Liberty Cap is located between Mt. Broderick and Nevada falls on the John Muir Trail. Climbing in such an iconic setting is just part of the draw to this dome. Warren Harding made his mark, right up the middle as usual, completing the First ascent of the SW face. It was on this ascent that the practice of drilling holes for upward progression(bathooking)was first used.
Begin by starting on the "Mist" trail which is the start of the JMT. You will follow the trail past Vernal Falls, across a bridge, where Liberty Cap finally comes into full view. As you make your way toward Nevada Falls, right when the trail touches the apron, you head climbers left along the base. Follow this down and around to the Western end of the formation.
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Southwest Face 5.9 C3- Aid, 11 pitches, 1200 feet, Grade V
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Bad Moon Rising 5.8 A2 CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Liberty Cap
Bad Moon takes the parallel right facing corner system to Hardings SW face route. This is a very moderate variation, with only a few nailing cruxes. Substantially more involved than the SW face route, both due to needing a pin rack, and some technical hauling logistics, most notable being the P8 traverse. All belay are equipped with at least 1- 3/8th" bolt, many require gear/pitons....[more] Browse More Classics in CA