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The Big Chief Center Wall is just that: it's big. It's basalt, and it contains many climbs for climbers of all abilities (5.7 - 5.13+). Most of the climbs are sport routes in the 5.10 - 5.12 range on primarily overhung rock.
Approach time: 15 - 30 minutes.
28 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Center Wall:
War Path 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
War Paint 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Toilet Earth 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Route Stealers From Hell 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Too Light to Wait 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 30'
Mohawk 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Killer Bee 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Flamethrower 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 130'
Big Chief Arete 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Pow Wow 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Headrush 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Raindance 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Totally Chawsome 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
All Guns Blazing 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch
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Headrush 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Center Wall
Located on the left side of the wall, Big Chief arete isn't really an arete for most of the climb. Instead, it ascends enormous clubic blocks that are either 45 degrees overhanging or 45 degrees slab. The climb is very similar in feel to its neighbor Killer Bee, but a little tougher because of a tricky roof about two-thirds of the way up. Vertigo will also be a factor, but its worth it!Don't pay too much attention to the topo in Carville's book. He has the relative locations of the climbs ri...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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