Talus vs. Scree

Talus – a hill slope covered in loose, eroded material observed by the geologist on the hiking trail.

Scree – the sound made by the tourist who slid down the talus slope after she left the hiking trail.

14 thoughts on “Talus vs. Scree

  1. Screeching – a word formed by the combination of “scree” (see definition above) and “ka-ching”, the sound made by the cash register at the hospital where she was brought for treatment.


  2. And then there’s Mount Marathon. Which I am not agile, or fool, enough to join in the race. (Darnit.) They call it “loose shale”, because most people can figure that out. But generally, yeah, it’s called “the scree slopes” by the runners instead of “the talus deposits” doesn’t sound nearly as… “You should pay attention, because it’s gonna make you bleed!”

  3. So, “Ice Screem” is where your footing degrades faster from slippery winter surfaces, and you just vocalized your disapproval?
    Peter brings out the worst in my fractured sense of humor.

    Being serious now, I’ve climbed or crossed about a dozen hills or mountain sides that were covered in talus, and picked a way across somewhat stable scree fields. That was the only times I really wanted a pole or staff for hiking. It calls for more time and concentration than expected, and left me shaking in response. Both eyes on your footing, and one ear on the sounds of an incipient slide (right there or above you). It’s interesting to look at from a distance, but a major event to negotiate.

      • It’ll be tufa to top that, for schist’s sake. 🙂

        I hear a * facepaw * coming … and a reminder to not encourage Peter.

          • I have the button somewhere: “Incorrigible Punster. Do not incorrige.” One friend laughed hysterically, another laughed and demanded his own copy. My wife gave me Look #3, with Optional Eye-Roll. Oops.

            Sorry, ma’am, I thought someone said “hold my thesaurus, I want to try something.”

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