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Postby Noondueler » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:42 am

Friend took me to Yosemite, summer '93. We hiked Clouds Rest above the valley and then Gaylor Peak by Tioga Pass next day. I was hooked!
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Postby Apex » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:52 am

Hmm... First climb that really got me into this sport was in Squamish, doing the classic Neat and Cool. Yeah, it was on top-rope :roll: But it was a helluva lot of fun making it to the top with all my friends cheering me on from down below getting psyched up to make the next move.

That got me hooked. And the first moment when I entered the Squamish boulder field I knew that I wanted to spend alot of time in there working projects and hanging out.
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Postby rpc » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:54 am

rhyang wrote:
rpc wrote:it's interesting that I can think of seaside rock climbing venues on most continents (Europe, Asia, Australia, S. America) but not N. America...except perhaps Acadia National Park (never been)...wondering if I'm wrong about this??


Never done it, but this comes to mind -

http://www.supertopo.com/tr/California- ... 0502n.html

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There is also seaside bouldering north of SF .. "Mickey's Beach" I think it's called, never been. I'm pretty sure there is some other stuff in Tom Slater's "California Road Trip" book, but don't have it handy ..


Rob, that looks interesting. What do you think about that book?
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Re: How did you start? Your first climbs??

Postby tonyo » Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:49 pm

CindyAbbott wrote:
emmieuk wrote:What were your first climbs?



Up the tree in my front yard when I was 4 years old. I went so far up my Dad had to call the fire department to get me down. These days I can get myself down :lol:


Congratulations on your Everest summit!!
Trees ---> Everest. Nice progression. Was Dad still around to see it?
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Postby rhyang » Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:24 pm

rpc wrote:What do you think about that book?


It has some stuff in it that I've not seen elsewhere. Some of the stuff is obviously better covered by other books (eg. Tuolumne Meadows, Pinnacles). Some of it looks over-rated (a slab at Tollhouse Rock for example). It kind of gives you a taste of each area, but isn't really comprehensive for any of them. I did find out about a few areas that I plan to visit.

So the book is in front of me, and lists a few "seaside" climbing areas on the North Coast -

- Salt Point State Park (sonoma coast) - bouldering, sport climbing, some trad

- Moonstone Beach (near Arcata) - sport climbing, bouldering

- Patricks Point (near Arcata) - sport climbing, some trad

- Promontory (near Crescent City) - sport climbing

- Footsteps (near Crescent City) - sport climbing

Tom Slater lists a more comprehensive guidebook for the north coast as Bigfoot Country Climbing by Eric Chemello and Paul Humphrey. He says Bay Area Rock by Jim Thornburg is the one for Salt Point SP. I've seen pics of your climbing library Radek, and you might as well just get this one :) Oh, and it has several pics of notable SP'ers in it :lol:
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Postby rpc » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:49 pm

rhyang wrote:
rpc wrote:What do you think about that book?


It has some stuff in it that I've not seen elsewhere. Some of the stuff is obviously better covered by other books (eg. Tuolumne Meadows, Pinnacles). Some of it looks over-rated (a slab at Tollhouse Rock for example). It kind of gives you a taste of each area, but isn't really comprehensive for any of them. I did find out about a few areas that I plan to visit.

So the book is in front of me, and lists a few "seaside" climbing areas on the North Coast -

- Salt Point State Park (sonoma coast) - bouldering, sport climbing, some trad

- Moonstone Beach (near Arcata) - sport climbing, bouldering

- Patricks Point (near Arcata) - sport climbing, some trad

- Promontory (near Crescent City) - sport climbing

- Footsteps (near Crescent City) - sport climbing

Tom Slater lists a more comprehensive guidebook for the north coast as Bigfoot Country Climbing by Eric Chemello and Paul Humphrey. He says Bay Area Rock by Jim Thornburg is the one for Salt Point SP. I've seen pics of your climbing library Radek, and you might as well just get this one :) Oh, and it has several pics of notable SP'ers in it :lol:

thanks Rob! I actually had a very brief opportunity to flip through it. Nothing really was eye catching enough to make me want to dish out the $$ but I wanted a local's opinion. Becoming more selective on the library additions these days :)
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Postby TimmyC » Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:18 pm

Arthur Digbee wrote:
emmieuk wrote:why do i have to have a stupid office job for a stupid big shot investment firm...

i want to work outdoors!!!


So you can buy nice gear and take longer, more expensive trips in the outdoors.


There, I fixed it for you.
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Re: How did you start? Your first climbs??

Postby CindyAbbott » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:36 pm

tonyo wrote:
CindyAbbott wrote:
emmieuk wrote:What were your first climbs?



Up the tree in my front yard when I was 4 years old. I went so far up my Dad had to call the fire department to get me down. These days I can get myself down :lol:


Congratulations on your Everest summit!!
Trees ---> Everest. Nice progression. Was Dad still around to see it?[/quote]

Too funny but it is true. I guess I never had an issue with exposure :wink:

Yup Dad is still here. He has always thought I was a bit off the norm, but who wants to be normal!?! NOT ME :mrgreen:
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Postby ksolem » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:42 pm

jschrock wrote:How did I start...

good parenting... 8)



Nice!

I started at the Gunks with a mad man. For my first route he led me up Three Pines. For my second he said it was my turn to lead and I did Horseman. Then we crossed the road and he led Disneyland and we swung leads on Gelsa.

I was so hooked!
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Postby Jukka Ahonen » Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:05 am

I started with rock climbing in 1995, mostly around Helsinki area in Finland. Nothing really hardcore, hardest routes were around 5.11d or so. After my military service I quit climbing for a number of years, until getting back to it just a couple of years ago, and during this time my interest has been shifting from rocks and boulders towards something bigger, and now I have summited the highest peaks in Finland, Sweden and Norway, and am currently planning a trip to Peru.
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Postby CindyAbbott » Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:43 pm

Dubzion wrote:am currently planning a trip to Peru.


Where to?
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Postby mconnell » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:51 am

Arthur Digbee wrote:Hiking with Boy Scouts got me started. I'll predict that you hear this from a lot of the Americans on the site.


Same here. Boy Scouts got me started hiking. Then, rock climbing in a high school PE class. Didn't start ice or very technical mountaineering until I read Touching the Void.
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Postby Bryan K » Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:06 am

My first hike was an attempt on Mt Elbert in CO. I didn't make it due to altitude sickness. It was still a fun time and we eventually on that same trip summited Wheeler Peak in NM and Boundry Peak in Nevada.
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