Elevation: 8,765 ft
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Shared By: Blitzo on Sep 12, 2006
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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).

15 Total Climbs

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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
 24
El Condor
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 37
West of the Witch
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 5
R.C.A.
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 640
West Crack
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 128
Blown Away
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 54
Witch of the West
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 6
Grey Ghost
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 237
Crescent Arch
Trad 6 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 99
Cooke Book
Trad 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 145
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch)
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
Bearded Clam
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Chvchichaschtli
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
El Condor
 24
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 3 pitches
West of the Witch
 37
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
R.C.A.
 5
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 3 pitches
West Crack
 640
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Blown Away
 128
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad 5 pitches
Witch of the West
 54
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Grey Ghost
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Crescent Arch
 237
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Cooke Book
 99
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch)
 145
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Bearded Clam
 10
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Chvchichaschtli
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
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Routes Mostly Face: West
Sunny Roughly 1pm to 7pm during high season
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