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Pine Canyon @ Mt Diablo. Multipitch Sport Climbing!

This is not a trip for beginners! You need to be able to handle yourself in this environment and be responsible for your own safety. The routes may be rated easy but the nature of the climbs and the rock mean this is not a good place to learn outdoor climbing! Make sure you understand this before you RSVP!

I have never been here but I have been eyeing it in the guide book and it looks amazing. This area near Mt Diablo has some moderate but adventurous looking bolted multipitch climbs. There are also a some mixed sport/trad multipitch routes.

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/pine-canyon/105734096

In particular I have my eye on some of the routes at the "Rock of Ages"...

Cave route (5.8, 2 pitches) http://www.mountainproject.com/v/cave-route/105807886

West Face (5.8+, 2 pitches) http://www.mountainproject.com/v/west-face/105872209

There are plenty more around the area.

If we get some trad leaders out with us then there are a load more mixed routes that would open up. If some trad leaders sign up then I will look into adding more spots on the meetup.

There is very little top roping in the area so for this trip you need to be an experienced leader (sport or trad) or a solid lead belay.

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  • Mark S.

    Great climbing for the adventurous!

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Most excellent group. Approach and choss be damned!

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Michael D.

    Hi Simon, it appears this was awesome. :) Can you email me no shows?

    October 14, 2013

  • Josh M.

    Have a van with lots of room for ppl and gear.

    October 10, 2013

  • Simon J.

    Hi all, Hope you are all still on for Sunday, Please check your RSVP if you are no longer free. We will meet at 9AM in the parking lot of castle rock park. Just to the SOUTH of the point indicated by the meetup location. The approach might be a little rough so bring good shoes, long trousers seem to be strongly recommended by the guide books. I think helmets are going to be pretty much essential here so buy, beg, steal or borrow if you don't have one already.

    October 10, 2013

    • Simon J.

      Should be fine. Where do you actually live in Fremont? will be heading up 680 so the bart is a little out the way but not impossible for a pickup.

      October 10, 2013

    • Mark S.

      Anyone near Palo Alto and want to carpool?

      October 10, 2013

  • Toktam

    I'm just checking the grades and their conversion; I led VDiff but nothing harder in Trad (may be one S but not sure about that). The conversion says Vdiff is 5.4 and S is 5.5. That probably means I won't volunteer to lead the difficult pitches on these routes. Can this cause any problem, or mis-arrangement?

    October 8, 2013

    • Simon J.

      For the more adventurous there are plently of harder route too.

      October 8, 2013

    • Simon J.

      I also want to check out flinstone rock which has some awesome looking 10a - 10d and harder topropes.

      1 · October 8, 2013

  • Stuart

    Not enough time, will have to climb in my local hills (redwood city). Anyone interested?

    October 8, 2013

  • Steve L.

    I have to work Sunday :( Just wanted to share this cool link of Pine Canyon. This looks super fun though: http://www.mountainproject.com/v/107629122

    1 · October 7, 2013

    • Simon J.

      Looks like a cool route. We certainly need to check out Flintstone rock while we are there! Shame you cant make it, would have been nice to have someone in the group with the balls to take on some of the more spicy routes there :)

      1 · October 7, 2013

    • Steve L.

      I see Mark is on the waiting list. He'll give it a go!

      October 7, 2013

  • Simon J.

    Hi Guys, MAKE SURE YOU ANSWER THE RSVP QUESTIONS!

    I'm gonna have to start kicking people who don't. As mentioned in the description this is not a suitable trip for beginners, you need to know how to handle yourself and be experienced at lead belay.

    October 7, 2013

  • Maria

    I may have a conflict on Sunday that I'm trying to move but wanted to see if anyone is interested in moving this to Saturday?! I know I am just one person out of many rsvp's but thought I would check :)

    September 24, 2013

    • Simon J.

      Hi Maria, We have a full house now so I don't think we can change the date at this point. I hope you can make it though, would be awesome to see you there. I do suspect that we will be back here again though, there are a lot of routes to explore!

      September 24, 2013

    • Elizabeth

      Maria - I'd be willing to go Saturday. I can lead up to 5.9 but I just don't know the area very well.

      October 7, 2013

  • Aleksei P.

    So, gruesome approach, and just couple of runout climbs on chossy rock - I'm having second thoughts about this event :)

    September 24, 2013

    • Michael D.

      Aleksei, go for community, meet new climbers, let people get to know you buddy. And like Simon said "Where is your sense of adventure?" :)

      1 · September 24, 2013

    • Steve L.

      Yeah, the community and adventure is everything! Well put!

      2 · October 7, 2013

  • Simon J.

    Great to see so many people interested in this trip! Those of you that have not answered the RSVP questions please do so. This is important so we can work out the experience in the group and work out what gear we have.

    Note to those of you who are signed up but do not have lead belay skills. You might not be able to get a lot of climbing done on this trip! We will probably split into pairs to tackle the multipitch routes with one leader and one follower. The follower will be required to belay for the leader and half way up a cliff face is not the best place to learn to lead belay!

    September 24, 2013

  • Stuart

    I've been eyeing this for some time, thanks for organizing

    2 · September 23, 2013

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