Marina Del Rey and Point Dume
It's real easy to sit at home in Bakersfield and complain about how much Bakersfield sucks. It's also just as easy to get off your ass and drive to places like the Los Angelos area which is only 2 hours away and have a bomber weekend.
I wasn't going to write about this trip because it was really only one day and I only took a few photos on my iphone, but I ended up enjoying where we went so much, I thought I'd share. After the weekend in Mammoth, my friend Liz and I took up an offer from one of my friends who lives in the Marina Del Rey area to stay the night on Saturday and go stand up paddle boarding in the Marina on Sunday morning. I didn't take any pictures unfortunately, but I really enjoyed it. We rented paddle boards and paddled all around the marina looking at the big fancy yachts and the adorable lazy-ass seals.
After paddle boarding I thought it'd be cool to check out this area called Point Dume in Malibu. Normally I wouldn't pick this area as a first choice to go climb at since I tend to avoid the LA city areas, but since we were already in the heart of it, I figured it'd be a good time to check it out.
Point Dume ended up being really awesome! I mean, its not a whole lot of climbing, but what we did was pretty fun. It's all top rope, and when they say online to bring long runners... they mean it. I did not come prepared for the long anchors that were needed to be set up, but we made due with what I had and strung together a system of slings to top rope from (which you can sort of see below). Actually, the real story is, there was this crazy Sweedish man who was there doing self belays up a bunch of top ropes he set for himself and he helped us rig up a system with the slings that I had.. nice guy, i love meeting crazy climbing older men.. they have this fun passion for climbing that is a bit different than the younger crowd... more about enjoying themselves than necessarily sending the most bad ass hard climbs (although they probably all can).
Pretty windy at the top, and it sprinkled a bit, but not enough to keep us from climbing.
It wasn't too busy that Sunday... probably because of the on and off rain, but DO expect people to stare at you if you come to climb here. WHAT ARE THIS?!
We only had time for two routes. We climbed up Left Center (5.8) and Center Route (5.8).
For 5.8's these climbs were both tactical and challenging. Everything was very.... delicate. Channel your inner ballerina. The rain probably didn't help, but they were definitely climbs where sometimes you had to think three moves ahead because if you spent too much time on one certain foothold you might blow off. I actually really liked how much thought I had to put into it. I had to be smart with my movements. I thought they were pretty good climbs for practicing good delicate foot placements.
Liz below on Center Route.
Me at the belay.
I would've liked to have done more here, and I'd love to come back. For such a small area, i thought the climbs were really interesting, and its fun to be on the beach.
The drive home was just as beautiful as the day.
Double rainbow. oh. my. god.
If you are in the LA area, I definitely recommend checking out this area, and stand up paddle boarding was really awesome too... easy weekend trip.