Bouldering in Prescott's Groom Creek

  • May 17, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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Hello Scabettes and Scabbers,

I'm heading to Groom Creek on Saturday along with a couple of friends.  I thought I'd post it to see if anyone else wants to join.  I have 2 crash pads, so that's good for a small group (I've limited the group size because of that).  If there are other climbers with crash pads then I'll open up the group size (please say so in the comments or in the questions section).

Bouldering is pretty chill and this weekend should be very nice in Prescott.  I'm opening this outing to climbers that are new to outdoor bouldering as well since we'll do all the easiest problems in Groom Creek.  However, I do suggest you climb at least 5.9.

Details are below:

Groom Creek is a sweet bouldering spot about 10min from the old Prescott downtown.  With granite boulders sticking out of the forest ground forming something like a little rock maze , it's a scenic, fun, and relaxing spot to spend a Saturday afternoon.  There are loads of V0's for intermediate climbers and plenty of spots just to scramble around.  At the end of the day, we've taken the habit of grabbing dinner at the Prescott Brewery near the downtown square.

Climbing:

Bouldering on granite.  No ropes.  There is Karabine topo map that you can purchase.  The map shows many V0s but some of the boulders are hard to find.  There are definitely things to climb if you are least a 5.9 climber.  If you haven't bouldered outdoors before, we'll need to talk about proper spotting and falling technique.

Parking:

Park at the Trail #307 trail head.  The exact GPS location for the parking is[masked],[masked] and there is enough parking for 7-8 cars.  Parking is free.  Head up the trail to get to the bouldering area.

Gear:

You'll need climbing shoes and chalk.  If you have a bouldering crash pad, the more the better.  No harness, no ropes, no quickdraws.  Your pack should be pretty light. The approach is a well maintained forest trail.  Light hiking shoes or even sandals will get you there.

Food:

Bring some lunch and water.  There is a Safeway in Prescott Valley and it's a great spot to pick up a sandwich.  Bouldering to GC should be a low stress activity with very little planning involved.

For dinner, we'll go to the Prescott Brewery before heading home.  It runs usually about $15 per person.

Last, but not least: Climbing is a dangerous sport.  Even though we take the best precautions, bouldering can cause serious injuries.  Please be aware that you are climbing at your own risk.  The organizers can not be held responsible for your safety, though we will make it as safe as possible.  If you choose to climb with SCAB, you will be asked to follow directions for your safety and safety of others.  For bouldering outings in particular, you need to follow proper falling and proper spotting techniques. Thanks for understanding.

Any questions, ask below.

-Alex

 

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  • Faith

    Alex, thank you for planning this trip. It was great meeting all of you and i had an awesome time.

    1 · May 19

  • Chase E.

    Are we going to stop in Prescott to get lunch at Safeway or should I plan to get food tonight?

    May 16

    • Alexandre

      Plan on a stop at the Safeway in Prescott Valley for a grilled panini.

      May 16

  • Faith

    Alex, carpooling is a great idea. I am in Scottsdale. When/where are you meeting up?

    May 16

    • Alexandre

      We are meeting in Tempe close to the Tempe Townlake at 8am. If you are very far North, we could pick you by the I17 and the Carefree Hwy.

      May 16

    • Alexandre

      Faith, here is my cell #[masked]-4902. Text me if you want to carpool.

      May 16

  • btanderson

    Hi! I keep missing the outdoor stuff and this sounds great! I'd like to carpool/pitch in for gas as well but I'm looking to be back in town by 9pm?

    May 16

    • Alexandre

      Hi, it is a 2.5hrs drive from Tempe to Prescott. We'll likely grab a bite and a drink in Prescott after bouldering, so I can't guarantee we'd be back in time but I think we'd be back between 9 and 10pm.

      May 16

    • btanderson

      Darn, ok, I'll have to catch you guys next time, thanks! :)

      May 16

  • Alexandre

    Faith, right now there are only 4 of us going including, so if you want to carpool with us from Phx/Tempe, we have room for you!

    May 15

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