Climbed Traitor Horn with Forjan on my first multi-pitch. I could not have asked for a better day to climb.
couldn't believe I was still in So. Cal. Felt like the Sierras. Awesome place.
Another late fall day on Tahquitz. Climbed Jam Crack to Piton Pooper to Upper Royal Arch with Penelope May. A bit windy and cold, but we had fun, as always. Nobody else on the rock.
My first time at tahquitz. Perfect weather and freakishly devoid of other climbers. Climbed fingertrip w/fossana. Fun short route. Wanted to solo the trough before descending but realized that our beta did'nt have an approach section. What's with the vagisil in the summit register?
Finally got up there to climb the Trough. A little cold, a little windy, but otherwise a perfect day!
Beautiful day. Gawked at all the peaks and routes I haven't done in this area.
After summiting Tahquitz Peak wanted to add Lily Rock. Started on wrong (lower) switchback and just continued to get lower and lower until the task was becoming more than I was in the mood for. Ran out of time, plus darker clouds were starting to loom overhead. Frustrating day, but will try again in the future...
sweet climb first multipitch
Partner up with Gibran. We climbed Traitor Horn in the morning and then we did Fingergrip in the afternoon. Ran into Dave Daly and Deb (who were coming up via Coffin Nail) at the top of 2nd pitch belay of Jensen's Jaunt. Nice, mellow day.
I'll NEVER forget this day ! I was the lead. At the top of P5, where The Error and The Uneventful merges, we got nailed by a thunderstorm. I was at the tree ledges and my partner was mid-pitch below, and the sky unloaded buckets. All the little cracks instantly turned into vertical rivers, the wind picked up, the temperature dropped, and by the time my partner finished the pitch, we were both soaked. I had rain gear (which I donned immediately), and he did not. He was shivering hard. We pulled out the V&G book (which I luckily had with me), and looked for the easiest/quickest way out (with a single rope, we were too high to rap out). The book showed a 5.0 pitch above the L-shaped pine, but looking at it, it was straight vertical with a good-sized roof (5.0 my a$$ !) so we thought this COULDN'T be the route, so I tried the route to the left of it, and got shut down (I should have known since I passed 2 sets of rap slings, never a good sign) by a roof-corner dead end thingy. Since I was soaked to the bone, with wet hands, soaked shoes (FiveTen Spires), and basically wet underwear), I carefully downclimbed that 90ft section. With a freezing partner, it was time to get going, so I headed up the crack leading to the roof above the L-pine (with the obligatory plea to my partner "Don't you dare take your eyes offa me !"). I have never climbed wet before, so I was a little sketched. On a side note, however, the water coming down the cracks was WARM, warmed from the sun and rock. As I got close to the roof, I was all-too-stoked to see a piton (meaning I'm on-route), and let's just say it was a VERY happy clip for me. Up thru the roof, there's a nice ridge-horn to grab, and once you get your foot there, you're home free over the roof, then around the corner to a well-protected (from the weather) belay. By the time my partner got to me, the sun was out, and it was WARM AGAIN ! We finished up the remaining 2 pitches, ran down the North Gully and went over the frightening details of this day over a double cheeseburger, a mountain of fries and gallons of good ole-fashioned Coke. I'm renaming this THE EVENTFUL ! (When dry, this route would probably be a whole lot more fun)
I've been climbing in this area for a few years. Whodunit was the most recent route. Love this place.
Followed on two routes June 16,17.
I climbed here from 1983 to 1988...always a joy.
Great climb, all nine pitches of it. Always something interesting to come up on this beautiful line—a single crack that features OW to thin hands to chimmney. Wonderful all. Did it as a birthday climb with Caroline.
Climbed with Juan Carlos Marvizon. We did Angel's Fright in the morning and round up the afternoon on Left Ski Track. Fun easy climbing to begin the season.
In previous seasons, also climbed The Wong/Long Climb, Dave's Deviation, Jam Crack, Piton Pooper, Upper Royal Arch, White Maidens Walkway, The Trough, Fingertrip, Coffin Nail, Jensen's Jaunt, Fingertrip Traverse.
Lots of the classics back in the 80's. Whodunit, the Open Book, Fingertrip, etc. Also climbed quite a few over at Suicide rock. Winter Solstice, Rebolting Development, Iron Cross, Sundance, Valhalla, Clam Chouder, Duck Soup, Revelation, Surprise, 10Karat Gold.
It was always difficult for my partners and I to make it past the Suicide trailhead and schlep our gear all the way up to Tahquitz, but when we did, I think I enjoyed The Vampire the most.
The Trough was my first multi-pitch lead. Never got to some of the harder classics which I regret. Did get to lead all of Who-dunnit and Open Book. Both great climbs. All done with my climbing partner Thomas.
I don't think my Friend still has any idea that when I lead us up the Trough it was my first multi-pitch and 3rd lead ever.
Climbed many routes at Tahquitz back in my good'ol climbing days
One and only trip there -- was sorry we had only half a day.