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Acrophobia S 
Aviary S 
Chase the Dragon S 
Chronic S 
Dharma T 
East Side Days S 
East Side Daze S 
Jhana S 
Karma T 
Kill The Buddha S 
Middle Way S 
On the Fringe S 
Samadhi S 
Sangha S 
Sound of One Hand Slapping S 
Triple Delight S 
Vertigo S 
Wake-n-Bake S 
Yin and Yang T 

Al's Garage  

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Elevation: 7,600'
Location: 37.7749, -118.927 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Jan 28, 2007
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The volcanic tuff cliff faces South West and has a good collection of moderate sport routes. The climbing is similar to Clarks Canyon, perhaps not quite as steep.

The cliff is split into two main sections, left and right of a tower in the middle of the cliff.

Getting There 

Drive North from Mammoth Lakes on the 395 for 7.5 miles. Shortly after a rest area turn right onto Owens River Road, follow this for 2 miles until you can turn Left into Big Springs Campground.

Follow this for 2.2 miles, until you can turn right onto 2S06. Follow this road 1.5 miles, to where the 1S47 joins from the left, continue on for another 1/2 mile (the road is rough here), until a small meadow is reached. Turn Left here, and follow the road to its end (1/2 mile).

The cliff is up the hillside on the right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.0 miles from here

19 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Al's Garage:
Aviary   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Yin and Yang   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
East Side Daze   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 90'   
Wake-n-Bake   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 90'   
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Climbing the left slanting ramp of Chronic.

Chronic 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Al's Garage
Climb a shallow dihedral, and head left towards the obvious steep arete. Climb the right side of the arete on good holds until a tricky sequence just below the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Al's Garage as seen from the turn off meadow.
BETA PHOTO: Al's Garage as seen from the turn off meadow.

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By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Aug 30, 2013
Great fun area and well worth a trip especially if you're concerned about the road and/or crowds at neighboring Clark Canyon. The routes are clean, thoughtfully put up and well worth doing. Al picked all the cherries over a decade ago where development seems to have stopped. No crowding or grid-bolting here, just good solid lines!
By J. Hickok
Mar 1, 2015
While there are some very well bolted lines here, there are also some poorly thought out and contrived lines as well. For example, after climbing several of the routes on the right side of the wall, you may look up and realize that many of them begin in the absolutely wrong place, where the line to the left (or right) traverses in above the current line. Actually, it also looked like the more natural line was avoided in some cases because it was harder and an easier but more obtuse or contrived line was chosen instead.

It seems like some contrived bolting has been done here to squeeze lines in a certain way, when they would have been much more natural bolted straight up. Just me two cents.

The left side of the wall is not like this, and hosts well-bolted natural lines that make perfect sense. Hard to believe the same guy bolted these, or maybe he just rushed some of the lines and realized later that he messed up here and there.
By Jeff Scheuerell
Sep 14, 2015
Loved the climbing, bolting not so much.
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