Trip Report
Happy St. Patty's From The Secret Spot
Monday March 17, 2014 3:56pm
I have never trusted Leprechauns. With their abnormally short legs and sneaky lookin grins.....the oversized buckles and green top hats....they just bug me. But in the hills beyond Fresno there is a tale that tells of hidden teasure. A land of green and granite that holds a pot of gold for the boulderer with a sense of adventure.

This Saturday Macronut and I sought to plunder some goods in a new area ne'er visited by human climbers. A neverland of moss, wildflowers and pixies. A boulder garden miles deep, a land of magic sprinkled with granite treats for the wanting hardman.

We left home cloaked in the inky black of dawn, and were soon passing into the realm of the leprechaun, seeking his hoard of fresh FAs.
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Credit: micronut

Careful not to wake the Sprites that guard the Western bordrer, we quietly tiptoed across meadows green in this springtime fairytale terrain.
In a lickety snap we were hot on the trail of the man in a little green vest. I swore I saw a bony old finger becon us eastward over a knoll, so we ran like schoolgirls chasing a rainbow over a small rise.
What we found did not disappoint.
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We charged ahead, following little golden pebbles hinting of bigger things to come. Not content to settle for breadcrumbs; we were looking for the kings feast.
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We pressed eastward, our burning lungs powering us over hill and vale. Ahead I swore I saw a flash of a little green tuxedo dip under a gnarled oak....and thusly we increased our gait.
Macronut could wait no more, so he floated problems in his approach shoes along the way.
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As the golden tendrils of sunrise washed us in morning light Macronut and I find ourselves topping out new terrain, new problems and new formations by the handfull. We have found the end of the rainbow. This is our pot of gold. And we will not share.
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Credit: micronut
Credit: micronut
Credit: micronut
Well, you can only stuff your pockets with so much treasure so we turned north and headed to the top of the vale to seek one last prize.
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Ok, I'm gonna get real with you Supertopo. We didn't find any Leprechauns. We found no gold, no treasure, no magic shamrock. But we did find a sweet thin face problem that was more precious than all those things combined. And Macronut straight crushed it. After three falls. Perhaps due to his general weakness or the fact that it was a blank wall with crumbling V7 micro holds covered in leprechaun droppings.
Credit: micronut
Credit: micronut
Credit: micronut
Credit: micronut
Credit: micronut
With the sendage complete an a new rad FA in the bag we headed home, to kids basketball games and T-ball practice. We left the new secret spot unnammed, the problem unrated. Some things are better left off the map. So happy St. Patrick's Day Supertopo. Hope you enjoyed this little advenure in The Secret Forest. Where magic still lives and fairytales come true.

May the sun shine on your face today and may the wind be always at your back.

Micronut out.
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micronut is a trad climber from fresno, ca.

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Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
  Mar 17, 2014 - 04:09pm PT
A neverland of moss, wildflowers and pixies. A boulder garden miles deep, a land of magic sprinkled with granite treats...

Couldn't have been said better. It's the story told by the pictures... Great TR!

And seeing the last picture: Leprechauns are ugly...
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
  Mar 17, 2014 - 04:06pm PT
Spring is in the air there, huh? Nice!

Still two feet of snow here.

Your TR's are like St Paddys day every time I read 'em, pure gold bro.
okie

Trad climber
  Mar 17, 2014 - 04:23pm PT
Stats on the o-dub boulder? Looks cool.
Since this Patty's Day is my 50th birthday, maybe the leprechauns will give up some of their secrets...
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Marcus McCoy from Nevada City
  Mar 17, 2014 - 04:38pm PT
nice pics matey. tip of the hat and may the luck of the irish be with ye.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Mar 17, 2014 - 04:41pm PT
Dude are you sure you are not a leprechaun??????
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
  Mar 18, 2014 - 01:51pm PT
Great shots ... sometimes I forget that there are places with so much green in California!
Will_P

Trad climber
Melbourne, Victoria
  Mar 17, 2014 - 09:25pm PT
Micro, you're about the only thing left worth reading on SuperTopo these days. Still waiting to hear the gory details of the last Yos bigwall attempt. Hope the knee is on the mend too.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Author's Reply  Mar 17, 2014 - 11:01pm PT
Will,

Thanks man. Its encouraging to know you dig my stuff. Supertopo sure does feel kinda bleak these days for some reason. Just trying to share some stoke.

