Glue, epoxy, cement, or any other adhesive may not be used to attach or reinforce hand and/or footholds for climbing or scrambling. The area in and around Great Basin National Park sees a very limited amount of technical rock climbing. The hazardous nature of the rock is the main contributor to this as well as the remoteness of the sites. All routes in the Wheeler Peak area are hazardous with deadly rockfall at all times of year. Visitor Centers can provide information on routes.
When climbing in Great Basin National Park, please remember that the park was established to preserve its outstanding resources and significant geological and scenic values. All biological, cultural and mineral resources, including rocks, should be protected and preserved in their natural state. To help complete this task we ask you to heed the following regulations:
- Chiseling, chipping, gluing, or breaking away rock, or otherwise physically altering the rock, is prohibited. Clean aid, top-roping, or traditional lead climbing are permitted.
- The use of motorized drills or other portable motorized equipment is not allowed.
- Painting or otherwise marking the rock including names of climbs or ratings is prohibited.
- Climbing within 100 yards of an archeological site, including pictographs and petroglyphs, is not permitted.
- Damaging plant life, including lichens and moss, is prohibited.
Fixed Anchor Regulation
Climbing with fixed anchors is permitted in the areas where fixed anchors may be installed and under the conditions listed below.
- Glue, epoxy, cement, or any other adhesive may not be used to attach or reinforce hand and/or footholds for climbing or scrambling.
- Chipping or enhancing hand and/or footholds is not allowed while climbing or scrambling.
- Vegetation may not be removed for the purpose of climbing and scrambling.
- Only neutral or rock-colored fixed anchors are permitted.
- New anchors installed within the park must be reported to the Superintendent within 72 hours.
- Climbing is not permitted within 100 feet of any archeological, cultural or historic site.
- Cords, rope and climbing equipment may not be placed in a horizontal position from natural vegetation or park structures within a campground for purposes such as "slack lines" and clothes lines.
- Fixed lines may not be attached to man-made structures. A fixed rope line may not be left unattended anywhere in the park.
- Power-drilling devices may not be used for placing or replacing bolts except when authorized by the Superintendent.
Technical climbing registration is voluntary at Great Basin National Park. However, climbers are strongly encouraged to register, especially those attempting any of the alpine routes. Registration forms provide crucial information for rescue personnel. Leaders may register for climbs at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center.
Please climb clean! If using chalk select a color which blends in with the rock (most of the rock in this area is a greyish limestone) and any webbing or cord being used as a rapell anchor should also blend into the surroundings (leave the hot pink at home).
Rescue resources are very limited and frequently unavailable, or hours away. Parties should always be capable of self-rescue. If someone is injured or seriously overdue, contact a park ranger or a campground host. If a ranger cannot be found, a pay phone is available at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. Dial 911 to get help.