Went out to Indian Cove in Joshua Tree National Park today to do some chill trad climbs with a few of my friends! We even unexpectedly climbed a multipitch route out there. 2nd pitch being a really fun skin scraping chimney climb. For the first time placed my shiny #5 BD at the start of the pitch so the rope doesnt sink into a deep dark crevasses… ran out the rest of the pitch no big bros there with me!
Brought a friend on her first trad climb, first multipitch, and her first rappel! Everything went safe and well, climbing was great and the weather was fantastic! Might head back tomorrow to do some bouldering. Its a great weekend to get out in Southern California. Enjoy friends and family company, and yourself.
*QUESTION from a reader*
maekrystine asked: Gahh your blog is fueling me! I’ve only lead one easy trad climb and followed many multi-pitches,but eventually I want to make the full transition to trad climbing, build my rack, and work on a stable self-reliance. You’re a seasoned (&Filipino!) climber that I’m looking up to Also loved those NJC photos! I had my first leads there.
awesome! If I could give any advice.
- Just get out there and experience it more.
- Follow up a lot, climb often. Once you find a stable partner; they know how you climb, you know your partner’s capabilities (make sure they are experienced).
- Read “Rock Climbing Anchors” – A comprehensive guide by Mountaineers outdoor expert series.
- Play around with gear, on the ground or on top rope.
- Try out a mock lead, then a full on lead if your mentally and physically able.
Once you know your in love! Start building up your rack slowly, or save up and get everything you need once you find a good deal!
- Natalie Duran