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The Vitals

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Bring plenty of water




Prison Hill info on Supertopo, Mountain Project.

The Routes

Pocket Pool
Origin (5.7)
Eight Ball (5.10c)
Pocket Pool (5.11)
Scratch (5.11a)

Salt and Pepper Tower
Snot (5.11c)
Snot Variation (5.9)

The Corridor
Biners of Doom (5.11b)
Spaces First (5.9+)
Dihedral Man (5.7)
Bongo Pockets (5.10b)
Unknown (5.6)

Grand Central Slab
The area is all 5.3-5.8

Tuna Tower
Hole Tuna (5.10b)

The Diamond
Gale Force (5.11a)

Prison Hill

This is probably the Carson Valley's largest  climbing area though the routes are all rather short. It gets excellent sun during the winter and despite being considerably higher than Dinosaur Rock is a warmer option for winter climbing. There are a number of sport routes as well as some trad climbing, and a few top rope options as well. The climbs are generally from 25' to 50' and range in difficulty from 5.3 to 5.11b, with not many in the 5.7-5.9 range. Since it doesn't see a lot of climbing you are likely to encounter loose rock. Be sure to belay from a safe spot.

Prison Hill Pictures

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Directions - From South Lake Tahoe east on Hwy 50 all the way to the junction with 395 in Carson city. turn left and stay on 395 for only about a 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Clearview and follow to the end. Turn left into dirt parking area. The climbs should be obvious (they should be obvious from the jucntion of 50 and 395).

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