Trip Report
Rock Climbing & Surfing the Bahamas
Saturday February 8, 2014 9:59pm
FULL SPRAY ALERT! Break out your umbrella...

Sailed to the Bahamas, climbed some rad rocks, surfed some sick waves.

You should too!



Climbing in the Bahamas


Credit: The Alpine


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The Alpine
About the Author
The Alpine is a big wall climber from Florida. Check out his excuse of a website at www.highexposures.com

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KP Ariza

climber
SCC
  Feb 8, 2014 - 10:18pm PT
Can't hate hate on that.
Looks awesome! Wish I were there....
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Feb 8, 2014 - 10:24pm PT
No problem, mon
The Bahamians are really sweet people
Did you get to go diving as well??????????
eKat

Trad climber
  Feb 8, 2014 - 10:24pm PT
LawdyLawdyLawdy!

TFPU!
The Alpine

climber
Author's Reply  Feb 8, 2014 - 11:17pm PT
Sierra - lots of shnorkeling. Dinner was very easy to get.

Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
  Feb 9, 2014 - 12:45am PT
Thanks much, Alpine. Looks just wonderful!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
  Feb 9, 2014 - 10:49am PT
Beautiful place and photos.
Worthy post.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Feb 9, 2014 - 07:19pm PT
Chris, looks like an amazing trip,
Thank you!!!!!
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
  Feb 9, 2014 - 07:50pm PT
Very nice!

Way to get after some living . . . thanks mon.
The Alpine

climber
Author's Reply  Feb 9, 2014 - 11:19pm PT
I know there are quite a few surfers and even sailors on here. Anyone else sail to climbing?

420 views - Coincidence? I think not
Credit: The Alpine
The Alpine

climber
Author's Reply  Feb 17, 2014 - 05:24pm PT
Any sailors?
Rudbud

Gym climber
Grover Beach, CA
  Feb 17, 2014 - 08:54pm PT
Looks amazing, I would like to hear about the trip. Did you do a lot of spear fishing? where's the pictures of the lobster? more pictures please. this is a dream trip.
Al_Smith

climber
San Francisco, CA
  Feb 17, 2014 - 09:03pm PT

Fantastic TR! Thanks for sharing this with us. And great site. Far and away one of the best I've seen. Cheers, Al
this just in

climber
north fork
  Feb 17, 2014 - 09:50pm PT
Wow, some really great colors in those shots. The climbing looks fun as hell. Thanks for the share.
The Alpine

climber
Author's Reply  Feb 18, 2014 - 09:39pm PT

Looks amazing, I would like to hear about the trip. Did you do a lot of spear fishing? where's the pictures of the lobster? more pictures please. this is a dream trip.

Quite literally the days would go like this: wakeup, drink a coffee whilst staring into the unbelievable blue depths waiting for the fog to lift from my brain. Jump in, swim a bit, take a mental note on the fish stocks for dinner. If swell - hike 15 minutes with appropriate board and surf brains out. If no swell - pick a wall to climb. Instantly, it would be dinner time already. Jump in water with polespear, choose most delicious fish to shoot in face. Maybe lobsters too. Usually took less than 15 minutes to capture the protein. Cook, eat, repeat. Sometimes I had to fix broken things. Sometimes it was a sailing day.

Dinner time (and fresh laundry)!
Dinner time (and fresh laundry)!
Credit: The Alpine
We werent the only ones eating the fish!
We werent the only ones eating the fish!
Credit: The Alpine
Pretty sweet spot to scope the surf from.  We actually caught really f...
Pretty sweet spot to scope the surf from. We actually caught really fun surf in the central Exumas. Apparently big E swell can sneak in past the southern tip of Eleuthera.
Credit: The Alpine
A common scene.
A common scene.
Credit: The Alpine

Glad you guys are enjoying the pics. The climbing really is worthy. If you go, you will have a blast.


Rudbud

Gym climber
Grover Beach, CA
  Feb 18, 2014 - 09:57pm PT
Your a lucky man, Looks like paradise, one of these days I'm doing that trip. What kind of sail boat is that?
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Feb 18, 2014 - 10:03pm PT

Any sailors?
Major off shore sailor here, a little surfing and SUP in Hanalei Bay.
Hanalei Bay.   S/V Mouton Noir
Hanalei Bay. S/V Mouton Noir
Credit: SCseagoat

No surfing here just looking for bergie bits on the way up Tracy Arm.
A cool dip?
A cool dip?
Credit: SCseagoat

This summer hopefully, Tahiti, surfing yes.
Long range, Chilean Channel to South Georgia Island, climbing, yes.

Susan
The Alpine

climber
Author's Reply  Feb 18, 2014 - 10:07pm PT
Beautiful boat Susan! An inspiration for sure.

