Type: Trad, 115 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Sylvester, Wreford-Brown, & Coe - 1971
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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


New Diversions is a fun little climb with a unique crux.

P1: Begin at the obvious right-facing crack just left of a right-facing corner near where the trail hits the wall. Climb this wide crack up to near its terminus, then step up, clip a bolt, and climb up and right across the knob-studded face. The crux involves mantling onto a huge steering-wheel shaped knob. Belay just above, on a knob near the arete, at a pin with small cams/wires to back it up. 5.10a.

P2: Continue up the thin crack and knobs until it suddenly turns wide. Struggle up this to a belay at a nest of slings. 5.9.

Most parties do two raps from here (possible with a single 60m rope but be careful!), but it is possible to continue to the top on easier terrain before walking off.


Single set of cams through a 4 inch piece. A shoulder-length sling.


TinCrow   Ca
Easily done in one pitch with a 70'. The rap also went well with a single 70'. May 5, 2008
San Francisco, CA
jpvandever   San Francisco, CA
Be sure to use long slings on the bolt at the top of the first section and on the piton above the knobby section to reduce rope drag. The large knob in the center of the face can be slung for protection (and is even larger than it looks from the ground!). May 5, 2008
David Aguasca!
New York
David Aguasca!   New York
There's a two bolt anchor at the top of this now, at what is described as the top of the second pitch. I led it and lowered off with a 60m rope, with just a little bit of slack left (so tie a knot in the end before you try this) Two 4ft slings are good for slinging knobs on the traverse. The mantle was pretty wild, but not the hardest part of the route, I think. Jun 11, 2009
Jason Holliday
Blacksburg, VA
Jason Holliday   Blacksburg, VA
This is one of my favorite routes ever. It's been a while, but I seem to remember straddling a watermelon, rotating sideways off of it to grab the next one, and then mantling it. It took me a while to get on top of it because it isn't that deep and the wall is quite steep at that point. Probably not the most elegant way to climb it but it sure was memorable. May 13, 2011
Jeff Mekolites
Jeff Mekolites   ATL GA
Best to do in one pitch...can be done and rapped with a single 60m rope. Oct 17, 2011
Ross Exler
Denver, CO
Ross Exler   Denver, CO
Do it as one pitch! Easy offwidth to fist crack to fun knob climbing with an airy mantle (and an awesome slung knob as your pro) to a finger crack to an offwidth that eventually becomes low angle friction and knobs. 60+ meters of climbing. It is really, really fun. Jul 11, 2012
T.J. Esposito
San Diego, CA
T.J. Esposito   San Diego, CA
There's a 2b rap anchor above the wide section up top, instead of the slings/#4 anchor described elsewhere. Nov 28, 2012
Peter Valchev
Truckee, CA
Peter Valchev   Truckee, CA
Just heads up about the changed anchor situation:

The bolts are actually below the "5.9 fist" on the topo and skip out on a lot of good climbing. I thought there must be another anchor 10 meters further and kept going, but there was nothing (or I missed it). The only place to belay was at a big manzanita tree at the very top... about 70 meters or so, a nice and varied pitch.

Rappelled from there (no slings though anywhere in sight) with an 80 meter rope and two raps. (Not sure a 70 is enough for the first rappel to the bolts, it's long). There is supposed to be a walk-off too. Apr 16, 2013
Jason Antin
Golden, CO
Jason Antin   Golden, CO
Agree with JPvandever, the knob is waaay better than it looks from the ground.

Easily done in 1 pitch with a 70M. Nov 3, 2014
levi Goldman
Sacramento, CA
levi Goldman   Sacramento, CA
To me, this route felt about as 10a as Sacherer Cracker, which is to say not 10a at all, but maybe I screwed it all up. I actually backed off on this route and the old schooler I was with sent it for me. Even following I was super impressed with the stiffness of the rating. We never considered it as two pitches, though I could see that working. Jan 4, 2017
Mike McL
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Mike McL   South Lake Tahoe, CA
Awesome climb.

2 #4 Camalots were nice to have if this is near your limit and you want to stitch it up, as were 2 #3s. I placed one of each in the lower wide section and one of each up high.

It might feel a bit runout with only a single set of cams to #4. It will work if you budget appropriately, but you want to save at least 1 #3 for the top if you ask me. Nov 13, 2018