In October 2019, I had my first outdoor climbing experience through
an REI class. The instructor set up three top-rope routes on 'Butt Rock'
in the Rock City area of Mt. Diablo State Park. Two routes were 'slab' style -
sloped in but with very small ridges, holes, and scoops for precisely setting
fingers and toes. The third route was a 'chimney' requiring wedging my
body between two sheer rock walls and inch-worming upward.
Below: Starting the 'chimney' climb.
Negotiating the narrows.
'Layback' move, both feet forward.
Topped out at the anchor!
Far Left: Nearing the top after a
careful, static slab climb.
Left: Topping out near the top-rope anchor.
Below: View from Butt Rock to
'Boy Scout' rocks nearby.