Washington Column Rock Climbing
Sunrise on Washington Column
Washington Column stands at the eastern end of the Valley, on the north side. Supposedly, it was so named because from some point of view, the rock appears to look like George Washington.
The most popular routes on this formation are the South Face (5.7 A1), many climber's first-time big wall, and Astroman (5.11c), the world-famous free route on the east face. In recent years, other routes like Skull Queen (5.8 C2) have gained in popularity.
The Column is found on the east end of the Valley, just east of the Ahwahnee Hotel. It used to be you could park at the Ahwahnee and hoof over to the Column on the bike path, but I've heard recently that you can't park there anymore (permit req'd?). Maybe someone can post up the current beta...
Weather station 0.4 miles from here
11 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Washington Column
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Washington Column:
South Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
C1 Trad, Aid, 11 pitches, 1200'
Skull Queen 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
C2 Trad, Aid, 12 pitches, 1200'
The Prow 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
C2-3 Trad, Aid, 12 pitches, 1200'
Southern Man 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
A1-2 Trad, Aid, 8 pitches, 800'
Jo Jo 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 85'
Astroman 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'
Featured Route For Washington Column
Astroman 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a CA
: Yosemite National Park
: ... : Washington Column
This is what it's all about, pitch after pitch of demanding, ultra high quality climbing on excellent stone w/ a surpassing view. Almost all the pitches would be highly sought after if they were base routes and three or four would be mega classics. If you don't think this climb is great, either you're just being contrary or you need to find another sport.Bibliographic Note 1: supertopo.com has an excellent free topo download for this climb that most will find more useful than the following rou...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Latest Regional Forum Messages
By Osprey Overhang
May 3, 2010
Perfect winter aid routes on the south side. This wall dries up quicker than you would think after a February snow storm.
It is possible for a motivated party to climb Southern Man, South Face , and Skull Queen with in one sunny winter week with out seeing another party the entire time.
By Kelsey Bohanon
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
May 15, 2015
Found iPhone 4 w/ accessories, most likely dropped off the prow on 5/10/15, call/ text to identify: Kelsey 9709871970