So I didn't go out of town this weekend, but did manage a small trip up to Kern Canyon with some friends for a bit of local climbing.
We drove up Friday after work and set up camp close to the crags.
The entire Canyon looks like this... a jenga of rocks, that all look like they will fall out of place at any moment... so what the hell, lets climb them.
It is kind of amazing to think that this is so close to where I live. I forget about it sometimes.
Friday night we did a couple climbs right across from where we were camping, but I forget what they were called. We did this slab route in the picture below, and also a route to the left of it on the more vertical wall.
With a little music, which was nice.
A little night climbing, some music, bottle of wine, fireball whiskey, and homemade beer later... Well, we all slept pretty good.
Next morning (9am, ehem), we mozied over to the Kern Slabs.
Got to get on Initiation crack...
And climb this sweet number, lieback crack...
Which is apparently one of the Sierra 50 classics (or something like that).
There is really nothing like sitting at the top of a route... I could do it every day.
Friday night got the best of Jim by the end of the afternoon...
But I woke him up and made him take a picture of me with this giant ass pinecone.
Simple. Enjoyable. I had an excellent time... and look forward to climbing some more out there on the slabs. I'm no trad expert yet... but just wait.