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From: Sebastopol, CA
May 7, 2007
A word on the Bubble, if I may... This is the original climbing area on the mountain and was traditionally a top rope cliff. I know of people climbing here as early as the early '70s, but am sure it was climbed even earlier.
A point of interest is that in 1979, a student was quietly enrolled in a beginning rock climbing class at Pacific Union College, just down the valley in Angwin. Jim Hanson, the instructor (RIP), told me this guy had an uncanny ability with knots and knowledge of gear in the classroom. Half way through the semester they went on a field trip to the Bubble and this kid just hiked all the climbs on the cliff. Jim pulled him aside and said "You've climbed before, haven't you?" The hilarious part is that young Tony Yaniro had just freed The Grand Illusion, .13c at Sugarloaf. At the time it was the hardest route in the world! Go figure. He needed elective PE credits and was enrolled at PUC from '79-'81, or so.
In the '80s, somebody bolted the prominent arete to the left of the Bubble Ladder. Being a historical top rope crag, some local chopped the bolts and the crag remained a popular top rope area until around 2000 when local climber Jordy Morgan stepped up to the plate and went off with his Hilti, establishing a bunch of "new" routes, but not really "FA's" The guide books are still pretty confused about some of the new lines and grades. So be wary and have fun. Chris Summit's "Wine Country Rocks" is likely the most accurate printed topo.
Marc Jensen, in his "Bouldering Buildering and Climbing in the San Francisco Bay Region" (3rd edition, 1988) said: "The Rock...is a volcanic conglomerate with a hard surface layer that allows climbing. If this outer layer is missing, the rock is as strong as cottage cheese." Either he was just wrong, the cheese has hardened, or he was trying to keep the crowds away. In reality, the rock isn't that bad, but it isn't Yosemite either.
Elevation: 2956', GPS: N38.39.055 W122.36.797 (You won't need it though..)
From: Vienna, Austria
Apr 29, 2008
|Due to the nature of the volcanic rock, temperature can really affect the friction. Basically if it's cooler then it's really fun, if not then it's really slippery.|
By B RAD
Nov 14, 2010
|Went here today, and did The Ladder before heading off to the far side. Noticed that ALOT of the hardware here is pretty hammered. alot of spinners, some loose nuts(could unthread by fingers), and all around scary anchors. Noticed most of the Far Side had shiny new ASCA hardware. Any ideas if the bubble will be receiving the same treatment? Or who can i contact about helping out with this?|
From: Sebastopol, CA
Dec 19, 2010
Thanks for the notice B Rad. The Bubble is on the maintenance list. I've got the ASCA hardware and will check it out over the winter. Any other recommendations are appreciated. There is still some work to do over at the Far Side as well. We have a discussion about MSH bolt replacement on the forum at rockicemountain.org. You need to set up an acct and log in to see it.