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Public Sanitation Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.73908, -119.58843 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Sep 26, 2008


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This is a nice sport climbing area that is home to one pitch lines on featured, slightly overhanging granite.

Getting There 

From the Sentinel Bridge, head east (towards Curry Village) for a tenth of a mile (150 paces, roughly) to a parking spot on the left side of the road just past a bunch of boulders that have been piled on the shoulder to block it off. Cross the street and head through the woods (finding the path of least resistance. After five minutes, you should bust through the woods and into a massive talus field. Head up this directly to the lower wall. The upper wall can be reached by scrambling up a decent trail climbers' left of the lower wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Public Sanitation Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Public Sanitation Wall:
Waste Not, Whip Not   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Afterburner   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Tucker's Proud Rock Climb   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The last shake before the crux above the 5th bolt....

Afterburner 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : Public Sanitation Wall
Begin on the right side of the upper tier, immediately in front of a large tree. Stem up the tree to the first of two bolts that protect the climbing up to a break. From here things get more challenging. Follow the bolt line as it heads slightly right (there is a dirtier variation that branches out left a few bolts up). Great climbing....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Osprey Overhang
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Apr 2, 2010
There is something about this crag that makes me feel good inside. Why it took me so long to discover this place, I do not know. Peace!
By Vlad S
Mar 30, 2015
The upper tier is now my favorite crag in the valley. All day shade in spring and fall, no crowds, friendly and well-protected routes. All the routes here are really good as well and are pretty clean, especially considering that nobody is ever here (unlike Mecca, for example, where they get mossed over). Did I mention the best views of Yosemite Falls! The base of the routes gets a little bit of sun after 4 pm (in March), perhaps earlier in the summer. The wind rustles the bay trees creating a very zen-like environment.

If you think the routes might be hard for you, bring a few finger-size cams to supplement the bolts. Some of the easier routes take gear up to #1 camalot. Not necessary, but you can totally sew it up with gear as most lines follow some natural discontinuous cracks. 60 m rope is sufficient for all the routes here.