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Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Angeles National Forest : Fish Canyon Narrows : PianoBox Prospect : ... : Photo
By: randy88fj62 When: 3 days ago

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Comments: If you open the picture to full screen you can see the first railroad spike located center of the picture.

Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Angeles National Forest : Fish Canyon Narrows
By: randy88fj62 When: 4 days ago

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Comments: Cienega Campground was closed in 2004/2005 when the heavy rains brought by El Nino washed out the roads going in and the government abandoned care.

Locals were visiting the campground in the early 60's so it is surmised that the campground was built during the depression which matches the bridge dates along the local San Francisquito Canyon Road and Lake Hughes Road.

This also matches the timeline of the pitons placed (1960's). The french pitons used on ... more >>

Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Angeles National Forest : Fish Canyon Narrows : PianoBox Prospect
By: randy88fj62 When: 4 days ago

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Comments: The abandoned campground at the entrance to Fish Canyon Narrows is called Cienega Campground and was active in the early 70's. It is during this time that one could walk to the base of the climbing area in 15 minutes instead of the long hike we now face. A bike would be a smart decision to save your legs.

Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Sespe Gorge (Black Wall) : Bee Line (5.7 PG13) : Photo
By: randy88fj62 When: Apr 13, 2016

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Comments: Ha! You're welcome. Was quite a nice day there with such pleasant weather.

Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Sespe Gorge (Black Wall) : Bee Line (5.7 PG13)
By: randy88fj62 When: Mar 22, 2016

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Comments: Did as an aid climb on 3/20/15. All the home made pins are in good shape and solid. Did as three short pitches using a double rack and 15 slings. Offset nuts helpful.

Pitches 1 and 2 were easy and pitch 3 being the crux as gear was running low.

Two 60m ropes or 1 60m rope and a pull cord make rapping the route a breeze.

Top of pitch 3 is a large tree with sling and rapide. Bring webbing to replace.

Top of what we designated as pitch 2 had 2 solid bolts with rap rings. Just above the rap rin... more >>

Location: CA : Southern Sierra : Shuteye Ridge : Big Sleep : Afternoon Nap (5.7)
By: randy88fj62 When: May 26, 2015

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Comments: This climb is not for beginning 5.7 leaders. The first two pitches are easy yet run out making this climb very heady. Two 60m ropes are needed to rappel the route, consider having the second carry a pull cord if you want to go light.

If the climb is busy, consider the two pitch 5.8 to climber's right about 600 ft. Fun and well protected.

If a big group goes up (like two teams of 3), consider the mess that will ensue when they rap the route if you climb up after them...

Anchors / bolts were b... more >>

Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Yosemite Falls Area : Lost Arrow Spire : Lost Arrow Tip (5.7 C2)
By: randy88fj62 When: Apr 22, 2014

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Comments: 4-19-14
Completed Lost Arrow Spire Tip over the weekend. Hiked in sat and bivied up top. Better to bivy down near the falls/river in the trees as it would have been warmer, closer access to water, and less wind.

Sun am we dropped into the notch. Used the obvious larger tree a bit back from the edge (about 2 ft diameter). Rigged the tree by wrapping twice and securing it with a figure eight on a bight with two opposite and opposed biners. Used a 200 ft static line and a 60m lead rope. Had to pas... more >>

Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Mammoth Lakes Area : Rock Creek : Gong Show Wall : Main Attraction (5.8)
By: randy88fj62 When: Oct 14, 2013

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Comments: Pitch one is amazing. The three pitches can be done in two with a 60m rope. Nice belay ledge for optional first belay when using your 60m rope.

If you do not make it to the top of pitch three then make sure to have some webbing and a rap ring. There are two bail stations with lots of tat and old webbing but they made need some fresh webbing when you get there.

Location: CA : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : The Obelisk : West Face (5.7)
By: randy88fj62 When: Jul 8, 2013

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Comments: Completed the West Face over 4th of July weekend. Hiked in one day to lower Geraldine lake, completed climb on the second day, and hiked out third day.

The hike in is the hardest part due to difficult route finding. I have an iPhone app that overlaid our position on USGS topo maps and it was extremely helpful.

