Type: Trad, 4 pitches
FA: Barry & Hitchcock - 1978
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Sep 21, 2006
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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


Demon's Delight is a fantastic outing that doesn't appear to receive much attention, but certainly deserves it. If you're looking for four pitches of sustained and interesting climbing, and trying to avoid crowds, go for it.

The climb takes a traversing line up a large left facing corner/roof system on Shultz's Ridge. Scramble up some 4th/low 5th class ground to a perch in a tree.

P1: Ascend the steep left-facing corner via a hand crack, then jam and undercling out a roof and up to a stance for a belay. 5.10.

P2: Bust left out the roof on positive jams and small feet and perform a very powerful lieback move to get around the corner. Continue up to an ill-defined site for a hanging belay. 5.11a.

P3: Continue a short ways up the corner, then begin a long leftwards traverse. Pass a quartzite band with difficult pro but good holds, rest, and then continue out the roof on very thin underclings and feet. Save small cams for this stretch, and marshall your gear in general on this long pitch. Belay just around the corner at bolts. 5.11a.

P4: Head up the thin corner with tricky gear to an obvious mantle crux (hint: there is a very inobvious way to solve this that utilizes an undercling if you, like me, can't make the mantle work). Continue up a thin flake via jams and stems to a bolted belay. This last stretch has pretty poor pro and some questionable rock. 5.11a.

Descent: One nice feature of this route is that you only need to carry one rope on the climb: Leave your second rope at the base and have one person single-line rap to the ground from the top anchor. This person can then tie the ropes together and the last person down can pull the rope up and do one 60m rap to the ground.


Two each from TCU's to hands, one each 3 and 4 inch pieces. Small wires.


If one were to bring, say, 4x #1 Camalots along, one would have both pro for the second pitch and for the anchor at its top. Without this things get a little scrappy, especially since the belay is pretty much fully hanging. Sep 21, 2009
Mark K
Mark K  
Super fun and unique climbing. Don't let the mantle scare you, it's well protected and not too bad. Good climb to avoid the crowds. Sep 26, 2010
Chris I
Fort Collins, CO
Chris I   Fort Collins, CO
Outstanding route, especially if you like underclinging and laybacking! 4x #1 camalot was good beta. As of now there is a fixed nut just below the mantle crux which was nice. I probably whipped on it more than a dozen times trying to figure out that move. I'm very interested in the secret undercling beta for the last pitch mantle because I couldn't make it happen. All cruxes have good gear. I would go as small as 2x purple metolius on my rack, otherwise the rack beta is spot on. May 12, 2014
Vlad S
Vlad S  
Single 70 m rope is plenty to rap the route, no need for a 2nd rope. The last two stations are equipped for rapelling, but bring webbing to reinforce the last rap as they are a bit vintage. I thought the 2nd pitch was the hardest - thin hand jams or undercling in a glassy crack with very poor feet. That was pumpy! The mantle can be done 2 ways depending on how tall you are. Easier for shorter folks as you can get a good left foot 2 inches below the mantle ledge. For medium size people undercling right and press out hard with the left while smearing your left foot and bring the right foot up to the ledge. Once you do the mantle it's still not over until your are standing on the next ledge! Surprisingly tiring route for only 4 pitches, but dearth of footholds on all pitches makes you work a bit harder. Feb 17, 2015
Brian Prince
morro bay, ca
Brian Prince   morro bay, ca
It is a tough route for 4 pitches and short ones at that. Agree about the 2nd being the overall crux. But interesting... the way I did the mantle, I figure it's easier for taller/greater wingspan people. But nice undercling beta.. look forward to trying it. Fixed nut is still there and still catching whippers :) Feb 17, 2015
Michael Dom  
I had so much fun doing this route. There isn't really a downside, I guess a couple hanging belays. Even those aren't that bad. Bring all of the 1s you have haha. Oct 28, 2016
Oakland, CA
  5.11a PG13
Bababata   Oakland, CA
  5.11a PG13
A very cool and unique route! The gear below the mantel crux felt tricky to me (the PG13 rating seems justified). A blue alien fits well (if you can find the right spot) and takes sizable whippers (tested it)... There is no fixed wire below the mantel any more. Apr 17, 2017
Harumpfster Boondoggle
Between yesterday and today.
Harumpfster Boondoggle   Between yesterday and today.
This is a wild one and highly recommended...when there is less danger of The Waterfall Route falling off. May 21, 2018