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Areas in Reno and Carson City

Book of Red, The 2 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Carson City Sewer Crags 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Dinosaur Rock 11 / 8 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Family Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Galena/Freeway Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Iron Butte 11 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Keystone Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Lake Tahoe 21 / 49 / 19 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 83
Mega Boulders, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Mini Boulders, The 0 / 2 / 0 / 35 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 37
Mogul Cliffs 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Owl Rock 1 / 0 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 4
PS Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Prison Hill 2 / 8 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Pyramid Highway 0 / 21 / 0 / 23 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 44
Somersett Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 55 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 55
Thomas Creek 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Verdi Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Washoe Boulders 3 / 0 / 3 / 46 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 49
Elevation: 4,876 ft
GPS: 39.35, -119.791 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Scott "Scoboni" on Feb 19, 2006 with updates from Gaius Gracchus
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Description

There are many good climbing areas within an easy day trip of Reno and Carson City, even without crossing the state line.

Since Scott wrote these words over a decade ago, the area has grown more resources for climbers as well as other outdoors sports lovers visiting the city, mountains and desert.

Whitney Peak Hotel. includes a gym, Basecamp, with 2 pitch climbing wall over the strip. They also rent bouldering pads. 

Mesa Rim is a rock climbing gym in Reno with 24000 sq feet of climbing and 52 foot walls.   There is a large bouldering section, a fitness area with weights, yoga and a sauna.  The staff is friendly and supportive and there are a wide variety of classes including summer programs for kids.

The Rocksport Climbing Gym has almost 8000 sq feet of climbing with 35 foot high walls.   Their facility includes bouldering and autobelays.    It is an older, smaller gym but has some very good route setters.  The staff is quite knowledgeable and offers training, clinics, party events, and kids programs.

University Nevada, Reno has a climbing club which is part of the greater east Tahoe community.

Getting There

From points east, Interstate 80 is best.

From Northern and Central California, either Interstate 80 or Highway 50 will do. Interstate 80 will take you past Donner Summit. If you come by way of I80, take Highway 395 south to Carson City. Highway 50 will take you past Lover's Leap, through South Tahoe and into Carson City.

From Southern California, either take Interstate 5 to Highway 50 or Interstate 80. Alternatively, coming up Highway 395 will take you through Bishop and along the Eastern Sierra.

From Las Vegas, take Highway 95 North. Be careful in Beatty, Goldfield and Tonopah (and other small towns along the way), the police there are very diligent in enforcing the speed limits.

The Reno/Tahoe airport is the only place where the major airlines fly into. It is very easy to get in and out of.

There are numerous hotels, motels and camping areas in the Reno/Carson City area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Reno and Carson City

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 7
The Seamstress
Boulder
V2 5+
 6
Broken Promises
Boulder
V2 5+
 10
Mountaineers Route
Boulder
V2 5+
 14
Silver Surfer
Boulder
V3 6A
 5
Crescent Moon Direct
Boulder
V4 6B
 3
Shootin' Blanks
Boulder
V5 6C
 6
Little Japanese Village
Boulder
V7 7A+
 3
Wasabi
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 33
Evolution of Man
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 30
Deadman's Rappel
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b V-easy 3
 4
Movin Like Bernie
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 34
Color Me Gone
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 29
The Left Seam
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Crystal Offwidth (aka Right Line)
Trad, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 6
Plant Food 5.11d/5.12a
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Seamstress Somersett Boulders > E Side > Rd Cut Area
 7
V1 5 Boulder
Broken Promises Somersett Boulders > W Side > Lower W Side (Broken…
 6
V2 5+ Boulder
Mountaineers Route Washoe Boulders > Tsunami Boulder
 10
V2 5+ Boulder
Silver Surfer Washoe Boulders > Tsunami Boulder
 14
V2 5+ Boulder
Crescent Moon Direct Washoe Boulders > Right Twin
 5
V3 6A Boulder
Shootin' Blanks Somersett Boulders > W Side > Shootin' Blanks
 3
V4 6B Boulder
Little Japanese Village Washoe Boulders > Tsunami Boulder
 6
V5 6C Boulder
Wasabi Washoe Boulders > Tsunami Boulder
 3
V7 7A+ Boulder
Evolution of Man Dinosaur Rock
 33
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Deadman's Rappel Dinosaur Rock
 30
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Movin Like Bernie Somersett Boulders > W Side > Lower W Side (Broken…
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b V-easy 3 Boulder
Color Me Gone Dinosaur Rock
 34
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
The Left Seam Dinosaur Rock
 29
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Crystal Offwidth (aka Right… Lake Tahoe > Crystal Bay Boulder
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Plant Food 5.11d/5.12a Pyramid Highway > Pig Rock Area > Little Shop of Horrors
 6
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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Seth Hogan   Frisco, Co
Going solo, east from Tahoe, this was a great spot. Super solid friction, great selection of climbs, thank you to whoever posted this place. The project app was tough to read, things didn't seem to go left to right. Jul 5, 2015

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