Rock Climbing & Picnic, Mt Tam

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. 

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  • Andrew S.

    Hey that was awesome! Looking forward to the next one!

    December 27, 2013

  • Meghan

    Office duties have called and won't be able to make it. Have a fun time!

    December 27, 2013

  • Raad

    Any way anyone can pick me up to go? Number is[masked] 2244. Thanks!

    December 26, 2013

    • Michael D.

      Where to you live Raad? Very likely I can, if it's not way out of the way. [masked]

      December 26, 2013

  • Ron C.

    Sorry, looks like I can't make it. I have a tile job starting tomorrow and that takes precedence. I'm sending my room mate Chris, hope he finds the group.

    December 26, 2013

  • Joe

    Have fun-gotta work!

    December 24, 2013

  • Bruce Justin M.

    Hi Michael

    Do you know if anyone is coming from the East Bay.....Berkeley/Oakland? Thanks.

    December 23, 2013

    • Michael D.

      I don't off hand, but people carpool all the time so I'd just leave a message on here

      December 24, 2013

  • Ron C.

    I'm coming from Sacramento so I might be a little late. It doesn't bother me to catch up to where you all are. I am coming for the view and to show my room mate from Pennsylvania.

    December 23, 2013

  • Michael D.

    Alex - if you can't make it no problem. For some reason the system auto-rsvpd you.

    December 20, 2013

    • Alex

      Thanks my brother is moving back to the east and I provisionally set aside plans to spend with him but we are not 100% sure which days and where exactly we are going to go so if we decide to leave that day I will update my status accordingly

      December 20, 2013

    • Michael D.

      that definitely is far more important, we go climbing all the time but family always comes first.

      December 23, 2013

  • Andrew S.

    Hi, I would love to join! I've done some outdoor climbing but need more experience.

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Bruce Justin M.

    Hi Michael. Sounds like a nice day. Your intro says non-climbers are welcome to join in and hang out on a trail to the summit, but later in the info it says everyone must bring rock climbing shoes and helmet. I just would like to explore the peak since I missed one of the hikes yesterday. Please let me know what is OK...thanks. Also, if it's OK for non-climbers, is anyone going from the Berkeley area?

    December 23, 2013

    • Michael D.

      No worries, the helmet/climbing shoes are just for climbers. The view from the peak IS gorgeous and they have a beautiful viewing balcony. There's not a lot of hiking, the trails up there can probably be hiked in about 90 minutes but it is very pretty.

      December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly, I work that day and couldn't make it to the north bay till after dark

    December 20, 2013

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