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eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 1, 2007 - 08:30am PT
Managed to get a half day of bouldering in on my Christmas trip to San Diego. It's my old stomping grounds, but I hadn't been there for ten years. It's only bouldering, but Woodson is pretty unique. All photo credits to my girlfriend, Elizabeth Benjamin.

My first climb ever - Sickle Crack (5.9).




The classic Robbins Hand Jam (5.10).



The somewhat less classic, Baby Robbins (5.9).


A Rick Piggot classic, Jaws (5.10+).



Test Tube - (actually, it's the Crucuble, 5.10).




A little offwidth action, Cricket's Chimney, aka Greg's Crack (5.11+).



The most beautiful photographer.




mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jan 1, 2007 - 08:44am PT
Nice, Greg! Thanks for that posting.
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Jan 1, 2007 - 08:50am PT
So that's where you are. Nice pics, Greg. And nice to see your photographer again.
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2007 - 09:12am PT
Test Tube is located near the very top of Woodson. This climb, The Crucible, is right next to it.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jan 1, 2007 - 09:41am PT
Nice! I want to get back there. I was beginning to worry till you got greg's/cricket in there.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 1, 2007 - 09:41am PT
definitely on my list of places to go, especially when visiting my SoCal located family...
thanks for the very nice TR!
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2007 - 10:14am PT
I gotta tell you Jaybro, I was glad I could still do that thing. After my less-than-stellar performance on Air Voyage in 2005, I didn't know whether I had offwidth mojo anymore.

Put my hands in Mother Superior. To me, that thing is so much harder than Greg's Crack.
WBraun

climber
Jan 1, 2007 - 10:50am PT
Awesome looking climbs. Is that a cell phone tower in the background on a couple of those photos?
matisse

climber
Jan 1, 2007 - 10:52am PT
GREAT pics, thanks. I love Woodson.
As an aside you've reversed test tube and crucible.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Louis
Jan 1, 2007 - 10:56am PT
Thanks for the photos and commentary. Always happy to read these posts.

And, welcome back Matisse - you've been missed.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jan 1, 2007 - 11:13am PT
Discouraging words, eeyonk, I'm counting on you to do the first over 50 ascent of Lucille (Unless Bob's holding out on us). I think you mentioned something on another thread about getting into pullups today, me to!
As soon as I get a new battery in my car, I'm off to Indian Rock, Another historic urban ca climbing spot, if of somewhat lesser stature than Woodson. There's a 5.0 chimney that's about my speed, today.
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2007 - 11:20am PT
Werner, the very top of Woodson is full of telecomm equipment. I noticed a bunch more have gone up since I was last there.

Lucille is on my list for this year. So is Stratosfear (anyone interested, Kevin?). I'm gonna start getting in shape for them...er...a little later on today.
K. Fosburg

Sport climber
park city, ut
Jan 1, 2007 - 04:08pm PT
Way cool photos. It's amazing how Woodson is such a study in difficult crack sizes. Almost seems to speak to an intelligent design...E-mail me if I am the Kevin you mean regarding the BBBBlack.
ground_up

Trad climber
mt. hood /baja
Jan 1, 2007 - 07:00pm PT
Greg,
Thanks for a great TR !... nice to see a Woodson pioneer still crankin'.

S.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 1, 2007 - 10:31pm PT
Fantastic crack climbing shots! Got to check the place out sometime soon. Looks like perfect highballing out there!
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 2, 2007 - 06:36am PT
Hey, I did mix up Test Tube and the Crucible. I'm not good with names.
Ghoulwe

Trad climber
Spokane, WA
Jan 2, 2007 - 08:08am PT
Test Tube left, Crucible right.

Eric
goatboy smellz

climber
boulder county
Jan 2, 2007 - 10:39am PT
PIMP!!!

How dare you tease us when you know the south Platte is snowed in;)

Now how am I gonna purge this lust for climbing sweet granite cracks today?

ACK!
darshahlu

Trad climber
Irvine, CA
Jan 2, 2007 - 11:28am PT
Thank you for sharing those great photos. I have never been to Mt. Woodson and as a crack climber, that place looks to have some sweet splitters!

I should check it out... how do you get there from OC? Are there any free online topos/guidebooks of the area?

Thanks,
Darshan
matisse

climber
Jan 2, 2007 - 11:32am PT
Hey, I did mix up Test Tube and the Crucible. I'm not good with names

no worries, I hesitated to even say and detract from your nice TR. Pretty brave getting on Crucible half nekkid and all. I had chews on my shoulder for days after getting on it, and I had a rope.
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