Thursday, November 17, 2011

Climbing in The Grotto

I got to go on a day trip to The Grotto at Table Mountain last weekend with my friend Laurel (my training buddy for the Golden Gate Headlands marathon and fellow adventurer on various other exploits). Down in a pit surrounded by basalt columns, The Grotto offers some great climbing in a beautiful setting. Having last gone there about a year ago when I felt a bit daunted by the prospect of trad leading anything, I was happy that I felt really comfortable leading the two 5.8 cracks. We also threw up top-ropes on a fun 10b hand crack and an 11b finger crack. I didn't mange to take any photos this time, but here are some from my last trip there:

"Table Manners" (5.8)

"Table Manners" from above

"AC Devil Dog" (5.10c)

View from the top of a route

Thursday, November 3, 2011