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East Face 12 / 8 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
North Face 26 / 4 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Train Time Wall 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Tunnel Slab 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
White Dike Wall 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Access Issue: Donner/Truckee area Details

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).

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
 134
Composure
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 76
Devaluation
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 57
Hair Shirt
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 120
Telegraph Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 94
Mole's Corner
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 161
Nova Express
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 149
Bottomless Topless
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 135
Farewell to Arms
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 69
Jam Session
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 103
Molar Concentration
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 60
Little Feat
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 106
Aerial
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 97
Peter Principle
Trad, TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 45
Disciples Of the New Wave
Trad, Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 63
Monkey Paws
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Composure N Face
 134
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Devaluation N Face
 76
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Hair Shirt N Face
 57
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Telegraph Crack E Face
 120
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Mole's Corner E Face
 94
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Nova Express E Face
 161
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Bottomless Topless N Face
 149
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Farewell to Arms E Face
 135
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Jam Session N Face
 69
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Molar Concentration N Face
 103
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Little Feat E Face
 60
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR
Aerial N Face
 106
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Peter Principle N Face
 97
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
Disciples Of the New Wave N Face
 45
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Sport
Monkey Paws N Face
 63
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, TR
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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
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
trad gal
Oakland, CA
trad gal   Oakland, CA
If someone recovers a .3 BD cam from Devaluation, I would love to retrieve it in exchange for many beers!! Oct 8, 2017

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