larger waves came surging around both sides to soak my
feet.

So I was very relieved when Pete completed his lead and I could start climbing to get
away from the sea.

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2008 - 04:03pm PT

Ha! It's comin' t'getcha.

That rock looks friable, maybe even diseased, but definitely a different color than I am used to.

Going back to early Mountain issues, before the U.S. had a monthly climbing mag, I have long had a large imagined landscape of British sea cliffs, with whirling screaming sea birds, gaping caverns, and expletive non-deleting hardmen trying to out-sandbag each other.

At our secret beguilingly moody place we don't often get into that territory. With a little help from February, though, and from an ex-Scot and an ex-Brit:







MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2008 - 05:39pm PT


Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 3, 2008 - 05:50pm PT
So Andy, did you leave Robert on that little rock in the midst of the ocean? How did he get off it?

And here's a few related shots:

This one's from the same place as many of Andy's, but much earlier. The area was first explored in the mid-1980s, by climbers who swam there, and later figured out land access.


You can tell this one's from Squamish - note the log booms. Held together, as it happens, by a boom stick - there's a climb at Squamish called Boomstick Crack. I've often thought it would be nice to do a series of climbs at Squamish and name them for logging terms - Whistle Punk, Steam Donkey, etc.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 3, 2008 - 06:00pm PT
The sloping cave-stance between pitches of Vortices is one of those places I
think about whenever someone writes or says (as they often do), "I always place
at least two bombproof anchors!"

The guidebook promised a fixed peg here but that had fallen out of the wet, flared
sandy crack; Pete expertly arranged a spiderweb of other stuff instead, which
looked like it had no intention of holding the F2 fall that would certainly result
if a leader happened to go airborne while pulling the next roof.

"Uh, maybe you should lead this one too," I said unbravely.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 3, 2008 - 07:01pm PT
As we topped out, the sky darkened and the wind wound up. Pete understood that his
American visitor really had to lead something, so he pointed out an easier classic,
Finale Groove (HVS/4c).

Fortunately, this one wasn't scary. It even had a few fixed pegs behind wobbly blocks.
I clipped them all. When Pete came up he commented that he wouldn't have trusted
those, would have placed his own protection, but I sure didn't see where.



MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2008 - 10:24pm PT

Anders, that was Tom of Irish parents and London upbringing, who on that occasion untied and 4th classed out the north end.

Thank you for the historical traverse photo. I think this is one of the pioneers:








And I just love this shot from Chiloe. The lighting is perfect.


Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 4, 2008 - 11:58am PT
Thanks. That shot above is my favorite, for the stormy mood of the day.

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2008 - 01:23pm PT

More accurately, the light is perfect. There are many other things to like about it, too. It looks like an unspoiled planet, for example. And it helps that it is a memento of an impressive day out.
richross

Trad climber
gunks,ny
Dec 4, 2008 - 01:34pm PT
Me at the crux of Adair by the Sea in 1985 at low tide. Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park, Maine. Photo Karen Radakcovich, Casey Newman belayer.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 4, 2008 - 03:16pm PT
Adair by the Sea is a good one, I should get back there next summer.

I know GOclimb has some fine Acadia slides, and no doubt other current & former
right-coasters do too.
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Dec 4, 2008 - 05:48pm PT
I've posted a couple from Acadia. I'll see if I can find any more good ones.

GO
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 4, 2008 - 06:04pm PT
Some from Great Head, maybe?

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2008 - 06:17pm PT
Thank you Rich Ross.

from the Pacific to the Atlantic

that is a good action shot that conveys honest feeling

I did that climb in '75 or '76.







This also has likely appeared elsewhere in this superemporium.
photo by Ken Nichols

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 4, 2008 - 07:00pm PT
Rock Lobster, led on the FA but popular mainly as a (well-named) toprope,
on "the Northeast's only sea stack."

GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Dec 4, 2008 - 07:01pm PT
Larry, that first Great Head pic (your wife?) is a great photo!

I looked, and sorry, I'm spent.

Too bad. In my opinion, you can never get too much great head.

GO
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 4, 2008 - 07:12pm PT
(your wife?)

Hah, no actually it's our daughter, at age 14. She had an adventurous childhood,
which is now continuing self-propelled.
Naitch

Trad climber
Seneca area
Dec 4, 2008 - 11:02pm PT
Similar shot to Chiloe's. My daughter 16 at family outing to Otter Cliffs in 2001


Son in same place


Son TRing at Great Head...


Haven't been back since 2002 - I agree with Chiloe, need to get back to this wonderful place.

Adair by the Sea was a great climb
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 4, 2008 - 11:21pm PT
This is fun stuff!

Chiloe,
I agree with GO's remarks concerning that first photo.
The classic female approach is nicely showcased: no brawn, all finesse and poise.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2008 - 02:42pm PT

Meanwhile, back at the ra...ouch! There is a seriously past-it phrase. Though Werner Herzog did resurrect the era in Encounters at the End of the World, in the course of suggesting that memory of humans will soon, say 10,000 years, exist mainly under the ice at the South Pole. Check out the frozen sturgeon.

Anyway, back on the Pacific side: sea stack bouldering on the Olympic Peninsula. Don't lose track of the tide, here.



splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Dec 5, 2008 - 03:34pm PT
some from CA coast

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[/img]





MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2008 - 03:52pm PT

Ah, California, how is the weather there?

Where all the days are sunny,

And all the skies are fair

(unlike, say, Montreal)
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2008 - 02:27pm PT

...a sense of wilderness and isolation persists; the sea is moody, the moorlands mysteriously conceal a wealth of prehistoric relics, the farms are remote, and the place names - Mousehole, Chair Ladder, Woon Gumpus, Brandy's Zawn and Ding Dong - are those of an enchanted, make-believe world. The moors are covered by gorse, the headlands by thrift, honeysuckle and blackberry; the beaches are sandy and pleasant, and over all hangs the aura of the ending of the land.

Frank Cannings in Mountain 15, May 1971

duncan

Trad climber
London, UK
Dec 6, 2008 - 04:16pm PT
It's not all "Damp, sandy holds, small pro arranged carefully
behind fragile features, gale-force winds howling and waves thumping around me, ..."

Sometimes the sun shines (all picture taken today).


Unknown climber on Elysium, Boulder Ruckle.


Pete Debbage (see above) on Thunder Groove, Boulder Ruckle


Thunder Groove, pitch two.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Dec 6, 2008 - 05:29pm PT
Yeah, while it may seem unlikely, that photo of Jim is my personal favorite climbing photo of all time - it so evokes what it means to climb and lead.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 6, 2008 - 05:46pm PT
duncan, thanks for another view of Boulder Ruckle (and say hi to Pete for me).

On the day I was there we saw no other climbers -- I figured it wasn't always that brisk.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 6, 2008 - 05:55pm PT
Another peaceful scene from Acadia (age 12).

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 6, 2008 - 06:41pm PT
Speaking of all this, when was the first sea cliff climb? Would it have been the things that Crowley and Eckenstein did on the chalk cliffs at Dover in the 1890s? That is, Alesteir Crowley, and Oscar Eckenstein - the latter the father of bouldering, the crampon, etc? We might have to wrangle about what makes something a sea cliff climb, but I'd say starting at sea level, within spitting distance of the sea, would be a good start. Large rivers and lakes perhaps also acceptable.

Mick Fowler's stories of climbing at on the chalk cliffs in the 1980s and 1990s are classic.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 6, 2008 - 07:10pm PT
Here is your answer in long form from Seacliff Climbing in Britain by John Cleare and Robin Collomb, 1973.









MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2008 - 10:18pm PT

I see that Peter Biven calls A. W. Andrews, "the father of sea-cliff climbing", and Frank Cannings refers to him as, "the originator of Cornish climbing."


A. W. Andrews wrote: "The sea forms unique climbing surroundings and the weather is good. There are no long walks to the crags and there is no necessity to be miserable in order to feel that the sport is being suitably indulged."


We saw a little sun last Wednesday.






crunch

Social climber
CO
Dec 6, 2008 - 11:23pm PT
Ahhhhh, Swanage. Indeed, sometimes the sun shines. . . .

crunch

Social climber
CO
Dec 6, 2008 - 11:26pm PT
Nick Buckley, trying the first ascent of a route near the far west end off the Swanage cliffs. Back around 1981.

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2008 - 01:22pm PT

Holy collapsing wave equation, Bartman!

Have crazy people tried to invent ways to experience that up close, like Project Grizzly or Niagara Falls in a barrel?

(nice pre-lycra 80s in the other)

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 7, 2008 - 01:33pm PT
Crunch's wave makes our day at Ruckle look placid.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 7, 2008 - 10:15pm PT
Nice shots Crusher!

How about Joe Brown and the 25' dip at Gogarth!?! Never heard about that incident.
crunch

Social climber
CO
Dec 7, 2008 - 11:54pm PT


This formation is called the Parson. It’s part of a pair of sea stacks called the Parson and Clerk, off the south coast of Devon. Most of the other tower, the Clerk, fell into the sea a few decades ago, so now it’s just the Parson, preaching to the waves.
This sea stack is near Teignmouth, a popular seaside resort, bustling with tourists, children and ice creams. To get close to the spire involves a long walk along a sandy beach crowded with dogs, frisbees and sunbathers. Right behind the beach is a railway line, the main line from London to the southwest of England, and every few minutes a train thunders by. At the far end of the beach, if the tide is low, and the sea is in a friendly mood, you can scramble around wave-blasted black rocks crusted with limpets, and find yourself in a different world.
The beach vanishes. Below, the fidgety sea burbles and sighs, slapping against the rocks. Above, unstable cliffs seep. The normal sounds—dogs, cell phones, cars, children, the background hum of civilization—are gone. Instead, there is a cacophony of screams, trills and squawks; sea gulls, cormorants, ancient birds, at home. They don’t like intruders.
The Parson was first climbed back in 1971 by Keith Darbyshire and Pete Biven. Darbyshire died a few years later, after slipping from the top of a sea cliff, from wet grassy slopes. He was a thatcher, a person who made the straw roofs on those cute picture postcard cottages.
The approach to actually get to the base of the Parson is through a sooty tunnel which carries those same express trains that have been rattling by every minute or so. Once inside the tunnel you run to a hole. To get to down the sea itself, there are some shenanigans involving lassoing a spike, a rusty old chain or some such. The climb, if you actually get on it, has three pitches. The middle pitch utilizes a feature referred to as the “Brown Spider.” Rumor has it that the last pitch, which ascends cobbles up the final spire, was protected on the first ascent by the judicious use of a kitchen knife stabbbed into the rock. The belay under this pitch has no anchor. The “descent” is a wild leap to the wet grassy slopes of the mainland.
Anyway, this is as close I have been. Anyone out there in Topoland been any closer?
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2008 - 03:27am PT
a story from the traverse, 2003


This year, since I work at night, I’ve been on the traverse more often than usual because it makes such an excellent evening destination. The setting sun blazes a path across the Strait of Georgia. The waves turn green and gold where the sun comes through them. The cliff and the water distance you from the residential neighborhood nearby. The only sounds are water and birds. The sky slowly loses its color.

There are some worries. I might get stung by a wasp. In some places a fall would probably break an ankle, at the least. Falling into the water could wash my glasses off despite the retainer. A fall into the water might not be good for the camera.

I’ve been trying to get some characteristic but unmistakably amateur pics of this traverse. After all, it’s low-key. No photo is too humble.


So there I am happily going by a tricky section when I reach out to a hold and notice that it’s occupied. My eyes open wider and the optics of this somehow magnify the already large enough spider sitting there. The color of the thing is a tick fever dream orange/yellow. That’s on the abdomen. The thorax, head, and legs are a stealth black so that even though I look real hard for movement I can’t see any reassuring fixity of outline in the shadow.

I know the spider doesn’t want to do anything to me but that is only the weak voice of reason. Nearness to spider overcomes reason. I have an irrational aversion to spiders near my face. I recognize this beast as a jumping spider and they have a disconcerting way of seeming to teleport from one location to another.

Then I notice that this cute furry predator has in its fangs another sort of spider, about the same size as itself. Thank goodness supper has stopped wriggling or I would have been truly freaked. There is something about spiders and their legs and the way they move that gives me the willies. I’m glad I didn’t arrive for the death throes.

