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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

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