Please sign onto the Waiting List. Be sure to answer the questions as best as you can. I will move people manually off the waiting list pending payment ($10) for shared camping fees, which includes firewood and some beer/drinks.
You must be able to provide your own harness and climbing shoes - all climbers are encouraged to have a helmet!!!. You must also be willing to camp outdoors, and have your own camping/cooking gear.
Pictures from our other trip earlier this year: http://www.meetup.com/socalclimbing/photos/8239792/
-Friday: some of us will be arriving Thursday night at camp and begin climbing Friday morning. We will head back to camp and hang out for a few hours around lunch to meet those arriving Friday afternoon, then we'll head out again to climb until early evening when we'll head back to camp and wait for those arriving Friday evening to camp.
Those that RSVP, I'll give camp site #'s and will leave a note at camp where we are climbing should you arrive early.
-Friday Night: hang out at camp, campfire, beer, maybe review basic knots, anchors, etc, maybe some night climbing via headlamp nearby. This will all be informal.
-Saturday: climb all day following the shade. We can climb in smaller groups based on climbing abilities, but generally hang in the same area.
-Saturday Night: those that want to join, I was thinking pizza and beer in Lone Pine.
-Sunday: continue climbing in some new areas. Basically climb till your ready to head home.
Intro: Alabama Hills is situated outside Lone Pine on the east side of the Sierra. It is home to tons of amazing moderate sport climbs in the 5.6 to mid 5.10 range. Want more info? Go to Mt. Project and check out climbs like Alabama Hills Gang (5.10a) http://mountainproject.com/v/alabama-hills-gang/106429456. Seventeen (yes, seventeen!) quick draws is all you need.
We'll camp on Friday and Saturday night and climb till our fingers are raw. Most people will arrive Friday night. The tentative "Group Plan" is to head out each day to some cool spots with many climbs of varying ability within a short distance of each other so we can climb together as much as possible.
-What to bring? At a minimum, you will need all your own camping gear and personal climbing gear (helmet, harness, shoes, belay device, locking carabiner).
-What about Camping? The cost per person is $10 for the weekend. This is to confirm your spot, share in the campground fees, firewood and maybe some beer or drinks. Campground, site #, directions will be emailed to those who confirm RSVP.
-How about Food? Plan on cooking your own meals. There is shopping nearby in Lone Pine but you’ll need to shop on your way in. Too lazy to cook? There are plenty of places to eat in Lone Pine as well. I plan to head into town Saturday evening for Pizza and beer. Then head back for campfire and some night games.
-Carpool? For anyone that RSVP's, I will setup an online carpool spreadsheet to help facilitate carpooling. Those that carpool together, may want to think about sharing cooking ideas so as not to overload the vehicle with coolers, gear, etc. Just a thought.
-Weather? As of today, the extended weather forecast calls for clear skies, daytime highs in the 70's and nightime lows in the upper 40's to low 50's. But weather can change quickly, so plan accordingly and bring enough to stay cool and warm.
* Disclaimer of Risk and Liability *
Rock Climbing and associated activities are inherently dangerous and potentially deadly. You, and no one else, are 100% responsible for your safety at all times. Your attendance at this Meetup event signifies you agree to hold harmless this Meetup group and it’s organizers for any injuries to your person or property that may occur.
** CLIMB AT YOUR OWN RISK! **
Those interested in Rock Climbing or related activities should obtain professional instruction from a licensed, reputable source, such as a guide, a school, or service.
Shark Fin Arete with Lone Pine Peak in the background. This could be you! It goes at 5.7. Just clip every bolt you see and you'll be fine.
Rotten Bananas was one of the most surprising 5.7s I've climbed. The higher you go the steeper it gets! All you need is 9 or 10 draws.