Climbing season is here. Yosemite, with it's long great traditional climbs and big walls, is perfect right now. Heading out to the great cliffs will undoubtedly be fun but it's crucial to stay safe while climbing. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to wear a helmet.
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The forecast in Yosemite calls for perfect, clear weather for the next week. It's a perfect time for big wall season. For some climbers that means El Capitan, for some that means climbing a little and than doing El Rapitan, for a lot of climbers it means heading to the meadow for El Napitan. For elite Yosemite climbers, it eans time to race up the Nose again. This is a great video of Sean "Stanley" Leary and Dean Potter racing up the Nose in an unbelievably fast time. Diablo Rock Gym Manager, Hans Florine, who's owned the record a number of times, is training already. Get excited for El Cap Season.
On Cinco De Mayo, a solid turn out of Fresno area climbers headed over to MetalMark for another of Touchstone's great rope series comp. The comp was a ton of fun. The new routes, the DJ, and the tons of climbers, all added a lot to exciting atmosphere.
Mark Haymond, a local photographer, was on hand snapping some great pictures of people climbing hard and well.
Mount Saint Helena has some of the best rock in the Bay Area. From the summit of many of the routes, there are beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Diablo, Mount Tam, and San Francisco. The hike through the pine trees to the base of the crag is incredible and Robert Louis Stevenson is one of California's best state parks. To keep the area as pristine and gorgeous as it is requires lots of time and effort.
On Saturday, May 12th, the Access Fund is organizing an adopt-a-crag event. This will be a great event to help the park get cleaned up. There will be some trail work, some area restoration, lots of climbing, and a ton of fun. Harrison Hood will be there at 10 am to facilitate the event. For more information
Being a good climber also means being a steward of the great places we get to climb. Head out to Saint Helena and help out!
Two years ago, Dan Freschl, a 30 year old Berkeley Ironworks climber, was camping in the desert with his friends. Everyone had headlamps but no one had any decent batteries. “We ended up huddling together, pooling our light just to get our camp set up. Our car was right there and I didn't understand why we couldn't recharge our headlamps from the cigarette lighters.” Freschl realized that there were no rechargeable headlamps on the market.
Since that trip to the desert, Freschl has been working on the Bosavi headlamp. Freschl designed and produced this perfect climber headlamp. The Bosavi is light, small, and has a boost mode that will produce 110 lumens in case you need to do some route finding or rappelling in the dark. The headlamp also doesn’t use AAA batteries, saving you tons of money on batteries. The Bosavi can be recharged 500 times and lasts up to 70 hours.
The Ironworks climber has put together a Kickstarter page and some information about the headlamp. Check it out!
This Friday at 6pm, Sacramento Pipeworks will be holding a memorial for long time climber and well known climber, George "Jorge" Knott. Knott worked as a professor at the Consumnes River College but spent a significant amount of his time climbing at Lover's Leap, hiking up Shasta, and exploring the wilderness around him. Knott was caught in a riptide while swimming near Miami Beach. He was unable to escape. Friends and family remember him well.
“I met George at 11,500 ft. on Mt. Shasta. I was lucky enough to summit with him. Had a great time, he became such a good friend. He will be missed.” –Kathy Laskey
“George was one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. Full of energy and life and always helpful to others. We will always miss you.” –Tomaz Stefancic
“You were my friend of irony, George - ROTC/Berkley, Naval Officer/Deadhead, Physics Professor/Rock climber. Your kidneys were failing but you managed to leave us doing something you loved ... I will miss you George Knott, but I'm really glad you were here ...” –Debbie Gaiser
Stop by Pipeworks and take a moment to remember Jorge.
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