Hiking & Climbing Tahquitz - June 28 - June 30, 2015Posted by Adventure 16 | 06.30.2015
End of Pitch 2 on The Trough
New to the “trad” climbing world, I’ve heard a lot about Tahquitz and how I must get out there and climb. Needless to say, everyone was right. The rock was good, the views were amazing, the climbs were fun and the weather was…interesting. With a forecast of “chance of thunderstorms,” throughout the duration of my trip, I was hoping I’d be able to get a least one climb in. Thankfully, after a bailout 1-1/2 pitches up on Angel’s Fright 5.6, due to a heavy thunderstorm, and a day of hiking (Deer Springs Trail to Suicide Rock) instead of climbing in anticipation of more rain, I was able to do my first multi-pitch lead trad climb.
The Trough 5.4 was a great introduction to multi-pitch trad climbing. Placemat for protection was ample, ledges were spacious, and the climb was easy yet still very fun. Four pitches total, with an optional 5th (which we made due to rope drag), the Trough allowed me to place lots of nuts and cams, use slings, and natural anchors (e.g. trees).
(First image) On the Deer Springs Trail
(Second image) View of Suicide Rock before thunderstorm bailout
TIP: Download the CLIMBING weather app and check it before/during your trip to make sure the weather allows for safe climbing, but above all use your instincts to know when you should or should not be climbing.
FAVORITE GEAR: Metolius Master Cams and Supercams!
FOOD: Stop by the Lumber Mill Bar & Grill for a good burger and beer!
Written by Kimberly Wilson, A16 San Diego Sales Associate
June 28 - 30, 2015 Taquitz
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