Saturday, December 8, 2012

Rock Climbing in Castle Rock State Park

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Since Alex and I both love to rock climb, I was excited to purchase the LivingSocial offer for outdoor rock climbing with an instructor at Castle Rock State Park, located in Santa Cruz Mountains. Castle Rock has a wonderful collection of large sandstone rocks, which are absolutely fantastic for rock climbing and bouldering.

I originally planned to go on November 11th, but due to the rain, I had to reschedule for December 8th, 2012 at 1:00 pm, for two hours of rock climbing. The Castle Rock Climbing School has a policy that they are not allowed to climb for three days after the last rain. Since it rains frequently in the winter in Northern California, this was not unexpected.

It was fairly cold on December 8 (maybe around 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit) when we drove to Castle Rock from San Jose. When we arrived, there were a few cars already parked there already and I was not sure whether or not the rock climbing instructor was there. Cell phones do not work there, so I could not call him (or anyone else).

Once I found the rock climbing instructor, we picked up all of the climbing gear and walked 20 minutes to the first rock he planned for us to climb. The instructor setup the ropes and Alex put on his climbing shoes, his harness, and started rock climbing.

The first climb was not difficult at all but it took Alex some time to get used to climbing outdoors, without preset handholds. After Alex got to the top, he belayed down and I went next. It was slow going for me at first but then I got the hang of it and got to the top as well.

The second climb was much more difficult, as the rocks have few natural holds and it took Alex a few tries to get to the top. Eventually, Alex found a way to the top. Although it was a tiring climb, Alex succeeded in getting all the way to the top!

Alex got a bit hungry from all the rock climbing, so he ate a couple of Cliff energy bars.

We had a great time rock climbing at Castle Rock and hope to do so again, when it warms up a bit. It was a lot of fun!