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Routes in Royal Arches

1096 T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Adrenaline T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Age of Industry S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Arches Terrace T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Arches Terrace Direct T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Arete Butler T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Astro Spam T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Benzoin and Edges AKA The Testes Squeeze T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Demimonde S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Double Trouble T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Endorphine S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
Face Card T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Fine Line T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Firefingers S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
Greasy but Groovy T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Hershey Highway T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Krovy Rookers T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Maxine's Wall T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Mid-Life Crisis T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Move Like a Stud T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Peruvian Flake T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Peruvian flake right T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Poker Face S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Rambler, The T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Royal Arches T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Royal Arches Alt. Start - Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Royal Flush T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Royal Perogative T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rupto Pac T,S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Serenity Crack T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Shaky Flakes T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
Sons of Yesterday T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Super Slide T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Surf Nazi T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Surplus Cheaper Hands T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Texas Chainsaw Massacre T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Trial By Fire T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unnamed 5.3 T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Unnamed Chimney T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Violent Bear It Away, The T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Y Crack T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Elevation: 4,000 ft
GPS: 37.747, -119.564 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jun 15, 2006
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

Royal Arches is a tremendous arched wall found on the north side of the Valley, just west of Washington Column. The wall is formed of white granite with cool black streaks running down it and it looms impressively over the Valley's Ahwahnee Hotel. Easily the most popular route on this wall is the moderate Royal Arches Route (5.10b or 5.7 A0), amazingly first climbed in 1936 by Ken Adam, Morgan Harris, and W. Kenneth Davis. This is a really cool experience for many first time Valley visitors, as the route takes you from floor to rim and is easily climbed in a day by most parties.
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Getting There

As with Washington Column, 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 Royal Arches

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Trial By Fire
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Super Slide
Trad 5 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Royal Arches
Trad 15 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Peruvian Flake
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Y Crack
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5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sons of Yesterday
Trad 6 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Poker Face
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Mid-Life Crisis
Trad 4 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Serenity Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
1096
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
The Rambler
Trad 5 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
Shaky Flakes
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Arches Terrace Direct
Trad 6 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Age of Industry
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
Firefingers
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Trial By Fire 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Super Slide 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Royal Arches 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 15 pitches
Peruvian Flake 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Y Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sons of Yesterday 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Poker Face 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Mid-Life Crisis 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 4 pitches
Serenity Crack 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
1096 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
The Rambler 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Trad 5 pitches
Shaky Flakes 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad 8 pitches
Arches Terrace Direct 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 6 pitches
Age of Industry 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Firefingers 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R Sport 2 pitches
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J Saarela
Park City
J Saarela   Park City
LOST A ROPE? A friend asked me to post this as he has no data in the valley: Hello newly rope-less person. Sucks to be bad at rappels. We all make mistakes but I do believe I have joined a very exclusive club of people who have bootied an entire rope on their climb. If you lost your rope and want it back. Text me at 7757212130 the description of the rope and where you lost it. In the valley till Oct 12th or so. My favorite beer is lagunitas. Oct 8, 2017
TacoDelRio
All up in yo bidniss.
TacoDelRio   All up in yo bidniss.
Nobody at the Ahwahnee minds if you park in the parking lot. However, you might not find a spot during the summer, or whenever the Ahwahnee is hosting some sort of wino gig. Dec 11, 2012
The Royal Arches area (Rupo Pac to 1096) is a large and vast area loaded with climbs that are rarely crowded (with the exception of the classics). The base routes between Peruvian Flake and Way-Homo Sperm Burpers From Fresno often need to be cleaned of sand on lead. These cracks however are soft for the grades and offer excellent opportunities for budding leaders to test themselves at the 5.10 grade. Mar 12, 2012
Valerie Bachinsky
West Sand Lake, NY
Valerie Bachinsky   West Sand Lake, NY
I parked at the Ahwahnee 9/23/2010 and had no problems. Sep 28, 2010
The Royal Arches Terrace Area is a superb cold weather location that offers some very good face routes. Shaky Flakes and Greasy but Groovy are 1970s test pieces that should be the tick lists of anybody who fancies himself a granite face climber. The Rambler is a more recent creation, but it shares in the ballsie spirit of the older routes. Mar 31, 2007

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