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Routes in West Face

Bearded Clam T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Blown Away T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch) T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Chvchichaschtli S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Cooke Book T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Crescent Arch T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
El Condor T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Grey Ghost T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Plagiarism T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
R.C.A. T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
R.C.A. (1st pitch) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
West Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
West of the Witch S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Witch of the West S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Elevation: 8,708 ft
GPS: 37.88, -119.414 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Blitzo on Sep 12, 2006
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details

Description

Home of the classic West Crack and other routes.

Getting There

To get to the West Crack area, park at Cathedral Creek. Follow a well established climbers' trail across the creek and northeast.

For routes that top out, do the 3rd class walk off. No getting lost, not finding the anchors, waiting to rappel from a perfectly good walk-off. Walk towards Fairview and wander down the path of least resistance (to the south/right). The walk off is only wet if there is snow on the summit or it is raining, so very seldom. It will bring you back to the base of the west face (halfway down), or directly to the approach trail to the south flank (all the way down).

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 16
El Condor
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 35
West of the Witch
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 3
R.C.A.
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 554
West Crack
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 108
Blown Away
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 48
Witch of the West
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 200
Crescent Arch
Trad 6 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 74
Cooke Book
Trad 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 121
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch)
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Chvchichaschtli
Sport 2 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Bearded Clam
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
El Condor
 16
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 3 pitches
West of the Witch
 35
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
R.C.A.
 3
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 3 pitches
West Crack
 554
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Blown Away
 108
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad 5 pitches
Witch of the West
 48
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Crescent Arch
 200
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Cooke Book
 74
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch)
 121
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Chvchichaschtli
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
Bearded Clam
 5
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
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It might bear mentioning that I find the new falcon guide misleading about where the daff rap is. it mentions a rap starting from the tree in the 'north' corner. as far as i can tell, the tree and boulder with bolts in it is found at the E (or SE?) corner of the dome. walk towards lembert dome (or the meadows) from the summit.

the rap goes as two short single rope rappels. a 50m rope will easily suffice.

(there *are* trees in the north corner, but i dont see any anchors and it looks like a committing rap into 4th class or steep ugliness.)

the rap is definitely the way to go if the rock is wet, as the spicy walkoff's path of least resistance generally follows a water run. Jul 29, 2008
-robin-  
Do the walk off folks, its 3rd class the whole way. No getting lost, not finding the anchors, waiting to rappel from a perfectly good walk-off.. None of that nonsense, just walk toward fairview and wander down the path of least resistance(to the right). The walk off is only wet if there is snow on the summit or it is raining, so very seldom. It is really the best way off because it will bring you back to the base of the west face(halfway down), or directly to the approach trail to the south flank(all the way down). Some people have been scared off by the description in the supertopo, please ignore the scary description,the walk-off is so reasonable guides have been bringing clients down it for years. Mar 21, 2014

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