Petzl Sama Harness: With Summer upon us(……..finally??), it is time for climbers to head for higher altitudes. Places like Lover’s Leap, Donner Lake and Big Chief are quickly thawing out (yay!!) and becoming the destination for many local climbers. With all that rope climbing to be done, we recommend the Sama Harness by Petzl (or if you are looking for a womens specific harness, check out the Petzl Luna!). Petzl’s patented Frame Construction Design optimizes comfort, and its perforated closed cell foam for the waist belt and leg loops allows breathability while not compromising structural integrity. The gear loops are also nice and big so you can pack a lot of gear on there! So if you’re plugging in gear at Lovers Leap or clipping bolts up in Donner, the Sama or women’s Luna by Petzl might be the harness for you!
Muira and Women’s Muira: This shoe is possibly the most versatile shoe in the La Sportiva arsenal. If you are a trad climber looking for a shoe that edges, smears and cams in a crack, fit this shoe a little large and you’ll be scaling the domes of Tuolumne in no time (that is, once the snow melts and the road opens!). If you are a sport climbing machine that won’t be jamming your feet in any cracks, then buy these shoes tight and go to work. They will stretch ½-1 size so keep that in mind when trying them on. These shoes are awesome on edges and pockets and the slight downturn means they will perform great on steep, vert, or slab terrain. AND they are comfy!! Finally, the speed lace system makes taking these shoes on and off a cinch. All around, this shoe rocks!
The Northern California Bouldering guide: This guide is a must have for any Bay Area climber. This guide gives an overview of climbing areas all over Northern California — from wine country to Tahoe and back to the Bay Area. It briefly describes each area, the rock type, the amount of climbs per grade and rates the quality of each climb. So, if you are up for a bouldering session before wine tasting in Napa (no Bouldering after wine tasting!) or simply wondering where to take your next , relatively local, day trip, this book will point you in the right direction.