A letter (and videos) from Joel.
I have a full spread in the latest California Climber from the start of my trip in Arcata and Lost Rocks (California Climber, Issue No.6, pp.24-25, and pp.56). The image on pp. 56 is a first ascent I did while I was there.It is a beautiful slightly overhanging face, perched above a small rock platform, just high enough to keep your pad dry at mid-tide. It’s pretty unique because you start the problem on a literal rock island.It’ s a right arching roof, with powerful underclings and side-pulls, and small technical feet. Once you work your way to the end of the arch, you bust some awesome physical undercling moves up to the lip. Once you turn the lip, you have another 20ft of easy climbing that allows the occasional look over the shoulder soak in the beautiful pacific ocean coastline. One look over my left shoulder and the “Land of the Setting Sun” was born.
Thanks for the update, Joel! Keep crushing!
Photo and Video by: Mate Mackenzie.