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bachar

Gym climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 11, 2009 - 12:27am PT
Just got back from Far North Climbing Gym in Arcata. Great people, chill vibe. Went to Moonstone boulders - amazing spot. I was shown a lot of climbing pics of the local areas and I couldn't believe the crags up there. I wanna' go back!

I was just curious to see what kind of photos people have of climbing up there. Marble Caves looks killer. That new DVD "Spray" looks cool too. Bouldering on the beach, how can you not like that?
AllezAllez510

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 11, 2009 - 01:09am PT
Did you check out Lost Rocks JB? It's uh-mazing.
T H

climber
O a k t o w n
Mar 11, 2009 - 01:14am PT

" I just sent the Northern California Bouldering book to the printer. it should be available in June " (from Chris's Twitter) Thanks for the update bachar . Where's YOUR pictures !
bachar

Gym climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 11, 2009 - 01:27am PT
If I had what you got I wouldn't want nobody to post either. Somehow I don't think the crowds are going to get there anyway...

It's a whole other "country" up there. I wuz blown...too cool.
drunkenmaster

Social climber
santa rosa
Mar 11, 2009 - 01:33am PT
check out some nor cal pics and vids on my website:

http://www.summitorplummet.com

tomorrow i will post some more on here..

cheers!
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Mar 11, 2009 - 01:38am PT
There's tons of stuff up there, mostly hidden in the trees and obscured by long drives to places no one goes.

For California, there's a lot of limestone up that way, plus the granite of the alps.

I've heard of some good volcanic climbing on west of I-5 in the eastern trinities that was supposedly good, but I've not been there.

Natural Bridge, good looking long climbs in the cave, good looking short climbs elsewhere, but cursed.

Cecilville, sweet spot by way the heck out there.

castle crags, probably a lifetime of rock. I've done two routes there. Yikes! Time to hit the road.

The word is out on the trinity aretes- how many people go there?
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Mar 11, 2009 - 01:44am PT
ill post some of Drunkenmasters photos for him:


"Salt Point Sunset" Sonoma Coast


Ryan Tolentino repeats "Drunken Butterfly" V3R with
Richie Esquibel (the problems first ascentionist) spotting.
The Playground - Salt Point - 1999/2000

Photos by Chris Summit
aa-lex

climber
Livermore
Mar 11, 2009 - 01:47am PT
Wow......now there's a place from my past that I barely remember!

I used to live in Arcata when I was "attending" school. All I really did was party....though I did follow some friends to all those places you had mentioned.

Used to go to Moonstone a lot, since it was so close to town. Got spanked on some Trinity Aretes limestone. And watched a friend disappear up on some hard ass looking Marble Caves route.

This was all before I climbed much, but it sure was a lot of fun. Then when I started climbing a little more seriously, I told myself I would go back. Hasn't happened yet, but hopefully one of these days.
drunkenmaster

Social climber
santa rosa
Mar 11, 2009 - 01:58am PT


Verm at Goat

i finally figured out how to paste a pic on the forum. derka der, im a little slow, like the turtle that won the race sucka. look out now - its on!

Maysho

climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 11, 2009 - 10:16am PT
Yeah John,

Very cool up there. I ran my "adventures in restoration" class in the area the week before your much anticipated arrival. Matt the owner let us all bivy in his great new gym for the night, he is a great friendly resource for any info on the area. Last year I hired him to tour guide my class and I to "Lost Rocks". This year I took the group to Patricks Point for some toproping.

Trinity Aretes is great, went there a few years back on July 4th. Looks like castles in the woods when you drive up on it. Not crowded, cool enough in the shade, and some stellar sport routes on limestone.

Glad you had a good time, I know the locals were really excited about your visit!

Peter
hashbro

Trad climber
Mental Physics........
Mar 11, 2009 - 12:10pm PT
As long as your going to Nor Cal why not come to Southern Oregon for some serious new route activity.

We've got several (relatively) unexplored "Smith Rocks" style crags scattered this way and that across the region.

Come and check it out.....
drunkenmaster

Social climber
santa rosa
Mar 11, 2009 - 01:18pm PT
heres a few more pics of my precious nor cal..


Angie - Pelican Arete V0R - Sunset Boulders, Goat Rock


Richie - V4 - Arch Rock, Salt Point


Marcos - Life After Death V2R - Salt Point


Richie - Slither V7 - (Secret)


Sean - Sorcerer V6 - (Secret)
drunkenmaster

Social climber
santa rosa
Mar 11, 2009 - 01:42pm PT
and a couple more..


Mother Nature V1R - Hillcrest Boulders, Vacaville


Savage Oracle V8 - (Secret)
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Mar 11, 2009 - 01:45pm PT
I thought only surfing had "secret spots" bump for nor-cal surf,cold,narly,and the landlord is a bitch, but a cool vibe and rock'n waves
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Mar 11, 2009 - 01:48pm PT
Hashbro,

Any more information on the area in So. Oregon?
EC Does It

Social climber
Sonoma/San Diego
Mar 11, 2009 - 02:24pm PT
Hey Drunken, who is that climbing the "Savage Oracle?" Looks like limestone, no?
drunkenmaster

Social climber
santa rosa
Mar 11, 2009 - 03:11pm PT
its me and it does look like limestone, climb like limestone and it probably tastes sort of like limestone but it is not limestone. it is proud nor cal volcanic! a little bit similar to mt st helena; pockets, piches and natural threads!!

the areas that are secret are secret because they are usually on priv prop. but some have other access issues and a few we just keep on the down low to annoy people.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Mar 11, 2009 - 03:49pm PT
I've climbed a couple of times (1974 and 1974) at Patrick's Point State Park. some fun stuff there. I had pix, see if I can dig them up someday.
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Mar 11, 2009 - 03:57pm PT
secret spots " on the down low to annoy people" I like your style!but then again I'm a as#@&%e surfer and two-stroke powder junkie,hehehehe
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Mar 11, 2009 - 04:16pm PT
way to figure out how to post pics, drunkenmaster... i mean Turtle.

now we gotta figure out how to make the bouldering pages better on this site.
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