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Crystal Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.77473, -119.83596 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Laine Christman on Sep 12, 2012
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This two pitch southeast-facing wall is of quality granite and while it hosts only a few cracks, they are quite good.

Rock Climbing Photo: Overview

Getting There 

This wall lies a few canyons west of the Waterfall area. Park at the large dirt pullout located on the south-side of Hwy 88 just past the turnoff to Markleeville. Cross to the north-side of the street and look for a large boulder on the road side. Take the obvious switchbacks up to the base of a Bandit Crag. Continue up and right (northeast), making your way up a the most prominent canyon. Hike/scramble up the loose sand and rocks to the base of a large, east-facing wall approx 1/2 way from the top of the ridge (approx 40mins-1hr).
Rock Climbing Photo: The area as seen from the parking lot
The area as seen from the parking lot

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing up to the first roof.

Roof Bravado 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Crystal Wall
Make a few slab moves to gain the crack. Follow it to the first roof. Pull the right side of the roof and smear up to the next roof. Place a piece and continue up the steep slab and widening crack left to the apex. Yard the flake to the belay station....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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