Well, now, I’ve always wondered about spider-on-spider predation. I’ve heard that there are no vegetarian spiders, and I think that the young sometimes eat each other, and that black widow thing, but I don’t think too many spiders specialize in eating other spiders. Anyway, I had to capture the moment, and I had my camera with me.

My brain is usually taxed to capacity just trying to climb the rock, but here is what I had to do, now: make sure my feet were at the proper angle (holds were sloping), use the only handhold outside the spider-affected radius as either jam or layback (alternately so as not to overtire the muscles), get the camera out, get the lens cap off then back on, push the right buttons and try to get enough distance so that focus would work, keep enough attention on the spider so as to notice any threatening moves (a digital camera viewfinder has poor resolution).

Like Mark Twight recommends, I put everything I had and everything I am into the effort.

Oh yeah, I truly didn’t want to fall off. I didn’t have brainpower left over at the time to analyze the possibilities of the situation. With hindsight I see myself get stung, pitch off, smash an ankle, plunge into the water, $300 bifocals sinking, and a trail of blood attracting the nearest shark. On the plus side would be losing the camera.

The crack under the spiders is finger size, about 1-1.5 cm.


Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 8, 2008 - 09:49am PT
Now that's a pair of great seacliff stories and photos, Crunch & MH2. Both kinda
cosmic, in very different ways.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 8, 2008 - 10:45am PT
A couple of St. John's climbers took me out cragging at Flat Rock, which sits on
a sloping rock shelf overlooking deep water.






They told about climbing there one day while a whale surfaced and splashed around
below them. I didn't see that, but wished I had.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 8, 2008 - 02:13pm PT
A few more shots from Flat Rock, Newfoundland. I think the route is Yellow Fever.



Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 8, 2008 - 06:10pm PT
Finally measured it out - the cliff featured in many of Andy's photos (the "traverse") is about 11 km as the ladybug flies from where I live. Assuming that ladybugs are OK flying that distance over salt water, that is.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 11, 2008 - 08:59am PT
Is there still some life in this theme? I hope so, it's the dark season where I live.

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Dec 11, 2008 - 09:47am PT


Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 11, 2008 - 10:55am PT
Todd, where are those? Any story?
perswig

climber
Dec 11, 2008 - 11:11am PT
Yeah, Todd. The scale of the first pic - whoa!

Larry, would you be willing to ID the Newfie location re: neighboring town/park/whatnot? (God, it is bleak around here, isn't it? I bouldered a Farnsworth stone outbuilding in the sleet this morning - desperation, me thinks. Edit - does intown Rockland still count as by the sea?)

Dale
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Dec 11, 2008 - 11:12am PT
Top photo;...Dream of White Horses, Wales.....on or near my 21st birthday.......bottom pic is not REALLY the ocean....it's in Minnesoda N. Shore, above Deluth, Lake Superior..............
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 11, 2008 - 11:24am PT
Perswig, Flat Rock (I should have written Flatrock) is a local crag, a few miles
up the coast from St. John's. Here's a page with how-to-get-there beta.
http://www.infonet.st-johns.nf.ca/eecc/flatrock.html

I just visited for one day; I'm sure Newfoundland climbers could fill you in on
the routes. The last of my photos is below. I think this is on what the EECC
page calls the "Big Wall" section of the cliff.




Some other photos are on Rockclimbing.com.
Petch

Gym climber
Lover's Leap
Dec 11, 2008 - 11:28am PT
The best Cali has to offer.




Seductive Mermaid 10c
Footsteps rock
duncan

Trad climber
London, UK
Dec 11, 2008 - 11:59am PT
Todd, you've got your Dream reversed.


(not my photo)

We'll allow Lake Michigan as your lakes are probably bigger than our seas!
crunch

Social climber
CO
Dec 11, 2008 - 12:22pm PT
Dream on. Another picture form a previous lifetime. Ogmore, in south Wales, is steep, frightening and the tides go up and down by twenty feet or so, twice a day.

On this day, I made the mistake of letting my friend Howard lead. You can see him, in red, belaying at the top of the cliff. And that's me, just above the waves. Pic from about 1978 I think.



Edit: Actually both figures are almost impossible to see, sorry. Let's try this:

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 11, 2008 - 12:27pm PT
Petch, is that Mickey's Beach? How do the newer Cali seaside areas compare?

Crunch's last picture, in which I can't make out the alleged climbers, reminds me
of a definition I read somewhere that said true seacliff climbing had to take
account of conditions on the sea. The British cliffs really exemplify that idea
(no doubt it was a British definition).
duncan

Trad climber
London, UK
Dec 11, 2008 - 12:46pm PT
Skeleton Ridge, Isle of Wight.


The best line in England? It's chalk but fairly hard as chalk goes, so climbs with rock gear rather than ice tools.

It's a great day out, someone into the softer desert sandstones would enjoy it a lot.



The last few feet of the top pitch, close enough to start grand-standing.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 11, 2008 - 12:52pm PT
Wow, what are the logistics of Skeleton Ridge? You got more photos?
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 12, 2008 - 12:27am PT
Life by the sea is one of the themes in a tentative queue I had in mind before starting, so yes there is life in this theme, and that theme within the other theme has been greenlit by what could have been an eagle over the Parson and the whales surfacing at Flatrock. And the mention of spider.

As long as there is potentially shining water under the cliff I don't think it matters whether the water is sea or not. The body of water I climb near is either a strait or an inlet depending on which direction you are looking in.







duncan

Trad climber
London, UK
Dec 12, 2008 - 04:15am PT
Chiloe,

No more photos I’m afraid.

Ian Parnell has some good ones here:
http://www.ianparnell.com/Html/Gallery%20Pro.htm
and here:
http://lightbox.alpineexposures.com/rock-climbing/page/3/

Trip report:
http://www.sandrock.org.uk/Articles/skeletonridge.htm

There is an account of the first ascent by Mick Fowler in Alpinist 25.


Getting on the route involves abseiling 250’ or so down the grassy slope to the beach you can see in the top photo in post 139, to the right of the ridge as you look at it. Then it’s a sea-level traverse to the tip of the ridge, assuming you got the tides right and the waves are not that big. Some dampness is inevitable. Once you’re on the ridge there are five or six pitches of mostly very straight-forward Alpine 5.4-5.6. There are a couple of harder sections and, satisfyingly, the final tower is the crux. Or it was when we did it five years ago, the nature of the route is that large chunks fall off from time-to-time so it could all be different now!


MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 15, 2008 - 03:58am PT
Another seaside theme is the people who go there. A large gallery of eminent persons may eventually appear but for now consider this mild-mannered architect (foreground) who is at present between 82 and 83 degrees S on route to visit the frozen sturgeon at Amundsen Scott.






Meanwhile, back at the forest primeval,















Another non-climber user. These are rare.







Then there is the swimmer. He visits quite often. I’ve spoken to him and he has a job and all, he just likes the quiet and solitude.






MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 19, 2008 - 03:02pm PT

Down to the sea in ships, and boats, and other craft

but first establishing that pictures were taken climbing









MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 19, 2008 - 05:04pm PT

Vancouver sends about 3 cruise ships a day up to Alaska. At least on Fridays. In the summer.

A few take a wrong turn.







MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 19, 2008 - 06:16pm PT
Some boaters don't go as far as Alaska looking for a good time.

They are usually quite friendly to climbers.















MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 26, 2008 - 11:58pm PT

shouldering once more the burden of a too extensive image catalog from a climbing area of indeterminate extent and place

Other Craft







MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 27, 2008 - 12:02am PT
Other Other Craft


where some of the money goes and maybe comes from







my hovercraft is full of eels








where did this come from?








low on the human marine food chain, a log salvage operator

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 27, 2008 - 12:55am PT
Ah, we're seeing hints of that "world-class quantity"!
Cool set.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 27, 2008 - 01:03pm PT
Ah, we're seeing hints of that "world-class quantity"!


Well, I am talking about a sea, here.











Robert N.











Neil B.








Robin B.





Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 27, 2008 - 02:27pm PT
A little Henry by the sea....Climbing 56 Sept/Oct 1979.











Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Dec 27, 2008 - 07:50pm PT
Always wanted to climb Mousetrap one day.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 28, 2008 - 01:38pm PT
How difficult is it?
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 28, 2008 - 04:13pm PT

Mousetrap is Hard Very Severe. The cliff should be avoided during the nesting season (Feb - Aug).

Hard Rock indicates 3 cruxes: 4c, 4c, and 5a

I think that means 5.9/5.10
COT

climber
Door Number 3
Dec 28, 2008 - 08:11pm PT
How bout a cold one



Located at the eastern most point in the US. Hide tide prevents the column from touching down. This rock wall is where Spiderman Dan claimed the first 5.14 in the US in the early 80's
COT

climber
Door Number 3
Dec 28, 2008 - 08:15pm PT


Otter Cliffs, ME
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 29, 2008 - 01:19am PT

How bout a cold one


How bout those are very fine


and they remind me of a highly photogenic kind of by-the-sea climbing

I don't have an example of my own. The picture is by Chuck Gates, the climber is Alex Lowe.








Coincidentally, that issue of Climbing had a short article on Mount Desert Island. This picture was said to be Tyler Stableford and Kevin Hand on Green Mountain Power, photographer Peter Cole.

east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 29, 2008 - 01:05pm PT
this thread needs some surf!
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 29, 2008 - 01:09pm PT
Cali "secret" spot- not any more in the internet age!!!
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 29, 2008 - 01:38pm PT
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 3, 2009 - 02:28pm PT
Anyone done the Devil's Slide? This has always looked like a slab climbers dream! John Cleare photos from Mountains, 1975. Scuze the grain....





Need a little surf Murry?

east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jan 3, 2009 - 04:43pm PT
I've never done a sea cliff climb, what about all the bird sh#t? Most rocks I've seen (morro rock for example) is covered in the stuff. None in any of the photos?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 3, 2009 - 06:36pm PT
Several varieties are fond of dive puking climbers by some accounts.

Ever climbed at Murry's Beach, Mickey?
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jan 3, 2009 - 06:45pm PT
Seashell in the frozen sand today:




I've never seen the Atlantic more calm.

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2009 - 07:04pm PT

I've never done a sea cliff climb, what about all the bird sh#t?

Thanks for the surf picture - soothing yet energizing, too. It is a cousin of a family of pictures I really like, where there is some everyday ordinary peaceful scene in the foreground, in this case the boat, and something a little crazy in the distance, in this case the wave.

As to bird sh#t, there is a little on the traverse I do. If I find or get a good picture, it will show up here, don't worry.

To get sea cliffs covered in bird sh#t, which do exist, you need sea birds that nest on the cliffs, lots of them. The British sea cliff afficionados also tell us about the gannet, a bird that defends its nest by up-chucking mackerel eye-ball soup on anything approaching from below.

I haven't been on scene for that or for a "sea-bird defecating from the top-most pinnacle", another British sea cliff thing, but I have had a grebe launch explosively into flight from a dark crevice over my head, and it put the pigeon experience to shame.

Also, on the traverse I like so much, or maybe its just the convenience, I was once innocently zooming along across territory intimately familiar, when my hand came down on something icky. On closer look it seemed to be something a sea gull had tried to digest and failed. Perhaps a starfish stomach. It had the lowest coefficient of friction I've ever encountered, waaay below teflon, ice, and snot. Combined. Just getting it on my fingers would make me fall down, even in the middle of Nebraska.

TLloyd-Davies

Social climber
Santa Clara, ca
Jan 3, 2009 - 09:41pm PT
Well, it really is hard to beat California weather. Even Northern California

Pebble Wrestlers
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jan 5, 2009 - 09:07am PT
Been going for lots of walks by the shining sea with our dog lately. Yesterday:




It's been brisk along the Gulf of Maine.




But I can remember warmer times along a different sea last year.

Ricardo Cabeza

climber
Warner, NH
Jan 5, 2009 - 09:33am PT
Dogs by the sea.

Ricardo Cabeza

climber
Warner, NH
Jan 5, 2009 - 09:34am PT
Same place.

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2009 - 11:30am PT

Wonderful pictures. They stimulate and leave room for the imagination.

California, again, I presume, from the Life Magazine photo collection:

actress Carloe Landis climbing on the rocks near the ocean at the beach

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2009 - 01:18pm PT


down to the sea again

evening sun Jan 02







big wave Jan 08







fog Jan 16 (and several days before and after)







traverse Jan 19 (grim)







above it all Jan 15







guarding its secret Jan 15







indoors Jan 15







above the clouds again Jan 17

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 25, 2009 - 01:29pm PT
January 15th looks familiar!

