Climbing in Fish Creek Crag
So much information for this weekend, I’d rather post it and let you read it on your own.
First, where is it? Fish Creek Crag is located at approximately 7,600 feet in Sequoia National Forest near Kennedy Meadows, CA. It is located approximately 1 hour from US HWY 395 up Nine-Mile Canyon Road in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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We will be staying in Troy Meadows Campground. I’ll be nailing down a departure time as next weekend gets nearer if anyone wants to caravan. I plan to leave San Diego on the 12th [early evening] and return on the 14th in the evening. Two full days of climbing. It’s about a 6 hour drive from San Diego.
Temps: It’s going to be in the 60s during the day; upper 30s at night.
Preferably, the first people there will get 2-3 adjacent sites at the end (bottom of the hill by the creek/meadow) non-walk in. This will be our base of operation for the next two days. We can have campfires. Please bring 1 bundle of wood (minimum).
Climbing will be at Fish Creek Crag. There is information on Mountain Project: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/107965156/fish-creek-near-kennedy-meadows. This is the guidebook. I have had email conversations with the developer and what you see is what is there, and though it’s pretty secluded it’s also used a bit as evident by the worn area at the base of the crag.
It’s mostly bolted sport on excellent granite. There are some loose spots, but the rock is overall great quality. There are single and multi-pitch routes ranging from 5.3 to 5.11. With finesse we can set several topropes as well as have some lead climbing too.
Meals - I am suggesting that we have a pot-luck on Saturday evening, and breakfast on Sunday Morning. Maybe shared snacks during the day.
If folks could offer up a portion, dish, or supply we can split some of the burden. For Breakfast on Saturday we can do our own thing. Saturday lunch will be crag-side, so bring whatever you can carry. Sunday Lunch would be the same.
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Main: Jay/Aire - Kabobs
Side: Jay/Aire - Mixed Fruit
This is an active bear area. All food and smelly stuff will NEED to be stored in the bear boxes at your campsite. The campground has vault toilets and water, though I’m going to bring water anyway.
I’ll host an Introduction to Traditional Anchors Clinic on Saturday. We can do it in the AM or PM, depending on what everyone feels like. If you have traditional gear, feel free to bring it; or borrow some. I have ample gear, but getting exposed to different types and brands is always good. Do not feel like you need to go buy stuff. If you have them, please read the anchors section of The Freedom of the Hills and the Climbing Anchors book by John Long. Trad climbing gets real expensive, real fast. The knowledge in these books is less expensive, but always a good go-to for climbing. If you have a rope bring it. If you have two, better! Again, you don’t need to buy these, but I’ll be touching topics discussed in each.
US-395 N to CA-178 W to Right Turn on Sierra Way in Weldon. Continue to Kernville. Once in Kernville continue on Sierra way -> it changes to Mountain Highway SR 99. [Last gas is in Kernville]
Drive to Forest Rte 22S05/Sherman Pass Rd - Continue to Troy Meadow Campground.