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Chicks Dig It S 
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Dudes Squeezin Chicks S 
Flamed Thrower S 
Flying Circus S 
Friendly Fire S 
Gold Rush S 
Mercy Buckets S 

The Columns Rock Climbing 

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Another long, tall wall with good rock and the largest concentration of quality routes at the cliff. The lefthand side features the best steep jughauls, while the right side has some longer sustained, technical routes.

Getting There 

Just a short ways past the Teflon Wall. Look for large hanging columns.

Climbing Season

For the Bear Crag area.

Weather station 8.4 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Columns

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Columns:
Chicks Dig It   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Friendly Fire   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Mercy Buckets   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Bear Backin It   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 100'   
Flamed Thrower   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Flying Circus   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For The Columns
Rock Climbing Photo: Friendly Fire; triple the roof pullin' fun

Friendly Fire 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : The Columns
Located on the far right side of The Columns between Ashes To Ashes (5.11d) and Easy Rider (5.11c). The start of this route (first two bolts) is shared with Holy Smoke (5.11c) which then cuts up and left.Climb past the shared start with Holy Smoke (5.11c) and continue up the long face on endless flat-topped edges to anchors just below the very top of the crag. Sustained climbing on positive holds with no stopper moves; this is very reminiscent of the climbing at the Owens River Gorge. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Daniel Abud
Sep 3, 2015
Does anyone have a GPS coordinate to this place? In "getting here" it just leads you to a "Past rock 1" and then you click on Rock 1 and it says "To the left of Rock 2!" until you chase go down the rabbit hole.

Someone please post a GPS coordinate!

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