Royal Arches Climber's Log

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McCannster - Jan 23, 2018 6:01 am Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2017

With Ben  Sucess!

Via Royal Arches route on a warm December day.


Fairweather - Oct 30, 2015 1:17 am Date Climbed: Jun 6, 1977

Royal Arches  Sucess!

Fun day with Mike A.
Rotten log was interesting. I'm not sure how it lasted as long as it did. Ran into a bear after coming down the North Dome Gully. It stood on it's hind legs to get a better look at us.
First Yosemite route.


vanman798 - Oct 12, 2014 5:14 pm Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2014

Enjoyed it  Sucess!

Danny Lay and I did it. Got to the top of P15 (where the rap down is) in about 3.5 hours, but we decided to do the traverse and scramble to the top (not worth it).


craig512 - Aug 3, 2013 1:53 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 1999

Arches Route  Sucess!

Very fun climb up an amazing formation in the Valley. The pendulum is a lot of fun. We roped up there and in one other spot only. Heading back again this year to access North Dome.


WML - Sep 25, 2011 12:59 pm

Trial By Fire -> Rain  Sucess!

Climbed Trial By Fire (awesome .8 OW!) and planned on linking up with Super Slide but then came the rain...

So we fled down-Valley


mp5of8 - Apr 15, 2011 11:27 am

Twice 30 yrs apart  Sucess!

First climb in '75 we were so slow we bivvied on top, second in '05, 4.5 hrs.


Paul86 - Sep 14, 2010 12:17 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2010

Great Climb  Sucess!

Excellent route with good variation and challenges. The rating of 5.7 was sandbagged in a typical Yosemite Valley sort of way.


SKI - Sep 7, 2010 9:11 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2010

Amazing!!!  Sucess!

Swapped leads with Paul-Wall on this grand adventure. Loved the glory pitch of solid hand jams to a thankful tree rest. Epic rappelling... Who does this in under an hour??? Took us 13!


marauders - Jul 14, 2010 7:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2010

Good stuff  Sucess!

Fun, long route. The upper pitches are better and cleaner than the lower pitches. Lots of traversing which isn't too bad. Up and down in one long day (8am-8pm).


Snowslogger - Dec 30, 2009 4:17 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 1986

Highpoint of my rock climbing  Sucess!

My only "big" wall climb. I led the last pitch in the dark rather than spend the night on the wall. Instead we spent the night on top!


haishan - Oct 12, 2009 6:41 pm Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2009

Royal Arches  Sucess!

Climbed with Bill... very crowded, but made good time and got down NDG in broad daylight. This route is simply awesome.

Bill Kish

Bill Kish - Oct 12, 2009 1:39 am Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2009

Royal Arches  Sucess!

Swapped leads with Patrick and descended the NDG. An awesome day with perfect weather!


tombcronin - Oct 5, 2009 6:30 pm Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2009

Royal Arches  Sucess!

Rappelled with twin 60m ropes.


Vinny - Jul 2, 2009 7:23 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006

canada day with Michael  Sucess!

great times with Michael aus Deutschland- he snuck a couple king cans up and produced them at top. plans to finish with crown jewel after the arches were changed after our food was grabbed by opportunistic rodents. descent was pretty gnarly.
awesome route!

Tom Fralich

Tom Fralich - Oct 10, 2008 11:00 pm Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2008

Super Slide  Sucess!

Super Slide (II 5.9, 5 pitches) -- October 10, 2008 -- Mary and I climbed this route on a cold, windy day in October. Mary wore a down jacket for the entire climb. The second pitch was nice, following a thin crack to a thin smeary face to a perfect splitter. The top three pitches were great with increasingly difficult climbing. The final crack was stellar, but more like thin hands than wide fingers for me.

Peruvian Flake (5.10a, 1 pitch) -- October 12, 2010 -- Mary and I climbed this excellent route while scouting the start to Royal Arches. I don't think it's a 5.10, but the moves were super fun and the pro is bomber.

Royal Arches (III 5.7 A0, 15 pitches) -- October 13, 2010 -- Finally climbed this one on a hot sunny day in October. We did the 5.8 alternate start, which was great. The chimney looked aweful, especially with a backpack. We made excellent progress even with many other parties on the route. We took about 7 hr for the climb and 3 hr for the descent.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Jul 28, 2008 12:30 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008

Royal Arches / North Dome Gully  Sucess!

An enjoyable and full day with Michael Golden. Trip Report


snowflake - May 8, 2008 3:49 pm

May 1991  Sucess!

Ended up bivying at top of North Dome gully - spent the rest of the summer learning to lead faster.


jmc - Dec 22, 2007 8:55 am Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2007

nice weather

Lead every pitch, we moved fast. We were the first ones up in the morning. No one would have caught up except we made the mistake of taking only one rope. The raps took forever! Some guys with two ropes passed us up near the last rap.

Zzyzx - Oct 26, 2007 1:39 am Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2007

Royal Arches  Sucess!

Climbed with Dirk (Diggler). It was a COLD morning, so we didn't start until 10 AM. Took us 10 hours to climb it an get back down. It was the most crowded I've seen it (climbed twice before), which delayed us quite a bit. On one of the rappels the rope got stuck and Dirk climbed to retrieve it. Over all it was a fun climb and Dirk is a great climbing partner.


forjan - Oct 8, 2007 7:53 pm Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2007

Epic descent  Sucess!

Climbed Royal Arches w/ Brad Mastros. The climb itself went fine; we encountered like 5 other parties on the route including Kris & Dirk from SP. We had kinda of a late start; got off-route like twice and did a friction run-out variation on pitch 5. We moved slow and so we topped out at ~ 6:00pm.....just before dark. Since we didn't bring a 2nd rope for the rappel descent and we heard horror stories on the treacherous "North Dome gully" descent (known for it share of accidents), we opted to hike up ~ 1500 feet and hopefully find the North Dome trail back down through Yosemite Falls and down to the Valley. A very long, long way out. It was dark & too cold to bivy with the clothes we brought. Dehydration was kicking in and I started to staggered. Luckly, we found a creek to replenish with water. After trashing for nearly 4 hrs in the dark , we finally found the North Dome trail at 10:54pm. We thought we're home-free. Not! We lost the trail by the granite slabs near Yosemite Point. It was now even colder & windy! We searched for what it seemed like an hour. Finally, found it and started down. We're both exhausted (ran out of food and had limited water from the creek). We took several breaks on the way down. At approx 4:30am we staggered onto Brad's car parked at the Ahwahee Hotel parking lot. We collapsed into our tent just before 5:00am (we had been out 19 hours on the go).

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