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Crystal Bay Boulder

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Crystal Crack (aka Left Line) T 
Crystal Offwidth (aka Right Line) T,TR 

Crystal Bay Boulder Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.2426, -120.0027 View Map  Incorrect?
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Crystal Bay Boulder may be one of the sunniest places in Tahoe to climb. This huge south-facing boulder touts a couple of Tahoes best off-width routes which are also very easily accessible for top-rope climbers. The boulder is located within a few hundred yards of homes so lets keep this place quiet despite the often loud grovel-fest.

Getting There 

A couple miles after passing from California into Nevada on Hwy. 28, take a left onto Amagosa Rd., then left on Wassou Rd., then right on Tuscarora and then take your second right on Wellesey Way. Fallow this for a few hundred feet until it dead-ends at a dirt pullout. The boulder is a stone's throw up and to the left.

Climbing Season

For the Lake Tahoe area.

Weather station 7.0 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Crystal Bay Boulder

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crystal Bay Boulder:
Crystal Crack (aka Left Line)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Crystal Offwidth (aka Right Line)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Crystal Offwidth (aka Right Line) 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Nevada : Lake Tahoe : Crystal Bay Boulder
Climb the S-shaped crack on the right side of the boulder face. The route starts off with a left leaning hand crack and gradually widens and becomes very physical towards the top of the route....[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

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By Justin Johnsen
From: Nor Cal
Jun 1, 2015
The newish North Tahoe guide calls these routes Crystal Crack and Crystal Offidth, with FA by Gary Allan and Jeff Smith in 1976.

Will update the route names keeping your originals in aka, let me know if this change is off base!
By Court
Apr 11, 2016
seems off base, as the left line is the offwidth, and the right line is the hand crack.

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