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Similar to Phobos/Diemos in nature (south-facing, warm, steep, one-to-three pitch climbs), but different in that the climbs are a little more wandering and the approach is much easier.
Park at the Tenaya Lake parking lot, cross the street, and hike up slabs to a short headwall (which can be passed at the far left via two or three moves of 5.0). Continue up on a good trail to the base of the cliff.
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Hoodwink 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 420'
The Sting 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
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Hoodwink 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Harlequin Dome
A strange but enjoyable route. Cruxes on the third and fourth pitches (check out the photo in the latest guidebook). p1- Follow a straight-in handish crack to a shallow left facing corner. Mildly flaring jams. Short. 70', 5.8.p2- Continue up this corner liebacking and sometimes jamming to a 10' slab traverse left towards an obvious ledge. Locate a pin and a pod for a purple camalot to belay off of. 140', 5.9p3- Follow an easier right-facing corner up to the "6 foot" roof. It didn't seem quite th...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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