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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.

Getting There 

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.

8 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Kudos Cliff:
Rebirth   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Kudos Right
Step into the Light   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Kudos Left
Duppy Conquer   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Kudos Left
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Andrew on Step Into the Light. One of his first outdoor climbs!

Step into the Light 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Kudos Left
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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By mike carville
May 7, 2013

check out bolted routes from left to right: Into the Light .10c, Duppy Conquerer .11b, Kudos .12b, Get Out of Arete .12a. three fun short 5.8s around right side of cliff.

By J. Albers
From: Colorado
May 19, 2013

Just out of curiosity, what is the deal with all of the routes being listed as PG-13?

By mike carville
May 29, 2013

i think that comment may have been from the routes done in late 80s/early 90s. all new routes are very well bolted. most old stuff has been retro-bolted. cheers, m