Great hike, easy top rope or established sport

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Great hike, easy top rope or established sport

Postby Ken84il » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:49 pm

Really want to get the new girlfriend out and interested in climbing. I was hoping someone could point me in the direction of some really great hiking, even a really long hike that would lead to some relatively easier climbing. I planned to take her to Half Moon and Mariba Fork for starters. This will be MY first time to Mariba Fork, but have heard its beautiful and pretty straight forward.. She has never been climbing and I want to keep it simple and more about the hike and the views. Thinking a couple routes that can easily be set for TR or an area that has a couple easy sport routes that don't see a lot of traffic. Any input is helpful, Thank you.
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Re: Great hike, easy top rope or established sport

Postby krampus » Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:39 pm

jewel pinicle, great all around
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Re: Great hike, easy top rope or established sport

Postby Wolf » Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:59 pm

Just make sure you read the comments on Mariba Fork. RRCGuide/?type=wall&id=63

Don't let the farmer's horses out and try not to go down the wrong gulley.
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Re: Great hike, easy top rope or established sport

Postby Josephine » Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:39 pm

Wolf wrote:Just make sure you read the comments on Mariba Fork. RRCGuide/?type=wall&id=63

Don't let the farmer's horses out and try not to go down the wrong gulley.


Mariba fork is a lovely hike - i don't remember the climbing too much but i don't think the 5.4 was difficult
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Re: Great hike, easy top rope or established sport

Postby ikratzer » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:54 pm

Jewel pinnacle, definitely, awesome climbing and great view, approach is a little weird, but not too bad. Mariba fork is good too, really pretty hike and a fun 5.4, approach is more straightforward than you would think, finding where to park is just as tricky as the hike itself.
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Re: Great hike, easy top rope or established sport

Postby Ken84il » Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:03 pm

Pinnacle would be another first for me as well! Thanx!!
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Re: Great hike, easy top rope or established sport

Postby HelmetJam » Tue May 13, 2014 11:09 am

Went to Mariba Fork and Half Moon a couple weeks ago. Mariba was so beautiful, I felt like I was in the Amazon or something. Had some trouble routefinding on Half Moon. The guidebook's not very helpful. There was a lot of trash at the bottom, but we did find Full Moon and climb it. It was a little dirty, but FUN
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Re: Great hike, easy top rope or established sport

Postby kato » Mon May 19, 2014 8:59 am

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Re: Great hike, easy top rope or established sport

Postby Ascentionist » Mon May 19, 2014 2:36 pm

Lots of people get lost going to Mariba. That said, if you're halfway savvy at routefinding on the ground you should be fine. There is really no established trail and the bushwhacking can be gruesome if it's hot and humid. It is a really fantastic area though. Fantastic is my word for the day.
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Re: Great hike, easy top rope or established sport

Postby tpowell » Mon May 19, 2014 5:16 pm

If she's never been climbing, take her to the auxier ridge trail. There's a 4th class scramble to the top where you can easily set up a tr and there's plenty of other stuff out there to play around on.
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