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Auburn Quarry Raptor Nesting Closures


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Karsten Walker · · Oakland, CA · Joined May 2017 · Points: 10

In the Bay Area Rock Climbing book by Thornburg it is noted that parts of Auburn Quarry close for Raptor Nesting.  I know there is a sign there, but can't find any dates anywhere else about this "closure" and I've talked to tons of people that have climbed in the closed areas recently.  So- is there actually a closure still?

Colonel Mustard · · Sacramento, CA · Joined Sep 2005 · Points: 1,186

I didn’t see any notice last time I went a few weeks ago. I am sure they post it at the trailhead and at the crag. There’s a message board in front of the memorial crag.

Last time it was announced I think it was just the twin towers area closed.

Karsten Walker · · Oakland, CA · Joined May 2017 · Points: 10

Last years notice had basically everything upward of Horseshoe Canyon closed. I just don’t wanna be the asshole that violates the closure and messes things up for everyone

Colonel Mustard · · Sacramento, CA · Joined Sep 2005 · Points: 1,186
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=502

Closure is on, read link for details. Also, it’s probably gonna be way too hot to really enjoy climbing there soon anyway.
Justin Johnsen · · Sacramento, CA · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 6,827

"The Upper Quarry at Cave Valley/Auburn Quarry is now open for climbing! The falcons have fled and were successful in raising 3 chicks for the first time we know of in the Cave Valley Area!"

CRAGS on FB

Karsten Walker · · Oakland, CA · Joined May 2017 · Points: 10

That's cool, but conditions look atrocious.

Peter J · · Davis, CA · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 145
Colonel Mustard wrote:...it’s probably gonna be way too hot to really enjoy climbing there soon anyway.

hahahaha, as though somebody could "enjoy" climbing at Auburn anyway! Hilarious.

Harumpfster Boondoggle · · Between yesterday and today. · Joined Apr 2018 · Points: 0

Hey man, bring your bliss with you, no matter where you go, there you are....:)

#stokeforperegins

Justin Johnsen · · Sacramento, CA · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 6,827

I've climbed at Auburn Quarry during all four of its climbing seasons!

  1. The hand blistering one.
  2. The muddy one.
  3. The one where jams numb your fingers.
  4. THe other muddy one.
Peter J · · Davis, CA · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 145

1. Hot, sweaty choss
2. Wet, slippery choss
3. Freezing cold choss
4. Wet, slippery choss

Muscrat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 3,625
Peter J wrote: 1. Hot, sweaty choss
2. Wet, slippery choss
3. Freezing cold choss
4. Wet, slippery choss

So, you choose choss?

Muscrat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 3,625

"He who chews choss chooses choice choss"

Colonel Mustard · · Sacramento, CA · Joined Sep 2005 · Points: 1,186

I’m torn between defending the area and not really giving enough of a shit.

Harumpfster Boondoggle · · Between yesterday and today. · Joined Apr 2018 · Points: 0
Justin Johnsen wrote: I've climbed at Auburn Quarry during all four of its climbing seasons!

  1. The hand blistering one.
  2. The muddy one.
  3. The one where jams numb your fingers.
  4. THe other muddy one.

What's not to like?

Muscrat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 3,625
Colonel Mustard wrote: I’m torn between defending the area and not really giving enough of a shit.

NO no no! It's a terrible place! Snakes! Big MEAN POISONOUS snakes, and an all day slog through manzanita and poison oak to get to the choss. And if it's not raining it's too hot, and besides the terrible conditions, it's....always covered in ants. Big MEAN BITING ants. 

SO best just to stay away, go to Tahoe, it's waymobetta!
Karsten Walker · · Oakland, CA · Joined May 2017 · Points: 10

I wish I could like all of these posts with a single click.

I don't get the appeal of this place. From the Bay it is no closer than Table Mtn or The Bear/Bubble once you factor in the approach and the rockfall/choss factor is awful.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

Northern California
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