Trip Report
Malibu Creek climbing and swim
Sunday July 6, 2014 4:21pm
Just sitting here in a traffic jam on the PCH between Malibu and Santa Monica, good time as any to post up a report.

Got a late start this morning, deciding between Angeles Crest or Echo Cliffs, and ended up going with Malibu Creek. Turned out to be a great choice.

Hit a little congestion on the way in:
Morning rush-hour traffic at Malibu Creek
Morning rush-hour traffic at Malibu Creek
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We skipped past the very busy initial crags after the traverse by the rock pool.

Then we had a nice walk and scramble through a horseshoe-shaped gorge:
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Ghetto Wall at Malibu Creek
Ghetto Wall at Malibu Creek
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Riparian forest was a pleasant respite from the building heat of the d...
Riparian forest was a pleasant respite from the building heat of the day
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Reaching the lower part of Century Lake Dam
Reaching the lower part of Century Lake Dam
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We settled on Power Wall, a cliff with a few 5.9s and a few 5.10b climbs. We were on a time budget and spent most of it on a later start and taking the scenic route to get to the cliff. No pics of the climbing, but after years in Yosemite it is wild how overhanging a 5.10b can be. Best thing is the wall was all in the shade for climber and belayer, next to a little pool with the sound of water burbling in. No pics of the climbing itself :(

On the way out, we completed the loop by a spicy scramble out right to get above the dam, and then a few fence bypasses and suddenly we're next to the wonderful Century Lake. I couldn't help myself, even though we were on a time budget to get out and get wifey back to the lab, I still stripped down to my undies and went for a quick swim. There were some kids and families around so I had to be somewhat mindful of appearances. This was especially true on the walk out where a few groups e passed were smirking a bit. Wifey brought to my attention the "left right left right" shifting bulge through my wet boxers as I took each step. It was too refreshing to put my jeans on. But then I became more conscious of the situation with each family we passed, what a spectacle I must have presented to the clean cut families, me in my flip flops and wet boxers and wet shaggy mountain man head with a big backpack. But still, hot dusty jeans after feeling so wonderfully refreshed? Hard to fathom. Luckily, she came up with a good compromise: t-shirt folded in half in front of the rhythmic section, held in place by the waistbelt of my backpack. Perfect. No more rhythm, and still cool.

So that's it folks, a morning out in a scenic little gorge, and some honest to goodness sport climbing.

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NutAgain! is a trad climber from South Pasadena, CA.

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NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Author's Reply  Jul 6, 2014 - 04:26pm PT
Key beta: best to drive out north side of mountains rather than Malibu/PcH/Santa Monica 2 hour traffic nightmare.
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
  Jul 6, 2014 - 04:29pm PT
cheers to your package in the faces of the little ones strolling by!
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Author's Reply  Jul 6, 2014 - 04:36pm PT
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Proper adventure with blood and everything!
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
  Jul 6, 2014 - 09:43pm PT
why did u go swimming in the rich mans sewage?
i wouldnt go near that century lake water!
power wall is fun! same with the swampthing..
MisterE

climber
  Jul 6, 2014 - 09:55pm PT
Nutty and fun!

Closed waterways bad, open waterways good!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Jul 6, 2014 - 10:19pm PT
wet shaggy mountain man head with a big backpack

he said, euphemistically.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
  Jul 6, 2014 - 10:23pm PT
Haha awesome TR and congrats on having a wang big enough to scare small children and offend passers by.
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Author's Reply  Jul 6, 2014 - 11:15pm PT
It's not the meat, it's the motion.
MisterE

climber
  Jul 6, 2014 - 11:51pm PT
The euphemisms abound, apparently!
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
  Jul 7, 2014 - 09:43am PT
You got into the water????????

You are one bold man.

I salute you.
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
  Jul 7, 2014 - 01:55pm PT
Nutagain - I have always liked your trip reports, they're always fun & informative. As a local I gotta say if you went swimming in that Malibu Creek water and went in past your ears, you may get a nice ear infection. The water there is not to be considered safe for swimming as the bacteria count is off the charts.

Glad you enjoyed the steepness of the Water & Power wall, those routes were fun to establish & deservedly receive a ton of traffic. Just avoid the full immersion swim fests in the future.
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
  Jul 7, 2014 - 01:59pm PT
lol!

What a great adventure. Like your style, man!

Moose
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Author's Reply  Jul 7, 2014 - 03:44pm PT
Dude... maybe it's time to burn my bed sheets. You guys got me a bit worried. I fully submerged, swam around extensively, scrubbed my face whilst under, and I still haven't taken a shower since then. That was my shower. At least I didn't drink it or gargle with it. I did feel pretty sticky and dirty going to bed last night....

I will DEFINITELY take a shower today.

Come to think of it, I'm still wearing the same ancient underwear with broken waist elastic.

Edit: here is the dam pic, but pics of me going for it are on wifey's camera somewhere.

