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Yin and Yang Cliff

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Yin and Yang Cliff Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: AJ on Mar 30, 2004
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This miniature (35') crag has two nice cracks. The routes get morning sun and afternoon shade.

Getting There 

Follow a trail around the left side of Kraft Mtn. After 20 minutes you will reach a distinct notch; the crag is 100 yards further on the right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Yin and Yang Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Yin and Yang Cliff:
Bigwank   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 20'   
Atman   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Yin and Yang   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 40'   
Shortwank   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 25'   
Sport Wanker Extraordinaire   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Yin and Yang 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Yin and Yang Cliff
The left wall has this curvy thin hands crack. Take some thin gear for the last moves. Like its neighbor, a sweet miniature route....[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

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Rock Climbing Photo: A print quality letter regarding the Atman bolting...
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By 10b4me
Mar 31, 2004
Although the two climbs here are good, they're not really worth the hike, especially if you've ever climbed in IC.
By J. Thompson
From: denver, co
Apr 28, 2005
Not really sure why you'd say's a 15 minute, easy hike......
By beny
Jan 28, 2007
Some more info: as of Jan 07, almost all of the routes at this formation have anchors. The only exceptions would be the two wide cracks on the west side (.9, .11). Also, theres a sport route just right of Atman that checks in about .11-. Beware, the bolts are glue-ins and it looks like someomes first attempt with them.
By Jason D. Martin
Feb 18, 2007
Was up at Yin Yang today... I don't know who put in the glue-ins but they look a little sketchy. There are globs of phlem yellow glue hanging out of the bolt holes. There is no doubt in my mind that this was someone's first attempt at glue-ins. Too bad they had to experiment at such a nice little area.

I'd suggest backing up these bolts for awhile until we see whether the installer knew what he was doing or not...

By Cunning Linguist
Mar 7, 2007
This cliff has recieved an unneccessary "makeover" recently. I counted fourteen bolts on this cliff a couple of months ago, and this is before the lead bolts went in on the "sport routes". These were existing, already established toprope routes with solid, accessible gear anchors. The idea was that anyone climbing at this cliff had gear with them, as this is a traditional, bolt-free trad cliff. Someone decided to change that, I'm sure in some kind of public service oriented spirit, but seeing a botched, sticking 2/3 out glue in three inches from the crack I've plugged cams into for two years, on a 30' cliff with a one minute walkoff, just sickens me. It's not progress, the word from the rangers is that it's totally illegal to bolt on that cliff, and my feeling on it is that the sooner those things make their way to join disco in the dustbin of history, the better. If you chop these botched bolts, let me know and I'll buy the beers at Tenaya Creek to celebrate. If I had the gear to do it correctly myself, they'd already be gone. Hatemail and/or support to
By Jason D. Martin
Mar 8, 2007
The bolts have been removed. See the anonymous letter submitted by Todd.

By Jon O'Brien
From: Nevada
Apr 22, 2009
Thanks for chopping them and cleaning them up! I did Ying and Yang saturday and we didn't see evidence leftover... Good work!
By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Mar 24, 2011
The best parking area to get to Yin and Yang cliff is the one at the very end of Sandstone Drive, and from there, it really is a 15 minute hike.
By Gregory Climber
Oct 17, 2013
Thanks to LVCLC volunteers, the old chop job at this cliff no longer has grey glue evidence. The glue was removed in an attempt to camouflage the old illegal bolt holes. The holes were then filled and red sand/rock placed on top. It looks a lot better than it did. Thanks for the donated time gentlemen!
By yann gauthier
Nov 30, 2015
By Mark P Thomas
From: Draper
Jan 31, 2016
Although the routes are short and there is a bit of a hike to reach this crag, the routes are very high quality and allow easy top-roping, mock leading, and leading from 5.7 to 5.11, thin cracks to chimney. IMO, the hike is a nice warmup & scenic, and it keeps this crag very quiet. It is a great place to practice while getting away from the crowds. An approach scramble up and over Kraft Mountain makes it even more fun.

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