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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


This climb is in the next book right of "Munginella".
Either climb a curving corner or a crack to the right to a belay.
Climb unprotected face to the corner and continue to a tree.
Continue up to a roof, traverse under it to it's end and follow the corner to the top.
Descend to the left. be careful not to knock rocks off, onto climbers below.


Pro to 3".
Paul Hunnicutt
Boulder, CO
Paul Hunnicutt   Boulder, CO
Pitch 1 can either be a 5.8 lieback or a angling 5.8 hand crack. Use the tree to make getting into the hand crack easier or get tough and go straight in. You could probably get a few small pieces in the unprotected face up top to get to the 2 bolt belay at the start of pitch 2, but the moves are easy if you can climb the 5.8 crack. At the second belay use long slings or your rope to allow you to stand on the ledge and not hang. If you want to do the 5.8 lieback first pitch on the left bring big gear. Probably at least 2 #4 camalot's maybe even a #5, but I didn't do it because I went up to it with a #3 and it was too small at the start so I did the 5.8 hand crack. So that beta is just from viewing it from below. The whole thing looked wide all the way up, but you can lieback it and not OW. It looks fun.

Pitch 2 is easier, 5.7 mostly, with some nice lieback sections and good gear. We made a natural anchor in horizontals about 10' below the big roof.

Pitch 3 The roof accepts mid sized cams - maybe #1-#3 camalots as it varies in size, I used a #1. Then move right while jamming up into the roof. It really isn't so bad if you hand jam decently. If you reach up and left after the roof there is a huge horn that takes the sting out of everything...though the lieback section to the top is continuous and I thought harder than the roof itself. The exit move is a bit funky and be very careful to not knock rock down on climbers below you. The slope up top is very loose...I would suggest walking high into the trees to belay. On the walk off - there is a rap at the cliff band if it is wet.

Stellar route and you have 2 pitches to gaze up at the roof and wonder how hard it is... Oct 24, 2006
Steve R.
Oakland, CA
Steve R.   Oakland, CA
Felt very reminiscent of Munginella but more challenging of course and more fun. Cool crux moves from under the roof into the dihedral. For a solid day of stellar climbing, follow Commitment with Selaginella! May 21, 2009
Floyd Hayes
Floyd Hayes  
The first few moves of the pitch 1 hand crack are tricky (considered by some to be as hard as the pitch 3 crux) and even a short, awkward fall onto the tree trunk can be painful for either the leader or a follower. Apparently there have been several injuries, including a friend of mine who broke her foot last year while simulclimbing third at the end of the rope (her husband was tied in 20' above her, unfortunately there was some slack between when she fell about 7 or 8 feet). The start is best protected by stepping up the trunk and placing gear as high as you can reach. Keep a tight belay for the follower(s). Some crack climb the start, others (like me) layback it, and one of my friends thought the knobs to the right of it were easier.

For the crux overhang on pitch 3, switching hands in the horizontal crack below the overhang is tricky. Once you've got your left hand set, reach your right hand up and right for a huge jug along the outside edge of the ROOF about a foot out from the vertical crack in the corner above the roof. Once you get the jug, pulling into the vertical crack above the roof is easy; if you miss the jug (like I did the first time) the move is much more desperate. Aug 2, 2010
San Francisco
tallmark515   San Francisco
Sort of awkward off the ground, the tree makes it easier though. Turning the improbable looking corner of the roof on the P3 pitch was stellar! Don't miss the hidden jug just around the corner. Nov 8, 2010
Rodger Raubach  
I felt that the initial crack was harder than turning the roof, at least from a purely technical standpoint. Mar 15, 2011
Josh Cameron
Josh Cameron   California
Crux for me was the final roof. THE roof on pitch 2 was commiting, but good footwork and a cool head will get you through. Oh yeah, and a #2 C4. Jul 19, 2011
Los Alamos, NM
Aerili   Los Alamos, NM
If you have no line behind you, the rap anchors at the top of pitch 1 make for an ideal set-up to do both starting variations, each of which are stellar and worthwhile. My partner led the lieback to start. We then rapped down and I led the hand crack. This gave us four excellent pitches of climbing happiness vs three.

Please note: the lieback start variation requires a #4 and #5 to lead safely off the deck. If you lead well above 5.8, you may not need the 5 to protect the first 15-20 feet (which felt like the pitch's crux to me). The #4 is required at about 25-30 ft and the crack doesn't taper down to 3" for a good 40ish ft.