Credit: NutAgain!
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
  Jul 7, 2014 - 04:44pm PT
You swam in that water?!?!?


Bold lead my friend... 5.12RX on the bacteria scale.

... But thanks for the read.;)
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
  Jul 7, 2014 - 04:50pm PT
I watched a dog drink from that water and then vomit his entrails, and his balls also caught on fire!!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
  Jul 7, 2014 - 04:58pm PT
Dude...Beardbro....
Polio pond is a nogo!
Silkwood shower... stat!!!
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
  Jul 7, 2014 - 06:27pm PT
I've been told that swabbing one's ears with a sterile Q-tip, doused in hydrogen peroxide will do a good job of killing most bacteria in the outer ear canal.

But I'm no Doctor, FWIW.

Here's something I got off the internet regarding Hydrogen Peroxide.

Benefits and Cautions of Hydrogen Peroxide for Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be a wonderful addition to your first aid kit or medicine cabinet. Just as there are a many great benefits, there are also a few precautions. We'll start with the good things that hydrogen peroxide can do.

The Benefits
1.Remove Wax. Wax builds up in your ear over time. Though this is normal, it can sometimes become bothersome if the wax builds up enough that it obstructs your hearing or feels uncomfortable. Hydrogen peroxide can soften the wax and aid in removing it.
2.Treat Ear Infection. Hydrogen peroxide is excellent at killing bacteria, and so it can often help treat an infection in your ear. This is especially good for small scrapes or cuts inside the ear.
3.Prevent Colds and Flu. Some believe that putting small amounts of hydrogen peroxide in your ears can help you prevent colds or make them less severe. This might allow the hydrogen peroxide to enter your nasal area, thus killing bacteria there.
4.Heal Pierced Ears. Pierced ears are prone to infection until they heal. The antibacterial action of hydrogen peroxide means you can have pierced ears without worry about infections.

The Cautions

There are a few things to keep in mind about hydrogen peroxide use. If you have severe ear pain, a discharge of fluid from your ear or notice that your hearing isn't as good as it should be, don't use hydrogen peroxide - consult a doctor instead. This could be a case of severe ear blockage, and that means you could need more intense medical treatment. If you have very sensitive skin, it isn't a good idea to use hydrogen peroxide to remove ear wax. When you do use it, make sure the solution is a diluted, three percent concentration at the most.

Hydrogen Peroxide for Earwax Removal

Earwax can be easily removed with the help of hydrogen peroxide. Here's how:
1.Things you will need: almond or olive oil, diluted hydrogen peroxide, cotton balls, bulb aspirator, eye dropper and a towel.
2.Procedures: •Tilt your head so your affected ear is pointing upward.
•Place a towel on your shoulder to absorb any spilled liquid.
•Add two or three drops of oil to the ear with the eye dropper.
•Wait for a few moments, then apply two or three drops of hydrogen peroxide to the ear.
•Wait until the bubbling stops.
•Turn your head so that the ear you treated is now facing down toward the sink.
•Fill the bulb aspirator with warm water and hold it at a 45-degree angle to your ear. Squirt the warm water gently into your ear.


This will flush out the earwax. Use the towel to dry your ear.

Hydrogen Peroxide for Ear Infection Treatment

If you have an infection in your outer ear, hydrogen peroxide can help.
1.Things you will need: hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, eye dropper, cotton balls, bulb aspirator, warm water and a towel.
2.Procedures: •Tilt your head so that your ear is facing the ceiling. Using an eye dropper, apply two or three drops of hydrogen peroxide to the ear.
•Wait while the bubbling or foam happens, which would take 10 to 15 minutes.
•Tilt your head to the other side and let the solution pour out.
•Every few days, use the bulb aspirator to flush out any earwax that has accumulated.
•Dip a cotton ball into rubbing alcohol and squeeze a bit into the ear, then let it drain out.


Hydrogen Peroxide for Colds and Flu Prevention

Hydrogen peroxide has been known to help lessen or eliminate colds. Here's how:
1.Things you will need: Eyedropper, towel, 3% hydrogen peroxide, Q-Tips
2.Procedures: •Lie down on the bed or floor. Put the towel underneath you to catch any drips.
•Using the eyedropper, apply about ¼ of the eyedropper full of hydrogen peroxide to your ear.
•Lie still and let the bubbling subside. This could take several minutes.
•Use Q-Tips to clean your ear.
•Repeat with the other ear. Do this up to three times daily.


Hydrogen Peroxide for Pierced Ear Healing

If you recently got your ears pierced, this can help keep them clean and free of infection:
1.Things you will need: hydrogen peroxide, clean cotton swabs
2.Procedures: •Wash your hands with soap to keep them clean.
•Dip the clean cotton swab into the hydrogen peroxide.
•Swirl it around the pierced hole, being sure to touch all areas.
•Let it dry on its own.
•Do this three times per day until the ear is healed.


