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William Helmer

Our friend Dr. D. on a fresh crisp day out at Mount Woodson.Mount Woodson is one of the most popular rock climbing area in San Diego.With great character, Woodson features thousands of beautiful granite boulders sprinkled over the hillside of the mountain near Ramona.It is a special rock climbing area with many boulders too high for just a crash pad and many too short to call them legit lead climbs.That is why climbers often end up top-roping the taller climbs. However, bouldering at Mount Woodson is also incredible with many options and a variety of climbing styles from challenging slab to splitter crack or contrived face movements.Many of the boulders are equipped with bolts for toprope anchors. Since the boulders are relatively short it is enough to bring a short rope of 35 meters. This will keep your pack lightweight and ready for most climbs.The faster option to enjoy climbing at Mt. Woodson is to take the trail (utility road) from Highway 67. Next to the ditch, there starts a trail that leads to a paved road that continues to the top of the mountain.The road is not for public car traffic and only reserved for vehicles serving the cell phone and radio towers that are installed on the mountain top.The first rock climbing is as close as 10 minutes from the car. There are fantastic warm up boulders right and left off the paved road. Further up-left there is more to discover such as classic hardlines named “I hear my train a comin, 5.11+”. And also less challenging climbs are available with beautiful 5.8 cracks and faces.Mount Woodson is not an easy-to-navigate area especially when leaving the road to start looking for classics that are published in guidebooks. Many climbers have struggled, bushwacked and finally not found the climb they were looking for.For first time visitors it is the easiest  to stick near the road and keep walking up towards the top.Along the way there are plenty of rock climbing opportunities with more than one day of exploring. Mount Woodson is a popular climbing destination for San Diego and even Southern California..#chillinorockclimbing #sandiegorockclimbing #rockclimbing #climbing #sandiego #guide #guiding

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Highly recommend Fabi! He is super organized, friendly and safe. He was on time, prepared with everything we needed, fully explained everything we needed to know and made sure we felt safe during every step. He’s super encouraging and really knows what he is doing!
Anna T.
What an amazing experience! We took the beginners class, and so happy we did, Fabi was very knowledgeable, breaking instructions down step by step making it easier and fun to learn! After learning all the important safety steps we got to climbing right away, with fabi right there giving us pointers on the best route to take. I left class feeling more confident in my abilities to climb. Fabi has such a chill, friendly, and encouraging way of teaching, it felt like we were learning with a friend. I highly reccomend. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Fabi!
Kailyn F.
Had such an incredible time doing my first trad rock climbing multi pitch! Coach Jakob was extremely professional and taught my friend and I so much. We went up over 2,000 feet and got to the top of a stunning mountain in Idyllwild. He was informative and we felt completely safe the entire time. It was a fun and beautiful adventure. We would highly recommend Jakob and Chillino Rock Climbing Group for your upcoming adventures!
Valerie H.
My partner and I just finished an intro climbing class with Chillino and it was fantastic! Our guide was Fabi and he was knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging and always put safety first. A great introduction to outdoor climbing with an emphasis on learning basics the right way and having fun, whatever your skill level. We started with an overview of equipment, a short hike in Mission Hills and a thorough training on using the equipment. We had the chance to do several lines at our own pace. All were a good challenge! Overall, a great class and highly recommend :)
Grace M.
Absolutely incredible experience! I hardly have any experience as a climber and Fabian did a great job at showing me the basics and making sure I knew how to safely and adequately climb. There was plenty of time for me to get my hands dirty and the location was beautiful! The team that came along was very positive and encouraging! Would definitely recommend Fabian's climbing options!
Tiffany C.