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Owl Rock 
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Reno and Carson City  


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Carson Valley-Flood of 1997. Photo by Blitzo.

Description 

There are several good climbing areas in the Reno and Carson City area.

Getting There 

From points east, Interstate 80 is best.

From Northern and Central California, either Interstate 80 or Highway 50 will do. Interstate 80 will take you past Donner Summit. If you come by way of I80, take Highway 395 south to Carson City. Highway 50 will take you past Lover's Leap, through South Tahoe and into Carson City.

From Southern California, either take Interstate 5 to Highway 50 or Interstate 80. Alternatively, coming up Highway 395 will take you through Bishop and along the Eastern Sierra.

From Las Vegas, take Highway 95 North. Be careful in Beatty, Goldfield and Tonopah (and other small towns along the way), the police there are very diligent in enforcing the speed limits.

The Reno/Tahoe airport is the only place where the major airlines fly into. It is very easy to get in and out of.

There are numerous hotels, motels and camping areas in the Reno/Carson City area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.8 miles from here

246 Total Routes

['4 Stars',22],['3 Stars',95],['2 Stars',82],['1 Star',24],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',7],['5.7',7],['5.8',6],['5.9',10],['5.10',16],['5.11',20],['5.12',7],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',29],['V2-3',91],['V4-5',31],['V6-7',13],['V8-9',6],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Reno and Carson City:
The Seamstress   V1 5     Boulder, 14'   Somersett Boulders : East Side
Traffic Jam Traverse   V1+ 5     Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'   Somersett Boulders : East Side
Silver Surfer   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Washoe Boulders : Tsunami Boulder
Broken Promises   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 25'   Somersett Boulders : West Side
Mountaineers Route   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'   Washoe Boulders : Tsunami Boulder
Crescent Moon Direct   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Washoe Boulders : Right Twin
Quakin' in your boots   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Somersett Boulders : Middle Zone - CLOSED :-(
Shootin' Blanks   V4 6B     Boulder, 1 pitch, 12'   Somersett Boulders : West Side
Little Japanese Village   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Washoe Boulders : Tsunami Boulder
Deadman's Rappel   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Dinosaur Rock
The Gash   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 130'   Dinosaur Rock
Movin Like Bernie   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b V-easy 3     Boulder, 20'   Somersett Boulders : West Side
Color Me Gone   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 70'   Dinosaur Rock
PA Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 35'   Dinosaur Rock
The Left Seam   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   Dinosaur Rock
Bongo Pockets   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 45'   Carson City Prison Hill : The Corridor Area
Grip Master   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Iron Butte
Torch Light   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Thomas Creek
Thin Face   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 30'   The Book of Red
Plant Food 5.11D/5.12A   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Pig Rock Area : Little Shop of Horrors
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The start of "Perpetual Dreaming" V8. Ph...

Perpetual Dreaming V8 7B  NV : Reno and Carson City : ... : Middle Zone - CLOSED :-(
This beautiful proud line leads up the steep and desperate overhanging arete. A powerful technical crux down low leads to a delicate finish that is no gimme. This boulder problem is one of the most unique and beautiful lines I have ever seen or attempted. The arete just has enough holds to get you to the top, but finding the sequence through the holds requires some out of the box thinking and results in a very rewarding ascent. Definitely one of the classic boulder problems in the tahoe area....[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

Photos of Reno and Carson City Slideshow Add Photo
Carson Valley in a sea of clouds. Photo by Blitzo.
Carson Valley in a sea of clouds. Photo by Blitzo.
Fort Churchill-East of Carson City. Photo by Blitz...
Fort Churchill-East of Carson City. Photo by Blitz...
Burning Man-Black Rock Desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Burning Man-Black Rock Desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Carson Valley. Photo by Blitzo.
Carson Valley. Photo by Blitzo.
"Cartoon City" (Carson City) sunset. Pho...
"Cartoon City" (Carson City) sunset. Pho...
Tufa at Pyramid Lake, north of Reno. Photo by Blit...
Tufa at Pyramid Lake, north of Reno. Photo by Blit...
Mt. Rose. Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. Rose. Photo by Blitzo.
Reno, Nevada, 1990s. It's a lot bigger now! Photo ...
Reno, Nevada, 1990s. It's a lot bigger now! Photo ...
Carson City at night. Photo by Blitzo.
Carson City at night. Photo by Blitzo.
Sean S bags the first ascent of The Dark Hamster -...
Sean S bags the first ascent of The Dark Hamster -...
Young Native American at Snyder Pow Wow, Carson Ci...
Young Native American at Snyder Pow Wow, Carson Ci...
Carson City's historic Ormsby House at sunrise. Ph...
Carson City's historic Ormsby House at sunrise. Ph...
Sierra Beer conetop, 1940s.
Sierra Beer conetop, 1940s.
Native American at The Snyder Pow Wow, Carson City...
Native American at The Snyder Pow Wow, Carson City...
Sierra Beer label, 1930s.
Sierra Beer label, 1930s.
Iron butte
Iron butte

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By Seth Hogan
From: Frisco, Co
Jul 5, 2015
Going solo, east from Tahoe, this was a great spot. Super solid friction, great selection of climbs, thank you to whoever posted this place. The project app was tough to read, things didn't seem to go left to right.
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