From the guide: "The Shenandoah Wall is a beautiful route with uniformly solid rock and decent pro. Spontaneous rock fall and poor rock are rare and for the most part can be avoided by climbing carefully. Take the Bristlecones/Icefield Trail from Wheeler Peak Campground, going to the left side of the rock glacier when the end of the maintained train is reached. Hike up the long snow gully paralleling the rock glacier until you reach the base of "Northwest Passage" couloir. Head up the couloir for about 300' until you can traverse right on to a broad, sloping ledge that runs across the lower 1/3 of the North Face of Nameless Tower. Follow the ledge for about 100' to the base of a steep ramp (marked "A" on the picture). Climb this class 4 ramp to its top, then follow a ledge right across the base of an "A " shaped buttress. Climb a steep face or chimney up the right side of the "A" shaped buttress (5.6 marked "C" on the picture). At the top of the buttress, scramble on to the top of a large boulder, and from there climb the thin crack on the vertical wall above for 40' to where it ends in a notch (5.8 A2, marked "D" in the picture). From the notch climb up and left along a series of ledges until a class 4 gully can be taken to the summit ridge. The summit itself is class 2 from the ridge. The quickest descent is by "Northwest Passage"
Submitted by: johnr9q on 2006-05-29
Route ID: 76980