One of the Five Worst Crags


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Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
May 3, 2012 - 11:23pm PT
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Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
May 3, 2012 - 11:26pm PT
Red Wing, about an hour south of Minneapolis, is pretty crappy: an old quarry that is attracts broken glass, graffiti, chain smokers, teenagers, dogs, white trash, literal trash

crappy, suspect rock that's ready to blow, plus crappy, suspect anchors that I wouldn't hang a pinata from

Oakland, CA
May 4, 2012 - 01:14am PT
I think the idea behind the selection of the areas was that it be somewhat popular. The climbs in Cheyenne Canyon in Colorado Springs are really awful compared to say, the Sport Park in Boulder Canyon, but the crags are so obscure that no one really cares.

I liked those Cheyenne Canyon routes. Crack Parallel is a good route, cool walk off, nice summit if you scramble for it. Peaceful up there.

Echo Cliffs outside of Malibu gets a lot of grief as being one of the worst crags in the country. I've always enjoyed it.

Mt Diablo is a crag that I have never enjoyed.

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
May 4, 2012 - 01:48am PT
Pine Creek Canyon on the other side of Diablo is about the only SF crag, besides Indian/Mortar, that I've been to more than once. It's kind of cool.
Riley Wyna

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A crack near you
May 8, 2012 - 04:18pm PT
Randy- I would love to get a look at that Hunk cool

Be a kind of cool road trip to check out all the worst crags in America..LOL

I didn't hate The Quarry or anything.
It was windy - and we had sh#t tons of little rocks blowing off the top into our heads.
But I could still only dream to have something like that in my backyard in Texas.
Awesome place to practice aid!
I just found it to be a heads up deal for the first while, on the sharp end, until I got a feel for the friction and what was loose.
Sort of like Canadian Rockies climbing.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 8, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
Ok, I'll say it.

Malibu Creek State Park is kind of a pile. I was a local for quite a few years and used to love it dearly, but that baby is ugly.

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
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