climbing the walls (at the lakes on highway 88)

for the last several weeks we’ve been exploring the rock walls surrounding some of the off the beaten path lakes in the kirkwood area. among these are kirkwood lake, margaret lake, shealor lakes and old camp bluff near silver lake.
we started off with a day trip to margaret lake. i had been there before just after i started climbing so i knew there was potential but wasn’t aware of any development.
last time i was there (august 2012) it looked like this
Climbing at Margaret Lake

fast forward 2 years and we came back armed with a rope and a full rack. turns out the rack was just extra weight since walking to the top there were several sets of bolts lining the ridge. that worked out well since the hike in took longer than expected and work was looming on the horizon. once the top rope was up we started climbing.
jasmyn went first
climbing at margaret lake

followed by skylyn working her way up the corner
climbing at margaret lake

ashley just past the crux approaches the top of the wall
climbing at margaret lake

and finally they let me climb. this would have been an uncomfortable lead since there was no pro between the top of the corner until the top except for an uncomfortably flexy pinnacle that could be slung
climbing at margaret lake

then it was the dogs turn for fun as they showed us their new synchronized swimming routine
climbing at margaret lake

climbing at margaret lake

the following week we took a camping trip to kirkwood lake. in addition to excellent rock, kirkwood lake has a rope swing.
jazzy takes off innocently enough. nacho is behind stoke
kirkwood lake rope swing

but nacho jumps in early and she lands on him (you can see him just under her kneee).
kirkwood lake rope swing

do not like do not like!
kirkwood lake rope swing

i didn’t land on anybody. but still, do not like!
kirkwood lake rope swing

we chose a site that allowed the pups to have their fun and do what doggies do
kirkwood lake camping

kirkwood lake camping

the next day we headed to shealor lakes. i’ve lived in tahoe for 20 years now and had never heard of shealor lakes. but recently on the way to work we stopped into sports ltd and dan k. mentioned some climbing in the area. we were late for work and missed some details but we figured we could find it.
after a wrong turn or two we did find it. but naturally there was some ‘nature’ involved.
shealor lake climbing

after a little more ‘do not like’ the pups were excited to be on the ledge.
shealor lake climbing

obviously, jasmyn was excited too
shealor lake climbing

ashley says “i’ll take the sharp end”
shealor lake climbing

clipping
shealor lake climbing

belaggles view
shealor lake climbing

the 4th bolt was where we all got stymied
shealor lake climbing

so we top roped from there
shealor lake climbing

here’s a view of the zone. the red represents our route and there are a couple bolted lines to the right as well. i tried soloing up the yellow line to go around and set up a top rope but the rock got super slick and i’m a giant wuss. down climbing with my pack was super fun though (do not like)
shealor lake climbing

i did a little exploring a couple hundred yards below and found some bolts atop this steep granite. a route for another day (and a better climber)
shealor lake climbing

then we hit shealor lake where the doggies played careers. stoke was so excited to finally become assistant branch manager we didn’t have the heart to explain he was assistant to thebranch manager.
shealor lake

lots of reasons to come back
shealor lake climbing

that afternoon we made our way over to the wall behind our camp site at kirkwood lake. we found this last year but i wasn’t leading much at the time so i wanted to get back
kirkwood lake climbing

jasmyn follows. this has one of the coziest belay stations around
kirkwood lake climbing

kirkwood lake climbing

line #2 on top rope
kirkwood lake climbing

#3 also on top rope. i ended up going around to the chimney
kirkwood lake climbing

jazzy looks up the chimney
kirkwood lake climbing

on the arete after the chimney
kirkwood lake climbing

this tr is brought to by speakeasy’s double daddy (do like)
double daddy

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kirkwood lake climbing

the next day it was off to old camp bluff. the water tower marks the start of the short approach
kirkwood lake climbing

me on a route
old camp bluff

look mom, no hands
old camp bluff

jazzy making it look easy
old camp bluff

old camp bluff

ashley too
old camp bluff

our final route of the trip
old camp bluff

old camp bluff

thanks for looking
kirkwood lake climbing

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