Type: Trad, 200 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Alan Bartlett and Don Reid (June, '83)
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Shared By: Bryan G on Apr 18, 2011
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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


There is a tall pillar of rock at the left end of Cascade Falls. Golden Needles climbs the right side of this pillar, while Filthy Rich climbs the left side.

Pitch 1 (5.9, 90ft): Scramble up to the start of the double cracks in a corner. Jam your way up them to reach an offwidth. There are knobs out on the main face which allow you to stem and lieback and avoid getting in the offwidth. Above is a small ledge. Climb up the corner a bit further to reach a bomber nut placement. Move left (crux) to a flake which you lieback up a ways. Pass some slings around a chockstone and belay on the blocky ledge.

Pitch 2 (5.8, 110 ft): Stand up on a block to reach below a roof. There's good gear here (2-3"). Undercling and lieback around the roof to the left to reach a dirty groove. Climb past a small tree and some bushes and head for another roof above. Climb over the roof using some juggy knobs. Then move left and up. The climbing here deteriorates into loose 4th class dirt. Belay at the tree with rap slings on it at the top of the pillar.

To descend, rappel Golden Needles with a 60 or 70m rope.


Pro to 3"

A 6" cam is also useful on the first pitch.


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