San Diego Still Rocks
As long as it's not flying out of a volcano, rock doesn't burn. So there's still plenty of it to climb in the recently scorched San Diego area. With year-round sunshine and all classes of climbing available, there's no better way to do your part to inject some tourist dollars into the SoCal reconstruction effort.
We caught up with San Diego's Front Range Climbing mid-ascent, giving us the latest from their badass version of the mobile office: a cellphone and a backpack. The outfit's main stopping (gripping?) grounds of Mission Gorge was spared the kind of scorching it got back in 2003. Four years on, the burnt forest has bounced back with fresh greenery--it's an ideal backdrop for a day's climb.
The rock at Mission Gorge offers a variety of surfaces and routes to match all tastes in climbing--boulders, cracks and 185 leads and topropes. (In other words, you'll end the day satisfied.)
Front Range San Diego fields five guides for all classes of climbs. Also on offer are team building exercises like interpretive hikes and GPS Scavenger Hunts. Sure beats doing trust falls in the break room with Gary from accounting.
[Photo: Nicholas Brown]