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Blizzard

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 10, 2013 - 02:54pm PT
Anybody done any climbing near armstrong pass, South Lake Tahoe? What about on Trimmer Peak? I wanted to head out there tomorow and do some climbing. Thanks for any input.
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Jun 10, 2013 - 03:22pm PT
i haven't but have thought about it too (armstrong anyway). Seems like the approach to trimmer would be a bitch. also the ridge that comes off of Freel where the rim trail makes the turn towards star lake.
seems like it might still be wet tomorrow
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Jun 12, 2013 - 01:05am PT
did you get up there?
Blizzard

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
Nah i didn't get a hold of my partner who has the same interest in climbing there as me. i called some other people that i could of sandbageed into joining me but had no luck. so i ended up climbing with my friend who is into sport and bouldering lately. we went to berkely camp and sent new jersey turnpike. it was fun but not as cool as going up to armstong pass in my opinion. maybe this weekend, saturday i hope. anyone on super taco want to join me? it should be a fun little adventure.
Blizzard

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
so i went up there and saw some stuff i thought was worth bringing a rope and gear for. Anyways I know it is included in a guidebook for the tahoe area produced around 73 just when the use of nuts was becoming the standard. i believe that the rock has been climbed before and am hoping someone on the super topo chimes in giving news of prior ascents. (I like knowing the history of areas). the guidebook states that the consensus for the area "Fountain Place" was that the hike in is not worth it for the quality of rock. oh yeah and i found a super old camera that was inscribed into the metal "BLM" with a #. What should i do with the camera? any info is appreciated thanks again.
Dr. Christ

Mountain climber
State of Mine
Jun 17, 2013 - 04:19pm PT
Contact the BLM regarding the camera... most likely wildlife monitoring.

Noted this little crag up near there a couple years back. The rock is pretty nice (based on 20' solos). Keep meaning to get up there, but too much rock WAY closer.

Credit: Dr. Christ
Blizzard

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2013 - 07:03pm PT
I don't think that it is crag peak but I do not know of any name for the crags I am going to besides a name for the area "Fountain place"; they are located west of freel peak and North of armstrong pass on the eastside of fountain place valley/meadow. The crag peak I've heard of is near crag lake west of rubicon peak. i've never been climbing there however. Is this the one you are mentioning Ron? Dr. what do you suppose I do with the camera it is really old and super heavy for a camera of it's size I don't know much about developing film besides that I should not take the film out of a camera unless i am in a dark room. Are there any places that will develop the film for me? Sorry for the dumb question i am not savy with new cameras let alone this ancient one. And about the crag shown in your picture where is it located?

Thanks,

Bruce
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jun 17, 2013 - 07:05pm PT
I thought Crag Peak was accessed via Meeks Bay on the West Shore.
Dr. Christ

Mountain climber
State of Mine
Jun 17, 2013 - 07:10pm PT
Sounds like you shouldn't mess with the camera.

Many times poor grad students use ancient equipment to save on study costs. Damn... someone (Willabe, Wilber, something??) was doing a study near Freel Peak a while ago), maybe it is his? I know there are also cameras up there looking at snow melt timing.

Was it in a fixed location... or likely "repositioned" due to natural forces?

I can get it to someone who will know what to do with it. PM me if interested.

Crag in my pic is east of the one you are talking about... 1-2 pitch max.
Blizzard

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2013 - 07:12pm PT
Yes brandon i believe we are talking of the same one I mentioned, "near crag lake west of rubicon peak" thanks for the input.
Blizzard

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
Thanks Dr. I have the camera sitting on my mantle and don't really know what to do with it. I'm definately not going to mess with it/tamper with it and it is not functioning as far as i know. I found it in a repositioned state due to weather or someone losing it im assuming. It looks like it had been there at least ten years probably a lot more. I want to learn more about it and am curious about the pictures inside and wheter or not they can be salvaged. oh and I don't know how to pm or what it stands for. I think you want me to send you an email but i don't know how to get you email info from this site. sorry im stooopid.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jun 17, 2013 - 07:34pm PT
Click on the Dr's name on his post. You'll figure it out.
Blizzard

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2013 - 04:50pm PT
So if you are interested in the area check out mtn proj for details.
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Aug 1, 2015 - 03:24pm PT
So does anyone have info on this rock, which is roughly 1 mile north of armstrong pass and immediately adjacent to the rim trail?

View from Armstrong pass trail in fountainplace. The shaded area is the next two pics
Credit: i'm gumby dammit

Credit: i'm gumby dammit

Credit: i'm gumby dammit

I'll be climbing up there in the next several weeks as there appears to be a lot to do. Afterward I will likely stow some gear there. If you'd be interested in using it let me know and I'll give you the details.


i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Aug 2, 2015 - 11:24am PT
Bunp
Anyone...
Bueller?
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Aug 2, 2015 - 11:27am PT
Beautiful!
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Aug 3, 2015 - 12:31am PT
Thanks Ron. I've walked around the bottom and some of the sides. It looks like I should be able to walk off the back but I'm not sure. Any idea?
I wouldn't expect or see any anchors or bolts but maybe some old tat up there?
FWIW I'll most likely be leaving a 60m and a set of nuts up there if anyone wants to get after it afterwards, since it's so near Trimmer and Freel pass which just has tons of rock.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Aug 3, 2015 - 08:57am PT
DOOOOOD, I had a camera stolen off the summit of Freel several years prior. I wonder if it's mine. Still got it? I'd love to get that film, and the camera, back!
emunsing

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Aug 3, 2015 - 03:18pm PT
Hey Gumby! Thanks for reviving this- Mountainproject lists two routes (not FAs) on the formation you highlight under the "Armstrong Pass" area, but there are definitely more route options on that formation, including some interesting moves up the cool roof on the left side. The relatively long approach (>1 mile) and short climbing means that this probably doesn't get climbed too much.

There is also a big variety of gorgeous, wild-looking crags in the Fountain Place drainage along the south flank of Trimmer Peak, due north of the formation you highlight. There are some great views of these spires from the TRT south of Freel Pass (photos below), but I haven't gotten out there to check it out.

Some of the buttresses and spires along the south flank of Trimmer Pea...
Some of the buttresses and spires along the south flank of Trimmer Peak, viewed from the TRT about 2 miles south of Freel Pass
Credit: emunsing
Prominent buttress close to Freel Pass. Probably 2-3 pitches of climbi...
Prominent buttress close to Freel Pass. Probably 2-3 pitches of climbing on this, after a long and sandy approach
Credit: emunsing

Access to these spires on Trimmer Peak would be most direct by following the dirt road past the gate at the end of Fountain Place Road, but may cross through private property. There appears to be a use trail connecting this to Freel Pass (visible at points from the hike up to Freel Pass), but I suspect these are from mountain bikers or the property owners. The long slog to unexplored terrain leaves this untouched by most climbers, but it looks like boundless adventure awaits.

From a distance, the rock formations look a bit like the Fortress at Woodfords- but I have no idea what the quality of rock would be like up close, or what the fastest access to the area would be. Let me know if you want to go adventuring; I live close to the base of Fountain Place Road and mountain bike in the area frequently.
skitch

Gym climber
Bend Or
Aug 3, 2015 - 05:47pm PT
If i had any interest in those climbs then I would access them with a mtn bike, but i would rather ride the world class trails than climb the mediocre climbs.
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