7-Lewis Rock Climbing
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Top-Roping: To access the top of this sector, lead one of the three bolt-protected routes - (or could scramble up around its left side).
In addition to the two-bolt anchors at the top of several of the routes, there is a standing dead tree at the top of the route "Central - Right Overlap" which as of 2018 has a static rope attached to it, also a static rope attached to a tree above the route "Obelix" -- which could be used to help protect and/or aid reaching anchors for some routes from the top.
There is also a two-bolt facultative anchor above the route "Obelix", which could be used to help protect reaching anchors for some routes from the top. Or in making the transition to a higher pitch on sector Moynier.
. . (Bolts + hangers are 304 Stainless steel 3/8 inch. Installed 2017).
. . (3-link chain + quick-links are Plated steel. Installed 2018).
Also there are two or three live trees on the wide ledge at its top which could be used as "natural" top anchors (bring a static rope say 50 ft).
In case anchor hardware is damaged or missing or otherwise inadequate, recommend to carry a few feet of 8mm climbing accessory cord and at least one quick-link.
warning: This cliff (especially its left side) is fairly tall for Top-Roping. So if the belayer is at near the bottom of the climbing route, the elongation/stretching of the rope could be large -- so the climber could take a rather long fall (even though on close belay from above), and could hit a ledge or protruding rock, and get seriously hurt. Ideas for dealing with this dynamic-rope-stretch problem: (a) Have the belayer near the top instead of the bottom; (b) Use a special static or "semi-static" rope which will not stretch so much (but such a rope is not safe for first Leading to reach top); (c) Pull the rope extra tight when the climber is just three feet from the bottom, to take some of the stretch out, and keep it extra tight while climber continues up.
Name: Marty Lewis grew up in Agoura Hills (by Thousand Oaks), later settled in Bishop. Pioneered the publication of guidebooks for non-mountain climbing routes on the southern Eastside. Author of multiple rock-climbing guidebooks, then contributor of the further serious labor of revising them for many years ongoing.
. . (previous name of this sector: The June Lake Loop has long been recognized as a little visit to Switzerland. "Melchsee-Frutt" is a family crag under the Bonistock peak, overlooking a lake. Pronounce "Melchsee", using the German language of central Switzerland - roughly as ... melkh-zay).
warning: The rock in this sector has not been climbed much yet, and some of the rock is still breakable and loose -- so the belayer and other people should stand far away from underneath the climber.
- - > See where on this overview Photo
. . . . or this overview Photo
- - > See Access scrambles + trails, and Anchor locations on this Photo
- - > See route lines on this topo Photo
- - > See on this Photo
. . . . or this Photo of Left side | or this Photo of Right side
Time + effort estimate: From north end of parking lot to the base of this sector is about +125 vertical feet over 0.15 mile distance (+40m over 0.23km), so typical range of hiking times 7-13 minutes.
GPS tracks for hiking/scrambling approaches -- view (or download) on
- - > this Map of the Silver Lake crag
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