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Routes in Mayhem Cove

Cajun Hell S 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Car Jacker S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Coroner, The S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
DWI S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Diamond S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Disturbing the Priest S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Drinkin' White Lightning S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Fatal Attraction S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Huntin' Gator S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Indecent Exposure S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
India Ink S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Malice in Chains S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Mandatory Suicide S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Mutilated Corpses S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Overkill S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Phallucy aka Cubic Zarconia S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Physical Evidence S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Psycho II S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Riddler S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a X
Skullduggery T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Temporary Insanity S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Unknown (Cubic Zarconia?) S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Elevation: 6,765 ft
GPS: 38.953, -120.115 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Aron Quiter on Oct 8, 2002
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

This rock features some insane sport climbing, ranging in difficulty from 5.9 to low end 5.13 on usually overhanging granite, with excellent views of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe.

You will find this rock in the sun most of the day, and it will cook on a warm summer's day. However, if it has rained in the last week, there might be water coming down the mountain.

Most routes should be rappelled off or lowered off quickdraws, as the bolts are often not quite to the top of the rock.

There are loads of excellent climbs here, and they are too numerous to mention.

Getting There

Approach time: 10 - 20 minutes.

From the parking lot, instead of heading up the main path to Desolation Wilderness, head right into the pine trees from the trailhead. You will find a narrow trail heading gently uphill perpendicular to the main trail in the shade beneath the trees. Take this up about 100 yards until a small trail is found that left and uphill heads up through the rocks to the base of Mayhem Cove.

Mayhem Cove can be seen from the parking lot several hundred yards distant by looking in the foreground to the northwest.

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Went there today, basically all routes are wet. Keep that in mind when visiting the area, if it rained recently (1 week) there might be water coming down the mountain. Feb 15, 2015
Rob Eison
Denver, CO
Rob Eison   Denver, CO
Curious about Cajun Hell at Mayhem Cove. I've started working the second pitch, what I think is the 5.12c Drinkin White Lightnin'. It looks like it runs along a thin diagonal seam left of the hanging belay on the headwall above the cave but there's also a line straight up and/or up to the right. Anybody got info or beta tips? Sep 20, 2003

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