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Snowshed Wall

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Aerial S 
Alvin's Route (TR) TR 
Bell Bottom Blues T 
Bottomless Topless T,TR 
Brain Child S 
Break Out T,TR 
Bypass T 
Cannibals S 
Composure T 
Conform or Be Cast Out S 
Crack of the Eighties T 
Death Tongue S 
Devaluation T 
Devaluation Direct T 
Disciples Of the New Wave T,S 
Drop Out Left T 
Drop Out Right T 
Farewell to Arms T 
Hair and Now S 
Hair Lip T 
Hair Shirt T,TR 
Jam Session T 
Karl's Gym T 
Little Feat S,TR 
Manic Depression T 
Missing Mind S 
Molar Concentration T 
Mole's Corner T 
Monkey Paws T,TR 
Night Country T 
Nova Express T 
On The Edge T 
Palsy T,TR 
Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster T,S 
Panic in Detroit T,TR 
Pea Soup T 
Peter Principle T,TR 
Pump Lust S 
Rage Reduction T 
Rapid Transit T 
Reductio ad absurdum S 
Rick and Eric's T 
Sanitation Crack T,TR 
Side Effect T,TR 
Split Pea T 
Telegraph Crack T 
Thing, The T 
Two Fingers Gold T 
Welcome to My Nightmare T 

Snowshed Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.3169, -120.3193 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Brian Quiter on Oct 7, 2002
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BETA PHOTO: Snowshed Wall, east end.

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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

49 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Snowshed Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Snowshed Wall:
Composure   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   
Devaluation   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Telegraph Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Mole's Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Hair Shirt   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Nova Express   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Bottomless Topless   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Farewell to Arms   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Molar Concentration   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Jam Session   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 70'   
Sanitation Crack   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
The Thing   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Karl's Gym   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Peter Principle   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Little Feat   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Aerial   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Disciples Of the New Wave   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Manic Depression   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad   
Monkey Paws   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Panic in Detroit   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, TR, 65'   
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Little Feat 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Snowshed Wall
Little Feat is located on the blunt arete directly facing you as you first arrive at the east-facing routes on Snowshed wall. There are five or six crux moves on the route punctuated by a couple of good rests....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Snowshed Wall - north face, west side.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing at Snowshed (Photo by Tyson Waldron)
Climbing at Snowshed (Photo by Tyson Waldron)
Rock Climbing Photo: Busy snowshed Wall on a stellar Sunday
Busy snowshed Wall on a stellar Sunday
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By Beavis
Sep 8, 2003
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!
By Crimper E6
From: cheltenham, UK, SW is the BEST
Aug 24, 2015
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.

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