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Glacier Point Apron Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,166'
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  • Description 

    At the east end of Yosemite Valley rising up above Happy Isles lies a massive slab of beautiful granite that slopes up towards Glacier Point. This wall has some of the best slab climbing in the valley, and also some of the worst rock fall potential.

    In 1999 Peter Terbush was killed by a massive rock fall while his two partners escaped with lacerations.

    With that warning in mind Glacier Point offers moderate classic routes with a very short approach, and shouldn't be missed.

    Getting There 

    From the Happy Isles trailhead parking lot walk up the path towards Little Yosemite. After about five minutes you will see the Nature Center to the right of the trail. Shortly after the Nature Center follow a fairly good path to the right towards the slabs. This will take you up through the forest and rockfall to the base of the wall. The approach from the trail turn off takes about ten minutes.

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    Weather station 1.2 miles from here

    43 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',5],['5.7',3],['5.8',4],['5.9',9],['5.10',12],['5.11',6],['5.12',3],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Glacier Point Apron

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Glacier Point Apron:
    The Cow-Center Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Glacier Point Apron - Left
    The Grack - Center   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   Glacier Point Apron - Left
    Monday Morning Slab, Chouinard Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad   Glacier Point Apron - Cente...
    The Cow-Right Side   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Glacier Point Apron - Left
    Point Beyond   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Glacier Point Apron - Right
    Monday Morning Slab, Harry Daley Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Glacier Point Apron - Cente...
    Point Beyond Direct   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 350'   Glacier Point Apron - Right
    Patio Pinnacle, Regular Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   Glacier Point Apron - Cente...
    The Grack, Right Side   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Glacier Point Apron - Left
    Angel's Approach   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Glacier Point Apron - Right
    Coonyard Pinnacle   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   Glacier Point Apron - Cente...
    Apron Jam   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Glacier Point Apron - Right
    The Grack, Marginal   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   Glacier Point Apron - Left
    Goodrich Pinnacle-Right Side   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 8 pitches   Glacier Point Apron - Cente...
    Variation on a Theme   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Glacier Point Apron - Cente...
    Cold Fusion   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   Glacier Point Apron - Right
    Lonely Dancer   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Glacier Point Apron - Right
    Mr. Natural   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Glacier Point Apron - Right
    Green Dragon   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Glacier Point Apron - Right
    Galactic Hitchhiker   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 20 pitches, 4000'   Glacier Point Apron - Cente...
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Anne Carrier on the Grack, 1981. Climbing in RR Ve...

    The Grack, Marginal 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a California : Yosemite National Park : ... : Glacier Point Apron - Left
    Great training for Yosemite runout friction! P1: Climb the easy terrain to the tree (.2). P2: Traverse left, turn the roof (before clipping), then pass three bolts to a horizontal crack (place oposing nuts!) and to the belay (.9). P3: Pass a pin and a bad small cam placement to the ancors. P4: Pass a couple more pins to the anchors of the grack (.9). ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Corbett belaying on the Apron, 1975. Photo by...
    Mike Corbett belaying on the Apron, 1975. Photo by...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Large rockfall on Glacier Point, fall 2008 as seen...
    Large rockfall on Glacier Point, fall 2008 as seen...
    Rock Climbing Photo: The Apron in winter
    The Apron in winter
    Rock Climbing Photo: Washington Column, North Dome and Mt. Watkins from...
    Washington Column, North Dome and Mt. Watkins from...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Apron, 70s
    Apron, 70s
    Rock Climbing Photo: Leading a climb on Glacier Point Apron, 70s,  I do...
    Leading a climb on Glacier Point Apron, 70s, I do...
    Rock Climbing Photo: the Apron
    the Apron
    Rock Climbing Photo: GP Apron from Snake Dike...
    GP Apron from Snake Dike...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Apron Climbing in the 1970s. Photo by Blitzo.
    Apron Climbing in the 1970s. Photo by Blitzo.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Showing Glacier Point Apron in relation to Happy I...
    BETA PHOTO: Showing Glacier Point Apron in relation to Happy I...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Glacier Point in "Marginal" conditions. ...
    Glacier Point in "Marginal" conditions. ...

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    By M. Morley
    Administrator
    From: Sacramento, CA
    May 1, 2007
    At approximately 6:52pm on Wednesday, July 10, 1996, a large block of granite, with an estimated mass of 184,000 tons, detached from the cliff between Washburn Point and Glacier Point. My friend Darin MacGillivray and I watched this happen as we were descending the Vernal/Nevada Falls trail after having climbed Snake Dike earlier in the day. The only fatality was a young man standing approximately 100 yards away from us on the bridge at the Happy Isles trailhead.

    By rafael
    From: Berkeley, CA
    Mar 14, 2011
    3/12/11 rockfall on the grack and marginal. I was rapping down between second and third rappel anchors from the top of Marginal and the Grack, rock fell on the ledge at the top of these climbs, luckily the ledge redirected the rock away from my party, but if someone was on the Grack or at the top they would have been injured or dead. This a supposedly 'safer' part of the Apron, but still dangerous. Scary.
    By Stefano Prezioso
    From: Denver, CO
    Jun 7, 2012
    Got off route on Marginal today, and am curious if anyone has any information about the climbing right of Marginal. Here's what we did.

    About 20-30 feet right of the last bolt on the second pitch of Marginal is a bolted anchor. From this anchor, there is a bolt up and to the right. From that bolt, you can head straight up a very shallow (two inches), right facing dihedral for about 25 feet. Above the dihedral are two more bolts, and then trending up and to the right takes you two a belay ledge with a bush and bolted anchor. From this anchor, there is a bolt up and to the left below another shallow right facing dihedral. There are two fixed heads in the dihedral, and then a bolt above it. Up and to the left of this bolt is a very thin seam surrounded by very slick, water-polished rock. About 35 feet above the bolt, in the seam, is another fixed head. About 15 feet above this fixed head is another bolt, before heading up and left to a ledge system that trends left, and gains the easier dihedral system that takes you up and to the anchors atop of The Grack - Center, approaching these anchors form the right.

    We are calling our 3rd pitch 5.9, maybe 5.9+, and our 4th pitch at least 5.10. Both pitches were runout, and the 4th pitch was VERY runout while also being on crux terrain. It was all friction/slab climbing.

    We looked at The Grack - Right, but that line was further right than what we did. It's possible the Good Friday Ledge was the ledge we stopped at at the top of our 3rd pitch. Not positive.

    If anyone has a clue as to what any of this climbing might have been, please let me know! We're very curious as to what we got ourselves into today. Thanks!
    By Athan Burlotos
    May 31, 2015
    Found a piece of gear near the base of what I believe to be the Grack Right (5.9R) on 5/26/15. If you lost something email a description of the item to catawbaparadise@gmail.com

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