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Free and Easy  T 
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North Stars Wall  


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Description 

This secluded crag holds a hand full of classics, but rarely sees ascents, because of the tricky approach. Even with the tricky approach, the climbs are clean and range from dihedral cracks to thin face climbs. There are two routes here which are classics that are not to be missed if your up for trad routes. These two are Childhoods Beginning 5.8 and Childhoods End 5.10d.

Getting There 

There are two approaches to this crag.
The first approach starts at the base of South Stars Wall and traverses along the base of the cliff. This is the most common approach, but is the worst one.
The second one stays on the PCT trail past the turn off for stars wall and grouse slabs area. After Grouse Slabs, follow the PCT until right before the switch backs. Instead head into the small cluster of trees and follow a faint trail to the base of North Stars Wall. The second approach is easiest and is less bush wacking.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.8 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Stars Wall:
Free and Easy    5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Childhood's Beginning    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   
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A closer shot of Free and Easy 5.6 and shows a clearer picture of the route. Start on the very lower right of the photo and follow the bright orange water streak to the slabs and finally up to the beautiful dihedral.

Free and Easy 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : North Stars Wall
This holds one of the most cleanest and spectacular dihedrals in Donner Summit. Beautiful hand jams solid feet make this 5.10 looking dihedral 5.6. The downside is that the dihedral section is only about 15ft high and the rest of the route only gets one star. If only the dihedral section was a hundred foot route, this would probally be one of the best climbs....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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A view of the two dihedrals (childhoods end and childhoods begging) on the left. Free and Easy is located to the far right and ascends the small dihedral near the very top.
BETA PHOTO: A view of the two dihedrals (childhoods end and ch...

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