Hello Climbers, Picnickers, and Hikers -
We've done this a few times and the climbing is excellent! There are so many great climbing areas at Mt. Tam and we only explored one, so this time we'll probably start with the same crag and 1/2 way through the day move to one of the more challenging crags with harder rated climbs. This will be a day of outdoor climbing and relaxing with a great view - near the top of Mt. Tam. While this is a climbing event, I'm planning on bringing/having a much nicer picnic lunch due to being in such a picturesque location and everyone is invited whether you want to climb or you just want to come hang out with peeps, have a nice picnic with a view of the bay, maybe chill and read a book or go hiking. Members are welcome to bring up to 2 guests to this event, please rsvp accordingly. Note that if you are a hiker, there is a short loop trail (about 1.5-2 miles) - while it's short, it's really beautiful and takes you to the very top of Mt Tam to the lookout station. An easy hike to be sure but the views are astounding.
This time I'd like to check out the Leaning Tower (40') crag, if it's not as good as I'm hoping we'll go back to the Northern Formation (pic below). Great experience if you intend to climb taller stuff in the future and want to practice on something that feels taller than it is. We'll be setting up top rope anchor systems here, if someone else has another rope to bring great, otherwise I will bring a climbing rope and all anchor setting gear. I will likely be doing some trad climbing as well.
If we finish all 5 routes on the Northern Formation, we'll move to the Leaning Tower, which is a 40' crag very close to the Northern Formation. The Leaning Tower has routes that range from 5.3 to 5.10d/5.11a, so an even wider range of difficulties.
We'll climb until hungry, break for a picnic lunch and climb more in the afternoon until we feel like splitting. I imagine we'll be here most of the day, leaving 5 or 6ish. This event is open to anyone, even new climbers, but everyone must bring rock climbing shoes, a climbing harness, and a helmet (mandatory). Also, if you're an experienced climber and don't know how to build climbing anchors and want to learn, you're welcome to watch me set them up and I'll give you a demo/let you practice with them as well. Basically a day to hone all kinds of climbing skills, have a great picnic lunch with a great view, perhaps hike a bit, and enjoy the company of some fine folk. Sounds pretty great to me!
Keep in mind, we are not guides. Rock climbing is an inherently dangerous activity and while we minimize risks wherever possible, all members and guests attend at their own discretion and agree to not hold any of the organizing parties responsible for any injury, illness, loss of property or theft, or death.