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Rock Climbing (All Levels) Pinnacles National Park

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:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bear+Gulch+Day+Use+Area/@36.4807324,-121.1817185,331m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m8!1m2!2m1!1spinnacles+national+park+bear+gulch+day+use!3m4!1s0x809243829dc84c5f:0xa3fea75c1dfe0baa!8m2!3d36.481223!4d-121.1805467 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bear+Gulch+Day+Use+Area/@36.4807324,-121.1817185,331m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m8!1m2!2m1!1spinnacles+national+park+bear+gulch+day+use!3m4!1s0x809243829dc84c5f:0xa3fea75c1dfe0baa!8m2!3d36.481223!4d-121.1805467)

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.

The Plan:

Campers:
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.

Day Trippers:

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,

Camping:

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!

Beta:

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)

https://www.mountainproject.com/v/ordeal/105867099 (https://www.mountainproject.com/v/ordeal/105867099)

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.

Directions:

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:

http://www.nps.gov/pinn/index.htm (http://www.nps.gov/pinn/index.htm)

http://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/cavestatus.htm (http://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/cavestatus.htm)

For climbing Beta on the Discovery Wall, Tourist Trap and Monolith

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/pinnacles-national-monument/105733947

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  • Sherry

    Thank you Kevin for organizing such a great event! Pinnacles is a must-do-again---soon!

    1 · 47m ago

    • SfKevin

      Yep, like may when it warms up

      1 · 4m ago

  • Maribel

    Thank you Kavin, for this awesome, and fun experience. Steve, thank you for your support, you two and everybody ROCKS!

    1h ago

  • Simon

    Thanks, Nate, for leading our tired group on Tourist Trap today. I don't think we would have had the energy with out you!

    1 · 2h ago

  • Vlada M.

    A great day of climbing with Simon and MJ. I took a lot of photos, but meetup.com does not allow me to upload them here (I think the upload is disabled until a meetup is over). Here is a link to the pictures: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/105404513129655588212/album/AF1QipMexX3jpZu3tUFRKNd-n_38FyuGRUgKfZoAoB9v?source=pwa&authKey=CO6uj8G265jTjgE

    3 · 7h ago

    • Simon

      Thanks Vlada, I enjoyed climbing with you and MJ, hope we can connect to climb at J-Tree.

      1 · 2h ago

  • David E.

    Climb safe everyone. Post lots of photos. I'm enjoying your climb from the base of the Ural Mountains in Russia.

    2 · 2 days ago

    • Maribel

      Thank you Dave, see you soon. All o know I am riding with Kevin and Steve ! Any clever advices lol lol :)

      2 days ago

  • ClimberSteve

    Weather is looking GREAT for climbing!! See you all there! https://www.wunderground.com/us/ca/pinnacles/zmw:95043.6.99999

    3 days ago

    • SfKevin

      Bring a warm jacket for morning and nights. And firewood. FireSteve will have those logs burning hot!

      3 days ago

  • Daniel G.

    Hi y'all, I'm still interested in going, but unfortunately I'm carless for the weekend while mine is in the shop and can't drive. Can anyone scoop me up from San Rafael Friday afternoon on their way down? I'm flexible on departure time as well as return time/date.

    Thanks!

    4 days ago

  • ClimberSteve

    Hey gang, as most of you know there are seasonal raptor closures at The Pins. As of this writting, all of them have been lifted except the South end of Machete Ridge. A new baby Condor was born there recently YEA!!!!! (or so the tale goes) and thus the south end of that one ridge may be closed for a few seasons while the little bugger matures. You can see all the current climbing stats here. Enjoy! GO CONDORS!!!!
    http://pinnacles.org/climbing_info/index.html#closures

    1 · 6 days ago

    • Maribel

      Got an extra seat Steve???..

      4 days ago

  • SfKevin

    Please confirm your RSVP! we have another campsite now so we were able to increase the numbers. Party time!

    5 days ago

    • ClimberSteve

      I will camp with you Kevin. Solidarity brother!!!! Just be kinder to my tent than in Yosemite. It still asks me why you never call? :-)

      1 · 5 days ago

    • Sherry

      Ed and I are leaving town on Friday between 2-3 on. We are camping Friday night and climbing Saturday! Possibly driving home in Saturday night or Sunday morning due to a work schedule. Can't wait to climb trad on Saturday!

      1 · 5 days ago

  • Ziyan

    Is anyone leaving from near SF on Saturday morning? If so I'd love to catch a ride!

    6 days ago

  • davina

    Yay, i will be down there already Dec 1,2,3 finishing up my course with SMC....hopefully we can meet up in the evenings around a camp fire!!

    November 22

    • SfKevin

      Sounds good. Were at sites 11 and 12.
      See ya there! Get us some good beta.

      November 22

  • Simon

    Hi Kevin, I am definitely up for camping. Thanks for organizing the trip!

    1 · November 22

    • Maribel

      Hi Kevin, I am definitely up for camping too, thanks!

      November 22

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