Type: Trad, 350 ft, 3 pitches
FA: Jim Donini, Rab Carrington & Mark Chapman, 1972
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Shared By: Alex Shainman on Jul 11, 2007
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


I've never done the 2nd pitch...But the 1st is brilliant!

Solo up the bushy, easy pedestal and continue or belay (yellow/extra red Alien sizes)...

(at the start) It may look short but it's hard and it does get bigger... Crux red Alien-size jams and layaway/stems come right off the ledge. After punching it to a stem-stance the crack keeps growing in width. At midway, you get some fun and steep hand jams around blocks to a weird wide section in a corner. A couple grunt moves later and you'll be rounding the top to the funky anchor on the right wall.

Rap off to the ground is about 125'...Or check out the upper part if you're curious.


Hidden in a big right (east) facing corner


Doubles from red Alien size to C4 #4 Camalot (red Alien is the money size)


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Scotty Nelson
Scotty Nelson   Boulder
The OW section is longer than it looks from below. Recommend #3.5 and #4 for this part. Aug 1, 2007
Bryan G
Bryan G   Yosemite
The crux is having the strength and confidence to hang off your finger stacks long enough to get some gear in. Ended up aiding it on lead, but it didn't feel too bad on TR. I love the upper section. It's funny how the steepest part of the route is also the easiest. And the OW at the end gives it that "full value" feeling that you get with most Arch Rock climbs. Jan 30, 2011
Christina Freschl
Berkeley, California
Christina Freschl   Berkeley, California
Not really a layback for me. I tried a couple of times off the ledge to get a layback, but the edge was too rounded and the angle was weird (also I am not a strong laybacker). Once I went to almost straight in thin hands/finger jams and stemming off the right mini feet, I was able to climb the route. Steep hands section is soooo fun. Off-width section is good and you can walk a #3 for a ways. Mar 2, 2012
I wouldn't bring a 3.5 and a 4, just the 4 is fine. I have also done it with a 5 which is better but a 4 works. And no you can not walk a #3 in the OW. But you can after the OW in the big hands to fist section. Dec 12, 2012
Oakland, CA
Sirius   Oakland, CA
...rounding the top to the funky anchor on the right wall.

Anchor looked to be new and bomber, maybe upgraded? In any case, no longer funky.

Hard pulls through the crux on this one. Jan 28, 2014
one of the best climbs at arch rock-- unrelenting and physical

an uncut 70M rope just very barely can get you off of this climb--be very careful!

to me, 2x #3, 1x #4 and 1x #5 worked well for the offwidth part Nov 10, 2014
Michael Dom  
One of the coolest climbs, at least til you hit the off width. Dec 12, 2016
MisterCattell Cattell
South Lake Tahoe, Ca
MisterCattell Cattell   South Lake Tahoe, Ca
I didn't feel that the lower .11b crux was really anything too crazy; just steep, kinda shitty holds for the lieback, but once you get going it's easy to maintain momentum. The true battle to me came at the OW up high, and was very happy to have a #5 with me. Great route, just get out and do it! DO IT!! May 15, 2017
David R
Sunnyvale, CA
David R   Sunnyvale, CA
I'll admit the start totally crushed me, so pulled on gear through the start. But... 0.5 BD/ Red Alien is the money size as many have said. if you're short on those, then a 0.4 Grey BD or Grey Alien works in some spots. When I go back I'd have 3-4 Red Alien size almost nothing smaller, cause after that it goes to #1, #2, then the OW. For up high, I did 2x #4 BD and 1 #5 BD and felt totally cozy (yes, I know I climb with tons of gear). We used an 80m, but I imagine a 70m could get quite close to the ground with a small down climb. Oct 16, 2017