A stepped and broken granite cliff-band. This area has a growing number of winter rock climbs. Routes here are being established in "dry-tool" style, but local ethics seem to allow for whatever style you choose. Climbs in this area are generally short (less than 30m) and lower angle than your typical magazine-photo "M" climbing experience. With crowded ice up-canyon, development in this area will give steel-clad climbers more options. Not to mention the value of a well-rounded alpine charger being comfortable scratching around on granite. Check it out!
Follow the ice climbing approach from Poole Power Plant towards Chouinard Falls etc. These dry-tooling crags form the right wall of "the narrows", about half-way to the ice.
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Jango Fett M8 PG13 CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Dark-Colored Cliffs
This route climbs the right side of the narrowest part of Lee Vining Canyon as you hike up to the classic ice climbs. The route starts in a shallow dihedral on the left side of the face and pulls through a 4 foot roof to join a crack system. From the ground you can easily see a line of four bolts which protect the crux roof and initial crack. The route follows the bolts to the right and switches to a more substantial crack which takes gear for the rest of the route. The first bolt is clipped bl...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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