Trip Report
Tahoe Tourons 32nd Wedding Anniversary Ascent
Tuesday August 19, 2014 11:08am
32 years after our honeymoon in S. Lake Tahoe, Mo and I decided to return to spend some "quality time" together and celebrate our long and successful union.

Credit: T Hocking

We booked a 3 night stay in a downtown SLT bivy billed as "adults only" so we could party like rock stars and consummate our long love affair. Since this is a "family friendly" web site (lol) and boob shots are frowned upon, I'll omit the X rated details, pics and vids.;-) Suffice it to say, we put the Jacuzzi tub and king size bed amenities to good use.

We had a choice of routes to get to SLT, since both routes had a mileage difference of only 8 miles. I-5 south to Hwy. 50 east, or Hwy 44/36 east to 395 south to Carson City then up 50 west. I chose the more scenic and less traffic option down the east side. We departed Redding on Fri. at 11:00 a.m. and arrived in SLT area about 4:00p.m. after a short detour to check out a crag I learned about here on Super Taco, thanks Ron Anderson.

Ballbuster Rock
Ballbuster Rock
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This hottie did some ball busting later in the room.
This hottie did some ball busting later in the room.
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Once checked into the bivy, an attitude adjustment seemed in order with booze n bowls, it did abide by the way. After a few rounds it was time to take the heinous 3 block approach to Stateline NV., the concrete and glass towers bathed in evening alpenglow promised fame and financial reward if you could on-sight the odds crux. Eager to start gaming we roped up, Mo took the 1st pitch lead and sewed it up placing only 5 $20 pieces. I followed the pitch and cleaned all but 1 $20 piece. After fixing the 1st pitch, we rapped to the base and fired up the buffet(big mistake) for a late dinner. We then returned to the bivy for the hot springs tub and full frontal massage that awaited our return.
Sorry no pics. ;-)

We awoke the next morning and after fueling up on coffee and donuts got an alpine start at 9:00 a.m. on day two. A loop traverse of the lake via car was called for with pitches planned for Eagle Creek trail/90 Foot Wall, Donner Summit area, and return to bivy via the East shore route. Being total tourons, and this being a weekend, the parking areas and lines for climbs at those areas prevented us from roping up. I did manage to save the day by finding an area to at least boulder in with my total noob climbing partner in tow.

Spent an hour bouldering around this hang.
Spent an hour bouldering around this hang.
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This was Mo's 1st time in rock shoes and climbing in general.

Trust your feet babe!
Trust your feet babe!
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Halibut Hat Slabbing
Halibut Hat Slabbing
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Tahoe Bouldering
Tahoe Bouldering
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V0?
V0?
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Tahoe Bouldering
Tahoe Bouldering
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After the bouldering stop we headed up to Donner Summit to check the place out,
We'd never been up there before. The place I wanted to take Mo to rope up was way busy, So we just looked around, took rock pics and ate lunch.

Way too busy to give Mo some top rope time and instruction.
Way too busy to give Mo some top rope time and instruction.
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Donner Pass
Donner Pass
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Donner Pass
Donner Pass
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Donner Pass
Donner Pass
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We headed back down to Truckee and hit construction/traffic delays
at Kings Beach/Incline areas that slowed the retreat down the east shore and back to the bivy. We repeated the previous nights epic in the gaming alcoves and did not lose too much high $$$ pro. A better dinner of steak and lobster
preceded more bivy pleasure, if ya know what I mean.
Sorry no vids.

Day 3 was Mo's day to lead, so after breakfast we made another heinous 2 block approach to the touron infested area of the Heavenly shops and gondola traps.
Mo decided we should tackle the gondola route and after a few hours it went at class I. Once down it was drinks and pizza at Base Camp before we re-conned all the shops in the area.

Gondola Class I
Gondola Class I
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Observation Deck Ledge
Observation Deck Ledge
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Observation Deck Ledge
Observation Deck Ledge
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Fixed lines Top out
Fixed lines Top out
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Back to the bivy for more party favors, then more gaming shenanigans where we lost more $$$ pro but survived unscathed. The bivy hot springs provided welcome relief to our aching muscles before dozing off for the night.

Day 4 we had to break camp by 11:00, load the porters, make the hike out and arrived home about 4:00 p.m.

We had a great time and enjoyed our 32nd anniversary,
I'm one lucky dude to have Mo in my life!

Tad n Mo <br/>
Summit Team
Tad n Mo
Summit Team
Credit: T Hocking

Cheers,
Tad














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Author's Reply  Aug 19, 2014 - 04:37pm PT
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donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Aug 19, 2014 - 04:44pm PT
You're a lucky man....party on!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  Aug 19, 2014 - 04:48pm PT
hey there say, tad and mo!

neat share... happy anniversary, and in such
a greatoutdoor enriched way, wow!!!
thanks for sharing!!
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
  Aug 19, 2014 - 04:49pm PT
This is awesome, man. Thanks for sharing.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
  Aug 19, 2014 - 04:51pm PT
Great! Congrats and thanks for sharing.
this just in

climber
Justin Ross from North Fork
  Aug 19, 2014 - 05:40pm PT
Thanks Tad, it only took 32 years to get her into climbing shoes? That's awesome man, congrats.
Ron Anderson

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Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Aug 19, 2014 - 05:46pm PT
Nice Adventure Tad! Congrats to you and the Mrs!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Aug 19, 2014 - 05:49pm PT
Bravo!,
crankster

Trad climber
  Aug 19, 2014 - 06:47pm PT
Cool! Well done.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Aug 19, 2014 - 06:52pm PT
"Get some!"

Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Aug 20, 2014 - 06:09pm PT
Way to shred the GNAR GNAR!!!
Congrats on 32 years!!!!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
  Aug 20, 2014 - 08:26pm PT
Huge congrats to you Taddenmo. May you have another fabulous 32. Then you'll equal what my parents got up to :-D

Rick Sylvester

Trad climber
Squaw Valley, California
  Aug 21, 2014 - 01:46am PT
Definitely the greatest climbing trip report I've ever read.
WTF

climber
  Aug 21, 2014 - 02:14pm PT
Sweet way to send the mattress route followed up by the hot tub route.

Some of these young bucks should take some notes.

If your hankering for some more donner hit me up ill tour guide ya.


StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
  Aug 21, 2014 - 02:22pm PT
Good stuff Tad. Congratulations!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Author's Reply  Sep 23, 2014 - 06:19am PT
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  Sep 24, 2014 - 01:47pm PT
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  Sep 27, 2014 - 03:50am PT
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