“The Grotto” (Jamestown, CA)

Over the weekend my rock climbing partner (Brian) and I decided to drive to Sonora to find “the good rocks.” the drive was about 2 1/2 hours from San Francisco on 580 to 205. The place turned out to be amazing and had some really great climbing! We top rope and sport climb most of the time, but this trip we decided to try our hands at a bit of trad climbing as well. The concept of trad climbing is that you place your own protection as you go up the wall, instead of relying on bolts that someone else has placed. This is a bit sketchier because if the gear is placed wrong, it can pull out and you could fall more than expected. Everything went great except for a nasty lead fall that Brian took that has him hobbling around on his right ankle. We both agreed that the pain that we were both feeling (I was mauled by foliage on the approach to the point where I questioned whether stitches were needed) was absolutely worth it and we will return at a future date. What a beautiful wall!

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