We should start a thread about nonplussed gym counter people... no one ever asks "You're from California? what are you doing here?"

Maybe it's just very common. It was fun pulling on plastic and meeting some of the Vancouver afficionados, MH2 being one. But we didn't encounter any Ladybugs, as far as I know. But it does give me an idea...
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2009 - 01:45pm PT

January 15th looks familiar

I guess they have fog in San Francisco, too?




down to the sea in shoes

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 25, 2009 - 01:50pm PT
...fog? you mean summer...
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Jan 25, 2009 - 03:00pm PT
Great Pix MH2 esp the raven ( ? ) at Hollyburn ( ? :-D ) Looks like a raven...might be Grouse Mtn.

And the one of ANders at Cliffhanger. Funny enough another friend, Daniel Y, is on the stairs in the b/g.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jan 25, 2009 - 05:30pm PT
Around this time of year, I think more about oceans. But not the British or Canadian ones.

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 26, 2009 - 03:24am PT
^^^^^^ a rosy cheerful picture with not much chance for the subject to look self-conscious

Around this time of year, I think more about oceans. But not the British or Canadian ones.

A while ago I was googling for "frozen seas" to find who had said that writing breaks the frozen seas within (Kafka, not Dostoevsky (or vice versa)), and Mars showed up. I'd scavenged a bunch of Mars photos for a project and one of them had looked a lot like pack ice with a dirt coating.

So what oceans do you think more about, this time of year?



Tami, it is a Grouse raven. Thanks for mentioning the guy on the stairs. I saw him at the gym this afternoon and my first thought was, "Do I know him?" Until I remembered taking the picture.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:29am PT
So what oceans do you think more about, this time of year?

Blue tropical ones with hundred-plus viz, dark walls falling into the deep, reef squid
or big manta rays flapping their wings just out of reach.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jan 26, 2009 - 12:23pm PT
I'd scavenged a bunch of Mars photos for a project

What project had you scavenging Mars photos?

I know someone who filled all the floors and table space in his basement with the
highest-quality large prints of Magellan radar imagery from Venus. And this had
to do with oceans.

His theory was that current orthodoxy is wrong. Venusian scientists conventionally
interpret thousands of roughly circular depressions covering the surface of Venus
as being signs of endogenous processes -- mantle upwellings or downwellings, of a
type seen nowhere else in the known universe. They argue thus because some of
those circular depressions don't have the same form as impact craters, which do
account for the circular depressions found on other planets and moons.

Here's where the shining sea comes in. My friend's theory is that the Venusian
landforms that don't look exactly like craters really are craters after all -- but
ones from meteorites striking the seas of an earlier Venus.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 26, 2009 - 01:01pm PT
Back to planet earth, the ladybug detector is twitching and trembling. What creature is it in the upper right hand corner of the photo that MH2 posted on January 25th? Is it the elusive, shy West Vancouver winter ladybug?
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 26, 2009 - 05:13pm PT

Is it the elusive, shy West Vancouver winter ladybug?


Alas, no. By the miracle of photography it is a brassy summer leftover, recorded in the log as Ladybug #3.




Back to outer space.

Is there a more proper term than 'Venusian scientists', like selenogist for those who study Lunar geology?

I took a geology class taught by Tim Mutch. He wrote a book about the Moon, then transferred his attention to Mars. He also climbed at the Gunks in the 50s and has a first ascent or two with Jim McCarthy. He told me that Mars had a kind of terrain, called chaotic, that had no close counterpart elsewhere. That was back in 70/71.

Tim Mutch was director of the team that designed and built the first camera that was landed on Mars.

My Mars project was just a brief re-surfacing of youthful fascination with the Red Planet, but with updated images, in two parts: The Best of Times/My Luv is like a Red Red Rose/Nicky Spence and The Worst of Times/The Eternal/Joy Division.


Much better really to think about the deep blue oceans with
life in them.



tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Jan 26, 2009 - 05:53pm PT
Looking at the Chugach Mountains from Montague Island



Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jan 26, 2009 - 06:47pm PT
Is there a more proper term than 'Venusian scientists', like selenogist for those
who study Lunar geology?


A word exists, cytherology, but it hasn't gained any traction. "Planetary geology"
might seem like a wrong term, but it's widely understood.

Or "Venusian plumology" is a vaguely pejorative term for the orthodox school of thought
on this topic.

Whatever you call it, the field sits in darkness without much new data, compared with
sexier Mars or the Jupiter/Saturn moons.

I was reading an article today about which would be more exciting (deserves the next
space probe), Jupiter's Europa or Saturn's Titan. And in keeping with this thread
topic, the attractions of both are their seas.

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 26, 2009 - 11:49pm PT
THE CHUGACH!

Thanks for that. A nicely mysterious view of them, too.


I had a roomie in Chicago who moved to Anchorage. Or wanted to. I think he had to get through law school in Florida, first. He planned on doing Law of the Sea, a big issue back in the 70s and perhaps still.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 27, 2009 - 12:16am PT
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
Cythera/Kytheria on a strange shore



Cythera or Kytheria. Do they both start with a "kuh" sound?




Dean H.







Randy A.(fore) and Liam H.(back)







John from Boulder and Greg F.







Well-known Coast Mountains authority and Waddington guidebook author Don S.



Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jan 27, 2009 - 10:27am PT
Cythera/Kytheria on a strange shore
Cythera or Kytheria. Do they both start with a "kuh" sound?


Or Cytherea. For that picture I'd go with the soft c.
kinnikinik

Trad climber
b.c.c
Jan 27, 2009 - 12:07pm PT
duncan

Trad climber
London, UK
Jan 27, 2009 - 02:41pm PT
Steve said "Anyone done the Devil's Slide? "

I visited Lundy for the first time this summer and it's a magical place. I deliberately didn't do the Devil's Slide itself as I want to have an excuse to come back. It's about 5.5 and I'm leaving it 'til I'm 75 (goats have been seen to solo the crux, a friction traverse, a 400' slide if they get it wrong). We did do Albion (the corner with the black streaks coming out of it), a fine 5.7 and The Shark 5.9, left again,overlooking the slab. There is a very fine-looking 5.7X right up the middle called Satan's Slip which I didn't get round to doing. Not many photos as it was overcast and grey most of the time, but here is one of a little new line we did. There are not many places in the UK you can still climb quality new 5.7s.

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 2, 2009 - 07:12pm PT

Last Saturday January 31

the shining sea below









a separate reality above

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 3, 2009 - 02:01pm PT
Whacking golf balls into the sea has small enough impacts in the greater scheme of things,
except for some hapless sea creatures who might try to eat them.

Somehow the sheer casualness of the action reminded me of Jeremy Jackson's provocative research
(with emphasis added, below).

The biology of the ocean is very rapidly changing state from complex to simple, from 3-dimemnsional
to 2-dimensional, from heterogeneous to homogeneous, from food chains capped by large vertebrates
to those capped by small invertebrates, and by explosive increases in microbial biomass. The
human drivers are overfishing, pollution, introduced species, aquaculture, and climate change --
probably in that order of importance historically if not actually. Rates of change are accelerating
and may be difficult to reverse. The rise of jellyfish and bacteria and demise of animals
effectively erase half a billion years of Phanerozoic evolution, taking us back to the
latest Precambrian before the explosion of metazoan life.
What kinds of species will dominate
the ocean? What are the most likely future scenarios, and what are the implications for our use of
the oceans and our way of life? Fishers have found good markets for the jellyfish, but not yet for
the bacteria. Do we even want to try?
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 3, 2009 - 02:20pm PT
But on a cheerfuller note, and on topic:

richross

Trad climber
gunks,ny
Feb 3, 2009 - 06:03pm PT
A Dare by the Sea,Otter Cliff,Acadia National Park,Maine.1985 Photos by Geoff Ohland.
There is another photo upthread taken from above by our friend Karen.
I got these today after being contacted through Supertopo by my old friend Geoff.




Harry Ohland more recently.
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Feb 3, 2009 - 06:12pm PT
Dang, I don't remember the crack being that small. Guess that's what old age does for you - memory makes everything seem doable and easy

A great climb in a great location...
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 3, 2009 - 06:16pm PT


Bacteria and jellyfish, he says? I guess there would still be a lot of these around, too.







I just heard on the radio about Google Oceans. "You can follow Great White sharks as they swim around Vancouver Island."

Yikes! I hope they keep their distance from my side of the strait.

A purely irrational fear, of course. Unlike fear of oceans in trouble.

This summer one of these







floated under me







and I worried what it might do to me if I fell on it.

Irrational fear.

Another time this summer I met Randy Atkinson, picture upthread, out on the traverse and he talked for a while about how much more sea life used to to be evident there not too many years ago.




Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 3, 2009 - 06:29pm PT
richross, I think A Dare has gone back on my do-list for summer. Been a long time since I climbed it.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 3, 2009 - 06:32pm PT
MH2, as for jellyfish, including giant poisonous ones so numerous they kill all the fish
and smother the beach ... I heard a lot about them last fall at a meeting of the North Pacific
Marine Science Organization. One phrase that stuck in my mind:

"The current era of jellyfish ascendancy"

No one mentioned Jackson's "Brave New Ocean" thesis, but in data-rich paper after paper,
there it was.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 3, 2009 - 06:35pm PT
Here's my best jellyfish, but it's not having a good day.

Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Feb 3, 2009 - 06:43pm PT
I've lived in the Vancouver area all my life and spent quite a bit of time on or in the water. My whole family love to swim in the sea.

The big pelagic jellyfish ( in the pic above ) are new to our waters. I have no memory of them before they started to appear about five years ago.

I back up what Randy says anecdotaly about sea life. ( like me Randy is a dyed-in-the-wool west coaster - my mum climbed Shuksan with his dad in 1947 ) Beach critters & local fish ( rock fish, salmon ) have also become scarce . Turning over beach rocks used to reveal plenty of little crabs & other little intertidal creatures. Now there are very few shore crabs and none of the other little guys.

One thing that seems relatively unaffected is the starfish. Those echinoderms seem to know how to survive. Not sure about their cousins the sea-urchins or sea cucumbers however.....
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 3, 2009 - 08:29pm PT
hey there ... wow, lots of neat stuff going on over here.... will take me awhile to soak it all in...

great share, chiloe and guys thanks...
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 3, 2009 - 11:35pm PT
That is one evil-looking jellyfish.

Although shucking golf balls into the marine ecosystem may be disquieting,
let's not make the golfer our poster-girl enemy, lest we lose the fight.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 3, 2009 - 11:44pm PT
Naw, nothing against her. Just reminded me that the oceans are where it all goes.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2009 - 04:29am PT
Gulls are marvels of the seaside.







Anything that would eat a starfish raw would have to be.








Where seabirds like to park on the traverse. And egest bits of starfish. Don’t step on those.






My only sea otter picture. Taken with the more expendable camera, as in the birdlime example above.







I got into what, if it were in Britain and a whole lot bigger, would be a zawn.
There was something sinister-looking below the tide line but it wasn’t hostile.


Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 4, 2009 - 10:49am PT
Let's sea...

Norwegian Sea:


Labrador Sea:


Yellow Sea:


Anybody got some more?
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Feb 4, 2009 - 10:53am PT
pacific ocean
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2009 - 05:52pm PT
Good stuff.
Today those pictures happen to recall what I felt like as an 8-year old heading out the door in the early morning.
To look beyond the houses.
To find ponds, turtles, snakes, or a new mystery like the clear-wing moth.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 4, 2009 - 06:21pm PT
Distant mountains of North Africa, brooding on the horizon at sunset, across the Mediterranean Sea.
perswig

climber
Feb 4, 2009 - 06:22pm PT


Posted on another thread, but more appropo here, maybe...
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 4, 2009 - 07:13pm PT
^^^ The Gulf of Maine, I'll wager.


And the Chukchi Sea:
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Feb 4, 2009 - 08:01pm PT
Just down the coast from MH2's favorite traverse








And then this is quite a bit the other way, towards Squamish

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 4, 2009 - 08:23pm PT
Seal Cove in that last shot, right? I think I've actuall seen seals there almost every visit. Beautiful spot at day's end.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2009 - 10:28pm PT

Beautiful spot at day's end.

My thanks to all who have made such far-ranging and often spectacular contributions to this small corner of the Taco.

I sometimes worry whether I may have devoted too much attention to a piece of rock only 25 feet long.

