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Space Walk 

YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E4 6a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Kevin Nelson, Bill Todd, 1973. FFA: Rick Cashner, Rick Sumner, 1979.
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Sep 11, 2006

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Mike I. stylin' again on his usual E Cliff circuit...

Description 

It was once said that this crack would never go free!
In 1979, Rick Cashner and Angie Morales hiked up there to check it out.
They climbed a crack, thinking it was "Space Walk". Rick thought "That wasn't that bad. What's the big deal?".
He then walked a little farther and found "Space Walk" overhanging above him. He was blown away and knew that he had to have it!

When looking up at Eagle Lake Cliff, one will notice an obvious, detatched spire on the right.
This is "Off The Wall".

"Space Walk" follows the overhanging crack on the, right facing wall to the left.

Walk left from the top to descend.


Protection 

Pro to 2 in., mostly thin to med.



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Taking the overhanging, 12a finger crack variation to finish.
Taking the overhanging, 12a finger crack variation...
Rick Cashner on the first free ascent. 1979. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Rick Cashner on the first free ascent. 1979.
Photo...
Rick Cashner at the crux, on the first free ascent of "Space Walk" 5.11c. 1979. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Rick Cashner at the crux, on the first free ascent...
Mike attempting to pull the opening moves without stemming over (12a variation start). <br /> <br />June 2010
Mike attempting to pull the opening moves without ...
Launching into the most sustained part of the route.  He mopped it up clean!
Launching into the most sustained part of the rout...
Flowered chalkbags are important gear when pulling hard, steep cracks.
Flowered chalkbags are important gear when pulling...
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By Blitzo
Sep 17, 2006

The flake, that Rick is on, in the photo is now gone.
On the first free ascent, Rick said the flake was loose, so he nailed it in place with some pitons!
The fake fell out in the 1980s. The climb is much safer without it.

By C Miller
Administrator
Sep 17, 2006

Cool info, and love the vintage shots.

By Michael Sokoloff
From: Spokane, WA
Jan 25, 2007

IMHO this is the finest pitch of climbing in the Tahoe region. The rock quality, scenery, and amazing movement up a splitter slightly overhung finger crack earn Spacewalk status as an all-time classic. I have always found it more fun to climb the fingercrack straight on avoiding the grunty moves in the flair.

By 426
Mar 19, 2007

Spoiler alert****

Kneescums really help in the flare....reach out right if you're finding it "impossible"...reserve some gas in the tank for the crux (last) move and think about Dan O free soloing this bad boy the day after he redpointed...

By 213blc
From: THA WEST COAST
Jul 8, 2011
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

How I remember this climb one afternoon a few years ago: Simmering in glorious sun on perfect stone struggling up along stellar movements with blue sky and lakes glittering amongst the mellow greens of trees and shrubs...can't believe I haven't been back!!!

By ACassebeer
From: Mojave, CA
Jul 7, 2012

This route is hard for the grade, IMHO. The only real beta is to keep climbing and don't stall out placing gear. Definitely pumpy!

By Jim Lawyer
Administrator
Jul 16, 2014

I thought the pure finger crack variation was perhaps the best route of its grade in the Tahoe area.