Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Rick Cashner, Don Reid, 1978.
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Shared By: Blitzo on Oct 17, 2006
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin ., Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


Shortly after reaching the amphitheatre, one will notice a nice 80' corner. This is "Guiding Light". Climb the smooth crack in the corner to a two bolt anchor.
Rappel 80'.


Pro to 2".


The continuation to the route Guiding Lights first two pitches, is called "Heavens Door" . This route continues up for three more pitches. When Walt Shipley and myself did this routes finish, we thought the hardest sections were probably around 11+ with an R rating. The climbing goes out and up the huge hanging flake on the 4th pitch - aptly named Heavens Door, cause if the thing rips, well....The old days hanging and climbing with Walt are sorely missed. Walt had a way of motivating me by just being around him. Climbing with him always felt like anything we attempted was possible. Yosemite will never be the same for me without him. Keith Reynolds Jun 2, 2008
San Francisco
tallmark515   San Francisco
Great stems and liebacks in corner system with lots of good rests. Pretty stiff for .10a. Felt more like .10b/c at the crux, especially because their is a fixed cam in a crucial finger crack.

Good fun though. Oct 12, 2009
seldoon   California
Feels harder than 10a. It's a long layback reach at the crux. Dec 31, 2011
Rob Dillon  
.10a is a bit of a sandbag, esp. compared to the one next door. Oct 1, 2012
aaron hope
Walnut Creek, CA
aaron hope   Walnut Creek, CA
I agree with 10b/c. Sustained with decent rests and good pro, but small. Definite crux at the top of the thin crack. I used all my C3s on this one. Really fun climb!

Dec 3, 2013