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7-Melchsee

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Central - Alcove TR 
Central - Right Corner TR 
Shelves - Wander Left TR 
Shelves - Wander Right TR 
Trail Slab - Face Left S,TR 
Trail Slab - Face Right  TR 
Trail Slab - Left Corner TR 
Trail Slab - Right Corner TR 
Trail Slab - Right Gully TR 

7-Melchsee Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,400'
Location: 37.77396, -119.12861 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Slab just left from the low section of sector 8 Miroir and below the high section of Miroir.
Faces ENE.

Top-Roping: To access the top of this sector, scramble up around its left side, or lead one of the bolt-protected routes (least difficult is "Trail Slab Face Left").

In addition to the two-bolt anchor at the top of the route Trail Slab Face Left, there is a standing dead tree and two or three live trees on the wide ledge at its top which could be used as "natural" top anchors (bring a static rope say 50 ft).

warning: This cliff (especially its left side) is fairly tall for Top-Roping. So if the belayer is at near the bottom of the climbing route, the elongation/stretching of the rope could be large -- so the climber could take a rather long fall (even though on close belay from above), and could hit a ledge or protruding rock, and get seriously hurt. Ideas for dealing with this dynamic-rope-stretch problem: (a) Have the belayer near the top instead of the bottom; (b) Use a special static or "semi-static" rope which will not stretch so much (but such a rope is not safe for first Leading to reach top); (c) Pull the rope extra tight when the climber is just three feet from the bottom, to take some of the stretch out, and keep it extra tight while climber continues up.
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Name: The June Lake Loop has long been recognized as a little visit to Switzerland. "Melchsee-Frutt" is a family crag under the Bonistock peak, overlooking a lake.

Pronounce sector "Melchsee" (using the German language of central Switzerland) - roughly as ... melkh-zay.

warning: The rock in this sector has not been climbed much yet, and some of the rock is still breakable and loose -- so the belayer and other people should stand far away from underneath the climber.

Getting There 

hiking approach: Follow the instructions on the Silver Lake area description page to reach the bottom of sector 7.

- - > See where on this overview Photo
. . . . or this overview Photo

- - > See Access scrambles + trails, and Anchor locations on this Photo

Close-ups
- - > See route lines on this topo Photo

- - > See on this Photo
. . . . or this Photo of Left side | or this Photo of Right side

Time + effort estimate: From north end of parking lot to the base of this sector is about +125 vertical feet over 0.15 mile distance (+40m over 0.23km), so typical range of hiking times 7-13 minutes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.7 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',6],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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