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Southwest Section News Round-up—2011

Posted on: October 17th, 2011 by Southwest Section

“Secret” Climbing

On November 7, 2010 Brian Cox hosted a visit to a “secret” climbing spot in Rancho Palos Verdes, near his home. There were a few fun/super-short top ropes and assorted boulders right on the ocean. Ted Vaill, Jim Pinter-Lucke, Mike and Mary Tomkins joined Brian for a pleasant seaside afternoon which was top off by a beautiful sunset.

Most of the crew retired to down the road for a drink overlooking the Pacific. Thanks Brian!

Echo Cliffs Climbing and Picnic—Apr il 17, 2011

A small but enthusiastic group of climbers enjoyed a day of climbing at Echo Cliffs and finished with an enjoyable picnic at the parking lot. We were fortunate to have a warm, sunny day and more fortunate that we could enjoy the day by climbing routes near water and shade. Mike Tompkins put up some interesting routes that were challenging and except for the .10c, the group met the climbing challenge. When we got back to the parking lot Mike and Mary Topkins brought out a great spread highlighted by the brats Mary heated up…And the beer also hit the spot! We agreed we should head back to these cliffs at least once a year. Pictures will be put up on our Facebook page when they arrive.

Adopt-a-Cr ag / Climber s’ Festival—May 14, 2011

The Section co-sponsored an Adopt-a-Crag day jointly with the Access Fund on May 14. The day started with coffee and pastries after which teams worked on the three main climbing trails in Idyllwild. The volunteers were rewarded with a lunch of sausages, salads, and sodas. In the afternoon there was a book signings by the Stonemasters. The event closed with a raffle during which lots of swag was won including a special edition of the Stonemaster book. It was a great day to help maintain one of Southern California’s premier and historical climbing areas while enjoying the community of climbers.

Yosemite Facelift—September 20 – 25, 2011

The eighth annual Yosemite Facelift took place September 20 to September 25. It was a resounding success. Tony Yeary, Bill Sherman, and I from the section attended. We picked up 13 pounds of trash, stayed in Camp 4, saw some great climbing videos, heard some terrific talks, including one by Jim Donini who will be here in December. It was a great experience in spite of getting drenched by a thunder storm on the return from a climb.

Reel Rock Film Festival—October 5, 2011

The Cal Tech Alpine Club hosted the first showing of the Reel Rock Festival in Southern California on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. The section staffed a table before the show and at intermission. We saw some of our members and showed off our Alpine Club t-shirts and conversed with a variety of prospective members.

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