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The Reno area is a surprising year-round hub for climbing. Although climbing in Reno itself is somewhat scarce, a 45-minute drive westward will get you to some of California's finest summer cragging at Donner Summit, and a 90-minute drive will get you to most crags in the Tahoe Basin. There are a handful of bouldering areas (Doyle, Purgatory) within an hour or so north of Reno that are best in winter months. Heading south down Highway 395, you can be in Tuolumne, Bishop, or many High Sierra destinations in less than 4 hours. 

Reno sits in the rainshadow of the Sierra Nevada and has a relatively mild climate compared to the higher elevations. If it's snowing in the mountains, Reno has a newfound wealth of climbing gyms - see "Resources" below.

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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.

Resources

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

Mesa Rim features 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.

NorthPeak Climbing and Fitness is the newest gym in the area and is the only gym in the area to offer indoor auto-belays. It also has a brand new fitness center and yoga room. With a wide variety of gym to crag courses, NorthPeak is a great place to help you get outdoors. 

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

Gear Hut is a local used gear store where you can get lucky finding something you may need for half the price. They also take items for consignment, including climbing equipment.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Reno Area

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V1 5
 12
The Seamstress
Boulder
V4 6B
 4
Shootin' Blanks
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 99
UNR Crack
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b V-easy 3
 4
Movin Like Bernie
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 90
Spring Break
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 26
Owlelujah
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 72
Karls Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 22
See You Later Owligator
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 15
Torch Light
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 28
Owl Be Thy Name
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 42
Improbable
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 42
Africa Flake
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 42
Total Recall
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 16
Hoot And Holler
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 13
Mr. Bigglesworth
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Seamstress Reno Bouldering > … > E Side > Rd Cut Area
 12
V1 5 Boulder
Shootin' Blanks Reno Bouldering > … > W Side > Shootin' Blanks
 4
V4 6B Boulder
UNR Crack River Rock > Main Wall
 99
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Movin Like Bernie Reno Bouldering > … > W Side > Lower W Side (Broken…
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b V-easy 3 Boulder
Spring Break River Rock > Main Wall
 90
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Owlelujah Owl Rock > 5. W Face
 26
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Karls Crack River Rock > Main Wall
 72
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
See You Later Owligator Owl Rock > 2. B'Owl Obstruction…
 22
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Torch Light Thomas Creek
 15
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Owl Be Thy Name Owl Rock > 5. W Face
 28
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Improbable River Rock > Main Wall
 42
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Africa Flake River Rock > Main Wall
 42
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Total Recall River Rock > Main Wall
 42
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Hoot And Holler Owl Rock > 4. N Wall
 16
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Mr. Bigglesworth River Rock > Main Wall
 13
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
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