I've got a little 30' sloop that I like to pretend is big enough.
The Alpine

climber
Author's Reply  Feb 21, 2014 - 12:52pm PT
Susan - where are you guys now?
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
  Feb 21, 2014 - 01:00pm PT
Susan, there IS surfing in there and these other arms and bays, from glacier calving. Take a look, I think you will be impressed, if not horrified:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKRR9RMmcIQ

http://www.zapiks.com/glacier-surfing.html
brotherbbock

Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
  Feb 21, 2014 - 01:14pm PT
Man I'm jealous now.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
  Feb 25, 2014 - 12:58am PT
Thanks for showing us that section of Paradise earth, Alpine.
Leggs

Sport climber
Made in California
  Feb 25, 2014 - 01:13am PT
This is beautiful ... thanks for sharing.
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Feb 25, 2014 - 09:10am PT
Jealous!
rincon

Trad climber
Coarsegold
  Feb 25, 2014 - 09:53am PT
I was hoping for some surfing pictures. Did you guys paddle out at the Shark Pit? I wouldn't have...even with that nice peak out there.
The Alpine

climber
Author's Reply  Feb 25, 2014 - 10:26am PT
Rincon - have you been? I pretty much surfed shark pit exclusively. It was firing for days on end. The last sesh there was solid 8' and perfect.
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
  Feb 25, 2014 - 10:36am PT
MOst excellent and juicy TR. Many many thanks.
rincon

Trad climber
Coarsegold
  Feb 25, 2014 - 11:27am PT
Nope, I've only ever surfed SoCal...always dreamed of some empty peak like that though. 8 feet and perfect, AND you didn't get munched, must have been epic!
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Feb 25, 2014 - 12:09pm PT
Dreamy man. Thanks so much for posting up your adventure. Way to get out there and "change your whole latitude."

Scott
RP3

Big Wall climber
Twain Harte
  Feb 25, 2014 - 12:45pm PT
Looks like so much fun!
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
  Feb 25, 2014 - 01:41pm PT
TFPU
The Alpine

climber
Author's Reply  Feb 25, 2014 - 06:34pm PT
The nice thing about DWS is ending up cleaner at the end of the day.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Feb 26, 2014 - 05:10am PT
Susan - where are you guys now?
Our boat is in Alameda. Just added 2nd furler...especially good for snotty conditions.
2nd furler added
2nd furler added
Credit: SCseagoat
Oh my, Peter, thanks for the share. Who knew, not me!

Susan
The Alpine

climber
Author's Reply  Feb 26, 2014 - 11:09am PT
So how do you tack? Do you have to furl the sail?
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
  Feb 26, 2014 - 11:33am PT
That looks like a very fun and exciting trip, thanks for sharing.
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
  Feb 26, 2014 - 02:00pm PT

fabulous Tr...
Stuff dreams are made of!
TFPU you just made my work day a little brighter.

"The wave here is perfect and breaks over a smooth rock bottom. A little walk south on the beach will bring you to a slightly friendlier beach break."
^^ Yeah, sure.... I'm goofy and I'm drooling looking at those lefts !
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Feb 26, 2014 - 08:52pm PT
So how do you tack? Do you have to furl the sail?
Thought you might ask that. Short answer is you don't in any traditional way. We can use the 2nd one, or you could use the forward one by furling it yes. We have some electric winches so furling it if necessary to tack can happen.
It is set up primarily for ocean cruising in potentially snotty conditions.
We have a Yamaha 33 that we use for day sailing or short coastal runs.
Here's a "live" thread about our last big cruise....Mike doing the Single Handed Transpac and then our trip to Alaska then down the Inside Passage. Lots of good pics.
I love what you've done and would like to do similar.
My "lust" is for a mini transat.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1865963/Single-Handed-Transpac-OT

Susan
Gal

Trad climber
going big air to fakie
  Feb 26, 2014 - 10:49pm PT
omg LOVe this TR thanks,YES!
The Alpine

climber
Author's Reply  Feb 28, 2014 - 12:23pm PT
Just in case any of you want to do this as a land-based mission, here's some mo beta.

This house is DIRECTLY on top of the stalactite wall: http://www.vrbo.com/450824
Credit: The Alpine

This house is a mile or 2 away, but is on its own secluded cove (annie bight) with shorter DWS and amazing snorkeling: http://www.vrbo.com/400748
Credit: The Alpine

For a bit more budget minded digs, the above house also has a bunkhouse: http://www.vrbo.com/457411
Credit: The Alpine

This Hostel is pretty affordable and is close to the surf: http://www.bahamasadventures.com/surfers_haven.php
Credit: The Alpine

You should go.
elcap-pics

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
  Feb 28, 2014 - 02:11pm PT
Nice stuff!!! Gotta go there!! Thanks for posting.
The Alpine

climber
Author's Reply  Mar 17, 2014 - 11:33am PT
Ansel Evans - whats the skinny on Aruba bouldering?
Jed1

climber
  May 11, 2014 - 05:57pm PT
Tried climbing in Aruba years ago. The granite boulders mid-island were home to many goats. Not recommended. The bolted limestone was dirty. If you're sailing that way, it wouldn't hurt to stop, rent a scooter, and check it out. Bonaire and/or Curacao might be better.

Looking forward to more appetite-whetting for the eventual trip to Eleuthera. I don't think the ABC islands are going to compare.
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
  May 11, 2014 - 11:39pm PT
Sick. In a good way.
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