Dark Star, Temple Crag 5.10b

   
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High Sierra, California USA

  • Currently 4.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 8-10 hours
Approach time: 4 hours
Descent time: 5 hours
Number of pitches: 20
Height of route: 2500'
Overview
Dark Star takes the biggest line up Temple Crag and is one of the longest routes in the High Sierra. The first pitch is the crux and is followed by seven pitches of sustained 5.8-5.10 climbing. After that the route does a lot of meandering on easy 5th class. If you simul-climb, this section goes pretty fast. If you belay every inch of it, prepare for a long day! While the rock quality is not stellar, it is relatively solid compared to how dark and chossy it looks from a distance. The first 8 pitches might compare to Yosemite's Lower Cathedral East Buttress.
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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: August 11, 2013
Temple Crag - Dark Star 5.10b - High Sierra, California USA. Click to Enlarge
The route as seen from Second Lake.
Photo: Ryan Crochiere
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