Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Brickyard - Round II

It was too nice a weekend to stay indoors, so I met up with Eden and Jovanna for a quick day trip to Santa Barbara. We ran through a circuit of the area classics like Watch The Dog and Charlotte's Web before switching over to more casual slab climbing.

Jump!
Eden, on the super fun Smooth Criminal (V6)
Some dank sandstone formations.
Itai, questing up some sunny slab.
Jovanna, sending her project of the day.
The heat and the flies are a good reminder that fall is still far away. Nevertheless, The Brickyard is always a good time. Till next time!

- Itai

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Brickyard

Marina, Jake, Ike and I drove up the coast yesterday for a relaxed half-day at The Brickyard. It has been a while since I have climbed on sandstone, and the large and mostly open-handed features proved more manageable for my sore finger. We jumped on many of the area classics and left feeling tired and more than ready for some Mexican food in town.

The beautiful view overlooking Santa Barbara.
Ike, on Charlotte's Web (V3).
Marina, on Soot Patrol, (V3).
Jake, on his spite-send of Watch The Doge, (V5).
Marina, on a tall and thin face climb.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rainy Day

Isaac and I headed up to Black Mt. Saturday morning, optimistic and ready to climb. Unfortunately, we were greeted by 100% humidity and about 10 feet of visibility which dampened our mood. I still managed to climb a great line that Isaac put up called The Last Survivors of the Pleistocene Epoch.

Trying not to slip off of the wet holds on The Last Survivors...(V7).

Uncut footage of the send

Dead trees in the mist. (Is that the title of a Stephen King novel?) 
Trying a dyno on a hard project.
Condensation 
It's hard to get upset about getting rained out considering California is in a severe drought, but we managed. A redemption trip is a must!

- Itai


Monday, May 18, 2015

Tramway

The San Jacinto Mountain range received several inches of snow from a brief and passing storm but the weather forecast now promised blue skies and good climbing temps. Emily, Jake, Cody and I took this opportunity to escape the city and travel up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to 8,500 feet and try some quality granite bouldering. We got an early start and were looking forward to the full day ahead.

Someone spilled a lot of chalk on the ground.
Emily, warming up on The Terminator (V2).
Jake, battling the area classic The Cube (V5).
Cody, on the stout Left Hand of Darkness (V9).
After warming up we all began working our respective projects but came away without sends and plenty of climbs to return for. By the afternoon the temperatures had dropped and so had our energy, so we opted for some easier but scarier climbing.

Jake, on the immaculate Emerald City (V0).
On our way out (after getting lost for a bit) we couldn’t resist trying just a few more classic lines.

Itai, on the blocks of Sunshine Daydream (V4). Photo by Cody.
Cody, preparing for a big throw on Green Hornet (V5).
I hadn’t been to Tramway for around 7 or 8 years and I’m hoping it takes me less time than that to get back there. How bout next weekend?


- Itai

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Trailside Boulders

Isaac and Alexandra had plans to show some friends from Flagstaff - Andrew and Jordan - around Black Mountain, and were kind enough to invite me along. However, upon our arrival we discovered that the road was closed due to maintenance and that our initial plan was spoiled.

The gorgeous view from the Black Mountain trailhead. 
We settled for the Trailside Boulders instead, and began charging up the approach. It was quite warm already, so I quickly hopped on all the stellar problems the boulder had to offer, including Diamond Zen (V0), Blind Spot (V3), Lip Service Stand (V5) and Trailside Arete (V6) before tackling the sit start, Shoot the Moon (V10). Andrew and I sent it in quick succession but unfortunately the holds went into the sun before Isaac could give it another good send go.

Isaac, on the top out of Lip Service Stand (V5)
Itai, trying to keep the tension on Shoot the Moon (V10). Photo by Isaac Palatt.

After a quick lunch break we ventured further up the trail towards the ridge that housed the stunning Twilight of the Idols (V10), which is thought to be one of the best problems in California for the grade. Although it certainly climbs well and has all the qualities of a 4 star line, the rock quality was a little disappointing. I managed to send in a few goes, after which we began exploring the area for more climbs and potential first ascents.

Itai, latching the big throw on Twilight of the Idols (V10). Photo by Isaac Palatt.  
The sun began to sink and we all felt rather exhausted so we started the hike towards the cars and shared a growler before driving down the mountain.

The winding 243.
All in all it was a great (and exclusively open handed) day at Black Mountain.
See you out there!

  - Itai