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55 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',25],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Big Chief:
War Path   5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Center Wall
War Paint   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Center Wall
Route Stealers From Hell   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Center Wall
Festus   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   South Wall
Half Baked   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   North Wall
Mohawk   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Center Wall
Too Light to Wait   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 30'   Center Wall
Killer Bee   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Center Wall
Flamethrower   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   Center Wall
Realm of the Overhang   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South Cave
Headrush   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Center Wall
Big Chief Arete   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Center Wall
Pow Wow   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Center Wall
Flying High Again   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   South Cave
Raindance   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Center Wall
Totally Chawsome   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Center Wall
All Guns Blazing   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   Center Wall
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Raindance from below, with bolts.  The first bolt is shared with Mohawk (5.10b).

Raindance 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Center Wall
This route is in the less overhung (comparitively) cave in the center section of the Big Chief center area. It's still really overhung, but not as much as the other overhung area about 150 feet uphill and left. This route is 5 routes to the left of War Paint (5.9), which always has people on it in the mornings. It also shares the first bolt with the overhung and very juggy Mohawk, which moves up and right, while Raindance moves straight up.Sustained overhang has an excellent section to the fi...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By gen-eva
Aug 12, 2013

LOST: 8 blue BD quickdraws, with a purple paint stripe on the bolt-end 'biners. Someone must have accidentally grabbed them -they weren't with the rest of my gear when I went to leave. There were several people from other groups with the same type of draws, but mine are marked with purple.
If you or anyone you know was climbing Big Chief today (Sunday Aug 11), please check to make sure my draws didn't go home with you. If they did, please PM me or reply to this post and I'll come pick them up.