The Definitive Guide to


This guidebook covers a broad geographical region in the vicinity of North Lake Tahoe, between Auburn, California to the west and Reno, Nevada to the east. The book describes more than 1400 rock climbs, which span the full spectrum of climbing styles and grades, from multi-pitch traditional adventures to clip-and-go sport climbs. Information on all the classic and previously documented areas, such as Donner Pass, Big Chief, Rainbow, and Indian Springs, has been thoroughly researched and expanded, to include pitch length, grade, gear recommendations, and a description of each climb, as well as detailed approach and descent options. The new and previously undocumented areas of Bowman Valley, The Emeralds, and Cold Stream Canyon – each area alone containing hundreds of climbs developed by dedicated locals during the last ten years – are included for the first time in print.

The information in this guidebook has been compiled from first-hand experience during my 25-plus years of climbing in the Tahoe area. To bring the climbing community a full and accurate accounting of the many exceptional routes the area has to offer, I have personally climbed nearly every pitch in this book. It is my hope that this guide will not simply chronicle North Tahoe’s climbing but also will inspire a greater appreciation and love for this exceptional region. Supporting material for this guidebook can be found on this website under the section titled "Extras". This material includes interactive maps, route and area updates, access issues, alerts, and guidebook corrections.

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North Tahoe

A Rock Climber's Guide

By Josh Horniak

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