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Routes in Bighorn Wall

Chester the Molester S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Dr. Feelgood T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Hellhound On My Trail S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Old and the Bold T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sole Neuropathy T,S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Van Candy S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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This is the huge wall on the left side of the canyon, running from the base of the talus hill to the top. There are several new routes and some old on this wall. Easily identified by the massive smooth green slab in the middle.

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Hike past the Planetarium/Gecko wall and start climbing the talus hill. The wall is to your left.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bighorn Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Van Candy
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Dr. Feelgood
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Old and the Bold
Trad 5 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Hellhound On My Trail
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Van Candy
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Dr. Feelgood
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Old and the Bold
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
Hellhound On My Trail
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
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It seems rare to see parties on this wall, which is a shame because almost all of the routes are high quality. Perhaps the problem is the incomplete listing of routes. Stop by Wilson's and check the notebook, or talk to someone at the climbing counter. Sep 3, 2014
Vlad S  
Are the routes mostly bolted or should I bring a small rack? Apr 1, 2015
Some quick gear comments:

Hail To Hanuman and Stone's Throw are both mixed routes with a fair amount of gear.
- Stone's Throw: Up to 3", doubles to 2", bolts
- Hail to Hanuman: Up to 2", doubles to 1", bolts

Old and the Bold is mixed, see existing page for rack.

Hellhound can be done with draws only, see existing page.

Cerberus (80m rope nice but 70m will barely work), Bloodhound, While My Bosch Gently Weeps, Space Invader, and Little Squaw are draws only.

Hades Welcome is a long pitch, 25 bolts if I remember correctly. No gear. Can get off with a single rope by using the extra rapp station located by the overlap.

Envy, 80m rope greatly simplifies getting off P2, but can use 70m+intermediate anchor (need to swing a little to get to the intermediate.) No gear.

A rack of 20 draws should cover everything except Hades Welcome, with a few to spare (example, Cerberus=15, WMBGW=16, etc...) Apr 1, 2015
Vlad S  
Thanks a lot Darrell! That's an awesome topo and a great recommendation on gear. Looking forward to these routes in May! Apr 17, 2015
Austin Archer
Bishop, Ca.
Austin Archer   Bishop, Ca.
Some of the best routes in the Pine Creek are on this wall. Was curious about some of the intersecting lines right of Hell Hound. Thanks for the nice topo. Apr 18, 2015
Yes, great routes and topo. May 3, 2015
Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
old5ten   Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
note that the right side of bighorn wall experienced some substantial rockfall yesterday (10/2/18). according to tai the debris went all the way to the creek and he had stuff impacting pretty close to where he took shelter (down by sponge bob). might be good to stay away from this area for a while and let things settle down. Oct 3, 2018

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