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Church Bowl Tree

 
Church Bowl Tree

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.74000°N / 119.58°W

Object Title: Church Bowl Tree

Route Type: Trad Climbing, Aid Climbing

Season: Spring, Fall

Time Required: Less than two hours

Rock Difficulty: 5.10b (YDS)

Difficulty: 5.10b or C1 (First pitch .10a)

Number of Pitches: 1

Grade: I

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Page By: Dragger

Created/Edited: Apr 23, 2007 / Apr 23, 2007

Object ID: 287655

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Overview

Church Bowl Tree is a classic Yosemite rock climb. Though rated 5.10b, the first pitch is only .10a and it is also an ideal first clean aid lead as well. The protection is abundant and it can easily be aided (at C1) and then top-roped if 5.10a is out of your comfort zone as a trad. lead. Because it is a high-quality route, however, be aware of others that may want to climb it as well and please be respectful.

Getting There

Once in Yosemite Valley, head towards the Ahwanee Hotel towards the Church Bowl area. Before you get to the Ahwanee, there is a parking area on the northern side of the road. Park here. Follow the path towards the porta-potties. Keep going and the path ends at the base of Church Bowl Tree.

Route Description

The route starts just to the left of "More Balls Than Brains". It follows a medium to thin crack and the first pitch ends at a pair of bolts with a chain. If you like, there is a bolt ladder leading up and then left for a second pitch but most people only do the first pitch. One rope reaches the ground for rappel.

Essential Gear

Small to medium gear. Offset nuts and cams are helpful as there are many pin scars on this route. (Purple/red/yellow/green offset nuts (from .4) are very useful, as are blue/green, green/yellow, and red/yellow Aliens.) Regular nuts and TCUs with a few medium/large (to 1.5) cams are helpful as well.

Images

Leading my first aid routeAid Practice on Church Bowl TreeFreeing Church Bowl TreeJennie T cleaning Church Bowl TreeJennie T. on Church Bowl TreeChurch Bowl Tree - After my leadChurch Bowl Tree
Trying to let my Fifi hook do it\'s job