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Climbing locations for when the Valley is too cold?


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Mark Straub · · Berkeley, CA · Joined Feb 2010 · Points: 25

I had plans to meet a friend in the Valley next weekend, but it looks like the lows will be around 10 degrees, which would make camping pretty miserable.  Are there any good locations to do some climbing that might have warmer temps?  J-Tree and Tahquitz are probably too far of a drive.  I was thinking Sugarloaf or Bishop.

Señor Arroz · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 10

How would Bishop be closer than J-tree when the Sierra Highways are closed? Assuming you are in Berkeley like your profile says.

Andrew Child · · Santa Clara · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 660

Table mountain is pretty fun

Peter Foster · · Davis, CA · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 105
jg fox · · Long Beach, CA · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 5

AndrewArroz wrote:

How would Bishop be closer than J-tree when the Sierra Highways are closed? Assuming you are in Berkeley like your profile says.

Google maps is putting it at an extra hour for Joshua Tree.  Going around Tahoe can be quick when there isn't a conga line going to the resorts.

Señor Arroz · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 10

jg fox wrote:

Google maps is putting it at an extra hour for Joshua Tree.  Going around Tahoe can be quick when there isn't a conga line going to the resorts.

You're probably right given that there's little to no snow in Tahoe. Usually in winter it'd suck.

Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 310

Check out the Kern River climbing, upstream from Kernville. 

Kern Slabs, New Direction and more.... 

All sorts of free camping to boot 

And there’s a place named DanLand by Three Rivers , that has a Valley feel ... or check out Toll House by Fresno 

We are so lucky to live in California- enjoy the winter climbing.

hrdeyo · · Greenbay, WI · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 0

Table mountain grotto (columnar basalt) and gold wall have nice climbing, also marble bouldering in near by Columbia is nice.  


King Tut · · Citrus Heights · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 430

Arch Rock and Cookie Cliff.

If the sun is out they aren't too cold.

Mark Straub · · Berkeley, CA · Joined Feb 2010 · Points: 25

Thanks for the tips everyone.  Seems like a long shot maybe, but are the Needles in?

King Tut · · Citrus Heights · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 430

Its been dry but cold...they are what, 6000' so colder than the south facing stuff in the Valley.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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