Big Chief South Buttress

Ann and I meet Wes in Truckee, hoping for cooler temperatures at Big Chief. It’s just about right, even climbing in the sun. The blooming bitterbrush smells like cinnamon and a breeze ruffles the ponderosas. Climbing season is definitely open! Dylan on community service Ann climbs 7-11 Burrito Wes climbs Slurpee Headache Routes: Community Service…

Phantom Spires Thrash

Most of our first trip to the Phantom Spires is spent thrashing through the steep underbrush between crags, exploring the area and climbing a few routes before we return to our campsite. It’s a great place, but surprisingly already pretty hot. Luckily there’s always a few routes in the shade. Phantom Spires Camp Phantom Spires…

Friday Thomas Creek Cragging

Wes joins Ann and I for an early work departure for Thomas creek crag, verifying that this is a viable workday climbing destination, and the climbing here is fun enough to bear repeated visits. Whoop! 2012-09-07 16.14.39 2012-09-07 16.15.34 2012-09-07 16.15.36 2012-09-07 17.01.54 Routes: Brits on Holaday 5.8, Spit 5.10c TR, Spat 5.10b TR