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What's the worst place in California, if your a climber?

Postby Guyzo » Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:39 am

The Fresno topic got me thinking about this.

At first I would figure, San Diego. Because when I head south from TM is like 325 miles. But they do have some quality rock climbing right in SD.

El Centro, I have cousins from there, but no they can go to AZ, Mexico, San Diego and JT.

So I figure the Central Coast, a long drive north or south, to make a end run around the Coast Range, than a cross valley drive on Farm Roads....... so you can get to the west side of Sierra.
But even along the dirt mts of the central coast there is climbing and some pretty peaks to hit.

Redding... but no, Shasta is right there as well as Castle Rocks.....

So if that's the worst I can think of, I figure anyplace in California is the bomb....

anybody name a bad place?

gk :wink:
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Postby Guyzo » Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:49 am

Dingus Milktoast wrote:El Centro.

DMT


Yes that place is pretty grim.... they get like 12 weeks of killer weather than its hot as hell... like Texas.
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Postby kevin trieu » Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:12 am

My mom's friend has a sugar cane farm down there. They were shocked at how much the value of the farm has gone up in the last 10 years. I've been down there a few times, El Centro has awesome taco joints.
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Re: What's the worst place in California, if your a climber?

Postby lisae » Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:17 am

Guyzo wrote:
So I figure the Central Coast, a long drive north or south, to make a end run around the Coast Range, than a cross valley drive on Farm Roads....... so you can get to the west side of Sierra.
But even along the dirt mts of the central coast there is climbing and some pretty peaks to hit.


Hey, I take exception to this, as I live in Santa Cruz. The Pinnacles and Castle Rock State Park are local areas. Tahoe and Yosemite are about the same distance, in terms of driving. And there is a large climbing community here.

The Central Coast is a great place to live, whether or you are a climber or not.
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Postby hellroaring » Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:08 am

Anywhere in California, that is if you are stuck inside at a mind numbing job and your coworkers could give a rats ass about climbing. Hell they even threw away your newest issue of Alpinist cuz it wasn't People magazine.
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Postby KathyW » Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:16 am

Gary Schenk wrote:Trona. I don't care how close it is to Great Falls Basin, it's still Trona.


I've gotta agree.
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Postby McCannster » Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:39 am

Humboldt. You are fairly close to to the Trinities and some great wilderness, but not much in terms of climbing. Shasta may seem close, but it's still a long ass drive from Eureka. Beautiful area, kinda sucky weather though.

The Imperial Valley is a furnace in the summer, but you've got good weather for 6 months of the year, and you're no further away from great climbing than you'd be in the Central Valley or the Bay Area or LA.
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Postby McCannster » Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:42 am

...wait, I think Avalon would be the worst place for a climber to live :lol:
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Postby fossana » Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:11 am

KathyW wrote:
Gary Schenk wrote:Trona. I don't care how close it is to Great Falls Basin, it's still Trona.


I've gotta agree.


+1
I haven't driven by Trona in ~18 years, yet I still clearly remember how dismal it was.
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Postby climberslacker » Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:11 am

I agree anywere on catalina really.... :D

maybe one of the federal correctional facilities?

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Postby mstender » Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:04 pm

Dougb wrote:I think Trona gets a bad rap for two reasons, first the name "trona" sounds unappealing, and secondly, that Kerr-McGee plant there that tends to be malodorous. I bet if you changed the name to "Desert Oaks" and planted a few trees, got rid of the chemical plant, put in a costco and walmart, put up some condos and a golf course, people would not say all the bad things. After all, Ridgecrest is only 20 miles away, and ya never hear negative remarks about Ridgecrest.


Trees or grass does not grow there because of all the minerals in the soil, hence the chemical plant. But it has the only dirt football field in the United States. :lol: The deposits of chemicals and minerals around Trona contain 98 of the 104 naturally occuring chemical elements :!:

The first time I came through Trona I also thought that this must be the worst place in CA.
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