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Trad, 500 ft (152 m), 5 pitches,
Avg: 3.1 from 461
FA: Gene Drake, Rex Spaith, 1971
> Yosemite NP
> Yosemite Valley
> Valley N Side
> H. Royal Arches…
> Royal Arches
> Western Royal Arches
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1. Climb the groove 5.2, into a 4th class ramp, follow this and then some dirty climbing up on a large ledge and build an anchor in the thin finger crack in the middle of the ledge.
2. Climb directly up above the belay until a delicate rising right traverse (no pro) allows a good crack to be gained. Follow this, until you can scramble under a tree onto a ledge and belay.
3. Follow the ledge left and then climb good cracks up to a hanging bolt belay. This is the first of 3 good pitches.
4. Continue up the crack system until an obvious step right can be made where the cracks continue up to the belay.
5. This last pitch is a good one. This climb saves it very best to the very last few moves. Climb up until a nice finger crack allows progress up and onto the belay.
Descent is via Rappel. Rappel to the 3rd belay. From there Rappel to a tree with a rappel slings, and from there to the bottom. These rappels need double ropes.
Located on the left hand side of the Royal Arches Area. 200' up and left from Serenity Crack.