Castle rock after rain - How long to wait for this sandstone to dry?


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matt c. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 10

Is it ok to climb at castle rock after rain? The description says it's sandstone so I figured we might have to wait a few days but i know some sandstone doesn't have to dry out so long. Also, does anyone have any insight if it will be dry there tomorrow?

Thanks!

dholte · · South San Francisco, CA · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 463

The guidebook recommends a three day waiting period after rain, and its been raining a lot... I'd head someplace else if I were you.

matt c. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 10

Thank you for the reply!
Can you suggest anywhere else east bay or there abouts that would be ok to climb for tomorrow?

dholte · · South San Francisco, CA · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 463

Given the amount of rain, off the top of my head the only place worth climbing might be the Columbia boulders, which is pretty far from east bay. Maybe someone with more knowledge than me can comment.

matt c. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 10

Thanks!

dholte · · South San Francisco, CA · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 463

Flipped through some guidebooks, maybe nut tree boulders or putah creek near vacalle since they are basalt. Guidebook suggests some of the nut tree boulders dry quickly after rain (fwiw, I haven't climbed there).

Speaking of Basalt, places like gold wall/the grotto seep after rain, even though they are caves.

matt c. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 10

sweet! great info! I'll check out the the nut boulder and putah creek! Thanks for looking through your guides!

Joe Forrester · · Palo Alto · Joined Aug 2005 · Points: 1,030

It may seem counterintuitive, but if there is a nice ocean breeze, and it is sunny, the stuff on the pacific north of SF drys out quick. Mickey's beach, etc might not be bad right now as long as it stays clear.

Zaltana NMH · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 10
Joe Forrester wrote:It may seem counterintuitive, but if there is a nice ocean breeze, and it is sunny, the stuff on the pacific north of SF drys out quick. Mickey's beach, etc might not be bad right now as long as it stays clear.
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GizzardJones · · Rancho Cordova,CA · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 320

nut tree/ vacaville boulders is dry & ready!! was just there sun!
however 50/50 if the landing is dry. bring a tarp for your pad and you will b golden!!!

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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