The overall plan: To head out and climb at Banks Lake. Top rope or lead. Beginners, intermediate, advanced, all are welcome whether you've been outdoors before or not, but being able to swim might be useful (although they provide life vests).
In addition to the numerous excellent climbs available by land, we can also paddle out and explore some of the climbing on the islands and the peninsula, such as Bassomatic...
Getting There By Car: 3.5 hours, near Electric City http://goo.gl/maps/Mu5U7
I’ll be heading up in the afternoon to get the driving out of the way and am booked lakeside at Coulee Playground in Electric City. This should mean a 30 minute cruise to Highway Rock and about 50 minutes to the Peninsula area via motor.
Sunbanks resort is also nearby...
and rents boats with a lot more muscle for water skiing and other pontoon boats for those who fancy going in as a group on the rental and acquiring a very stable belay ground. Payitsquare.com is a good resource to collect everyone's share in advance so no one is stuck with the bill. I used it for the rafting trip and it worked grand.
We'll trundle over the lake to visit Peninsula Rock which is awesome.
There's a bunch of climbs of all levels and we can try and get to the Orange Wall where there's a whole bunch as well as multi pitches such as... Highway (5.6, 5.0, 5.6, 5.8, 5:10-) Heart of Stone (5.7, 5.10, 5.8, 5.8, 5.7) Muddy Waters (5.7, 5.8, 5:10b, 5.8)
Food, drink, and merriment on the beach. Maybe some jet skiing. Coulee playground has showers, toilets and there are stores on the site and close by so you can pick up food, booze, wood and such.
We'll paddle over to the lake side area of Highway Rocks and now that I know where they are, we can also do some of the other water access only crags that are just round the corner in this inlet
There are lots of climbs in the 5.7 to 5:10 range, including a few more multi-pitch options in addition to the routes that start at the water.
For Land Lubbers: There are still tons of climbs accessible by land in the area so come join us for the camping and explore the land while we hit the high seas and we can trade tales over the fire. If you are interested in grabbing a guidebook, this is the one that got me pretty stoked to try this place out...
And this one covers a bunch of other water access only routes.
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, out of breath from hiking, or have no reception at all, or be floating in the lake).
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 and cammo trousers.
Stuff to Bring
Essentials: Harness, shoes, water, sunblock. Helmets are recommended.
Would be handy if you have them: Rope, quickdrawers, ATC/grigri, personal anchor, cams, chalk, anchors, slings and such.
Camping: Tent, food, firewood, sleeping bag.