Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: Chris Falkenstein, Dennis Oakeshott, 1975
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Shared By: King Tut on Aug 11, 2017
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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


This is a Valley Classic splitter finger crack. Not well known because it was not in the "select" guides but as good as any in the Park. Think "Mr. Natural" if a little shorter.

Hiking along the base after the ladder adventure approach you will notice this route starting from a sloping ledge and a maple tree. Patiently work in some wires then fire some thin locks to where the crack opens up a bit. Sustained but lowish angle fingers from there to a fixed anchor (bolts). Modern sticky shoes that work in thin cracks make this easier than the original 5.10d rating, imo.

A perfect splitter as good as any in the park and must do on the Yose fingers circuit. A Chris Falkenstein (Author of Tuolumne Guide) classic.


To the right of Lehamite Falls.


RPs and Wires to start then cams to ~2" IIRC. Take some larger just in case maybe but scoping from the base may allow you to leave the 3" stuff. TCUs useful.


King Tut
Citrus Heights
King Tut   Citrus Heights
First digit locks for the crux at the bottom. Aug 11, 2017
Alexey Zelditch
San Jose
Alexey Zelditch   San Jose
Guidebook rating: "Knuckle Buster 5.11a ** Jan 24, 2018
King Tut
Citrus Heights
King Tut   Citrus Heights
@Alexey....guidebooks been wrong before and will be again (apologies to Ronnie Deed). Its easier than Serenity Crack or Mr. Natural. Jan 24, 2018
My notes indicate that we climbed an early ascent of Knuckle Buster in April, 1974. Back then, it was noted that this was 5.10d. Are my notes wrong about the date? May 2, 2018
Jake Ramsey
Yosemite, CA
Jake Ramsey   Yosemite, CA
Just climbed this today and the crack was filled with dirt towards the end of the fingers before the .75 section. I was able to hold on and pull through and then cleaned it out really well on the way down. Great climb and well worth the hike. May 8, 2018