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Mark K

Social climber
San Marcos, California
Mar 28, 2013 - 10:11am PT
A 30 m rope works great for pretty much everything on the hill.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Mar 28, 2013 - 10:17am PT


Something looks amiss here.... :)
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Mar 28, 2013 - 10:19am PT
like what?
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Mar 28, 2013 - 10:25am PT
btw, great footage of scuffy on maria's!
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Mar 28, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
GDavis, looks like the climber is on Baby Robbins but the background is nowhere near correct. Is it as simple as a flipped negative? Even so, I can't quite figure what the picture would be shot from, but I don't know the hill that well.
deepnet

Boulder climber
San Diego
Mar 28, 2013 - 04:13pm PT
GDavis Beautiful photo regardless!
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Mar 28, 2013 - 04:19pm PT
Haha yup that's me on Baby Robbins :3 took my friend whose a pro photog and he felt it looked better flipped :) lol.
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 31, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
edit: i heard it referred to as simply 'airplane crack' though, so it could be a different one. i think it might have been climbed/named just after the tragic TWA crash in North Park ('78) though!


Backside of Starving In Stereo, Airplane Crack, 5.10b

,

This one'll stop you in your tracks at the top.


PSA crash, (People Scattered All Over), Flight 182, Monday, September 25, 1978, I was (16) living in Clairemont, and in an Architecture class @ Madison High School (Mr. Furuji, teacher). I asked to be excused because my father was returning from San Francisco (Flight 182 origin) that same day. Fortunately, it wasn't his flight!
gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
Apr 3, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
Amen Gary, that woodson get together was a good time. Need you to come back and put on another one!

Theres a really obvious low angle 5.6 crack on a huge boulder thats behind and above the california night area, called airplane crash crack because a private plane crashed right at the base of the rock sometime in the late 70s. There used to be little pieces of debris from the crash scattered in the brush nearby. The crack is kind of a groove as i remember (and i dont remember too well these days), i think like #3-4 friends would work. Its a real secure 3rd class too. 50 feet of rope will lead anything on the hill, but youll need at least 80' to tr the tall stuff.
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Apr 8, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
This thread is sitting WAY too far back...


I just watched a video of my little boy styling the seam on the northeast end of Dogpile Rock at Santee on YouTube and got homesick...man I miss San Diego. I'll help anyone who wants to step forward and put another fun fest together next year, or just keep me in mind as a resource.
p-owed

Trad climber
Ramona ca
Apr 25, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
Anyone know where the hanger on sunday afternoon whent. Bolt and nut their hanger gone. Just one not two?
darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 1, 2013 - 03:19pm PT
Got out there on Saturday to give some friends a tour of the hill, and it was RIDICULOUSLY HOT! We hung out at the summit for a bit, did a few warm up problems, then started walking down. While we were hanging out at the top, my friend Steven went off by himself to check out the infamous Potato Chip rock. He came back with this photo:

Steven Wheeler mantels Potato Chip Rock.
Steven Wheeler mantels Potato Chip Rock.
Credit: darkmagus

There are a couple others, including him fully hanging from the thing. I'll have him send it to me and then post it here! Has anyone had any experience with this? Is there an established climb on that rock? Something called "Ride The Lightning" or no?

Anyway, we had a great day despite the heat. I took them to Big Horn and we bouldered a couple of the routes. We hit up Shawn's Knobs because it's in the shade (and it's one of my personal favorites):

Shawn's Knobs.
Shawn's Knobs.
Credit: darkmagus

Another stack of problems, some greasy mantels and some slabby faces, followed by some futile attempts on "I Would Die For You" (ughhh) and we were heading back down. I think we spent about 6 hours on the hill and we were all out of water and thrashed by the end of the day!
gonzo chemist

climber
Fort Collins, CO
Jul 1, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
darkmagus,

on those hot days, you gotta get inside The Big Grunt. Nice and cool in there.



edit: Airplane Crack was one of the first routes I ever climbed on Woodson.
darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 1, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
That's a good tip! We actually looked at it on the way by, but figured it would be all hot 'n greasy in there... damn!
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 1, 2013 - 08:14pm PT
Theres a really obvious low angle 5.6 crack on a huge boulder thats behind and above the california night area, called airplane crash crack because a private plane crashed right at the base of the rock sometime in the late 70s. There used to be little pieces of debris from the crash scattered in the brush nearby.

Ron, I remember (if my memory is serving me correctly) that the president of Beechcraft crashed on the south side of Woodson in the '70s. I started climbing there in '75. I remember finding all kinds of debris from the crash up there, including shoes. Kind of unsettling for a kid of 17 or 18 who hadn't yet seen much in the way of death.
gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
Jul 6, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
Yeah, i always got a creepy feeling walking around that area, you can feel death around you.

Havent looked at the woodson thread in months and there are only a handful of posts since then...so nothing is happening on the hill?
gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
Jul 6, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
Re: climbing at woodson when its hot. Woodson is climbable year round if you keep the following in mind:

 dont even start up the hill until 2pm or so in summer. The walk up will kill you when the sun is beating down in the morning. Also, a nice breeze kicks in every day around 1pm, which makes it much more pleasant.

 plan on climbing on the east side of the hill, where shade abounds.

 avoid climbs that are in the brush or are surrounded by trees. Some trees are good for shade, but too many stifle air circulation. Shade isnt nearly as cool when its in dead air.

 cracks are greasier and friction suffers in warm weather, so dont plan on doing any real hard face climbs. Its not impossible, but can be frustrating.

 early evening can be a really nice time to climb, even after a hot day, but remember that rattlesnakes come out when it cools down, so walk heavily and keep an eye to the ground when in the brush late in the day. Snakes blend into the ground cover very well, so watch your step. If you encounter one, just turn around and find another way around. If you startle or threaten a snake it may attack. Otherwise they want to get away from you as bad as you want to get away from them.

 Take plenty of water, but please account for your water bottles and pack them out. It always helps if you take any trash that you encounter out with you too.

 Your best bet is to go up late and stay low on the hill.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 28, 2013 - 08:58am PT
Bump for Woodson!
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Nov 11, 2013 - 10:53am PT
Super-Bump... The season is ON!!!

I've been out a handful of times and will be 1-3 times a week this winter! Have a lot of projects and things to explore, and am putting together little videos of the classics.

Hope to see ya out there!
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Nov 18, 2013 - 08:26am PT
temps look primo today...wish I was there...


Is that guys name really Steve Wheeler doing that mantle? For I went to school with a guy by the same name, and this is what he owns, and performs in today:



When I first read that above thread and zoomed in on him I thought it was Steve Belford of Poway!
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