Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Weekend on Reyes Peak, 07/28/12

Climbing a 5.10 smear-fest on The Mothership

R&R is good. I spent last weekend on Pine Moutain and Reyes Peak. Didn't really do a hell of a lot but sure had a real good time. On Friday evening I joined Davi Rivas and his 14 year old son Carlo for a quiet evening. Under a vault of stars and with the lights of Ojai and Ventura twinkling far below, we sat by a nice fire and talked late into the night. In the morning we drove out to the Reyes trailhead and walked most of the way up the peak before diverting to Darren Ogden & Co.'s Mothership. This is a magnificent boulder with bolted rock climbs on all five faces. Only two routes go at 5.10, four at 5.11, and a couple 5.12's. We top-roped most everything we climbed that day. We did the .10's just fine and flailed on the over-hung elevens. Carlo climbed better that I'd ever seen him do, and I told him so. It was a fun, relaxing. Good friends, fun rock.

Ruth and I came back up for an easy walk up to the top of Reyes. She got to sign her first summit journal. That was also a nice day and I'm glad that we are getting out more as a couple.            

Carlo and Davi
Carlo about to be lowered by dad.

The northwest side of The Mothership.
Davi and Carlo wandering through The Astroid Belt.

Ruth, signing Reyes' summit log.
Haddock Peak from Reyes