Fun climb with Larry.
Also did Lean and Mean, and Over Easy, on the middle spire
Climbed with Sierra Mountaineering Group (SMG). Practiced setting anchors, rappelling, and climbing on various routes. Good place with lots of options.
good memories here a few times with Robin, Matt, Michael, Toby.
Made my first trip to the Spires today, love this place!
Climbed some very fun routes in the 5.9-5.10 range
We did many various routes on the middle spire during our trip to this area. Good climbing with a trivial approach. The road was a little rocky but did not prove to be too much for a Corolla.
Ended up climbing the route called corn flakes 5.9. Got shut down due to the fact I was feeling like shit from the effects of elevation sickness.
The rock is great and is a sustained lieback and thin finger crack with the crux being an undercling with a commiting throw to knobs. Then pull the roof to finish at the chains.
Ended up belaying my partner who sent the route.
Awesome formations, great views from the top!
Fun day climbing with members of the Sierra Mountaineering Group on unestablished routes just south of the Middle Spire.
good times with Toby, Michael, Matt, Jesse and Robin. great bivy spot near road for lovers leap too.
With new partner Myles, climbed Tyro's Testpiece, Regular Route, Over Easy, and Harding's Other Chimney. Had the place totally to ourselves, perhaps due to a bit of snow on the approach and ample wind.
Mary and I headed to this very nice area on the second day of our trip. We started the day on Upper Spire, climbing Gingerbread (5.7, 2 pitches) and then Up for Grabs (5.8, 2 pitches) to the summit via the exposed North Ridge in fierce wind. We then moved on to Middle Spire and climbed the super-fun Over Easy (5.7) and finished the day on the awesome hand crack of Regular Route (5.8). The crux of the day was navigating the access road in our Toyota Camry.
Climbed with K. Chaltikian - beautiful fall day, warm in the sun, cool in the shade.
I led Over Easy and Cockabooty (5.7) and both times KC led up The Prow (5.10b), which was fantastic, though short.
Also followed KC on Lean and Mean (5.9) and Penny Candy (5.10a).
Route climbed: Middle Spire (various)
Followed John on routes :
- Tyro's Test Piece (5.5), then the 5.8 chimney
- Regular Route (5.8), crack only
- Over Easy (5.7) : wild-looking but easy roof, gym-like jugs
- Cockabooty (5.7) : some fun liebacking
Weather started out warm and sunny, but windy and cooler as a cold front approached, with high clouds. Tioga Pass closed the next day apparently. Fun climbing !
Date Climbed: 16-Oct-2005
Route Climbed: Upper Spire
Climbed with K. Chaltikian, following on routes below :
- Up For Grabs (5.8), awkward start
- Jugs Revisited (5.9), fun
- Fear of Flying (5.9), hard but good
KC then TR'd Crispy Critters (5.10a) from the top of Fear of Flying. I was recovering from a cold, so my climbing could have been better. Very windy day but warm in the sun and clear.
Climbing the Upper Spire is really fun.
Spent a lazy day at Phantom Spires on Gingerbread and two short bolted pitches on Shark's Tooth. Great area to walk around, picnic, and climb.
Did a bunch of routes here on my last weekend in California.. a nice little secluded area.
Did many climbs over the years here, including Harding's other chimney. Lots more to do yet.
Followed Gingerbread on Upper Spire. Did some top roping in the area as well.
An enjoyable place to camp and climb. My favorites over the years: Fear of Flying, Gingerbread, North Ridge on the Upper Spire. Over Easy was fun on Middle Spire - top-roped Candy Land (serious barndoor sensation on that route) as well. Phantom Wall has some great routes too: Oktober Fest is thin. Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde is a fun and interesting lead. Haven't climbed since 2004 and looking forward to getting back to it.