Type: Trad, 130 ft
FA: Carl Coy & Mallory Ham
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Shared By: John Gunnels on Mar 4, 2007
Admins: Peter Gram, Mike Snyder, Jake Dickerson, Taylor Spiegelberg

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Access Issue: June Voluntary Climbing Closure and Seasonal Raptor Closure Details


If you still have gas in your tank... and feeling in your calves... complete this variation to El Mat. Very thin fingers and (surprise) stemming beckon you to step right off of the El Mat ledge. Climb to the gray roofs and traverse left to rejoin the El Mat line to a "lovely" (note the sarcasm) bolted hanging belay.


Pass the box stem of El mat... and La Vaca Solitaria IS the right crack.


Stopper and BD Camalots to #1... plus whatever you choose for El Matador.


Dave E.
Dave E.   washington
have you done this? it seems improbable to step right off the ledge atop pitch 2 of el mat, i did look at it for awhile. maybe the line goes into the right crack without stopping at the ledge? either way, that would be a super proud way to send this line Aug 5, 2009
Sean Nelb
Indian Creek
Sean Nelb   Indian Creek
This route is very good and would see a lot more action if it didn't start two pitches up. Most of the route is quite easier than 5.11a, with fun and suprising varied climbing throughout. The traverse from the El Matador anchor is not as hard as it looks and can be protected with a #2 camalot high in the left crack before stepping off the ledge. Aug 18, 2011
Jordan Collins 1
Bishop, CA
Jordan Collins 1   Bishop, CA
The step across into the crack from the matador anchors was tricky but not incredibly difficult (not a 5.11 move) The route seemed quite sustained at 11a for the first half with tricky placements, it lets up considerably for a while in the middle and finishes with an awesome roof. The anchors on this climb are not suitable for rappelling so consider going to the top if you are doing this route. Sep 5, 2016
The anchors at the top have been replaced as of 07/20/2017. Jul 23, 2017
Lucas Barth
Yosemite, CA
Lucas Barth   Yosemite, CA
Excellent route, and really varied finger crack and stemming. It needs a little traffic to clean up some of the lichen. Well worth the effort. Jul 23, 2017