Monday, May 05, 2008

Trips May 6 - May 13

I think I am still going to try to keep an open invite thread for trips. We do that kayaking and it is a nice way to meet a few more of the local players. For keeners, this also means no more lost weekends due to no partners. So, here is an open thread for this week's trips.

With climbing, I think the only way this will work is if there are:
1. NO expectations someone will bring gear for you
2. NO expectations others will set up ropes for you
3. NO expectations you will be shown how to climb
4. NO expectations people will change their planned routes to accommodate tag alongers.

What you might reasonably expect:
1. Someone to share the gas
2. Someone to talk to at the base of routes when cragging
3. Someone to hit Pizza joint with after a day's climbing

I think a workable philosophy would be - separate parties who just happen to be climbing in the same area and want to split burgers at the campfire.



At 5/05/2008 09:30:00 PM , Blogger chris g said...

With that in mind - Anne and I are heading down to Stonehill again this weekend. We will be camping at the end of the side road just south of the main crag. We will be leaving Friday after work and coming back Sunday evening.

We should have space for 1 or two others. Harms - are you going to head down again?

At 5/06/2008 08:21:00 AM , Blogger Aimee said...

Brad & I are also going to go to Stone Hills this weekend. However, we both have to work Saturday, so we're thinking of leaving Saturday night and coming back Monday evening. We have room for 2 more people.

We've never been it easy to find this campground?

At 5/06/2008 09:06:00 AM , Blogger Scott Harms said...

Can’t decide between rock climbing or skiing..... Jill and I stay at the rexford bench campground. It's only 10 bucks a night and there are the regular campground facilities except showers. The one reason that I stay in the campground is that I don't really worry about our camping gear getting stolen. The manager of the campground is a nice old man and said that there have been problems with theft in the area and at camp 32. He keeps a close eye out for trouble. We will probably stay there for the long weekend. Have fun out there! Aimee if you need info let me know.


At 5/06/2008 07:41:00 PM , Blogger chris g said...

Aimee, the free camping is pretty straightforward. Drive past the climbing area for a couple of km. Before you get to a bridge over a gully there will be a dirt road heading left (east) and a bit (few meters) before that a small dirt road heading right (west and down to the lake).

The nice campsite is at the end of this dirt road, right above the lake. If this site is taken, there is a smaller one by a tree closer to the main road.

That is where Anne and I will be (silver subaru).

If this campground is full, people usually camp up the forestry campground. This is one of the dirt roads heading east before the climbing area. - sorry can't remember the details.

I am hoping we will be climbing at Peck Gulch one day and at the main area another.

At 5/07/2008 01:13:00 PM , Blogger chris g said...

Guess we'll have to watch the weather

It could be a kayaking weekend instead.

At 5/08/2008 04:14:00 PM , Blogger Scott Harms said...

seeing as they are calling for snow in the mountain destinations...... Don't really want to drive 3-4 hours and then turn around, stupid gas prices.

At 5/09/2008 01:12:00 PM , Blogger chris g said...

True enough Scott. You just need to have a kayak so you can enjoy those rainy days!

Anne and I are still driving down Friday night. We are going to get a decent start on Saturday, and climb for the day. On Sunday we will look at the weather, and perhaps hit the bull river for kayaking.

Chris - 892-8438 if you need to get hold of me before we leave at 4:45 or 5.

At 5/12/2008 09:48:00 AM , Blogger chris g said...

Well the weekend was actually pretty decent. Friday was a bit cloudy, but the sky opened up in the evening. We sat by the fire are roasted croissants on a stick.

Saturday was partly cloudy, but with no rain. The temps were cool (~12c), but the climbing was fine. We warmed up on the cold rock and shade of Lizard slab and then moved to Peck Gulch.

Peck Gulch has some of the best climbing in the area. Pisa Cake is great fun, but a bit of a sandbag - it made me think of Waterton grades! Medusa and the routes beside it were absolutely fantastic. Great bolting and great climbing. They were quite similar to the routes around farily lane - just a bit shorter.

Sunday was rainy so we headed back home. I was going to boat the Bull, but with the extra water figured a solo wouldn't be wise. However it turned out things were snowing up there not raining. Hence flows were down. Pinkam creek below the bridge looked runnable. I should have had a look at it. I remember scouting it a long time ago.

At 5/13/2008 09:35:00 AM , Blogger Aimee said...

Glad to hear it was a good weekend. We ad Sunday/Monday off, and decided not to go because of the forecast. I'm glad we didn't!

At 5/23/2008 12:25:00 PM , Blogger Marko Polo said...

How was the drive back? We got stuck at the border for a couple of hours!


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