The route itself is straight forward. The chimney start is obvious. The pitches get easier as you go up. The first two pitches are the hardest. We did it in 6 long pitches on a 60m rope.... more >>

Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : El Capitan Base Routes : El Cap Tree (5.7 C2)
By: randy88fj62 When: May 6, 2013

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Comments: Completed the first two pitches of El Cap Tree Route on Sunday May 5th, 2013. Here’s a few notes to help keep the info current on this route:

Pitch 1 Rack:
BD cams C3’s up to #1 C4. Could have used doubles of red #1’s. Only used one C3, forget which one but not the smallest Grey 000. Blue/yellow offset mastercam made getting onto bolt ladder real easy. I recommend carrying a set of offset cams. Only used 4 nuts (regular set would work, no offset nuts required). For the rivet ladd... more >>

Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Suicide Rock : Rebolting Face : Rap Flake (5.8)
By: randy88fj62 When: Apr 29, 2013

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Comments: There are no more fixed pins on this route.

Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Lone Pine Area : Whitney Portal : The Whale : Bony Fingers (5.11b R)
By: randy88fj62 When: Apr 22, 2013

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Comments: Approach was straight forward. Follow road/trail roughly 1.5 miles until it peters out into a talus slope. Follow talus slope up to base. You can see the whale formation from the trail.

Don't take the first talus slope up that does not cross the trail. That slope goes up to trango / gaucho areas.

Aided bony fingers. Did the 5.11b direct start with ladders and all.

I was able to do two hook moves (2 bd cliff hangers) after the three bolts to gain the small ledge. Standing on the ledge I was ab... more >>

Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : DAFF Area : Daff Dome West Face : West Crack (5.9)
By: randy88fj62 When: Jun 18, 2012

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Comments: Completed West Crack on 6-16-12. I recommend climbing this route in the morning or the late afternoon. The midday sun hits hard on this wall and will make you sweat. The first two pitches are the hardest and the rest is cruising from there.
First pitch takes gear up to a BD #2. Doubles in the lower to midsize range are nice but the first pitch eats up nuts too (I placed three.)
Second pitch pulls over the crux roof protected by an angle piton and gains the wide crack. Stay out of the cra... more >>

Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Half Dome : Snake Dike (5.7 R)
By: randy88fj62 When: May 14, 2012

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Comments: Did snake dike Saturday 5/12. Left curry village parking lot at 8:30am and got back to car at 11:00pm. Last chance for water was at Nevada Falls. Fill up and drink as much as you can there. The climber’s trail is not too hard to find and follow in daylight using supertopo description. Had to wait in line at the climb for about an hour since we left late. We topped out and descended cables with prusiks before dark. Hiked down to valley via headlamp.
I am a solid 5.8 trad leader and this is the r... more >>

Location: Nathan Fitzhugh : Big Bear : Photo
By: randy88fj62 When: Apr 11, 2012

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Comments: What climb is this? I'm looking for offwidth climbs in the Big Bear area.

Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Angeles National Forest : Texas Canyon : The Elephant's Head (& Hype... : Hyperion (5.7)
By: randy88fj62 When: Jan 24, 2011

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Comments: Climbed the 2 pitches on 1\23\11. First belay anchor has 2 bolts, one of which has a spinning hangar. Second pitch was easy and had good bolts at the top. Most of the bolts on this multipitch climb are 5/16" grade 5.
The bolt at the bottom crux / overhang was well positioned and allowed me to lead without any risk.

NOTE: Bring TWO ropes as the first belay station is rather high and cannot be rapped off of with a 70m rope.

Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Angeles National Forest : Texas Canyon : The Egg : Exhilaration (5.11a/b)
By: randy88fj62 When: Jan 24, 2011

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Comments: Climbed on this route Sunday 1/23/11. The bolt before the crux / overhang is dangerously loose. Seems that a lot of people fall on this bolt as there was a bail out carabiner on it when we got there. My group also could not finish the climb and bailed on the same dangerous bolt.
I climbed up the class IV backside to top rope this route and was disappointed with the top rope anchors. There is an old two bolt chain with quick links and a newer two bolt chain set. The newer chain is so small you ca... more >>

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