This will be a day of mostly top-rope climbing at Cragmont Park in Berkeley - great climbing very close to home! There is also a sport bolted lead route that goes at 5.11c as well as trad climbing opportunities. While this is not advanced climbing, it is outdoor climbing and as such please do not make this your first rock climbing excursion, you must have climbed before - at least indoors - to attend this event. If you've only climbed indoors this is an ideal spot to climb outdoors for the first time as they have routes that are appropriate for all levels of climbers. If you're not a climber but want to hang out in a nice little park with peeps and have a picnic, feel free to come join us also. It's a beautiful little park that has a view of the entire bay. Of course, this IS weather dependent.
We've done this before and it's great climbing but can get busy - I'm actually going to get there by 8:30 (maybe even earlier) to ensure we get the best spots for top roping. My plan is to get some new spots that we haven't climbed before in addition to old favorites. If folks can get there a bit earlier than 9, I'd greatly appreciate it but not a problem if you show up at 9. If you can't make it that early it's ok to show up later in the day too, but I need at least a few folks here at 9 so we don't lose our spots.
All climbers must bring (or at least share with another climber) their own climbing shoes, harness, helmet (mandatory), chalk, and belay device. Helmets and belay devices can be shared if you like, but I will ask that everyone wear one while climbing. I'll bring a rope as well as equipment to set up top-rope anchors, but if anyone else has gear to set up anchors/climbing ropes that would be even better so we could set up 2 climbing routes simultaneously. If you are attending and have gear (that is ropes and anchor systems, not your own personal shoes/harness/helmet), please post what you can bring on the comments section for this event. Members are welcome to bring up to 2 guests, all of whom must also wear helmets at all times when climbing.
This is a beautiful little park with an awesome view of the bay and the climbing area is only a couple hundred feet from street parking. Please bring a lunch and snacks, plenty of water/drinks (there is no drinking fountain at this park), appropriate clothing, etc. Routes here go from about 5.6 to 5.11c, with basically everything in between.
We'll climb until about 4 as we're going to be having a blast at a great climbing location. We'll start on the far right rope area, mostly focused on harder, technical face climbs ranging from 5.9+ to 5.11a, though the same rope can be used for easier[masked] climbs as well. I'm also hoping to set up a 2nd rope, likely on the "A Farewell to Arms" route (5.10a/b).
Attendance is limited to 20 climbers and members may bring 2 guests.
Please note that by signing up for this meetup you are absolving the organizers of all liability for injury (including death), theft from parked vehicles, etc. Rock climbing is an inherently risky activity and while we'll be doing it as safely as possible, we are in no way guides. This is an activity for like-minded folks who want to have a fun day of climbing with friends.