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Silent Pillar Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.4936, -118.56231 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: david goldstein on Aug 6, 2006
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An area new to the 10th edition of Lewis' guide about which he is quite enthusiastic, awarding by far the highest star average of any crag in the Sub Gorge. We did not find this enthusiasm entirely warranted, primarily because while the rock was among the most consistently bomber of any area in the entire ORG, the holds were predominantly slick slopers which made everything feel hard. However, this is a good cliff for mid range 10s and definitely worth a visit if the alternative is returning to the Great Wall yet again and impressing everybody by redpointing some hyper chalked trade route for the nth time.

Depending on the level of the river and the condition of the vegetation, getting to the base of climbs at either end of the SP could be problematic

Getting There 

See Lewis' guide. Also note the advisory in the Sub Gorge overview that getting to or from the SP from other Sub Gorge crags involves either reversing much of the approach or a fair amount of wading.

Climbing Season

Weather station 16.9 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

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By Phill T
Oct 7, 2012
just like to reiterate that the 'path' in the book connecting silent pillar with the rest of the subgorge via the river does not exist. Be prepared to get your shoes wet or go up and around. We tried to start the day in the shade at Inyo and end it with Silent Pillar via the river path. A good deal of rock hopping and bushwhacking later we were met with some pretty serious rapids that we didnt feel like navigating and had to retrace our steps. Also the 'direct' approach is pretty ghastly down that initial scree.
By marc farra
Apr 6, 2013
I would just like to add that the direct scree aproach is suicidal. You will at very least end up with boots full of rock and the chances of knocking rather large rocks down the scree feild is huge. If you do choose this path stay close together so as not to knock rocks on your partner. Aslo if the river is raging getting across is very scary.

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