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The Big Chief Center Wall is just that: it's big. It's basalt, and it contains many climbs for climbers of all abilities (5.7 - 5.13+). Most of the climbs are sport routes in the 5.10 - 5.12 range on primarily overhung rock.
Approach time: 15 - 30 minutes.
28 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Center Wall:
War Path 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
War Paint 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Toilet Earth 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Route Stealers From Hell 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Too Light to Wait 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 30'
Mohawk 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Killer Bee 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Flamethrower 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 130'
Big Chief Arete 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Pow Wow 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Headrush 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Raindance 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Totally Chawsome 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
All Guns Blazing 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch
Featured Route For Center Wall
Flamethrower 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Center Wall
This is the first long route that you come across heading down to the cave of the Center Wall from the north pass. It sits just to the right of three short and very overhung routes (Eye of the Beholder, Headband and Sitting Bull). At over 130 feet in length, be prepared to have someone send you up another rope to rap, or have a second bring a rope up with them.Climbing is tough over the first overhang through the first three bolts, which lasts a mere 20 feet. From here climbing remains interesti...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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