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A great locale located that is, as the name would suggest, off the Pacific Crest Trail (P.C.T.) in the section between Hwy 80 and Hwy 40. By the time you get there, the din of Interstate traffic has receded and you find yourself off a picturesque trail in that classic Sierra setting we all get lost day dreaming about during our working hours.
From the rest stop just east of Boreal ski resort on Interstate 80, head out from the east side of the rest stop parking lot near a bench and proceed south bound on a distinct trail. Keep trending south past a large pond/small lake, through various switchbacks, until a distinct multi-tiered band of rock emerges on the right close by the trail. This is the P.C.T. Cliff. It takes 20-30 min. of hiking to get to the crag.
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Mothers and Fathers 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Radical Right 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Day Hike 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Old Guys with the Shakes 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Helping Hands 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
P.C.T. Crack 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
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Helping Hands 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : P.C.T. Cliff
Starting at base of PCT Crack head up to ledge on right following jugs. Follow the obvious line up and over a mantle and through the roofs above. After some sequential climbing to get into the perfect but awkward hand crack at the apex of the roof, climb into a narrow chimney. After another awkward bulge climb a chimney and the crack / featured face to the left to chains. The crux begins when moving into and around the roofs and ends once around the bulge and into the wider of the two chimni...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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