Idyllwild Appreciation thread


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Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Feb 27, 2009 - 02:21pm PT
more pics...

unknown climber 80s (isn't it obvious by those pink Grahams?)


Social climber
Between depths of despair & heights of folly
Feb 27, 2009 - 02:48pm PT
Had a few too many 40’s over the years and during a recent jaunt up Serpentine I was tripping the scales at 278 Lbs. Do I hold the record for the “Fattest” ascent? Guess I can't term that the FA cause that'd be confusing. Guess I'll stick with HPA for Heaviest Personal Ascent.
scuffy b

just below the San Andreas
Feb 27, 2009 - 02:51pm PT
Could we call these climbers "unidentified" rather than
"unknown" please?
With more pictures, of course.

Trad climber
Feb 27, 2009 - 03:24pm PT
Good times, good times!

Long Climb

Brother's friend Danny on his first climb, ever! White Maiden

Brother leading out
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Feb 27, 2009 - 03:32pm PT
My third day of climbing ever was an intermediate rock course that took me and some other dude up White Maiden and I've been hooked ever since. 1977 I think.

I love Idyllwild! Been a few years though. I just wish I could get out there more often, like even once or twice a year. I am so glad I earned my face climbing chops at Suicide because it's helped me everwhere I've ever climbed.

Trad climber
Feb 27, 2009 - 03:40pm PT
One of the best things about Idyllwild was that because it didn't have destination skiing, and it wasn't on a highway to other places, it didn't get built over in the '60s-'80s by ugly corporate resort condos. As last as the late 1980s-- before they uglified the downtown with that fort--it still really felt like a sort of mid-century California mountain town.

Tons of small, single-family cabins (plenty of them homemade), and real homey-feeling restaurants and bars.

Quality bouldering right in town. Trout fishing almost as close. View of Tahquitz from downtown. In a lot of places, even around town, you could almost imagine it was 1946 again.

One of my favorite places of all time.

Mountain climber
descanso, ca
Feb 27, 2009 - 03:46pm PT
And don't forget it's winter possibilities!

N. Face Tahquitz

Weeping Wall @ Suicide

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Feb 27, 2009 - 03:57pm PT
Hurrah for Idyllwild, I do miss it so.

Me (leading) and Chris Parker on the Flower, mid-80's

Trad climber
here to eternity
Feb 27, 2009 - 03:59pm PT
My favorite place to climb in SoCal. Really feels like you're in the mountains, and the climbing is awesome. Why don't I go there more often??????

Had some good times there.

Nice that the town has that "out of the way" feel.


Trad climber
here to eternity
Feb 27, 2009 - 04:03pm PT
Hey 40oz... you're a funny guy

Nice on the Fattest Ascent. At 278 lbs on a face climb, that's got to count for something!


Trad climber
Orange CA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2009 - 04:05pm PT
How do you size down photos?

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Feb 27, 2009 - 04:44pm PT
Gobi, when you download to the web service you're using, you can usually select the size you want to save it as. I usually save them as 800x600.

At least that's how I do it with ImageShack.

Cool thread too! I've never been there but know it's a sweet location with quality rock. One of these days...

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Feb 27, 2009 - 07:02pm PT
I plan to be back ropo soling Multipitch trad this spring.

Plans call for the Step and Superpooper.

Rock Exotica Soloist.


Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Feb 27, 2009 - 10:18pm PT
Hmm. Note to self: don't hang out under Step and Super Pooper this spring...

Anyway, I'll bump this with another insomnia pic, 1994...


Feb 27, 2009 - 10:26pm PT
Bump for pix of recent winter conditions (Valentine's Day) on Tahquitz
Vampire looks chilly!

Closer look at the Trough. Good training for the Eiger!

North face routes

Trad climber
San Diego CA
Feb 27, 2009 - 10:39pm PT
Copyright violation!!!

Mountain climber
Feb 28, 2009 - 12:53am PT
Those winter pics are great!
I first saw the rock on a drive through Idyllwild to get somewhere else. I returned the next weekend and climbed there dozens of times since. The best days were when there was snow covering the first pitch of the climbs around whodunnit.

I had a couple really good climbing partners at the time who would go up every weekend with me and do laps up and down the rock.

Nothing better than finishing your week with a couple thousand vertical feet of granite crack!


Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Feb 28, 2009 - 01:06am PT
what's cool is that all the Taquitz cracks look kewl! I haven't even done 'em yet....keep rolling the pics.

right here, right now
Feb 28, 2009 - 10:14am PT
Idyllwild does contain some of the most compact granite anywhere.
Super high quality in some cases similar to portions of El Capitan.

Galloping about on a Suicide Rock classic, Flower of High Rank, circa 1984:


Old Pueblo, AZ
Feb 28, 2009 - 11:10am PT

History, excellent rock, classic routes at all grades.

I ALMOST lost an Anasazi from the
"bologne slicer" belay on the Vampire.
That would not have been good.

Absolutely love Tahquitz.
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