A few pics from Phantom Spires this weekend

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TheTye

Trad climber
Sacramento CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 15, 2013 - 08:39pm PT
I only pulled the camera out once on the Upper Spire... But it was a beautiful day out there and we had fun considering the heat/wind combo

Credit: TheTye

Credit: TheTye

Credit: TheTye

Credit: TheTye
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:18am PT
Thanks Tye for your thread. We used to climb there as part of a Lovers Leap trip and when it was so surrounded by forest that most everyone had no idea there was climbing there. It was actually a semi-secret for decades. That fire must have been really intense.
Ghoulwe

Trad climber
Spokane, WA
Jul 16, 2013 - 08:44am PT
Nice pics Tye. Looks like the weather was perfect. And Peter, you're right - it was rare to see anyone else climbing there for the many years prior to the fire (and for the first few years after too...) One of my old favorite areas!

Eric Barrett
Spokane, WA
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jul 16, 2013 - 09:29am PT
yeah and we used to hump it all the way from the highway ..
Ghoulwe

Trad climber
Spokane, WA
Jul 16, 2013 - 09:41am PT
Yes we did Ron!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jul 16, 2013 - 10:05am PT
Ghoulwe,, i think it took me about ten passes on the highway until we finally spotted one of the spire for all of two seconds when we first went there lol!
TheTye

Trad climber
Sacramento CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 17, 2013 - 12:40am PT
That's pretty cool stuff. I really like imagining all those great climbs buried in the pines. Must have been a way difforent experience. It still is the least crowded spot I visit. There was one couple climbing and two folks leaving when we were there and that was it. Nice change from the leap. I'm thinking we will camp in the lot next visit.
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Jul 17, 2013 - 03:06am PT
The place is looking a little greener than it did 20 years ago, when it was covered in fallen trunks bleaching in the sun. Back then, walking up from the highway was not a bad idea if you were going to places below the S. Spire - you could see where you were going, and it's not really too far. Maybe the going is worse now.
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Jul 17, 2013 - 03:26am PT
i would imagine it is worse, since heading down from the middle is nearly impassable, or was last year. That area is thick, thorny, and of course, steep. i have thought of doing some trail maintenance/building there, but don't know my way around there well enough to do it efficiently. if anyone does, and is interested, i'd be down to help alot.
some pics from a couple weeks ago
me on the unnamed 5.6, and Colin on candyass
me on the unnamed 5.6, and Colin on candyass
Credit: i'm gumby dammit

Skylyn on Cockabooty
Skylyn on Cockabooty
Credit: i'm gumby dammit

Me on one of the Blocks routes I forget which one (from last year)
Me on one of the Blocks routes I forget which one (from last year)
Credit: i'm gumby dammit
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Jul 17, 2013 - 04:56am PT
Heh, heh, I believe that the route on the Blocks that you're on was an FA by either me or someone in my group. We did 3 or 4 routes there, short, but fun. I think they were done ground up, IIRC, though we were mixing styles at the time.
TheTye

Trad climber
Sacramento CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 17, 2013 - 03:22pm PT
Nice pics grumpy.

Hey, do you (or anybody else) know if you can reach the candyland anchors if you continue up that 5.7 chimney above the unamed 5.6 that you are on in that pic?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jul 17, 2013 - 03:49pm PT
Sure, but they are far right and above the "candys"..



See the "golden age of the Tahoe region" thread for a few pics of the spires in the trees.

i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Jul 18, 2013 - 12:04am PT
As Ron said, you can reach them. The walk/traverse is not scary. I think you can also get to them from the climbs on the other side. For some reason i am thinking there was some loose rock IN the 5.7 chimney.
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