It does however, when all is said and done, at the end of the day, offer a good view over the water.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 5, 2009 - 08:12am PT
My thanks to all who have made such far-ranging and often spectacular contributions to
this small corner of the Taco.


Well we need threads now and then that range far from California granite. Some of us, anyhow.

From cold Greenland Sea waters,


to the warm Adriatic,
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 5, 2009 - 03:09pm PT
Ah for a dry climate and a dark blue sea. What are those inclusions in the Adriatic?

From the other hemisphere




Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 5, 2009 - 03:16pm PT
Ah for a dry climate and a dark blue sea. What are those inclusions in the Adriatic?

Mariculture. They're raising mussels, I think, on long ropes descending from floating barrels.
As seem in the vicinity of Mali Ston, Croatia.
perswig

climber
Feb 5, 2009 - 05:01pm PT
I was picturing a 'hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore' ala the Police. Whole lotta angst in the world, you know...
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 5, 2009 - 06:59pm PT
Let me sail, let me sail, let the Orinoco flow,
Let me reach, let me beach on the shores of Tripoli.
Let me sail, let me sail, let me crash upon your shore,
Let me reach, let me beach far beyond the Yellow Sea.

From Bissau to Palau - in the shade of Avalon,
From Fiji to Tiree and the Isles of Ebony,
From Peru to Cebu hear the power of Babylon,
From Bali to Cali - far beneath the Coral Sea.

From the North to the South, Ebudae into Khartoum,
From the deep sea of Clouds to the island of the moon,
Carry me on the waves to the lands I've never been,
Carry me on the waves to the lands I've never seen.


    Enya, "Orinoco Flow"
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2009 - 03:21pm PT
Loose-fitting woolen headgear.
Not sleek or fashionable and not often seen in the sex sells type of ad campaign,
but has its place in damp cool climates.

Loose woolen headgear showed me a dark side a few days ago.
I was out over the water strung between crimps when my cap slipped down over one eye.
I couldn't see where to place the all-important next foot
and I couldn't take a hand off to undo the sabotage.



A balaclava on the first ascent of Mousetrap - from The Hard Years (Joe Brown)







Joe again.







me just before the malfunction







my audience/ spotter







the same location as illustrated in Squamish Bouldering by Marc Bourdon and Scott Tasaka







Christian H heading up a section of the traverse in warm weather







same location, this Feb 8, looking down from where Christian is seen above







audience for Feb 8







Ring of Bright Water




the book
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Feb 12, 2009 - 03:33pm PT
Fabulous thread!

-JelloJonesingToAgainBeFreeAboveTheShiningSea
scuffy b

climber
just below the San Andreas
Feb 12, 2009 - 04:00pm PT
Ring of Bright Water


Thanks for the reminder. Did you ever read his book about the
Reed people (Tigris/Euphrates marsh)?

I can't tell about your audience: river otter? Mink?
Also, the audience in the water?
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2009 - 05:04pm PT
Did you ever read his book about the
Reed people (Tigris/Euphrates marsh)?


No but I'm gonna get it from the Library.



I can't tell about your audience: river otter? Mink?
Also, the audience in the water?


The critter under the rock looked a lot like one Dick Cilley and I saw on the way in to the Upper Town Wall of Index one day, as he was telling me about Tobacco Road. First I thought weasel or mink. However, after a lengthy behind-cover assessment of me the fur coat suddenly appeared down at the water's edge, and even though my camera is fast all I got was a thin streak of bubbles rising to the surface in the wake of the torpedo.

Sea otter audience in both shots I'm guessing.



Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 12, 2009 - 05:18pm PT
It's good to sea this thread splashing onwards.

Bering Sea:




Barents Sea:

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Feb 12, 2009 - 05:28pm PT
"The Marsh Arabs", by Sir Wilfred Thesiger.

A fascinating and long-lived man, and traveler. He journeyed all over Africa, southwest Asia, and central Asia, from the 1930s to the 1990s.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilfred_Thesiger

Eric Newby's classic tale "A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush" tells of meeting the formidable Thesiger in Nuristan, in east Afghanistan, after a month-long expedition there in 1956. They camped together one night, and Newby and his partner blew up their air mattresses. Thesiger's comment? "God, you must be a couple of pansies." The very end of the book.

There are some other good books about the Marsh Arabs, who were badly affected by the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, and the aftermath of the first Gulf War.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2009 - 12:30am PT
Great to sea the ice, Chiloe, from a distance.

Anders, the Thesiger Marsh Arabs book was on the shelf near to Gavin Maxwell's A Reed Shaken by the Wind but having already read Thesiger's Arabian Sands I passed it up for now. Wilfred "If I never see another date in my life it will be too soon." Thesiger. One of the less expected hardships of crossing the Empty Quarter on camel. Thesiger introduced Gavin Maxwell to the reed-dwellers, I see.

A brief book digression in relation to Chiloe's second picture above. I am running only on memory, here, so the actual passage may differ from what follows. I think that the attitude illustrated has been adopted by pretty good climbers I've known.

**
Gavin Maxwell is on the ferry or whatever boat takes him to the island 'in a remote corner of the British Isles' where he and his otter friend live. He has been working on his nautical skills, such as navigation. He believes he knows where on the chart the ship is at the moment and where it is headed. He brings his finding to the attention of the captain. The captain looks at the chart, considers the situation and says, "Well if those are what I think they are, which is fly-specks, then we're right as rain, but if they're rocks we're pluggered for sure."
***

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 13, 2009 - 08:06am PT
but if they're rocks we're pluggered for sure."

I laughed. Then wondered, is "pluggered" oneathem Brit euphemisms?


Heading farther out to sea but still with a cold-water bearing, ever read Rockwell Kent's
wonderful N by E (1930), about sailing to Greenland?

http://www.amazon.com/N-E-Rockwell-Kent/dp/0819552925
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 13, 2009 - 11:17am PT
It is derived from plooked and buggered>>>>>>>>pluggered!!!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Feb 13, 2009 - 02:28pm PT
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2009 - 03:28pm PT
What? Not even a toque?

Nice picture anyway, klk.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 14, 2009 - 12:28pm PT
A little advertising by the sea!!LOL

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 14, 2009 - 12:50pm PT
A little advertising by the sea!

As that image came down over dial-up, I knew that Gratton would follow Super as night follows day. Once when living in Chicago I mail-ordered EBs from Britain for less, all charges included, than they cost in the local climbing shop (Erewhon).

But why the Hell did they include that kelp or seaweed that give the wrong friction message?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 15, 2009 - 02:24am PT
Super Gratton -- I'd forgotten that was the full name of the shoe. And for a bit more trivia, what was the full name for which EB is the initials?

But back to the seaside. Or, almost to the sea. The water in this picture has only a few hundred meters left in its journey from the peaks to the sea.


Bouldering above the kelp.


Our ship coming in.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Feb 15, 2009 - 11:07am PT
One of my favorite places over the years.





Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 15, 2009 - 12:02pm PT
That would be Ellis Bringham's Ego Boosters!

Gratton means "hold" in French, incidentally.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Feb 15, 2009 - 12:18pm PT
Edmond Bourdonneau.

But Pierre Allain and his fellow Bleausards actually began gluing truck tire rubber to the bottoms of their canvas high-top tennis shoes. Thta was the original model that Bourdonneau followed.

Here's a pair of late '70s EBs doing what they did best:



Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 15, 2009 - 02:03pm PT
You sure it's Edmond? I always thought it was Edourd.

D
klk

Trad climber
cali
Feb 15, 2009 - 02:13pm PT
I had always seen "Edouard" in print, but EB's web history says, "Edmond." Maybe it was one on the baptismal papers and another at the crags.

http://www.eb-france.com/historique.htm
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Feb 16, 2009 - 11:16am PT
bump for WARM water surf!!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 16, 2009 - 11:28am PT
What, you've seen enough of the Bering and Barents Seas? Here's a different one
(with fortunately no surf).

Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Feb 16, 2009 - 11:56am PT
Enough with the decadent sun-splashed beaches! All I can think of are all the things beneath the waves which can do me harm and all the trouble I can into above the sea level.

Here's some proper beach shots: mid-November, balmy mid-40's. Alas it was sunny, you can't have it all. Sorry I don't have any shots of the scarier routes on Gogarth and the Red Wall. They were too scary to lug a Nikon up.

Dream











Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 16, 2009 - 12:34pm PT
Great shots, Reilly. Invigorating conditions, not like these:

pip the dog

Mountain climber
the outer bitterroots
Feb 16, 2009 - 02:09pm PT
yeow, this thread just keeps getting better and better.

where waves hit crags, what could be better than that. better than sex. (ok, what little sex i can afford).


^,,^
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Feb 16, 2009 - 02:17pm PT
chiloe "fortunely no surf" what's wrong with a few waves!!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Feb 16, 2009 - 03:21pm PT
what's wrong with a few waves!

Hah, take a walk on the ironshore!

tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Feb 16, 2009 - 04:35pm PT


Not technically a sea, but climbable rock on the sea shore. Hopefully this summer I'll get out there.
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Feb 16, 2009 - 08:15pm PT
tolmanPaul...........how are the blackflies in that pic ?
Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Feb 16, 2009 - 09:03pm PT
I know this isn't religion or politics but we were looking for climbing! We sailed out of Seward looking for booty and wenches, uh, in addition to climbing.

Cap'n Piss Gums scans the main


Note the Carman 60/40 jacket!

Not much climbing here



Ahoy! Oops, it is already spoken for and I've a strong aversion to being barfed upon by rabid seabirds.





As you were maties!
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 17, 2009 - 04:34am PT
If I had a ship,
I'd sail my ship,
I'd sail my ship
Through Eastern seas;
Down to a beach where the slow waves thunder-
The green curls over and the white falls under-
Boom! Boom! Boom!
On the sun-bright sand.
Then I'd leave my ship and I'd land,
And climb the steep white sand.

Face to the cliff as the stones patter down,
Up, up, up, staggering and stumbling,
Round the corner where the rock is crumbling,
Round this shoulder,
Over this boulder,


Excerpts from an A.A.Milne poem

Reilly, even your pictures tell good stories.

I got a feeling I know what this guy is thinking.




And this one says a lot about time and place. The rock seems to be mirroring reflective caustics from the sea. (Using my new vocabulary word in a sentence.)


MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 17, 2009 - 04:45am PT
and on the subject of boats, a little thread drift

this was on a tree on the way to The Traverse





Six-year old nails Supertopo parody?
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Feb 17, 2009 - 10:52am PT
bump for the ocean
tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Feb 17, 2009 - 12:24pm PT
Tami,

A friend took that picture, so I don't know how the flies were. I do know that mosquitos really don't bother me, but I hate those @&#!!! flies and no see ems with a passion.

I did take our boat to the bay just on the other side of that formation, and the bugs on July 4th were annoying but not intolerable. I'd imagine August would be the magic month for bugginess.

Hopefully I'll get a chance to climb this thing this summer.



and looking closer at the important bit

richross

Trad climber
gunks,ny
Feb 24, 2009 - 05:19pm PT
Boating around Camden, Maine 1985.
Geoff Ohland at the wheel.


perswig

climber
Feb 24, 2009 - 06:03pm PT
Looks like Wayfarer Marine in the background.

Local ME boating/climbing tie-in: The Getchells were in on FAs of hard ice climbs in the Camden area and also produced a number of books on building and maintaining outboard runabouts and cruisers.

Dale
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 24, 2009 - 11:07pm PT
For surf and the Country of the Pointed Firs







For our friend who climbs ice by the water







And for the handy uses of octuplets

Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Feb 24, 2009 - 11:33pm PT
MH2,
Please translate: "The rock seems to be mirroring reflective caustics from the sea."
You must be some kind of anthropologist or something of that ilk that uses coded messages to throw off the enemy.

Simple Reilly
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 25, 2009 - 02:49am PT
Not an anthropologist, just a guy who when he tries to say stuff shoots himself in the foot a lot.

Caustics is a word from the Word of the Day thread. It has more than one meaning, but I think it is used to describe
a certain kind of light pattern caused by refraction(bending) and/or reflection.

