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By Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
Jan 15, 2012
Me scaring years off my mom's life

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?


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By NorCalNomad
From San Francisco
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.


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By S Denny
From Carbondale, CO
Jan 15, 2012

legitly!


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By JCM
From Henderson, NV
Jan 15, 2012

Beaver Street Wall is chert, not sandstone. Chert is some cool stuff.


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By coldfinger
Jan 16, 2012

Jon Moen wrote:
Beaver Street Wall is chert, not sandstone. Chert is some cool stuff.


It's chipped!


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By Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Jan 16, 2012
Tough Mantle Problem.  Haven't sent yet...

Haven't been but apparently the bouldering in Columbia is. And is good.


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By Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Jan 16, 2012
Mathematical!

The word, ladies and gentlemen, is "legitimately."

Also, cool rock.


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By BackCountry
From West Point, UT
Jan 16, 2012
Whaaaat?

Legitly > Legitimately

Thanks for this, C Blank!


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By Colonel Mustard
From Reno, NV
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.


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By Evan S
From Erie, CO
Jan 16, 2012
Me, of course

As close as you can get in Colorado
As close as you can get in Colorado


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By GabeO
From Denver, CO
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:



GO


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By Will S
From Joshua Tree
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.


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