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The Yawn 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: TM Herbert and Gordon Webster, June 1965, FFA: Phil Bircheff & Jan Ebeltoft, July 1969
Season: summer, fall
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Submitted By: Adam on Dec 31, 2006

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    Find the HUGE chimney/corner. The second pitch holds the crux offwidth/weirdness. 3rd pitch (5.7) hands! If you have huge hands!


    You can't miss it. Huge corner on the far east side of the face.


    Bring a bunch of big cams.

    Photos of The Yawn Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Jose following pitch 2
    Jose following pitch 2
    Rock Climbing Photo: Looking back on P3
    Looking back on P3
    Rock Climbing Photo: Lost lake after topping out on The Yawn
    Lost lake after topping out on The Yawn
    Rock Climbing Photo: P3
    Rock Climbing Photo: Looking back on P2
    Looking back on P2
    Rock Climbing Photo: Starting out P2
    Starting out P2
    Rock Climbing Photo: Close up of The Yawn.
    BETA PHOTO: Close up of The Yawn.
    Rock Climbing Photo: The Yawn approaching from Medlicott, Right.
    BETA PHOTO: The Yawn approaching from Medlicott, Right.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Wide pitch from the belay. This climb is SICK!
    Wide pitch from the belay. This climb is SICK!
    Rock Climbing Photo: The first pitch (stay right of the corner).
    BETA PHOTO: The first pitch (stay right of the corner).

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    By Tyler Logan
    From: Mammoth Lakes, CA
    Aug 5, 2008
    rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

    Anyone who sees this route up close will be impressed by it, even if they have no desire to climb it. Amazing line. Route-finding on the first pitch is tricky (no, you don't just find the corner and climb it). The standard start begins right of the corner and climbs up broken, somewhat-vegetated cracks and ledge systems to the quality crux headwall (which is still right of the true corner). Route-finding on the 2nd pitch is a no-brainer. Follow the steep, intimidating wide crack as it goes from surprisingly positive jams to awkward, leaning nothingness. The Reid guide describes the final pitch as a "crack in a corner that climbers dream about." I'd say the 2nd pitch is also the kind of pitch climbers dream about, but I'd call these dreams nightmares.

    I'd say the 2nd pitch ranks with Reeds Direct in the Valley as a top contender for hardest 5.9 of all time.

    Gear is excellent. Bring a lot of 3" for the final pitch, and consider taking a couple large cams for the offwidth.
    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 5, 2008
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    Good training for climbing the Salathe Wall on El Cap.
    By Rob Dillon
    Aug 19, 2008

    A bunch of big nuts would really keep your rack light and bomber on this routes' knobby, convergent flakes. Hardly any small ones, though.
    By Bryan G
    From: Yosemite
    Oct 3, 2011

    I got off route on the first pitch. Climbed into the main corner too soon and found myself beneath an 8-foot long offwidth roof.

    The 3rd pitch is a spectacular rope-stretcher and can be protected entirely with passive pro if you're inclined to dust off the hexes. Seriously though, this pitch is as good as anything I've climbed in Tuolumne (ranking up there with Blue's Riff, Speed of Life, the corner pitch on Oz, and the final pitch of 3rd Pillar).
    By trying hard
    From: Sierra East Side
    Nov 6, 2012

    This climb is awesome. The most valley like climbing I have done in the meadows. Pitch 1 is a bit tricky route finding though a fun roof and into a wide section. The 2nd pitch is burly awesome, and the 3rd is just straight up mean 5.7. This is one of the most beautiful rock formations to look up at from the base. When you get up close you cant help but get exited about this climb.

    This is a majorly overlooked climb in the meadows and if you are looking to climb hard valley pitches, this is great starter and training climb.
    By BFK
    From: San Francisco
    Jun 10, 2013
    rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

    Definitely found this route to be burly! P2 has the classic off-width/V-slot dilemma: -Should I go as far in as possible for the security of some (bad) jams and ease of gear placement OR do I leave the security of the slot and squeeze-chimney my way up?
    If you choose the former you don't need anything bigger than a #4,... but it'll feel way harder than 5.9.

    As for P3,... if you go into it thinking it's just a 5.7 you will get slaughtered. Nothing more to say there.
    By Neil Rankin
    From: Winston-Salem, NC
    Jan 10, 2014

    From a distance, one of the prettiest lines in Tuolumne. The second pitch is weird, and my rack was a little too small when I did it, but it's not too bad. The third pitch is harder than 5.7, and it requires the leader to run it between protection. No worries though, there are features for stemming and good jams in between the wider spots. A fantastic route.

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