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Rock out in Tahoe Truckee

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In Lake Tahoe there is an incredible variety of outdoor activities at our fingertips. Some of the best rock climbing terrain in the country is right outside our front doors. On Donner Summit there are several local favorites: The Green Phantom Wall, Kindergarten Cracks, Snowshed and Grouse Slab. These climbs are on some of the finest granite in the world. In Tahoe itand#8217;s also easy to change elevations and find a crag with perfect temperatures and sun exposure.

The high caliber of outdoor venues hosts a wealth of local talent including Olympians Marco Sullivan and Daron Rahlves, adventure film athletes like Ingrid Backstrom and Jeremy Jones and renowned locals who excel at their sports. Now itand#8217;s your turn to learn.

Many of the guides and instructors are locals who are excited to share their passion with other members of the community. The North American Ski Training Center (NASTC) is a local business that specializes in multi-day, high quality rock climbing and ski instruction. Longtime local and well known big-wall climber Todd Burks is a member of the NASTC guiding staff. He describes the Donner Summit area as and#8220;A mecca for rock climbers of all abilities. The combination of rock quality, variety of climbs and beautiful setting make Donner Summit the perfect climbing venue.and#8221; Burks feels working with the NASTC climbing program enables him to share one of his favorite spots in the Sierras.

Gain instant camaraderie learning from a local and#8212; there is a strong chance you know some of the same people. NASTC offers private guided rock climbing lessons on Donner Summit for both individuals and groups and locals get a 15 percent discount. Visit or call 582-4772.

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