After getting bitten by the climbing bug and perhaps having done some top rope climbing on small crags it is time to get experience on longer routes and get further off the ground into what we think is the true climbing experience. Of course this is a big step and you want to choose an appropriate objective.
Situated above Mammoth in the Lakes Basin, to the west of town, Crystal Crag is a well known local landmark. A gleaming white band of quartz cuts across the peaks and must surely have attracted the attention of miners. To their dismay it was bare of gold, but for us climbers it adds a unique and interesting feature. The route combines, steeper technical climbing with roped ridge traversing to a classic, climbing one side and descending via the other.
This is a perfect introduction to mulit-pitch climbing. Not too difficult, but definitely challenging enough to keep you thinking and enjoying a new experience.
Our guides are American Mountain Guides Association trained or in the process of becoming certified so you can expect the highest level of climbing and safety knowledge combined with solid instructional skills and professionalism.
The best guidebooks are “Mammoth Area rock Climbs” by Marty Lewis and Peter Croft’s “The Good, The Great, and the Awesome”. Get them from Maximus Press.
We highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000 feet) just prior to the trip. Spending a night in Mammoth would do the trick.