Two examples:





Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Mar 21, 2009 - 08:48pm PT
Jim Estabrook kindly shared this fine photo. I thought of posting it to the "Climbing with daughters"
thread, but in mood it seems more fitting here.

east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Mar 21, 2009 - 08:53pm PT
MH2- thanks for the photo of the "green room", I needed that! If you never have visited (the green room ) it's a special place!
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 21, 2009 - 08:55pm PT
I'd swear that in that last photo, the person was IN the sea, not just BY the sea. But then it may be part of the territory. I've seen some good plunges off the traverse, and tides and waves are always a concern.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2009 - 12:11am PT
Ah, the green room. Such a still, quiet phrase for an everchanging place. The mind holds the moment, though.


By the sea, above the sea, under/in the sea, as long as it looks good. I think it was a Chiloe under-sea thread where a dentist posted up some great creature pictures.


But we can have it both ways here, Mighty Hiker:




Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Mar 22, 2009 - 10:39am PT
But we can have it both ways here, Mighty Hiker:

Indeed, the same daughter diving the Rhone wreck above appeared earlier upthread
as a young seacliff climber.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2009 - 11:27am PT
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Mar 22, 2009 - 11:39am PT
The Octopus Who Knows That His Good Luck Has Run Out.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Mar 23, 2009 - 05:08pm PT
A friend living near Trondheim, Norway, wrote recently to ask whether I thought that
these fjord cliffs might hold any attraction for climbers. The apparent potential for
deep-water traversing reminds me of the traverse we've seen so much of, upthread.

But I think these might be unclimbed.



Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Mar 23, 2009 - 07:15pm PT
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Mar 23, 2009 - 07:32pm PT


MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 24, 2009 - 04:10am PT
It looks worth looking into. I think I would do a dive, first. I'm wondering if a flying saucer DUI bounced off that wall into the water. Or maybe Anders has a story about a Norse God battle-axe, though the gash has a recent feel to it.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Mar 24, 2009 - 10:26am PT
So I referred MH2's speculation to Oddmund, and he accounts for the white section as follows:

"I believe the white spot is either some calsium leaking out from the cliff or the excrements
from large birds, or a combination.. Perhaps the overhang is attractive for birds. We went
quite close and the white stuff was hard as a rock. And we saw no cliffs sticking out for the
next ten meters under the surface. Ebb-tide difference is about 3 meters."
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 29, 2009 - 08:17pm PT
bump
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 31, 2009 - 06:55pm PT


The desert outside Vegas was dry. Vancouver is not.


Up the Grind






Through the forest primeval







The Traverse







Cold salt water

mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Mar 31, 2009 - 07:05pm PT


MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 1, 2009 - 01:42am PT

The tail end of March 2009




MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2009 - 04:40am PT
Through the forest primeval, bearded in moss






One of my traverse buddies, "Tetra" (G)natha(n) Da(l)e






Scoping the runout



MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2009 - 08:15pm PT
I hear they might make an honest man out of me:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/05/19/bc-salish-sea-name-proposed.html



If so, goodbye Juan de Fuca.


And the Salish Sea has been shining splendidly, lately.
















Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
May 20, 2009 - 09:43am PT
I hear they might make an honest man out of me

Good to sea.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 4, 2009 - 04:16pm PT



The distant figure of a man on the rocks over the water attracted notice. He would take a few steps and then pause as though unsure what to do next.

A woman's faint voice floated over the water to him.






The man's attention was elsewhere. The voice entered his ears but sat in his brain a few seconds before it was understood.

"Are you scared?"

The man considered the question and gave the right answer: "Yes."

He wasn't scared of his photographic subject:







He was a little scared of the subject of the last few minutes:






He was mostly scared of the spiders.
Those and the crazy world that fractures one's mind into easily conquered divisions.





But the line between climbing and swimming is simple, friendly, and familiar.

duncan

Trad climber
London, UK
Aug 16, 2009 - 04:04am PT
My “Hail Mary” for contributing to a political thread.

Shining sea, slight return...trip to the north Cornish and Devon coast.


Port Quin. Chocolate box cuteness.


Approach to Doyden Castle, "Built about 1830 by local bon-viveur Samuel Symons to entertain friends to nights of feasting, drinking and gambling." You can now rent it for short breaks (feasting, drinking and gambling not compulsory, as far as I’m aware).


Doyden Point climbing, Mun on a pleasant VS (5.7).



After a day's sea-cliff climbing there is only one possible diner


The parish church of St Nectan, Stoke. “The cathedral of north Devon”.


Approaching Lower Sharpnose Point. The British Government is listening but the cows don't seem too bothered. This site does not appear on any official UK maps, a ludicrous charade that continues despite it showing beautifully on Google...


The crags in this area are made of Culm, a soft sedimentary rock that forms striking cliff architecture. Some of the crags are tottering death choss (which doesn't stop people climbing them of course) but Lower Sharpnose is as solid as Culm gets. The cliff is formed of three disconcertingly slender vertical fins of harder rock that have resisted erosion … so far. A unique feature that also has very fine climbing in the 5.8-5.12 range.


Andy on 'Last Laugh' E2 (about 5.10).



Fi on 'Last Laugh' E2.



Andy on 'Pacemaker' E5 (about 5.12a).


This coast has a large tidal range (picture taken from a similar point to that of Andy on Last Laugh).
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 17, 2009 - 03:53pm PT
Thanks, duncan.

Sites that do not appear on maps are appropriate for this thread.




Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Aug 23, 2009 - 07:19pm PT
At least 2 people are missing, and others injured (including broken bones) after a wave
spawned by Hurricane Bill broke over a crowd watching the show at Thunder Hole (a natural
feature that amplifies waves) in Acadia National Park today. Most NE climbers know the
place, I think.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aITyeVIi54.Q
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 26, 2009 - 04:38pm PT
Two friends of mine - we'll call them Dave and Dave - were the first to discover the seaside traverse featured in this thread, in the later 1970s. It is in a municipal park in a wealthy suburb, so access is a concern - parking is quite limited, which helps a lot. D & D saw the cliff from nearby, swam over, and after some effort figured out the line, which is perhaps 100 m long, from 1 to 5 m above the water at high tide. (Timing is, as they say, important.) Maybe easy 5.10. It took a long time for information about the traverse to trickle out, which was probably just as well.

For many years the three of us - we all started climbing at Squamish in 1973 or so - have gotten together on the Friday nearest midsummer's day to do the traverse, drink beer, and read poetry aloud. The last couple years we've missed out - this year one of the Ds was away, last year it rained and so we went hiking. So we went a few days ago. Here are the two Ds, en route. (We also picked up a bit of garbage.)

An early version of deep water soloing, not yet prettified as 'psicobloc'.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 29, 2009 - 08:51pm PT
For many years the three of us - we all started climbing at Squamish in 1973 or so - have gotten together on the Friday nearest midsummer's day to do the traverse, drink beer, and read poetry aloud.

Do you swim across and does the above completely describe your ritual, or is a young lady offered in protection from your pagan gods?



MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 29, 2009 - 08:53pm PT
And keep a lookout for Fast Eddie.



Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 29, 2009 - 11:15pm PT
And keep a lookout for Fast Eddie.

I'm having trouble visualizing Fast Eddie on the Lighthouse Park traverse. Where were you on 26 July? Or where was whoever took that picture?
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 31, 2009 - 12:30am PT
I haven't seen Eddie, at least not the one depicted.

Dave N does nice invitations to the annual girdle traverse and poetry fest. If I can find one, I'll scan it.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 31, 2009 - 08:30pm PT
Where were you on 26 July?


I was at the north end of the traverse. The picture below has some relevant details. Usually people cross low. A key large blocky chalked hold can be seen left of the kayakers. Or its shadow at any rate.




Once Guy Edwards and I had a try at returning by a higher line that occupies the upper part of the picture. We didn't do it that day, but I suspect he may have previously, but let me figure it out myself.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE7HROM_SrE


The video is from a few years ago when the evening light was getting to the problem shown above. After the first session it was obvious that the indended audience, workmates, would be bored by the climbing stuff, and additional interest was needed. Going back a second evening I staged a fall, then realized additional takes should be had, but all 3 came out unexciting, really, because I dropped off instead of falling. The effort is redeemed only by the fortuitous appearance of the small boat and the guy asking, "Would you do it again, for us, please?"

And the Eddie referred to is the one who whisked up Pigeon Spire in the Bugaboos in 19 minutes.
richross

Trad climber
Oct 27, 2009 - 04:48pm PT
Casey Newman following A Dare by the Sea,1985 Maine.



Geoff Ohland down below.

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 27, 2009 - 10:16pm PT
Nice pics, Rich Ross!


to the Northwest:






MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2009 - 12:13am PT

Through the forest primeval





Bearded in moss





for the tag end of aught 9




Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 22, 2009 - 12:30am PT
Andy, that third picture is cheating.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2009 - 01:17am PT
Andy, that third picture is cheating.

You're allowed to do that at my age. Possibly even at yours.
bmacd

Social climber
British Columbia
Dec 22, 2009 - 04:00am PT
MH2 thanks for such a brilliant thread. This seaside crag of ours was were I discovered climbing for the very first time, 35 years ago. Nice to see those old familiar faces, both flesh and stone.

thank you for the effort put into sharing it here
richross

Trad climber
Dec 22, 2009 - 08:20pm PT
Climbing at the Precipice in 1985.

Mt Desert Island,Maine.



Geoff and Barb checking out a bike in Bar Harbor.

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 23, 2009 - 12:35am PT
This seaside crag of ours was were I discovered climbing for the very first time, 35 years ago.


Guess you mean LHP?

It's great to have your participation, Bruce.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 23, 2009 - 12:40am PT
richross,

Don't you think that bike needs more than 1 hour parking? Considering it must be from another planet?


Hmmmm....wide crack corner then thin crack corner....probably not this combo but they are Mt. Desert about 1976





sac

Trad climber
spuzzum
Mar 1, 2010 - 12:59pm PT
Credit: sac
Credit: sac
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Credit: sac
Credit: sac
Credit: sac
Credit: sac


Thanks Jeremy!

Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Mar 1, 2010 - 03:50pm PT
Credit: Largo
Credit: Largo
BES1'st

climber
City of Orange, CA.
Mar 2, 2010 - 08:50pm PT
Is that S. of Corona Del Mar in OC?
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 4, 2010 - 01:17am PT
Great evocative scenery







elsewhere









and returning to our regular programming

These are stereo pairs 1200 pixels wide, with convenient ignore button.

http://cascadeclimbers.com/plab/data/517/IMG_0151_7124_1200.jpg

http://cascadeclimbers.com/plab/data/517/IMG_0160_7133_1200.jpg
bmacd

Trad climber
Beautiful, BC
Mar 4, 2010 - 02:18am PT
Ah ha ! sac's identity revealed ...

MH2 your lighthouse park traverse and plunge Utube video has only 9 views including mine tonight. Versus my Utube mega hit, "Triple UFO sighting 2008" video now at almost 51,893 views. Or my legendary classic, "A Midnight Bigfoot Encounter - Coastal BC" now at 23,894 views

May I suggest you do a Lighthouse traverse X-files clip to boost your viewership ? Place some CCH offset cams as you climb and put "Hybrid Aliens 2010 Vancouver" in your clip title .... yer looking at 10,000 views no problem

just saying ... ;)

MH2 - Yes LHP was the start of it all for me
sac

Trad climber
spuzzum
Mar 5, 2010 - 01:14am PT
Lookin' for:

"lighthouse park traverse and plunge"

Got: "Some crazyass jumpin' around and buttsliding @ LHP"
... by the sea... the shining sea

On Topic??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGnFVVmZ-tA

A.








MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2010 - 01:49am PT
On Topic??


Definitely!

I'd sure like to see some alpine rock get climbed the way those kids play. The whole symphony instead of riffs.


Bruce: shhhh...9 views is way too many. It's a secret location, man!


Plus, I haven't figured out how to compress my video and still like the result.
sac

Trad climber
spuzzum
Mar 31, 2010 - 01:18pm PT
Climbing!!!
SUUUUN!!!!
Spring!!
By the Sea!!
Yeeeeaahhhh!!!

gold
gold
Credit: sac
nut job
nut job
Credit: sac
Credit: sac
"winding down"
"winding down"
Credit: sac


Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Mar 31, 2010 - 01:45pm PT
ha! are you guys sure that that is lighthouse park? I don't think so....

thats my old neighborhood. we were getting stoned and drunk and jumping those cliffs well before i discovered climbing. I'm not sure who did the traverse first . Dean, Randy and the Splat Brothers? were you there Bmac?

There's always a chance it might have been the Gandy brothers or rick clemmens as thats also their old neighborhood. Maybe eric boyum and chris millar.