About the Lurking Fear Left Meniscus Gone Bad TR.....it would be soooo much work to tell that story and do it justice here. I'm just not sure I want to invest the time for this current crowd. Kinda sad, but I'm losing my TR mojo with the state of The Taco. We'll see....

And thanks for asking about the knee. Its mending. But slowly. Its the first time I've been truly injured in my life and its very hard. This was my first time on rock of any kind since November! Its a real drag. But I have big alpine plans for this summer.
Stay tuned!

Scott
Macronut

Trad climber
Fresno, Ca
  Mar 17, 2014 - 11:18pm PT
Brilliant! Never disappointing. Can't wait to give the Taco more to read about. 2014 here we come!!!
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
  Mar 17, 2014 - 11:29pm PT
Great report. The essence of everything is in that green mossy landing spot. I feel the spirit of Dingus in this wonderful telling. Thanks
this just in

climber
Justin Ross from North Fork
  Mar 18, 2014 - 04:11pm PT
Looks cool, finally some green in dem hills. Watts Valley/Trimmer? I know, if you told me you'd have to kill me. Thanks for the TR.

Edit: Oh wait, that looks like the Crawford Boulders. It's been awhile.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Mar 18, 2014 - 12:14am PT
I'll drink to this fine trip report!

Sluuuuup!

Reads better than much Irish poetry.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Mar 18, 2014 - 01:27am PT
I was testing children in my Dublin Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven.
'I asked them, ' If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?'
'NO!' the children answered.
'If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden, and kept everything tidy, would that get me into heaven?'
Again, the answer was 'NO!'
'If I gave sweets to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me into heaven?'
Again, they all answered 'NO!'
I was just bursting with pride for them. I continued, 'Then how can I get into heaven?'
A little boy shouted out: "YOU GOTTA BE FOOKN' DEAD!"
It's a curious race, the Irish. Brings a tear to the eye, doesn't it?
overwatch

climber
  Mar 18, 2014 - 02:19am PT
some do appreciate that you take the time, thank you
John M

climber
  Mar 18, 2014 - 02:33am PT
Thanks Micronut. Loved it! Looked like a fun day.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Mar 18, 2014 - 08:51am PT
Micronut I really enjoy your TRs!!!!
Thank You!!!!!
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
  Mar 18, 2014 - 09:21am PT
Nice and green :-)
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Mar 18, 2014 - 03:13pm PT
Sure an B'gorra look at those wee little Wyde cracks!
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
  Mar 18, 2014 - 04:27pm PT
Nice, Micro, very nice. Well wishes to you and yours.
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
  Mar 18, 2014 - 04:36pm PT
Very cool.

Andrzej
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Mar 19, 2014 - 02:41am PT
Bump for climbing and stoke!

If you text me where you went I'll text you where I found this and bunch of equally sized and equally fun boulders today. Some good rock, some back rock, some cracks, some overhanging face. Lots o' fun!

Choss with solid crack in the front.  Good rock with edges in the back...
Choss with solid crack in the front. Good rock with edges in the back. One of a couple dozen.
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micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Author's Reply  Mar 19, 2014 - 07:19pm PT
Ok Limy Crustacean, I'll show you mine if you show me yours. Does this help?
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its near here. But not here. Its by this but not this. Its neither West nor east of this, but perhaps a bit Southnorth of it. By about a click or four.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Mar 24, 2014 - 01:34pm PT
Ah, I think I follow.

This place has a numerical east/west named neighbor on the same hill. If the north/south version of the naming plan was used here they would be called the 144 boulders.

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scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
  Mar 24, 2014 - 02:45pm PT
I loved this trip report.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Mar 24, 2014 - 04:38pm PT

another nice TR Scott!!
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