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Jun 3, 2013
Hi guys,

My wife is going on a conference in San Diego mid october, and I was thinking to tag along and explore some sport climbing up to 5.11 level. Any advice on daytrip climbing crags around SD would be appreciated. I'll be coming alone, so would be great to be in a place where I can join some climbing parties.

Thank you!
Joined Oct 19, 2012
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Jun 3, 2013
There is some single pitch sport climbing at Mission Gorge which is about 10 minutes or so from Downtown. Is typically crowded this time of year on the weekends. You can find free PDF guides online. Make sure you scope out the routes you choose, some bolted routes require gear as well. alleyehave
From San Diego, CA
Joined Jun 12, 2010
115 points
Jun 3, 2013
The top 4 IMO for sport climbing are
Mission Gorge
El Cajon Mtn
Eagles Peak
Corte Madera

Look up closures in each area though for this time of year. Usually its just a certain side of a mountain or particular routes.
I know a lot of Eagles and Corte right now is closed but maybe theres a route in particular you can find here in MP that isnt.

Feel free to ask me about any area ill give you a quick rundown of whats there.
(For example: El Cajon is like 1.5 hour hike, etc.)
From San Diego, California
Joined Aug 22, 2012
60 points
Jun 3, 2013
Mission Gorge is the closest and most convenient option, and would probably keep you busy for a full day or two, if you climb everything in the sport-bolted 5.7-11a range. Most of these routes will be short (30-50 feet) and many feature bolted anchors. Like most crags, it can get crowded on the easier climbs, especially on weekends. If you troll MP or the SD meetup groups you should be able to find a partner without too much difficulty.

If you climb at MG, beware that many climbs will take some gear, with bolts to protect the faces. The route beta here on MP is generally pretty good and will steer you in the right direction.

If you want to sample some of the best sport climbing here in SD, I'd recommend El Cajon Mtn. It's not far from downtown (20-30 min. drive) but a somewhat strenuous, 90 minute approach along a well-marked trail helps to keep the crowds down. There are a bunch of really fun, multi-pitch sport routes in the 5.8-11 range. It gets hot out there, but October should be perfect weather.

Eagle Peak and Corte are also excellent, but a bit farther and less convenient access, IMO.

Jason Kim
From Encinitas, CA
Joined Apr 30, 2012
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