There's not a finer spot on a summer evening.
kinnikinik

Trad climber
B.C.
Mar 31, 2010 - 01:46pm PT
Definately not lighthouse
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Mar 31, 2010 - 06:33pm PT
what ever happened to sampson narrows?
bmacd

Trad climber
Beautiful, BC
Mar 31, 2010 - 06:53pm PT
went thru sansum narrows by boat this past summer, its still sporting a few of my stainless steel do dads ... i wonder who goes there now ? i think i have old pics of gf working an overhang there

dvernon might claim credit for the FA of the traverse at lighthouse

sac photos may be from cortez island ?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 31, 2010 - 07:05pm PT
Dave Nicol and Dave Vernon first did the traverse, I think in the late 1970s. My first time was 1986 - expo summer. We also swam out to the islands, and perturbed the seals and birds.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Mar 31, 2010 - 08:47pm PT
the islands are called seal rocks. offically called something else but don't believe them - seal rocks i tell ya.

the point to the north is called Q point. They call it something else but what do they know.

The neighborhoods gone completely to hell but the traverse remains the same.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 15, 2010 - 11:12am PT
A salty little bump!
asa desmet

Trad climber
huntingtion beach
May 15, 2010 - 06:13pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#157518
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
May 15, 2010 - 11:48pm PT
Aren't those pics at the top of this page, Stillwater Bluffs?

I have such good memories of being 24 and smoking a bowl and cruising the traverse at sunset
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2010 - 12:33am PT
I have such good memories of being 24


You must be, what, 24 and a half, now?


Sunshine is great when you can't take it for granted. And maybe when you can; I wouldn't know.










clouds moving in again










Thanks to Ed H for pointing the way to vimeo. Maybe this this file should have been compressed more, so that downloading could stay ahead of playing, but otherwise this is an improvement over the previous one.

http://vimeo.com/10119675
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2010 - 04:02pm PT
Reviewing a previous theme and extending it:

You step blind round a corner of sheer rock and move carefully down into the vast, dank mouth of the cave. It seems as big as a cathedral: a black, thundering dome, like a lunatic's skull, water boiling along its floor, birds flitting in the dark air.

Al Alvarez in Hard Rock



Of course in a cave it may be bats instead of birds flitting in the dark air.

“The Bats of Remorse hang upside down in the Cave of Grief.” Discuss.

Model Answer : It is a fact of nature that bats, sometimes many hundreds of them, hang upside down in caves. The author is making use of this image to comment upon human frailty, specifically the emotionally disruptive lacerations of remorse and grief. Bats are linked with remorse, the cave with grief. As we read and digest the phrase, tears well up in our eyes, and we begin to sob. Our past griefs may come tumbling back inside our heads, the inside of the head very much like a cave, if we think of the skull as stone, with crags and dents. The flutterings we feel inside it, synapses snapping as we are racked by remorse, can be thought of as bats swooping in to the cave to take up their perches. Once in place, they hang there twitching occasionally, just as the lashings of remorse twitch within the porale of grief. Crucially, the writer is implying that when we stop blubbing like girlies, and dry our eyes, and grasp our Alpenstock in readiness for a healthy hike in the mountains to wash all this mawkish drivel out of our heads, the bats remain hanging there, upside down within. They do not go away. The lesson is self-evident, and is imprinted upon our consciousness, even when we are atop the mountain, panting, buffeted by a high freezing wind.

Note : Extra points will be awarded to those who correctly identify the text as a line from Dennis Beerpint’s magisterial piece Versified Outpourings From The Batcave, recently reissued by Twee Threnodies Ltd.

Frank Key
http://hootingyard.org/page/2
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
May 26, 2010 - 04:21pm PT
I was on Quadra over the weekend. Overhanging seaside solid limestone, day-amn!

The constant sea lion chorus was a bit offputting though.
gf

climber
Jun 6, 2010 - 05:31pm PT
Andy,
Finally returned to be by the sea, the shining sea last night to catch a glorious evening light session. Your thread inspired me!
gf
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 7, 2010 - 04:18am PT
I'm glad to hear that the place had good company, Greg.







gf

climber
Jun 7, 2010 - 09:38am PT
veerrrry nice andy-i must have just missed you-left around 8 pm
gf
kinnikinik

Trad climber
B.C.
Jun 9, 2010 - 01:44am PT
Credit: kinnikinik
Jim Lawyer

climber
Jul 21, 2010 - 07:14am PT
Top of P8 on Vestpillaren, Presten, Lofoten Islands.
Top of P8 on Vestpillaren, Presten, Lofoten Islands.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

Solens Sønner, Lofoten. This is an Ed Webster route.
Solens Sønner, Lofoten. This is an Ed Webster route.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

Credit: Jim Lawyer
Jim Lawyer

climber
Jul 22, 2010 - 08:10am PT
Rowland's Magical Mystery Tour, Sierra de Toix, Costa Blanca.
Rowland's Magical Mystery Tour, Sierra de Toix, Costa Blanca.
Credit: Jim Lawyer
Jim Lawyer

climber
Jul 22, 2010 - 08:14am PT
A Dare by the Sea, Otter Cliffs, Acadia.
A Dare by the Sea, Otter Cliffs, Acadia.
Credit: Jim Lawyer
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 22, 2010 - 09:44am PT
Eloquent pictures, Jim Lawyer.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 22, 2010 - 10:49am PT
By the sea, the shining sea.....


Credit: survival

Hey, I just wanted to be on your ultra-cool thread!

MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 22, 2010 - 09:16pm PT
Sand is a religious experience.

Thanks, survival.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 22, 2010 - 10:08pm PT
Where are those shots maestro Lawyer? Devil's Slide?
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Jul 22, 2010 - 11:19pm PT
The first couple look like the lofotens...
Jim Lawyer

climber
Jul 23, 2010 - 07:21am PT
Steve -- Oops. Sorry for my lack of captions. I went back and added appropriate captions. - Jim
Jim Lawyer

climber
Jul 23, 2010 - 07:33am PT
Some more seaside shots.

The obligatory jump on the Svolværgeita . Jumping between the two summ...
The obligatory jump on the Svolværgeita . Jumping between the two summit blocks is a rite of passage for Norwegian climbers (and Svolvær citizens).
Credit: Jim Lawyer

Henningsvær, the climbing center of the Lofoten Islands.
Henningsvær, the climbing center of the Lofoten Islands.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

Snicker Glädje, at Svenskeveggen, Lofoten.
Snicker Glädje, at Svenskeveggen, Lofoten.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

Skiløperen, with Henningsvær in the background, Lofoten Islands.
Skiløperen, with Henningsvær in the background, Lofoten Islands.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

Reflection in Djupfjord. The Presten is on the far right. Lofoten Isla...
Reflection in Djupfjord. The Presten is on the far right. Lofoten Islands.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 23, 2010 - 10:21am PT
Beautiful pix!

Has anyone ever tumbled off that rite of passage thingy on Svolverholverholversen?
Jim Lawyer

climber
Jul 23, 2010 - 02:00pm PT
I'm not the one to ask, but if you blow the jump, you will most surely be injured. I do know that the landing platform is somewhat smaller than it once was due to rockfall. Combined with a poorly-sloped take-off, it's a scary jump.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jul 23, 2010 - 02:42pm PT
I brought my Five Tennies along just to stick (and cushion!) that leap, when Gary Kofinas and I climbed the Gaeta.

Always fun to see Lofoten pics.
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Jul 23, 2010 - 03:37pm PT
Great photos JimLawyer!

GO
sac

Trad climber
spuzzum
Aug 5, 2010 - 12:23pm PT
Credit: sac
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2010 - 07:52pm PT
That's a new one for me, sac.


WHY A HELMET?!!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 5, 2010 - 08:31pm PT
It's a pith helmet in case some dick above takes a pith.



Get a bigger pack. Dude that is so small.



Giggle.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 13, 2010 - 12:43pm PT
Anglesey's Red Wall - the Mecca of Chossheads
In fact, if you look really closely you can see Joe!
No, really, he's there! We met him at the top. He had just
turned 50 and had led an E1 10b chossfest.

The Red Wall
The Red Wall
Credit: Reilly

I'm kind of liking the IHP old timie postcard look although if truth
be told it is really do to improper negative storage and a cheap scanner. Oh well...



And since it is Wales we're talking about, it isn't very far inland...

Yeah, that place...
Yeah, that place...
Credit: Reilly
bmacd

climber
Relic Hominid
Aug 13, 2010 - 12:59pm PT
Full Moon over Sabine Channel as seen from Texada Island, Vancouvers l...
Full Moon over Sabine Channel as seen from Texada Island, Vancouvers lights glow on the horizon
Credit: bmacd
pc

climber
Aug 13, 2010 - 01:19pm PT
This is a fantastic thread. Thanks all. I'm heading down to the southern Oregon coast next week and have a couple new boulders to hop on that I spotted on my last trip. Hopefully I can get a good shot or two to post up.
Cheers,
pc
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 16, 2010 - 08:05pm PT
pc anticipation bump

one of the more hilarious photos ever posted, Reilly! esp. because of the simple CAFE contrast

and Bruce! ever mysterious: which glow on the horizon is Vancouver?
cintune

climber
the Moon and Antarctica
Aug 16, 2010 - 08:28pm PT
Thalatta! Thalatta!
A couple from my son's Mediterranean trip this summer.

Crete


Athens


Mykonos
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
SoCal
Aug 16, 2010 - 08:28pm PT
I like being out at sea in a small craft. It's got horizontal exposure.

Spent Saturday off the coast of Santa Barbara hunting sharks and other delectable game fish in a small rubber boat. Rowed for about 4 hours. Cold, wet, puking, good stuff. I want more.
le_bruce

climber
Oakland: what's not to love?
Aug 18, 2010 - 03:01pm PT

The Eagle

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.



Alfred, Lord Tennyson
sac

Trad climber
spuzzum
Aug 26, 2010 - 11:39am PT
By the sea
By the sea
Credit: sac
The shining sea.
The shining sea.
Credit: sac
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
Aug 26, 2010 - 11:44am PT
cowpoke

climber
Aug 26, 2010 - 05:54pm PT
missed Jim Lawyer's Lofoten pics the first time around -- so nice.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 26, 2010 - 09:19pm PT
All nice, all appreciated



MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 26, 2010 - 09:26pm PT
erstwhile, back at the ranch




guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Aug 26, 2010 - 10:30pm PT
What a wonderful thread.

Some photos of untouched rock on the east coast of New Zealand.
Great Barrier Island in the background.
Great Barrier Island in the background.
Credit: guido
Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands.
Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands.
Credit: guido
Near Cape Karikari.
Near Cape Karikari.
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Off Tutakaka Coast.
Off Tutakaka Coast.
Credit: guido
Off entrance to Whangaroa Harbor.
Off entrance to Whangaroa Harbor.
Credit: guido
kinnikinik

Trad climber
B.C.
Aug 26, 2010 - 11:13pm PT
denman camp
denman camp
denman camp
Credit: kinnikinik
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 26, 2010 - 11:25pm PT
Garibaldi descent 24 July 2010

gf

climber
Sep 4, 2010 - 11:25am PT
Our daughter sometimes puts in a guest appearance for a little climbin...
Our daughter sometimes puts in a guest appearance for a little climbing; here she is on a via ferratta on the Cristallo in the Cortina area in 08
Credit: gf
By nature, she is more of a water girl...
By nature, she is more of a water girl...
Credit: gf
Recently a perfect day and a chance for three generations to hit The S...
Recently a perfect day and a chance for three generations to hit The Shining Sea Traverse was too much to resist; 9 yrs vs 81 yr old father at the top of the recently rebuilt stairs.
Credit: gf
gf

climber
Sep 4, 2010 - 11:49am PT
Pops managed the exposed 4th class ramp to the base but needed a resto...
Pops managed the exposed 4th class ramp to the base but needed a restorative snack "you looked a little scared grandad" was the verdict.
Credit: gf
I'd planned on setting up a TR on a low angle slab, this was deemed no...
I'd planned on setting up a TR on a low angle slab, this was deemed not worthy; a cord was rigged on the more challenging wall which yours truly threw herself at, and with few rests, climbed!
Credit: gf
Lowering off the summit
Lowering off the summit
Credit: gf
Dad shows off his emerging gut
Dad shows off his emerging gut
Credit: gf
My mother kindly offered to guard base camp; heres' the entire expedit...
My mother kindly offered to guard base camp; heres' the entire expedition regrouping prior to heading onward to the home deck for cocktail hour after another adventure at the shining sea.
Credit: gf
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 4, 2010 - 12:11pm PT
Not really all that far from where most of the pictures in this thread were taken. (And what a treat to see Greg's shots of family day at LHP)

By the not-so-shining sea
By the not-so-shining sea
Credit: Ghost

Edit: Jim, yes, about 10k south of B'ham in Larrabee State Park.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Sep 4, 2010 - 12:17pm PT
Dave,

Is that along Chuckanut Drive in Bellingham ?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 4, 2010 - 01:13pm PT
Driving south toward the Spanish coast one winter evening after a day of climbing we crested a hill and got a view of the sun setting over the sea, with a red/orange glow above distant hills.

