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Footloose

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 9, 2013 - 02:35pm 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 - 04:01pm PT
hey there, say, footloose..thanks for the neat share...
pictures showed, too, :)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:06pm PT
Nice Foot! Yes, that is the winter side of clear creek lol! Of course you get eiger practice in on the other side now, and no one around..
COOL "buzzards" though!
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:19pm 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?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
Nice Moose,, "color me gone" a stellar 5.9 on dino!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:22pm 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 - 04:26pm 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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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:31pm PT
how cool is that eh- it was one of our favorites there. has everything, crack, face pro and bolts. The fisrt three bolts on color me gone showed up sometime after the original ascent and were 1/4 inchers which then were replaced by someone else with the 3/8 gear.

The top bolts are where the left seam joins color me gone for the top bucket fest.

Its a good lead for your first 5.9 cus it is a 5.9..;-)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
Moose, would you believe there was a dirt ledge complete with sage brush behind you in the pic at the base! NONE of that rock was hardly exposed when we were doing the fas there. that is all from climber traffic wearing it to the naked rock..
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:42pm PT
Your paintings are still there, Ron!

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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
heaven help me catchin the artists.. The ONLY graffiti on it for decades was the original white peace sign at the start of deadmans rappel. That was cool,, the other crap KNOTT! ;-)
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
...and I am sure that the white peace sign was an Indian artifact! lol
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:50pm PT
no,, but it was a relic of the 60s im sure ! It wasnt obnoxious like the scribble for some reason..
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:55pm PT
Question Moose,, what do you think the first two moves are on deadmans rap are?
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 9, 2013 - 05:16pm 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.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 9, 2013 - 05:18pm PT
yes lots of variations exist..but following the bolts is a consensus 5.7, yet the start is obviously harder.. Always did wonder about that.
john hansen

climber
Jan 9, 2013 - 06:14pm 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.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 10, 2013 - 08:16am PT
i do believe in Foots case that was a slightly sarcastic remark about the buzzards,, as was the case with me..;-)
Friedo

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