Free For All Valley

Free For All Valley

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Free For All Valley

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Jillian and I climbed between these two boulders for most of our session as the problems were fun, hard, and the rock quality was 5 star. I recommend bringing a pad with you if you really want to push some of the high ball routes as it makes committing to exposed moves much easier. The spot in general is worth a visit even if you just feel like going for a good hike. Amazing mountain views abound, and further up the trail the potential for this area to become “discovered” in terms of world class bouldering in very real. As we walked up the trail past “The Only Boulder” and “The Warm Up Boulder” I noticed some boulders with chalk, which meant they had been worked, but there were others that were totally clean. These may or may not have been attempted yet, but had obvious lines that begged to be climbed. As you go deeper into the valley rock features and boulders are everywhere. This is definitely a worthy spot for a quick out of town getaway, a fun hike, or for some great adventure climbing.

Better get on it soon though as October may be one of our best months in Tahoe for climbing, but it’s also notorious for bringing unstable weather and the first signs of the winter to come. Actually, as I write this, the climbing gear is getting put away for the week in hopes there’s some pow to ski above 8000’ with all the rain that’s been falling at Lake level. Probably not, but therein lies the beauty of Tahoe. Even when the weather switches so dramatically if you stay open and adaptable to the climate, there’s always something fun to do. It also looks like we’ll be back to perfect climbing/biking weather by the weekend, and with these signs of unstable weather so early in the fall, hopefully it’s just a sign of a long epic winter for the 2010-2011 season.  

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