It was a beautiful weekend to be on the rock and I appreciated the chance to flex on some 10's. I don't know what the mess was on the northwestern side, but the ants were most unkind. New-comer Les did quite well and was patient with the warring of the minds during the route-finding fiasco.
By the way, I forgot my wind chime at Lodgepole!
Great weekend fun with Deb and Les. Climbed several sporty 10's and the ever classic 'Pennies On The Patio'. We also did some adventure climbing down on the northwestern shoulder of Moro (the first pitch of 'Journey To Ixaltan' and our very own FA ('The Lizard's Kiss, 5.8) between 'Journey To Ixaltan' and 'Rio Bravo'....details to follow on the 'Route' section of Moro Rock. The hardest section of this 2 pitch route is 5.8 (nice lead, Deb!)
1990 was one of my first experiences in overcoming height sickness. But what a view from the top! Makes you forget everything else!
Great views of the GWD to the east, and smog to the west. An old timer with the NPS told me don't go up in thunder storms. Years ago, some one was holding the metal hand rail at the trail head, and lightning hit the far end of the rail at the summit. He was, uh, hurt.
Did this with my daughters, whom were very brave in making the summit! I'm very proud of Meghann & Kathryn! I love you both very much!
Gerry Cox, Keith Guilott and I climbed this route at the end of a weekend which included 6 hour tour through the famed Crystal Cave in Sequoia. Gerry, who is Member of the Historical Society supporting the California Cave system invited us on for "Members only" overnight tour of the cave. This was amazing 6 hours of crawling and climbing through the cave. After climbing one of the easy route on Little Baldy the next day, we climbed Pennies on the Patio on Morro Rock. We rapped off the "Stay inside the Railing" sign and Keith then led the 10a variation back to the top. My notes say, that we had a circus on our hands when we got back up and over the railing. But the route is excellent.
It was our last climb after ten weeks of climbing and travelling through the USA. Some demanding pitches but a real good climb. ..
Took the family on a short vacation that included a trip through Sequoia N.P. Stopped at Moro Rock and told my wife I'd be back in 10 minutes. Ran up all the steps tagged the top and ran back down. Got to go back and do one of the face routes!!! But don't tell my wife.....the less she knows about my rock climbing, the better ;-)
My 2 girls and I walked up the myriad of granite stairs to the summit to witness one of the most spectacular views of the Great Western Divide.
Superb route...mostly natural pro following corners at the base and chickenheads on the finishing pitches. If you do this route, be sure to bring plenty 'o sling and pray a bit! Most of pitch 5 involves slinging chickeheads (some rounded!). Fairly spooky! Found a golf club (5 iron) and a shattered camera (sorry, no film). Anyone know when the N.P.S. is gonna sponsor another Moro Rock clean-up effort like they did in '96?
What a great place!!! Solid rock, great weather, Lots of varied routes from1 to 10 or more pitches long. Boy do I miss the old stompin grounds.
Hiked/climbed this little rock numerous times during the summers of 1997, 1998 and 1999, via the Moro Rock Trail each time. Quite a few steps to ascend/descend to make the summit, but well worth the effort! Very nice views of the Great Western Divide to the east, and of the lower San Joaquin Valley to the west.
I went up here at night once with a full moon. Pretty cool, though the haze in the valley turned everything to pea soup.