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After Six 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 5 pitches, 600'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Yvon Chouinard and Ruth Schneider - June 1965
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Submitted By: Lee Jensen on Sep 20, 2006

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Great moderate climbing with increasingly beautiful views of the valley.

Pitch 1 - (5.6) This is the crux of the route. Jam and stem up a right facing dihedral to belay at a tree above. Move the belay up and across 3rd class for forty feet to the base of a wide crack. (120')

Pitch 2 - (5.5) Climb the wide crack to the top of a pedestal and then continue slanting right across 5.4 territory to an alcove. (180')

Pitch 3 - (5.3) Slab climb up a knobby face to a large ledge. (120')

Pitch 4 - (5.5) Climb up the face to a right facing flake then either climb to the large roof and move right under the roof, or move right into a crack and avoid the roof entirely. Belay at a small tree.

Pitch 5 - (5.6) Climb up the crack and onto the face to the top of the buttress.

Descend by walking off into the gully on the left.


As you walk up the trail from the parking area After Six is the first climbing route that you come to on the left side of buttress.


Set of nuts, small cams to 2 inches.

Photos of After Six Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rope solo on After 6... what a great way to finish...
Rope solo on After 6... what a great way to finish...
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the descent off Manure Pile Buttress.
Starting the descent off Manure Pile Buttress.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the hardest 5.6 in the world (very fu...
Looking down the hardest 5.6 in the world (very fu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sandra on lead - After Six.
Sandra on lead - After Six.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kelly leading pitch 5 of After Six.
Kelly leading pitch 5 of After Six.
Rock Climbing Photo: Over my left shoulder are the 5.7x and 5.7r variat...
BETA PHOTO: Over my left shoulder are the 5.7x and 5.7r variat...
Rock Climbing Photo: Richard Duncan topping out on pitch one.
Richard Duncan topping out on pitch one.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lauren at the top of after six.
Lauren at the top of after six.
Rock Climbing Photo: Someone free soloing the 4th(?) pitch as we were i...
Someone free soloing the 4th(?) pitch as we were i...
Rock Climbing Photo: top pitch
top pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: heading up Pitch 1
heading up Pitch 1
Rock Climbing Photo: Top of  pitch 4 (guide book).
Top of pitch 4 (guide book).
Rock Climbing Photo: After Six is a very popular free solo.  Photo by B...
After Six is a very popular free solo. Photo by B...
Rock Climbing Photo: After Six follows the well worn path on the left a...
BETA PHOTO: After Six follows the well worn path on the left a...

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By James Schroeder
From: Sauk County, WI
Sep 22, 2006

Another very fun route on the Manure pile...
By Blitzo
Sep 29, 2006

The first pitch is greasy and polished! I thought I was going to die, free soloing it, on a humid day with constant gnat annoyance. I was so glad to wrap my arms around the tree growing out of it, before the last face moves.
The tree is now gone.
I'll never solo that pitch again!
The upper pitches offer very friendly, secure soloing and are very fun!
By Adam Steel
From: Salt Lake City
Jan 14, 2007

The first pitch has been called "the hardest 5.6 in the valley." It has been retrograded to 5.7 in the new Supertopos.
By Josh Hibbard
From: Los Angeles Area, CA
Jun 12, 2007
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

The first pitch is slippery, as indicated. Even if it was not slippery, I would still rate it a 5.7. It is a very fun climb. The down climb is a very decent trail off to climbers left... Very easy approach... A bear box is near the base of the climb.
By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Oct 19, 2008

Very good first multi-pitch climb. The belays are all at nice ledges (depending on where you end the third pitch. I would recommend moving up past the face moves to the optional belay ledge higher up). The climbing is very mello with plenty of pro where you realy want it. The madatory face climbing is simple, so just relax. We combined the last 2 pitches but it required me to move up the knobby face beforeTristan finished the last 10 feet or so (70 meter rope, the last ledge/slab is bigger than you think). The optional finish to the left (up the colored corner and roof) looks so rad! I wouldn't repeat this route except that I want to go back and do that finish!

Gear: 1 set of nuts
1 set of cams (we used BD C4's up to yellow)
plenty of slings!
By Bryan Schillig
Jul 27, 2009

The first pitch of this route is very polished and slick for sure. I slipped but caught myself. This is definitely a challenge for a 5.6.
By ccmski body
From: Seattle, WA
Oct 17, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Good first multi-pitch climb. First pitch is slick so beware. The corner-roof finish is the only way to go and is not as bad as it looks. Getting up to the roof protects well with micro-cams (blue/black aliens) if I remember correctly and the roof traverse is juggy and exciting.
By aaron hope
From: Walnut Creek, CA
Mar 10, 2010

Thought it was going to be an easy 5.6 - not the case!! Haha. I've done the route several times since and Love it. The first pitch is a solid 5.7.
By England
From: ?
May 10, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

The first pitch is a solid seven, and very polished. A couple of aliens, and a piton(first pitch) have become permanent fixtures on the route.
By Rodger Raubach
Sep 4, 2010
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

A very popular, and crowded, route. Well worth the effort.
By Mark P Thomas
From: Draper
Jan 18, 2011
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

The first "5.6" pitch was the hardest 5.7 I've led in the Valley, and I've led a lot of them. Then again, the route was a bit wet too (in January).

