Elevation: 4,500 ft
GPS: 39.32533, -120.6494
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Shared By: Justin Johnsen on May 23, 2014
Admins: Ky Bishop, Aron Quiter, Lurker -, Colby Wangler, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: No overnight camping on PG&E property Details

Description

The Benches section, including Fast Food Wall, Steel Monkey Wall, Dollar Store, Lightening Bolt Crag, Pebble Beach, The Fortress, Bear's Lair, Two Unknown Climbs and Kudos Cliff, are well away from flooding potential. Now back to the Benches areas: There has been a lot of new development in the area since 2008. The approaches are moderate and well marked especially if you use the 6 page guide at the bottom of the main Emeralds page. (Photos) There is a lot of potential for new routes even in the 5.7 to 5.9 range. This area is climbable all year except for winter if it has been snowing or raining and the routes are wet. There is an organized campground at Spaulding Lake or nice dispersed sites on the Bowman Lake road and elsewhere. The Emeralds are divided into two distinct sections as defined in Mike Carville's 1991 Tahoe Guide Book. One section is The Gorge which includes The Wishing Well and the other section is called The Benches.

Getting There

See the Emeralds Getting There section for driving directions.
For an overview map and walking directions to the climbing areas, with GPS coordinates, see page 1 of the 6 page guide in the "Photos of the Emeralds" Section on the Emeralds Main Page. Just before the Bowman Lake Road crosses the South Yuba River bridge you will find a gated dirt road heading up the river, follow the dirt road upstream on the south (right-hand) bank of the river. Keep on the unmistakable main trail (dirt road) for 750 Yards. Cairns change from time to time, so you may see them next to several minor use trails before reaching the true right hand turn to the Benches. The correct trail to the benches has an actual metal bench on it! Also You will know when to turn right off the road because ahead of you, 200 feet, on the road you will see a multi acre open area with many man made piles of gravel and rocks which the PG&E uses for construction. You can also pace the distances indicated on the 1 page guide. (They are accurate)

127 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Benches

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 94
Cast In Stone
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 145
Closed For Lunch
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 146
Rebirth
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 205
Push To Open
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 103
420 Club
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 79
Solar Winds
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 302
Step Into The Light
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 133
Where's The Beef
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 175
Charlee And The Stick Factory
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 75
Totality
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 163
Super Size Me
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 73
In And Out Urge
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 129
Duppy Conqueror
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 67
Radio Static
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 73
Steel Monkey
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cast In Stone Negativity Cave
 94
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Closed For Lunch Dollar Store
 145
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rebirth Kudos Cliff > Kudos Right
 146
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Push To Open Dollar Store
 205
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
420 Club Chalkporium
 103
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Solar Winds Fortress
 79
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Step Into The Light Kudos Cliff > Kudos Left
 302
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Where's The Beef Fast Food Wall
 133
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Charlee And The Stick Factory Fortress
 175
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Totality Chalkporium
 75
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Super Size Me Fast Food Wall
 163
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
In And Out Urge Fast Food Wall
 73
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Duppy Conqueror Kudos Cliff > Kudos Left
 129
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Radio Static Steel Monkey Wall
 67
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Steel Monkey Steel Monkey Wall
 73
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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