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The North Walls  


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Description 

The dark, north facing section of the Chief left of Angel's Crest and the North North Gully holds some of the area's hardest, purest and longest free climbs. Testpieces like Alaska Highway and The Calling make this the realm of the honed. Some slightly more accessible pitches can be found along with some single pitches routes.

The wall is split horizontally at mid-height by the Zodiac ledge, which can be reached by any of the long routes that start from the ground, or by scrambling up from the far left side.

The north facing aspect can make this a cool place in the heat, but also makes it slower to dry and shortens the spring and fall season compared to the rest of the chief. Expect a little extra dirt and munge than other areas on The Chief.

Getting There 

Approach as for Angel's Crest, but once at the base, head up the gully a touch further until you are on a very flat boulder with a cairn indicating a rough trail that heads left under the wall. This area isn't well traveled so the trails are rough and prone to overgrow or be hidden by seasonal debris.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.5 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',7],['5.12',4],['5.13',1],['>=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 The North Walls:
NORTH NORTH ARETE   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 7 pitches, 800'   
Parallel Passages   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 7 pitches, 1000'   
New Life   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches, 350'   
High Plains Drifter   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Astrologger   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Alaska Highway   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, 5 pitches, 550'   
Polaris   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1100'   
The Calling   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   
North Star   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Topo of the route Polaris, 12a, 10p

Polaris 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  North America : Canada : ... : The North Walls
POLARIS5.12a (5.11b, A0) 10pFA Kris Wild, Reuben Shelton, August 6, 2007Approach: As for Angel's Crest. 200m up from the entrance to the North Gully. (100m uphill from the "tree start" to Angel's Crest) It's on the left and it's the only corner.Gear: One set nuts, double set cams up to #2 camalot size, one #3 and 3.5P1. Up right facing corner, past ledge (old belay) up the next corner through roof and out right to belay. 5.10b, 50m (This pitch was originally Nostromo, 5.6, A2, John M...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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