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the thinking spot

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About the thinking spot:

Most commonly used by various church camps and adventure programs for rappelling, this outcropping of granite lies just on the north end of Payette Lake near McCall Idaho. Routes are mostly one pitch, hand-sized + cracks, requiring large pro, or do an easy walk up and use the rappell anchors for top roping. routes vary from 5.8 to REALLY FRICKIN' HARD! (see picture). Lots of bouldering around the main crag, tons of fun granite, bring your tape. elvislegs. From the center of town, follow signs to ponderosa st park. before you get to the park, take a right on lick creek road and follow it around the right side of the lake (it turns into Eastside Dr.) and past a campground until you see the imposing rocks on your right.
Approach: 10 minutes over huge boulder field. Scrabble! Pretty fun!
Approach Time: 10 minutes.
Latitude, Longitude:
Access Issues: Enough parking for 2 or 3 cars right on cragside of road.
Rock Type: Granite
Type of Climbing: Sport/Trad
Sun Aspect: Afternoon Sun


SequenceSequence numbers indicate the left (L) to right (R) order of the routes. Rating Route Difficulty Ascents
Average Rating = 5.00/5 The Sparkle Dance 5.7 1
0 Average Rating = 3.00/5 Unknown Chimney 1
1 Average Rating = 5.00/5 Big Ernies Revenge 5.10a 1
2 Average Rating = 4.50/5 Dirty August 5.10a 2
3 Average Rating = 4.00/5 Fire on the Mountain 5.10a 1
3 Average Rating = 4.00/5 Main Face Left 1
4 Average Rating = 3.50/5 Left Route 5.9 4
4 Average Rating = 4.33/5 Right Route (6) 5.10a 3
5 Average Rating = 4.00/5 unknown/standard 5.6 2
6 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Arete 0

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