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Topic Author's Original Post - May 21, 2012 - 01:12pm PT
Tram bouldering rocks!

Mt San Jacinto

Damon Corso working for the FA of DaWay v3** R

Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 01:17pm PT
Matt Birch working for the FA of Somewhere in Time v12/13***

Chris Miramontes working for the FA of Phoenix v6**

Paul Robinson doing battle with The Steep Sharma Arete v10**

Tia Stark on Feels Like A Virgin v3*** R

Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 01:19pm PT
Many more photos to come!

Social climber
Los Angeles currently St. Antonin, France
May 21, 2012 - 01:36pm PT
Great pics. Never been up there, but it looks superb. Thanks for the pics.

May 21, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
bump for the sweetness

Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
The wife doing some random FA v2*

Aron Couzens on the 2nd ascent of Porcelain Salamander v7*** R

Chris Lindner working a crack project

The wife climbing Smoke on the Water v3** R
adventurous one

Trad climber
Truckee Ca.
May 21, 2012 - 02:38pm PT
Looks nice!

The only time I went up the tram it was painful looking down on all that amazing rock right below the tram line that is closed to climbing. I will be in Palm Springs Thursday night and have Friday to climb. Rarely get down to So Cal except in winter and I am looking for the most convenient place (as we only have a day to climb) near Palm Springs to get out of the heat and get some climbing in, or bouldering if need be, on Friday before heading back up north on Saturday. Was hoping to try some place other than going to Idywild, which I have been to in the past. Anything up there, within easy access to the top of the tram, worth bringing a rope for? Is the best bouldering right near the top of the tram, or a bit of a hike/exploration?

When did they close the stuff in the Tram Canyon to climbing? Those granite outcrops sure look fine.

Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 02:49pm PT
Tram is by far the most convenient climbing from Palm Springs. On a friday morning, you could be shoeing up in less than 30min from the hotel. The bouldering is scattered around near the top of the Tram. They have Tram guidebooks (cough) at the ranger bookstore - downstairs at the mountaintop tram station. Or, head down the path to the ranger wilderness station and ask the rangers, they will point you to some bouldering. There is much potential for roping up, although bolting is unlawful. Head down the concrete path and hook it to the right, go to the edge of the mountain and look down, there are some walls to be had there.

Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 02:53pm PT
Rick Craig climbing the short but brutish Pancake House v5**

Lisa Rands climbing Gluttony v8***

The wife climbing Buck Rodgers v2*

Chris Lindner climbing Snow Blind v8**

Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 03:22pm PT
Damon Corso doing the FA of DaWay v3** R

Methane v5**

Tim Nelson on Wild Ride v6**

Rob Mulligan using the Force on Matt Birch outside the Valley Station

Matt Birch topping out Hesitation Factor v7

from out where the anecdotes roam
May 21, 2012 - 03:45pm PT
got to applaud this stuff ... and a nod to the occasional lack of sack.
chalkless holds, as refreshing as clouds in a sky minus contrails

Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 03:54pm PT
Hey Friend, thanks for posting up the pics! I have no plans for doing another Tram Guide, at least not anytime soon.

sequence shots of Matt Birch repeating his climb Somewhere In Time for Momentum Video

Captain...or Skully

May 21, 2012 - 03:55pm PT
Awesome looking bouldering! The stone looks very similar to the boulder Batholith up in Butte.
Johnny K.

May 21, 2012 - 03:58pm PT
Nice pics
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
May 21, 2012 - 04:09pm PT
OK, OK, you're powers of persuasive (er, photography) have won me over. I'm going to have to buy a guide and check it out. I've been meaning on dragging the kids up there. They'll dig the ride up the tramway.

Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
Galatea Of the Spheres v5**

Timmy Nelson oclimbing The Honeypots v2**

Rick Craig on ??cant remember the name right now, its a big dyno tho, as Ricks a big guy! v4

An unnamed v3 on the Wooly Mammoth Boulder

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
May 21, 2012 - 04:38pm PT
Lokks good but isnt it like 25 bucks to ride that tram.?

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 21, 2012 - 04:54pm PT
Nice shots.....

Adventurous One...... Ride the Tram, seconds before it enters the top station, look to the left and you see the top of "cauffman crag" ....

Cauffman is home to one of the best 5.11 one pitch climb in So. Cal. (IMHO) "It's always something" named for the late great Gilda Radner.

K. Solem put this up in the late 80 early 90s.

To find it: exit the tram and turn left (east) go a few hundred yards and a faint trail heads down hill past the east face of Cauffman ... look for a long crack that goes up out of view. The start is a squeeze chimney. I think this climb has only 1 or 2 bolts located up aways.

The folks who administer the Top of Tram (Cal State Parks) usta be the biggest a-holes ever. There was a purge of routes at one time and if they thought you looked like a climber .... well you got tooled... many times in same day, by same person!!!! (this happened to me).

Looks like that is all changed now. That would be a good thing if it is true. The tram is a really nice place.

RM. How is the access now? Any issues?

Jon Beck

Trad climber
May 21, 2012 - 06:12pm PT
you can get a summer pass for 60 bucks. Great hiking up on the top. If you can get a driver it is cool to take the tram up and hike down Devils Slide trail, or do the reverse if you want more exercise. The most amazing view is at night, I like to go up for the day and eat dinner. Kinda pricey, but the foot is good. Apparently everything comes up on the tram, including water, there are water tanks built into the bottoms of the tram cars.

Look at wikipeda for the low down (deaths) on the tram :)

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 22, 2012 - 01:29am PT
Really sick batch of photos RtM.
So nice up there.
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