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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby Kahuna » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:01 pm

Good Call on Courtright!

I got three routes there and did lots of the anchor rebolting some ten years ago.
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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby SeanReedy » Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:50 pm

...and Courtright has plentiful free roadside camping with no crowds. You may have the place to yourself that time of year. If we get early storms the road is likely to close.
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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby butitsadryheat » Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:00 pm

3Deserts wrote:
butitsadryheat wrote:
If I were to fixate on historical Spanish colonists, I'd rather spend my time thinking about someone like Fr. Francisco Garcés, and his relatively sensitive, sympathetic approach to the first people of California. Read up on him if you haven't. Interesting man.

He was a bg figure here in Bakersfield. We have a statue of him in our downtown and a catholic school here is named after him. Interesting man indeed.


Hey that's pretty neat that the town has commemorated him. I wouldn't have guessed that. Very cool.

You know, despite the possible fact that Bakersfield is one of those places most people probably don't think about much if you don't live there, I've long had this feeling that there's more to it than meets the eye; certainly historically. Too, there's some notable artistic history attached to the place, especially with music and writing. I'm volunteering waaaaaay too much when I say this, but I too once wrote a book of dubious value in which Bakersfield played a significant role as a location. To me anyway, the place matters in its own way.

Have you ever read any of Mark Arax's non fiction? Lots of really fascinating insights to and interpretations of the greater central valley. "West of the West" is a book I very highly recommend to anyone with a real interest in the greater contemporary culture of California (i.e, not the stereotypes) as it relates to history, and the cultural resonance of what this nebulous idea of 'the west' means today. Rather than focus on the more common aspects of life in this state, he tells some fascinating stories of lives in place like Fresno, of migrant farm workers, of misunderstood or seemingly invisible subcultures that have nevertheless been vital factors in creating what we think of as the west today.

Jesus...what the hell am I doing? Should go do something constructive...


Bakersfield is a lot more than what people realize. Most would rather base their views on stereotypes and focus on those. It really is a community that takes care of each other when the need arises.
Here is the statue in the center of town
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Thanks for the reading suggestion. I haven't read any of Arax's writings, but I will put it on my list. There are some great books about this town and it's history surrounding the dust bowl days and of the earthquake the town went through in 1952. Also some good reading about the founder of this town, Col. Thomas Baker. Again, most people can't appreciate us for what we do, unless they ask themselves where much of the food they eat eat comes from. :lol:

And dman, caution on that particular offer of a partner, unless you want to be stuck footing the bill for gas and food! I can put you in touch with a couple of people who had bad experiences with that! :lol:
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Re: ^^^^^

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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby Greg Enright » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:21 pm

How about a trip to the west side of the Sierra for an introduction to California? Moro Rock and Alta Peak in Sequoia come to mind. Check out those big trees, too. Then a spin up to Mineral King for some of that Southern Sierra high country atmosphere.

You'll have a lot to choose from with the variety of mountains in California. Too much snow in the mountains could mean Joshua Tree would be perfect. Lots of great places to hike in the Coast Ranges when those drives to the Sierra get too tedious. I used to carry a map of the state with roads that I had driven marked with black pen. If I saw a large space on the map without a black line, I would head that way to do some exploring. You can find some great spots that way.

Did some time at Santa Maria High back in the 70's. The school motto was 'We don't give a damn'. The city had a variety of smells that ranged from oil refinery byproducts to agricultural arial spray to sewage. Probably not like that anymore.
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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby dman » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:26 pm

Greg and 3Deserts,

I really appreciate all these suggestions guys. The more I here from everyone the more excited I get. It seems like almost limitless possibilities and all of them sound so amazing! I cannot wait to make it over and start on a lot of these trips. But keep the suggestions coming, I want a long list!
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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby Kahuna » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:08 am

3Deserts wrote:Also, you'll see Morro Rock, and want to climb it, but don't: you'll be arrested, as it's protected due to the Peregrine Falcons that live on top.


No true.

Only portions of MR are closed and for only 3-4 Months. The designated closure area/s migrates each Spring as the nesting Peregrines select their location. The area and routes involved are clearly posted at the parking lot. The entire east and south faces are open year round. If you have an questions as to the closures, you can contact my buddy Rene Ardesch who pretty much over sees most of those Peregrine Closures throughout SEKI NP at 559-565-3341, press 1 then press 6 and ask to be transferred to Rene Ardesch who is down at the Three Rivers Entrance Office, during normal working hours Mon-Fri.
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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby ElGreco » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:52 am

Dman, Cathedral rarely keeps snow on it due to its moderate elevation and SE aspect. If snow has come down, it could be more of a factor on Russel's E Ridge, but it really depends on the year. Last winter we got a big storm in October, and then virtually nothing till Feb.

Keep them in mind, and check conditions near the time!
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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby butitsadryheat » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:43 am

Different Morro Rock
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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby Kahuna » Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:13 pm

butitsadryheat wrote:Different Morro Rock

Oooops!

Will, Dman, ya got some extra info regarding a valuable climbing area (Moro Rock, SEKI) easily accessible within three hours of VAFB at the edge of the Western Sierra outta of Visalia.
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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby butitsadryheat » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:24 am

Dman, I'm a little bummed that you didn't give a heads up on the Delta V launch tonight. Had to hear it on the news and after waiting and waiting, it appears to have been delayed. Had we been in possession of some more reliable infooooo.......... :roll:




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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby butitsadryheat » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:35 pm

scrubbed last night but rescheduled to go at 12:27am tonight for all of you in the southern half of the state that won't be obscured by clouds
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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby dman » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:56 pm

Well I could have told you bout the launch but sadly I am not there yet! I will not be there till the beginning of October! So don't trust me with any rocket launch info just yet!
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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby Funyan005 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:02 am

I just moved out of Cambria(30 min north of SLO) last month, the central coast is beautiful!
Make sure you go to the farmers market in SLO on Thursday nights, the whole downtown shuts down.

As for climbing, look up Bishop Peak in SLO, there's topos everywhere online. Lots of single pitch climbs, nothing crazy and nothing compared to the Sierra, but if you need a quick fix it's not bad. Just watch out for poison oak.
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Re: Best First California Climb

Postby butitsadryheat » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:42 am

dman wrote:Well I could have told you bout the launch but sadly I am not there yet! I will not be there till the beginning of October! So don't trust me with any rocket launch info just yet!

:oops: :oops: :oops:

apologies!


(postponed to next week when I'll be up in Big Sur. Hope we don't get a marine layer!)
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