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22 - Five and Dime Cliff

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Anti-Christ, The S 
Bijou S 
Chump Change T 
Copper Penny T 
Five and Dime T 
Inner Reaches T 
Keystone Corner T 
Mockery S 
Nickel Bag S 
Ride the Lightning T,S 
Whack and Dangle T 

22 - Five and Dime Cliff Rock Climbing 

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The Five and Dime Cliff is a smaller crag down the hillside from the Reeds Parking pullout. It has some excellent shorter pitches ranging from trad to bolted, and provides a nice alternative if all of your planned routes at Reed's are occupied. The crag does get sun throughout the day, like Reed's, and has fantastic views of the Merced river and the Rostrum. Rock quality is excellent overall, and your standard Yosemite rack should suffice. Pitches are 70 - 130 feet, some routes have lowering anchors, others are walk off from the top.

Getting There 

Start from the Reed's parking pullout (b/w the tunnels on Hwy 120), and walk toward the eastern tunnel. As you walk along the road, look for a small climbers trail heading down the slope. The trail starts right at the tunnel, behind the sign that gives the tunnel height. Don't follow the quasi-trails that are right below the parking area. Navigate the loose dirt trail through the trees and head toward the cliff. This trail will circle around to the base of the cliff, and the approach time is roughly 10 minutes, although longer for the walk back out.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.5 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 22 - Five and Dime Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 22 - Five and Dime Cliff:
Inner Reaches   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   
Mockery   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Keystone Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Copper Penny   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad   
Bijou   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   
Five and Dime   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Whack and Dangle   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad   
Nickel Bag   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Rick Cashner free-soling "Five and Dime"...

Five and Dime 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : 22 - Five and Dime Cliff
Five and Dime is the classic and namesake climb for this crag. It is a strenuous crack that takes a wide ranges of gear, from small to off hands. The crux revolves around a strange pod midway up, followed by difficult finger locks and finishes with a burly hand to large-hand sized crack. The gear is solid throughout, and if you are solid too then you should do well on this one. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Mathew G
Oct 26, 2012
The trail starts right at the tunnel, behind the sign that gives the tunnel height. Don't follow the quasi-trails that are right below the parking area.
By thepirate1
Oct 11, 2016
Newer guidebooks list several climbs far to the right of Five and Dime, but little information. I would love it if people would post information on more climbs.

Halleywood 5.9
In particular, the next-to-last rightmost climb is called Halleywood. There are a line of bolts on a detached flake; the edge is at the right side, the bolts are some 4 feet to the left. The first bolt is some 12 feet off a sloping big block that is perhaps another 10 feet off the ground above sharp rocks and tree- nasty nasty fall potential. The rock is licken-ey, maybe OK, but looks like very hard 5.9 and very steep and very hard to first bolt with no hands of any kind. It would be possible to layback the edge - but then it's a 4foot plus reach to the bolts. How do people do this? Is it just faith, prayer, and testosterone to the first bolt???



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