Sunday, October 23, 2011

Riverside Quarry - 09/30/2011

On Friday the 30th of September I had the day off, so we decided to do a little bit of sport climbing in the morning before it got too hot. We headed to Riverside Quarry because it is close by and is a pretty fun place to climb even if it isn't all that beautiful. We decided to climb at Slab City since it has a bunch of moderates, isn't a long or steep hike, and is nice and flat for the kids to hang out and play.

When we got there we met a couple of guys who were filling up there pickup truck with trash. They said that every time they go to the quary they haul out a pickup load of trash which is pretty cool in my opinion. The worst part about the quarry is that it really is just a big junk yard where people dump all of their garbage, I wish I had a truck so that I could do more about cleaning up the area like they were doing.

We started out by climbing Shattered Dreams which is a fun .10c that follows a juggy, jagged crack up a slightly overhanging face. Whenever we climb at Slab City we have to do this route because Amy wants to get it with no hangs and is working on doing that. I ran up it and got the redpoint (for like the 10th time now), then Amy TR'd it and did better then she has done before (though she did have to hang at the crux).





After Shattered Dreams we climbed a .10d called Cling Thing. This route starts out up an overhanging juggy roof with long reaches, then climbs a nice hand crack for about 10 feet, and finishes up a thin slab. I lead it up with no problems, but I did have to hang once because the crux bolt is placed a bit high for clipping the draw into it (it is perfect if you have the draw pre-placed). After I lead it, Amy gave it a go. She wasn't able to complete the climb, but she did have a fun time doing one of the dynos on the crux section.







After Amy's unsuccessful attempt I ran up the route on TR to clean the gear and we called it a day.

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