I made my first trip to Williamson Rock in the San Gabriel mountains north of LA on Friday with Roy Boswell. It’s a pretty nice crag – I took the picture from the parking area across the valley. There are climbers on the first route we did, Being There (5.7), just left of the big chimney. Roy led the long 15-bolt first pitch on the picturesque arete, and I took on the overhanging crank over a bulge on the second pitch. There’s a 5.8 right next to it called Scenic Route, which I really enjoyed leading. I thought it was as good as Being There, and it was a perfect way to ease myself back into the lead.
As the morning clouds cleared and it got hot we sought shade lower in the valley, and wound up by the aptly-named Mushroom Boulder. I did a short but very pumpy 5.8 on that, and tried toproping an 11a but didn’t get too far on it. There’s lots more stuff I’d like to do at this crag, but that made a good first day.