Elevation: 4,714 ft
GPS: 37.748, -119.559 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jun 15, 2006
Admins: M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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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...

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Classic Climbing Routes at Washington Column

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1
 297
South Face
Trad, Aid 11 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2
 37
Skull Queen
Trad, Aid 12 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2
 120
The Prow
Trad, Aid 12 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A2
 4
Mideast Crisis
Trad, Aid 13 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C3
 6
Ten Days After
Trad, Aid 13 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A1-2
 12
Southern Man
Trad, Aid 8 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 61
Jo Jo
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 159
Astroman
Trad 10 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
South Face
 297
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1 Trad, Aid 11 pitches
Skull Queen
 37
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2 Trad, Aid 12 pitches
The Prow
 120
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2 Trad, Aid 12 pitches
Mideast Crisis
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A2 Trad, Aid 13 pitches
Ten Days After
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C3 Trad, Aid 13 pitches
Southern Man
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A1-2 Trad, Aid 8 pitches
Jo Jo
 61
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Astroman
 159
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 10 pitches
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