Remember, if you experience significant pain, fluid flowing from the ear or any problems with your hearing, don't use these home remedies. Instead, speak with a doctor about what the problem might be and how you can solve it.
MisterE

climber
  Jul 7, 2014 - 06:21pm PT
The poison oak can add an extra element to the whole adventure, as well.

We were thinking about setting up "Itchy-cam 2014" above the branch sticking out onto the trail just before the traverse.

These are the good times you will remember long after the sores and various infections and bacterial disruptions are gone...
Larry Nelson

Social climber
  Jul 7, 2014 - 06:31pm PT
Good TR, but my body's itching and puckering just reading the comments about the swim.
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
  Jul 7, 2014 - 06:48pm PT
There are also leeches and that tiny barbed fish that swims up your urethra
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Author's Reply  Jul 7, 2014 - 07:44pm PT
Barbed fish on my urethra!!! I coulda sworn a crayfish was attacking my exit hole, which triggered my post haste exit from the lake. Maybe I just unluckily aligned myself with a submerged stick, but the fluid was too opaque to tell. Fluid = lake water, not any discharge from me.


Darnit, I was seriously planning to bring the kids back there for a swim. Now I might need to collect lake samples and grow cultures to see what there is first. Should I swab myself before I bathe? The smell-check says I'm pretty rank (head involuntarily recoils upon armpit check), but can't clearly attribute that to a hypothetical C-Lake bacterial bloom. I'm not brave enough for a taste test. Anyways, taste is like 70% smell isn't it?

Edit/Update: I'm about to bathe, but I've made it 24+ hours with no itching or serious rashes/swelling or fever. I did have several open wounds that do not appear worse for the wear. I think the lake might be safe now.
MisterE

climber
  Jul 7, 2014 - 07:50pm PT
LMAO! It must be the clean living...
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
  Jul 7, 2014 - 08:24pm PT
seriously though, how many Americans for how many centuries have been swimming in ditches and irrigation canals and farm ponds that are about half water and half liquified cattle feces????

disregard all these Nanny State naysayers and take all your kids back there for a nice day long swim!
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
  Jul 7, 2014 - 08:57pm PT
I watched a dog drink from that water and then vomit his entrails, and his balls also caught on fire!!

If that 1-2 combo befell Nut (entrails, ballfire) it wouldn't be the first time. Maybe the first time of 2014 but I'm not even confident about that. He once led all of Snake Dike with one testicle smoldering.

One lake of primo Santa Monica Mountain sewage can't slow NutAgain down. Maybe a brief bout of hiccups.

I once saw a dung beetle roll of ball of dung (~4mm) out of his beard somewhere on the east face of Lower Bro.

The man has a breathtaking suite of strengths, immunities, and tolerances.

Who knows how he built it all up... some say during extended fugue states (rumor is months of walking blackout) south of the border during his early 20's.

Additionally, he has never confirmed nor denied rumors of anti-corporate, subequatorial, jungle-based mercenary contracts he is purported to have fulfilled in the period between 1999 and 2002, that I am aware of.

Now imagine some suburban sewage getting to him?!


pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
  Jul 7, 2014 - 08:55pm PT
has anybody had any problems with the rangers?

last few weeks rangers have had a "hard- on" for backpacks!

nice tr nutagain!
Larry Nelson

Social climber
  Jul 7, 2014 - 10:35pm PT
Didn't George Carlin talk about swimming in the East River as a kid? He said they never got sick because they were steeped in s#!t.
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
  Jul 8, 2014 - 05:28pm PT
Wonderful trip report and entertaining comments. I had wondered what he was up to during 1999 - 2002.
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Author's Reply  Jul 14, 2014 - 11:06am PT
Hahah, googling for more details about bacteria in Century Lake and came up with this thread! I even tried calling the park number, can't reach a human. Going to have to increase my sample size for human testing.

Levi, I didn't say it before, but thanks for the effort setting up the routes at Power Wall. They are fun!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
  Jul 14, 2014 - 04:25pm PT
Hey, thanks for the t-shirt tip!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Jul 14, 2014 - 04:47pm PT
T shirt tip?

Walmart cotton is NOT opaque.

You're welcome.

DMT
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Author's Reply  Jul 14, 2014 - 07:14pm PT
Real-time reportage from Century Lake. Didn't have enough data about bacterial infection from a single human sample last weekend. So I brought my kids to increase the statistical power. Testing in progress:

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Credit: NutAgain!

Credit: NutAgain!

Credit: NutAgain!

Credit: NutAgain!

Credit: NutAgain!
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
  Jul 14, 2014 - 06:56pm PT
^^^^ do a urethra check for that fish
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
  Jul 14, 2014 - 07:00pm PT
Do snapping turtles live in that lake?
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Jul 14, 2014 - 07:37pm PT
Sounds good...on my short list if I ever get stuck in SoCal.
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