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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).
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.
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Composure 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
Telegraph Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Mole's Corner 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Hair Shirt 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Nova Express 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad
Bottomless Topless 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Jam Session 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 70'
Molar Concentration 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 60'
Farewell to Arms 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad
The Thing 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch
Little Feat 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Peter Principle 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Aerial 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Karl's Gym 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Bypass 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 80'
Disciples Of the New Wave 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Manic Depression 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad
Monkey Paws 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, TR, 70'
Panic in Detroit 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Trad, TR, 65'
Cannibals 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
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Panic in Detroit 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Snowshed Wall
More than crack, this is face climbing on seams with a few jams sprinkled here and there. A #5 or #7 stopper (I can't remember-might be either) bombproofs the pump crux.Few attempt onsight; most will TR to at least preview the stout moves and scanty pro (in places)...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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