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Fear of Flying T 
Ginger Bread T 
Holy Smoke T 
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Upper Spire  

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Submitted By: Blitzo on Sep 10, 2006


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Upper Spire-east side. Photo by Blitzo.

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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',9],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',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, 2 pitches   
Ginger Bread   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches   
Jugs Revisited   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
Fear of Flying   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
Thanksgiving   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Desperado (Roof Variation)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Burnt Offerings   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Char Broiled   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Robert's Aid Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Steppin' Stone   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches   
Lesbian Love   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Holy Smoke   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
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
Fear Of Flying. Photo by Blitzo.

Fear of Flying 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Upper Spire
Climb a 5.7 flake to the upper corner, follow the corner (5.9) to the Lower Platform.Can be done in one pitch with considerable rope drag....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Upper Spire, view of Steppin' Stone et al.
Upper Spire, view of Steppin' Stone et al.
Climber at the top of Fear of Flying.
Climber at the top of Fear of Flying.
Upper Spire and Flathead with routes.
BETA PHOTO: Upper Spire and Flathead with routes.
Harrison Direct 11B
BETA PHOTO: Harrison Direct 11B
Jared feeling "inspired"! Upper spire to...
Jared feeling "inspired"! Upper spire to...

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