It took a minute to realize those distant hills were in Africa. I felt the strangest sensation... an almost physical pull. I'll probably never get there, something I'll always regret.

Across the sea, the dark continent beckons.
Across the sea, the dark continent beckons.
Credit: Ghost
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Sep 4, 2010 - 04:21pm PT

gf:

That last shot of yours...
Kings have given away kingdoms and not come to realize that much value.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 4, 2010 - 07:58pm PT
Ghost- my family went across to Morocco for about a week back in 1969. Radically different from Spain and the rest of Europe.

Egypt and Jordan are next on my African wish list.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 4, 2010 - 08:09pm PT
Egypt and Jordan are next on my African wish list.

Wishing that Jordan was in Africa is... uhhmm...

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Sep 4, 2010 - 11:39pm PT
The second post to this thread simply says "Thalassa! Thalassa!"

I can't believe there isn't a single classical scholar here who can identify who said it, and in what context. Ron, Anastasia (hint), Rich, Ed, someone?

Hint: "delendaest" is another classical allusion, though I haven't yet figured out the Carthaginian reference.

Bump.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Sep 4, 2010 - 11:42pm PT
Was it Poseidon ?
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 4, 2010 - 11:58pm PT
The second post to this thread simply says "Thalassa! Thalassa!"

I thought you were exclaiming about ladybugs.



gf,

that is so good to see
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 5, 2010 - 12:10am PT
"Thalassa! Thalassa!"

Well, yes, a genus of ladybug. But I don't think that's what Xenophon's mercenaries had in mind when they shouted "Thalassa! Thalassa!"
Anastasia

climber
hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
Sep 6, 2010 - 10:06am PT
It's in the book Anabasis.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 27, 2010 - 03:42pm PT
Seaside Bump.
allapah

climber
Nov 28, 2010 - 04:09am PT
Ayasayuk, Cape Nome, yesterday
Ayasayuk, Cape Nome, yesterday
Credit: allapah
ayasayuk, cape nome
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2010 - 04:45am PT
Nice picture allapah but it seems to have a story. That earth-moving heavy equipment is quarrying? What do they use the stone for?

I'll need to check with my sister but I think her husband worked as a physician in Nome for a while.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 28, 2010 - 08:10am PT
hey there say, all.... i sure love the sea.... was always by it, whether in calif, or south texas... loved the time there with my mom ... and with my kids...

a sad note, though, as december aproaches... i remeber the tital wave, that christmas season.... each year, there is that reminder, before the new year, now, to be thankful for having family with us, still...


we always loved santa cruz, calif, in our family...
and for me and the kids, it was the south texas gulf...

though, i know for others, the sea is vast in its rich beauty, the world over...


well, just praying for all to have a thankful new year, as the winter presses on...
Disaster Master

Social climber
Born in So-Cal, left my soul in far Nor-Cal.
Nov 28, 2010 - 10:02am PT
Eric Chemello flees from the sea, Lost rocks, Ca. (pic Copywritten)
Eric Chemello flees from the sea, Lost rocks, Ca. (pic Copywritten)
Credit: Disaster Master
Dan Yeager on just another awsome arete, Lost Rocks,CA
Dan Yeager on just another awsome arete, Lost Rocks,CA
Credit: Disaster Master
Paul Humphrey, FFA The Vanishing Line, Lost Rocks, CA
Paul Humphrey, FFA The Vanishing Line, Lost Rocks, CA
Credit: Disaster Master


Check out this trip report for more ocean side climbing pix and a story.

http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Lost-To-The-Sea-by-Disaster-Master/t10843n.html
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 31, 2010 - 08:51pm PT
Many thanks, Disaster Master.



Nice last day, 2010.







gf

climber
Dec 31, 2010 - 08:56pm PT
Great Posts all year long on this thread -Andy, you savored the last drop of 10 will you taste the new wine of 11 in the sun tomorrow?
happy shining sea new year to all
NOT a climbing shot but taken approx 5000 ft above MH2 on dec 30th-shi...
NOT a climbing shot but taken approx 5000 ft above MH2 on dec 30th-shining sea visible in background -skier is noted coastie michael down
Credit: gf
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 31, 2010 - 09:03pm PT
Wonderful picture, Greg. It appears you may be out-of-bounds.
sac

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:05am PT
Yesterday...
Green Alien.
Green Alien.
Credit: sac
Blue Alien
Blue Alien
Credit: sac
El Pacifico Luminoso
El Pacifico Luminoso
Credit: sac
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:10am PT
Andy I think Foodeater & Mr Down are not outta bounds..............yet....... in that shot. Methinx it's taken atop Black over to skier's left where that plateau is. Now, FROM THERE? You can get so outta bounds as to go for a swim. Ha.

My brother did grade one with Mike Down. Sick !!!!!!!!!!!


THis thread is SO COOL!!!!
gf

climber
Jan 11, 2011 - 03:31pm PT
Hi Tami,

Actually mike had dragged fellow ST poster Jim Brennan and I up the west side of holyburn, down the north then up the south side of strachan in the forest to the east of the downhill area -shot taken on top as we prepared to ski ridge to col before n peak and thence down the w gulley to join the howe sound crest trail and tour out -at this stage i was knackered and panting, WISHING we had taken the lift to the top of black!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 11, 2011 - 03:35pm PT
That would be some steep treed slopes you encountered. I'd have been sideslippin :-)
gf

climber
Mar 6, 2011 - 10:17pm PT
National Day in Taiwan dictated time off from a biz trip; travelling l...
National Day in Taiwan dictated time off from a biz trip; travelling light with 3 shirts and changes of boxers, I was introduced to climbing guide Matt Robertson pictured on right, who also took all shots
Credit: gf
Skippy the dog kept a watchful eye as we headed along the immaculate s...
Skippy the dog kept a watchful eye as we headed along the immaculate sandstone slabs to the longdong sea cliffs
Credit: gf
There are nice slabs well above the tide line for booting up and hangi...
There are nice slabs well above the tide line for booting up and hanging out
Credit: gf
The belay views are spectacular
The belay views are spectacular
Credit: gf
The crags are spread out allowing folks to have their own "base camp" ...
The crags are spread out allowing folks to have their own "base camp" with a range of climbs spread out in front of them
Credit: gf
There is an active local scene with welcoming locals. All in all a gre...
There is an active local scene with welcoming locals. All in all a great place to climb by the shining sea
Credit: gf
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Mar 6, 2011 - 11:50pm PT
Sea Bump !
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 6, 2011 - 11:55pm PT
Longdong bump AND SPIKE !!! HAHAHAHAHAA LONGDONG !!!!!



Foodeater yer killin' me ovah here. I have no idea how you manage those x-pacific flights. I could only do that if heavily sedated :-)

Safe trip home there stinky; today was GORJUSS. Wish I wuz skiiiin'.
bmacd

Social climber
100% Canadian
Mar 7, 2011 - 12:20am PT
luvely area but whats with the helmut gf ? it will spoil your hair do man !
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 7, 2011 - 02:26am PT
Perhaps the helmet is intended to protect his hair?

Anyway, nice photos, and it looks like an interesting area. Handy that there's a nice wide flat shelf at the bottom, too.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 7, 2011 - 03:14am PT
Damn gf, your one lucky fecker.
gf

climber
Mar 7, 2011 - 03:55pm PT
re the helmet -well lets just say we did a geographic classic that was...
re the helmet -well lets just say we did a geographic classic that was atypical for the area
Credit: gf
Bread

Trad climber
Craggy Mountains, NC
Mar 8, 2011 - 01:25pm PT
Dover Island, Nova Scotia

Norm
Norm
Credit: Bread
Credit: Bread
Credit: Bread
Credit: Bread
Credit: Bread
Credit: Bread
gf

climber
Apr 13, 2011 - 10:58pm PT
great shots bread -nice to see a bookend for the lighthouse shots -got any more?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 13, 2011 - 11:48pm PT
El Faro, the southernmost lighthouse in the world:

Credit: Reilly



These guys had a little bouldering comp, I guess the sea lions won - they got the top.

Credit: Reilly
gf

climber
Apr 13, 2011 - 11:52pm PT
hmmm maybe some shots of shakletons' crew crossing elephant island might help to round out the "it don't have to be fun, to be fun" part of the thread
drunkenmaster

Social climber
santa rosa
Apr 13, 2011 - 11:53pm PT
Richie Esquibel becomes one with the rock on his first ascent of the h...
Richie Esquibel becomes one with the rock on his first ascent of the heady highball "Martini Time" (V3/4R) Salt Point State Park - NCB
Credit: drunkenmaster
sac

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
May 3, 2011 - 05:04pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43XInyyx76o
gf

climber
May 3, 2011 - 05:52pm PT
nice one -great mid afternoon break!
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 3, 2011 - 05:54pm PT
greg, could use you over on the election thread.

I think its time for a howe sound traverse
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 3, 2011 - 06:00pm PT
By the way, for connoisuers of rock over water.... there is a spectacular traverse above the checkamus river.... at bottom of the north bound hill, park at the pull out then walk a bit south. Its a calm pool below some serious rapids. good cliff jumping if you don't want to climb. Needless to say it only really happens on the hottest days of the year - then its awersome!


They call it "Heaven" 5.8 to 5.11 high ball
kinnikinik

Trad climber
B.C.
Jul 19, 2011 - 11:26am PT
rapping off hall of fame,stillwater bluffs
rapping off hall of fame,stillwater bluffs
Credit: kinnikinik
gf

climber
Jul 19, 2011 - 11:39am PT
more sir, more!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 19, 2011 - 12:01pm PT
I second that!
kinnikinik

Trad climber
B.C.
Jul 19, 2011 - 12:05pm PT
jean-francois at catcharatcha
jean-francois at catcharatcha
Credit: kinnikinik
alright
sac

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
Dec 15, 2011 - 06:20pm PT
aaaahhh winter blaaahs...just another December after noon...
aaaahhh winter blaaahs...just another December after noon...
Credit: sac
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 15, 2011 - 11:09pm PT
Yeah! Fun in the December sun, but when it goes, so do my fingers.


Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 17, 2012 - 10:21pm PT
Nice shot!
gf

climber
May 12, 2012 - 01:31pm PT
May 8th 2012 Mr Croft puts in a guest appearance
May 8th 2012 Mr Croft puts in a guest appearance
Credit: Kai from Stoke Yoga
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 12, 2012 - 02:54pm PT
high season at Klootchmans
bmacd

Trad climber
100% Canadian
May 12, 2012 - 04:59pm PT
whats with the long pants and long sleeves ? never summer ? missing the ocean ...
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 14, 2012 - 09:49pm PT




Wow!

Peter makes the rock lean back about 25 degrees! That explains a little.

Thanks for the excellent addition to the thread, Greg.





Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 14, 2012 - 09:52pm PT
what are the tides doing these days?
gf

climber
May 14, 2012 - 11:12pm PT
oh you know bruce -they go up ...and then they go down
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 14, 2012 - 11:14pm PT
bloody tides. So unpredictable.

