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Snowshed Wall

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L to R R to L Alpha
Aerial S 
Alvin's Route (TR) TR 
Bell Bottom Blues T 
Bottomless Topless T,TR 
Brain Child S 
Bypass T 
Cannibals S 
Composure T 
Conform or Be Cast Out S 
Crack of the Eighties T 
Devaluation T 
Devaluation Direct T 
Disciples Of the New Wave T,S 
Drop Out Left T 
Drop Out Right T 
Farewell to Arms T 
Hair and Now S 
Hair Lip T 
Hair Shirt T,TR 
Jam Session T 
Karl's Gym T 
Little Feat S,TR 
Manic Depression T 
Missing Mind S 
Molar Concentration T 
Mole's Corner T 
Monkey Paws T,TR 
Night Country T 
Nova Express T 
On The Edge T 
Palsy T,TR 
Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster T,S 
Panic in Detroit T,TR 
Pea Soup T 
Peter Principle T,TR 
Pump Lust S 
Rage Reduction T 
Rapid Transit T 
Reductio ad absurdum S 
Rick and Eric's T 
Sanitation Crack T,TR 
Side Effect T,TR 
Split Pea T 
Telegraph Crack T 
Thing, The T 
Two Fingers Gold T 
Welcome to My Nightmare T 

Snowshed Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.3169, -120.3193 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, John Robinson, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Brian Quiter on Oct 7, 2002


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BETA PHOTO: Snowshed Wall - north face, west side.

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Snowshed offers both trad and sport climbing on mostly vertical walls up to ~80 feet. Much of the area can be top roped, by hiking around either side of the formation.The numerous faces on Snowshed allow for either sun or shade depending on your desires.The climbing facing the road and approach (the north face) is mostly trad, with higher concentrations of sport climbs to the right, and around the corner to the left (the east face).

Getting There 

Upon reaching the Donner Pass climbing area, continue on Donner Pass Road. On your right, further away at first, there will be an easily noticable wall facing the road. After going over the small bridge, the road bends right. A few pullouts later there will be a blue outhouse on the right, this is the pullout for Snowshed. The path to the wall heads directly away from the road, across the stream, then straight to the north face (~2 minute walk). Upon arriving at the rock you're beneath a boulder from which Bell Bottom Blues, Manic Depression and many other crack climbs begin.Navigating around the rock is rather straight-forward, its another ~3 minute walk to the left (around and up a big slabby piece) to reach the east-facing climbs. On the east face, the super-sustained 'Little Feat' (5.10d) is located directly on the blunt arete facing you as you approach.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

47 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',26],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Snowshed Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Snowshed Wall:
Composure   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   
Mole's Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Telegraph Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Hair Shirt   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Nova Express   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Bottomless Topless   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Molar Concentration   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Farewell to Arms   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Jam Session   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 70'   
The Thing   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Karl's Gym   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Bypass   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Aerial   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Little Feat   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Peter Principle   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Disciples Of the New Wave   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Manic Depression   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad   
Monkey Paws   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Panic in Detroit   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, TR, 65'   
Cannibals   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Featured Route For Snowshed Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Elizabeth Scott pulling the crux

Bypass 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Snowshed Wall
An unsung classic for Donner Summit....climb through blocky sections to a nice hand crack. Take a rest, plug a few pieces, and gun the airy roof. Finish up crack to right with new anchors. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Snowshed Wall, east end.
BETA PHOTO: Snowshed Wall, east end.
Rock Climbing Photo: Busy snowshed Wall on a stellar Sunday
Busy snowshed Wall on a stellar Sunday
Rock Climbing Photo: Snowshed wall as seen from a full parking lot on a...
BETA PHOTO: Snowshed wall as seen from a full parking lot on a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing at Snowshed (Photo by Tyson Waldron)
Climbing at Snowshed (Photo by Tyson Waldron)

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By Beavis
Sep 8, 2003
There are some high quality routes here, but my favorite part of this area is the bouldering on top of the wall.

Above the east face, look for an overhanging lip traverse requiring heel hooks and monkey moves. Right next to it is a tall golden face with reachy crimp moves. Over on the western side of the summit are some more problems, overhangs and traverses.

A good way to finish off your day!
By Blitzo
Sep 25, 2006
Snowshed is great! Pretty crowded though.
By slk
From: Reno, NV
Sep 7, 2012
I believe this area is actually called Snowhed Wall.
By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Sep 24, 2012
the incredibly "accurate" tahoe guide calls it snowhed. I second slk's action.
By CrimperE6
From: cheltenham, UK, SW is the BEST
Aug 24, 2015
if you are a trad leader, (ie proper climber) avoid weekends!

I was shocked by the volume of top-ropers on all the classics, punching above their weight, replete with "granite planet" gym tags.

When i finally found "Monkey Paws" was free, (as this was apparently the warm up TR for your Star Wall TR project) i felt like i was indeed at the gym. All the holds polished and caked with chalk... Shame really, must have been awesome 20yrs ago.

A good argument for not having bolted anchors on trad lines.

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