A view into the main wall corridor of Promontory f...
Promontory, a large "wave" of overhanging sandstone is situated in a spectacular setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There are also several smaller crags with routes as well. The rock is well featured with pockets and incut edges but can be a bit gritty if the routes have not been climbed recently.
Promontory is located off of Highway 101 in Del Norte County. If you are traveling from the north it is about 12 miles south of Crescent City. Coming from the south(Arcata, etc.), it is approximately 5 miles north of the town of Klamath. Look for the bridge crossing Wilson Creek and park in the beach access lot just south of the mouth of the creek. From the lot, walk north about 10 minutes. The rock is plainly visible from the parking area.
The 1st route done on the cliff, an obvious stunning black crack surmounting the wave and up to poison oak finish. Equalize bushes for anchor or bolt a new 2nd anchor. Often dripping with foggy love....[more]Browse More Classics in CA
Centipede was a great introduction to ocean area climbing: dramatic surf pounding nearby, steep/solid rock, and interesting moves. As a Colorado climber I was appalled at the condition of the bolt heads, but some of them might be 19 years old! Could not find a 2-bolt anchor at the top as mentioned in the local guidebook, but rigged okay TR anchor off two s/s bolts about 10 meters back and left of the master point.
Veronica M. from Durango chimneys out of "ocean corridor" area at the base of Centipede (5.9). Submitted By: Rodney Ley on Aug 15, 2010