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Washington Column Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 37.7479, -119.5601 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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...

Climbing Season



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11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',7],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Washington Column

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'   
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Featured Route For Washington Column
Rock Climbing Photo: "The Prow". Photo by Blitzo.

The Prow 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2-3  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Washington Column
Classic Big Wall. Great for someone getting ready to try something on El Cap. The Route has some great exposure and will test anyone new to walls. The bolt ladders are reachy and there are some sections that you need to get high up in your aiders if your not tall. There are some sections that you need hooks but the hook moves are really bomber. Pitch 6 has a section of hooks and heads with good pro in between. The hauling on the route is good till you get to pitch 10. At pitch 10 watch the haul ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Washington Column Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking at Washington Column from my tent steps on...
Looking at Washington Column from my tent steps on...
Rock Climbing Photo: Little Rattle Snake on the approach to Washington ...
Little Rattle Snake on the approach to Washington ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulering near the base of Washingtons Column
Boulering near the base of Washingtons Column
Rock Climbing Photo: Electric Ladyland, Stretch, AKA, Steve Ortner with...
Electric Ladyland, Stretch, AKA, Steve Ortner with...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kor Roof
Kor Roof
Rock Climbing Photo: Washington Column
Washington Column
Rock Climbing Photo: A long way to go...
A long way to go...
Rock Climbing Photo: Travis Strong organizing the belay, P4 of "Sk...
Travis Strong organizing the belay, P4 of "Sk...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dinner Ledge
Dinner Ledge
Rock Climbing Photo: Washington Column and North Dome. Photo By Blitzo.
Washington Column and North Dome. Photo By Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 5
Pitch 5
Rock Climbing Photo: "Space Case" 5.10c. A short route at the...
"Space Case" 5.10c. A short route at the...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Column, viewed from the Death Slabs under Half...
The Column, viewed from the Death Slabs under Half...
Rock Climbing Photo: the next morning
the next morning

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By Osprey Overhang
From: ...
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

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