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Jun 20, 2013, 6:40 PM
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Great Basin National Park
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Hi everybody!!
Does anybody know of any books that list climbs for Great Basin National Park in Nevada? It would be much appreciated!


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There really isn't much literature on any, if at all, climbing in Great Basin National Park. Talk with a ranger, or someone who's tried to attain the summit of Wheeler Peak via something that would otherwise be considered technical and they'll all tell you that the rock is crud. Outlying peaks are pretty much walk-ups and anything that could be considered for cragging is all mangy and loose. Overall, not too much of a place to plan a climbing trip unless you seriously consider the potential consequences and accept that anything to be climbed will be scary, loose, and likely not repeated.

GBNP sits right in the middle of what used to be the Great Salt Lake and the rock reflects that with layers of slate, shale, and the occasional limestone pocket. If you're thinking of a winter ascent, expect long approaches and no emergency support available. It's a beautiful place to visit and the backcountry is neat on it's own. The caves at the visitor's center are memorable and the location is in the middle of nowhere. Enjoy it. But, I wouldn't advise climbing there.


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Tim Toula's 2nd edition of Rock 'n' Road mentions a route:Stella by Starlight, also mentions an area called Lexington Arch.
I remember years ago, a ranger mentioning a guide book he was working on, you might try the Ranger Station.
Get your supplies in Ely, as Baker is slim pickins'.
There is a hike/scramble that goes over Mt. Wheeler, something like 17 miles( bivvied on Wheeler)
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