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The South Face

The South Face

The South Face

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.75000°N / 119.56°W

Object Title: The South Face

Route Type: big wall

Time Required: One to two days

Difficulty: V, 5.8 - 5.10, C1

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Page By: Craig Peer

Created/Edited: Jun 2, 2003 / Jun 3, 2003

Object ID: 158138

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

Route Description

This is the most popular, and one of the easiest big walls in Yosemite Valley. My 1975 Roper guide described it as " the most popular Grade V in the Valley " back then! Fairly easy and enjoyable climbing is why! 80% of this climb goes free at 5.10.

Hike up talus from Indian Caves area to the East Face of the Column. Head up and left to the highest ledges with trees under the Southeast corner of the Column. Steep cracks and face climbing ( 5.8, C1 or 5.10b ) lead up to Dinner ledge, half way up the Column. 5.6 leads to aid up, over and along the Kor Roof ( C1 ) to a belay. Another aid pitch ( C1+ ) including a pendulum left to an arch leads to a stance. five mixed pitches ( 5.8, C1, 5.9 or C1, 5.8, C1 or 5.9 and 5.8, C1 or 5.10a ) lead to a decomposed gully and the top. 10 pitches total.

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

Essential Gear

cams - 2 to 3 each .5" - 1", 2 each cam 1.25" - 4.5", 2 each nut, micro nuts.

Miscellaneous Info

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Young Chu on the South FaceHanging out on the S Face of the ColumnRappeling the Kor Roof -...Half Dome seen from partway up the South Face of the Washington Column, with storm clouds approachingClimbing to Dinner Ledge on...Washington Column with North...Looking up from the first pitch of the South Face of Washington Column, Yosemite National Park
South Face of Washington ColumnStruggling past the Kor RoofStarting up the S face of Washington Columnkor roofLooking up from pitch 2 of the South Face of Washington ColumnSouth Face - Washington\'s Column