All Locations > California > Lake Tahoe > I-80 Corridor > Donner/Truckee > Donner Pass > Grouse Slab > Southwest Face
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Routes in Southwest Face
|Corner On Gold S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Desire S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Greener Pastures T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Half Hit T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Huffer T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Light Headed T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Little Huffer T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a|
|One Toke Over the Line T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Shake T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Type:||Trad, 40 ft|
|FA:||John Hoffman (lead FA)|
|Page Views:||2,429 total, 16/month|
|Shared By:||Aron Quiter on Jul 9, 2005|
|Admins:||Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
Access Notes Details
CRAGS and the Access Fund are beginning new projects to help improve access to Donner Summit. You can communicate access issues directly at CRAGS’ Donner Summit page norcalcrags.org/crags/donner/. In 2014, the Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Access Fund jointly launched the Save Donner Climbing campaign. The following year, it purchased formerly private land for public conservation and access, which includes the Black Wall and other nearby cliffs.
DescriptionThis route is located on the southwest face of the grouse slab , which is a five minute hike around to the left of the main face of Grouse Slab.
From the parking area heading towards the main climbing area of Grouse Slab, this wall is uphill and to the left, and you can see the routes of the Southwest Face on the approach before going around the Slab downhill and to the right.
Once you can see the 9 routes of the Southwest Face from the PCT (this applies for approaches from both sides), head uphill for about 3 minutes on a thin trail through the manzanita bushes.
Greener Pastures starts from the same area as the rightmost bolted climb known as Desire (5.9), and is the crack just left of the chimney known as Huffer (5.6), which is just left of desire.
Climbing starts with a nice attack into a crack system that curves left just under a small bulge and then heads straight over the bulge where the crack heads vertically upwards. Continue up via fun jambs to the top anchor.
The pro is small on this short route, so only solid 5.9 climbers should attempt the route.