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By Eli Buzzell
From: Lives in a 4runner
May 22, 2014
|Are there actual access issues here?|
By John Tran
Apr 7, 2015
|No access issues here. I went there today and the park has seems to be improving. There is now an paved biking trail that leads directly to the rocks. So all you have to do is walk on the bike path till you reach the first set of stairs on the right and follow those to the rocks.|
By Josh No-Tell
Oct 13, 2015
Just went to this sport for the first time and lived almost right across the street for about two years. So glad to say I finally discovered it. There are several different routes to the climbing area. The one mentioned here will do, but you can also arrive there via the trail to the left at the back of the children's play area and go either along the waterline (upstream) or along the ridgeline for a better view of the area and you will actually be atop the ridge your climbing below.
As for the spot itself, yes it is outdoors and if there is rain within the last few days it will be muddy. Even though the cliff's provide shelter from the rain, the seepage through the cracks leave some spots muddy and make shoe grip virtually non-existent. But overall it is fairly nice climbing. Some holds are fairly glossy and difficult to grab for me as a beginner. But there is some seriously bouldering to be had there. The only thing I do not like is that the fall surface buts up against another drop into the water below, so be careful how you fall and don't roll off. Bring a spotter to ensure you're good but again s/he doesn't have much room to work with.
I think this would be a pretty sweet but short lead/sport climb route or even a top rope in some areas that are a bit flatter. But that is just my opinion since there isn't many other options in the FXBG area.