Trip Report
Exploring Kirkwood Lake
Wednesday July 31, 2013 1:27pm
Went to take the girls clamping last week at the potholes and old camp bluff. unfortunately, they want more to camp at the potholes than a hotel room here in south lake taco so we opted for kirkwood lake instead. i went there with a girlfriend last year, but we never found any bolts and she was against using any natural anchors so we never climbed. this year i had more time to explore and search for climbs. plus now i have gear and a year of experience under my belt so we were not denied. the first day we set up camp, went for a swim and then i left the girls at the lake to go look for a climb. i found a wall with some bolts that looked like it would get evening sun so i went and gathered them up and got our gear. it's small wall with only a couple climbs, one easy and one not so much
jasmyn on the easier route of the sunset wall
jasmyn on the easier route of the sunset wall
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we called it the sunset wall
skylyn on the wall at sunset
skylyn on the wall at sunset
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the not so easy climb (looker's left) is missing a hanger on the first bolt
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while we were out looking for climbs the next morning the old guy from the camp site across the road put this on our picnic table. jasmyn and skylyn were asleep before 11, but the kids behind us were up talking until past 12. even so, all they were doing was talking and occasionally laughing from inside their tent. glad to have the guy gone.
loudmouth brats? good thing you didn't have the balls to say anything ...
loudmouth brats? good thing you didn't have the balls to say anything in person
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some of the climbs we found
skylyn on 'cracks begin to show'
skylyn on 'cracks begin to show'
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me approaching the crux on 'cracks begin to show'.
me approaching the crux on 'cracks begin to show'.
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jasmyn laying it back on prowed arete
jasmyn laying it back on prowed arete
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skylyn slabbing it up
skylyn slabbing it up
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lots more pictures and words here - http://www.powdork.com/2013/back-at-it-clamping-at-kirkwood-lake/

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i'm gumby dammit is a sport climber from da ow.

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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Jul 31, 2013 - 01:43pm PT
Im Dingus damnit and I approve of this trip report.


Lotta great memories there.





Some tough times reconciled in my church too





:-)



DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Jul 31, 2013 - 02:12pm PT
Dammit, U Gumby! You have too much fun, looks like.

I like dogs at the crag and who doesn't like loudmouth brats besides that unhappy camper?

I like this TR (read the "here" link, folks).
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jul 31, 2013 - 02:29pm PT
Looks like a great time gumby!!!!!
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
  Jul 31, 2013 - 02:33pm PT
That note is hilarious. Loud mouthed brats LOL! I wonder if those people realize notes like that just make you laugh at them not shame you into silence.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Jul 31, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
when i first visited there in 1977 we found bolts and fixed pins on quite a few of those crags. Its the the magical mini wonderland.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Jul 31, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
Fun TR! What a cranky neighbor! Good riddance!

Susan
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Author's Reply  Jul 31, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
when i first visited there in 1977 we found bolts and fixed pins on quite a few of those crags. Its the the magical mini wonderland.
guessing they were the same bolts. not completely confidence inspiring in several cases
10b4me

climber
  Jul 31, 2013 - 02:58pm PT
looks like fun.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Jul 31, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
I only put in 1 bolt and 2 pins.. Yes it was a 1/4 inch leeper which we top roped off of. I imagine they look "aged" by now!
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Author's Reply  Jul 31, 2013 - 03:20pm PT
the south facing area west of the lake has newer bolts and at least 4 sets of good anchors.
the stuff on the other side of caples creek looks inviting
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Jul 31, 2013 - 03:24pm PT
this area has always remained the un named,, the hidden and the cornfused!;-) I know of several guys that did some very hard lines there, and i dont think one was ever named.. Its an "odd" lil area that way. Besides,, its ALL Choss eh! Somewhere in the jumble- to the western end ,, i did a finger crack where i pummeled a 1/2 angle into it for some ringing courage. 78' im thinkin,, it was really hard!
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