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South Canyon Climbs

South Canyon Climbs

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.93843°N / 120.12822°W

Object Title: South Canyon Climbs

Activities: Ice Climbing

Season: Winter

Elevation: 7200 ft / 2195 m


Page By: rhyang

Created/Edited: Jan 21, 2007 / Mar 16, 2009

Object ID: 262785

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A number of climbs can form on the north-facing south walls of Eagle Creek Canyon when temperatures plummet in the South Lake Tahoe area.

Getting There

Refer to the directions to Eagle Lake for Eagle Creek Canyon. If the lake is well-frozen, walk across it, or along the south shore of the lake if any doubts. Approach the climbs on (hopefully) snow-covered boulders and talus.


Several lines seem to form on the south wall, reputedly WI3-4.

We climbed only one of them : Cutty Sark, WI4+, 30m. There is some background on the summer rock routes here.

Topropes seemed like they could be set up by walking to the end of the canyon (southwest) and then veering up above the cliffs. Trees might be possible to use as anchors - bring long slings or static rope. Cutty Sark actually had a pair of bolts at the top (no rap rings, so bring extra slings / rings just in case).


Starting lead of Cutty SarkToproper on Cutty SarkToproping Cutty SarkOff Belay !Pavel leadingPavel leading #2Max climbing Cutty Sarc WI4+ (?)
Cutty Sark (?)