This weekend I had the awesome privilege of doing some climbing with a student learning group called Wilderness Challenge from Valley Christian High School, where I teach. We headed up into the San Bernardino Nation Forest out of La Canada on Highway 2. About an hour up the road we turned off onto a smaller road towards Horse Flats, a remote campground high in the mountains. We parked at the trail head and hiked about two miles up further into the hills. It was beautiful. Here are some of the photos. It was a great day!
Right in the middle, in the distance is where they set
up camp, right on top of the cliffs we'd be climbing.
Jeff is the master-mind behind this genius program
Allison is the super-helpful moral support and female brains
Another helper, Jason and his wife Serena and their Dog
came down from Northern California where they run NAWA,
a fully accredited high school and vertical adventure rescue training facility.
Their dog was really cool. I was hiking back from the car after
going down to get more water, and all of a sudden this animal
runs out of the brush behind me and my heart stopped. I slowly
turned around, only to be greeted by their friendly dog with a big
"woof!" when he recognized me. He kept the bears away at night.
Feel the burn
I was parked on this ledge most of the day, about 2/3
of the way up the cliff. Below is a chimney, which we were
climbin up and out of. Talk about a great place to climb...
The view to my right.
They tell me shoes make all the difference.
I'll have to try them sometime.
Here's a picture of Jason, king of the hill.
When I first showed up I was a little spooked by the presence
of this other photographer who was sporting a Mark III Ds (I think)
anyway, a really big camera with a 70-200 2.8. We quickly became
friends, and he loaned me his 24-70 2.8 for some shots on the cliff.
I look forward to seeing some of Doug's pictures.
This was the view of LA coming down the hill. Too cool.