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.
Everything is bolted, coldshuts are common and often old-looking, all routes all under 100 feet, and I would imagine you could lower off with a 50m rope. (not sure though)
The Oven is the inset part of the wall that contains some steep sporty routes. Can't really say i know why it got a different name.
Approach time: ~20 minutes.
From the parking lot, head down the main path to the west, which consists of a former gravel road that has large trees cast through the center of it at the parking lot to ensure that people can no longer drive to the former lot.
After .6 miles of the gentle remnants of the dirt road, you will come to the former lot. From here head uphill for about 50 vertical feet on the narrowing trail to a fork. At the fork, you should head right, and this will take you up to the north pass.
Just over the north pass, hang a right and soon you will find yourself at the North Wall... the first two bolted routes are not overhung, but continue a little further to find yourself in the Oven.
Weather station 3.6 miles from here
9 Total Routes
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One of the only slab routes on the north wall, Sundance also has a direct .11a start that begins with an overhung section and a good mantle.It is the second route from the right on the North Wall, and after a moderate start you find yourself on a ledge and join the direct start. Then you climb past 7 (?) bolts on slabby terrain that is surprisingly challenging. There are three bulges that make for ~10a moves and each is punctuated by an easier section.It looked like a joke from the ground, but...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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