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Nemesis Cliff (AKA Granite Point) 3 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Elevation: 4,458 ft
GPS: 46.812, -116.881 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Greg Pierce on Nov 7, 2016
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Moscow Mountain offers some great opportunities to beginner climbers. Most routes here are less than 5.7, all require gear, and new routes will need a lot of cleaning. If you live on the Palouse and want to get into trad climbing, this is a surprisingly good spot to learn.
This small crag is located on private land. The owners allow public access@SEMICOLON@ however, there is a gate which is closed from mid November to mid April. Refer to the Moscow Area Mountain Biking Association for further details on Moscow Mountain access. Details

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To access this crag park at the four corners parking area, and hike several miles on the Nemesis trail.

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Moscow Mountain has some enjoyable short routes that can be top-roped, (bring extra long slings) or lead climbable. The rock is good and the views even better.

The only named route that I know of is at the bottom, an angled slab divided by a central crack. This was named "exclusion" by Mark Jonas. If you excluded the crack and the right hand edge, edging on small crystals, it is a 5.9. Mark is the only one I have seen send this route with style. Aug 31, 2017
Some History: Growing up in Moscow we discovered this crag and the smaller one directly above it in the late 1960's. We began rock climbing about 1973 and scrambled all over this using a goldline rope and climbed just about every line up to 5.8 (if one exists) on top rope. The original group was the Savage brothers, Dave & Chris (myself) and Scott Spiker while still in junior high and high school. We brought many of our friends up here and all enjoyed the many various climbs that are possible. We never named the rock or the climbs. We had no idea about first ascents. This rock was just barely better than Granite Point down on the Snake River in Washington. It seemed very small and it is, but if you live in Moscow, it's all you get.

Some of the people involved in these ascents include those named plus; Bill Anderson, Cris Peterson, Larry Kincaid, Kevin Budge and many others of the mid-70's high school scene.

I've heard rumors that local gear purveyor (at the time) Ray Brooks and some UoI student climbers also started climbing there in the mid 1970's. Jul 8, 2017

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