The Sandcastle Rock Climbing
View from the trail: At the base, looking up.
Located just below mid-ridgeline on the approach to Arlington and Cathedral Peaks, The Sandcastle is a formation within spitting distance from the trail, and hosts-- more or less-- one solitary line.
The rock quality is generally terrible (hence, the name), and efforts to veer from the direct line may likely be rewarded with boot-fulls of sand. But the crack itself... is AWESOME.
Grab your water, tape, and longsleeves and get ready to fight your way up the iron-rich interior of the seam!
Approach as you would for Cathedral Peak, following Arlington Ridge upwards, to its approximate half-way point. The grade eases here, and Panic Town can be seen clearly in the gully below and to the right. The formation should be visible straight ahead (use photos for reference). Both top-out and base can be accessed within two minutes from the main trail.
Weather station 2.7 miles from here
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Grunt Work 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a California
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: ... : The Sandcastle
30-35' of squeeze/OW. Enticed?The crack is bottoming, flared, ever so slightly overhung, and ultimately leads into a pinch point up high that prohibits further vertical shimmy-wiggling, yet is still too wide for a proper fist and too deep for a hand-fist. Rough. Surpass the crux and pull on a series of awesome pockets to top out.----Keep in mind that this description is for the crack only. Stemming between the faces produces a much difference experience, and feels more like a...[more] Browse More Classics in California
View from Panic Town's Wall 3 Tower.