Elevation: 5,504 ft
GPS: 51.072, -115.408 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 11,950 total · 73/month
Shared By: ihategrigris on Mar 21, 2007
Admins: Dave Rone, Tom Gnyra
Access Issue: Rocks above climbing area dangerously destabilized. Details
Access Issue: Archeological site nearby Details

Names and History (future name changes coming)

Although this crag is named "White Imperialist," it has never been the desire of the First Ascension and the Developers to name this crag in a way that was demeaning or incited racial prejudice to the different people (predominately Asian in this case) that are target of these different route names.

The background to these names are that there is a nearby mountain (seen from the crag) named Ha Ling that was until recently referred to as "Chinaman's Peak." These names were in a way a critique on how this was seen as politically correct at the time even though using a very unfortunate and derogatory term for an Asian-Canadian. Since the re-naming of Ha Ling was completed 1997, this is now the time to change this critique of western imperialism as well. Currently, many parties are working with the First Ascentionists and developers to find better names as this critique is now lost and many see these names standing to continue the same racial prejudice that the developers wanted to critique.

The FA and other parties are currently reviewing these route names in hopes to eliminate any issues going forward. 

Description

This east facing crag sees sun most of the day. It has the highest concentration of 5.9 - 5.10d routes in the Grassi area.

Getting There

Located mid-way down the canyon, look for the vertical wall with a huge overhanging section of the right side and blocky stuff on the left.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The White Imperialist

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 17
Carom
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 13
White Imperialist
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 22
A Bold New Plan
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Dance Me Outside
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
A Bold New Plan - Direct
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Carom
 17
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
White Imperialist
 13
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
A Bold New Plan
 22
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Dance Me Outside
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
A Bold New Plan - Direct
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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