Route Guide - iPhone / Android - Partners - Forum - Photos - Deals - What's New
Login with Facebook
 ADVANCED
mountaineering tips/ partner?
View Latest Posts in This Forum or All Forums
   Page 1 of 1.  
Follow replies to this topic? Notify me at the top of web site.
1

Email me.
 
By Christian C
From Arcata, CA
Dec 2, 2012
Suicide rock, Ca

Hey there!
i'm really really reallllyyy interested in getting into mountaineering.. i'll pay for gas, i'll carry all your shit, whatever.. just teach me things.
i live in san diego, but can drive basically anywhere in a 4 hour radius or so to climb.. my schedule is pretty wide open.. . i want to spend as much time in the mountains as possible. i feel pretty comfortable on rock.. i climb around v6, 11b on sport, and 10a on gear.. i have some experience multi pitching, backpacking, crossing snow fields, and navigating in the mountains. if you would be interested in giving me some tips, pointing me in the right direction, or maybe even going out and climbing, let me know. i'd really appreciate it.
thanks a ton!
christian


FLAG
By flykatcher
Dec 3, 2012
robbing banks

hey christian,

what specifically do you want to learn? it sounds like you already have a lot of the basic mountaineering skills, i.e. mountain navigation, placing protection, climbing technique, multi-pitching, snow crossing, etc.

if you want to learn snow/ice climbing skills now then you're probably gonna have to drive a bit further than 4 hrs. (the NF of san jacinto is currently snow-less and i'm assuming san g is as well.) you'll probably want to get up into the sierra nevada, which is 5 or so hrs from san diego.

if you haven't already, get Freedom of the Hills. it will teach you (as much as a book can) the in's and out's of mountaineering.

brian


FLAG
By Christian C
From Arcata, CA
Dec 3, 2012
Suicide rock, Ca

i guess i want to learn about reading the weather and knowing when to keep going/ when to turn back.. and definitely snow and ice skills and self arresting. aww man, i thought san j and g would forsure have snow by now... I'll try to get up to the sierras then.
i just got freedom of the hills yesterday.. i'm reading it cover to cover!
thanks for the tips!


FLAG
By gearwhore
From Orange, CA
Dec 3, 2012

There are better books with more modern techniques than FoH..however, if you know that when you begin reading it, then it can be useful to build a foundation from...


FLAG
By ccross
From San Diego, CA
Dec 9, 2012

Christian C wrote:
aww man, i thought san j and g would forsure have snow by now...

www.pstramway.com/long-valley-cam.html


FLAG
By Medic741
From Pittsford, New York
Dec 10, 2012
When I was a bum at Frey

Reading the weather is incredibly dependent on the area. Go backpacking in a range and climb it during the winter is an awesome way to get familiar with mountaineering. Start paying attention to barometric shifts, wind patterns, cloud patterns, temp changes and pay attention to what happens.

Good luck finding a mentor out there! Once you start it's addicting. Watch out ;)


FLAG
By ccross
From San Diego, CA
Dec 15, 2012

Now there has been some snowfall. Take a look at the link again (during the day).


FLAG
By ColinM
From Escondido, CA
Dec 18, 2012
Capitol Peak

I'm planning on heading up to Mt. Baldy/San Antonio this Thursday (12/20) for a summit attempt. I'm curious how the snow conditions will be for climbing - they could be anything from icy slush to powder. Mountaineering in snow can be a blast or drudgery. The nice thing about SoCal is that the weather is fairly predictable. Much more so than the Rockies in Colorado where I've done most of my mountaineering.

Send me an email with your contact info if you want to join me this week for Baldy and San Jacinto later. I did San Gorgonio just before Thanksgiving. Those are the 3 main winter climbs in SoCal.

I highly recommend The Mountaineering Handbook by Craig Connally. I found it more useful and modern than Freedom of the Hills.


FLAG
By TacoDelRio
From The Ditch and the hood
Dec 18, 2012
Profile pic. <br />Or, if you look real hard, someone is climbing somewhere in the background.

Check in with folks on SGMDF. There is a lot to do in the San Gabes in winter, and a lot of good folks with lots of experience.

I tried to organize a general winter mountaineering clinic this year like the one we had in 2011, but it didn't materialize due to a bad winter. We might make it happen this January, maybe the 5th.

Cheers and good luck.

2011 clinic thread:
2012 planning thread: sangabrielmnts.myfreeforum.org/about3276.htmlsangabrielmnts.>>>


FLAG
By SirTobyThe3rd
Dec 20, 2012
Hello

i'll carry all your shit, whatever..

Seriously!? I heard there is room for new routes 20 miles in with 10K+ of elevation gain. We should go! ;)

Although my experience is limited here are my tips:

1) Don't over-think. You have MUCH more experience than most people out there. Don't be afraid of the mountains ESPECIALLY in Sierra. Don't be an idiot but no reason to act like you are in the death zone up there. Weather here is stable for the most part. Use NOAA for weather forecast- it is accurate.
2) Get with solid partners- don't flake, has a sense of humor that you can understand, not a pussy, caring, not texting their girl while belaying.
3) Go snow camping and climb Shasta in April- great way to learn more about snow camping. Call the ranger station a few days prior and check on weather. This should prepare you for ANY camping in Sierra. Unless you are doing some big traverse in winter.
4) Get out there and do things. Start with easier climbs like maybe North Arete of Crystal Crag? Or North Arete of Bear Creek Spire (big step up from Crystal crag). Or maybe Third Pillar of Dana since you lead pretty hard already. Highly recommend Mithril Dihedral (not too many pitches and great quality of rock. You must crack climb).

A lot of alpine climbing is common sense, and getting used to being in the mountains (feeling at home). When I started every trip seemed like an epic and I couldn't sleep well before climbs because the whole experience was new to me and I was not comfortable in the mountains yet. With repetition you get used to it. So start getting out there.


FLAG
By SirTobyThe3rd
Dec 20, 2012
Hello

Flycatcher, damn, if you did not sign your post as 'Brian', I would end up hitting on you. That long blonde hair...LOL


FLAG


Follow replies to this topic? Notify me at the top of web site.
1

Email me.
Page 1 of 1.