Type: Trad, TR, 100 ft
FA: ??? Probably Rocco Spina
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Shared By: philfell on Jul 13, 2009
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Access Issue: Donner/Truckee area Details


If someone has better info on the FA and the actual name of this climb please post and I will update the description.

Down and to the left of the Phantom Staircase climbs there is a lichen covered slab with a left slanting crack.

Climb this left slanting crack to the top of the slab, you can stop here and clip the super old anchors (which are overdue to be replaced in my opinion), or you can look to your right and continue up the obvious stemming slot to the top of the Phantom Staircase climbs. There is a single bolt at the top of this crack which can be backed up by the tree and makes for a good anchor to be lowered back done. Make sure you have a 60m rope because a 50m won't make it back down.

This is probably the easiest climb in the area, but since there is limited info in the book it rarely gets done. It is a good climb for someone looking for their first gear lead, or for a beginner to second it and clean. It could also be TRed if you choose to use the old bolts on top for anchors, not recommended though.


Located on the slab to the left of the Phantom Staircase. In the Lake Tahoe climbing guidebook this slab has some top rope anchors and is marked as Unknown.


mostly finger sized pieces for pro. One bolt backed up by the tree at the top of the Phantom Staircase climbs to lower off of after leading.


Brendon A. Chapman
Martinez, CA
Brendon A. Chapman   Martinez, CA
I made a couple laps on what I believed to be this route 0n 10-06-18 teaching a friend how to follow and clean. There appeared to be two newer bolts at the top of this climb and (what I assume is mentioned above) 1 manky old bolt a bit to the right with a newer second bolt next to it. I assumed that those were for TR on the slabs directly right of this crack and below the Staircase climbs. This left slanting crack was very user friendly and took gear very well, but I disagree that this is a 5.4 climb and the easiest route in the area. I called it a 5.6 T TR after my initial onsite and has really great views if belaying a second from above. This can be climbed on strictly nut placements or pro to 2". Oct 8, 2018