Thanksgiving, Phantom Spires, Upper Spire 5.9


Lake Tahoe, California, USA

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Social climber
misreading rock everywhere
May 28, 2009 - 01:17am
Great climb. I'm sure it was lead many years ago. Solid flakes and pro. Good rock texture. The crux for my partner and I was turning the arete 25 feet up near the bolt. As a 5.8 leader it was a great idea to follow the corner/arete until the bolt was chest high around the arete, clip the bolt, downclimb 3-4 feet and turn the arete a bit lower. 5.10+ leaders will probably turn the arete below the bolt and decide to clip or use trad gear instead.
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Gym climber
knapsack crack
Nov 14, 2008 - 10:16am
Jay Sell and Larry Duin climbed this route in the early 90's.
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Chris McNamara

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Nov 13, 2008 - 01:28pm
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Phantom Spires, Upper Spire - Thanksgiving 5.9 - Lake Tahoe, California, USA. Click to Enlarge
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