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The last two pitches are seldom climbed.

  1. 80 ft (5.9) Perfect, sustained liebacking up the consistent flake to the 2-bolt top anchor shared with 'Opus 7'.

  2. 120 ft? Follow the chimney up left to a corner leading to a belay stance.

  3. 120 ft? Follow the corner up onto exposed runout face climbing up the Knobby Wall protected only by a couple of bolts.


  • If continuing past the first pitch, skip the bolted top anchor and build an anchor up in the chimney for a more comfortable belay stance.
  • The left side of the Knobbly Wall is 5.8R. The right side of the Knobbly Wall is 5.7 and also runout.

    Pro: 0.5" to 4" with doubles in the larger sizes.

Route History:

  • First Free Ascent: Jim Orey, 1971

    P3, Knobby Wall

  • First Free Ascent: Eric Beck, Steve Roper, 1971

    P1 & P2 only. Conflicting dates:

    • 1971 according to Rick Sumners' Tahoe Rock, Green Guide edition.
    • "mid-1960s" according to SuperTopo guide.


Located in East Face approx:
Long/Lat: -120.308047,38.776566

Route Grade Citations

** Hard Landin' Brandon
5.9 Rock Climbing Lake Tahoe
5.9 Principal

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