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Road Cut, The

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Hit and Run S 
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Penguin Lust S 
Spaceman Spiff S 
Totem Pole S 
Transmogrifier S 

Road Cut, The Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,500'
Location: 39.32346, -120.31294 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Oct 8, 2002

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  • Description 

    This area contains many sport routes of intermediate to expert grade, though there are also a few existing cracks that can be protected traditionally.

    Rappelling of the top anchors is your best bet on most routes, as you can rap down to the top anchors on most climbs, but climbing out of them is not so simple.

    You will find this area in the shade in the afternoon, though in the mornings it will be quite hot.

    It should also be noted that The Totem Pile (5.10d), located on the mid right section of the road cut, a former runout rated Rclimb is now bolted.

    Getting There 

    Approach time: cross the street, and pull out your gear.

    From the west (I-80 and Soda Springs) head up over the pass. head downhill over the bridge, and continue past The Peanut Gallery (the large slablike rock on your left), to the next roadside rock on the left, which is The Road Cut.

    Park on either side of the road, though there is a definate pullout on the right side of the road.

    From the east this is the first established area near the road. It comes a couple bends in the road after you pass the large Black Wall.

    Climbing Season

    For the Donner Pass Road area.

    Weather station 2.9 miles from here

    11 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in Road Cut, The

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Road Cut, The:
    Hit and Run   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Totem Pole   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
    Penguin Lust   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 90'   
    Transmogrifier   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Col Mustard cruising Totem Pile (5.11b) on a not s...

    Totem Pole 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Road Cut, The
    This route was for many years a very scary lead with huge runouts and loose terrain until someone (?) cleaned it up and bolted it. Now its a very enjoyable route with a mixture of crimps, slopers, pockets and knobs. The route ascends the obvious arete just left of Transmogrifier. With the route cleaned up and bolted it is starting to see alot of traffic and it is a good warm-up before hopping on Spaceman Spiff or some of the other hard routes at Roadcut....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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    By Brennan Best
    From: Reno, Nevada
    Feb 8, 2015
    2-7-2015 A rock fall came off the road cut area and may have affected some of the routes in the area. I haven't been to the zone to see where it happened but I have seen photos. I have also heard they will be blasting more hazardous loose rock possibly further affecting routes.
    By John Jackson
    Feb 8, 2015
    Wow, I drive by that twice a day every day. It will be interesting to see if they have to do significant modification to the cliff to stabilize it and get the road reopen.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Rockslide at Roadcut Area - Donner Pass
    Rockslide at Roadcut Area - Donner Pass
    By Justin Johnsen
    From: Nor Cal
    Feb 8, 2015
    Wow, geology in action! Thanks for sharing the photo, John.

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