West Face

Page Type: Route
Lat/Lon: 37.71290°N / 119.647°W
Route Type: Big Wall
Time Required: One to two days
Difficulty: V, 5.7, C2F


To get to the base of the West Face route, hike east from the rest rooms at the Bridalveil Falls parking area. Follow climber trails up and right towards the base of the wall. Follow this up and right until the ledge system is seen that bisects the West Face ( the Leaning Tower Traverse ). Follow this ledge ( some class 4 ) to a dead tree at the start of the first bolt ladder pitch.

To descend, head southeast from the back of the leaning Tower to the Leaning Chimney which is rappelled. this brings one back to the approach trail at the base.

Route Description

This is one of the Classic Big Walls of Yosemite Valley - a must do climb for the aspiring big wall climber. Much of the gear is fixed, most bolts have been replaced and the location is spectacular! A highly recommended climb!

From the dead tree, climb four very steep pitches via many bolts and a few C1 and C2 placements to Guano Ledge. Ahwahnee Ledge ( great bivy ) is found 30' to the left. Pitch 5 follows a spectacular crack up and right ( C2 ). the next pitch starts free, then follows a bolt ladder to a belay. Pitches 7 and 8 follow a crack ( C1 or 5.10, C1 ), then pitch 9 aids around a roof ( C1+, 5.6 ). One more C2 pitch up a corner leads to class 4 scrambling and the top.

Essential Gear

2 each nuts, 3 each cams from 1/2" to 1", two each cams from 1 1/2" - 2 1/2", one each cams 3" - 4 1/2", 1 cliffhanger hook.

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