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Big Bear Bouldering Excursion
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Some people hear Big Bear, plus 2 feet of recent snowfall, sunshine and a five hours break between meetings and think of a nice little powder day. However, I saw the weather report for clear sky's, the schedule for Saturday as an opportunity.

This weekend, I attended a Men's Retreat through up at the Calvary Chapel Christian Camp in Green Valley lake. Anticipating a break between sessions on Saturday, I spent the week mapping out the area and figuring out where I could do some climbing. I nailed down three locations that looked viable and then posted an invite on Facebook - FAIL:

None of the 33 people invited responded and I was left planning for my climbing excursion alone. Apparently, dudes on a Men's retreat are concerned about how cold their hands will feel when they go climbing. Thankfully, an hour of asking around after lunch I found Bobby and he was more than willing to undergo the anticipated torment of climbing Granite in  40 degree temperatures. We immediately jumped in my car, my extra pair of shoes fit him perfectly and we began our adventure.

I had two places mapped out - However, once we got up to big bear and drove through 18 miles of 30 feet of visibility through the fog, we finally arrived at our first destination -  Fisherman's Buttress. However,  the road back to the crag was covered by 6 feet of snow. So, instead of driving 10 miles around to lake to the North Shore Boulders, we saw a few 10 foot boulders off the side of the road just a mile down from Fisherman's Buttress at Cove Road- they were perfect, and after an hour of packing the snow and cleaning a few routes, we spent the rest of the afternoon projecting.

The area definitely appeared underdeveloped - granted, it was the middle of winter - but had a lot of potential. It was in none of the guide books or online, but easily visible and accessible from the road. The boulder we were working offered up a nice V3 problem we named Pure Character (prematurely claiming the FA), an open traverse project starting from the same low jugs, a slabby wall just off to the right and a crack we did not see until we were leaving.

Pure Character - V3 Starts low on Jugs, up to slopers and tops out on Jugs. It has a bit of an overhang and is balancy.

Turning the corner for the open Traverse Project - on the far side of this wall, you are looking at sharp edges, small pockets and some smeary feet.

Crack Wall Cove Road Boulder - You can see the Rotten Cinnamon Boulder to the left in the background.

It was a fun trip and gave me the desire to head back up the hill over the summer to get some more laps in the area. This spot is right next to the infamous boulder cove:

This marked day 10 of climbing in my journey to get back into rock climbing:

(This post was edited by ENARE on Apr 1, 2011, 4:25 PM)

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Post edited by ENARE () on Apr 1, 2011, 11:21 AM: Images changed too url's - they were to large- updated sizes coming soon.
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