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.
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.