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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 40.53257, -121.62846 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Logan Ladd on Nov 10, 2013
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Rimrete, V5
start sitting left hand on the blocky ...


This area is right off the road and very easily accessible. It seems that it has probably been found a handful times due to this. However, it doesn't seem to see a whole lot of traffic and or development. Most of the boulders were covered in moss and took some work to clean up, but have yielded some great new lines! As of recently I have put up several new boulder problems worth going up to check out. Whether doing a circuit for the day or just passing through you will find a hand full of fun lines. And even a couple of projects! Like most of the areas around Lassen the rock is volcanic, but it climbs like granite! It has some great features and awesome texture. It is still a work in progress and I hope to get more put up soon! Enjoy.

Getting There 

Driving east towards mt lassen on hwy 44, you will pass the town of Viola after a few miles the road narrows in to a tight canyon. Rock will start to appear, mainly on the left side. One of the first out cropings of rock you see up the hill is were you will want to go. There are only a few good turn outs on the road so take care where you park. Cross the hwy and scoot up the hill and you will see small clusters of boulders with chalk on them. There are a couple of different sectors for maybe a quarter mile or so as you drive up the canyon. Have fun!

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

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Captain Jack V5

Captain Jack V5 6C  CA : Shasta Cascade : ... : Hwy 44 Boulders
Pull on to the suspended boulder via a step like hold on the left in the cave. campus to a small finger bucket and up to the lip. using a toe hook to stay on, match the lip and work your way around to the right. Good holds but a tenuous slightly scary top out! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Start matched on a good blocky hold down and left. make your way right up the arete on slopy holds for the left and crimps under the belly with the right. bust a big move to the good ledge and scoot around right and up V5-ish
Start matched on a good blocky hold down and left....
Captain Jack V5
Captain Jack V5
With your left hand on a pinchy side pull and right in a 2/3 finger pocket, pull on and make a tuff move to a small crimp slot. fix your feet and pull hard to another crimp on the left face. hop to good hold and pull the lip!
With your left hand on a pinchy side pull and righ...
start low with left hand on a decent crimp side pull, right hand on a smaller crimp side pull. pull hard and with a lock off grab a small crimp with the right hand. shuffle your feet and do a hard move to a big ledge up left. V6
start low with left hand on a decent crimp side pu...
start low on good holds for both hands, slap to the arete and a pocket for the left hand. make a couple moves and so the top. V3
start low on good holds for both hands, slap to th...
Grab a nice meaty rail as an undercling walk your feet up and follow the good holds out the cave and right pull the lip and walk away smiling! V-4
Grab a nice meaty rail as an undercling walk your ...
Black Pearl V6+
Black Pearl V6+
the cave <br />
the cave
Captain Jack V5
Captain Jack V5
small sharp Crimps on an over hanging wall! Project <br /> <br />-Also up the right arete, is a fun line. <br /> start low slap to the arete and cruz to the top. v3
small sharp Crimps on an over hanging wall! Projec...
Double up boulder/ Two great fun lines go up this boulder. Right side:  Start sitting pull to the good shelf gaston the sharp crimp with the left, stand up and jump to a good pocket hidden around the lip. V4 Awesome! <br /> Left side: same start, but this time go right hand to the crimp and swim out to a pinch/crimp with the left. stand tall and make a deadpoint or perhaps a jump to a good pocket above the lip. pull over. Also awesome! V5
Double up boulder/ Two great fun lines go up this ...

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By Rick Shull
From: Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV
Nov 13, 2013
It's good to see that these boulders are getting some attention. We did a bunch of problems here in the late 90's and the moss grows back fast. I think there will be much more with some exploration in the woods. Also along 44, the Plum Valley boulders are located a couple miles from the overlook east of Old Station in Plum Valley. They are good quality basalt with decent landings and some nice tall problems.
By Logan Ladd
Nov 13, 2013
Excellent! thats great to hear . I recently moved to redding( this summer) and im having a hard time finding much in the way of bouldering and or boulderers. So i started "re-developing" this area as a way to at least get a circuit in and ive put up some really cool new lines. at least i believe they are new. It honestly doesnt look or seem like any body has done some of these. But let me know that way im not claiming anything:) Either way they are a lot of fun!

And plum Valley you say! I will check them out. I also have put up several problems way out off of the 17 road deep back by the forest service park service boundary. There really is a tone of rock around, but very little development and dense dense forest to rumage. Thamks for the insight!
By Lurker
Feb 15, 2014
Nice addition! I was wondering about this spot...drove by it on the way to Tahoe from Arcata. You can see the potential from the road. So much rock in northern California, so few climbers...
By Muddy Udders
Aug 4, 2014
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By Justin Johnsen
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 7, 2014
Thanks for writing up this area. FYI, I moved it into the Lassen National Park area, since the map shows it inside the park, and it fits well with the 5,000 foot boulders area already there.
By Nick Sullens
From: Yosemite/ Weed
5 hours ago
I was out looking for these problems today, I didnt have much luck finding them. Any chance I could get a more detailed description?