South Pillar

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 37.45400°N / 119.536°W
Additional Information Route Type: Technical Rock Climb
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: 5.8
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Follow the trail for all south facing routes. Once at the base, follow the trail west for approximately 500 yards. The trail will drop down through a small spread of talus and next to a steep pillar featured with huecos and chickenheads. The route begins midway down the slope and climbs up past 4 bolts ("soft" 5.9 moves past the first two bolts). This initial pitch continues for an entire 60 meters to a natural belay (pick a couple of chickenheads!). Continue the second pitch by following (religiously) close to the right edge of the pillar, slinging chickenheads and/or girth hitching pockets along the way (nice, wild exposure!). Nothing harder than 5.7. This pitch should end at a notch at the end of the pillar. Set up for the next pitch and move the belay a short distance across the notch. Start the next pitch up a small corner/crack system (pro to 1") that eventually peters out and moves out onto more face climbing. Again, stay to the right as much as possible. The third pitch (5.6) will end short of a steep wall on the right (belay on chickenheads). Start up the wall's right side and climb the "jugs" provided (pro to 1/2"). This last pitch is short but provides more wild exposure on comfortable terrain (5.7). Belay at the summit block (2 bolts, one stamped to two beefy cracks??). Upon finishing, traverse around the left side of the summit block (exposed 4th class). Descend using Fresno Dome's summit trail.

Route Description

See the approach (under construction!)

Essential Gear

Slings! Slings! Slings! Carry a few nuts and cams for the 3rd and 4th pitch (pro up to 1"). Don't forget the draws for the first 4 bolts.

Miscellaneous Info

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Misha - Oct 12, 2004 11:56 am - Hasn't voted

Route Comment

Few minor additions/changes:
- First pitch only features three bolts. Fourth bolt is located on the 2nd pitch, in the natural "hole" about 10' to the left of the pillar, 15-20' above the belay station.
- You can use gear for up to 3" to protect the 1st pitch.

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