About the book
If you like sport climbing on vertical to overhanging volcanic rock in the sun, you’ll have big days of fun climbing at the Big Chief area near Lake Tahoe, California. Located at 7,000 feet in the mountains between Truckee and Tahoe, this is one of the best cool weather crags in the Tahoe region. Complemented with plentiful camping, the volcanic rock makes for a nice switch from the more typical granite found around Tahoe. Big Chief Area Climbs provides clear, concise beta that has been checked and rechecked. In fact, the author himself climbed almost every single route to verify the accuracy of all the info herein!
- Big Chief
- Light Deprivation Buttress
- Little Chief
- Sawtooth Ridge
- Fun circuit ideas are suggested.
Updates to the area can be found here (although there haven’t been changes in a few years).
About the author
Marek Hajek grew up in the Czech Republic, and moved to Lake Tahoe in 1989. His friend Don Harder introduced him to climbing in 1992. Progress for Marek was slow, but he steadily worked up to having ticked all but three climbs in the Big Chief area. Marek married his wife Trang in 2001, and they live in Reno and climb in Tahoe as much as possible.
- Big Chief Area Climbs
- 2005 Maximus Press
- by Marek Hajek
- 96 pages in black and white
Great source of information and history about these prominent rock formations seen down below from the road. But good insider information on how to avoid crossing through private property off the road down below by the river. There’s in depth info on how to drive up to the approach trails the back way so as to avoid passing through private property which is the only way Mountain Project tells you to go( the wrong way imo). Good maps showing the layout of the crags. Only drawback if there are very few moderates. I climb mostly 10’s at the moment and climbs go to 13 here 😳