This route protects very well. For me, the crux was clearly turning the roof traverse. The final roof exit is airy and committing but not difficult if you don't make it so. Oct 6, 2011
Chris I
Fort Collins, CO
Chris I   Fort Collins, CO
Besides the first 15 ft and the crux roof move, this climb feels like a cruiser 5.7. In fact, the awkward jamming start felt like the hardest part to me. I didn't find the miracle jug at the upper crux and it still felt 5.9. But all climbers BEWARE- the rockfall danger is real. My partner knocked a baseball size rock off of the top, even when we were being extra careful up there. Thank god it was late December and nobody was behind us. Also, I found this climb ate up small cams from fingers to .75 C4. Jan 6, 2012
Why is it listed as a 1 pitch climb here? Apr 30, 2012
Morgan Nutting
Bishop, CA
Morgan Nutting   Bishop, CA
Great Climb Jun 15, 2012
Rodger Raubach  
As a follow up comment to my earlier post: this is probably the best of the harder climbs in the 5 Open Books area, with Munginella being the most "fun." Jul 29, 2012
Jason Albino
San Francisco, CA
Jason Albino   San Francisco, CA
Did this on 9/27/2012. Meant to do The Caverns this day, but couldn't find the line quickly and it was late, so we did this one because there was a party IDing it for us out above. Glad we did! Hardest moves are a few fingery sections at start of P1 and in mid-P2, but otherwise very reasonable. Nice crimp inside crack to help pull roof on P3, and pro in general is excellent. Approach via trail ADJACENT to main paved trail to Yosemite Falls (look for the faint trail where the pavement circle merges into the final straight walking path towards the Yosemite Falls trail). There's a carabiner post at the base and top of this trail. Apr 19, 2013
Truckee, CA
Nick_Cov   Truckee, CA
Almost was killed by a party on the top. Fortunately I was still under the roof when a bowling ball tumbled by. Wear a helmet in these parts and use some common sense when you are on the top. May 5, 2014
The right corner/horn of the P2 roof is cracked and wobbles!! Jun 8, 2014
Bruno Beltran
Stanford, CA
Bruno Beltran   Stanford, CA
The crux for me was the top out move. If you continue straight up instead of bailing left, you find what I thought felt like the only real 5.9 move on the climb...

Other than that, the whole climb is cruiser. I took a first-timer and some assisted top-roping during the cruxes got her through just fine. Jun 12, 2017
Ha! Bruno Beltran ... I was on this about 3 hours after you it appears. My first complete Yosemite climb (2nd day here; hail/rain/snow bail yesterday).

Loved this climb. Followed. P1 start was toughest for me; the rest was fantastic intro to Yosemite granite.

Lots of big loose rocks on top. Jun 12, 2017
We left a bail ring on top of the route and were able to rap down to the bottom in 3 rappels with a 70 meter rope. Sep 27, 2017
Robert Shortt
San Francisco, CA
Robert Shortt   San Francisco, CA
The crux of commitment is banging your helmet against the roof before making the "committing" move. Oct 23, 2017
John Clark
San Francisco, CA
John Clark   San Francisco, CA
Didn't find the move at all committing at 5'9" in tennies. There are good jams within easy reach of the jug. Feb 12, 2018
Tim Opsahl
Tim Opsahl   SF, CA
One of my favorite climbs - I would argue that the start off the ground is the crux. I found little feet out to the left to help use the crack through the first 2 moves. Once you get past the first few awkward moves, it's a blast and the whole thing is superbly protected. The roof isn't particularly challenging, just great fun. Mar 16, 2018
Brant Hysell
Cincinnati, OH
Brant Hysell   Cincinnati, OH
WOW. Absolute classic.
1st Pitch: Perfect 5.7-8 hands
2nd Pitch: Cruiser, sustained 5.7 lieback
3rd pitch: Fun 5.9 move followed by fun top out
Overall positioning in relation to the valley: Incredible
Do it. Apr 4, 2018
Found a helmet near the base of this climb, looks like it fell from the top. if you message me the type of helmet and the one sticker on it I will return it! May 7, 2018
Oakland Park, Florida
Floridaputz   Oakland Park, Florida
This climb turned out to be a pleasant surprise and a piece of history. I just like to think of all the famous climbers who have climbed this route. A short hike from Yosemite Falls Trailhead, locate Climber sign on left and head uphill on climbers trail. When hitting the wall, a narrow ramp goes up and right, traversing to the start and the large tree that marks the start. P1 Aside from a few burley moves to get up the first 10 feet, its a fun 5.8 crack to a nice belay ledge. P2 is just fun 5.7 laybacking on nice holds. The P3 crux the highlight. Improbable moves and holds make this a delight to figure out. then nice laybacking up to 1 of 2 finishes. Right is 5.7 and left is 5.9. Nice tree there but as mentioned there is much scree and loose rock. Traversing off climbers left, the trial goes to some slabs and a 2 bolt anchor for a simple 1 rope rap to the creek. continue along the wall by easiest path to join up with descent trail. May 23, 2018
Hobo Greg
My Van
Hobo Greg   My Van
This would be 5.8 in the (Hidden) Valley. Really awesome climb, and my first Bridwell route! May 29, 2018
Just if you were wondering, the 1st pitch can be rapped with a 70m but make sure you tie knots Jun 12, 2018
nathan winicki  
Pitches 1 and 2 can be linked with a 60m if you belay at one of the trees near the start of the first pitch. This will help cut down on time and allows for a fantastic 180' pitch of Yosemite goodness. Jun 14, 2018