The Wrinkled Lady Rock Climbing
|GPS:||36.595, -118.245 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Richard Shore on May 19, 2014|
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The Wrinkled Lady is a 500' tall pyramid-shaped wall, rife with geometric dihedrals; taking pride of place at the highest point on the ridgeline above the north side of the Whitney Portal area. This formation can be seen up (wayyyy up) and left of the Whitney Portal Buttress. First climbed by none other than Fred Beckey back in the late 60's/early 70's - his route follows the prominent dihedral system with large roofs shooting straight up the center of the wall (5.8 A3). The difficult and lengthy approach all but left this formation in the realm of true obscurity. More recently though, an increasingly popular moderate free-solo route, Ummagumma III-IV 5.7 A0 or 5.9, was recently established and tackles the prominent dihedral ~200' left of Fred's route. Ummagumma has been described as the "Royal Arches of the Portal."
Classic Climbing Routes at The Wrinkled Lady
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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