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Power face climbing. Tons of new route on kudos/fast food cliffs. See John Robinson topo of this area on Emeralds main page under photos. This area was originally developed my Mike Carville in 1989 but has had 5 new routes developed recently. This area is approximately 1/4 mile north of the Fortress which is also documented in Mike Carville's 1991 Tahoe Guide. The area sees afternoon sun. On the Emeralds main page herein is a 3 page topo of the entire Emeralds Benches area. (including Kudos Kliff). This cliff and all the other cliffs in the Benches area are not subject to flooding.
Above Steel Monkey and a quarter mile left of The Fortress. Continue for another 15 minutes to Upper Gorge. From I-80, exit onto Hwy. 20 and drive four miles toward Nevada City. After 3.5 miles turn north onto Bowman Lake Rd. and drive for 1.3 miles. Just before the bridge that crosses the Yuba River There is a dirt access road (this road is now gated and locked so you will have to walk in). After walking 750 yards on this dirt road you will see a cairn on the right take this trail to access all the benches sections including Kudos Kliff (except Steel Monkey and Two Unknown Climbs). For a Topo of all these locations and GPS coordinates see the “Photo's of the Emeralds” on the main Emeralds page.
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Just Left of Duppy Conqueror. See Mike Carville's 1991 guide book or the current topo on the main Emeralds page for information and location. Shade till noon then shaded by trees....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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