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Routes in 5. Lower Patina Wall

Black Tourmaline T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Cheetos Direct T 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Patina T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Tuolumne Two Step T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Elevation: 2,171 ft
GPS: 44.041, -71.788 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Robert Hall on Nov 6, 2016
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall
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Description

This area was subject of a forest fire in the autumn of 2017. You may encounter charred trees and BEWARE OF NYLON RAP ANCHORS ON TREES and BOLTS. The prudent will replace!.

Home to at least a dozen climbs, including the "gem" Black Tourmaline (5.7+, 300 ft) the Lower Patina Wall is destined to become one of the "destination" crags at Kinsman. (OK, bad pun)

The area gets its name from the patina of chip-like flakes, similar to the veneer on some of the faces at Red Rocks.

Getting There

Take the climber's path across the street from the AT parking. You'll walk through flat, open forest. After about 5 min (or less) there will be a rock step, and shortly thereafter the trail will split. (Little Crack Land and Lost River Crag are "straight ahead".)

Turn right for Bull Pen and Lower & Upper Patina Walls (and all other minor Lost River Crags.) You'll reach the very obvious slab of the Bull Pen in a few minutes. Continue up and right, steeply at times, to the base of Lower Patina Wall. (Photo)

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Patina Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Tuolumne Two Step
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Patina
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5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Black Tourmaline
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tuolumne Two Step
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Patina
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Black Tourmaline
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5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
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Note: the fire did a lot more damage than you can even tell from the photos. This was the only crag we were able to find in this area, and P2 and P3 on Black Tourmaline were not accessible. The fire littered the whole area with downed trees, mud, ash, etc - including leaving trees and debris on the actual crags themselves. All that being said, the Lower Patina Wall was fun for a few moderates. May 29, 2018

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