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Catchy Corner

5.11a, Trad, 150 ft,  Avg: 3.9 from 97 votes
FA: Jim Bridwell, Dale Bard 1974
California > Yosemite NP > Lower Merced Ri… > h. Cookie Area > Cookie Cliff
Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


Sooooo Gooood!!!!!!!

From the upper ledge above Catchy...Jam, lieback and stem up the ever steepening corner until the yellow Alien/red Alien size crux forces you to pull and push a little bit harder. Master the bulge and stoke it up to the last little pull around too the right. Belay on the right most anchor.


Nuts, set of cams green Alien to gold Camalot size w/ extra yellow/red Alien sizes (mosty yellow). 150' rap to top of Catchy.

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Jake Ramsey on Catchy Corner.  Photo: Tyler Meester.
[Hide Photo] Jake Ramsey on Catchy Corner. Photo: Tyler Meester.
Savoring the gorgeous corner...
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Michael Sokoloff
Spokane, WA
[Hide Comment] This is one of my favs on the Cookie. I'm not sure why it does not get done more. Perhaps because it's difficult to see from the ground. I took a huge whipper trying to lead this early on in my climbing career when I was trying to bust into 5.11. I then returned with more crack skill, more cams and a cooler head and was able to enjoy the stellor sustained climbing with minimal fear. Combining this with Catchy makes for an amazing 2-pitches of climbing. Jul 11, 2007
[Hide Comment] I got my rope stuck in the crack after rapping this pitch. I had a fun time re-climbing the pitch on 2 pieces of gear Sep 21, 2007
Brad G
[Hide Comment] This climb Rocks! It's very beautiful. If you havent done it, do it. Nov 5, 2008
[Hide Comment] Use the new anchor. The old one will get your rope stuck.

able to reclimb pitches with only a little piece of cord Apr 30, 2009
Peter Valchev
Truckee, CA
[Hide Comment] Just did this for the 3rd time.. soooo amazing!

Rappel beta: a 70 meter rope will get you down to the ledge at the base of the corner with a large tree. A short rappel from the tree (and a slight swing to the side) brings you back to the bolts on top of Catchy, no need for a second rope.

I actually tried my new 80 this weekend and hoped it would reach the bolts directly from the top - but it does not... it's a few feet short. May 6, 2013
[Hide Comment] Rap in 2 rappels with one 60m rope. Rap from the top to the tree at the base of catchy corner, then walk 25 feet to a bolted rap anchor on a large block
. Oct 18, 2014
[Hide Comment] Try to use nuts at the beginning. You will be bummed up top if you blow your load down low. Dec 12, 2016
[Hide Comment] We used one 70m rope. To get back down to the lower rappel anchor at the top of Catchy safely without rappeling directly off the tree, we used this technique (not sure if there is a name for it): I belay my partner when she down climbs (on toprope) and plugs pieces to the rope on her way down. Once she anchors herself, she takes in rope and belays me while I down climb with the protection in place. I take out the pieces as I move down. Nov 20, 2017