Type: Trad, 60 ft
FA: Bill Griffin and Bruce Price, April 1973
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Shared By: Blitzo on Sep 27, 2006
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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


This is the first climb that one comes to upon reaching the cliff.

It follows a crack that doesn't reach the ground. Do tricky slab moves up to the crack. Follow this crack (5.7) to a ledge.

A second pitch is rarely done for good reason. If you must try it, move left from the ledge and up a 5.9 crack.


Pro to 4" (for anchor and/or second pitch).


Matt Lundy
Matt Lundy  
I was up here in April '07 and I didn't notice any bolts. You can easily set up a TR anchor with a #1 and #4 Camalot. There is also a wedged rock you can sling. Try the thinner crack that slants diagonally left (10a fingers) while on toprope. Apr 9, 2007
Bill Olszewski
Colorado Springs, CO
Bill Olszewski   Colorado Springs, CO
Decent climb but short. The face moves to gain the crack are slick - 5.9. The transition feels 5.7 but the rest of the crack is easy. May 15, 2009
Mark P Thomas
Mark P Thomas   Draper
These comments make me feel better about climbing so poorly on 5.8 slab. After sliding/falling 3 times on the start when leading, I chose the undercling variation, which is much more manageable (although it would be ugly if you fell near the end, as if your feet popped out on the slick granite, you would smash your face into the undercling lip before you fell to the ground). I could do it on TR, but it felt really hard! Perhaps it has gotten slicker over the years?

Ditto about the crack above. I couldn't find the bolts, and attempted to climb this crack thinking that maybe the bolts were higher. That crack has an intense lieback on corroding granite covered in lichen. Fell once on that from my feet ripping off some exfoliating granite before deciding it was a dumb idea to continue up it due to the unknown terrain, cruddy rock, and ledges to hit if you fell. Dec 15, 2010
Portlandia, OR
SKI Ski   Portlandia, OR
Don't overthink the bottom start. Get a running start and hit the jug below the crack. Best done in approach shoes. Undercling is 5.7 at most. When in doubt, follow the path of least lichen/black granite! Jun 13, 2011
Nick Zmyewski
Newark, Delaware
Nick Zmyewski   Newark, Delaware
The start feels like hard 8 or 9 slab, then the crack is 7ish. good to practice your slab edging Oct 7, 2011
Kevin Heckeler
Las Vegas, NV
Kevin Heckeler   Las Vegas, NV
The beta from locals has the right hand crack at 5.8, and the left finger crack at 5.9 No bolts. I think the supertopo guide had the same grade(s). Oct 10, 2011
Pot belly is 5.7!!! not 5.9 thats ridiculous, just because it has tricky slab move Nov 12, 2013
I was there July 5th, 2015 and the bolts are definitely gone. Climbed all the way to the top of the "knob" as well and no bolts to be seen. Jul 8, 2015
Justin Johnsen
Sacramento, CA
Justin Johnsen   Sacramento, CA  
Looks like the FA team called this 5.7. I updated the route grade to follow this. SuperTopo calls it 5.8. Aug 3, 2015
Robert Shortt
San Francisco, CA
Robert Shortt   San Francisco, CA
IMO Slab Start = 5.9, Undercling from left start = 5.8, right crack = 5.7, left crack = 5.9, left slab (TR only) = 5.9

Bolts were indeed chopped from the top, so set up TR in the horizontal crack with three cams and an easy walkoff. Aug 24, 2015