Thursday, September 17, 2009

California Roadtrip - Nor Cal

California Roadtrip

A Climber's Guide Northern California

by Tom Slater and Chris Summit
1st Edition - - 2009

The top selection of some of the best rocks in the Southern Sierra and Yosemite Gold Country north to Tahoe and Mt Lassen along the mountainous east side of Northern California. Along the Pacific coast the book takes you from Big Sur to the San Francisco Bay Area and the Wine Country all the way up to the North Coast areas on the western edge of the continent. This book hooks you up with the most up to date info and choice photos of most of Nor Cal's premiere sport and traditional climbs and boulder problems!

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(top to bottom)

*Front Cover - Shangri La, Shuteye Ridge.

~ Sulfur steam vent, Mt Lassen.

~ Bloody Talon (V7fa) Eagle Pk, Mt Lassen.

~ Richie Esquibel gets primal on Cro-Magnon (5.12d) with local limestone fa master Eric Chemello chillin in the background, Trinity Aretes.

~ Sean Brady is Living a Nightmare (V7), Fort Ross.

~ Sean Brady on the Apocalyptic Bebop (V4), North Cove at Fort Ross.

~ Slackliner at Promontory.

~ Jason Campbell on Steep Climb Named Desire (5.13d), Donner Pass.

~ 90 Foot Wall (5.7 solo), Eagle Creek Canyon.

~ Elizabeth Brand and friends on the classic Spoon (V2) Castle Rock.

~ Tresa Black on Bar Fly (5.11c), The Bar.

~ Charlie Barrett redpoints Naked and Disfigured (5.13a), Mickey's Beach.

~ Kevin Jorgeson has a Dream of White Porsches (5.13b), Mickey's Beach.

~ Valentine Cullen on the Bunny Arete (V0), Bunny Blocks, Bald Rock.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bay Area Top Ropes

Bay Area Top Ropes Instructional Guidebook coming spring 2010 from SUPERTOPO!

Bay Area TR pics on Supertopo at Facebook

Heres a few pics from some of the areas in the book;
Sunset Rock, Mt Tam and Split Rock - girl power = Val, Holly, Kira and Christina.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tree in the Wall - NEW Castle Rock Bouldering!

These cool new boulders are 2 miles south of Castle Rock State Park Parking Lot - park on the left (east) side of Skyline and hike the main trail northeast about 5 minutes. (VB-V6!?+)

pics= Mr Summit and Andrew Zaslove

Check out some vids from the boulderers (baikelai, d0novan, bouldertroll1) that found and developed this rad new area on my youtube;

MrChrisSummit subscriptions - YouTube

Monday, September 7, 2009

Travis - "Cave Spider" V4 FA

Travis repeats his mega classic "Cave Spider" V4 - Dutch Bill Boulder

I rarely like eliminates but once in awhile they can be almost as good as the original line - like this direct right (harder) variation to Cave Spider - Cave Spider Direct (no left hand rail);

Cave Spider Direct (v5) from Jon McCartie on Vimeo

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mt Tam bouldering unleashed!!

Mt Tam has become a local destination bouldering area! There are about 100 new problems at 5 new areas and one area has a good concentration of about 50 problems from VB to V8! Solid volcanic stone with edges, pockets and cracks. Check out more info and pics and vids coming soon..

pic= Kenny on his classic "Procrastination" aka "Campus Girls" V8 (unrepeated!?) at the Lakeview Boulders (off of Lakeview Trail)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Dutch Bill Creek Boulders

I found these boulders down the creek from the main new area a few years ago. at the same time i saw the top of the rad new dutch bill boulder from the road but never saw the steep bottom - doh!

So now that i love the new boulder so much i figured it needed some warmups - here they are;

Puka v1 stand or v2 sit start in pockets, Puka Direct v3, Bumpathon V0

Pinch Smack v2 stand v3 sit center or right and Hooka v4 low left sit into Pinch Smack stand

climber= Sean Brady
pics= Summit

Chuck B sends BIG!!

Charlie Barrett just did 3rd ascent (after Kevin Jorgeson 1st and Ethan Pringle 2nd) of the Mickey's Beach Arete, Au Natural (with no fake pocket) - 5.14a !!

*Check out more pics and up to date info on this climb and all the best climbs at Mickeys Beach and Nor Cal in the new California Roadtrip - Nor Cal by Chris Summit + Tom Slater at; or

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Dutch Bill Boulder

Heres a few pics from the recently found, cleaned and climbed Dutch Bill Boulder!

{West Sonoma County}

Travis and Ryan are to thank for this gem.

pics= Ryan, Emmet, Charlie and Travis

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With the words and images on this blog as well as thru my guidebooks (, and I hope to teach, train, inform, inspire, motivate, enrich and enlighten anyone with any questions or desires for Northern California Climbing/Bouldering. I also hope to portray the message that the abilities and powers of the human body, mind and soul are more than we can ever imagine. All life on this planet is connected and very fragile and precious and every breath must be cherished.

I hope to inspire desire :)