The Rapture: New Bouldering in Tahoe
Vitaly Volberg, a 27 year old graduate student at UC Berkeley, made a recent ascent of a new granite boulder problem out by South Lake Tahoe. For the past three years, Vitaly has been an active member at Berkeley Ironworks, training diligently and getting it done.
On the predicted day of the Rapture, Vitaly and a few other bay area climbers headed out towards the Pie Shop to explore some of the new granite boulders. “I really love South Lake Tahoe,” Vitaly wrote. “The granite boulders are similar to bishop but the bouldering is much less developed. There is tremendous potential for new areas and first ascents! My friends Eric Sanchez and Spoons were there last weekend and did two first ascents in just a few hours.”
The line follows a series of pockets for the left hand, crimps for the right, and a high ball top out with good holds and a large lunge to the finish jug at the top. Tentatively rated v11, the problem awaits a second ascent.
Vitaly remarked on the experience saying, “The whole process of finding a potential boulder problem, cleaning it and figuring out how it climbs with friends is an amazing experience. It is really fulfilling to be able to do this!”
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Labels: bouldering first ascents, Rapture, Vitaly Volberg