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Antique T 
Caverns, The T 
Commitment T 
Fire Fly S 
Hanging Teeth T 
Jughead T 
Munginella T 
Surprise, The T 
Try Again Ledge T 
Werner's Ant Trees T 
Work Around the Skirt S 

First Tier Rock Climbing 

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Five Open Books.

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The first tier of the Five Open Books area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in First Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for First Tier:
Munginella   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
The Caverns   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Hanging Teeth   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Fire Fly   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   
Commitment   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   
The Surprise   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Werner's Ant Trees   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Cathy Dececco follows P2 of Commitment.

Commitment 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : First Tier
This climb is in the next book right of "Munginella".Either climb a curving corner or a crack to the right to a belay.Climb unprotected face to the corner and continue to a tree.Continue up to a roof, traverse under it to it's end and follow the corner to the top.Descend to the left. be careful not to knock rocks off, onto climbers below....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Chris Aufdemberg
Aug 16, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: 3rd Book
3rd Book

Does anyone know the name and rating of the route indicated with arrows in the picture? Climbed it last week - very enjoyable. Has 1 questionable bolt below the first "roof" and a sling on the corner of the second "roof". Required some large cams; clean rock.
By Bruno Beltran
From: Stanford, CA
Jun 9, 2017
In wetter years (such as this year), the waterfall on the walk-off can make a rappel seem necessary. There are bolts conveniently situated at the point where the going usually becomes too wet.

Alternatively, you can save time or pass a gumby party rappeling via a well established animal trail that can be found by maintaining the approximate elevation of the bolts for another 150' or so in the direction of the trail, then switchbacking down the grass and traversing drier rock.

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