Climbing In The Berkeley Hills

August 14, 2008

So yesterday I went outdoor climbing in Berkeley for the first time.  Pretty cool that there is rock in a number of parks here in Berkeley.

The first place was Indian Rock.  Basically you step out of the car and walk a minute to the park and there are several outcrops of rock.  None of which is really awesome, I mean you see these super low-ball rocks with holds chalked… and the main wall is a bunch of eliminates (avoid the huge jug there and go with your right hand to the pinch and left hand ….).  Which isn’t “bad”, it’s just… it has got its very own personality let’s put it that way!  It is not world class and no-one is trying to say that it is world-class in the first place, it is just a place to go outdoors instead of the gym and to have fun with friends.  One of the climbers I met there had been climbing in that area since 1984!!!

Anyway, great group of people, fun and chill and strong climbers, and after hanging out at Indian Rock we all moved over to Grizzly Peak.  Grizzly Peak is about 10 minute drive from Indian Rock and is even higher up in the Berkeley Hills.  It is somewhat close to some labs that Berkeley has over there and for some reason which no-one really knew you could hear Hyenas yelping in the background…. ya, Hyenas!

Anyway, Grizzly Peak, you park the car on the side of the road, walk for about 10 seconds and there is a boulder of… sandstone?? conglomerate sandstone perhaps?  sitting there.  The objective was to do the main problem on that rock, which they didn’t know of anyone who had done it.  And best of all: it wasn’t an eliminate problem!!  Rad.

Straightforward nice moves.  An awkward right-hand undercling to a crimp, adjust feet and go again to a worse slopey crimp and some other stuff.  Ben and John both sent in good fashion the others had some good burns and I acclimatized to the outside rock of the West Coast for the first time since Yosemite in what 2006/7??

Basically, as with every trip I have taken since I was born, it has always been about the people… the places are what they are and they can definitely catalyze certain experiences but it’s who I meet, the interactions, the vibe.  And this was an excellent intro to Berkeley outdoor climbing!


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  1. […] indian rock berkeley climbing rock Aug 14, 2008 … Grizzly Peak is about 10 minute drive from Indian Rock and is even higher up in the Berkeley Hills. … […]

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