Type: Trad, 190 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Jim Bridwell and Jim Orey, 1971.
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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


A true Yosemite Classic! This climbs the beautiful crack to the left of "Elevator Shaft", for two pitches. Traverse right at the top of the second pitch.

People usually do the first pitch, then rappel.


Left of "Elevator Shaft".

Run laps on pitch one with a single 70m rope, or a single 60m rope if the belay is bumped up to the base of the Elevator Shaft.


Pro to 3.5"
Oakland CA
caughtinside   Oakland CA
It's to the left of elevator shaft if you're facing the rock. Jun 6, 2007
3 #2 Cams and 2 #3 Cams. Glorious. Oct 28, 2008
Ian G.
Ian G.   PDX, OR
Geez...I took three #3's up this and wish I had brought two more :0 Apr 24, 2009
Colin Simon
Boulder, CO
Colin Simon   Boulder, CO
This climb makes my balls drop!

AWESOME! Aug 28, 2009
Steep, sustained and powerful. Thankfully its hand size. Solid for the grade. Sep 11, 2009
Run laps on pitch one with a single 70m rope, or a single 60m rope if the belay is bumped up to the base of the Elevator Shaft. Dec 15, 2009
chuck claude
Flagstaff, Az
chuck claude   Flagstaff, Az
its a great climb. Doing the 2nd pitch going to the left is also very good. Jan 14, 2010
San Francisco
tallmark515   San Francisco
P1 is an instant classic, bring three hand size pieces, if you're really scratching for gear, you can probably squeeze in a few fist sized pieces too. P1 seems about .10a, didn't do p2. Mar 12, 2010
George K. Watson
Nederland, CO
George K. Watson   Nederland, CO
Beautiful route. If there is a crux, it's low down at a little pod area and then the thing keeps going and going and going at hand size. A fistful of hand size cams enables you to pro this superbly. Jul 10, 2010
Ken Trout
Golden, CO
Ken Trout   Golden, CO
In the Sierra Club's mountaineering journal, Ascent, 1973, Jim Bridwell proposed the use of letter grades in The Innocent, The Ignorant, And The Insecure.

His examples for 5.10c thin cracks were Outer Limits (p2), Lunatic Fringe, Hardly Pinnacle, High Quality, Slack Center, English Breakfast, Sacherer-Fredricks, Hot Line (p1 & p2), and Mental Block (P1).

Pitch one of Outer Limits made the example list for 5.10b thin cracks, along with Gripper, Anathema, Easy Streaks, and New Dimensions (P1). Jan 31, 2011
Boulder, CO
claytown   Boulder, CO
wow. I mean, really... WOW! That is one awesome climb! Great hands for sooo long. Awesome and absolutely bombproof gear. You could take a piece or two that is between #2 and #3 camalot for the hands section as some of the #3s were pretty tight. However you protect it, enjoy some sick, bomber jamming! Jun 10, 2011
Los Alamos, NM
Aerili   Los Alamos, NM
I found the "perfect 10a hands" up higher on p1 to be the crux: insecure off-hands for a looong ways in my case! The shorter, 10b crux down lower allowed tight hands and was easier to get through.

You get rests on this route, but many of them are what I would call "active rests"! Sep 13, 2011
Colin Brochard
Colin Brochard   Austin
Amazing route! Sooo close to the send, but alas the widening right leaning crack at the end wore me down just before the last rest. One hang. 10c seems dead on for me and my biggish hands, surprising that the consensus is leaning soft.. Nov 26, 2013
Drew Marshall
Drew Marshall  
don't skip the second pitch! It is rad. Dec 20, 2013
BITD you really couldn't protect the 2nd pitch traverse. There was a fixed pin or two, but they kept falling out and they really only protected the leader. If the second blew the 5.10c moves they were looking at a 25'+ swing into and hopefully, not onto, the Elevator Shaft.

The description only describes the first pitch. The second pitch continues up the good hand crack(5.9) for few feet before launching out into a 30' traverse right under an overhang. When Bridwell opened up this route he had to garden a whole lot of munge out of the 1st pitch crack. To make the 2nd pitch go, he traversed back and forth on aid, pounding in pins to make some finger holds. He also, supposedly, tried to create a few footholds as well, but, whatever is down there isn't very good. I am not sure how you protect the traverse.

The third pitch is a fun 5.10a, or so, lieback up a dark colored wall which is actually the final pitch of Twilight Zone. Descend by walking off to the left. Jun 19, 2014
Reed Gustavsen
Van Life, USA
Reed Gustavsen   Van Life, USA
first pitch is a total solid 5.10! great fun fingers down low and most beautiful hands up high. single rack will do with an extra #2 BD cam.. nuts not really needed. fixed alien 10 feet below P1 anchors. maybe lead it twice, too good to rush! Jan 28, 2015
Michael Dom
Michael Dom  
Bring your 3 inch gear, you will be happy with the more you have. You will be happy regardless though. Dec 13, 2015
Ben Horton  
On lead, it felt pretty pumpy, mostly just because it's sustained. If you like to have gear every 10 feet, take lots of #2's and 2 #3's. (Save them for higher up) To me, the "crux" was the middle third of the climb where it's supposed to be easier, but I have giant hands and wasn't getting hand jams until the top 10 feet. (I can hand jam #3's)

On TR, I realized that I was overly stressed on my onsight attempt because I was out of gear... it's all 10a moves, but a LOT of them. The sustained nature of the climb makes it 10b in my book. Jun 26, 2017
blue ribbon
Indian Creek, UT
blue ribbon   Indian Creek, UT
No sense in stopping at the first anchor, that's where it just starts to get good. Continue up the thin hands splitter on sticky rock and go left at the top for a well protected and fun couple of moves to the chainz. Oct 5, 2017
King Tut
Citrus Heights
King Tut   Citrus Heights
Barry Bates tells the story how he was invited to do this FA with Bridwell...said it looked too dirty lol. But Barry bagged some classics. :) Jan 5, 2018
master gumby  
if you like #2's and #3's this climb is for you. I am a shit climber but didnt think a four or any extra gear outside of doubles from #1 to 3 and a few smaller pieces were necessary. Oct 23, 2018