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Jan 11, 2017
Does Table Mountain seep after rain? Will it be climbable this weekend? Any other better options near SF?

Thanks!
Matt Perrett
Joined Jan 11, 2017
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Jan 11, 2017
No info here but posting to follow. I am also curious about potential seepage (specifically at the Grotto) after the rain. I hear it can be a problem but looking for more/better sources on that. Carla R
Joined Mar 10, 2016
110 points
Jan 11, 2017
Sometimes the Grotto is climbable during the first day of a rainstorm, but both Grotto and GW do seep like crazy after a big storm. After one day of rain it's probably fine (aka during the drought years), but all the times I've gone out there a day or two after a big rainstorm have been terrible. I don't have a great estimate on how long it takes to dry out, though. Cat.
Joined Jun 8, 2014
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Jan 11, 2017
Gold Wall is going to be soaking for the most part (Jailhouse will likely be a mess too). In particular from about Diamond in the Rough all the way to Black Gold (i.e. the second main section of wall at GW) is going to be a waterfall. The rest of the crag will likely be seeping pretty good as well. You might try Bear Crag etc. up near St. Helena because they don't have a mesa above them to funnel water down into the cliff. Though I'm not sure about this (mostly because I can't remember), but maybe Jerry Dodrill will see this and post with better info concerning Napa area stuff. Good luck. J. Albers
From Colorado
Joined Jul 11, 2008
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Jan 11, 2017
Table will be soaked and dripping. Even bear might be a bad idea, that storm dumped a ton of water. The only good bet would be Sea Crag, but that's pretty limited. caughtinside
From Oakland CA
Joined Nov 21, 2006
1,415 points
Jan 11, 2017
caughtinside wrote:
Table will be soaked and dripping. Even bear might be a bad idea, that storm dumped a ton of water. The only good bet would be Sea Crag, but that's pretty limited.


Edit: nevermind, i was confused.

OP: Table seeps like crazy after many days of rain.
Mike Mellenthin
From San Francisco, CA
Joined Nov 5, 2014
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Jan 11, 2017
don't know about table mountain in Sonora, but if you're talking about table rock out of Calistoga, it will be very wet.

But....many Mt. St. Helena climbs (farside, bear, etc.) dry quite quickly and will be good this weekend
splitclimber
Joined Jan 22, 2007
5 points
Jan 12, 2017
On a separate but very related note, how much longer do you think it will take the local sandstone to dry out after this insane dump of rain? It looks like we're only getting a 5 day gap of sun, so maybe by that 5th day things will have dried up enough.

I wouldn't climb if I got there on day 5 and it was still moist, but I'm trying to gauge it so if necessary I just make the drive to a granite crag instead.
James T
Joined Jul 1, 2015
20 points
Jan 12, 2017
How would the Pinnacles fare? Matt Perrett
Joined Jan 11, 2017
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Jan 12, 2017
People usually say the standard is 3 days in regard to sandstone. I think you'd be able to climb Pinnacles Sunday..? There likely is more sun hitting out there then off of Skyline.

I'm sure people have varying estimates, usually if it's wet on the ground (esp. near the base of the climbs) you probably shouldn't climb it... at least that's also what I hear people say.

Just please, don't hurt the rock!

Edit to add: Does anybody have an estimate for how long it takes Table Mountain to dry out?
Carla R
Joined Mar 10, 2016
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