UPDATE: So we added a campsite and were able to add a few more people. Please double check your schedule now and confirm if you can make the trip or not so people waiting can get on.
Bear Gulch Day Use Area:
Join us for rock climbing at the Pinnacles National Park. It will be a mix of sport and trad climbing. We'll also be setting top ropes so everyone beginner to experts will be be challenged and have fun.
We have a pretty large group so we'll probably have to spit up. Trad climbers can pair up and go climb. We'll also do this a little differently than most trips. The park is really small so instead of setting up in one area and climbing one wall, we'll move around to several areas and try those out. We'll most likely get in several rappels on our way back down through the rocks. Bring good hiking or approach shoes.
Arrive and camp out Friday night. Then we'll climb Saturday and camp out Saturday night so plan on making something for dinner we can all share. Then well have a big camp breakfast Sunday morning and climb again Sunday for a few hours.
Saturday: Lisa, Yilong and Vlada.
Sunday: Stefan+1, Ming, Sachi, and Will M
Meet us at the Bear Gulch Day use area at 9AM. Or come a little early and have breakfast with us at camp. Cell reception is terrible in the park so you probably wont be able to get ahold of anyone once we're there.
Weather: Looks to be dry and sunny but cold at night. Be prepared for mid 30's at night. We'll definitely have that fire going!
What to Bring:
• Helmet (Mandatory)
• Headlamp/Flashlight (It gets dark early this time of year and we may be hiking through some caves)
• Personal Climbing Gear: (Harness, Rock Shoes, Belay Device, Locking Carabiners, Personal Anchor, Chalk bag)
• Climbing Gear: (Rope, Quick/Alpine Draws, Trad Rack, Runners, Anchor Materials.)
• Water, Snacks, Lunch.
• Wet weather clothes and gear. (If it looks like rain)
• Approach shoes or light Hikers
• Small day pack (to carry shoes, lunch, water, jacket, Headlamp,
We have campsites 11, 12 and 13 now thanks to Tim R. So we were able to add a couple more people for Fri-Sun. Each site can accommodate 6 people and 2 vehicles. Bring the usual: Tent, Sleeping bag, Pad, Cooler and food for the weekend. Oh, and firewood. Its going to get chilly!
Discovery Wall: There are several good Trad routes. Definitely bring your racks! https://www.mountainproject.com/v/portent/105735095 (https://www.mountainproject.com/v/portent/105735095)
Tourist trap: https://www.mountainproject.com/v/tourist-trap/106067797 (https://www.mountainproject.com/v/tourist-trap/106067797)
The Monolith: https://www.mountainproject.com/v/monolith/105734228 (https://www.mountainproject.com/v/monolith/105734228)
Top Rope (Training) Wall: https://www.mountainproject.com/v/toprope-wall/107173454 (https://www.mountainproject.com/v/toprope-wall/107173454)
CELL RECEPTION is terrible to non-existent at the Pinnacles.
From the San Francisco Bay Area to the East Entrance: Take Hwy 101 south through the city of Gilroy to Hwy 25 south. On Hwy 25, go through the town of Hollister and continue about 30 miles to Hwy 146. Turn right on Hwy 146, then turn left into the Pinnacles Campground to check in at Pinnacles Visitor Center. From the campground, the Bear Gulch Area is 3.5 miles further into the park along Hwy 146.
There is a $15 entrance fee per vehicle if you don't have a National Park Pass.
For information on the Park, check out the following links:
For climbing Beta on the Discovery Wall, Tourist Trap and Monolith