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I haven't checked, what actually worries me is the rain prediction for Wednesday. Someone didn't get the memo: rain is not allowed on Wednesdays. I'll give a look tomorrow, but I'm confident if we get a dry day there will be ample routes available.

 

I'm sure it's been more than a dozen years since that route got a redpoint, and I believe only one other person has done that. It's going to be a good season out here.

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thanks guys.

 

the forecast looks fine for tomorrow so maybe it'll see another ascent from jimmy.

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Is it going to be too hot on wed or are we still on? Is anthing left of the old flake dry now?

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It'll be okay on Wednesday, just plan on starting and staying a little later. I think the only things that are wet are Floater (the 11b slab) and Dead Low Tide (the 10b undercling and corner).

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Enquiring minds need to know, do we got a shot this week or did your little slice of heaven get soaked?

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Oh, things look okay now, it's the chance of precip tomorrow that's the bugger. Keep an eye peeled, but I choose to believe Wednesday is on.

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So I think gloater will go at 5.10d with about 4 bolts on it and finish at the slab's anchor. Are we goin' to break or glue that flake?

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So I think gloater will go at 5.10d with about 4 bolts on it and finish at the slab's anchor. Are we goin' to break or glue that flake?

 

I say let's put in 5 bolts, chop one, and argue about it endlessly on the interweb! :grin:

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We can also argue whether that hold was chipped or merely aggressively cleaned.

 

 

Well, I say they all were chipped in 1912.

 

thebigblast13-1.jpg

 

From the article in Washington Geology:

 

"A famous event occurred at the No.2 quarry on Feb. 17, 1912. It was called the 'Big Blast'. Two three-foot diameter tunnels called 'coyote holes', with a combined length of 1,400 feet, were cut into the base of the outcrop (Fig. 8). The tunnels were carefully backfilled with two train car loads of explosives

(43,100 pounds of black powder and 1,200 pounds of 60 percent dynamite).

 

H.P. Scheel saw the blast as a wonderful opportunity for publicity. Tenino residents turned out, officials arrived from Washington and Oregon, and camera crews came from Hollywood to film the explosion, probably for newsreels at cinemas (Roberts, 1912). Tenino residents were asked to secure fragile possessions in their homes against the expected ground motion.

 

The 'Big Blast' was one of the largest single detonations in Washington history (Fig. 9) and it was larger than expected (an estimated 500,000 ton rockfall). It buried the quarry's rail spur with boulders (Fig. 10), damaged nearby quarry buildings with flying rock (Fig. 11), and pelted onlookers with rock fragments despite their 'safe' distant viewing positions. The cost of the event, including repairing the damage, totaled $20,000. However there was an additional cost—the huge concussion pulverized as much as 40 percent of the rockfall, making much of the rock either too small or too incompetent due to microfracturing

for its intended purpose at the jetty."

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Oh, and today being the 4th of July, many of the regulars have party and family obligations (myself included) so it's entirely likely that there will be no one out here. On the bright side, for me at least, some early morning beat the heat warriors did a few routes and I got to catch a ride.

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should of left the boulder field

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Also they damned up another quarry in the schomenchuck river, how cruel!

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Drag your feet, the later the better cuz it's pretty damned hot out here. It is Wednesday though, so the crag is open.

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I dunno, some of the forecasts are to hit 100, that may be too hot for me. Last year I went to Index on a high 90s day and it was pretty damn hot.

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I'll be there probally around six or when nora's party starts when I drop off lisa.

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I don't know how he pulled it off, but that damned Karl Rove made it rain on a Wednesday. Too wet for today for sure. :cry:

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