Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Mike Forkash, Kelly Cordner 6/97
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Shared By: Tom Helvie on Jul 21, 2006
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Access Issue: Bridges Out! IMPORTANT LADWP NEGOTIATIONS!! Details


Start up the obvious hand crack (bolted) which is harder than it looks to a stance at the top of the corner. Move out left to the arete with difficulty. Once around the arete crank up past endless edges. Strenuous and somewhat exposed.


11 quickdraws to anchors


Tim Steele
Bishop, CA.
Tim Steele   Bishop, CA.
one of the best of it's grade. Jan 11, 2007
Caldera is without a doubt the best route for it's grade in the Owens River Valley. It's varied, the positioning is a wonder, and the first ascentionists did a superb job both bolting and cleaning the route (often neglected in other routes there). Why the guide for that region does not recognize as such sounds political. Apr 14, 2010
Monica Jones
Bishop, CA
Monica Jones   Bishop, CA
Such a sweet climb. I had to do this wild move to get onto the face from the crack where I just held onto the jug with my left hand and let my body swing out until I could match it with my right and then get my feet onto something. Really awesome, wild movement. Fell at the chain and never could figure out how to get past it so I grabbed the snake and clipped the rope and then finished it up. May 23, 2010
Simon W
Nowhere Land
Simon W   Nowhere Land
If only the guidebook author were a democrat.. I once overheard someone (a reputable source) at Wilson's saying that he has ties to the communist party and is actually distantly related to Boris Yeltsin! For this reason I purchased Chris McNamara's "Aid Climbing Owens River Gorge" which has been an invaluable tool for ascending some of the proudest lines the gorge has to offer. May 22, 2015
MisterE Wolfe
Bishop, CA
MisterE Wolfe   Bishop, CA
I personally have seen a hammer and a sickle in the author's truck. Draw your own conclusions. %^) May 23, 2015
I can't believe you are all bad-mouthing the guidebook author in a public forum. Are you aware that he is a publishing magnate and guidebook impresario? Oct 28, 2015