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Moving to the Bay Area -- should I bring my crash pad??

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Jamie Collins · · Vail, CO · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 218

I'm moving from Colorado to Palo Alto in September. I prefer steep, overhanging sport climbing (Rifle, Rumney, the Red, etc.) but boulder occasionally when that's all that's available. 

Is there enough good bouldering around the Bay Area to warrant bringing my crash pad? Or is it far enough away that I'd be better off sport climbing instead?

Colonel Mustard · · Sacramento, CA · Joined Sep 2005 · Points: 1,180

Unless you're really strapped for space, I'd bring the crashpad if you're into bouldering. Castle Rock State Park, Indian and Mortar Rock in Berkeley, Vacaville/Nut Tree, Goat Rocks, etc., etc.. There's much more bouldering than sport climbing within the ~1 hour range. You have to drive more in the 2+ hour range to get to the sort of sport climbing you'd be into.

Eugenel Espiritu · · PA · Joined May 2015 · Points: 589

Yes, plenty of bouldering to be done near Palo Alto. Castle Rock and Mt Tam are pretty close by. Some nude beaches along the coast that are okay too.

plantmandan · · Brighton, CO · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 40

I would say keep it unless you are really, really tight for space. You will quickly exhaust all local climbing options (sport, bouldering, and otherwise) and need to travel several hours in a car to get to the destination areas, where there is plenty of world class bouldering.  

M Hostetler · · Oakland, CA · Joined May 2016 · Points: 0

Bring it.  Being based in Palo Alto, you're going to spend a lot of time in Castle Rock State Park.  It has some short roped climbing but the bouldering is better and more plentiful.  If you're not at castle rock you'll probably be driving 3+ hours to Tahoe or Yosemite.

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