Sunday, October 17, 2010

California Climbing

Another great trip to visit Brad and climb. This time we checked out some climbing in the hills behind Santa Barbara, then headed to the Needles. The climb in Santa Barbara was great. A short, but great crack climb with a heady mantle in the middle.

Mid-mantle move

The Needles turned out to be awesome. In the middle of no-where, we had the entire place to ourselves. Wonderful granite spires riddled with perfect cracks. We warmed up on some easier climbing which turned out to be some of the best. Then we worked our way to slightly more difficult climbing, which again was amazing. Excellent crack with great protection.

Approaching the mantle move

The scenery was spectacular; Mt. Whitney to the North and the Golden Trout Wilderness below us. Everyday lent itself to wonderful sunrises, sunsets, and great climbing.

Brad topping out on "T-Crack"

With only two days spent there, Brad and I left looking forward to a return trip.

Overlooking the climbs

Beer time post climbing

Brad on the last pitch of "Igor Unchained"

The Sorcerer

Topping out on "Airy Interludes"

Brad approaching the 1st belay on "Thin Ice"

View from near the climbing

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