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Garden Party

5.5 PG13, Trad, Alpine, 200 ft,  Avg: 2.8 from 4 votes
FA: Tom Rogers, Dave Mahler, Vlada Matena (2014)
California > Yosemite NP > Tuolumne Meadows > Cathedral Range > Cathedral Peak > N Buttress
Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details

Description

Garden Party is on a small buttress containing a number of discontinuous, parallel vertical cracks, 400 feet right of the toe of the Buttress.
Climb the face, the cracks, or a combination of both.

This is a great route for practicing pro placement. Start on the finger crack on the left side, then step over to the hand crack on the right side. Above the tree, the crack widens from hand to fist to off width. The angle of the rock is low and it is very easy to place good pro almost anywhere on the route.

Clever pro placement to the right of the small tree half-way up avoids dragging the rope through the tree (which is covered with sap).

Several fun top-­ropes are possible from the anchors. This is a very full 60-meter pitch.

Descend: Two 60 meter ropes required to rappel from a 2-bolt anchor with rappel rings.

Location

GPS N37.86201 W119.40077.

Protection

Cams: 1 each .3 - 3", optional 4". Nuts: 1 set. Bring two sets of cams if learning to place pro.

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The numerous cracks on Garden Party and a recommended route.
[Hide Photo] The numerous cracks on Garden Party and a recommended route.
Tom Rogers climbing 5.8 slab to the Garden Party anchors.
[Hide Photo] Tom Rogers climbing 5.8 slab to the Garden Party anchors.
Dave Mahler climbing Garden Party.
[Hide Photo] Dave Mahler climbing Garden Party.

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[Hide Comment] This might be the best intro gear lead in Tuolumne. Fun easy climbing, cool line, gear pretty much whenever you want. The cleanest rap line is climber's left, and don't forget to get the knot down over the edge. Jul 27, 2016