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Jan 15, 2012
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Someone in the "Best Climbing States" thread mentioned being able to climb on marble somewhere in California. Is this for real? Are there places in CA (or anywhere) that you can climb on marble? Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
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Jan 15, 2012
Austin Baird wrote:
Someone in the "Best Climbing States" thread mentioned being able to climb on marble somewhere in California. Is this for real? Are there places in CA (or anywhere) that you can climb on marble?


Yeah... there are a few places with limestone.

"Geologists use the term "marble" to refer to metamorphosed limestone; however stonemasons use the term more broadly to encompass unmetamorphosed limestone.[1]"

I do climb at a place that seems like polished marble or a kitchen counter. It's Beaver Street Wall inside of SF, but it's actually Venetian Sandstone (so my geo friend tells me). Not worth coming out for, but pretty crazy and LEGITLY polished (you can almost see yourself in it)

Not the best photo of it, but you can see the rope reflection.
NorCalNomad
From San Francisco
Joined Oct 6, 2011
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Jan 15, 2012
legitly! S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Joined Sep 25, 2008
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Jan 15, 2012
Beaver Street Wall is chert, not sandstone. Chert is some cool stuff. JCM
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2008
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Jan 16, 2012
Jon Moen wrote:
Beaver Street Wall is chert, not sandstone. Chert is some cool stuff.


It's chipped!
coldfinger
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Jan 16, 2012
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Haven't been but apparently the bouldering in Columbia is. And is good. Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Joined Feb 2, 2009
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Jan 16, 2012
Mathematical!
The word, ladies and gentlemen, is "legitimately."

Also, cool rock.
Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
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Jan 16, 2012
Whaaaat?
Legitly > Legitimately

Thanks for this, C Blank!
BackCountry
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Jan 16, 2012
Colonel Mustard
I'm the one who'd mentioned the marble in the best states thread. After looking, I'm not sure it's here in the database here, and I can't remember the name of the place... The guy I talked to made it sound like this was marble of the statue/countertop variety, but I'm no geologist. Colonel Mustard
Joined Sep 13, 2005
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Jan 16, 2012
Me, of course
As close as you can get in Colorado
As close as you can get in Colorado
Evan S
From Erie, CO
Joined Dec 30, 2007
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Jan 19, 2012
I think it's quartzite, but check out the gemstone-like quality of the rock on Goodro's Crack, in Big Cottonwood Canyon:



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GabeO
From New Haven, CT
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Jan 19, 2012
"mentioned being able to climb on marble somewhere in California. Is this for real? Are there places in CA (or anywhere) that you can climb on marble?"

Sure. Marble Mountain Wilderness up in the Klamath has marble. Lots of places actually.
Will S
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