Climbing Dark Star, A Sierra Classic
Dark Star is one of the longest routes in High Sierra. It is the biggest line up Temple Crag.
The pitches in Dark Star are 20. The first 8 pitches are comparable to Yosemite’s Lower Cathedral East Buttress. The first pitch of the Dark Star is the crux. The next 7 pitches are of sustained 5.8-5.10 climbing. After this, the route takes a winding course on easy 5th class. Image Source
The pitches of Dark Star are-
How to reach:
The nearest is Reno/Tahoe International Airport to High Sierra climbs. From the airport, rent a car to go to Dark Star, High Sierra. It will take about 2-3.5 hrs to reach Dark Star climbing point.
You can also fly to any of the International Airports in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Fresno or Sacramento.
Train facilities are available to reach High Sierra. From here, take a taxi, rental car or bus to go to the Dark Star Pitches.
You can reach Dark Star easily by rental car from the Eastern Sierra towns like Big Pine, Bishop etc.
Best time to visit: Between June and October
Professional Service: Professional instructors and guides are available