Hetch Hetchy Valley has been named the "other Yosemite Valley". Situated inside Yosemite National Park, the Hetch Hetchy Valley was described by John Muir as "one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples". Initially protected by the establishment of Yosemite National Park, in 1913 the city of San Francisco won congressional approval to build the O’Shaughnessy dam on the Tuolumne River, which flowed along the valley floor. The dam buried the valley under 300 feet of water.
From Hwy120, just outside the entrance to the Park at Hodgdon Meadow, turn onto Evergreen Road, following signs for Hetch Hetchy.
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Wandering Albatross 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : H3
A super-fun and quality route with varied climbing that makes the most of the short wall by wandering left and right! You will use face climbing, possibly a mantel, fingerlocks/ringlocks, awesome handjams and fists. Start on the large flake near the middle of the wall and work your way on it via a strenuous mantel or a long reach up and left. The lip on the flake is intermittent, so work out your sequence! Then follow the finger crack above to where it meets a horizontal crack. Another finger cr...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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