Welcome to SP!  -
The Prow

The Prow

The Prow

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.75000°N / 119.56°W

Object Title: The Prow

Route Type: big wall

Time Required: One to two days

Difficulty: V, 5.6 - 5.10, C3

Number of Pitches: 12

Grade: V

Route Quality: 
 - 3 Votes


Page By: Craig Peer

Created/Edited: Jun 2, 2003 / Jun 19, 2006

Object ID: 158136

Hits: 3814 

Page Score: 73.06%  - 3 Votes 

Vote: Log in to vote



Hike east from the Ahwahnee Hotel parking lot, then north and up to the base of the Column.

Route Description

This excellent 12 pitch route is a great introduction to big wall climbing. This route was originally climbed by Royal Robbins and Glen Denny in 1969. While no longer A4, it follows a wildly exposed classic line up the Column.
Please consult one of the topo guides listed under books for a complete route description.
Pitch 1 - starting right of the South Face, a 150' pitch ( 5.10a or C1 followed by 5.6, then 5.11 or C1 ) leads to a stance at a hidden ledge. Pitch 2 - a 90' C2 pitch leads to a sling belay. Pitch 3 - a C1 pitch leads to Anchorage Ledge. Pitch 4 -6 - discontinuous cracks and bolts lead up the blank wall ( hooks needed ) to the " Strange Dihedral ". Pitch 7 climbs this formation to a stance. Pitch 8 - tension traverse right to a thin C2 crack, then climb to Tapir Terrace. Climb a corner to a right facing dihedral. Two more pitches lead to the top.

For descent info, see the North Dome Gully info page -North Dome Gully

Essential Gear

3 each cams .5" - 1.25", 2 each cams 1.5" - 3.5", 1 each 4.5", 2 each nuts ( off set nuts ), 2 each micro nuts, hooks, cam hooks

Miscellaneous Info

If you have information about this route that doesn't pertain to any of the other sections, please add it here.


Cleaning on the Prow (Sept....Admitting defeat but drinking...The belay at the top of pitch...A very tired Carolyn on the...Bill Crouse on Anchorage LedgePitch 4 on The Prow,...David Robbins wrapping up P1...
A vertical sea of rock....The Prow, Washington ColumnDr. Piton leading P3 of The...Looking straight up The Prow...Pitch 7, the " Strange...Fixed lines set up on the...Heading up some easy class 3...
[ View Gallery - 3 More Images ]