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Wall of Ages, The 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2
Watchtower, The 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Yellow Corner, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
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Description

The base of Leaning Tower hosts a few different areas that offer enjoyable cragging while avoiding the crowds found in some of the more popular areas of Yosemite National Park. From left to right, the base can be divided into four distinct sections: 1) The Yellow Corner. 2) The Watchtower. 3) The Amoeba. 4) The Cracker.

Getting There

The easiest way to access is via the Bridalveil Falls parking area. This parking lot is a crowded mess in spring and summer, so you may have to park along Hwy 41, or at the parking lot downstream from Bridalveil Falls.
From the restrooms, follow the climbers path to the Leaning Tower. At a point that will be obvious to you, break off from the path and aim toward the section of the base you wish to start climbing at. The approach is quite simple with the exception of the difficulties associated with crossing talus.

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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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The Thief
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The Thief Watchtower
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 2 pitches
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