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Grimsel (north) Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,300'
Location: 37.81408, -119.10725 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: kenr on Aug 13, 2016
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BETA PHOTO: Grimsel - north sub-area of Rush climbing area -- ...


Interesting rock up around the north side.
About 200 feet wide, in three sectors of single-pitch.
Overall facing NNW.

Just as we recognize the June Lake Loop as a little visit to Switzerland, so we see the rock of Rush as a taste of Swiss granite.
"Grimsel" valley is the famous granite area in the center of Switzerland.

warning: The rock in this sector has not been climbed much yet, and much of the rock is still breakable and loose -- so the belayer and other people should stand far away from underneath the climber.

Getting There 

From sector 1 Papillons, scramble W down talus a short ways, down past sawed-off power pole and a step to the right through a small rock notch. Then at (N37.8138 W119.1086) turn right (North) onto nice trail and hike 200 feet roughly horizontal, next NorthEast another 200 feet to around GPS latitude longitude (N37.8145 W119.1079). Then hike SouthEast uphill diagonal left on sandy dirt about 225 feet to reach the Grimsel crag. (7-12 minutes from sector 1).
Hiking time total 17-32 minutes from pull-out Parking via log bridge)

Or at times of low water flow in Rush Creek, consider the "Wading / hiking approach" described further down on the Rush area description page. But instead of going up all way to sector 1 Papillons, turn Left (North) earlier lower at (N37.8138 W119.1086) onto a nice trail (before reaching a step to the right through a small notch to a sawed-off power pole).
(total 12-25 minutes from near Overlook parking).

--> see Map

--> see Photo overview from NW

Climbing Season

For the June Lake Area area.

Weather station 4.6 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Grimsel (north)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Grimsel (north):
Left Center Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   2-Gerstenegg
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Featured Route For Grimsel (north)

Left Double-Flake 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : 2-Gerstenegg
Low crux is thoughtful. The rest is easier, but much is still interesting.P1: Up over the double-flake, then roughly straight up, staying in between the easier crack/gully on left and easier crack/gully on right, up to big ledge with some small trees and bushes.P2: Easier scrambling at first, trending right to go up big left-facing corner. Exit this corner to the right, then finish ten to fifteen feet right of bare tree about 8-10 inches wide and 10-12 feet tall. warning: The rock on and ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Grimsel (north) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: lower right side of Gerstenegg sector
BETA PHOTO: lower right side of Gerstenegg sector
Rock Climbing Photo: center right of Handegg sector
BETA PHOTO: center right of Handegg sector
Rock Climbing Photo: Eldorado sector (West side) of Grimsel area -  ove...
BETA PHOTO: Eldorado sector (West side) of Grimsel area - ove...

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