Trip Report
(Granted) Another Day in Paradise
Monday October 23, 2017 2:53pm
(Granted) Another Day in Paradise

Another Fall day of wandering aimlessly in the Range of Light


At least one more chance to throw down


And to throw some jams


Wriggle in some flares


And to climb what our hearts contend


We steer clear of the shade


Instead we go to the light


And really, we just go with the flow. The flow of ancient magmas, the ripples of time, the smoothing hand of ancient glaciers and the inevitable passage of water and time over granite.


We just head where we want, no plans no deadlines


Checking out Great Trees


and serene landscapes


Impromptu Third Classing


Rewards us with the 360 view summit


Followed by a lovely descent


Down to this little spot we know


And a quick Fall nap. Check out the trunk of the small (but ancient) tree. Its rather stunted and stunning, if you follow my meaning. How old is that little tree?


Scoping out some future work


Here in this lovely wood we call the Promised Land


Its our own little slice of paradise


Taking our time till itís time to go


Cheers
DMT

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Dingus Milktoast
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Dingus Milktoast is a narcissist spraylord from Northern California.

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Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
  Oct 23, 2017 - 02:58pm PT
Beautiful. You love that zone a lot I'm thinking. I've explored there once, and it was great.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
  Oct 23, 2017 - 03:35pm PT
It is NICE in the fall.

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
  Oct 23, 2017 - 03:37pm PT
Thanks Craig. A beautiful day.
Studly

Trad climber
WA
  Oct 23, 2017 - 03:40pm PT
Wow, sunshine and granite!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Oct 23, 2017 - 03:44pm PT
Indian Summer...enjoy it while you can!
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Oct 23, 2017 - 03:50pm PT
Very Walden of you. Thanks for the ramble.

Scott
L

climber
It's a Bear Affair
  Oct 23, 2017 - 03:52pm PT
I'm thinking Lady Scarlet is the bomb, Craig, and I'm glad you found your climbing soulmate.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Oct 23, 2017 - 03:55pm PT
Reminds me of the Courtright environ. Many people walk right by all the obscure but good stuff en route to the routes in the book. I like my adventures bite sized sometimes.

Credit: micronut

Credit: micronut

Credit: micronut

Credit: micronut

Taking a gaggle of college kids scrambling is often better than taking...
Taking a gaggle of college kids scrambling is often better than taking them "climbing."
Credit: micronut
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Oct 23, 2017 - 05:19pm PT
Looks like a darn fine day.
Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Seattle
  Oct 23, 2017 - 05:39pm PT
Nice! Reminds me of the areas on the North side of I-80 from Donner.
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
  Oct 23, 2017 - 06:14pm PT
Nice to see light and old trees.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
  Oct 23, 2017 - 06:32pm PT
Nice!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Oct 23, 2017 - 07:20pm PT
What Guido said, but WITH MORE GUSTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Oct 23, 2017 - 07:27pm PT
Good stuff!
kingtut

climber
Bolting Fiend
  Oct 23, 2017 - 07:31pm PT
heheh....mum's da' word.

:D
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Oct 24, 2017 - 02:55am PT
Awesomeness abounds!
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
  Oct 24, 2017 - 03:10am PT
Nice looks beautiful!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  Oct 24, 2017 - 04:50am PT
You're a true mountaineer DMT, "someone who is just happy to be there" - GR
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Oct 24, 2017 - 05:02am PT
Sweet!
TFPU
Tad
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Author's Reply  Oct 24, 2017 - 06:45am PT
Brandon, yes thanks, I do love it. I've been traipsing out there since the mid-80s. I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the years anymore.

:)

Its always good. Its my backyard and its face is the face of a lover.

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Author's Reply  Oct 24, 2017 - 06:46am PT
L - yes :)

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Author's Reply  Oct 24, 2017 - 07:05am PT
Tom Patterson, one of the cooler things I've been able to learn comes from flying over the Sierra a lot and understanding some of the broad strokes of geology - particularly how plutons are part of a batholith.

We think of Sierra rivers as natural boundaries and in many cases the Sierra rivers to cut through along the geological weaknesses of boundary rock layers.

However the batholiths span the passes and rivers too. And not all pluton episodes coincided, nor are they all composed of the exact same granitic stone. I think most of us with any geological understanding at all, understand these concepts fairly well.

So when I look down from my chair in the sky, on a sunny day after the snows have melt, I can see granite kinship as great streaks of exposed granite. There is one that runs from the southern end of Lake Tahoe, through Carson, down into the Spicer Reservoir along Hwy 4 and clear into the mid-altitude regions of Hwy 108, Sonora Pass. There are many plutons in this great sweep of granite, and they have differing compositions too. However, they were all emplaced as a family and those granitic rocks have a strong kinship. At altitude I can see their relationship with the naked eye - great lineaments scribe massive, pass and river spanning arcs. Those rocks are family.

So it never surprises me to see those relationships recognized from simple on the ground photographs. But its really cool when it happens.

Cheers
DMT

Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Author's Reply  Oct 24, 2017 - 07:04am PT
kingtut one of the themes I like to explore in my TRs is our collective opportunity to have our own little slice of paradise. There is never a need to name these places for they exist mostly in our minds. I could give directions to this or that place, and others could go and visit but they would never reach my paradise, because that part is in my head and in my heart.

The older I get the less I want to name things directly.

The place I describe is not hard to get to but very few ever visit. Its the Promised Land because I made it my promised land. We can all do that and at once avoid treading on one another. We can tell the tales too, without giving travel instructions.

Cheers
DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Author's Reply  Oct 24, 2017 - 07:04am PT
Charlie D., rarely happier.

:)

DMT
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Oct 24, 2017 - 07:24am PT
A gneissly granetic trip report that frankly makes me jealous, since my left knee has been "on the Fritz" since a late August jaunt in the Sawtooths of Idaho.

I get scoped tomorrow to fix a torn meniscus & remove some "junk," so hopefully I'll be hiking in the hills again soon.
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
  Oct 24, 2017 - 01:48pm PT
hopefully I'll be hiking in the hills again soon.



Best wishes, Fritz. But we all should take note of where DMT says our own little slice of paradise (mostly) exists.
skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
  Oct 24, 2017 - 01:51pm PT
Very nice :)
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
  Oct 24, 2017 - 07:20pm PT
Some cool glacial striations on some of that. Plenty of that country between 108 and 4 access. Takes a wandering spirit to find it.
kingtut

climber
Bolting Fiend
  Oct 25, 2017 - 11:41am PT
No worries, Ser Dingus, and I really am not all worried about it at all.

Mostly stoked that you shared with us and found your slice of paradise that day and am happy to be taken there by your photos anytime.

Such a lovely wonderland of stone.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
  Oct 25, 2017 - 08:11am PT
It's a gift that keeps on giving.
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