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Routes in Snowshed Wall

Aerial S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Alvin's Route (TR) TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bell Bottom Blues T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Bottomless Topless T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Brain Child S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Break Out T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bypass T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Cannibals S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Composure T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Conform or Be Cast Out S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Crack of the Eighties T 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Death Tongue S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Devaluation T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Devaluation Direct T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Disciples Of the New Wave T,S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Drop Out Left T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Drop Out Right T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Farewell to Arms T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Hair Lip T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Hair Shirt T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hair and Now S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Jam Session T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Karl's Gym T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Little Feat S,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Manic Depression T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Missing Mind S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Molar Concentration T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Mole's Corner T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Monkey Paws T,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Night Country T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Nova Express T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
On The Edge T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Palsy T,TR 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster T,S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
Panic in Detroit T,TR 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Pea Soup T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Peter Principle T,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Pump Lust S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Rage Reduction T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Rapid Transit T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Reductio ad absurdum S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Rick and Eric's T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Sanitation Crack T,TR 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Side Effect T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Split Pea T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Telegraph Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Thing, The T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Two Fingers Gold T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R
Welcome to My Nightmare T 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Description

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).
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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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Snowshed Wall

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Composure
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Devaluation
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Telegraph Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mole's Corner
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Nova Express
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bottomless Topless
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Farewell to Arms
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Jam Session
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Molar Concentration
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Karl's Gym
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Little Feat
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Aerial
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Peter Principle
Trad, TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Disciples Of the New Wave
Trad, Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Monkey Paws
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Composure 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Devaluation 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Telegraph Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Mole's Corner 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Nova Express 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Bottomless Topless 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Farewell to Arms 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Jam Session 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Molar Concentration 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Karl's Gym 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Little Feat 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR
Aerial 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Peter Principle 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
Disciples Of the New Wave 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Sport
Monkey Paws 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, TR
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If someone recovers a .3 BD cam from Devaluation, I would love to retrieve it in exchange for many beers!! Oct 8, 2017
Crimper E6
cheltenham, UK, SW is the BEST
Crimper E6   cheltenham, UK, SW is the BEST
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. Aug 24, 2015
Beavis  
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! Sep 8, 2003

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