Even with the low snow year it is difficult to find a good place to climb during mid-winter that is out of the snow. I did some research and came up with Table Mountain near Jamestown, California, home of the Grotto, a wonderfully strange climbing spot that is very much like a grotto than a wall. You are surrounded by three walls, one of which has hexagon structure to it. Belyn, our daughter, led a stunning climb up the hexagon wall.
That was on a Sunday, and coincidentally enough, I had a meeting scheduled in Santa Monica and that meant flying down the foothills and on down to the LA area. I decided to do a flyover of Table Mountain and check it out from the air. It was interesting to see the two vantage points – one from the hike across Table Mountain, and one from a few thousand feet above it.
By the way, you don’t have to be a climber to enjoy Table Mountain. Apparently the wildflowers in the spring are beautiful, and views from top are wonderful.