Auburn Quarry - Reloaded!

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Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Mar 5, 2013 - 01:41am PT
I agree Chad, it isn't climbers job, but we currently have the most at stake and to lose in the quarry. You can base jump off of anything with height. You can set up a highline between trees or over a ravine.

You can only climb where cliffs exist, and around Sacramemto, these are few and far between especially in the winter. I think it is worth the ackwardness of proactive discussion to hopefully get these other user groups to do the right thing and contact the SRA.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Mar 17, 2013 - 08:05pm PT
Bill Price on the first assend of his new route, Remember 911. 5.10d, ...
Bill Price on the first assend of his new route, Remember 911. 5.10d, Twin Towers.
Credit: mike a.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Mar 17, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
Bill Price works his other new route, 5.11?, Twin Towers.
Bill Price works his other new route, 5.11?, Twin Towers.
Credit: mike a.
M Carville

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 24, 2013 - 10:49pm PT
Way to go Bill!
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Apr 8, 2013 - 11:59am PT
What's up with the name "Cave Valley" climbing area posted on the signs?

I've heard it called Auburn Quarry by all climbers. I've seen earlier references to Mountain Quarry.

Was Cave Valley a legitimate previous name, or did someone just pull it out of a hat?

I know there are mines there. Is/was there caves?
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Apr 8, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
It is probably in reference to:

http://www.hawvercave.org/

Take a look at the site, pretty cool stuff under the Quarry that should eventually be open for tours.
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Apr 8, 2013 - 12:16pm PT
I did a little research since posting. Cave Valley was the old name for the town of Cool.

The railroad going up to the quarry was Mountain Quarry Railroad, and the name of the company was Mountain Quarries Company.

That link was interesting Roughster, thanks. So there was a cave there before it was turned into a mine.

I also hope they do tours of the mine. I was checking it out yesterday and wanted to go in it.

So I wonder if before it was a quarry it was named Cave Valley (named for the cave below it). And then the town was named after it.
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Apr 8, 2013 - 04:14pm PT
I called ASRA and they are shooting for cave tours starting the 2nd week of September.
TheTye

Trad climber
Sacramento CA
Apr 9, 2013 - 09:29am PT
I've been all over in those old mining caves. before the gate was there it was blocked by a pile of boulders and someone dug out a very narrow and claustrophobic tunnel through them to sneak in. As a teenager I used to go in there with my friends, smoke a bunch of pot and wander around for hours.
It's way bigger in through the tunnel system than you think it would be. There are big side chambers off the main shaft.

I will have to pay attention to when they start tours. Would love to make a legal visit as an adult.
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:41am PT
I went in once through the top entrance and was absolutely terrified going down the rope. My wife and kids were "waiting" for a report from before they tried. After getting to the bottom and looking around, I went back up and said no way they should come in. Definitely would be cool to get back in there legally!

Auburn is such a cool little area given the river, the climbing, the cave, etc.. It's not world class, but I think the persistence of the few of us to get this place reopened has been well worth the years of effort.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:46am PT
It's not world class, but I think the persistence of the few of us to get this place reopened has been well worth the years of effort.

The climbing may not be world class but the effort to get the climbing back, certainly was!

Thanks Aaron.

DMT
TheTye

Trad climber
Sacramento CA
Apr 9, 2013 - 12:16pm PT
Yea. THanks alot for sure.

I'm appreciative every time I'm up there... and looking forward to putting in some weekend volunteer time crag-sitting when CRAGS eventually gets around to emailing me.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Apr 9, 2013 - 12:21pm PT
That place don't look any worse than American Fork. Anything steep?

Looks like a great addition to the area's climbing. Thanks for all the work!
Killer K

Boulder climber
Sacramento, CA
Apr 9, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
Any chance we can get some beta on the new routes at the twin towers? A r-l list would be awesome! Id like to check out remember 911!!
M Carville

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 13, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/twin-towers-/108002950
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Apr 13, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
I am delighted to see that ARA and the quarry is now open more so than in many past decades, like when Bruce Kranz ran a fraudulent and corrupt so called "recreation area" where every sign only said what you couldn't do.

Credit: TMJesse
Tripod? Swellguy? Halfwit? Smegma?

Trad climber
Wanker Stately Mansion, Placerville
Apr 17, 2013 - 03:42pm PT
Liking the new routes but we need some creative naming. Going with the Colosseum theme, might I recommend Biggus Dickus! I have others :)

Little Ceaser is great but I pulled off the clipping hold for the 3rd bolt but a decent hold remains(?. 1st clip is above a nasty bolder but seemed easy enough without a stickclip. Felt like 11b. Chariots on fire felt like 11c and Release the Lions felt like 11+.
Still, all of this could be because I'm old and weak?

Chad's new route (i'm told)on the very far left of the Wreckage Wall is great and perhaps my favorite on that wall 10b or c?

What is the ist pitch of B. Price's dihedral route rated?
I see a second pitch to Little Ceasar? what is that rated?

Thanks fro all the hard work. Most fun outing
Aidan
M Carville

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 17, 2013 - 09:41pm PT
Aidan,

We figured it might take a couple of ascents for the routes to clean up/grade confirmation. Stick clip was part of the plan for first clip on Caesars due to poor rock. Can boulder out too but a heads up landing as you mentioned. Second pitch is off Chariots .11+ or maybe 12- ( it felt kinda hard and tricky but fun climbing and great location). Not sure of grade on Bill's route (10+/11)??? I know he hurt his ankle and is on the mend/not climbing right now.

Hope that helps. BTW - emeralds/bowman perfect conditions.

Cheers, Mike
Tripod? Swellguy? Halfwit? Smegma?

Trad climber
Wanker Stately Mansion, Placerville
Apr 19, 2013 - 11:53am PT
Thanks Mike,
hope to be out there on Sunday. I would like to try Bill's corner route and the second pitch of Chariot's.
a
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Apr 19, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
Stick clip was part of the plan for first clip on Caesars due to poor rock.

Does this mean the rock was poor where you would have placed another bolt lower?

Should we try to get the word out that a stick clip is a good addition to the 'rack' for the quarry? I know there's a few other climbs with high first bolts over bad landings.
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