The 5.8 finishes are fun. The triple crack is good, and the roof is a burly-yet-solid bouldering move. Place a very small TCU high in the roof to avoid a bad fall, or bypass it to the left via a 5.4 slab after climbing the 5.8 crack variation. (I did the roof on TR after bypassing it since I didn't have pro for it).
By cragsavvy
From: Salt Lake City
Jun 20, 2011

the first pitch is more like 5.8.. a famous climber of yosemite, also a guide was following behind us and he said a tree was growing in the middle that pulled out that made it 5.6. He said the grades for After Six and After Seven are switched for the first pitches
By rafael
From: Berkeley, CA
Sep 13, 2011

The fixed piton on pitch one is not there anymore, and the pitch gets more polished every year. Dont end up too close to nutcracker around pitch four, this is the top of fecophilia, I decided to climb what looked to be a rarely climbed line, and got into some really runout sections (prob 5.7) with flaring cracks. I bet offset cams would work fine, but who carries those on free routes.
By Jan Tarculas
From: Riverside, Ca
Aug 8, 2012

Partner and I did after seven then continued up this route. To much easy/scrambling climbing for me until the very last pitch. Fun face climbing at the last pitch.
By Jeff Scheuerell
Mar 31, 2013
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

I just looked in my old green Roper guide(1971) and it shows After Six as 5.7 so 5.7 isn't a retro grade after all.
By Mike Holley
From: Boone, NC
Sep 12, 2014

A fun romp and a good introduction to Manure Pile area. Get Ready to wait in line because this guy is the most popular kid in school at the grade! WEar sunscreen!
By Crimpanzee
From: San Francisco, California
Sep 16, 2014
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Pitch 1 is the slipperiest climbing I've done in the valley. Hard for 5.7, especially at 7am. Stretch those calves before jumping on. Everything after the first pitch feels about ten times as easy in comparison.
By Pawel Janowski
From: WA
Nov 4, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This comment is for anyone for whom, like for me, this is the first climb ever in the Valley. After reading all the previous comments about how deadly slick this one is, I was aghast. Well, turns out this one's got more friction than pretty much anything else you've ever climbed in your life, especially if you've been on basalt or limestone. I guess standards of "slick" and "greasy" vary from place to place:)

Fun first pitch!
By cliffmama
Jun 9, 2016

If it's your first time on the Manure Pile, get the beta on the descent. The book we had was vague, and someone else on the climb told us to descend at a particular dead tree, and pointed to it. Turned out to be a "death chute" that dropped off. Luckily we weren't the only ones to make that mistake and found a tree with slings on it that could bring us safely down the the well-traveled descent trail in the gully. Found the other climber at the bottom who apologized for mixing up his dead trees. He took the correct way down after we left.
By Tristan Sipe
May 1, 2017
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Wow what an amazing route!

Did it in 6 pitches with the After Seven start variation. Would recommend letting the more experienced/confident leader lead pitches 1,3, and 5 and saving pitches 2,4, and 6 for your partner. Pitches 1 and 3 were definitely the cruxes, physically and psychologically.

Exposure on P3 is slightly heady but you can sling a bomber chockstone before you pull out on the face!

Descent was very straight forward, make sure to descend straight back from the final ledge rather than left!
By John Oberbeck
May 30, 2017
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Just did this route last Sunday (Memorial day weekend). Got to the base at 9ish and had no line, but while we were on the first pitch, 3 more parties showed up.

Excellent climb that definitely deserves its classic status.
Pitch Beta:

P1- The first pitch is stiff for the grade, with two definitive cruxes. Save a .4 camalot to slot into the roof to protect the second crux.

P2- Mostly class 3, with two 5.6 sections, including a fun little finger crack. The top of P2 is a large ledge perfect for an early lunch / snack / nap in the sun.

P3- Follow a wide crack up to the crescent moon flake on your right. Halfway up, switch onto the crack's left face for a few moves. Sustained 5.6.

P4- I honestly can't remember anything about this pitch :-)

P5- Take some 5.5 knobs on the right of the belay up, then hit a 5.6 lieback. I was able to slot a #2 C4 early, then forewent further placements in favor of powering through. In retrospect, I'd suggest sewing it up a little more. Bring long slings for the zigzag beyond the lieback before the belay, or you'll be hating the rope drag

P6- Not out of the woods yet! Some interesting 5.6 climbing up the crack to the right of the roof. Guidebook claims the face to the left is 5.7, and the roof goes at 5.8, but it looks a lot harder.

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