Type: Trad, 115 ft
FA: unknown
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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


This fun crack is to the right of the first pitch of "After Six".
Jam up nice, smooth hands and fingers to where a step right can be made. Continue up to a ledge.
From here one can either continue climbing up and joining "After Six", or descend.


Pro to 2.5".


Oakland, CA
Sirius   Oakland, CA
2 ropes req'd to rap. Excellent climb and well-protected for leaders pushing their abilities.

FA: unknown according to both ST and Reid. Apr 14, 2007
Tina S
Colorado Springs, CO
Tina S   Colorado Springs, CO
I was able to rap with a single 70m. May 23, 2007
The "5.8" face moves are pretty mello. Don't get intimidated by them. Oct 19, 2008
vincent L.
Redwood City
vincent L.   Redwood City
With a 70m rope you can rap off the tree at the top of the first pitch of after 7 . It is a rope stretcher. If you swing right into after six, you can reach a good ledge about six feet off the ground , then a short and easy downclimb... Mar 15, 2009
Bill Olszewski
Colorado Springs, CO
Bill Olszewski   Colorado Springs, CO
Great route and a more aesthetic start to After Six. The crux is no issue but the crack climbing is real committing. May 15, 2009
Grant G  
Try the alternate final pitch with the left-leaning left-facing corner... not as much exposure on the way up but a nice sustained 5.8 with a committing but rewarding roof mantle at the end. Aug 2, 2009
Chris M
Hailey, ID
Chris M   Hailey, ID
Great pitch as a start to After 6 or on its own. Walk-off requires some tricky smearing. Oct 17, 2009
Colonel Mustard
Sacramento, CA
Colonel Mustard   Sacramento, CA
Pitches 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 (if continuing on After Six) linkup perfectly with a 70 meter rope, no simulclimbing. With maybe a scramble in between the anchor and the next belay, pitches 1 & 2 probably linkup as well to cut the pitch count down to 3. Mar 22, 2010
Colin Bartholomew
Colin Bartholomew   WASHINGTON
I cut left before the "roof" and had to run it out 40 feet. The hard parts were protected mostly. Jun 19, 2010
A really fun and exciting pitch; no problems protecting using passive-only pro. Provides an excellent alternative to After Six first pitch now that the tree is gone. Mar 19, 2011
Mark P Thomas
Mark P Thomas   Draper
with a 60 m you can do two rappels from above Jump for Joy & Haley's Comet to those route bolts and then a second rappel from there. The bolts at the second rappel are a bit sketchy though . . .

Much easier and better protected than the 5.8 pitch of C.S. Concerto. Apr 5, 2011
Carlsbad CA
RAZORsharp   Carlsbad CA
If you have 1 rope you can climb up to a nice manzanita ledge (up and left of the rap tree for after 6) and walk off as per the first pitch of after 6, gully to the left. keep your climbing shoes on, as a few thin crimps for hands and feet on the descent can see you off, and a fall of ~15ft is possible Jul 24, 2012
Jan Tarculas
Riverside, Ca
Jan Tarculas   Riverside, Ca
My first time in the valley this weekend and decided to do this route as my introductory climb to Yosemite climbing. Quality route, 4 stars from me. Felt like tahquitz climbing(my home trad crag) Aug 8, 2012
if you prefer crack/face climbing this route is much better alternative to the 1st pitch of After Six which is polished and a bit scary. The crack si very solid, not slippery at all and very well protected. You can easily rappel with a 70m rope from the two trees at the end without any downclimbing. Aug 5, 2013
Neil Rankin
Winston-Salem, NC
Neil Rankin   Winston-Salem, NC
Free soloed on-sight on July 4, 1998 at age 21. Took me a while to commit to the crux but it felt clean once I did. Later that night in the Awhanee Meadows I made out with two girls from Alabama who were rolling on ecstasy. Good times. Mar 14, 2015
As a Gunks climber who sucks at vertical cracks, I found both pitches to be delightful, with great moves and good gear. The 5.8 face crux was hardly a crux for someone used to face climbing. Absolutely loved it!
We finished off with the final pitches of After Six to the top. Very enjoyable outing! Jun 9, 2016
Tristan Sipe
Santa Rosa, CA
Tristan Sipe   Santa Rosa, CA
Those newer to crack climbing will find this pitch frustrating and wonky. Consider letting the partner with slightly larger hands lead this pitch as we found that my fingers found much more solid jams than that of the leader.

Crux face section is heady, slightly unprotected and greasy. Don't forget to save pro for the final little mantle at the top, even though it is roughly 5.4/3rd class that peace of mind before pulling over the ledge will be awesome! May 1, 2017
Jimmy Downhillinthesnow
Bozeman, Montana
Jimmy Downhillinthesnow   Bozeman, Montana
Great climbing at 5.8. Absolutely not 5.9 by the standards of anywhere I've ever climbed. The SuperTopo description is spot-on: great way to pass the conga line on the first pitch of After Six, and the crux face climbing has pro just far enough out that it gets your attention. Don't worry, there's good gear before and after the crux, trust your feet and do the moves. May 3, 2017
Nick Tripp
San Diego, CA
Nick Tripp   San Diego, CA
With such stellar handcrack moves, I found this pitch to be so much better than the first of After Six! Sep 18, 2017