Sunday, May 24, 2009 5:13 PM
I've had several people e-mail me asking if they would be able to climb, needed to bring gear, etc.
In respect to the climbing difficulty, goat rock is fantastic for beginners. The routes range from 5.4 to 5.10b (there's a couple harder, but they're not very fun climbs). The[masked]'s cover a large face and I've put people on them that have never touched rock before, outside or in a gym.
The 5.10b is an absolute blast, but it's a bit nerve-wracking. It's starts out as a[masked] cakewalk and you then climb into a cave where, if you happen to fall, you have about a 30' swing out behind you into mid-air. The rest of the climb is then the ceiling up and out of the cave. Probably some of the best holds you will ever find on a ceiling though :)
Anyway, if you can climb a 5.7 in a gym, you'll at least have fun. If you can climb high 5.10s/low 5.11s in a gym, you'll have more fun ("The Great Roof" is my favorite climb in the bay area) :)
As for gear, as I said in the initial post, you NEED a harness, shoes and a belay device (although the belay device is somewhat optional as I have several and not everyone needs one at the same time). I'd prefer that beginners use gri-gri's if possible (I have one), but we can teach you how to use an ATC if necessary.
If you have a rope, please bring it simply so that we can set up more routes. It's not a requirement by any means though :)
And again, make sure you have plenty of water (I'm bringing about a gallon), and food for the day.