Cosmic Wall Climber's Log

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NorCalNomad - Jun 26, 2019 10:25 am Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2019

Great solo climb of Cosmic Wall  Sucess!

Temps were in the high 80's at the trailhead at 1pm. Car to car in 4:07. Hike to the base took about 1:30. Climb about 1 hr, descent about 1 hr with a stop at the Indian Spring (DO NOT MISS). Fan-fing-tastic views of Shasta and Trinity Alps. High quality but mellow climbing that is definitely different that most non dome Sierra granite were you could throw in pro just about anywhere.

Shane is wrong about needing two ropes for the rap. You only need one 60m. There is another set of rap bolts by the tree half way down.

Shane Rathbun

Shane Rathbun - Dec 6, 2010 3:26 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010

Bush wacking anyone?  Sucess!

Climbed with Ray Williams in mid-august. I'll be honest, the approach to the base of the rock from plataeu is bullshit, lots of bush whacking - you will bleed.

Regardless, a great climb! We linked pitch 1 and 2 together. I lead pitches 3 and 5. Bring two ropes as you will need them for the rappel off the backside. At the top of the 5th pitch, a lot of people take the ridge to the summit. I can imagine the ridge is quite a bit easier. The original route steps left (west) past the ridge to a chimney with lots of exposure. You'll find a pin half way up, we clipped it. Awesome summit with lots of wind!

Be in for a long day if you are doing this from the parking lot - we were camped up there for the weekend (not necessary). There is a climber's camp near Super Crack Spire (about 200 vertical feet above clearing in the trail to Indian Springs.


LadyACray - Sep 13, 2010 12:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010

Love Love  Sucess!

Not-so-fun approach, but I LOVE LOVE this route!! My favorite!


Sleighty - Aug 6, 2010 1:24 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2010

Great Quiet Day  Sucess!

Did it in 5 pitches, linked 3 and half of 4. I would skip the bolts on 3 on go straight up and left to a large ledge with a tree, can belay up to the 5th belay from there.
6th(5th for us) is definitely pretty epic. One other party on the wall 2 pitches back.


SKI - Jun 28, 2010 6:11 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010

Good stuff!  Sucess!

Did this guy with the girlfriend. Magnificent route but pretty runout on the third pitch. The ridge finish was amazing!


justing - Jun 23, 2010 5:49 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2010

Last day of spring  Sucess!

Led the odd numbered pitches. I really enjoyed the ridge variation on p6.


rhyang - Jun 21, 2010 11:35 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2010

Second time  Sucess!

Climbed with Justin on a nice breezy clear day. Did it in the full six pitches this time; I led the even-numbered ones, including the summit ridge.

Also did it in July 2005.


haishan - May 4, 2010 4:52 pm Date Climbed: May 3, 2010

it's Cosmic!  Sucess!

Beautiful route in a spectacular setting, so classic. The upper half of route outshines, p5 is the money. p6 arete variation is a good call. Big snow year, we added a 3rd rap down steep hard snow in the descent gully.


mdostby - May 26, 2009 5:50 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2009

A Great Day  Sucess!

Climbed with Miguel Forjan (forjan) and Tony Bocanegra (Blackmouth). A great day with great friends. It doesn't get any better than this!


Blackmouth - May 25, 2009 2:36 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2009

Perfect Day  Sucess!

This was a perfect end to my week long trip that included Shasta & Lassen. Climbed as a trio with Forjan & Mdostby. I loved the 6th pitch variation on the arete, very exposed and airy. We had the whole place all to ourselves. Awesome day.


forjan - May 23, 2009 12:54 am Date Climbed: May 22, 2009

Too much fun!  Sucess!

Climbed as a trio: mdostby, blackmouth and myself. 5 hrs on the route. Pitch 5 & 6 were so much fun! Great day with great friends! Awesome views of Shasta and Lassen.


missadventure - Sep 20, 2008 10:43 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2002

i love this route  Sucess!

this was the first time i climbed this route and my first real multipitch rock lead. it is still one of my favorite climbs, i've done it many times after an evening of partying, it's the perfect hangover cure.


MichaelJ - Aug 16, 2008 1:01 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2008

damn hot  Sucess!

Climbed this in 90 minutes, including a long stop for lunch on one of the great ledges. A nice route, great views, but baking hot this time of year.

Climbed (and downclimbed) a couple of other routes in the afternoon for a nice 16-pitch day.

Sam Page

Sam Page - Jun 30, 2006 2:03 am Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2000

Great moderate route  Sucess!

This is a beautiful, moderate route, but it gave me sciatica. No joke. I couldn't climb (or walk normally) for another 6 months.


Misha - Jun 12, 2006 11:36 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

Fun, again  Sucess!

Etsuko and I took our friends up Cosmic Wall. This was my 2nd ascent of this route. I was grateful for the opportunity to lead every pitch. Excellent weather, great company, fantastic climbing. What else can one wish for!?

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