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Areas in The Benches

Bear's Lair, The 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Camo Crag 1 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Chalkporium 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Dollar Store, The 1 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Fast Food Wall 0 / 12 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Fortress, The 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Kudos Cliff 1 / 9 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Lightning Bolt Crag 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Negativity Cave, The 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Negativity Slabs 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Pebble Beach 3 / 5 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Slide Wall 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Steel Monkey Wall 0 / 9 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Sun Bench, The 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Thunderdome 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Trailside Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0

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.
No overnight camping on PG&E property Details

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)

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Benches

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Price Check
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Cast In Stone
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bushmaster
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Ghost Town
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Closed for lunch
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rebirth
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
If the Shoe Fits
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Push to Open
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Step into the Light
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Charlee and the Stick Factory
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Super Size Me
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
In and Out Urge
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Duppy Conquer
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Radio Static
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Steel Monkey
Sport
Price Check Dollar Store 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Cast In Stone Negativity Cave 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Bushmaster Dollar Store 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Ghost Town Kudos Cliff > Kudos Right 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Closed for lunch Dollar Store 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rebirth Kudos Cliff > Kudos Right 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
If the Shoe Fits Kudos Cliff > Kudos Right 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Push to Open Dollar Store 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Step into the Light Kudos Cliff > Kudos Left 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Charlee and the Stick Factory Fortress 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Super Size Me Fast Food Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
In and Out Urge Fast Food Wall 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Duppy Conquer Kudos Cliff > Kudos Left 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Radio Static Steel Monkey Wall 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Steel Monkey Steel Monkey Wall 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Fellow Climbers,
Noticed several tents while walking into the emeralds climbing area this last weekend ( 5/20/17 ). PG&E has posted several signs at the gate and other areas that state camping is NOT allowed. Please respect this so that access does not become an issue!

Thanks in advance,

Colby W May 22, 2017

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