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Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Mar 15, 2009 - 06:39pm PT
Nobody has mentioned Castle Crags. Isn't that in NorCal? I first climbed there in 1973 and I think it is a fun place to hang.

Tucson, AZ
Mar 16, 2009 - 01:11am PT
yeah, certainly it's in way norcal but it's far enough inland from the stuff Eric and Paul cover and what bachar checked out that it just doesn't get the same love.
Disaster Master

Sport climber
Arcata, CA
Mar 20, 2009 - 05:13pm PT
Paul Humphrey here.

The climbing of far northern CA is so very, very nice.

As to the Falcon guide:
I am the person responsible for it getting pulled from publication. It was full of errors, traced maps from Eric Chemello's originals, loosly vieled text of mine, along with other elements of blatant disrespect.

I went to the Outdoor Retail Tradeshow in Salt Lake (in a wheelchair) and confronted the publisher. I threatened to go to the industry press if the book was not pulled that day. After a bit of heated debate, complete with a threat to sue, they yanked it.

Moral: don't piss Paul and Eric off!

Hey, to all the scattered Humboldt climbers, How the hell are y'all, and where the hell are you?

drop me a line at


flying monkey

Trad climber
mount shasta, california
Apr 13, 2009 - 08:38pm PT
Castle Crags, is one of California's last great frontiers and it's RAD! Check out my site for some beta on what's going on there. It doesn't end there, as someone else mentioned there is a ton of limestone which is being developed in the area. Great bouldering and sport climbing on Mt Shasta is ripe for the picking. also numerous Basalt plugs only minutes from town and South facing walls at Castle Crags keep us climbing all year round.
I moved up here for the climbing and so far the only thing that disappoints me is the lack of climbers.
Hope to see you all up here this season.

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Apr 13, 2009 - 08:44pm PT
thx flying monkey. I may head that way.

Gym climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 13, 2009 - 10:11pm PT
Marble Caves?

Come on, no one is going up there. It's like a whole other country. Plus Bigfoot is all up in that shiz and will scare the sheeple away....

Trad climber
Santa Rosa, CA
Apr 14, 2009 - 02:59am PT
Any of you guys ever look at the cliffs around Buckingham Golf and Country Club? Looks like you could traverse over from the homes up top and get into some nice 300' cliffs?
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Apr 30, 2009 - 10:20pm PT
just came out with the nor cal bouldering guide by Chris Summit

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Apr 30, 2009 - 10:57pm PT
some day I'm gonna hit those Castle Crags...the look sweet and worthy of at least a few days of work.

very under-rated and unknown.

Trad climber
Reno, NV
Jul 7, 2014 - 11:17am PT
Bump for Norcal limestone! I wish there was more accessible info about the climbing in the Hayfork/Forest Glen area. I need to get a copy of the Bigfoot Climbing book.

I've only climbed at Natural Bridge, what a beautiful place!
the main cave
the main cave
Credit: Laine
Plenty of not so overhung routes
Plenty of not so overhung routes
Credit: Laine

Quite a bit more limestone around that area worth exploring plus nice swimming holes and fishing.
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