Sure felt like more than Class 3 to me! I'd give it Class 4+ with some knobs popping off. Terrific views!
Led all pitches of West Crack. Beautiful climb!
Crescent Arch was really fun. I remember the crux at top of arch seemed a little sketchy.
West Crack is a classic. Repeated it twice? Most recently with Marty.
Climbed El Condor with Suzi and got to the top in a thunderstorm. Can't remember being more scared (Suzi was about to cry) except maybe the storm at 3rd Lake in the Palisades.
Also climbed Hogwash, Great Circle (x3), and Fingertips (x2) on the south side.
We started the West Crack just as a small snow squall was moving through. We thought it would clear up, but it didn't. After finishing pitch two, it was a white out snow storm. The finger crack on pitch three was seething with water and freezing cold. At one point, a Yosemite Ranger yelled up to ask and asked us if needed help. We didn't, but we were ready to get the hell out of there. Amazing climb with not so amazing conditions.
ben and i got stormed off friday, then came back saturdary morning and finished up the route. The summit block on top is pretty cool.
could spend all day on this rock
Two awesome 4 pitch routes. Blown Away is highly recommended as the first two pitches of West Crack which we did twice.
Went up the class 3-4 east side just for a look around. Combined with a long tour around the Rafferty Creek area. Trip Report.
Great climbing. Followed Diggler up West Crack in 2006. In 2009 led some of the Guide Cracks and followed zelito up Alimony Cracks. This time swapped leads up West Crack in the morning, and did fourth class walkoff, then saw lisae at Guide Cracks around lunchtime. Led Alimony Cracks and then tr'd one of the Guide Cracks in my approach shoes in the afternoon.
Worked on crack technique. It was fun and I see some improvement.
Took Xavier out for his first crack climbs on the Southern Flank; those guide cracks are great for teaching all sizes of jams and fairly fun little climbs!
Alimony Crack is awesome!!!!! Definitely worth the short hike. Can also access Guide/Alimony/Fingertip zone easily after warming up at the Western Front
Followed Dirk (Diggler) on one of the most strenuous routes I have done to date. Panoramic views of Fairview Dome and other peaks around Tuolumne.
Had two days off, so headed out to Tuolumne with Mary and climbed West Crack (5.9). Stopped by the south flank on the walk out and did Alimony Cracks (5.8) and P1 of Great Circle (5.9). A nice day, followed by burgers at the Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining.
My toes still hurt.
Climbed West Crack with my cousin Larry Scritchfield , The summer of 1978. Was one of my favorite rock climbs of all time . Have climbed it twice since then .
Did both routes this summer/fall. CB (10a) and CA (10b--although many, myself among them, dispute this) both follow huge diehedrals on opposite sides of the west face. The former is hard to see until you're right under it (and always cold); the latter one of the most memorable looking lines you'll ever see driving down 120 (and right in the sun). The cruxes are all delicate climbing on slick rock. Excellent climbs for new 5.10 leaders.
Decent climb, had fun. Thank you to my climbing partner Michael! The book said mostly 5.9 with a 10b at the end of the climb, but neither my partner, nor I, felt there was anything like 10b on the route. A little bit of 5.9 and a lot of 5.8, any day spent on rock, climbing, is a great day!!
Nice line on West Crack. I led the first pitch, which isn't the crux and don't let nobody nohow tell you that it is. Followed the rest of the pitches. Almost puked after pulling the roof on pitch two. Finger crack near the top is absolutely stellar. Rapped off in darkness.