Elevation: 4,449 ft
GPS: 37.731, -119.619 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
Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details

Description

Manure Pile Buttress (sort of an unfortunate name for a nice crag) is a fun 600 foot formation with some nice moderate routes. An easy approach and descent makes it quite popular with climbers and you'll likely have company if you climb here. The most popular route here is easily Nutcracker, a six-pitch fun-fest that starts on the center-right side.

Getting There

Manure Pile is located just east of El Capitan, on the north side of the Valley. It has it's own parking lot and bear boxes now.

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The mosquitoes are VICIOUS at the base of this wall... BRING THE BUG SPRAY!! Aug 14, 2006
jt newgard
San Diego, CA
jt newgard   San Diego, CA
"Manure Pile Buttress (sort of an unfortunate name for a nice crag)..."

Glen Denny tells a funny story about this in his book "Valley Walls"

Seems that, on the approach to this crag, the park service maintained a shack full of dynamite for trail-building on one side of the trail and a pile of horse manure (for fertilizer) on the other.

Warren Harding was going to call the crag Dynamite Buttress but decided it wasn't quite worthy of such a grand name. So he jestfully called it the Manure Pile. Denny goes on to describe a fifty-footer he took on After Six with Harding belaying him on his first lead. What a great story!!! Jan 24, 2019