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Tall Wall

  • Grade context: US
  • Photos: 1
  • Ascents: 3

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Description

The good looking 15m face bounded by the descent gully to the left, and the broken start of 'The Chopper Blocks' to the right. The key features are the steep tiger-striped bulge high on the left side of the wall, and the obvious triangular yellow flake at the bottom right of the wall.

Access issues inherited from Carson Pass

Note: within the Eldorado National Forest you may park anywhere beside highway 88, provided your car is fully off the pavement. Obviously this rule no longer applies once snow season starts.

Descent notes

There's a blocky gully to the left (facing the cliff) that's the fastest way up and down.

Routes

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The east facing wall above the descent gully has a striking white dike cutting through it. There's a project (or perhaps two) on this wall.

Note: the bolts on top of this wall can't be accessed safely, so there's a bolt further back under a bush that can be used to drop a line to safely access them.

Various starts to gain the obvious flakes just left of arete. Up. Steeper than it appears.

Start at the blunt rounded arete, then up just barely right of 'The Demon Keeps Me Coming'.

Various lines up the steep tiger-striped bulge high on the face - none of which have been done yet.

From the top of the large flat boulder, step over "the dungeon" to the left arete, then head right around the bulge and up the wall.

From the top of the flat boulder, lean over to the crack then do a fun boulder problem to gain the ledge. Up the easier, but great, wall above.

The direct crack start down in "the dungeon" is supposedly mid-5.12, but it's only a couple of additional moves and you are guaranteed to slam into the side of the flat boulder if you fall off down in there.

The left side of the obvious triangular flake, with thin sharp holds, then up the great wall above.

Up the middle and right side of the triangular slab, to join 'A Transitional Conundrum'.

The major corner.

Start on the right side of the bulgy arete right of 'Limited Independence', finishing left of the arete on blocks.

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