Technical rock climbing has been practiced in the Auburn State Recreation Area, not far from the Quarry Road Trail since the late 1980’s. Following an accident involving the death of an experienced climber who had been practicing rope jumping with friends, it was discouraged between 1998 – 2003. Then, in 2004, ASRA banned it. Along with Climbing Resource Advocates for Greater Sacramento (CRAGS), Gordy Ainsleigh worked to lift the ban in October 2012. We now regularly see climbing classes offered here through REI. Bouldering, popular among beginners, involves climbing outdoors on rock faces close to the ground without the need of ropes and harnesses. Sport Climbing typically involves bolts – predrilled – that you clip into. Distinctions for classes are made by gender, age, level of experience etc. To augment the outdoor setting of Cave Valley Climbing Area, 3 dominant gyms in the Sacramento region exist to educate and train participants: Granite Arch in Rancho Cordova, Sacramento Pipeworks Climbing & Fitness and Rocknasium in Davis. The unique rock formations in part designed by years of mining, are well worth the short hike from the Quarry Trail parking area off Hwy 49, near the American River Confluence.
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