Kern Canyon Slab and Crack Climbing

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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.

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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.

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It is kind of amazing to think that this is so close to where I live. I forget about it sometimes.

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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.

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With a little music, which was nice.

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A little night climbing, some music, bottle of wine, fireball whiskey, and homemade beer later... Well, we all slept pretty good.

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Next morning (9am, ehem), we mozied over to the Kern Slabs.

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Got to get on Initiation crack...

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And climb this sweet number, lieback crack...

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Which is apparently one of the Sierra 50 classics (or something like that).

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There is really nothing like sitting at the top of a route... I could do it every day.

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Some rappelling.

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Friday night got the best of Jim by the end of the afternoon...

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But I woke him up and made him take a picture of me with this giant ass pinecone.

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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.

Cheers,

Allison