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SOTA Report: Stonewall and Cuyamaca Peak (22-Feb-2015)

With 55mph winds forecasted for the desert, my plans to climb Rabbit and Villager peaks seemed like a bad idea. Now, I'm not opposed to some Type 2 fun (not fun during, but fun when you're done) but it seemed this would just be a bit too much.

I had already called off plans for Rabbit Peak and a San Diego Mountain Rescue member and running friend Erin sent a text asking where and when to meet for the adventure. I conveyed the bad news and offered an alternate plan - bag some peaks in the Cuyamaca area instead. The weather would likely be as bad, but most of the trails are sheltered enough for the suffering to be limited to the highest parts of the exposed summits.


SOTA Report: Sierra Solo and Mazourka

Under 13 lbs… This is going to be a nice pack weight, I said to myself Thursday night as I weighed-in my new 15L ultralight pack, stuffed with the bare necessities for a weekend in the mountains, along with some extra items for fun. About a year ago, I started this game called “Summits On The Air” or “SOTA” which draws amateur radio enthusiasts to operate from mountain tops in order to gather points. I had a grand plan of activating seven SOTA summits to the West of Onion Valley in the Eastern Sierra. It would require two days of effort and a daunting amount of off-trail hiking and scrambling, but I was ready. Stuffed in my pack was


Trip Report: Winter Storm Warning in Idyllwild... Who wants to go to Tahquitz???

Following up on Greg and Doug's relatively successful Tahquitz trip a week ago, Doug, Greg, Robb, and I checked the weather every day this past week in hopes of a repeat performance.  We knew a storm was coming, and the mid-week storm (albeit a weak one) that rolled through encouraged us even more.  For decent ice to form at Tahquitz, it needs to be unusually wet and cold and these storms gave us some hope.  And wet it was.  Our only concern was the temperature.


Trip Report: Baby Greg's Red Rocks B-Day

Fun climbing during the days with Jason and some solid partying at night (just ask Eliot how he felt on Monday).  Thanks, Greg, for organizing this fun trip.

After doing "Loose Lady", "Sidewinder", "Skinny Dip", and a couple of others in JTree on Friday, Jason and I ticked off the twin cracks of "Topless Twins" (5.9), a 5.6 crack, the cool lieback/dihedral "Varnishing Point" (5.4, 5.8+), and a variation to "Birdland" (climbing the crack system 50' to the right to join "Birdland" at the 5th pitch) on Saturday, and then "Prince of Darkness" (5.7, 5.10b, 5.10a, 5.9, 5.9, 5.10c) on Sunday.  Great weekend.  Enjoy the photos.


Trip Report: Santee - Carpeted in Green

Today I rounded up a few of the Meetup.com San Diego crew and paid a visit to the Santee Boulders.  The weather was warm, but not too hot and the rocks still relatively clean from the recent rain.  Still, a few geniuses had chalked the crap out of some problems, even caking the edges used only as footholds with chalk.  Seriously people, your shoes do NOT sweat.  Chalking them up only makes you look like an idiot, makes you slip even more, and further polishes the holds.

We started on the Amphitheater, doing the usual slab warm-ups, "Jumpstart", and "Powell Face"...