Rock Climbing Weekend
Rock Climbing Weekend
Saturday, March 25- Sunday, March 26, 2017
3/25 8:00am- 3/26 2:00pm
Descanso Wall & Stonewall Peak
On this Great Escapes trip, we'll be headed out to Decanso Wall, which is located about 50 minutes away in Descanso, for a full day of rock climbing. Then, we'll camp under the stars in the Julian area and hike at the nearby Stonewall Peak the next morning, then rock climb more at the top. Being one of the well-known natural outdoor climbing areas in San Diego, it has routes available for all skill levels. Reaching, stepping, and pulling your way to the top, it’s an incredible experience that offers breathtaking views of San Diego from the summit. On the way back we'll stop along the way for a yummy lunch before arriving back on campus.
About the Trip & Itinerary
Saturday (Day 1): Meet at the ARC at 8:00am, (breakfast provided), we'll group up and drive approximately 1 hour over to Descanso Wall and start our day hiking up to the top where the rock climbing routes are! It is a bit of a strenuous hike, but not too long. After that, we'll climb for a while and break for lunch, provided by us. The rest of the afternoon will be spent climbing and hiking until we head over to the campsite! There, we will make a camp fire, cook dinner, and have a relaxing evening under the stars!
Sunday (Day 2): Waking up before sunrise, we'll hike up Stonewall Peak which is right across from our campsite, aiming to make it to the top by sunrise. This peak offers an incredible 360 degrees view of all of San Diego county - you can even see the ocean when it's clear! While we eat breakfast at the top, our guides will set up the rock climbing routes. We'll climb a little while until we decide to head back to campus, grabbing a hearty lunch along the way!
Price >> $50
The hiking at Descanso Wall and Stonewall Peak may be slightly strenuous over time to the inexperienced hiker. Breaks may be taken as needed on the way up and down the trail. Regarding the rock climbing, participants are welcome to climb as much or as little as they choose. Routes will be set up according to the skill level of participants. There will always be a beginner/introductory route that is a perfect place to start for anyone who has not rock climbed before or is looking to get warmed up for more difficult climbs. Rock climbing is a physically demanding activity and if not climbing regularly, it is common for arms to tire. There are countless opportunities to take breaks and rest because there are not enough routes or guides for every participant to be climbing at the same time.
Fitness rating: 3 out of 5 difficulty
Safety & Risk Management
All participants must bring proper footwear to hike in and wear when not climbing while at the crag. Rock climbing shoes will be provided. All participants must be wear a helmet that is appropriately fitted to their head the entire time while at the rock face due to the risk of falling rocks. All climbs are set up by trained guides instructed to set safe climbs and the equipment is sturdy and not at risk of breaking. Because of the location of the climbing site, there is little shade; sun protection is a big part of maintaining a comfortable environment throughout the day. Due to safety considerations, this trip will be canceled in the event of rain and all participants will be issued a full refund.