Tuesday, April 2, 2013

South Lake Tahoe Bouldering - Winter/Spring 2013


I've been having a very fun, rewarding and productive time bouldering, working and staying around South Lake Tahoe this year. Here's a few new lines I'd like to share with you;

>Fat Tire Boulder 
{park on the dirt below the block about a mile uphill on same hill-side as the 88/89 boulders that are across from the big turnouts lower down the hill}

What had chalk on it;
The center of the south face(?) of this boulder has a good fun, slightly overhung line on crimps up to the diagonal jug lip V6/7ish!? The right and left aretes are also both fun at about V3/4/5 depending on how low you start. There is a short steep face around left of the south face past the traverse with another fun, steep moderate bulge that goes about V2/3 and there looks like there is a tough low sit. The slabby backside is also fun and easy to go up or down on low angle terrain.

What's new;
I cleaned and did first ascent of a long pumpy fun moderate traverse - sit start on the left arete of the south face and go up a few moves then left along the upper lip and drop down a move and traverse along a cool natural rail feature on a steep low-ball face and top out on a V1ish bulge just right of/before the corner and the tree. There is a possible direct start into it and an extra finish to be added on past the tree and along the lip over the short steep face problems on the back side for the full long haul. There is also a low sit face in the center. Valentine also cleaned and did 3 or 4 fun VB-V0/1ish problems and a couple were likely first ascents on the slabby back side. The Forest Service recently cleared out a lot of brush around the boulder opening up the bushy landing below the traverse. I call it the "Fat Man Traverse" V3/4ish? Sorta like Iron Man but bigger, heavier and less cool. 

>CA88/89 Boulders 
{Park at a short dead ond dirt rd - problems are on the big cracked boulder(s) "?" (name unknown to me) and it's shorter neighbor that are found just south of the Welcome to the Future Boulder and closest to the 88/89 intersection.}

I did a few possibly new sit starts. At least one or two of them seemed dirty enough before I cleaned them to be probable first ascents. All are in the V3-V5ish range. Fun with varied moves on cracks, seams, edges, knobs and huecos! Names and more info coming soon.. 

*Footage of most of the new lines in the LONG VERSION YouTube video below;

*All the same footage just shorter length films;

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