All Locations > California > Lake Tahoe > I-80 Corridor > Auburn SRA > Cave Valley (ak… > Twin Towers
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|Type:||Sport, 200 ft, 2 pitches|
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|Shared By:||Steve Montesanto on Aug 2, 2013|
|Admins:||Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
Access Issue: Access Notes Details
The open climbing areas are right next to a dangerous active quarry, so regardless of what you read on the internets, respect whatever "closed" signs you find on your visit. CRAGS and the Access Fund are beginning new projects to help improve access to Cave Valley. You can communicate access issues directly at CRAGS’ Cave Valley page norcalcrags.org/crags/cavev….
Access Issue: The State Rec Area closes at dusk - most parking areas are self-paid Details
Most of Auburn SRA is open from 7 am to sunset. Leave early enough to be off the trails before dusk. Most parking requires self registration fees in cash envelopes (or annual state park passes), and is enthusiastically enforced. Check the Auburn State Recreation Area website at parks.ca.gov/?page_id=502 for current information. Note that the park's policy is that technical roped climbing is only permitted in the Cave Valley/Quarry area - outside the fenced private quarry at the back. Unroped climbing - aka bouldering or DWS - is allowed everywhere with a safe landing.
1st pitch mostly technical 5.10 punctuated with a couple of easy 5.11 moves along the way. Final move left of the last bolt puts you up and over a small right facing corner onto the base of the upper slab (start of 2nd pitch). 2nd pitch is a low angle romp and goes at around 5.10a with crux at around the 7th bolt. Last 30 feet climbs a fun, easy flake system to the top anchors.
Route goes up giant slab across from the 2 towers. Start just right of the small cave and slightly up the hill. 1 70m rope gets you down in 2 raps. 2 60m ropes get you down in 1 rap but has bad rope drag pulling ropes from bottom.