Type: Trad, 180 ft (55 m), 2 pitches
FA: Hans Kraus, Ken Prestrud, 1956. FFA: Jim McCarthy, 1960
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Shared By: John Peterson on Mar 15, 2006
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If you're not good enough to climb The Yellow Wall here's your chance to get some of the same stuff at an easier grade.

Start at the right side of the Yellow Wall face. A lieback crack leading up the yellow rock starts the route.

P1: Climb the crack, traverse right, go up a steep (and not completely well protected) wall to a short rightward traverse and the belay. A stellar pitch. Definitely not "G" but not too bad if you just go for it. 5.8, 110'.

It's also possible to belay at a bolt anchor after 60' and rappel from there if you don't want to do the entire route.

For a second pitch, you have three options:

P2: Climb easier rock to the top. 5.5, 70'.

In his 2004 guidebook Dick Williams recommends pitch three of Lisa, described here, as a good way to finish Airy Aria from the GT Ledge:

From the obvious rap tree atop Airy Aria, walk climber's right 20', until you emerge from the large overhang that's just five to six feet off the ground. You will see a clean, right facing corner (crux) capped with an overhang. When you get to the top, escape left on great holds, then climb straight up to the top of the cliff. Williams rates this a 5.6+, and I think that's fair. The initial corner seems almost featureless at first but it is all there and there is just enough gear, too. It's a really nice little pitch if you are in the vicinity. Once you finish, it is a quick walk back down climber's left to the GT ledge and the Airy Aria rap tree (which requires two ropes to reach the ground).

Or, the last pitch of Full Face (pitch 2 only) (5.6) is just another 15-20 feet to the right and it's also a nice diversion.

Descent: Two ropes to rappel, or walk back left to the Ursula or High Exposure rap lines.


Just right of The Yellow Wall. The Airy Aria access trail is about an 18-min. walk from the Uberfall, or a 14-min. walk from where the East Trapps Connector Trail meets the carriage road. This is just past a large boulder that overhangs the carriage road.


Standard Gunks rack.