Vital Carlsbad's head setter Nate Sharpe is an experienced outdoor climber here in San Diego. He was gracious enough to guide a few of the youth team members and I around a newly developed area that he and his climbing partners cleared up. Unfortunately some of us still rubbed up against that darn poison oak, but it was still a fun day of sending.
The morning started out easy enough, with the Vital youth members arriving at 5:50am for the carpool out to Mt. Woodson. Joining me was a good friend of mine, Stephen Holle, as well as youth member Eden Anbar, Claire Brady, and Jack Rouse. A fourth member, Connor Butland, was scheduled to meet up on the hill with us at 12pm.
The morning was brisk along the side of the Woodson pullout. The long hike up was sweaty and steep, but we enjoyed each others company and stories. First stop was the warm up circuit located just about the Baby Robbins area. After a few fun laps to get the blood going we ascended to the summit where everyone attempted to send "Renaissance Man" v5. Stephen got to the last move, where the youth members were still figuring out the tough, spanny, compression slopers and crimps below the final dynamic move. Next time guys!
A quick vote had us heading to the cave area although a party had already hopped on the route. We agreed that it would be best to escape the heat by heading back down to the Baby Robbins area, under the safety of the Oak trees that blanket the hill. About this time is when Vital team member Connor Butland, accompanied by his father Sean Butland, met up with us. Team member Aspen Reed's father Derek Reed also joined us. Aspen had a long week in Idyllwild and did not attend this outing. The kids made quick work of "Baby Robbins" 5.9 and "Jaws" 11a, it was very inspiring to watch/belay.
After breaking down the top rope anchor, re-hydrating, and a bit of chatting, we scooted across the road to the "B1 Lunge", also known as "The Rail Problem" v6 or "The Fake Eppulator". Many attempts, different beta, and long rests unfortunately did not see a send, leaving it on many of our tick lists. After a quick lap on "Shawns Knobs" 10b, we parted ways with Derek, and sped down the hill a few switchbacks to meet up with our guide for the day, Nate Sharpe.
Over the slabs, and through the woods we did follow. What we didn't expect was how fresh and new the climbing was! Not keen on the names, I will just say this: GO TO THIS AREA. The established climbs are amazing, and there is so much more potential. Nate was buzzing around, showing us all the climbs, what future lines were going to get put up, and just having a good time. Many thanks to Nate Sharpe for handling such a large group, and putting us on fun climbs! The day culminated with a nice lap on the classic "TV Screen" 10b, and a cool walk down to the cars. Thank you Nate Sharpe, Derek Reed, Sean Butland, Connor Butland, Claire Brady, Jack Rouse and Eden Anbar for a real fun time at Mt. Woodson.