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Knob Job 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: George Meyers and Kevin Worrall 1076
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Submitted By: Nate Weitzel on Oct 8, 2006

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Knob Job is an excellent hand and finger crack that escapes midway up the route onto a series of wild knobs, hence the name. Unique climbing for Yosemite. Well protected. Climb the obvious hand crack until you gain a pair of thin cracks. Follow this through some knobs and trend to the left. Head for a tree that is far to the left of the start. Expect some rope drag at the top. Long pitch.


From the approach trail, this is just to the left. Locate the crack that starts in a wide groove, with the obvious knobby section of wall above.


Standard Rack, consider doubles for finger and hand size cams.

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By Jeff Scheuerell
Jan 20, 2011

You may want to bring a third #2 Camalot or #3 friend
By Jeff Scheuerell
Jan 20, 2011

Link w/2nd pitch of Nurdle for an excellent long pitch
By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Oct 12, 2011

P1 is awesome. There are chains here not shown on the Supertopo. P2 (top of Nurdle?) is worth doing once.

I was a bit stumped on the P1 crux for a second until I realized there was a "hidden" crack at right!

The top anchors are quite a ways to the right, so we just rapped straight down with two ropes.
By Mareko
From: San Francisco
Feb 26, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

I would have given the climb another star, if it was straight up crack without knobs. Its an amazing climb.
By Greg1234560987
Apr 11, 2013

This route now continues as a mix of trad/sport for several pitches (8 total maybe?) Climb up to a bushy ledge, then climb up and left onto mildly overhung easy face with tons of glorious softball sized knobs. Rap the route.
By Johnny Y
From: California
Apr 16, 2013

Same as Andy, tried to go straight up on the thin finger and reached for a small knob to the left - committing move!

Supertopo says the 10b section is the lieback flake, but you don't have to lieback it especially on lead. Use the left finger crack as well for more secured moves, but probably brings the grade down to 5.9?

Fun TR to try the thin right crack all the way from the bottom, tape up because it's sharp
By cjdrover
From: Watertown, MA
Sep 10, 2013

This would be a local 4 star classic anywhere else.
By aaron hope
From: Walnut Creek, CA
Oct 30, 2013
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

I also appreciated having a third #1 and #2. I thought the meat of the climb was the sustained, glorious hand jamming up to the crux. The crux is short and you get a great rest from which you can hangout and place good gear.

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