There was a big climbing group today. My old climbing friend, Long, started a climbing club at his company, and I was invited to pad the roster a little bit. It was a big group of beginner outside climbers. I had a lot of fun and it was a nice day out of the house overall.
The Nickel City near our house closed. Suddenly our access to pinball machines diminished rapidly. It turned out that they moved house to a much larger space in Miramar. We took 10 dollars and had a full evening of intense competitive pin ball action. It was exciting that there were 3 pin ball machines we have never seen at the new location.
Where do climbers go when they only have a rope, a few quickdraws, a few slings, and a few caribiners (and about a 5.9 climbing ability)? To santee boulders of course. I am pretty excited about this day because not only did alex finally gain some confidence by climbing the 5.8/5.9 at dogpile, but we got to climb over at lonesome boulder, which is something I have NEVER done before. Its amazing that there were such perfect climbs in this small climbing park that I've never been on before. Click here to read more>>
I was itching to go on a second outing this weekend. I wanted to exercise new rope privileges. I know that the dog pile in santee boulders has a really newbie friendly setup so we went there. I have come so far in climbing. I may not be as muscular as I once was, but I am really building my confidence up again fast.
Alex and I bought a new Rope this weekend! I was so nervous and excited about this purchase. For one, I am actually not used to Alex being my climbing partner. I am normally the most inexperienced one of the group. Us actually accumulating gear means that I will be teaching, which is nerve racking. Additionally, Climbing with my own gear is new for me. I normally hang out with people that have standard full racks. I barely have enough gear for a minimal sport climb. It was hard picking out routes that were easy enough for Alex, bolted for my quick draw anchors, and additionally had a walk off so we wouldn't have to do any sketch downclimbing. That is actually a tall order for around these parts.
Chris Hubbard came to the January ACSD Meeting at Mesa Rim. He gave everyone a brand new topo that explores the right side of the Mount Woodsen Path. We did a few climbs but most of the day was just exploring.
It has been a while since I've gone climbing outdoors, so even todays easy day ripped me pretty good. It was a good day overall and it felt good feeling just that much more comfortable with bouldering. The hardest route I did was a 5.9.