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Climbing, Single Day

Auburn Quarry

March 28, 2015


Auburn Quarry — the first place I led outdoors back in August of 2014.  It was hot, small, and I didn’t climb much.  The rock isn’t exceptional and it’s a fairly small area.  But don’t let that stop you!  I had a blast, and I think you would too.

At only 2.5 hours, it’s a quick jaunt from the Bay and the location (near Sacramento) makes this a viable spot year-round.  Winters can get pretty wet depending on the year, but summers can be a scorcher.  A dry winter (like this one, yikes!) gives way to some nice 80 degree heat in late March.  It can get fairly crowded for how small it is, so a Friday or Sunday is your best bet for uninhibited climbing.

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Climbing, Multi-Day

Pinnacles National Park

February 10, 2015


Ahh, Pinnacles.  The nation’s newest national park, signed in 2013.  Gee, thanks Obama!  Honestly, very few people outside of climbers and hikers have ever even heard of it, and it’s the closest national park to the Bay Area.

The park itself has a fairly interesting geographic history, well worth a read.  There’s a plethora of volcanic formations to scramble over, but mind the rattlesnakes.  There’s also a concoction of eagles, raptors, condors, and bats to keep you busy.  Oh, and caves.  Don’t forget the caves!

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