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The North Wall is another steep sport wall in Big Chief. As with the rest of Big Chief, the rock is basalt. Here, the rock formed a little differently than further south, resulting in overhung shear slabs devoid of any holds, punctuated with broken parts. This usually results in steep, challenging, VERY sporty routes.
Approach time: ~20 minutes.
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Half Baked 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
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This is the longest easy route at Big Chief. Do not lower off the anchors. Bring up the second from bolt anchors on a nice ledge. A 70m rope is mandatory to rappel.This climb starts on Sundance and traverses left and ends up on the gold face way above The Oven. The climbing is easy (most of it is 5.7-5.8), well protected, and is on good rock. Be sure to use long runners sometimes even double lengths.Climb Sundance past the first 2-3 bolts to a small ledge. This is where Sundance starts traversin...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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