Type: Trad, 200 ft
FA: George Meyers and Kevin Worrall 1076
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Shared By: Nate Weitzel on Oct 8, 2006
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


Knob Job is an excellent hand and finger crack that escapes midway up the route onto a series of wild knobs, hence the name. Unique climbing for Yosemite. Well protected. Climb the obvious hand crack until you gain a pair of thin cracks. Follow this through some knobs and trend to the left. Head for a tree that is far to the left of the start. Expect some rope drag at the top. Long pitch.


From the approach trail, this is just to the left. Locate the crack that starts in a wide groove, with the obvious knobby section of wall above.


Standard Rack, consider doubles for finger and hand size cams.


You may want to bring a third #2 Camalot or #3 friend Jan 20, 2011
Link w/2nd pitch of Nurdle for an excellent long pitch Jan 20, 2011
Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
P1 is awesome. There are chains here not shown on the Supertopo. P2 (top of Nurdle?) is worth doing once.

I was a bit stumped on the P1 crux for a second until I realized there was a "hidden" crack at right!

The top anchors are quite a ways to the right, so we just rapped straight down with two ropes. Oct 12, 2011
San Francisco
Mareko   San Francisco
I would have given the climb another star, if it was straight up crack without knobs. Its an amazing climb. Feb 26, 2013
This route now continues as a mix of trad/sport for several pitches (8 total maybe?) Climb up to a bushy ledge, then climb up and left onto mildly overhung easy face with tons of glorious softball sized knobs. Rap the route. Apr 11, 2013
Johnny Y
Johnny Y   California
Same as Andy, tried to go straight up on the thin finger and reached for a small knob to the left - committing move!

Supertopo says the 10b section is the lieback flake, but you don't have to lieback it especially on lead. Use the left finger crack as well for more secured moves, but probably brings the grade down to 5.9?

Fun TR to try the thin right crack all the way from the bottom, tape up because it's sharp Apr 16, 2013
Watertown, MA
cjdrover   Watertown, MA
This would be a local 4 star classic anywhere else. Sep 10, 2013
aaron hope
Walnut Creek, CA
aaron hope   Walnut Creek, CA
I also appreciated having a third #1 and #2. I thought the meat of the climb was the sustained, glorious hand jamming up to the crux. The crux is short and you get a great rest from which you can hangout and place good gear. Oct 30, 2013