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The Chapel Wall

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Berlin Wall S 
Chockblock Chimney T 
Controlled Burn T 
Cosmic Debris T 
Drive By Shooting S 
Gold Dust T 
Great Escape, The S 
Heathenistic Pursuit T 
Lighten Up S 
Max Deviator S 
Mongoloid S 
New Wave S 
Ninety-six Degrees in the Shade S 

The Chapel Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.7407, -119.5909 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Sep 30, 2006  with updates from Mark Grundon


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A long, fairly low stretch of wall that is located behind the Yosemite Chapel, the Chapel Wall is generally north facing and shaded. It is home to the difficult Cosmic Debris finger crack (13-), as well as many great sport climbs.

Getting There 

Park at the Chapel. From the Chapel, follow the horse trail down-valley. After ~150 ft, look for a trail that breaks up and left to the obvious cliff face. The dark dihedral of Heathenistic Pursuit is hard to miss.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Chapel Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Chapel Wall:
Gold Dust   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Heathenistic Pursuit   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Controlled Burn   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Great Escape   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 4 pitches   
New Wave   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Drive By Shooting   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Ninety-six Degrees in the Shade   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Cosmic Debris   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For The Chapel Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Josh coming up P3 of The Great Escape.

The Great Escape 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : The Chapel Wall
This is a wonderful, sustained climb with excellent movement. It is also entirely bolted (even the TCU crack at the top!) -- a very enjoyable change of pace from things like the Steck-Salathe.Begin in the center of the Chapel Wall, well left of Cosmic Debris. Note that the Reid Guide is seriously misleading in terms of the location of this route: The topo on pp. 246 & 247 shows routes 'A' through 'R'. The Great Escape, route 'U', actually is located between routes 'I' and 'J' on this topo. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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