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The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
May 18, 2013 - 01:24pm PT
Credit: The Warbler

Windansea on a real crappy day for surf, but you get the idea. All my surf shots are on film, this was taken by my wife - this is a block from my house.
weezy

climber
May 18, 2013 - 01:57pm PT
proximity to El Gran Trono Blanco might be worth mentioning if you want to get your big wall on.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
I've always been a cragging sort of guy, with big wall thoughts. Baja is one of those places I've never been to, but I want to spend time in.

Maybe it's predestined for me to move south and learn to climb aid in the beautiful desert.

I love the desert.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
May 18, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
the mexican food gets better the more south you go!
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
May 18, 2013 - 03:01pm PT
If you like desert, Baja is good as it gets. I'd be happy to spend 3 or 4 months of the year down there exploring. It's like turning back the clock 300 yrs when you get off the beaten track.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
May 18, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
i like santee quite a lot.
O.B was a surfers delight.
mexican food gets better the more south you go!!
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
May 18, 2013 - 03:05pm PT
What pyro said about Mexican food. It seems that wherever you go in CA or AZ, people seem to always say the best Mexican food is at the current location and south! Ha ha! But you get the idea.

My daughter went to UCSD and always enjoyed hanging in the SD area. Everyone seems to be a triathlete down there. Definitely a lot of outdoors active people one way or another.

Good luck in where you path next leads you!

Eric
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
the mexican food gets better the more south you go!

Jajaja...totally.

More climbing and surfing photos, please.

I have always had aspirations to climb on El Gran Trono Blanco. It's just that wild place in my mind.

Juan Maderita

Trad climber
"OBcean" San Diego, CA
May 18, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
Brandon,
If you move to San Diego, contact me for the beta on El Gran Trono Blanco. There is excellent cragging on the several hundred one and two pitch routes in the area. Mostly bolted friction routes on superb granite, with 10 to 40 minute approaches from the truck. 2.5 hrs. drive / 95 miles
Just in case you haven't seen this thread:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=498517

Splitter has some good info and advice in recommending the coastal areas.
I'm in Ocean Beach "OB" / Pt. Loma / Sunset Cliffs. Surfing and climbing on the same day is not unusual. Perfectly mild climate. OB is very dog friendly. Somewhat overpupulated - seems there are as many dogs as people.
The downside of coastal living is the high rent.
Juan Maderita

Trad climber
"OBcean" San Diego, CA
May 18, 2013 - 04:42pm PT
Brandon, you wanted some photos. Here are a few, where adventure can be found just a couple hours away.

One of the many domes at Canyon Tajo
One of the many domes at Canyon Tajo
Credit: Juan Maderita

"El Milenio" &#40;The Millennium&#41; 5.11b, 15 pitches
"El Milenio" (The Millennium) 5.11b, 15 pitches
Credit: Juan Maderita

Riding "Tajo" at basecamp.
Riding "Tajo" at basecamp.
Credit: Juan Maderita

An early &#40;1976&#41; ascent of the "Happy Hooker" a south face grade V
An early (1976) ascent of the "Happy Hooker" a south face grade V
Credit: Juan Maderita

Almost surfing on a climbing day. Fred Beckey at Sunset Cliffs.
Almost surfing on a climbing day. Fred Beckey at Sunset Cliffs.
Credit: Juan Maderita
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
May 18, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
It was a great place to grow up in the 60's & 70's, but my city is gone, replaced with something bigger, meaner, and faster. Not to mention more expensive, no more brand new homes for $27,000. Then again, that's probably true for most anywhere any of us grew up. I don't get the sense from your general posting that this is a gonna-settle-down-forever kind of move for you, and this country is full of far worse places to live for a couple years, so I doubt you'd regret checking it out.

You've got plenty of input, and there's lots of great micro-location info in previous posts. If you like cragging, there's nothing to complain about the climbing, and easy weekend access to lots more great stuff.

I've loved living in the Northwest, it suits me well, but that's not to say round about every February I don't get to thinking that a month in San Diego wouldn't be bad idea.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
May 18, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
It was a great place to grow up in the 60's & 70's, but my city is gone,

Generation after generation repeats that mantra, only to find the next generation reinventing the locale. Millions of people live here, it is what you make of it. Sure, it lacks that NorCal vibe, and Carlsbad does basically suck. Oceanside is right behind Carlsbad, it is still a little blue collar, but not for much longer. The coast has become gentrified. Within a few years I too will be chanting that my city is gone and I will be headed north and east. Meanwhile GET OFF MY LAWN!

All the fear about Mexico has cut tourism down to a trickle, not a bad thing. Baja without even climbing or surfing Baja a lifetime of adventure.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
May 18, 2013 - 07:39pm PT
just a bunch of retail, no soul,

ma this ain't a place to raise your kids, in fact, it is cold as hell,

i know one cool dude down there and his name is Ron Gomez.

he is like the best dude you could ever know,




splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
May 18, 2013 - 11:31pm PT
99% of my pics are either slides or prints also.

here is a pic of a pic...
Credit: splitter
inside north o.b. jetty & some dude paddling out..

edit: outside is an A-frame peak that follows the jetty, then connects with the inside sandbar. the outside peak is generally about 1/2 again or more bigger. the ride can be 100+ yards long. best to take off outside and on the far side of the peak (next to the jetty). this can be rather dicey/sketchy. don't wanna fall cuz yer gonna most likely sacrifice your board to the jetty, and perhaps yourself. i can recall on several occasions catching my skeg for an instant on one of the submerged jetty rocks dropping in on the bottom turn. most peeps take off on either the center or right side of the peak. but for maximum barrel/rush, deep on the far'side of the peak is the way to go, and then connect with the inside sandbar and pump it on down the line. it can get really fast.

Edit: 'o.b. dog beach' is the 200/300+ yards of beach next to the north o.b. jetty! a great place to bring yer dogs!!
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
May 20, 2013 - 04:58pm PT
Not to mention more expensive, no more brand new homes for $27,000. Then again, that's probably true for most anywhere any of us grew up.

Not all of us.

Neighborhood where i was born:

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/245-E-19th-Ave-Homestead-PA-15120/11294043_zpid/

These days, it's definitely a "get off my lawn!" kinda neighborhood.

Even though the average home in SD is costs ten times as much, I think I'm gonna stay here.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
May 20, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
five hours and you're at Whitney Portal.

Who are you kidding, man?
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
May 20, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
Just gotta time it right Gary.

The Valley floor is 7 hrs from my house, Bishop a bit over 6.

The key to driving through LA is to do it after 8:00 pm and before 5:00 am, Sundays even better. That makes all the difference.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 20, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
The key to driving through LA is to do it after 8:00 pm and before 5:00 am, Sundays even better. That makes all the difference.

The truth... you can haul ass, like 80 mph all the way.
darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
May 21, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
Yeah I didn't think 5 hours to Whitney Portal was unreasonable! And 6 hours to Bishop, for sure!! You can't be going 65 mph though ;-) and you can't stop to pee...
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 21, 2013 - 03:32pm PT
come on now, all the Mexican food doesn't necessarily get better the farther south you go in SD. Escondido, Ramona and Oceanside has some good joints too.
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