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Jun 29, 2014
Hi guys,

I've been told Black Mountain and Tramway are probably the best places to visit in summer (around the vicinity of LA). I've been doing some research and am planning to hit the rocks for a couple of days in August. I am not local and hence will need to rent a car and borrow/rent crash pads (I'm not too sure how strict Delta is with their 1 luggage policy).

I've never been to any of these areas, so I hope the folks would be able to help me with the questions below:

1) Transportation: Car vs Public Transport
Are there any form of public transport? Also, I wonder if it's acceptable for climbers to be lugging their crash pads on public transport. Considering the fact that it's more than an hour's drive away from LA, I'm guessing there isn't?

2) Lodging: Non-Camping
As mentioned above, I have baggage limitations and hence it wouldn't be ideal for me to pack in yet another bulky item (i.e. a tent). I was wondering where would be a good (cheap/affordable) place to stay if I weren't camping at Boulder Basin and the likes?

3) Lodging: Camping
Assuming that I could fit a tent in (or that non-camping proved too expensive), what is it like camping at Boulder Basin (for Black mountain)? Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like there's no camping if I were to go to Tramway.

4) Crash Pads
As above, I have trouble bringing a crash pad over. Where would I be able to rent a crash pad? Or, if anyone has a pad or two to rent/borrow, I'll be very grateful!

5) Recommended guide books
Or is PM a good enough source.

Last but not least, if anyone is climbing and don't mind company, please drop me a note, too!
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Jun 29, 2014
You will need a car to reach Black Mountain, not so for the Tram.

There is camping at Tramway. You have to print out and mail in the permit form in order to get a camping permit, it's $5 per person.

Haven't camped at Boulder Basin but I have been there, seems it would be great to camp there and boulder.

Black Mountain is missing a guidebook, there was one in the works but it has been a while since i have heard anything about it so i strongly doubt it will be published this year, if ever. At any rate here is the link to what seems the best available topo!

For tramway

Tavis Ricksecker
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Aug 2, 2014
Thanks for the reply.

Would anyone be heading out to boulder on 17 Aug (only getting the car in the morning)? Or, on the 19 or 20 Aug?
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