Tidal Heights at Vancouver, British Columbia
May 2012
49°17.2'N123°6.6'W
Tide Tide Tide Tide
Time Zone is PDT Units are feet
Tue 01 May 02:24 14.2H 09:07 7.4L 14:33 11.2H 20:22 6.7L
Wed 02 May 03:05 14.3H 09:51 6.0L 15:51 12.0H 21:28 7.3L
Thu 03 May 03:40 14.5H 10:34 4.4L 16:57 13.0H 22:27 8.0L
Fri 04 May 04:14 14.7H 11:17 2.9L 17:57 14.0H 23:22 8.8L
Sat 05 May@ 04:48 14.9H 12:01 1.6L 18:54 14.8H
Sun 06 May 00:15 9.4L 05:26 15.0H 12:45 0.8L 19:49 15.3H
Mon 07 May 01:08 10.0L 06:06 14.9H 13:30 0.3L 20:42 15.6H
Tue 08 May 02:03 10.3L 06:51 14.5H 14:16 0.4L 21:33 15.7H
Wed 09 May 03:01 10.3L 07:39 13.8H 15:03 1.0L 22:24 15.7H
Thu 10 May 04:06 10.1L 08:34 12.9H 15:51 1.9L 23:15 15.5H
Fri 11 May 05:16 9.7L 09:38 11.9H 16:41 3.2L
Sat 12 MayT 00:05 15.3H 06:30 8.9L 11:01 11.0H 17:36 4.6L
Sun 13 May 00:55 15.0H 07:44 8.0L 12:37 10.5H 18:36 6.1L
Mon 14 May 01:42 14.7H 08:46 6.9L 14:17 10.7H 19:43 7.4L
Tue 15 May 02:24 14.3H 09:33 5.9L 15:40 11.4H 20:52 8.5L
Wed 16 May 03:02 14.0H 10:14 5.0L 16:45 12.2H 21:57 9.2L
Thu 17 May 03:35 13.8H 10:50 4.3L 17:37 13.0H 22:53 9.7L
Fri 18 May 04:05 13.6H 11:23 3.6L 18:22 13.7H 23:39 10.1L
Sat 19 May 04:33 13.4H 11:54 3.2L 19:02 14.1H
Sun 20 May0 00:20 10.4L 05:00 13.4H 12:26 2.8L 19:40 14.4H
Mon 21 May 00:58 10.6L 05:27 13.3H 12:57 2.5L 20:16 14.6H
Tue 22 May 01:35 10.8L 05:54 13.2H 13:29 2.4L 20:51 14.8H
Wed 23 May 02:13 10.9L 06:26 13.0H 14:02 2.5L 21:27 14.8H
Thu 24 May 02:55 10.8L 07:03 12.7H 14:35 2.8L 22:04 14.9H
Fri 25 May 03:42 10.6L 07:47 12.2H 15:11 3.2L 22:42 14.9H
Sat 26 May 04:35 10.2L 08:41 11.6H 15:52 3.9L 23:21 14.8H
Sun 27 May 05:36 9.5L 09:49 11.0H 16:37 4.7L
Mon 28 MayG 00:01 14.8H 06:39 8.6L 11:10 10.6H 17:29 5.8L
Tue 29 May 00:41 14.7H 07:36 7.3L 12:52 10.6H 18:28 7.0L
Wed 30 May 01:20 14.6H 08:27 5.9L 14:32 11.2H 19:35 8.2L
Thu 31 May 01:59 14.7H 09:15 4.5L 15:54 12.3H 20:48 9.2L

Previous month’s tides Next month’s tides
Captain...or Skully

climber
May 14, 2012 - 11:14pm PT
Forever.
what are the tides doing these days?

Haha! Gotta love it.
This is an AMAZING thread. Peruse it. Therein lies the Gold.

Jim Lawyer

climber
May 24, 2012 - 06:31am PT
Popeye, Point Perpendicular.
Popeye, Point Perpendicular.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

Tenere, Point Perpendicular, New South Wales, Australia.
Tenere, Point Perpendicular, New South Wales, Australia.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

Lemon Sorbet, Point Perpendicular, New South Wales, Australia.
Lemon Sorbet, Point Perpendicular, New South Wales, Australia.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

Cape Raoul, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania. Who in their right mind would ...
Cape Raoul, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania. Who in their right mind would NOT want to climb here?
Credit: Jim Lawyer

P3 of the climb-out, after climbing The Maoi (in the background&#4...
P3 of the climb-out, after climbing The Maoi (in the background), Fortescue Bay, Tasmania.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

P2 of Sacred Site, The Maoi, Fortescue Bay, Tasmania.
P2 of Sacred Site, The Maoi, Fortescue Bay, Tasmania.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

P2 of Arocknaphobia, Flowstone Wall, Freycinet, Tasmania.
P2 of Arocknaphobia, Flowstone Wall, Freycinet, Tasmania.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

P2 of Stud City, Hazards Cliff, Freycinet, Tasmania.
P2 of Stud City, Hazards Cliff, Freycinet, Tasmania.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

No Turn Unstoned, White Water Wall, Freycinet, Tasmania.
No Turn Unstoned, White Water Wall, Freycinet, Tasmania.
Credit: Jim Lawyer

P2 of Zorro, Rocky Cape, Tasmania.
P2 of Zorro, Rocky Cape, Tasmania.
Credit: Jim Lawyer
gf

climber
May 24, 2012 - 07:42am PT
Jim-wow-thanks for the additions!
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 24, 2012 - 09:04am PT
If its in the southern hemisphere isn't it the left mind?
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jul 2, 2012 - 02:26pm PT
The late Ed Spat and Dean Hart at Kloochman park in the early 90's.
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Jul 2, 2012 - 02:55pm PT
great thread

sonoma coast, CA




splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Jul 2, 2012 - 03:07pm PT
too cool not to post

Travis Lombardo-Sonoma Coast

photo: Mike Shoy
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 2, 2012 - 04:18pm PT
My meager contribution. Sorry, no climbing shots.











RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jul 2, 2012 - 05:05pm PT
Hey there MH2 awesome thread!! Such a peaceful, or powerful energy comes from climbing above/around water.

Here's a few more from by the sea from when i was lost somewhere near Klamath, CA.


Credit: RyanD

Credit: RyanD

Credit: RyanD

Credit: RyanD


I've also climbed at the place called Heaven that Bruce K speaks of, very cool spot, very cold water. Recommended that you are a strong swimmer if you climb there.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2012 - 07:01pm PT
GREAT ADDITIONS!!


Harry, do you remember what time of year that was?

The boat coming by at the end really ties it to the place.



edit:

I see on the Squamish Stories and Photos thread that Hamish had the same reaction. It would be good if Dean H would come back on to say a little about that place, and other things.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 2, 2012 - 07:05pm PT
**Who's up for some Obscure* Oregon highballing?**





Yes, this beauty is a good 25'.


Mr Moai is a good 50' but chossy



*Bandon
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jul 2, 2012 - 07:13pm PT
Reilly,



Where?


Thanks,


Ryan
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2012 - 07:15pm PT

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 2, 2012 - 07:27pm PT
HaHaHa! But the ball belongs with these layabouts...



"Dood, for god's sake, it's the middle of the bloody day!"



I didn't have the heart to break it to these Oregon surfers that there have been
significant technological advances of late...
Credit: Reilly
sac

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
Jul 2, 2012 - 07:38pm PT
...post craggin'... a climber's lifestyle.
...post craggin'... a climber's lifestyle.
Credit: sac
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jul 2, 2012 - 09:51pm PT
RyanD,

Take a trip down the Oregon Coast highway, you won't be disappointed.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 5, 2012 - 07:48pm PT
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jul 5, 2012 - 07:57pm PT
Thanks Jim, generally when I head south I just hit the 5 & hang a left @ shasta. Haven't really got to see the Oregon coastline, cheers. Definitely one of the best threads on this site. Did I hear MH2 say that shots from climbing near rivers or lakes would be acceptable?? Or only from briny water?
crunch

Social climber
CO
Jul 5, 2012 - 08:01pm PT
The Cloud Capp'd Towers....




Edit: Here's a different pic (the one I placed yesterday I already posted here, upthread, a couple years ago, whooooopppssss......)

Nick Buckley toproping a prospective new line, Tilly Whim Caves, Swanage.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 6, 2012 - 01:56am PT
RyanD,

Here is what I said when the question first came up:

As long as there is potentially shining water under the cliff I don't think it matters whether the water is sea or not.
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 6, 2012 - 02:07am PT
We've been visited by

dolphins




grey whale




and orcas




Still waiting for a great white.

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 6, 2012 - 02:12am PT
Were those photos taken from Lighthouse Park, or nearby?
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 6, 2012 - 11:22am PT
From a keyboard. In Eagle Harbour.
Bread

Trad climber
Craggy Mountains, NC
Jul 6, 2012 - 12:25pm PT


karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jul 9, 2012 - 12:40am PT
mini traxin near Salt Point, Ca
mini traxin near Salt Point, Ca
Credit: karodrinker
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jul 21, 2012 - 02:32am PT
Seal Cove
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 21, 2012 - 07:11am PT
Outrageous, karodrinker, and nice green seas of home, Mike.

Here is a report from a far place:

...pictures of the beautiful island of Skye...And the rain and the mist and the mountains and the cliffs and the ocean and the green, green hills..

Left on Friday night for 3 days on Skye, with a weather forecast of "showerlets on the breeze followed by shafts of sunlight..." Of course, you are no longer sped "on a bonnie boat like a bird on the wing, over the sea to Skye"" but cross on the new utilitarian bridge, unlike my last visit 30 years ago. Three JMCS parties set out for Sron na Ciche on Saturday and had the entire face almost to ourselves; John Porter and I climbed West Cioch and the Nose where lunch time rain stopping us going on to the Crack of Double Doom as planned(I shall return). John added to the Mountain ambiance with his indescribable grunts and groans that would surely have worried the sheep, and he even looked a little concerned when our rope stuck on abseil and I had to climb back up and move the anchor. Back to the hut for fine food, beer and chat after a wonderful day on the hill. (Of note here was Dee's wonderful home grown gooseberries and strawberries and Jeremy's outstanding baking).

On Sunday we climbed some good short, clean sea cliffs at Neist and on Sunday headed North to Flodigary. These fine sea cliffs live up to the lilt in their name and are a delight to climb on, though I did pause at my first ever abseil off "turf stakes". Mark Morin and I climbed the spectacular Spantastic (get it while you can, it creaks) and the excellent crack beside it to the sounds of sea birds, rushing waves and swirling water.

A fabulous weekend with a great group tainted only slightly by just missing dinner at Morrisons in Fort William, closes at 700pm (apparently Simon and Mark do this consistently) and visiting a Chinese fish and chip shop that didn't sell Chinese food - only in the Highlands.
telemon01

Trad climber
Montana
Jul 21, 2012 - 09:02am PT
latitude 0





JimT

climber
Munich
Jul 21, 2012 - 10:22am PT
Crunch:- Bit optomistic trying to claim that as a new route! Those cracks where climbed as aid routes and then freed even before I started climbing at Swanage in 1967.
crunch

Social climber
CO
Jul 21, 2012 - 11:35am PT
Crunch:- Bit optomistic trying to claim that as a new route! Those cracks where climbed as aid routes and then freed even before I started climbing at Swanage in 1967.

Well, I did write "prospecting" for new routes; sorry if it sounded like I was trying to claim anything more than that. That day, we were just toproping, didn't know what had been done around that area. It was sort of closed at the time, due to rockfall nearby. I think maybe the guy belaying in the photo (whose name I've forgotten) came back later and led the thing. A nice photo, anyway.

Care to share more of the earlier history?

Here's some pics of another route, Dogwatch. It had been climbed on aid. We were trying for a first free ascent:

Dogwatch, Nick Buckley, circa 1980
Dogwatch, Nick Buckley, circa 1980
Credit: crunch


Dogwatch, Nick Buckley, circa 1980
Dogwatch, Nick Buckley, circa 1980
Credit: crunch

Dogwatch, Nick Buckley, circa 1980
Dogwatch, Nick Buckley, circa 1980
Credit: crunch

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Aug 25, 2012 - 02:07am PT
Had some relaxing and Bocce Ball games at Whytecliff Park today. The ocean is at hand there and the best part:

Credit: Jim Brennan

Credit: Jim Brennan

Credit: Jim Brennan

Credit: Jim Brennan
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:01am PT
Bump for the sea


Anvil Island
Anvil Island
Credit: RyanD

Cool clouds wrapped around Anvil island today.

gf

climber
Nov 7, 2012 - 02:28am PT
Nothing like a day by the ocean
Nothing like a day by the ocean
Credit: gf
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Nov 7, 2012 - 03:24am PT
View from the Black Dyke







Kieran on Lost Horizons 10b at Seal Cove
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 13, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
Chilly litle bumps...
MH2

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 13, 2013 - 09:58pm PT

bumpy chiller