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Footloose

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 9, 2013 - 05:35pm PT
For 9 Jan 2013...

Sunny Delight Southwest at Carson Valley Sentinel is a fine local experience if your aim is a quick workout in the sun, for example, on toprope solo. Under blue skies in the winter it is hard to beat as it angles under a full sun. Dinosaur Rock, in the winter, so sorry. :)

Approach to Carson Valley Sentinel, from Jacks Valley Road.  9 Jan 201...
Approach to Carson Valley Sentinel, from Jacks Valley Road. 9 Jan 2013.
Credit: Footloose

Overlooking Carson Valley from the base of Sunny Delight.  9 Jan 2013.
Overlooking Carson Valley from the base of Sunny Delight. 9 Jan 2013.
Credit: Footloose

A storm was supposed to move in today, so I thought I'd get a mid-morning lick in. Arrival: 0 mph wind. Departure two hours later: 60 mph wind! How cool, mighty wind experience. When it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger! :)
Sunny Delight Southwest. If you know where the secret holds are, 5.9. ...
Sunny Delight Southwest. If you know where the secret holds are, 5.9. Otherwise 5.10. Topropeable. 85 feet. Excellent for rope solo workouts in Winter. Several variations keep it fresh.
Credit: Footloose

Funny thing. Though Sunny Delight is 5.8 or 5.9, I bet it would challenge a few 5.10 climbers for the Onsight. :)


A pair of predators keeping sentinel.  Overlooking the Carson Valley.
A pair of predators keeping sentinel. Overlooking the Carson Valley.
Credit: Footloose

I had company today, a couple of ravens or something.
Company at Carson Valley sentinel.  One of two.
Company at Carson Valley sentinel. One of two.
Credit: Footloose


So if you're ever in Carson Valley in winter on a sunny day, it might be worth your while to check out the Sentinel. It's off Jacks Valley Road at the north end of the valley, just past the elementary school on the right.

Happy climbing!


Edit to add:
From earlier in the season...
Red is Sunny Delight.  Well protected. Yellow is 5.10d variation.
Red is Sunny Delight. Well protected. Yellow is 5.10d variation.
Credit: Footloose
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:01pm PT
hey there, say, footloose..thanks for the neat share...
pictures showed, too, :)
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:19pm PT
Dino rock about a year ago:


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How are you doing Footloose?

Edit: How is the approach to Sentinel? Can I make it?
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:22pm PT
Footloose,

wish I was there...for the wind, for the work-out, for the Golden Eagles.

pretty cool
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:26pm PT
Yes, Ron. It was my first 5.9 lead in my life! My daughter was more scared than me. lol

I made it to the top.

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It was cold!

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moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:42pm PT
Your paintings are still there, Ron!

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moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:49pm PT
...and I am sure that the white peace sign was an Indian artifact! lol
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
I am not sure, I just climb over graffiti. I don't think I follow any particular line. Feels like 5.9+ start. I like this particular wall because I can TR solo. It can be climbed as easy as 5.7 or as a solid 5.11, don't you think? Good workout.
john hansen

climber
Jan 9, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
Almost positive that, that one photo is of a Golden Eagle. It is not a turkey vulture, thats for sure.

Perhaps some kind of hawk , but me thinks eagle..

Edit: looked again, thats an eagle, good company indeed.
Friedo

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
Hey Footloose,
I live in Mottsville and have often looked up at the Sentinel on my way to Carson. I asked a friend (climbing partner who grew up in G-ville) about it and he said it's a choss pile and rattlesnake haven.

To me it looks like a winter work out haven! I'd like to check it out sometime. Care to show me around???

-Friedo
Friedo

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
Ron,
What's the deal with the access to D-Rock? I heard a while back there was a gate across the road???
The Wedge

Boulder climber
Santa Rosa & Bishop, CA
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
I may have to hit this place up one day in Feb.
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
what's up with the graffiti? somebody needs to clean that sh#t up!
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:23pm PT
Hey Kenny I can lend you a brush ;)
msiddens

Trad climber
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:38pm PT
Nice work Bill- glad to see you getting some!
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
Does PA Corner still have that piton? As I remember, it was not needed.

I guess I'll have to give Dino another go one of these days. Crags like that make a great hang for the locals. Too bad the yokels are tagging the rock.
Footloose

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
There's an easy 20 minute approach through easy terrain. (Did I mention easy?!)

I love to show n tell. When the weather's supposed to be gorgeous and any of you guys can make it up (or down), shoot me an email, we'll go.

Of course with a toprope setup, there are many variations you can do on this crag, easier or harder, making it exceptional for a workout. The OW crack heading off at 11 o'clock goes 5.7 or so.

It's pump-worthy and sun-worthy for sure, great local prep for Woodfords and beyond later!




Friedo, if you're in Mottsville, we'll have to meet up for Woodfords, etc, as well. I'm over here in Jacks Valley.
Footloose

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2013 - 04:42pm PT
Ron, good eye there. I haven't. It's waiting for you!

Actually I'll probably get around to it one of these days. Between the Jobs Peak project and the workouts in the sun, just haven't gotten around to it yet with an advanced (trusted) belayer.

Or maybe I'll just run a directional top rope to it. (There I could probably practice some "stacked butterflies" eh? - one of msidden's specialties, ha!)

In the picture above, there's another 5.10 crack (unmarked) on the face that's recessed to the left. See the crack there? It's pretty fun, too, for laps when you have a belay.
msiddens

Trad climber
Jan 10, 2013 - 06:22pm PT
witness the fitness!
Friedo

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe
Jan 10, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
Footloose,
I climbed at Woodfords a lot this summer. Had several days out there with KennyT. We should definitely meet up for a Sentinel sesh and get acquainted. You in Kenny???
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