On Sunday October 21st Vital Murrieta packed up the cars and ventured to Tramway for our first outdoor trip. We had a fun group of 9 people on the voyage, with our youth team coach Nick Franco, and Manager Luis (me!) leading the charge.
We left Vital at 7:30am and had our hands on some of that sweet mountain granite by 9:30. The rain that was falling on a lot of Southern California was a couple 1000 fee below us, so we enjoyed a very empty Tramway, and beautiful climbing conditions. After warming up at the "Warm up Boulder" we headed over the hill to the Re-Animator boulder. After lots of attempts (and a little run-in with an evil squirrel) we saw sends on the unnamed V3/4 (this thing is too good to not have a name!) and Slot Machine, V6. Nice!
After packing up and taking a little hike we made our way into the Flash Gordon area. The entry to this area is packed with climbs from V0-V3 and we were all psyched to get on them. Ticks were racked up quickly, including Flash Gordon V3, Buck Rodgers V2, and a beautiful (scary) highball, Sea of Tranquility V1R. After a couple solid hours of climbing half of our crew headed home and the remaining half hiked to the peak and ate our lunch overlooking Palm Springs and the brewing storm clouds below. Pictures don't do it justice!
After lunch we did a little exploring, put in a lot of attempts on some hard climbs, and did a fun hike back to the tram station with our headlamps lighting the path. When we arrived to the station we were lucky enough to glimpse some shooting stars as the Orionid meteor shower was still going strong. A good way to end an awesome day!