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Leaning Tower Base Routes Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,205'
Location: 37.71516, -119.64875 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Osprey Overhang on Apr 13, 2011

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The base of Leaning Tower hosts a few different areas that offer enjoyable cragging while avoiding the crowds found in some of the more popular areas of Yosemite National Park. From left to right, the base can be divided into four distinct sections: 1) The Yellow Corner. 2) The Watchtower. 3) The Amoeba. 4) The Cracker.

Getting There 

The easiest way to access is via the Bridalveil Falls parking area. This parking lot is a crowded mess in spring and summer, so you may have to park along Hwy 41, or at the parking lot downstream from Bridalveil Falls.
From the restrooms, follow the climbers path to the Leaning Tower. At a point that will be obvious to you, break off from the path and aim toward the section of the base you wish to start climbing at. The approach is quite simple with the exception of the difficulties associated with crossing talus.

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For the Leaning Tower Area area.

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Leaning Tower Base Routes

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Leaning Tower Base Routes:
The Thief   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   The Watchtower
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Rock Climbing Photo: Jo Whitford on The Thief.  Photo by John Bachar.

The Thief 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : The Watchtower
This climb has an ugly beginning and end but a stellar middle. Pitch 1 A short approach pitch the guide book lists as 4th but is harder than that. Ugly and loose.Pitch 2 A hollow sounding flake to start, then sustained good rock. Next are a couple of offwidth pods with a crack in the back. Sustained. Get one rest right before the crux. An optional intermediate belay to an ugly finish with more loose flakes....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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