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Outdoor Rock Climbing & Picnic at Cragmont

Hello Climbers!

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. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to meet you guys! I'll post the pi ctures in the next couple weeks. My facebook account is facebook.com/iagox86 if anybody wants to be friends!

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I just realized I left my fleece jacket at Cragmont. Does anyone have it?

    December 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I live in Berkeley, a block from ashby Bart station

      December 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah, send me your address, I'll drop it off shortly, my number is[masked] if you'd rather text it

      December 14, 2013

  • Michael D.

    Who can bring a rope? I think we're going to have at least 9 (I know one more person who is a for sure) and possibly 10-12 climbers so we'll definitely want more than one rope. I have 2, but sure would prefer to bring just one. Any trad gear would be great, as well as any anchoring gear too folks - I have all that we need but I'm just being lazy and would rather not carry several bags full of stuff. Will if need to though...lol

    December 11, 2013

    • Mark M.

      Thanks for the offer, Ron! I might not be able to come afterall. If I end up going, I'll just find a way to get there. Thanks and enjoy!

      December 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool! The cliff is only 15 minutes or so from the bart, so a cab is an option

      December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello! I may be late (around 10). Is there a pace I should look for you guys? I've never been there before. Thanks!! (516)[masked]

    December 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's quite small, you won't have a problem

      December 14, 2013

  • Raad

    Hi there, I had minimal experience at my gym in Missouri 3 years ago, but I'm getting back into the swing of climbing (bad pun?).

    I'm trying to decide between Planet Granite and Mission Clifs, but during the interim it would be nice to explore difference outdoor rockclimbing opportunities in the area. I don't have any gear to offer other than my personal items.

    If someone is driving from San Francisco I'd appreciate a lift, otherwise I will do my best to get to the park via BART. If anyone has advice on how best to get there, please let me know.

    December 10, 2013

    • Raad

      I live right next to UCSF Parnassus, if that's feasible give me your number, otherwise I'll make arrangements with Ron. Thanks!

      December 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      So, looking at the map, it's probably easiest to meet at North Berkeley bart station. It's about an hour from my place, so I can be there at about 8:30 (assuming Michael doesn't respond with an offer). Does that work?

      December 13, 2013

  • Michael D.

    BTW - I'm also going to bring trad gear as I want to do some trad lead climbing. If others have trad experience, feel free to join. If you don't and want to try, we can set up a 'mock trad' - climbing trad but with a toprope for backup protection, just in case the climber falls (you do not want to fall on trad, especially here as the rock isn't steep enough - you take a big fall, you land on rock).

    December 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've been wanting to learn trad, doing a mock might be cool. I can definitely belay for trad in any case.

      December 10, 2013

    • Michael D.

      great! You know how to belay for lead climbing (feeding rope, NOT pulling the rope tight if the climber falls, etc). I can show you how to place trad gear, then we'll set up a mock trad climb for folks who want to try.

      1 · December 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to climb there again! All my outdoor gear is on a moving truck somewhere, can I borrow a helmet? If not, I'll buy a new one. Also, I'm planning to drive in from the south bay of anybody needs a ride.

    1 · December 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks! I do own one, so I'm not looking to buy. I just moved, though, and only packed my indoor stuff on the plane.

      December 7, 2013

    • Michael D.

      Wow, now that is REALLY new to the area!

      December 8, 2013

  • Alex

    I may need to leave a little earlier since I have plans later in the evening with someone, but I can climb for the majority of the event.

    December 7, 2013

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  • Michael D.
    Social Entrepreneur, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • james
    CLIMBING LEAD
  • Alex
    Trail Leader, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member
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  • A former member
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