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Routes in Church Bowl

700 Club S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Aunt Fanny's Pantry T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Bishop's Balcony A1 PG13
Bishops Terrace T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bitches' Terror T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Black is Brown T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Book of Revelation T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Church Bowl Chimney T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Church Bowl Lieback T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Church Bowl Terrace T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Church Bowl Tree T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Deja Thorus T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Energizer S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Haley's Little Warm-up T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Jacob's Ladder T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
More Balls Than Brains TR A3 PG13
No Rest For The Wicked T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Oral Roberts S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Parkay Squeeze T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a V-easy 3
Pole Position T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Revival T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Shomer Shabbat T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Tammy Fae T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Uncle Fanny T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Walk On the Water S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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Type: Trad, 120 ft
FA: Unknown, by 1982
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Shared By: Blitzo on Oct 17, 2006
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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


Climb the crack right of "Pole Position" to a bulge. Pull the bulge via shallow finger jams. Spooky face moves lead to a ledge.


Pro to 1.5".


MUST HAVE 2 ROPES TO TOP ROPE!!! Witnessed an accident last month... Nov 22, 2007
vincent L.
Redwood City
vincent L.   Redwood City
it is possible to top rope this route if your belayer hangs out in the tree about twenty feet up via some easy scrambling, you can do this with a 60M rope. Mar 2, 2008
Graham Roff  
A fun route, with an easy bottom half and interesting top portion with thin crack and balancy face moves. The 5.10 section is very short. May 4, 2009
Osprey Overhang   ...
If you only have one rope, don't rule this climb out. There are a few options to reach the ground:

1) Rap to the small tree, then once more to the ground. (Not recommended. The tree is small and a loner on this face and too many raps from it would mean it would die before long.)

2) From the tree at the top, rap a short distance then tension over to the tree at the top of Lieback, and Uncle Fanny's Pantry. You kind of have to claw your way over, but it works. Then rap to the ground.

3) Most people are unaware that from the tree at the top, you can walk off to the right. It gets thin but there are just enough edges to allow a step into Aunt Fanny's Pantry. Look for the chains at the top of Jacob's Latter(.10c) and the right slanting, splitter, finger crack Shomer Shabbat(.7). One 60m just reaches the ground. Apr 2, 2010
Floyd Hayes
Floyd Hayes  
This climb is very well protected until the top. A nut or two can be slotted beneath the crux mini-roof. Save a few medium-sized cams for the mini-roof and crack above (I used a #3 Metolius cam in the roof and a #6 Metolius cam high in the crack above). From the fixed pin there is about 12' of 5.8 face to the next pro, but this can be easily bypassed by traversing about 20' left on a narrow (1-2") ledge (about 5.5 but no pro) to the top of Church Bowl Lieback. If taking the traverse option, scramble up to the next tree to belay so the follower can't pendulum into the corner of Church Bowl Lieback. Aug 2, 2010
Osprey Overhang   ...
FA: unknown, by 1982 Jan 21, 2012
I led this route in the mid 80's, and after the physical crux thin roof, the psychological crux was the very thin face above. There was a 1/4" bolt stud sticking out about an inch, and I slipped the wire
of a #1 Chouinard Stopper over the stud, and snugged it up. Put a long
sling on it and led past. The face above the roof is about 20' to the belay. Excellent climb !!!! Mar 3, 2012
David Rivers  
Great climb that needs more ascents. Leaves, dirt collect in the crack detracting somewhat from the climbing. I thought the crux was pretty powerful over the bulge w/funky pin scar layback and smears for feet. Freaked out and hung and then pulled moves once I'd settled down. It's all there and pro is good. There is a pin and new bolt above the roof plus placements, but still heads up climbing after crux proper. Aug 2, 2012
Stas Yurkevich
San Francisco, California
Stas Yurkevich   San Francisco, California
The rappel aluminum rings are worn out badly. You can see multiple holes on inner side of rings. Please replace them if you can. Jul 7, 2014
Andrew Braunstein
San Francisco, CA
Andrew Braunstein   San Francisco, CA
The route was a bit dirty, but definitely fun. The super thin crack bulge move is quite cool. The rap rings were in decent shape when I climbed it.

Like everyone has said, you need two ropes to get to the ground. A 70m is not enough. You can definitely do an intermediate belay off a tree or downclimb some easy 5.6 terrain though. Oct 3, 2018

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