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North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada, Salt Spring Reservoir Area

Salt Spring Reservoir Area. The rock wall on the north side of the canyon about a mile west of Salt Springs Dam has yielded two enjoyable routes. In May, Walt Vennum and I climbed the Gully Cat. The route lies in the classic left-facing open-book on the left side of the canyon’s north wall. Due to the roughness of the rock, the majority of the dihedral is 4th or easy 5th class. However, the overhanging arch capping the climb provides an interesting exit. NCCS I, F7. In June, Brian Cox and I climbed Gemini Cracks. Directly above the point at which the PG & E aquaduct enters the north wall are two very thin parallel cracks. A right- slanting crack system leads to their base. The steepest portion of the cracks forms the crux and leads to an unusual hand-traverse right to a tree. Two more 5th-class pitches finish the headwall above the tree. NCCS II, F8.

Greg Donaldson