Type: Trad, 250 ft, 2 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: M. Morley on May 31, 2009
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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details

Description

When combined with Arrowhead Arete, this makes for a pretty fun outing with lots of exposure. Instead of climbing the first pitch of Arrowhead Arete, head a bit further east to the base of the spire and locate an easy looking corner system. From here, climb up about 30' to a fixed pin, and continue up crack system, passing a scrub oak. Continue up a chimney, making a few tricky moves past another fixed pin. Belay at a good stance.

Pitch 2 involves some airy face climbing on featured rock. There are a couple of fixed pins on this pitch as well, and you can get gear in here and there.

The summit provides a great view of the Valley, Half Dome, Glacier Point, The Sentinel, Ahwahnee Meadow, and Mount Starr King.

From the top, 1 rap (watch your rope ends) puts you at the notch between the Spire and the Arete. One more rap sets you up for climbing Arrowhead Arete.

Location

Same as for Arrowhead Arete.

Protection

Light rack. There are a few fixed pins on the route as well.

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