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Upper Spire

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Fear of Flying T 
Ginger Bread T 
Holy Smoke S 
Jugs Revisited T 
Lesbian Love S 
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Robert's Aid Crack T 
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Steppin' Stone T 
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Upper Spire  


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Location: 38.7886, -120.2451 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Sep 10, 2006
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BETA PHOTO: Upper Spire and Flathead with routes.

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Description 

The Upper Spire is the largest and highest of the Phantom Spires. It has several excellent routes.

Getting There 

The approach from parking is obvious.

Climbing Season



Weather station 12.3 miles from here

19 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',8],['5.11',4],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Upper Spire:
North Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad   
Ginger Bread   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches   
Jugs Revisited   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   
Thanksgiving   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Fear of Flying   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
Desperado (Roof Variation)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Robert's Aid Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad   
Steppin' Stone   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad   
Holy Smoke   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Lesbian Love   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 110'   
Beast of No Nation   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Featured Route For Upper Spire
Start of Lesbian Love.

Lesbian Love 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Upper Spire
The crux is near the top, although just getting started is tricky too. Climbs the prominent white dike on the south facing side of the upper spire. Gorgeous and technical face climbing....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Local Information for Upper Spire
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Climber at the top of Fear of Flying.
Climber at the top of Fear of Flying.
Upper Spire-east side. Photo by Blitzo.
Upper Spire-east side. Photo by Blitzo.
Harrison Direct 11B
BETA PHOTO: Harrison Direct 11B
Upper Spire, view of Steppin' Stone et al.
Upper Spire, view of Steppin' Stone et al.

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