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Routes in Washington Column

Astroman T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Direct Route T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Electric Ladyland 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3+
Jo Jo T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Mideast Crisis T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A2
Power Failure T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Prow, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2
Re-Animator, The 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3+
Skull Queen T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2
South Face T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1
Southern Man T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A1-2
Ten Days After T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b C3
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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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b C3
 4
Ten Days After
Trad, Aid 13 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1
 241
South Face
Trad, Aid 11 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2
 30
Skull Queen
Trad, Aid 12 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2
 96
The Prow
Trad, Aid 12 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A2
 3
Mideast Crisis
Trad, Aid 13 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A1-2
 7
Southern Man
Trad, Aid 8 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 44
Jo Jo
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 118
Astroman
Trad 10 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ten Days After
 4
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b C3 Trad, Aid 13 pitches
South Face
 241
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1 Trad, Aid 11 pitches
Skull Queen
 30
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2 Trad, Aid 12 pitches
The Prow
 96
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2 Trad, Aid 12 pitches
Mideast Crisis
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A2 Trad, Aid 13 pitches
Southern Man
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A1-2 Trad, Aid 8 pitches
Jo Jo
 44
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Astroman
 118
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 10 pitches
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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. May 3, 2010
donald perry
New Jersey
donald perry   New Jersey
I went to do the South Face of Washington Column and almost got hit with around 6 brick size rocks around 2001. Someone said there is a lot of lose rock on the last pitch. Does anyone have any photos of where these rocks come from? Since that time I have been afraid to get anywhere near the place. Dec 17, 2016

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