The Climbing: The 5.7 to 5.11 range is roughly what we'll be aiming at (there's plenty of diversity there for everyone's skill level). Top rope or lead. Beginners, intermediate, advanced, all are welcome whether you've been outdoors before or not. Come for the whole weekend or just for one of the days.
Getting there: Take I-90, jump off at Exit 143. Take the first left onto Silica Rd SW and then it's the first left onto Vantage Road (there's a home and a bunch of trees on the corner). When you see cars, tents and people attached to the ropes, you're there.
A Discover Pass is needed to camp/park here and there's an online .pdf that has a decent summary of some of the areas.
The Plan: We'll be getting there around 10am and parking in the second lot (other side of the Feathers. In the guidebook link it's the big green square marked Primitive Camping). We'll pause near the new toilet to wait for stragglers and then head off for Echo Basin.
In addition to Sunshine and the stuff in the guide, there's also ZigZag and Kotick Memorial Wall which aren't listed but have tons of great routes. Depending on numbers we'll spread out over one or more of these areas as desired, there's also Ryder, Fat Man, Skinny Man, Powerhouse and M&M Wall and oodles of others to check out.
The Evening: Campfires, cooking, chilling, conversing (night climbing at the Feathers if you fancy - bring a headlamp if so). Sunday The Plan: For the early risers, a warm up at the Feathers/Agathla Tower/Zigzag if you fancy it and then a hike back to Sunshine, Tomato, Riverview, M&M or anywhere else that looks tempting.
Communications: I'll email all the rsvp-ers nearer the date and we can trade numbers to ensure late arrivals or lostee's (it happens) can locate us or catch up or get directions (if I don't reply immediately give it a little while, I might be climbing, belaying someone, or just out of breath from hiking)
Basically when you see the champagne colored Toyota Corola with the 'LA County Coroner' sticker you're in the right place. At the crags look for the 'Union Jack' painted climbing helmet.
Stuff to Bring
Essentials: Harness, shoes, water, sunblock (that may be a bit optimistic).
Would be handy if you have them: Rope, quickdrawers, personal anchor, slings, ATC, grigri, chalk, anchors. Helmets, while not essential are highly recommended due to the steady drizzle of pebbles, chunks, and lumps that tend to descend from above.
Camping: Tent, food, firewood (it’ll probably be a chilly evening), sleeping bag and the ability to stay warm.