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Upper Spire

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Burnt Offerings 
Char Broiled 
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Desperado (Roof Variation) 
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Fear of Flying 
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Holy Smoke 
Jugs Revisited 
Lesbian Love 
North Ridge 
Robert's Aid Crack 
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Upper Spire 

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BETA PHOTO: Upper Spire and Flathead with routes.


The Upper Spire is the largest and highest of the Phantom Spires. It has several excellent routes.

Getting There 

The approach from parking is obvious.

19 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Upper Spire:
North Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad   
Ginger Bread   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches   
Fear of Flying   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
Thanksgiving   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Jugs Revisited   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad   
Robert's Aid Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad   
Steppin' Stone   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad   
Holy Smoke   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Lesbian Love   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 110'   
Beast of No Nation   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Start of Lesbian Love.

Lesbian Love 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Upper Spire
The crux is near the top, although just getting started is tricky too. Climbs the prominent white dike on the south facing side of the upper spire. Gorgeous and technical face climbing....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Upper Spire-east side. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Upper Spire-east side.
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Harrison Direct 11B
BETA PHOTO: Harrison Direct 11B
Climber at the top of Fear of Flying.
Climber at the top of Fear of Flying.
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