Trip ReportTahoe Tourons 32nd Wedding Anniversary Ascent
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.
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.
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.
This was Mo's 1st time in rock shoes and climbing in general.
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.
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 $$$ pro. A better dinner of steak and lobster
preceded more bivy pleasure, if ya know what I mean.
Sorry no vids.
Day 3 was Mo's day to lead, so after breakfast we made another heinous 2 block approach to the touron infested area of the Heavenly shops and gondola traps.
Mo decided we should tackle the gondola route and after a few hours it went at class I. Once down it was drinks and pizza at Base Camp before we re-conned all the shops in the area.
Back to the bivy for more party favors, then more gaming shenanigans where we lost more $$$ 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!
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