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Acapulco Gold T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R
Anatolio T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
Black Nepalese T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Crystal Meth T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Dope Show T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Euro Trash T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Europop T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Gram T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
High Times T 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
OZ T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Push It S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Stemulant T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sunshine T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
White Trash T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Yellow Brick Road WI3+
Type: Trad, 600 ft, 6 pitches, Grade III
FA: Dennis Oakeshott, Bob Harrington, July 1976
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Shared By: Bruce Hildenbrand on Jul 4, 2015
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Closures for Peregrine Falcon Protection Details


When put up in the mid 70's this was your typical Tuolumne hard man horror show with single, 1/4" bolt belays, 1-2 pieces of protection per pitch, etc. Nowadays with other routes in the area and rebolting the route has been tamed a bit, but it is still an exciting adventure.

My description is of the line of the original first ascent. Variations, most notably of the second pitch, exist.

Pitch 1 - start in a small right facing corner/ramp which leads up and left to a ledge. Once you gain the ledge, climb more or less staright up the face on knobs past two bolts to a two-bolt anchor with rings.

Pitch 2 - climb up a small right facing corner/crack to a roof. A 5.10a move right under the roof(hard to protect for the second) leads for about 20-25 feet until a break allows one to climb over the roof(5.8). Proceed up and slightly left to a belay underneath another roof at two bolts with rings.

Pitch 3 - do a double mantel over the roof(5.10a) with a fixed pin then proceed up and left to a belay at a large flake with two bolts.

Pitch 4 - the crux pitch. Climb up a steep face past a fixed pin to a small roof. Surmount the roof and belay at a small ledge on the left with two bolts and rings.

Pitch 5 - move right and get pro in a small crack then go up and a bit left on knobs(5.9) two a two bolt belay with rings near a large, peach-sized knob.

Pitch 6 - continue climbing to the top. No protection to speak of, but only 5.7.


This starts about 200-300 feet right of Oz. Walk off if your legs aren't shaking too much.


Bolts, but only a few of them, provide the majority of the protection on this climb. A few pieces up to 1" might help mediate the pucker factor.


I referenced both the 1983, and then the 1992 Reid/Falkenstein Topos for this climb. I actually believe the 1983 topo is the most accurate! On the other hand, the 2009 SuperTopo description is useless. If the editors couldn't accurately draw the first/only pitch for their guidebook, they should have left this climb out altogether rather than hyping it, and no matter how good the quality. No doubt, this is a beautiful and spectacular, but very dangerous climb that has always enjoyed a solid R/X rating by traditional Tuolumne Meadows standards. Be very careful on the first two pitches which are especially steep and run-out. Also be ready for the fifth (5.9) and sixth (5.7) pitches which have very little or no protection at all. If you're still up for Sunrise, continue upward using the much easier "Middle Earth" or "Hobbit Book" to exit via the top of Mariuolumne Dome, and then back down and right to the Drug Dome parking lot. Just got back from a trip to the Meadows, including new climbs on Drug Dome this past week. Happy to say that OZ/Gram Traverse, Sunshine, and all of the other hard man routes put up in the late-70s and 80s in the Meadows have more than stood-up to the test of time. Aug 17, 2016
"Am I really supposed to be here?

How long is this gonna go on for?

What the f*#k are we doing?

Wow, pretty rock-

This is kind of intense...." Jul 13, 2015