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Outdoor Climbing at Castlerock State Park

THIS ONE IS FULL, BUT THERE IS A WAIT LIST SHOULD PEOPLE DROP, AND THERE WILL BE MORE ORGANIZED FOR NEAR FUTURE WEEKENDS

It's time to get out of the gym and enjoy our local natural resources while we still can. If you are in town on Labor Day weekend, join us for some top-roping (and bouldering if you have a crash pad, or even just some hiking if you want to watch but not climb) at Castlerock State Park near Saratoga. This is also a good opportunity for newbies to learn some basic anchoring technique as I'm happy to take a few extra moments to share my knowledge while we set  actual anchors.

Beginners are welcome, but you do need basic gear (shoes, harness), and for outdoor it is recommended that you wear a helmet. It also helps if you have an ATC device and belay gloves or a gri-gri.  The best climbing areas are about a mile hike in, and it can get hot, so decent hiking shoes, lots of liquids, and daypacks with a little extra room to haul gear are also recommended. The majority of the routes at Castle Rock are in the[masked] range, but there are harder or easier if there is interest.

Now for the fun part.  I don't want to set a limit on the size of the meetup as long as we have enough ropes for climbers.  However, for everyone to have a good time we do need to limit the number of climbers to 4 per rope.  I have one rope plus anchoring gear. I'm hoping others who have ropes and gear will join us so participation is not limited.  So what we'll do is limit the sign-ups to 4 until someone else indicates that they have a rope. Then it will become 8, 12, 16 etc.  So just sign-up, even if its the wait list because you'll be added as we add ropes, and please indicate if you can bring a rope/gear.  And if you are on the wait list, but can bring a rope, just assume you are going as I can't selectively add people with ropes automatically. In other words, the wait list really only applies to those without ropes.

We'll meet at the Park entrance near the ranger booth at 9:30am sharp. It's about 1/3 mile past the Los Altos Gun Club sign on the right. There is free parking on both sides of the road and paid parking in the lot but they do tend to fill by 10am. It's probably best to carpool where possible and am open to suggestions on a meeting spot somewhere near 85 and Saratoga. Cell phone coverage is crappy or non-existent at the park, so you may not have access to meetup.com or online maps. Does anyone have walkie talkies?

I'm most familiar with the routes to the right of the Waterfall (for reference the observation platform is to the left of the falls). That area has plentiful routes and sport bolts that require the least amount of gear, so that's where I'm suggesting we start, but am open to alternate suggestions as long as we get a starting location set so late arrivals can have a chance at finding us.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/lat_long_map/defaul...

Now for the legal crap. Climbing is a dangerous sport. Your safety is 100% your responsibility including fully inspecting the anchors, ropes and gear upon which your life will depend. This is not a professionally guided and insured trip. The organizers and Meetup do nothing more than arrange the place and time to meet. So if you get hurt or die don't sue us.

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  • Dave S.

    This one worked out pretty good. We lucked out and got all of Underworld Rock to ourselves, the weather cooperated, and we had enough ropes so everyone could climb as much as they liked on easy to challenging routes.

    September 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun day. Friendly folks, so it was was easy being a new member. Excellent job organizing, Dave.

    September 4, 2011

  • Dave S.

    @Natalie, sorry, unfortunately 3 people who were bringing ropes and gear have dropped out, so unfortunately the Meetup is now closed to any more RSVPs UNLESS you have a rope and anchor gear that you can bring.

    September 2, 2011

  • Natalie

    Dave said there are 16 spots open. and 14 occupied. I want in! Does that mean there are still 2 spots available?

    September 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, thought this was next Sat. Already have plans to climb Pinnacles this weekend. Hopefully next time.

    September 1, 2011

  • Dave S.

    The best trail map to climbing spots I can find online:
    http://www.virtualparks.org/maps/files/crcm-brochure-side2-v31.pdf

    August 27, 2011

  • Dave S.

    Sorry, got to cut off sign-ups at 16 or the group will be way to big and unruly. There's a wait list should people drop out, and to be fair to any on the wait list, for those signed up, if your plans need to change and you can't make it, please change your status.

    I also plan to organize more trips to CSRP in the coming weeks / months (as many as possible since park access is uncertain after this season).

    August 27, 2011

  • Dave S.

    The spots available for this meetup are based on the number of people who've already indicated they are bringing ropes. We want to keep the number to 4 per rope. So the answer is no. You don't have to go buy a rope just to participate. Sorry if this has caused any confusion.

    On the other hand, if you are committed to the sport of climbing in general, then it probably makes sense to invest in a rope an anchoring gear at some point.

    August 26, 2011

  • Dave S.

    Wow, this has only been posted for two days and already 12 people signed up!

    Looks like we have an even mix of people who want easy routes and challenging routes. I've only set anchors at the falls and goat rock, but I'm thinking the Underworld area might be a better option for route variety. Does anyone know if those routes require a lead climber or can the anchor points be accessed by less than 5th class?

    August 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but I don't have a rope for this event, can I still sign up for the event?

    August 23, 2011

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