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mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 10, 2013 - 09:52am PT
Last week it was super hot in Oakhurst over 100 degrees the whole week, so it's up to higher ground to find some releave, Amy and i checked out The Balls area, at 7500 feet and a cool little creek and a cold beer to chill at, way better :-), we waited for things to cool off before we looked around for a place to climb, when things cooled down we checked out the boulder garden slaps area, and right up hill from the start of the trailhead we found some short fun moderate newer climbs, great place to bring newbee climbers, fun slab climbing with lots of bolts, The Balls area is a mellow and beautiful place to hang out, happy climbing mike a.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2013 - 09:52am PT
Map of The Balls area.
Map of The Balls area.
Credit: mike a.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2013 - 09:53am PT
Mike Arechiga chillin at the creek with a beer!
Mike Arechiga chillin at the creek with a beer!
Credit: mike a.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2013 - 09:54am PT
Credit: mike a.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2013 - 09:54am PT
Credit: mike a.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2013 - 09:55am PT
Mike Arechiga on some fun climb at Boulder Garden Slabs area.
Mike Arechiga on some fun climb at Boulder Garden Slabs area.
Credit: mike a.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2013 - 09:56am PT
Amy Wilkins on some fun slab climb at Boulder Garden Slab area.
Amy Wilkins on some fun slab climb at Boulder Garden Slab area.
Credit: mike a.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jul 10, 2013 - 10:39am PT
Mike, I'm tempted to tell you not to let the secret out, but I haven't been alone there in years, so the secret was out long before you posted. I love this area. It's much cooler than the Valley or even Fresno Dome, has a distinct "high country" feel with colorful scenery and fun climbing.

Thanks for the posts.

John
Jonnnyyyzzz

Trad climber
San Diego,CA
Jul 11, 2013 - 02:54am PT
I love it!! This was the place I was introduced to climbing at age 11. 5 years later I climbed all over there while working for a outdoor adventure camp based out of Bass Lake. Returned again some years later climbed the Toad and camped at Jackass lake with a girlfriend. I love that area, many great memory's for me. Lots of rock to explore out there for sure. Sorry these are not great pics from some old slides. My first climbing trip
Golden Toad and me in 1982
Golden Toad and me in 1982
Credit: Jonnnyyyzzz
Getting ready to climb at the base base of the Golden Toad. Me at age ...
Getting ready to climb at the base base of the Golden Toad. Me at age 11
Credit: Jonnnyyyzzz
msiddens

Trad climber
Jul 11, 2013 - 10:17am PT
TFPU...gotta check this place out one day. PS- love your Picts....,,you are always waving at me;-)
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Jul 11, 2013 - 10:21am PT
Nice Mike!

Great oldschool shots, love the joe brown helmet!
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 11, 2013 - 10:49am PT
Looks fun . . . thanks for the post. Didn't R.R. climb there BITD?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
The Balls are a mountain range within the Sierra Nevada, in Madera County, California. They are "glacier-carved granite domes" and have been described as "looking like smooth scoops of butterscotch ice cream".--Wiki

Like the Needles are pistachio-flavored, right?

A wannago place, for sure!

Are you listening, T Hocking?

Our kinda spot, I bet, and close to Visalia.
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
Jul 11, 2013 - 08:43pm PT
Makayla, evening bouldering at the balls
Makayla, evening bouldering at the balls
Credit: mctwisted
sneville

climber
Jul 11, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
Mike,
Nice pics. Were you at LE on Saturday? I though I saw your truck

Sean
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
good evening, sure was, was that your hammock???
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jul 11, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
Coolness! Now on my list. Not far from my bro-in-law's in Clovis.

Eric
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Jul 12, 2013 - 10:52am PT
Discovered The Balls on a meandering trip guided by the Southern Yosemite guide (Spencer's?) Good times, didnt see another climber for the whole week, but it was two decades ago.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jul 12, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
I'll bump a climbing thread, looks like a neat place!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 14, 2013 - 05:01am PT
You won, I rack this time.
You won, I rack this time.
Credit: mouse from merced
crazy horse

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Jul 15, 2013 - 11:38am PT
there are other folks besides J who would like to keep the balls off the internet.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
hi all, come on how, like climbers are really going to go up there if i post stuff on the net, and how many times have you been there???, and if you do go alot, how many climbers have you seen there???, most climbers want to go to t-meadows and or the valley, not southern yosemite! i think it's a good thing to share all this beauty with others, that is one of the problems with southern yosemite, is no one wanted to share info, on fa's and stuff they put up, and the end result was and is people bolting over established routes, the same routes with multiple names, and a ton of california fa's, so i am sure the stuff i post no one really pay's much attention to it any way, so i think your secret climbing spot is safe from the masses, happy climbing mike a.
sneville

climber
Jul 15, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Matt,
Funny how the Balls did not make it in the new guidebook but lost eagle did. I agree with Matt, both places should be kept a secret especially lost eagle. That place can't handle high traffic.

Sean
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 15, 2013 - 01:37pm PT
Done a couple of routes on Nightwatch. Good stuff!

Hey Mike, I keep running into Mike Hernandez and Campagna at CRSP on the weekends. I thought Mike was you when we introduced each other.

Cheers!
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jul 15, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
the last refuge of as#@&%es eh blue?
yall would be ashamed if you had a decent bone in your body
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2013 - 01:43pm PT
hi, if crowds are boging you down at castle go to hernandaz's hide out, fun mellow spot, happy climbing mike a.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 15, 2013 - 01:47pm PT
Yeah, Mike, he mentioned it but I didn't bug him for details. Yet.

The parking lot was full at CRSP at 9AM last weekend! Unbelievable. We think it may have to do with the new Falcon guide.

mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
hi, i was there at 9am yesterday morning, and it was prety chillin until 1:30pm, but i was smoked by then and ready for a cool beer, the weather is going to by not bad for this time of the year, so i think i am going there tomorrow after work for a little boulder sesh, happy climbing mike a.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jul 15, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
If it bugs you guys that the Internet has discovered The Balls - I know a couple of locals over in Arnold Meadow who could blow a couple of bridges and close off the whole Upper Sierra Vista Loop to intruders.

bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 15, 2013 - 03:08pm PT
If it bugs you guys that the Internet has discovered The Balls - I know a couple of locals over in Arnold Meadow who could blow a couple of bridges and close off the whole Upper Sierra Vista Loop to intruders.

If this goes down, let me know!!! I wanna watch.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jul 15, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
How about I do this - I'll be going up to my cabin in the area in a few weeks and since I have Forest Service Winter Gate keys (perks of owning property in the woods) - I'll just lock the road gates behind me!

Then the Balls will be MINE...ALL MINE...HAHAHAHAHAA!
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jul 15, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
Mine All Mine HAHAHAHHA
You did not see this picture. You did not see this picture.
You did not see this picture. You did not see this picture.
Credit: Ricky D
This is not Charming Dawn. This is not Charming Dawn on The Balls. You...
This is not Charming Dawn. This is not Charming Dawn on The Balls. You remember nothing about this picture. You are asleep and dreaming.
Credit: Ricky D
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jul 15, 2013 - 04:46pm PT
Stay away from The Balls...people who look like this live in the area...

Wild Man of Arnold Meadow will eat your young.
Wild Man of Arnold Meadow will eat your young.
Credit: Ricky D
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Jul 15, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
You are my hero Ricky bobby.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 17, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
Topo to some fun little routes close to the road
Topo to some fun little routes close to the road
Credit: mike a.
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