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Road Cut, The

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Crack A No Go T 
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Easy Street S 
Escargot T,S 
Herring Breath T 
Hit and Run S 
Itchy and Scratchy S 
Penguin Lust S 
Spaceman Spiff S 
Totem Pole S 
Transmogrifier S 

Road Cut, The  

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Elevation: 6,500'
Location: 39.32346, -120.31294 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Oct 8, 2002


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This area contains many sport routes of intermediate to expert grade, though there are also a few existing cracks that can be protected traditionally.

Rappelling of the top anchors is your best bet on most routes, as you can rap down to the top anchors on most climbs, but climbing out of them is not so simple.

You will find this area in the shade in the afternoon, though in the mornings it will be quite hot.

It should also be noted that The Totem Pile (5.10d), located on the mid right section of the road cut, a former runout rated Rclimb is now bolted.

Getting There 

Approach time: cross the street, and pull out your gear.

From the west (I-80 and Soda Springs) head up over the pass. head downhill over the bridge, and continue past The Peanut Gallery (the large slablike rock on your left), to the next roadside rock on the left, which is The Road Cut.

Park on either side of the road, though there is a definate pullout on the right side of the road.

From the east this is the first established area near the road. It comes a couple bends in the road after you pass the large Black Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Road Cut, The:
Escargot   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Hit and Run   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Totem Pole   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Penguin Lust   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 90'   
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Totem Pole 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Road Cut, The
This route was for many years a very scary lead with huge runouts and loose terrain until someone (?) cleaned it up and bolted it. Now its a very enjoyable route with a mixture of crimps, slopers, pockets and knobs. The route ascends the obvious arete just left of Transmogrifier. With the route cleaned up and bolted it is starting to see alot of traffic and it is a good warm-up before hopping on Spaceman Spiff or some of the other hard routes at Roadcut....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Brennan Best
From: Reno, Nevada
Feb 8, 2015
2-7-2015 A rock fall came off the road cut area and may have affected some of the routes in the area. I haven't been to the zone to see where it happened but I have seen photos. I have also heard they will be blasting more hazardous loose rock possibly further affecting routes.
By John Jackson
Feb 8, 2015
Wow, I drive by that twice a day every day. It will be interesting to see if they have to do significant modification to the cliff to stabilize it and get the road reopen.
Rockslide at Roadcut Area - Donner Pass
Rockslide at Roadcut Area - Donner Pass
By Justin Johnsen
From: Sacramento, CA
Feb 8, 2015
Wow, geology in action! Thanks for sharing the photo, John.
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