Grand Wall Base Area Rock Climbing
Taking a bite out of the Exasperator.
As with the Grand Wall Area, the Grand Wall Base Area faces west, but as many of the routes are shorter, there is a lot more shade from the forest. This area runs from the Dihedrals area in the south to the University Wall are in the north.
The routes tend to be steep slab/face and beautiful cracks.
Helmets are highly recommended as the face above holds popular routes and trails. Stuff does come down somewhat regularly.
See the Grand Wall Area description for the most direct approach. The area can also be approached by walking along the trail that follows the base of the Chief from the Campground in the south to the Apron in the north.
Weather station 1.2 miles from here
15 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Grand Wall Base Area
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Grand Wall Base Area:
Turnip 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Merci Me 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
R Sport, 2 pitches, 190'
The Flake 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Arrowroot 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 115'
Exasperator 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Rutabaga 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches
Featured Route For Grand Wall Base Area
Apron Strings 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b North America
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The crux is definitely the first pitch - very sustained laybacking with delicate smearing. The higher you climb, the thinner it gets. Not super technical but sustained and pumpy. The second pitch starts with thin laybacking, but after pulling around an a little roof/corner feature, you'll zig-zag up an easy (5.5 or so) off-width crack before finishing on another sweet ledge (and the first pitch of Mercy Me)....[more] Browse More Classics in International