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The Whale Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Blitzo on Nov 9, 2006
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The Whale 

The Whale is one of the roadside crags at the eastern end of the area.
The climbs are excellent.
This splended, clean granite cliff is about 350 ft. tall, with georgous, splitter cracks and lots of black knobs.
To descend, rappel from anchors at the summit.
I'll try to get some photos soon.

Getting There 

To approach this crag, park at a dirt road on the north side of the Whitney Portal Road, across from Whitney Portal Campground. This is just before the Whitney Portal Road makes a switch back.
Walk this dirt road to a switchback, then follow a trail to the base of the cliff.
For more information on The Whale, get "The Good, The Great, And The Awesome" by Peter Croft.

Climbing Season

For the Whitney Portal area.

Weather station 14.3 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Whale

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Whale:
Bony Fingers   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Killer Whale   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 215'   
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Featured Route For The Whale
Rock Climbing Photo: Crux pitch.

Bony Fingers 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c California : Sierra Eastside : ... : The Whale
Bony Fingers features an incredible 90m finger crack! If it weren't for the knobs, this steep, beautiful splitter would be 5.12 instead of 5.9. Located on "The Whale", approach by turning off of the main road to the north onto a dirt road opposite the group campground. This can only be followed for about 100 feet to a gate. Park here. Hike past the gate towards the east until the road makes a sharp switchback up and left (back to the west), and a secondary, lower, road continues east (this is ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Whale. Photo by Blitzo.
The Whale. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the Whale from the Talus
View of the Whale from the Talus
Rock Climbing Photo: View from The Whale
View from The Whale
Rock Climbing Photo: The Whale, Whitney Portal Topo by Robs John Muir, ...
BETA PHOTO: The Whale, Whitney Portal Topo by Robs John Muir, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bony Fingers 1st pitch via the 10c variation. I th...
Bony Fingers 1st pitch via the 10c variation. I th...

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