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Routes in Luther Spires

Back Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Beer and a Hotdog, Two Bucks S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Cheap Commercial Steak Sauce, Two Fifty S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Dog and Grigri, Two Bucks S,TR 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Fire Starter S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
HeyY'all, Watch This T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Jackass S,TR 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
Jacko S,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Jane Spy S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Just Cause S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Just Do It S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Just Jerry S,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Mixed Emotions T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Original Route T,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Plane Crash S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Priceless T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
See Through T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Slab-B T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Undertaker T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Virginia T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Wacko TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Widow Maker S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: Jay Sell
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Shared By: Paul Rezucha on Aug 6, 2005
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker, Refuge Jared, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Widow Maker is claimed to be one of the best face climbs at Luther Spires and it certainly is a challenging and fun route! This is one of the two furthest left and furthest up routes in the Supertopo South Lake Tahoe Climbing guide book by Chris McNamara. There are two ways to get to the route. Once you arrive at the Spires from the approach path, walk left. After only 30-40 feet the path either leads up along the spires or down to underneath all the spires. The only reason to go up is to get to other routes of interest or to check out the many other routes. This way is longer and MUCH harder than dropping down. Dropping down you follow a thin manzania path that goes left passing one set of Spires. Continue along until path veers up towards a beautiful free standing spire. This has several routes on it but Widow Maker is on the rock which sits above this. Follow path up and right around large boulders and up to large cliff. The beautiful line of WIdow Maker is almost directly in front of you. The climb is wonderfully well protected face climbing on solid rock.


6 bolts to two bolt anchors with rappel rings. First bolt is quite a ways up there but small to medium trad gear could protect the traverse to the first bolt if necessary.


Brad Allender
Alameda, CA
Brad Allender   Alameda, CA
I would agree that this climb is definately one of the best at Luther Spires. It has some outstanding moves on it that are just fun to do. Also solid for its grade. Well worth the walk to get to (even if you take the difficult path). Aug 10, 2005
It's one of Jay Smith's un-reported routes. He climbed routes all over the area, but reported only some. Jul 10, 2008
FA of this route was made by Jay Sell. Jun 22, 2011

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