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jack89

Trad climber
England
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 17, 2013 - 04:24pm PT
Hi Supertopo,

I will be going on a work trip to South California (Irvine) in a few weeks and would like to make the most of this opportunity by staying 4-5 days extra and climb some rock.

I climb about V5-V6, 5.7-5.8, never been before, would be willing to camp, don't have any partners/contacts (but would like some) and can drive. Let me know if you need more info.

Not sure what is feasible at this time and time scale, so any advice is very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Jack
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Apr 17, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
Hey Jack, welcome to the People's Republic of California.

The usual designation is " Southern California ". Although "south California" does have a certain charming ring to it.

Enjoy your stay.

Contact me and I'll show you Joshua Tree. If it isn't too blazing hot by then . We can climb in world famous Rattlesnake Canyon and perhaps catch and torture some taggers as a bonus.

On second thought maybe its better to arrest the vandals , transport them to Yosemite valley where we can then hand them over to the custody of Werner Braun.
Hahaha.
jack89

Trad climber
England
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 17, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
I did notice as soon as I posted it looked wrong. Oh well.

Thank you. I may well do so!
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Apr 17, 2013 - 04:32pm PT
Just don't call it Cali
brotherbbock

Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
Apr 17, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
Beat me to it Ward.

Yeah we take offense to that kinda talk down here.

Just kidding.

There are sh#t tons of places to go.....shit tons.

Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Apr 17, 2013 - 05:17pm PT
Naturally the correct response is 'somewhere else'

but v5 to 5.8 is a big jump.

suicide rock check mtn project for location.

GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Apr 17, 2013 - 05:53pm PT
V5-V6, 5.7-5.8



How heavy is your harness...?
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Apr 17, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
go to oxnard
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 17, 2013 - 06:16pm PT
Time for some name switches:

North California.....Northern Carolina

South California.....Southern Carolina

People in LA don't refer to themselves as southern....people in Columbia certainly do.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Apr 17, 2013 - 06:27pm PT
Stick with it, Jack89...you'll get some helpful responses soon. The ST crowd has to get stuff out of its system before providing specifics (like Ward's offer to go to JT).

Have fun!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 17, 2013 - 06:31pm PT
Go to JT or if too hot Tahquitz. I agree that V5/V6 and 5.7/5.8 don't line up. If those V numbers are accurate you should be climbing "at least" 5.11.
Have fun!
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Apr 17, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
Get yourself a copy of the Hunk Guide to Orange County

Randy Vogel's Hunk Guide to Orange County
Randy Vogel's Hunk Guide to Orange County
Credit: Jon Beck

Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 17, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
In May Tahquitz opens up. Suicide and Tahquitz would keep you busy. Be warned it's not really cragging, but more alpine.

Not far from Irvine, only a few hours drive, would be the Needles and the Domelands Wilderness. If you brought some camping gear, you could head out to Bart Dome. No lines there.

Five hours driving would get you to Alabama Hills.
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Apr 17, 2013 - 06:51pm PT
^^or The Valley.

Be prepared for blazing hot or kinda cold with possibility of snow or rain. But when it rains in CALI, it usually quits fast.

Isn't there some sort of urban climbing near Irvine? I never climbed in the LA basin, so not sure. But if it's hot there, Idyllwild ought to be perfect, and it's less than 2 hours. Google maps Irvine, CA to Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA for the route. Highly recommend Taqhitz and Suicide, which are right above the town. Beautiful alpine setting, and Taqhitz has some long routes. Sure miss climbing there, it's been over 20 years!

But if you have time, have never been and the weather looks dry, go to Yosemite!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Apr 17, 2013 - 06:55pm PT
hmmm I know some round ohhw say Nevada city/Marysville North that think there is most definitely a SOUTH california! MUWAAAHAHAHaaaaa!

to the OP, though, i hear good things about Taqhitz !
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 17, 2013 - 06:58pm PT
It will be too hot in JT for prime climbing, but doable.

If I were you, I'd look into the bouldering at Black Mtn and up the Tramway out of Palm Springs. Both should be in very good condition, as they are at decent elevation, and both are really good granite bouldering.

Your other best option is Tahquitz, where there are lots of long, moderate trad routes on perfect granite.

All depends on what you're after I suppose, but it sounds like you're more into bouldering.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 17, 2013 - 06:59pm PT
Yeah Ron, Tahquitz is super nice. High enough for some cool weather, a little uphill hiking to warm up and really fun climbs on great granite up to 6/7 pitches long.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Apr 17, 2013 - 07:13pm PT
Ive always wanted to hit that - what with the history of the place and all JD!
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Apr 17, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
Anybody ever boulder at Hart Park in Orange I think it was ?

Tiny holds epoxied under a freeway overpass ... Climbing was desperate in the OC
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 17, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
"Ive always wanted to hit that "

I say the same thing...about Alyssa Milano.

Oddly, even though it's close for me, I only get to Tahquitz/Suicide a couple times a year. Great climbing though. Hard to beat for the range the OP is seeking too.
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